Beaver woes

It’s a rite of spring, that first walk around the property after the winter has ended. Unfortunately, for some cottagers, that’s when you discover what nature has done to the place while you were away. Heavy snow and high spring waters can take their toll, but few natural forces can change the look of a […]

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Local knowledge

Every year, it seems, we hear of someone who has run into problems because they hired building contractors from outside the area. The job has gone over budget or hit unforeseen delays, and now the cottage season or the entire project are in jeopardy. Most often they’ve hired a contractor from the GTA – someone […]

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New trees new climate

Ash and beech trees are vanishing from Muskoka. The emerald ash borer is slowly making its way north into our region, wiping out ash trees as it goes. Beech bark disease has already begun claiming huge numbers of beech trees. Neither of these foes are a direct result of climate change, but the warmer summers […]

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Cherries for Victoria

Cherries Jubilee For nearly two centuries, Canadians have been celebrating the birthday of Queen Victoria, shooting off fireworks and having picnics on May 24 since at least the 1830s. The date is still the official birthday of the monarch, but for most of us the really significant part of the date is that it marks […]

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May events 2017

Pat Fairhead at 90 To June 3. One of Muskoka’s most striking artists celebrates a milestone birthday with a one woman retrospective exhibition. See works by an innovator and a colourist who is always pushing the edge to see what she can do. At the Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge. Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to […]

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Forever in Fashion

Garden trends may come and go, but classic styles endure The cottage is a stunning Muskoka classic, an island property with lush window boxes and planters surrounding deep, shaded verandas. It’s a place that invites you to just sit and watch the hummingbirds and honeybees in the perennial gardens. These gardens have a great deal […]

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Cooking with Fire

A Family Day cookout is a tradition for many of us. And while there’s nothing wrong with hotdogs and s’mores, why not take your campfire cooking to the next level? Sweet onions roasted in the embers, spider dogs for the kids, and even a smoked whiskey cocktail for you. Most on-the-fire cooking takes little preparation […]

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Whose paws are those?

Tracks in the snow tell a fascinating tale of winter wildlife, a glimpse at the lives of creatures we rarely get to see. Winter’s the time to see where the deer are wandering, to get an idea of how many rabbits there are in the woods,  or to spot the hollow trees where a mouse […]

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Floating on powder

This has been an interesting winter for weather, with massive snowfalls in December followed by a January thaw that went on for weeks, followed by some gorgeous powder in February. Snowmobilers and skiers have had some frustrating times with icy slopes and closed trails for much of January. But no matter what kind of snow […]

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Growing Cottage Food in containers

With our shallow soil and our short growing season, gardeners at the cottage have always loved to use containers for big impact planting. Window boxes, planters on the deck, hanging baskets on a deep porch – is there anything more ‘Classic Muskoka’? And while there’s always a place for ornamental plants, an increasing number of […]

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