29 Nov
2016
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A Short 100 Mile Cruise Video from the Air

This is a very short video taken from the air of the 100 Mile Cruise back in August of 2012. This appears to be the final gathering place at the top end of  Little Lake Joseph. You can really get a sense of the amount of antique boats that accompanied us on this historic cruise. I was fortunate to be on the RMS Segwun for this special cruise. I wish I knew who to credit for the video.



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02 Nov
2016
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Macassa Point

This is the Macassa Point boathouse on Lake Rosseau. I suspect this is a pretty old boathouse. I recall a number of years back it had a bit of a lean to it.

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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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22 Aug
2016
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Dark Clouds Rolling

Whoever is in charge of sunsets this season has done a remarkable job. On this particular night it appeared that we were going to get some well needed rain. I took off on my trusty Jetski and found these ominous clouds on Lake Joseph near Fairy Island.

By the way – I just started using Instagram and I’m finding it useful and fun to post photos on the go. You can follow me here and I will follow you back.

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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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04 Aug
2016
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James Lumbers, Twilight Cruise

I purchased this print many years ago by well known Canadian artist James Lumbers. The print still hangs in our cottage today. It is a scene that would have been once viewed from the road side in the early days of Gordon Bay Marine located on Lake Joseph in Muskoka. Years later Mr. Lumbers and I would become friends. We had the opportunity to travel together in Alberta.

Most Canadians have probably viewed Jim’s work at some point with his trademark “ghosting” reflecting memories from days gone by. If you are not familiar with Lumbers work I invite you to check it out here.

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16 Jul
2015
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Unusual Lake Rosseau Boathouse

It is great that we have such diversification in architecture around Muskoka. Especially on the water front. You can find this one near the Venitian islands on Lake Rosseau. You need to be careful navigating around this area as its very shallow.

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22 Oct
2014
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Video – Flying Above the Bala Falls

Someone shared this beautiful video of Bala Falls with me. It was taken from a drone in and around the Bala Falls. You can see the Muskoka fall colors and the beautiful cascading waterfalls. I recommend you play it in full screen with the highest resolution you can.



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03 Oct
2014
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Peaking

If you are interested in experiencing the fall colors in cottage country, now would be a good time. Many areas are currently at peak. Visit the Algonquin Park fall color report page for updates. Also check out the parks live webcam here

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04 Sep
2014
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Eye Candy on the Lakes

There is without question some beautifully designed cottages and boathouses on the Muskoka Lakes. Here is a photo of a newly built boathouse on Lake Joseph across from the Lake Joe Club in Port Sandfield. It is built on one of the lots that were created from the tear down of the historic Marygrove or Glen Home Hotel.
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14 Aug
2014
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Throw Back Thursday, Live at The Kee 1986

#TBT – Throw Back Thursday. I’m a big music lover and always support our great Canadian artists. Here is the lineup from the summer of 1986 at the Kee to Bala in Muskoka. I went to some of these shows but can’t remember which ones. I’ve had the pleasure to see most of these bands at least once except Doug and the Slugs who I regrettably never got to see. (RIP Doug Bennett) Some of these bands are still performing and two of them still playing The Kee like David Wilcox, Kim Mitchell, Grant Fullerton and Paul James. May they Rock On!

 

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05 Jun
2014
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Mary Lake

I don’t get a chance to travel up to the Huntsville or Lake of Bays area as often as I like. It is equally as beautiful as the areas around the big three lakes in Muskoka. I snapped this photo where the Muskoka River flows out of Mary Lake. There is a considerable amount of history on these lakes and they tend to be populated by quaint cottages instead of the ostentatious McMansions on the larger lakes. I highly recommend visits to the area.
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28 May
2014
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Ferndale Now & Then

I have posted about Ferndale in the past however I thought I would provide an update as I recently found some old photos that show the size and scale of the property in its previous life. Ferndale is a very large property that used to be a resort that could take in hundreds of people. Later it became the Canadian Keswick Conference Centre a Christian leadership camp. Today Ferndale is a very extravagant and private cottage owned by one of Canada’s most successful home developers.

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The Canadian Keswick Conference Centre. I don’t have anyone to credit for the photo use as it was taken from a postcard posted on eBay. You can see from the view this is a sizable property and no doubt with sizable property taxes.
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Another photo from a post card. It appears to be a very popular place in its day holding up to 650 guests.

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08 May
2014
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145 Years and counting

You know you can’t kick off the Muskoka cottage season without the obligatory Clevelands House photo. Can you believe they are entering their 145th year in business? As a country Canada is only 2 years older.  With the long brutally cold winter we just went through there is much anticipation in cherishing every summer moment before us.
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23 Apr
2014
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The Old White Cross

I was driving around the Minett area recently hoping to get an updated photo of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Morinus. I knew I could get a good view of Lake Rosseau from here and see the ice conditions at the same time. I’ve photographed this cool church a number of times mostly from the boat. Just down the road from the Church I noticed this interesting cemetery and stopped by for a visit.

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05 Sep
2013
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Return to Huckleberry Rock

I don’t know about you but I’m real crazy about views. Have you hiked up Huckleberry Rock? The trail is a relatively easy walk from the parking lot. When you get to the top the views are breathtaking. I recommend the end of the day to capture some of the most amazing sunsets in Muskoka.  Information is here and a Map

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30 Aug
2013
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Rockhaven Boathouse

As you tour around the Muskoka lakes by watercraft you get to witness some real spectacular scenery. It could be a simple rock formation, weathered pine trees, a kid with a fish on his line or taking in the beautiful architecture.  This is one of my favorite properties on Lake Rosseau. It is the boathouse on Rockhaven Island. Have a safe and enjoyable Labour / Labor Day long weekend. Where did the summer go?

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15 Aug
2013
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Touristy Santa

I recommended this dude slip into the obligatory t-shirt and sneaks but he would have no part of it. Strolling around the wharf in Gravenhurst.

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04 Jul
2013
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Happy Feet!

The latest fashion trend in cottage country according to my 15 year old niece. Keep in mind it is July.

Reminder that the Antique and Classic Boat Show runs this weekend July 4-7, 2013 at the wharf in Gravenhurst. This year the theme is the greatest race boats in Canadian history. They are bringing in the legendary and recently restored Miss Canada IV race-boat.  Promotional video HERE

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03 Jul
2013
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Tom Cochrane & Red Rider Rocks the Kee

Hope your Canada Day weekend was awesome. A large group of us hit the Kee to Bala to catch the performance of Canadian musician Tom Cochrane and his band Red Rider. Tom has been popular on the Canadian airwaves for over 30 years cranking out hit after hit. He would have been a global superstar if he broke the US and International markets however he remains a Canadian gem. He is also a tireless humanitarian supporting many worthy causes globally. Check out some of his songs through these links. Life is a Highway, No Regrets, Sinking like a sunset, Boy inside the man, Lunatic fringe, Human Race, and Big League to name a few.

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