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Muskoka’s got talent

July 6, 2014 in Arts and Crafts, Muskoka, Port Carling, summer

Everyone wins!

Everyone wins!

Each Saturday through July and August the deck of Remax Hallmark’s Port Carling office is made over to exhibiting the work of Muskoka artists, artisans and crafts people. This effort is in aide of the Brock and Willa Napier Wellness Centre that will house a Nursing Station, Hospice and Senior’s Residence. The show’s exhibitors donate 10% of their sales to the Centre. Yesterday, the theme of the exhibit was oil and acrylic painting. National gold medallist, Allan Beckley, brought his super realism to the deck and Synthia just couldn’t resist. Not just one but three Beckleys will have pride of place in her home. Congratulations!

Antique Boat Show

July 5, 2014 in Gravenhurst, Muskoka, Port Carling, Rosseau

Hold on! I'm coming ...

Hold on! I’m coming …

Today’s the day. Woody lovers from all over North America descend on Gravenhurst for the annual Antique and Classic Boat Society’s Boat Show. Traffic across Lake Rosseau has been brisk as woody owners coverge on their way to the locks in Port Carling. This gentleman’s racer roared by in a flash, spray flying. Exhilarating! One beautiful day in Muskoka and not a better way to spend it. Gravenhurst! It’s worth the ride …

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!

Port Carling Gift

June 21, 2013 in Muskoka, Port Carling

Brock and Willa Napier live in the Township of Muskoka Lakes. They are community minded people who have foresight and vision. They know with our aging population demands on the healthcare system are increasing. Today, on lands they had already given to the Township for the development of a Wellness Centre (Nursing Station, Seniors’ Residence and, Hospice), they gifted the project $750,000 in equal parts to the three partners in the Centre. It’s a generous action and one which will pay dividends to the inhabitants of Muskoka Lakes. Grateful townsfolk turned out to hear Brock and Willa as they made their gift and to hear from representatives of the Nursing Station, Andy’s House/Hospice Muskoka and, Lions’ Seniors’ Residence. It was a proud day courtesy of Brock and Willa. Thank you!

Wellness Centre

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Spring Art Tour

June 9, 2013 in Arts and Crafts, Muskoka, Port Carling

Twice a year Muskoka has an Art Tour. There are more than 40 artists and artisans in central Muskoka and many of them open their studios and workshops for the curious and interested. This weekend the spring tour is in full flight. A bright, sunny day with warm summer breezes is here to complement the event. Even the draw bridge in Port Carling seems to be leading the way … follow the lines!

Follow the lines


Back in Business

June 6, 2013 in Muskoka, Port Carling

Flooding doesn’t end when the water recedes. For those affected, that’s when the work begins. Duke’s is no exception. Quite likely the most affected business in Port Carling from this spring’s high water, it’s good to see the doors open again and people working. Things may not be back to normal – whatever normal is – but they’re back!

Back working

Postcard perfect

June 4, 2013 in Muskoka, Port Carling, summer

One of those picture perfect postcard kind of days. Clear blue skies, no wind to speak of. Temperatures in the low 20’s. A special day – and then, through the locks passes Wenonah on a cruise to Windermere and beyond. A great day to sit on deck and watch Muskoka slip by. I was standing at the top of the hill in Port Carling looking northward over Boatworks – a marina located in the Johnston buildings which were erected in the early 20’s – and there she was. Scenes like this really happen!


Postcard shot

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Summer vibe

May 18, 2013 in Cottage, Lakes, Muskoka, Port Carling, summer

The Hub of the Lakes, is bustling. Cottagers arrived early for the first weekend of summer and Port Carling edged towards Port Crawling as the pace of traffic slowed to a walk. Summer is back in town. Muskoka has a new vibe. In celebration, the first sunset of summer took on its own vibe. Electric!

First sunset of summer

Unpacking summer

May 9, 2013 in Cottage, Muskoka, Port Carling, summer

For months the shops of Steamboat Bay in Port Carling have stood empty. A little forlorn when compared to the hustle and bustle of cottagers and tourists in the summer season. Today the retailers of Port Carling are getting ready. They’re unpacking summer. Shops are filling up. Forlorn has turned to happy. We learned that summer ….comes in a box!

Unpacking summer

Life’s a beach?

April 27, 2013 in Muskoka, Port Carling, spring

People love to sit at the water’s edge at Turtle Jack’s in Port Carling. Trouble is, the edge has moved. To sit there now, you have to go beyond the edge. Life’s no longer a beach. It’s awash.

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