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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October events 2017

Simply Queen Friday, October 6. One of the top Queen tribute acts, performing at Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville. Thanksgiving Open House October 7-8. Join the staff of the Muskoka Lakes Museum in Port Carling from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday and noon to 4pm Sunday. Come for complimentary pumpkin muffins, hot mulled cider and […]

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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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