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Summer pastime!

July 4, 2014 in Joseph, Muskoka, summer

a little r&r this weekend

a little r&r this weekend

Even though it’s a shortened week with Canada Day, now’s a good time to kick back, let the gentle breezes blow and listen to gentle lapping on the shore of Townsend Bay, Lake Joseph. Summer’s here!

Lake Joe afteroon

May 4, 2014 in Joseph, Muskoka

Misty layers

Misty layers

Sitting on the covered porch, listening to rain on the roof is one of life’s great pleasures. It de-compresses everything. Combine that with a 2 km view across Foot’s Bay, highlighting layers of islands on the the one hand and, a Muskoka dark one in the other, you’re pretty close to heaven!

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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Precise ice

March 22, 2013 in ice, Joseph, Muskoka, winter

We have a friend on Lake Joseph. He’s a Professional Engineer. Nice guy. Very analytical and quite precise. A ‘hands on’ kind of guy. Definitely not what you would call OCD, but particular. He’s an engineer afterall. So it wasn’t all that suprising to see, when we went to his place on the lake, his icicles are perfectly spaced and calibrated in length. Now that’s Engineering!Precision Engineering

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Spring Detour

March 20, 2013 in Joseph, Lakes, Muskoka, Muskoka, Port Carling, Rosseau, snow, spring

First day of spring and with it almost 15 cm of snow and a little excitement too. A fuel transport jackknifed in the centre of Port Carling, spilling some of its load. The main road was closed for hours whiloe Hazmat did the cleanup. People travelling to Glen Orchard, Bala and Lake Joseph from Bracebridge had to detour – not just around the block. Around a lake – either Lake Muskoka or Lake Rosseau – adding at least 40 km to the journey. Some people didn’t get to work and kids travelling to highschool got the day off. Welcome to spring!First Day of Spring

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Muskoka Big 3 Waterfront Sales 2012

January 6, 2013 in Joseph, Muskoka, Muskoka, Rosseau

Muskoka waterfront is finite. There is only so much shoreline available.  As the saying goes, “it’s not being made anymore”. As a result, we expect a certain number of sales every year on the Big 3. The range is typically between 150 and 200 properties a year. In 2012, the number of waterfront properties sold was 166, exactly the same number of properties as the year before. The major difference was where. In 2012, the number of island properties sold was a startling 227% greater than 2011: 25 vs 11. An interesting statistic given there was only one island property sold on Lake Rosseau and 6 on Lake Joseph. There are more than 300 islands on the Big 3 lakes.

Number of properties sold in 2012

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Muskoka ice is here

December 29, 2012 in ice, Joseph, Lakes, Muskoka, Rosseau, snow, winter

The big Muskoka lakes usually don’t freeze over fully until mid-January. Occasionally, like last winter, they don’t freeze over entirely. The last two days of little wind and -15 temperatures have combined to close over most smaller bays and sheltered channels. Yesterday we saw hockey being played on the clear, smooth ice of Robert’s Bay, Lake Joseph. Right now there are skaters on Ferndale Bay, Lake Rosseau. Unfortunately we’re expecting 10+ cm of snow, the natural skating surface will disappear under its weight.

Ice is here 

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