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Heat on!

May 25, 2013 in Cottage, Lakes, Muskoka

Not exactly a record. But effing close (that stands for freezing). Muskoka temperature last night fell to freezing. The cottage on the island opposite was lit up like a Christmas tree. Could it have been a party? Possibly, but then noise travels across still waters at night. There was no noise. The cottage, built in the late 1800’s is as summer cottage. No insulation. In some places studs are visible. Wind can make its way through those walls. It wasn’t a party. Light bulbs were on for warmth!

Edith Island

After the deluge

May 24, 2013 in Cottage, Muskoka

No shortage of water here. A couple of weeks of flooding over and to test resolve 48 hours of  rains. At times, very heavy rains. Some roads have been washed out. At least one bridge had to be tested for structural integrity. It’s sunny now and Muskoka is recovering for the weekend. Cottagers are coming up tonight! Someone better tell these sodden flowers to shake off the wet. Time to be perky!


Good night, dock boy

May 21, 2013 in Cottage, Rosseau, summer

For the first time in almost 8 months, Edith Island on Lake Rosseau sparkled at night. The lights were on. Somebody was home. Back to the island cottage for the summer. Around 10:30, one by one the lights went out. It was like watching The Waltons in real time. Good night Jim-Bob, Sleep well, John Boy.

Edith Island, lights on

Summer vibe

May 18, 2013 in Cottage, Lakes, Muskoka, Port Carling, summer

The Hub of the Lakes, is bustling. Cottagers arrived early for the first weekend of summer and Port Carling edged towards Port Crawling as the pace of traffic slowed to a walk. Summer is back in town. Muskoka has a new vibe. In celebration, the first sunset of summer took on its own vibe. Electric!

First sunset of summer

Unpacking summer

May 9, 2013 in Cottage, Muskoka, Port Carling, summer

For months the shops of Steamboat Bay in Port Carling have stood empty. A little forlorn when compared to the hustle and bustle of cottagers and tourists in the summer season. Today the retailers of Port Carling are getting ready. They’re unpacking summer. Shops are filling up. Forlorn has turned to happy. We learned that summer ….comes in a box!

Unpacking summer

Boating for dollars

May 8, 2013 in boathouse, building, Muskoka

The little tug that could went to Adam’s Bay (around the point behind us) where there’s a municipal dock used by contactors for island and water access jump offs. Government docks like this are fairly rare on the Big 3. Access to the lakes is a premium for barging and heavy machinery. He picked up his load and came back to the  big build. Beside the backhoe, there was a skid steer (Bob Cat) and a pile of large stone flags returning to the site. All in all, without considering the coast of stone (cubic dollars) the machine and barge time was easily $2500. When Cindy Crawford was building her cottage on Lake Joe, more than 20 barges barges went out with cement trucks … a floating highway paved with cash.


Lake Joseph boathouse

April 28, 2013 in Big 3, boathouse, Joseph, Muskoka

This may look serene. Inside this beautiful Lake Joseph boathouse all kind of stuff left on the docks over winter is now sodden. Chairs are wet, some tools are under water but at least boats are still in their slings. On the Muskoka River, where the water is considerably higher, there are some boathouses where boats have been lifted from their slings, others jammed against the ceiling, couches sunk and personal possessions destroyed. It’s a tough way to begin the season. Some will rethink the water level entertainment room concept we’ve seen developing in boathouses lately.

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Muskoka Cottage Market 2012

January 10, 2013 in Big 3, Cottage, Haliburton, Huntsville, Lakes, Muskoka

The Muskoka-Haliburton cottage market is small. Typically 1100 waterfront properties trade in a given year. It’s been that way for the last several years. Overall for the Muskoka Haliburton area, the number of properties SOLD was up 5% and the average price remained the same as 2011.

Our Real Estate Board segments the area by region. Haliburton Highlands, Township of Muskoka Lakes, Almaguin, Lake of Bays, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and, Huntsville. In 2012, 5 of these 7 regions increased the number of waterfront properties sold over the previous year and 2 declined. Dollar volume was up in 3 areas, even in 2 and, lower in the same two: Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes. That said, the number of properties traded on the Big 3 lakes remained identical with last year. There was a decline in business on the smaller lakes in Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes.


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