31 Oct
2008
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The Sun Sets Over Clevelands House in Muskoka

The sun sets over Clevelands House to end another summer/fall season in Muskoka. I took this photo from a new trail that opened up along the shoreline from the Wallace Marina over to the New Red Leaves Resort. Of course Red Leaves now owns Clevelands and the entire shoreline around to the resort.  It has to be close to 2 miles of shoreline on Lake Rosseau in Muskoka – do the math.

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29 Oct
2008
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The Old Cranberry Truck in Bala, Ontario

Just before the Cranberry Festival hit the Town of Bala I made a trip over to Johnston’s Cranberry Farm. The leaves were almost peaking and the sun was warm at least compared to now. This old truck was or is used for the harvest of cranberries on the farm. It looks like it probably still works.



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29 Oct
2008
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Sundown on the 5th hole in Muskoka

Sundown on the 5th hole at The Rock Golf Course in Muskoka. This place was totally deserted and even without the trees in foliage its a spectacular place to check out.



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28 Oct
2008
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October Sky in Muskoka

You can feel that the final days of fall are upon us. The brisk air and unsettling wind bring reminders that winter is just around the corner.  Its time to take the boats out of the water and give-in to the change of seasons. It snowed last week and it won’t be long until it stays.



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23 Oct
2008
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Lock #45 Port Severn, Ontario

When you take highway # 400 north to cottage country you pass over the Severn River that empties into Georgian Bay. This is the township of Port Severn or Severn as its known today.  Severn is part of the Trent Severn waterway that is 387 km’s long and consists of 44 locks, 39 swing bridges and 160 dams. This photo was taken near lock #45 the smallest of them all.



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22 Oct
2008
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The Pileted Woodpecker

I have tried a number of times unsuccessfully to photograph this Pileated Woodpecker? (Dryocopus pileatus) that I see around my cottage from time to time. They are very timid and do not stay in one place for more than a few seconds. I just happened to be standing outside with my camera in hand and this guy flew right beside me. They are a pretty large bird and the same one as Woody.



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19 Oct
2008
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Out in Muskoka’s Cranberry Patch

Muskoka has two large cranberry farms and makes the claim that they are the Cranberry capital of Ontario. This photo was taken at the Johnston Family Farm near Bala at harvest time. They have been growing Cranberries here for over 50 years.
Cranberry Marsh in Muskoka Canada

Cranberry Marsh in Muskoka Canada



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17 Oct
2008
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Muskoka Island Reflections in the Fall

I snapped this Muskoka island in the early morning light. The water was perfectly still and reflected the trees, boathouse and white puffy clouds above. There are numerous islands throughout the Muskoka Lakes and each and every one is unique in its own way. You have to be careful navigating your boat near them as there is often shallow water surrounding them.

Muskoka Island (Click on Image to Enlarge)

Muskoka Island (Click on Image to Enlarge)



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15 Oct
2008
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Exploring the Ghost Town of Swords Ontario

I went looking for the ghost town of Swords, Ontario which is off Hwy# 141 not far from the town of Rosseau. Swords is an old railway town that was originally named Maple Lake Station and dates back to 1894.  I found the old general store and next to it was Swords Rd so I thought I might discover more relics down here. This road seems to go on forever and I never did find anything with the exception of some spectacular fall colors.
Long road in Muskoka

Swords Rd. (click image for biggie size)



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14 Oct
2008
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A walk through the Muskoka Forest

The fall colors were at peak this past Thanksgiving weekend and you couldn’t ask for better weather. I was lucky enough to tag along on a nature hike with one of Canada’s foremost naturalists, Robin Tapley. The nature hike was courtesy of Red Leaves Muskoka Resort who have setup an impressive 700 acre nature preserve with trails for hiking, skiing and biking which will be open to the public to explore.

Muskoka boardwalk

Another picture taken from one of the many trails deep into the Muskoka wild and marshland. I highly recommend anyone who spends time in Muskoka to take a walk through these trails. I noticed they are building a maple sugar camp in the bush which will be ready for the spring thaw.

Nature Walk in Muskoka



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08 Oct
2008
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Joseph River Muskoka Boathouse at Sundown

The fall colors have not quite peaked as of yet but should be vibrant this weekend coming which is Canada’s Thanksgiving. There is a little island that sits out in the Joe River that you can see from the road just south of Minett, Ontario. The sun had just set when I snapped this.

Joseph River Muskoka Boathouse



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05 Oct
2008
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Purks Place in Bala another Muskoka landmark slated for teardown

Their motto is Boats and Bait since 1908. Purks Place is a Muskoka landmark located on Burgess Island at the Bala Falls in Bala, Ontario. It appears Purk’s will be no more. In the near future a hydro electric power plant is slated to be built in its place. Some of the locals have been in opposition to this and have setup a website savethebalafalls.com

Interesting article by local Bala author and musician Jack Hutton. Who Cares About Purks’s Place?

Purks Place Muskoka Canada



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01 Oct
2008
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Muskoka Roadside Mailbox Attractions with Dueling Banjo Soundtrack

While driving the back roads of Muskoka I discovered this wonderfully weird mailbox. Those are actually large boulders mounted on top that would weigh a ton. The driveway also had two poles with similar boulders adorning each side. I was curious what I would discover down at the end of this driveway, maybe a great artist or some other eccentric character? The dueling banjo’s went off in my head and I decided it was just a little too creepy to continue.

Roadside mail box attraction



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