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Muskoka winter

January 21, 2013 in Lakes, Moon River, Muskoka, snow

Snow Squalls Saturday night. Bright sun on Sunday. Snow was brilliant white bouncing off the clear blue skies. One of those postcard perfect days – even though it got progressively colder as the day went on. The Moon River at Bala was revelling in the light. Gorgeous!

Moon River

The Moon River at Bala

Frosted Lake Squares

January 18, 2013 in ice, Lakes, Rosseau, snow

Take 1 lake of super cooled water, remove all wind, drop temperature to -22C for at least six hours. Add: light dusting of snow for garnish. Et Voila! Overnight Frosted Lake Squares…. freezy come!

Frosted Lake Rosseau Lake Rosseau Ice

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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Ice fracture – ‘X’ marks the spot

January 8, 2013 in ice, Lakes, Muskoka, winter

Even when lake ice is several inches thick, it expands and contracts – making cracks. Today, with our new coating of winter on the Muskoka lakes, the ice is unstable and thin. It doesn’t take much for a fracture. It’s certainly not safe to walk on! X marks the spot ….



New Muskoka Ice Age

January 7, 2013 in ice, Muskoka, Rosseau, winter

It’s -19C at the time of writing. The night was clear and calm and with it magic happened. Overnight the water in Lake Rosseau disappeared and was replaced by a sheet of clear, smooth ice stretching for miles. Not of the thickness that can support ice huts …yet. It is nevertheless the signal that winter has arrived in Muskoka. Over an hour’s time this morning, the view changed dramatically from clear day to one enclosed by freezing mist. Ferndale Point has gone from being a stalwart sentinel to a vague shadow sensed through the grey air. We’ve seen pink clouds, bright sunlight and sharp shadows across the ice morph into a monochromatic shroud. Dramatic.

The pictures don’t do it justice.

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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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Muskoka snow machine bridge in place

December 24, 2012 in Muskoka, Muskoka, Rosseau, winter

Although not the snow capital of Ontario, Muskoka gets snow. The lake effect from Georgian Bay is sufficient to give Muskoka a great base for winter recreational snow activities most years. In fact, about 4 years ago we received 16′ of snow in the first 2 weeks of December with 3′ in less than 24 hours. Unusual, but obviously not unheard of. Snow machining on and around the Big Lakes is a popular pastime for residents, cottagers and, visitors alike. Before the winter snows, some preparation has to be made. Just the other day, workers were busy in Port Carling placing snow machine bridge across the large lock in town on the Indian River.Snow machine bridge across the large lock

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