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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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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

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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