Drink your way across Muskoka

It’s hard to imagine, but there was a time when you couldn’t legally buy a drink in this province. In fact, for ten years – 1916 to 1926 – it was illegal to buy or sell alcohol here. Oddly enough, for most of those years you could still manufacture alcohol, as long as it was […]

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April Events 2019

A CANADIAN MOSAIC To April 20.  A retrospective of paintings by Laura Carter and photographs by the late Ulrich Kretschmar at the Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge. www.muskokaartsandcrafts.com MATT WEIDINGER PRESENTS THE MUSIC OF VAN MORRISON April 20.  Born decades after Van Morrison was creating some of his most enduring music, singer-songwriter, Matt Weidinger, has a […]

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Rabbits and hares abounding

When snowshoeing through the woods this winter, there’s a good chance you’ll come across tracks of cottontail rabbits or snowshoe hares. Their numbers seem to be high this season, as part of a natural population cycle. Most animals go through some sort of population cycle. Because hares and rabbits breed like – well, like rabbits […]

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February events 2019

GRAVENHURST WINTER CARNIVAL Feb 14 to 18. This longstanding Gravenhurst tradition celebrates all the community has to offer, and features super-fun events including Puddle Jumps, Kids Events, Skokie’s Pizza and Birthday Parties, Polar Bear Dip, Donut Eating on a String, Demolition Derby, Live Entertainment and so much more. Be sure to visit the Heat Up […]

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Biking meets snowmobiling

The hottest ride on the snow this winter may be the snowbike. Fast, light and very cool looking, they are the ultimate cottage toy for anyone looking for an alternative to a traditional snowmobile. The idea of having a motorcycle that runs on snow has been tinkered with since at least the 1930s, but it’s […]

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December events 2018

CAROLLING AND A CHRISTMAS CAROL Friday, December 21 at the Gravenhurst Opera House.. Songs of the season sing-a-long at 6:30pm. Then nestle in for a professional reading performance of Charles Dickens’ classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ adapted by William Colgate. STARRING Richard Binsley, Robin Clipsham, Joan Bendon, Alyssa LaPlume, Steven Jacklin and Michele Ineson. Seating is […]

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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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