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Muskoka MarketWATCH: 22 February 2018

February 22, 2018 in Big 3, Cottage, Gravenhurst, Joseph, Lakes, Muskoka, Muskoka, Port Carling, snow, winter


Muskoka MarketWATCH: 22 February 2018

Gravenhurst, Port Carling and Bracebridge have all enjoyed celebrating winter in Muskoka since our last Marketwatch. Bracebridge closes the main drag, trucks in snow and creates a huge toboggan run right down through the centre of town. Fun! In their own ways other Muskoka communities aren’t outdone either. Winter in Muskoka is worth celebrating.

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MarketWATCH Muskoka: 20 December 2017

December 20, 2017 in Big 3, Cottage, Muskoka, Muskoka, Port Carling, Rosseau, winter

The new listing service, Matrix, is up and running. The change has had a few minor bumps. Largely though, the change has gone smoothly. Some of our subscribers have yet to log on to their new portals. That will create the biggest challenge because the links provided expire in about 10 days unless activated by logging on before then. Let us know if you need to have the link resent to you.

Our real estate market has been pretty quiet, as you might expect. Muskoka has had record cold. There’s lots of snow and many smaller lakes already have closed over with ice. Friends of ours were commenting about sled tracks across their lake already. That sends shudders through us. There is NO WAY ice is thick enough to safely sled across a lake today in Muskoka. Be safe and stay off the lakes!

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Muskoka MarketWATCH: 15 November 2017

November 15, 2017 in Bala, Big 3, Bracebridge, Cottage, Gravenhurst, Joseph, Lakes, Muskoka, Muskoka, Port Carling, Rosseau, winter

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 15 November 2017

Santa came to Bala last week and he’s coming to Port Carling this weekend, heading to Bracebridge on December 3rd, with Gravenhurst and Huntsville yet to be visited. Bala’s famed Trek to Bethlehem is in another couple of weeks. If you’ve never experienced it, take your children and grandchildren…it’s a wonderful way to give an historic perspective to Christmas.

Muskoka is resonating with the sounds and sights of this magical time of year. The Christmas train is on its way…

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Double Take

May 2, 2014 in ice, Rosseau

Walking past the living room window this morning I had to do a double take. My stomach flipped. “say it ain’t so!” The light and smooth surface of Lake Rosseau conspired to create an eerie sensation. The ice was back!  Fortunately it was only momentary.

say it ain't so!

say it ain’t so!

Opening in the ice

April 28, 2014 in ice, Muskoka, Rosseau, Wildlife

Any opening will do

Any opening will do

 

In front of our place on Lake Rosseau the ice parted. It wasn’t open long, a matter of minutes. This waterfowl came along and started fishing. It’s a beautiful bird – looks loon like. But it’s not the loon that’s common around here. Any ideas?

Sunset melt

April 24, 2014 in ice, Rosseau, spring

sunset meltLast evening’s reflection of setting sun in the pools of melt on lake ice gave us hope we’d soon be boating. This morning those pools of water are gone. Last night’s low of -9C made more ice. Rather than being darker today, the lake’s hard covering is a brighter, lighter colour. Last gasp? We certainly hope so!!

 

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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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Not Spring yet

April 6, 2013 in Big 3, ice, Muskoka, spring, winter

Here, in Muskoka, spring arrives with crash of sorts. It’s never the same day – it’s not a date thing. It’s an ice thing. We know spring has arrived when a contractor’s truck goes through the ice on one of the Big 3. This year, spring is a long time coming. The ice is still pretty thick. We went for a drive – to see if it was spring yet. The answer? Nope! Not yet. At least, not on Lake Muskoka, by Milford Bay …

Not Spring yet

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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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