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May 13 – Porcupine with round belly

May 12, 2012 in Muskoka

Driving down Ferndale Road in Port Carling and saw this chubby guy sitting in a tree …kinda cute, but just don’t get too close!

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May 12 – Oldest cottage in Muskoka

May 11, 2012 in Muskoka

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May 10 – Muskoka Humour

May 10, 2012 in Muskoka

Something to make cottagers in Muskoka smile

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May 9 Drydock, Port Carling

May 9, 2012 in Muskoka

When Muskoka was opened up to recreational use in 1868, there were no roads. People travelled through the lakes by boat. Steamships became the major form of transportation. The first cottages were on islands. Today there are vestiges of those early days. The oldest cottage (1868) still stands on Home Island, Lake Joseph. A few older cottages on each lake have steamer docks with bollards. It’s possible to see remains of old cribwork underwater in areas where hotels once stood and then, there’s RMS Segwun.


RMS stands for “Royal Mail Ship”. It’s the same designation that another ship, Titanic, had. Segwun delivered the mail, along with groceries, hardware, livestock as well as workers, doctors, nurses and of course, cottagers to their destinations on the Big 3 lakes: Joseph, Rosseau and Muskoka. She and her sisters were the source of news, food and supplies that kept Muskoka humming and alive.


Segwun has been plying her trade for a long time. She is the oldest steamship in continuous use in North America. Built in 1886 in Scotland (The Clyde), she has been a part of Muskoka life for 125 years. Today, she rests in dry dock – the main lock in Port Carling – for maintenance. While her colleague, Wenona II, waits patiently astern for her turn.


She will soon be back out on the lakes taking vacationers on site seeing trips, or a sunset dinner cruise. If you’ve never experienced the hiss and gentle rumble of a steam engine, try Segwun this summer. She’s more than a marvelous journey around the lakes, she’s a trip back in time!

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May 8 – all day sun and sunsets

May 8, 2012 in Muskoka

One of the things that people want when they come to Muskoka is sunsets. Whether renting or buying, more than half request sunset views. Not suprisingly, that demand puts a premium on westerly facing shoreline.


For some cottagers, the requirement is having sun at the water all day. It’s possible to find an exposure from any point of the compass that provides that – with the right land and forest conformation. The least direct sun exposure is North East and many of the lakeside lots with NE are in shade much of the time. Then, there are properties we call ‘good north’ which, through flat, open terrain or a shelving rock point provide all day sun. They work!


Some prospective cottagers are adamant. They only want South West. We ask ‘why’ and are told because that’s the exposure that gives the most sun. It becomes our task to help our clients with their goal – all day sun – and show them property that provides it. Sometimes, if they are flexible, we do so without regard to exposure and by paying close attention to topography. Many times a less desirable exposure will be not as expensive – and if it gives the same result – all day sun – then our buyers are ahead of the financial game.


Sunsets are different. If the client wants full-on sunsets beaming into the cottage, then west it is. Topography doesn’t help in that regard. Money does.


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May 7, Evergreen Cell Tower

May 7, 2012 in Muskoka

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May 6 A new boat arrived

May 6, 2012 in Muskoka

  • A new boat arrived in Muskoka yesterday.

    Based on a 1945 Myles Jeffrey. It’s designed and built by Ian Bruce (inventor of the Laser sailboat and pictured below). Ian delivered the boat on a perfect Muskoka day – smooth water and sparkling sunshine. Carefully tuned, this boat has the burble of the period although it’s powered by a current V8. The hull is fiberglass – gone are those concerns about ongoing hull maintenance that drive so many away from traditional wooden boats. It looks and sounds like an original and rides better because of hull modifications. What a treat! The Bruce logo is a work of art in itself. Interior of the boat is finished in wood and high grade vinyl.

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May 5 Storm update

May 5, 2012 in Muskoka

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May 4 The Storm

May 4, 2012 in Muskoka

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May 3 Misty Morn

May 3, 2012 in Muskoka

A warm, misty morning. Small ripples crease the bay and the crows are having a huge debate. It’s not quiet. I can just make out a boathouse through the mist, but can’t see the shore. It appears to be floating in nothing. Eerie!
Yesterday’s warm rain made the buds pop – and we know what that means…. for the next 7 – 10 days those little black flies are upon us – it started yesterday. They’re not biting yet, but it won’t be long! It won’t last long either. Just a payback for the joys of Muskoka … Another sign of spring was seeing a black bear cub on East Bay Road. Momentarily there was the thought of getting out of the car to take a picture – he really was cute! But where there’s a cub, there’s usually a mother and you just don’t want her to think her frolicking baby is in any kind of danger. As I’m writing, a young raccoon has waddled down to the water’s edge. The mergansers don’t even notice. I often wonder what it must have been like when the first people who cottaged here arrived for the summer. It’s relatively rare to see a bear today, one hears about sightings, but to see one? Maybe once a year. Was it any different 150 years ago? The fishing must have been out of this world!
The crows have left. Quiet reigns and the mist is lifting – the boathouse has landed…. I can see the shore. Back to reality ….
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