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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Water colours

In late summer, quiet bays and river oxbows are ablaze with purple blooms. The Ojibway called it “the pike’s plant,” but English settlers – who often used the term “pike” and “pickerel” interchangeable – called it pickerelweed. Pickerelweed grows in quiet bays and oxbows just about everywhere east of the Rockies. And it is, indeed, […]

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Seek and find

Despite all the toys that surround them, August is when you’re most likely to hear the kids say they’re bored. This is the time of year that the wise parents and grandparents have a few surprises up their sleeves, games and activities that will keep the kids occupied and active all day. One of the […]

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Summer blooms

August is one of the loveliest seasons in the garden. This is when the last of the early-summer flowers are still in bloom, but we start to see blossoms emerge that hint at the fall to come. Whether you love perennials or annuals, exotics or wildflowers, there’s lots of action happening in the garden. The […]

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Pavlova

Light and crisp meringue and whatever berries you fancy are the basis for this delightful dessert. It’s so good, in fact, that Australia and New Zealand have been battling for decades over who invented it. Not to take sides, but it does seem that the Kiwis may be right – it shows up in New […]

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August events 2018

Midnight Madness Street Festival August 3. Don’t miss this night full of fun and excitement and bargains galore in downtown Bracebridge. Live music, great shopping and family fun at Memorial Park Kids Zone – $5 per child all night. Musical Entertainment. Sawdust City Music Festival August 3 to 5. The second annual 3-day multi-venue music […]

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