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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Excited about annuals

Every year plant breeders release new varieties of annuals, which landscapers and homeowners eagerly snap up. There are fresh colours, bloom configurations, and growth patterns, all giving designers some exciting new options. Here are some of the ones we’re excited about. Angelface Snapdragons It’s hard to believe that breeders could do something new with such […]

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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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Skating through the woods

The massively popular skating trail at Arrowhead Park will draw thousands of visitors this weekend. The trail may have been this region’s first, but it’s not the only one now: there are some others in Muskoka that aren’t as well known, letting you avoid the crowds. And believe us when we tell you there will […]

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Can opener chili

This chili recipe is delicious, healthy, and absolutely ridiculously easy to make. But be warned: as the name implies, you’ll be opening a lot of cans to make it! This recipe also works without the meat if you prefer the vegetarian option. Ingredients 1 large yellow onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 pound ground […]

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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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The landscape effect

We all know that a lovely landscape makes you feel good, but researchers in the US have shown it does more than that: turning vacant lots into low-maintenance green sites caused depression rates in the area to plummet. The study was done in Philadelphia. Researchers selected 110 vacant lots around the city, focusing on sites […]

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Life in dead trees

When people say that there’s life in dead trees, most of us picture what biologists call macrofauna — birds, bats, raccoons, squirrels, and all the other creatures that make their homes in the holes in trees. Dead trees are certainly useful to these animals — around 40 per cent of the birds that live in […]

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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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Mexican fireball hot chocolate

Hot chocolate is such a perfect winter warmer that we tend to forget that it originated in Mexico. The Aztecs prized chocolate as the drink of the wealthy, and prepared both hot and cold versions. Hot chocolate is still a big seller in Mexico, but it’s not exactly the same as you’ll find here. The […]

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