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Thank you for your support

Every year in Muskoka brings new and unique challenges, but none of us have ever faced a situation like this. We were completely shut down for weeks, at a time when we would normally be leaping into high gear. When we were finally allowed to get back to work, we had to figure out how […]

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Hide and seek across Muskoka

Summer at the cottage has always included being active outdoors. Most of that time is spent in or on the water, but every now and then it’s nice to step away from the lake, go inland, and see what there is to find. The cooler days that we sometimes get in August can be an […]

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Staying safe at the cottage

With so much amazing weather to enjoy, it’s a great summer to share your cottage with friends and family. But doing that can bring risks. While it feels like the pandemic is winding down, public health officials warn that we still have a long road ahead of us. It was only two weeks ago that […]

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Contain your enthusiasm

Containers and planters aren’t just an option for most Muskoka gardens: they’re essential. Lush planters at the end of the dock, window boxes overflowing with vibrant blooms, and creative containers artfully placed around the cottage are part of the very essence of Muskoka landscaping. Container gardens were first used here as a matter of necessity, […]

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Perfect pavlova

August is all about fresh fruit, as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries all come into season. This simple and elegant dessert elevates a bowl of berries to something sublime. The dish is named for Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, whose dancing was light and elegant, like this dessert. it was invented in Perth, Australia in 1935. […]

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August 2020 events

Many of the typical events of summer have been cancelled, but others have found creative ways to go ahead despite the restrictions. And there are also some really innovative and interesting new things happening in Muskoka this summer. Because things continue to change, it’s best to call ahead to ensure your chosen event is still […]

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Let your garden go to pot(s) this summer

Gardeners in Muskoka must cope with two unalterable realities: the season is short, and the soil is shallow. We can’t do much about the length of our summers, but we certainly have options when it comes to the soil. We can bring in truckloads of topsoil, compost and mulch and transform an entire property. Or […]

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March 2020 events

TWO ROADS DIVERGED March 7-28. Inspired by the poem, The Road Not Taken, Roxanne Driedger and Marike MacDonald will show that with many commonalities, artistic expression is individual and expressed differently.  At The Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge. MUSKOKA MAPLE TRAIL March 13 to April 24. The most Canadian of culinary trails, the Muskoka Maple Trail […]

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Still time for glogg

The season is changing, but there’s still plenty of winter left. Which means still plenty of excuses to have a warming cup of glogg. Most northern European countries have some form of drink that is made from hot wine. In Germany it’s Gluhwein (a lovely name which means “glow wine”), in France it’s vin chaud, […]

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Bring a little light to the tail end of winter

Nobody can say for sure when the winter will end, but we can guarantee that there will still be snow on the ground in Muskoka this March Break. So if you’re up at the cottage with the kids, this could be your last chance to get out and play in it. If your family spends […]

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