Winners and losers in the thaw

Most years we experience a cold snap in early January and a thaw somewhere in the middle of the month. This year we got extremes of both.  For two solid weeks after Christmas, a high of minus ten felt warm, with many nights well below minus 30. Then Mother Nature flipped a switch: in the […]

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Best new practices

Winter is the time when much of the landscape goes dormant, settling under a blanket of snow for a months-long snooze. For landscapers, though, winter looks quite a bit different. In fact, January and February can be extremely busy months at Water’s Edge: it’s the time when we get to dig deep into training, learning […]

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Best sledding trails

Some of the province’s best snowmobile trails are in this area. If you’re looking for a wintry getaway without going far from the cottage, check out the Round Algonquin Park trail, or try something different with the world’s largest private trail system, located in Haliburton Forest. Before heading out, of course, you will need a […]

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Vegan shepherds pie

There’s something wonderfully comforting about shepherd’s pie. This version skips the meat, but it will warm you deep down to your toes. The trick with wintry comfort food is to come up with something that’s rich and thick and hearty… without being dense and stodgy and dull. This recipe from ILoveVegan.com manages to do just […]

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February events 2018

Wait Until Dark Until Feb 18. A sinister con man, Roat, and two ex-convicts, Mike and Carlino, are about to meet their match. A Broadway hit, Wait Until Dark is a masterfully constructed thriller that moves from one moment of suspense to another as it builds toward an electrifying, breath-stopping final scene. Presented by Huntsville […]

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Call of the wintry wild

Public wolf howls are one of the most popular events of summer. Every August in Algonquin Park, thousands of cars line up beside the highway on weeknights to listen as naturalists try and entice the resident wolves to howl back. The curious crowds vanish in winter, but the wolves don’t. If anything, they’re even more […]

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The best sled ever

Winter has arrived and Muskoka is decked out for a great season of snow-sliding and tobogganing. There are some amazing new sled designs on the market now, that go far beyond the old-fashioned toboggans and inner tubes of our youth. Serious sliders know that choosing the right sled is an impossible task: the conditions vary […]

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Structure and colour

If you’re coming up to the cottage this holiday season, it’s a good opportunity to do some landscape planning. There’s mounds of fresh, fluffy snow across Muskoka and a well-designed garden looks fantastic in all seasons.  So cast a critical eye across the landscape and ask yourself whether it looks fabulous. If not, let’s start […]

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Hot chocolate variations

There’s nothing quite like a mug of steaming hot chocolate to take off the wintry chill. Packaged powders are quick and convenient, but there are plenty of other ways to enjoy hot chocolate. Here are some of them: Spicy Mayan style Hot or cold drinks made with cocoa beans were part of Mayan culture at […]

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Old-fashioned shortbread

There are all kinds of variations on shortbread, but sometimes the best approach is to keep it simple. That’s certainly the case with this recipe from Genius Kitchen. Just four ingredients, but it makes the lightest, flakiest shortbread we’ve ever had. You can play with this one and add variations or decorations all you like […]

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