Welcoming the arrivals

We tend to think of spring migration as something that happens once the snow and ice are gone: everyone gets excited about seeing the first robin of spring. But in fact, the migrants began showing up nearly two months ago, and many more will remain south of the border long after the robins have arrived. […]

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Plant of the year

Every creative area has its own awards: the Oscars, the Junos, and the Grammies are all fun to watch. The PPA Plant of the Year awards aren’t quite as well known, but those of us in the business still tune in to see which plant the Perennial Plant Association will name as the year’s best […]

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Early season boating

Spring is in the air, and boaters are starting to get enthusiastic. Keen anglers will already be getting their power boats out of winter storage, bundling up and heading out on the lake in pursuit of spring trout or pike. Most of the rest of us wait until the air and water are a bit […]

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Maple syrup and hot sauce

If you’ve spent any time in the American south, you’ve undoubtedly tasted fried chicken and waffles. The dish can be bland and boring when done badly: if all you’ve ever had is motel restaurant chicken and waffles, you may be wondering what the fuss is all about. But when it’s right, it’s superb. The crispy […]

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April events 2018

Muskoka Maple Trail To April 20. The Trail is a collection of 30+ of Muskoka’s top maple experiences, from sugar bush tours and pancake breakfasts, to maple beer and maple butter tarts. Now with the official Muskoka Maple Trail road map, you can build your own maple adventure and turn a regular Spring day into […]

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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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