Butterfly absence

Have you seen many butterflies this summer? Probably not: the cool, wet summer really knocked butterfly numbers down, and most cottagers have seen very few butterflies this year. But it’s more than just weather that’s causing their numbers to decline. Fortunately, there are things we can do to help. Most of the focus on declining […]

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Spy on the neighbours

Every cottager wonders what goes on when you’re not there. Security systems can help deter human intruders, but the real fun comes when you set up a game camera to see which animals saunter through the property. Once the domain of professional wildlife biologists, trail cameras are heavily used by hunters, who want to know […]

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Competitive fair going

Fall fairs aren’t just about rides and junk food. They can also be a great excuse to show off your skill as a baker, artisan, flower arranger, gardener and more. The prizes are minimal, but the fun is enormous. Entering lets you really connect with the heritage of fairs. The earliest fairs were a chance […]

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September events 2017

Bandshell concert series Thursday, August 31. The final show of the summer season features Doug McLean in Memorial Park in Downtown Bracebridge. 7 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket. Comedy Magic Show Friday, Sept. 1. Brent and Sarah on-stage at the JW Marriott in Minett. 7 to 8 p.m. $10. Happy Birthday Canada, from […]

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Among the stars

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the highlights of the night sky in August. They peak this year on August 12, but that’s not the only night you can see lots of action in the heavens. In fact, August may be the best month for casual observers to see shooting stars. Shooting stars aren’t […]

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Landscaping for winter

Everything’s in bloom now, but take a moment to consider how your property looked last winter. A little bland and white, perhaps? Not to worry. There are lots of ways to add elements to the garden that look great in summer and add remarkable visual interest when the snow is deep. The first thing to […]

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Paddle the backwater

August is the perfect time for boating, but sometimes the lakes can feel just a tad too busy. To get away from the crowd, launch your canoe or kayak and take a daytrip down one of Muskoka’s many excellent paddling rivers and streams. You’ll be astonished at how quickly you can find yourself enjoying peace […]

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Made for the shade

Look for this article in the summer-fall edition of Dockside magazine. It’s midsummer and it’s stinkin’ hot. Sure, you could flee the heat and go indoors. But that’s not what you’re here for. Air conditioning is a refuge, but it’s not a delight, and it’s certainly not why most people own a cottage. Fortunately, there […]

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Corn plus

Corn on the cob is great with just butter and salt, particularly in August when it’s at its freshest. But you can also take your grilled corn to the next level with this pistachio, lime and cilantro rub. Rubs are usually seen on meat, where they add flavour without adding extra sugar and fat the […]

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July events 2017

Midnight Madness Street Festival Friday, August 4. Don’t miss this night full of fun and excitement and bargains galore! Live music, great shopping and family fun at Memorial Park Kids Zone – $5 per child all night. Musical Entertainment. 6 p.m  to midnight in downtown Bracebridge. Sawdust City Music Festival August 4 to 6. A […]

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