More than monarchs

Monarchs are the poster child of the butterfly world, and with good reason. Their annual migration is one of the true miracles of nature, a multi-generational epic trek that sees great-great-great grandchildren returning to the place where their ancestors were born. Unfortunately, monarch butterfly populations have been plummeting – dropping by 70 to 90 per […]

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The summer of herbs

We’re going to be celebrating herbs in our blog this season, taking a deep dive into some of the most versatile. We’ll explore their history, talk about how they can be used, and teach you how to grow them. We’ll start off with a look at one of the most versatile herbs there is – […]

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A summer of theatre

Muskoka was the place where Canadian summer theatre was first started, and 85 years later it’s still going strong. There are shows of all kinds, from professionals to talented amateurs, being presented in venues that include an amphitheatre in a park, intimate community centres, and century-old theatres. It’s hard to believe, but prior to 1934, […]

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May events 2019

MUSKOKA 24 CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL Saturday, May 18. This festival will showcase some of the best craft beer that our region and province has to offer. Located in Downtown Huntsville’s River Mill Park, patrons will enjoy a view of the beautiful Muskoka River as they take in a day of sampling some exceptional craft beer […]

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Tomato mint quinoa salad

The combination of fresh mint, parsley and toasted almonds is a common mix found throughout the Middle East and North Africa. In this dish from All Recipes, quinoa gives a salad a hearty heft that makes it perfect for lunch at home, or ideal to pack for a picnic or a brown bag workday meal. […]

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Bring some Electric Love to the cottage

Does your garden need a little love this summer? How about a little Electric Love? Electric Love has been named as the Plant of the Year by Canada Blooms, the annual garden and horticultural industry show that takes place each winter in Toronto. It’s the first weigela ever bred with deep red blooms and dark […]

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Watch your lake flip

If you’re at the cottage in spring, you can see all kinds of changes happening. Migrating birds arrive, leaves and flowers emerge, frogs start to peep… and the lakes flip. That last one may come as a bit of a surprise, but nearly all lakes do it. To see it happening, you just have to […]

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Drink your way across Muskoka

It’s hard to imagine, but there was a time when you couldn’t legally buy a drink in this province. In fact, for ten years – 1916 to 1926 – it was illegal to buy or sell alcohol here. Oddly enough, for most of those years you could still manufacture alcohol, as long as it was […]

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Chocolate Stout Cake

Dark beers like stout are often described as having a chocolate flavour. Some brewers take that even further by adding chocolate to their stouts.  Muskoka Brewery,  Sawdust City and Lake of Bays Brewing all have stouts with chocolate notes. So why not try that same combination in solid form with a chocolate stout cake? There […]

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April Events 2019

A CANADIAN MOSAIC To April 20.  A retrospective of paintings by Laura Carter and photographs by the late Ulrich Kretschmar at the Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge. www.muskokaartsandcrafts.com MATT WEIDINGER PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF VAN MORRISON April 20.  Born decades after Van Morrison was creating some of his most enduring music, singer-songwriter, Matt Weidinger, has a […]

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