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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Feed the hummingbirds

We love to hang bright red feeders to welcome the hummingbirds when they arrive in May. But without flowers in bloom, how would they feed themselves without our help? The yellow-bellied sapsucker keeps them fed. You may not have seen sapsuckers – you may even have thought the name was just a joke used in […]

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Growing a shoreline

No matter how big your property, the Ribbon of Life is the most important part. That’s the nickname for the riparian zone, the strip of land that’s right along the edge of the water. This is the most diverse area of your property, a spot that’s vital to the lives of birds, animals, insects, and […]

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Gorgeous grasses

It’s got texture and shape and it looks wonderful in just about any garden. When clients ask us about planting ornamental grasses, one of the first plants we look at is Miscanthus. Of course, that’s a bit like saying “one of the trees we look at is the willow.” Both Mischanthus and Willow are terms […]

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Three step ribs

Barbecue fans will endlessly debate the merits of rubs, marinades and sauces when it comes to ribs. That’s not surprising, because serious barbecue fans will debate just about every aspect of the craft. Anyone who has travelled in the southern US knows that barbecue is taken very seriously there. There are regional variations – ribs […]

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