Screaming heads

It’s hands-down the region’s most unusual art exhibit: hundreds of acres of farmland, dotted with giant cement statues, looking like they’ve risen from the earth. Screaming Heads – The Midlothian Castle and Gallery is on a farm north of Huntsville belonging to Peter Camani, an artist and teacher (a painter of international reputation, he also […]

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Slow colours are good news

As recently as last week, green was still the dominant colour of Muskoka’s leaves. The colours are coming on strong now, but peak reds and golds will be after Thanksgiving this year, followed by some really underappreciated browns and yellows. Is this later than usual? Yes and no. It is a bit later, but Thanksgiving […]

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Don’t forget to vote

Democracy is based on the idea of one person, one vote. But there is an exception: in municipal elections you can vote at home and at the cottage… and anywhere else you own or rent a residence in Ontario. The principle is simply that you need representation where you pay taxes. Since you pay property […]

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Slow cooker dessert

Coming in from a glorious fall day outside, nothing smells better than a cottage filled with the aroma of fresh peach cobbler. You may not normally think of a slow cooker for dessert, but this recipe works beautifully. It’s been a great year for Ontario peaches, and you should still be able to find some […]

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October events 2018

CRANBERRY HARVEST Until October 31 (approximately). More than 300,000 pounds of berries are harvested at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh in Bala. Daily bog to bottle tours, wine tastings, goodies at the Cranberry Café (open to October 15), trails to hike and more. www.cranberry.ca THE EVERLY BROTHERS EXPERIENCE Thursday, Oct 4. From 1957 to 1962 they sold […]

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Hungry as a bear

Fall is the time when you’re most likely to see a bear in the wild. That’s particularly true this year, when drought has all but eliminated the berry crop. By this time of year, bears are feeding heavily to put on the weight that will get them through the long winter. They can gain as […]

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Fall fair time

There’s no better place to get a taste of community than at a fall fair. There are a number of really big fall fairs – even the fabled CNE is essentially an overgrown community fair – but to really get a taste of the significance of these fabulous events, you need to start small. One […]

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Listen and learn

If you’re a podcast fan, you already know that they’re a great way to make a long drive fun. If you’re new to the genre, prepare to be introduced to a world of entertainment. The right podcast may actually have you looking forward to the cottage drive. Podcasts have been around for a dozen years […]

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Gazpacho

If you want to know the best ways to use an abundance of seasonal produce, you can’t do better than look at peasant food. People who grew all their own food developed recipes that made the most of what was fresh and in-season. Gazpacho is a classic example. This chilled Spanish soup has roots that […]

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September events 2018

CineMuskoka Film Festival Aug 31 to Sep 2. A celebration of Canadian filmmaking set in the quintessential summer cottage country of Huntsville Ontario. Films will be screened downtown Huntsville at the Algonquin Theatre, as well as under the stars at RiverMill Park. Marina pancake weekend Sep 1 to 2. Annual free Pancake Weekend, ski shows, […]

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