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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December Events 2017

Flash Mob Carolling December 22. Muskoka Chautauqua presents Flash Mob Caroling featuring the Whispering River Orchestra. Everyone is welcome to celebrate the season while enjoying festive refreshments. 1182 Foreman Road, Port Carling. Santafest December 23. Come to Santa’s Village in Bracebridge for a a fun filled Winter Edition of SantaFest – with some of Santa’s […]

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Leaf peeping crowds

Some say fall is Muskoka’s most beautiful season, a time when fiercely glowing leaves are set against the glowing backdrop of blue skies and bluer lakes. A sunny afternoon in October can look like perfection… which would explain why fall can also seem like Muskoka’s busiest season. Popular lookout points or hiking trails can be […]

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Taking up winter residence

As we move out for the winter, our neighbours are looking for ways to move in. Mice and other critters are anxious to find a safe home in our cottages. It’s not surprising. Deer mice are the most abundant mammals in the forest: in a good year, with plenty of seeds, there can be ten […]

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Fishers in the forest

You can spend your entire life in the woods around Muskoka and never see one, but fishers are here alright.  And Muskoka has the rumours to prove it. You may have heard some of these “facts” about these secretive predators: they eat housecats; the MNR introduced them to control porcupines; they will attack hikers in […]

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Beets and basil salad

We’ve sung the praises of beets before. That’s partly because they tick all the healthy eating boxes: they’re high in anthocyanins, the same compounds that give maple leaves their red colour; they’re fibre-rich; and they’re a great source of folates, manganese, and other nutrients. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to grow, even in Muskoka’s short growing […]

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