06 Sep
2016
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Muskoka Article from the Wall Street Journal

There is an interesting new article out by The Wall Street Journal on Muskoka and the growth of lavish homes being built especially on the Big 3 lakes. “A new cohort of younger and wealthier buyers has discovered Muskoka, a scenic vacation area north of Toronto, creating lavish homes, helipads and a bit of local pushback.” The article features a few well known business people such as Kevin O’Leary and lesser known Patrick Dovigi who have residences in Muskoka. The original on-line article is located here but please note you may need to subscribe to get it. PDF Full Article Here

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15 Aug
2016
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The Grand Old Boathouses are Disappearing

While wandering around the Big 3 Muskoka Lakes over the past decade I have noticed the gradual disappearance of the old Muskoka boathouses. They are slowly being replaced by modern multi-slip McMansion type buildings (cottages too). There is no doubt that some of the new architecture is absolutely astounding. People pour a small fortune into their boathouses now. Perhaps it’s the loss of our old world charm, the history and memories that connect or our bittersweet longings for the past. I intend to feature some of these beauties that are still with us.

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12 May
2016
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I’m Ready

The water levels have dropped and it has started to warm up a bit. For many it will be a busy season dealing with contractors to repair and rebuild the damage the high water and ice has caused. I’ve been researching the real estate market on the Big 3 lakes and can’t believe how high the property values have climbed. If you invested on these lakes I’m sure you have seen your value increase substantially over the past 10 years. Taxes too. I’m ready to start enjoying the season – starting now.

Let the Muskoka season begin

 

 



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26 Aug
2015
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Ouno Island Boathouse

I have been informed that there are four unique boathouses that are designed to store sailboats on the Big 3 Muskoka lakes. I often pass by this cool boathouse on Ouno Island near Clevelands House and Red Leaves Resort on Lake Rosseau. I never get tired of looking at Muskoka boathouses.

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10 Aug
2015
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New Construction on the Lakes

Touring around the Big 3 lakes this season I see plenty of new cottage, boathouse and dock construction going on. This photo is of a cottage and boathouse on Lake Rosseau. The previous cottage and boathouse use to look just fine. You can see them in the background of this old photo. By the way that 6 slip boathouse in the old photo has been removed as well.

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17 Jun
2015
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Cormorants and Seagulls

As I travel around Muskoka especially on the Big 3 lakes I notice the cormorants and seagulls have taken over some of the small islands. I approached this particular island on Lake Joseph riding my Seadoo very quietly by turning off the engine and drifting in. The cormorants were fine with me taking a few photos however the gulls went into psycho panic mode and started dive bombing me. It is interesting how the gulls and cormorants get along nesting beside each other. I think the gulls are opportunistic and wait for the cormorants who are great fishers to drop a few scraps.

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07 Aug
2014
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Where Gnomes Live?

I don’t recall the exact location of this little cabin I found. I think its near Home Island on Lake Joe, I need to circle back. Its refreshing to see these places carved out of the woods instead of the obligatory McMansions on the Big 3 lakes in Muskoka. I’m pretty sure I saw some gnomes scurry about in the background when I showed up.

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26 Mar
2014
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Snow on the Ground, Ice Out & Cottage Life Show

Lots of talk as to when the ice will be out and concerns of flooding. One thing very noticeable on the Big 3 lakes is how low the water levels have dropped in anticipation of the spring run off. I don’t think I have ever seen it this low. With this years record snowfall I’m sure the pressure is on the Ministry to manage the levels very carefully. Here is an interesting chart published by Algonquin Park showing the accumulation of snow on the ground 2013 vs. 2014.

Don’t forget the Cottage Life show  this weekend March 28 -30, 2014 in Toronto.

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23 Aug
2013
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Riding Shotgun

This is the Wenonah II riding shotgun during last August’s recreation of the historical 100 Mile Cruise that took place on the big 3 lakes, Muskoka, Rosseau and Lake Joseph. I had the pleasure of riding alongside on the Segwun steamship for the 12 hour journey. It was the first time they embarked on this historic cruise since 1958. I hope it doesn’t take another 50+ years to do it again. WenonahShotgun_600



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31 Oct
2012
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Dwight Beach

I enjoy visiting the small towns around the Lake of Bays area especially in autumn. Dorset, Dwight and Baysville are cool little towns. They are smaller than most of the places around the Big 3 lakes and have more of a lost in time charm to them.  A little more laid-back and less hurried maybe? The locals say there are less “Cidiots” here – LOL.

The photo is taken at the Dwight beach area before hurricane Sandy blew the remaining colors away.



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16 Aug
2012
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The Famous 100 Mile Cruise

For the first time since 1958 this Saturday August 18th, 2012 the 100 Mile Cruise will be recreated with the RMS Segwun and the Wenonah II tracing the original route of the SS Sagamo steamship. There will be over 100 other historical wooden boats accompanying the steamships on their journey on the Big 3 Muskoka Lakes . The proceeds of this event are being donated to the Canadian Cancer Society. More info here

Photo I took a few years back of the Segwun steamship on Lake Joseph

If you are interested in seeing the steamships and the large flotilla of classic boats they will be traveling through the locks at Port Carling and Port Sandfield. Itinerary below.

8:30 am Depart Gravenhurst Wharf
11:00 am Arrive at Port Carling Locks
12:00 pm Arrive at Port Sandfield Locks
2:00 pm Arrive at Little Lake Joe
2:30 pm Depart Little Lake Joe
3:30 pm Arrive at Port Sandfield
4:30 pm Arrive at Port Carling
8:00 pm Arrive at Gravenhurst Wharf

A historical handout on the 100 mile cruise here


View Big Cruise for a Big Cause in a larger map

 

The original 100 mile cruise brochure from 1950

 



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21 Sep
2011
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The Islands of Muskoka

Most islands on the Big 3 lakes in Muskoka have unique names such as Sunbeam, Monyca or Lookout  and have long and interesting histories associated with them. And then there are these numerous  small  insignificant islands that are basically rocks jutting out of the lake. We like to make up our own names for them – LOL. Some are completely barren with few trees or they can be occupied by flocks of weird birds. You need to be careful navigating around these chunks of granite as they are usually located in shallow waters. Captain – red marker port side!



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14 Sep
2010
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Captain Randy’s Idyllwood

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.

PLease click on the photo for a larger version – thanks



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10 May
2010
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What door will it be Monty?

For those of us that are located on the big 3 lakes in Muskoka we sometimes take for granted the beautiful and eclectic boathouses that populate our shorelines. It really is one of the defining characteristics of Muskoka. This is a 6-slip boathouse located on Lake Rosseau. Most boathouses are 2 or 3 slips in size. I have never seen whats hiding behind those doors but could imagine there are a few beauties moored within.

Many of you have contacted me requesting  more “Eye Candy on the Lakes” so I plan to continue featuring  as many as I can.

Please click on the above photo for a large 1280 pixel size



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