I tried to avoid the gridlock in the Huntsville area this past summer due to the G8 Summit . So now that the hoopla had blown over I was curious to see what is going on. It seems to have returned to its original self pretty much. I walked around the Deerhurst Resort where the worlds great leaders schmoozed however I didn’t really notice any difference from the year before. You would have thought they would have upgraded the carpets or painted the walls or something? Where did all the cash go?
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I was passing through Port Carling the other day and noticed the Wenonah II moored at the Port Carling Locks. Apparently someone rented her out for a wedding party. I’m sure the steamships will be busy this fall as people visit to see the world famous Muskoka colors.
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Its getting a little cooler on the water and temperatures are dropping into the single digits at night. The fall fairs are a true reminder that the summer season is over. Click Here for a list of fall fairs across Ontario.
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Here is a shot of the Big Chute Marine Railway at lock #44 on the Trent Severn waterway. This baby can carry a boat up to 100 feet long and 24 feet wide. Please click on the photo for a much larger version.
Lots to do and see around the town of Bracebridge, Ontario. This weekend is their annual fall fair. This water wheel is located near the waterfalls in the main part of town. Please click on the photo for a larger size.
If you have traveled around on the Big 3 lakes in Muskoka for any length of time you have probably noticed the Idyllwood. Captain Randy Potts was born and raised in Muskoka and used to captain the Segwun Steamship. Now he has his own gig operating Sunset Cruises. One of the cool things they will do is set you up on your own custom cruise picking 12 people up at your dock. I plan to do this with a group of us someday. Small businesses like Captain Randy’s deserve a plug. Its not easy making a living as a seasonal business.
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The first DC-3 aircraft were built by Douglas in 1935 under the military destination of C-47. Dakota’s or Gooney Bird’s as they are affectionately referred to are one of the most significant transport aircraft ever built. This machine is part of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum and was on display at the recent Parry Sound Air show on September 11, 2010.
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Shooting down the Big Chute. This photo was taken just off lock #44 on the Trent-Severn waterway in Big Chute, Ontario. This is the runoff area beside North Americas only operating Marine Railway. It is a national historic site and I highly recommend you check this place out. If you are driving on highway #400 just north of Port Severn take the White Falls Road exit and follow the signs to Big Chute. I will post a shot of the Marine Railway itself soon.
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The Kee to Bala was wrapping up its summer concerts this past Labour Day weekend with 54-40 (below) performing on Saturday night and Sloan on Sunday night. The photos are a little soft as you are not allowed to bring in a full sized camera so I used my trusty pocket cam that struggles with the light conditions.
Below is a shot of Neil Osborne of the band 54-40. They are in my opinion one of the most underrated Canadian rock bands with great tunage like; Baby Ran, I go Blind, One Day in Your Life, Baby Have Some Faith, Ocean Pearl, Lies to Me, etc. They are a Muskoka favorite.
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