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Opening in the ice

April 28, 2014 in ice, Muskoka, Rosseau, Wildlife

Any opening will do

Any opening will do


In front of our place on Lake Rosseau the ice parted. It wasn’t open long, a matter of minutes. This waterfowl came along and started fishing. It’s a beautiful bird – looks loon like. But it’s not the loon that’s common around here. Any ideas?

Sunset melt

April 24, 2014 in ice, Rosseau, spring

sunset meltLast evening’s reflection of setting sun in the pools of melt on lake ice gave us hope we’d soon be boating. This morning those pools of water are gone. Last night’s low of -9C made more ice. Rather than being darker today, the lake’s hard covering is a brighter, lighter colour. Last gasp? We certainly hope so!!


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Submerged dock, floating boathouse?

April 23, 2014 in boathouse, Muskoka, Port Carling, spring

Not a sun deck yet

Not a sun deck yet

Not all docks are built to the same elevation. There are docks on Lake Muskoka still above the water level. Unfortunately this dock isn’t. Currently it’s submerged by 5 or 6 inches. Duke’s Patio in Port Carling is high and dry at the moment…. a great afternoon to sit by the water!

Muskoka Marketplace – Annual Report 2013

February 7, 2014 in Big 3, Bracebridge, Cottage, Gravenhurst, Haliburton, Huntsville, Lakes, Muskoka

The Snapshot

The Muskoka marketplace in 2013 was close to 2012 performance. Dollar volume was higher across Muskoka- Haliburton by almost 4%, District of Muskoka was up by 6% and, the Big 3 lakes by 8%. The number of sales over $3 million was up as the high end of the market performed strongly. Entry level and small lake property moved well. Properties between $1 and $2 million were not as strong as in the previous year.

The number of properties sold was down from last year by 2%.

The Muskoka-Haliburton cottage market is small. For the last several years, roughly 1100 waterfront properties trade in a given year (1115 in 2013).  In the District of Muskoka, about 620 properties trade each year while the Big 3 lakes have about 180.

Even though we had a long, cold spring last year with lower sales than usual for the first half of the year, both the summer and fall were strong selling (July was 50% ahead of the year previous). In fact, the average days on market (DOM) declined from 90 to 80 days for the year. Typically island and small lake properties take longer to sell than larger lake mainland ones by 15% or more.

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Greater Tuna

July 10, 2013 in Arts and Crafts, Bala

New Actors’ Colony 3rd season began Sunday in Bala. Tonight Greater Tuna opened. It’s an endearing and funny play about quirky, fictional Tuna Texas. This production stars Michael Petersen and Peter Shipton and was ably directed by Annette Procunier. Both actors portray several characters and do so with great facility. The characterizations, movements and intonations from one to another truly mask the artists delivering the performances. For a night out, this is a great choice … the experience will ‘play’ with you for some time afterwards. A well earned standing O!

Peter and Michael at Radio Station WKKK

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Through this portal

June 19, 2013 in Arts and Crafts, Bala, summer

Through this portal magic happens. New Actors’ Colony Theatre (New Act) has opened its ticket booth for the shows and extravaganzas that will occur throughout the summer months in Bala. This next week there are 2 events – one on Sunday, a strawberry social at a secret water’s edge garden known only to those who buy tickets and, the other at the Bala Bay Inn on June 25 (Sherman Downey)  … the fun begins. Find it all at the New Act Website and come to Muskoka for something special! www.newact.ca

Magic Portal

A new destination

June 18, 2013 in Arts and Crafts, Gravenhurst, Muskoka, summer

At the corner of Gravenhurst’s version of Portage and Main (Muskoka Rd and Bay) stands a landmark. The Albion Hotel. Dating from the 1800’s it has a long and varied history. Lately not one that would add to its glory in any way. Going through a rebirth and edging back to becoming a centre of social activity, the old hotel is rising again. And like the redeveloped Wharf in town, The Albion will become an attraction and destination.



June 16, 2013 in Bala, Muskoka, summer

For years Bala was the home of Wakestock. Bala Bay is a great body of water for skiing, boarding and barefoot. Its configuration is such that it’s great for spectators too. All that and some spectacular sun and a warm, calm day combined to make this year’s MuskokaFest a blast. Cars were parked on both sides of 169 for quite a distance, docks, decks, boathouses and parks were filled with the sound of happy campers celebrating a great day by the water. And the boarders? Well they were just head over heals enjoying themselves!

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The view’s the thing

June 10, 2013 in Muskoka, Muskoka

We were called to discuss a property on Lake Muskoka. It’s a beautifully executed, high quality build with bells and whistles that must have been invented for this place. Quite stunning. What did we like best? See below ….

The view's the thing

Summer destination

May 28, 2013 in Lakes, Muskoka, Rosseau, summer

All the Muskoka players have their parts and are in place. Summer can really begin. Flags flying, Wenonah II made her first foray across Lake Rosseau to the JW Marriott for a dinner cruise. Summer in Muskoka. Is there any place you’d rather be?

first sunset cruise of the season

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