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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Seek and find

Despite all the toys that surround them, August is when you’re most likely to hear the kids say they’re bored. This is the time of year that the wise parents and grandparents have a few surprises up their sleeves, games and activities that will keep the kids occupied and active all day. One of the […]

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Summer blooms

August is one of the loveliest seasons in the garden. This is when the last of the early-summer flowers are still in bloom, but we start to see blossoms emerge that hint at the fall to come. Whether you love perennials or annuals, exotics or wildflowers, there’s lots of action happening in the garden. The […]

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Pavlova

Light and crisp meringue and whatever berries you fancy are the basis for this delightful dessert. It’s so good, in fact, that Australia and New Zealand have been battling for decades over who invented it. Not to take sides, but it does seem that the Kiwis may be right – it shows up in New […]

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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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Beyond honeybees

When we talk about pollinators, most of us picture a honeybee. And if you’ve seen The Bee Movie, the animated feature film from a few years back, chances are you can even hear Jerry Seinfeld’s voice every time you see a honey bee pollinating a flower. There’s no denying honeybees are important to farmers: the […]

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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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Summer of the rose

The look and scent of roses adds a treasured touch to any garden, but many people shy away from planting them at the cottage. They know that a lot of the popular varieties in the south just won’t survive in Muskoka, where our summers are too short, our winters too cold, and our springs too […]

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Beautiful bird

Barbecued chicken needs to be moist, fully cooked, and not burned. The secret to getting it that way is to take your time, use indirect heat, season early and sauce late. Chicken is a tricky meat to grill. Steak is best when it’s seared on the outside and medium to rare inside. But chicken needs […]

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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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