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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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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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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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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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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Paddle the backwater

August is the perfect time for boating, but sometimes the lakes can feel just a tad too busy. To get away from the crowd, launch your canoe or kayak and take a daytrip down one of Muskoka’s many excellent paddling rivers and streams. You’ll be astonished at how quickly you can find yourself enjoying peace […]

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Working in snake country

As people who spend a lot of time crawling around on the ground, our maintenance crews encounter a fair share of wildlife. It’s always a thrill to spot toads or snakes in the plant beds – it’s a sign of a healthy ecosystem. And every now and then, if we’re very lucky, someone will catch […]

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Beaver woes

It’s a rite of spring, that first walk around the property after the winter has ended. Unfortunately, for some cottagers, that’s when you discover what nature has done to the place while you were away. Heavy snow and high spring waters can take their toll, but few natural forces can change the look of a […]

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Whose paws are those?

Tracks in the snow tell a fascinating tale of winter wildlife, a glimpse at the lives of creatures we rarely get to see. Winter’s the time to see where the deer are wandering, to get an idea of how many rabbits there are in the woods,  or to spot the hollow trees where a mouse […]

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