Winter rooms spring scents

In a few months we’ll be in the middle of winter, and many of us will be yearning for spring. Forcing bulbs to bloom indoors can be the perfect way to bring a little cheer into our winter rooms. Forcing bulbs is incredibly easy, but it does take a bit of advance planning. Actually, quite […]

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Fall into the sky

Gazing up at the night sky is one of the great delights in Muskoka. After all, there’s a reason this region is home to Canada’s first dedicated Dark Sky Reserve (the Torrance Barrens): with very little light pollution in much of Muskoka, we can see a great deal of the night sky. Whether you’re viewing […]

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red maple leaves

The scent of autumn

The Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku or “forest bathing” involves using all your senses while strolling through the forest. Forest bathers are encouraged to move slowly, paying attention to details like the shape of a leaf, the feel of a tree’s bark, the sound of the birds and the taste and smell of the air. An […]

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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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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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Birthday time for bruins

We tend to think of hibernation as a sleep that lasts for months, but deep in their dens black bears are doing something really important: the moms are giving birth to tiny, tiny bear cubs. It’s just one of the amazing things that characterize bear hibernation, a months-long sleep that really has no parallels in […]

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Cue the trumpets

Trumpeter swans are among the world’s most magnificent wildfowl. They are enormous birds, with an eight foot wingspan and a deep, resonant honk that gives them their name. At one time there were over 100,000 trumpeters in North America, so many that early explorers said they dotted the mud flats “like lilies.” But the birds […]

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Feed the deer

Spotting deer at the cottage can be a delight, particularly in winter when you don’t need to worry about them eating your flowers. Some people love them so much that they set out corn or hay feeding stations to help deer through the winter. Are you helping them by feeding them? The answer is a […]

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Clones in the woods

Poplars, or aspens, are one of our most common trees, and it’s not unusual to see a group of them all growing together. But look closely and you may just find that you’re not looking at a group of trees at all. You may, in fact, be looking at part of a clone network, the […]

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Controversial cormorants

They are an environmental success story, a species that was once driven to the brink of extinction by chemical pollution but has now rebounded tremendously. But do we have too much of a good thing? Certainly the Ontario government thinks so. Last year it introduced a proposal to allow cormorants to be hunted, essentially treating […]

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