18 Sep
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As long as we can sail away

While traveling on Lake Joseph recently I noticed this property with a tepee on it. You really don’t see tepee’s very often and this is the second one I’ve spotted this season. The other is located on Tobins Island, Lake Rosseau. I wonder if there is any real cultural or historical significance at these locations?

I could live inside a tepee
I could die in Penthouse thirty-five
You could lose me on the freeway
But I would still make it back alive.

~ Neil Young, Sail Away

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11 Sep
2014
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Diplomatic Scavengers

While traveling around the lakes I notice that the only birds that hang out with the cormorants are the seagulls. I suspect the opportunistic gulls hang around picking up the fish scraps that the cormorants drop. A diplomatic scavenger of sorts.  Ahhh excuse me sir, don’t mind me while I borrow these french fries.

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04 Sep
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Eye Candy on the Lakes

There is without question some beautifully designed cottages and boathouses on the Muskoka Lakes. Here is a photo of a newly built boathouse on Lake Joseph across from the Lake Joe Club in Port Sandfield. It is built on one of the lots that were created from the tear down of the historic Marygrove or Glen Home Hotel.
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27 Aug
2014
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Screened In

These four winged flying machines can fly backwards, change direction in mid-air and hover for up to a minute in one place. They are predators and consume  lots of mosquito’s, flies and other insects. They are no nonsense and get straight to work and I love to watch them in action.
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21 Aug
2014
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The Mystical Powers of Sunflowers

The weather was rather crappy in Muskoka last weekend so we headed home early. On the way back I noticed this large field of sunflowers and it drew me in. I met a very kind farming couple who were selling vegetables here. After an interesting chat I asked if it would be OK to setup my tripod for a few shots.  I’m going to print a canvas version and drop it off for all the positive vibrations they have given to others.

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14 Aug
2014
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Throw Back Thursday, Live at The Kee 1986

#TBT – Throw Back Thursday. I’m a big music lover and always support our great Canadian artists. Here is the lineup from the summer of 1986 at the Kee to Bala in Muskoka. I went to some of these shows but can’t remember which ones. I’ve had the pleasure to see most of these bands at least once except Doug and the Slugs who I regrettably never got to see. (RIP Doug Bennett) Some of these bands are still performing and two of them still playing The Kee like David Wilcox, Kim Mitchell, Grant Fullerton and Paul James. May they Rock On!

 

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11 Aug
2014
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Sundown

She’s been looking like a queen in a sailor’s dream
And she don’t always say what she really means
Sundown, you better take care If I find you been creeping ’round my back stairs
– Gordon Lightfoot “Sundown

As I drove across Lake Joseph Road (highway #169) I could see this blazing sunset in my rear-view mirror and it was dropping quickly. I stopped, setup the tripod and took a few shots before it disappeared.

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07 Aug
2014
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Where Gnomes Live?

I don’t recall the exact location of this little cabin I found. I think its near Home Island on Lake Joe, I need to circle back. Its refreshing to see these places carved out of the woods instead of the obligatory McMansions on the Big 3 lakes in Muskoka. I’m pretty sure I saw some gnomes scurry about in the background when I showed up.

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30 Jul
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Nooks and Crannies

One of the cool things I love about exploring the Muskoka lakes are the abundance of hidden channels, islands and private bays, the nooks and crannies so to speak. Year after year I try to archive these places in my head, kind of like learning the streets around a neighborhood. For some reason it is very difficult for my brain to process these places in any uniform manner. Trying to recall exactly where I am, whats up ahead or even remembering if I have been here before proves to be difficult. (and I’m sure I have been everywhere at least once) Of course there are significant markers like that island of weird birds, the 7-slip boathouse or that shallow bay where I sucked up a rock on my Seadoo.

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28 Jul
2014
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Celebrating 10 Summers!

We are celebrating 10 summers at our Muskoka sanctuary. It seems like we just arrived. A team effort created these sweet raspberry Martinis as a pre-dinner cocktail on the dock. The photo was processed using an iPad and run through the Camera+ app. Cheers Y’all

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23 Jul
2014
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Rejuvination

Ahhh … Jumping off a dock into a cool Canadian lake. Is there anything as refreshing?

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15 Jul
2014
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Fairy Island

I have been cruising around Lake Joseph for the past decade or so always discovering interesting places. I find Lake Joe to have a lot of hidden areas especially the islands once you get towards the north end of the lake. I believe if my coordinates are right this place is Fairy Island.  Waterfront property is very expensive in Muskoka and you don’t often find places that are boarded up like this one. I suspect some time in the future we will see this place refreshed to something more beautiful.

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08 Jul
2014
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Shelter from the Storm

I would like to thank the owners of this boathouse, whomever you are. While traveling down the Joe River recently with a group including kids we got caught in a wicked thunder, lightning and torrential rain storm. It came upon us so quickly with the lightning  blasting around us! The wind and rain blew so hard I couldn’t dock the boat so I ended up jumping in the lake and pulling the boat in. Just as we landed another boat arrived with 4 teenagers that were visibly shaken. Fortunately the boathouse was open as we waited for the storm to clear. Someone from the cottage came down later to see if we were OK. Our apologies for the intrusion and thank you for the shelter!

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01 Jul
2014
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Happy Canada Day, Eh

Hey hosers, hope you had a great Canada Day. This flag once flew over the Parliament buildings in Ottawa and now we are proud to fly it at our cottage every year on Canada day. I think these beautiful flags adorn parliament for about a week and then offer them to the public. You can apply here to get one but I should warn you its currently a 42 year waiting list. We received ours through secret Ninja sources.

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24 Jun
2014
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Farewell Goldie and Kurt

Its no secret that the beloved Goldie Hawn and partner Kurt Russell have been long term poster celebs in Muskoka. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting them myself however I have talked to others that have and my impression is they are very cool people. For over a decade they have been seen in different communities shopping, dining, playing golf and generally enjoying the Muskoka life just like everyone else. Last week while scanning the real estate listings I noticed that their beautiful cottage on Lake Rosseau has come on the market. Farewell Goldie and Kurt.

Curious at what $6M gets you? Have a peek here. http://bit.ly/1iVlCVz

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photo source: Reuters/ Phil McCarten



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17 Jun
2014
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Gone Fishing

I passed by the Severn River on the way home from the cottage on Fathers Day and noticed these fishermen in the rapids. This is the area after the falls where it flows into Georgian Bay.

The central Ontario Severn River is 30 km or about 19 mi long. The river services many cottagers mostly only accessible by boat.  The river sees many yachts and large cruisers traveling from Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe near Orillia to Georgian Bay, or vice-versa.

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11 Jun
2014
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Nail it!

I like to hire local companies and people when at the cottage. It may be trades, food or buying a new boat. I think its important to try and support the smaller local economies instead of bringing everything in from a large city. Lately there seems to be a growing trend of cottage owners who bring their resources in from out of town because they feel they are being ripped off or not serviced properly. This should be a warning sign for locals to step it up and service the people to a higher standard. Many do an excellent job however it takes a bit of weeding out to find the good ones.

Tip for the day.
Never trust your roofer when they say we swept your driveway for nails.

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05 Jun
2014
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Mary Lake

I don’t get a chance to travel up to the Huntsville or Lake of Bays area as often as I like. It is equally as beautiful as the areas around the big three lakes in Muskoka. I snapped this photo where the Muskoka River flows out of Mary Lake. There is a considerable amount of history on these lakes and they tend to be populated by quaint cottages instead of the ostentatious McMansions on the larger lakes. I highly recommend visits to the area.
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28 May
2014
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Ferndale Now & Then

I have posted about Ferndale in the past however I thought I would provide an update as I recently found some old photos that show the size and scale of the property in its previous life. Ferndale is a very large property that used to be a resort that could take in hundreds of people. Later it became the Canadian Keswick Conference Centre a Christian leadership camp. Today Ferndale is a very extravagant and private cottage owned by one of Canada’s most successful home developers.

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The Canadian Keswick Conference Centre. I don’t have anyone to credit for the photo use as it was taken from a postcard posted on eBay. You can see from the view this is a sizable property and no doubt with sizable property taxes.
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Another photo from a post card. It appears to be a very popular place in its day holding up to 650 guests.

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21 May
2014
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Dead

I don’t have any cat rescuing children videos or cutsie dog pics however I do have this little fellow who whacked his noggin on the cottage window. I have been told that its a adult male Black-Throated Green Warbler. The poor guy didn’t make it.

Speaking of dead…. I spent the long weekend at the cottage and noticed that many places were still closed. As I drove into Port Carling Friday afternoon I noticed shops with the winter boards still on their windows. On Saturday I thought it would be a good idea to book dinner at the new Medora restaurant (formerly Rebecca’s) – nope – closed. Later in the day I drove by Clevelands House – A huge resort, closed. (Apparently they had roof damage from the heavy snow loads this winter) The local bakery – Closed.

Ok so I went by a local marina thinking surely it would be bustling with people gassing up and getting their boats. Nope – not a soul around, deadsville! We are talking about the Victoria Day long weekend, the May-two-four, the weekend that kicks off the summer season in Canada. I suppose it is the late spring, cold weather and high water levels that killed everything? I try not to be influenced by these sort of things and keep rolling along but it is an interesting observation. Umm welcome back – kinda.

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