Screaming heads

It’s hands-down the region’s most unusual art exhibit: hundreds of acres of farmland, dotted with giant cement statues, looking like they’ve risen from the earth. Screaming Heads – The Midlothian Castle and Gallery is on a farm north of Huntsville belonging to Peter Camani, an artist and teacher (a painter of international reputation, he also […]

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Slow colours are good news

As recently as last week, green was still the dominant colour of Muskoka’s leaves. The colours are coming on strong now, but peak reds and golds will be after Thanksgiving this year, followed by some really underappreciated browns and yellows. Is this later than usual? Yes and no. It is a bit later, but Thanksgiving […]

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Don’t forget to vote

Democracy is based on the idea of one person, one vote. But there is an exception: in municipal elections you can vote at home and at the cottage… and anywhere else you own or rent a residence in Ontario. The principle is simply that you need representation where you pay taxes. Since you pay property […]

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October events 2018

CRANBERRY HARVEST Until October 31 (approximately). More than 300,000 pounds of berries are harvested at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh in Bala. Daily bog to bottle tours, wine tastings, goodies at the Cranberry Café (open to October 15), trails to hike and more. www.cranberry.ca THE EVERLY BROTHERS EXPERIENCE Thursday, Oct 4. From 1957 to 1962 they sold […]

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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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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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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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Grace on the water

Some of the finest wooden boats ever built can be spotted on the lakes of Muskoka, and at boat shows all summer long. Aficionados know many of them by name. But even if you can’t tell a Ditchburn from a Dippie, this handy guide will help you appreciate the artistry. Wooden boats have been part […]

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July events 2018

Yoga and Spa Series June 28, July 26, August 30. Complimentary yoga will be hosted by PYC Muskoka’s Jennifer Dwyer overlooking scenic Lake Rosseau at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka. Please remember to bring your mat! Yoga from 6-7 pm, on Lakeview Lawn (shine) or Rosseau Ballroom (rain). After your flow, attend a post yoga […]

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