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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

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

Ice out time

April 20, 2013 in ice, Muskoka, Rosseau

Ice out is an exciting happening. First you see it, then it’s gone. For years I have waited to watch the ice disappear. Rarely have I seen it. Yesterday the day started with or view being ice covered. By the end of the day, water prevailed. There were some ice floes as wind shifted ice from bay to lake. One floe was of particular interest – at least a mile out in the lake it sprouted a branch. A tree grow on Rosseau!

A tree grows on Rosseau

The Big Melt

April 10, 2013 in ice, Rosseau, snow

It’s happening! The Big Melt is here. Like a bathtub ring, mist is held in the bowl of the lakes shrouding islands so they appear to float. No parking on the water this week, the ice has lost its strength. Locally we say it’s rotting – and not soon enough! This time last year we had been boating for 3 weeks already. But I get ahead of myself. 15cm of snow it forecast for Friday. Melt? Schmelt!

Island in the mist

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Ice tectonics

April 4, 2013 in ice, Muskoka, Rosseau

Yesterday was calm and clear. Warming sun, yet the temperature remained below freezing. Ice on the lake is more than a foot thick and grew even thicker the night before. There was no indication of what was to occur. With a protracted groan and what seemed like a wrenching tear, ice tectonics controlled Ferndale Bay. Once one sheet and now two, ice collided upon itself in slow motion. One plate submerging while the other was forced on top. The fissure snaked across the bay and looked like a prehistoric creature rising from the deep.

Ice tectonics

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And then there were 3

March 27, 2013 in ice, Muskoka, Rosseau, winter

Then there were 3….Since Lake Rosseau froze firm in January there have been ice fishers at Ferndale Point. We have had up to 8 shacks carefully guarding lake trout holes in the ice. There are only 3 left now – and one of them is on runners, waiting to leave. This can only mean one thing …. SPRING!!!!!


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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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Snowy Day

March 2, 2013 in Muskoka, Rosseau, snow

As the saying goes. “it comes and it goes”. So far, this winter, it’s kept coming. While the GTA had rain, Muskoka had snow, while the GTA had snow, Muskoka had more snow. It can be very pretty and, it can be very heavy. On the day this picture was taken it was almost 10 hours before we could get out the laneway. We were forced to enjoy the view. It comes …but when will it go?

Snowy Day

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Ice Scupture on Lake Rosseau

February 20, 2013 in Big 3, ice, Muskoka, Rosseau, snow, winter

Every day for the last couple of weeks, two guys (and sometimes 3) have laboriously made their way across the lake through slush, ice and snow to an island property where they are working. Their ATV has pulled a trailer, carved a trail across the lake and, done yeoman service. Fitted with tracks, in place of wheels, it has been able to haul a considerable amount of material. Today, after 24 hours of warming temperatures, mixed precipitation, driving snow and windy conditions, the roadway disappeared. Watching them progress, they seemed to be moving slower and slower while the machine labored on. Then they slowed to a stop and the machine quit. Frozen to the spot. An unwitting ice sculpture on Lake Rosseau.

Iced in place

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Ice Fishers

January 26, 2013 in ice, Lakes, Muskoka, Rosseau, snow, winter

Back to the quiet of Lake Rosseau after 2 days of meetings in the noise and bustle of Ontario’s capital city. Sun, snow and ice combine to give Muskoka a different pace and quality of life in winter. Our laneway was busy with parked trucks (the preferred conveyance of Muskoka Men), ATV’s were engaged pulling sheds with shacks on them across the frozen lake. While others, with less patience, brushed off the snow and augered holes through the ice. Lake ice here is about 6″ thick – which certainly isn’t enough to protect the lake trout below from completing someone’s plate at dinner this evening.

Ice Fishers

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