22 Sep
2018
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Nobody Loves Me Anymore

I posted this photo of a run down boathouse over on my Instagram account. It got quite a few comments from you Muskoka people who are out there and know whats going on. I have been watching this Lake Rosseau boathouse slowly deteriorate over the years. I would imagine with the cost of lake front property, taxes and low inventory that this property will be transformed into something new someday. You rarely see any old relics that are falling apart on the lake any more. Even the boathouse up on Fairy Island is gone now however the cottage still stands among the trees.



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03 Sep
2018
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Sullivan Island, Lake Joe

I was cruising back home via Seadoo after visiting a friend at the bottom end of Lake Joe. I headed due north passing by Caniff Island and then by Sullivan Island.  I looked over at Sullivan Island and it looked perfect with the backdrop of clouds. I have not been traveling as much with my big Nikon camera so I whipped out my trustee iPhone X and got this shot.



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29 Aug
2018
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Blasting By

There was still some light as I headed back to the cottage at the end of a long run up the lake. Even though we are at peek summer this is the only boat I happened to see blasting by on the north end of Lake Joseph. And I’m OK with that.



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26 Aug
2018
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The Protest to Stop Waterfront Subdivisions in Muskoka

Here is a short video I made while participating in the Sound the Alarm Boat Rally in Muskoka August 25th, 2018. This is in protest of developers turning existing waterfront resorts into subdivisions. The environmental impact of high density housing on shorelines is the main driver. The protest was held in front of the old Lakeside Lodge which was torn down and will have 43 new cottages built on 470 ft of shoreline. Normally 1 or 2 cottages would be built on a lot this size not 43. This all has to do with the new official plan and a developer friendly Mayor and a few Councilors. I assure you this is more than a NIMBY situation. I copied from the Save Muskoka website below.

Official plans set the rules of land use and development for a municipality. This new plan would allow any of Muskoka’s 80-plus waterfront resorts to be redeveloped into high-density residential enclaves – thanks to a developer-friendly redefinition of what constitutes a “Resort”. The District of Muskoka’s planners, in a misguided attempt to prop up the ailing resort industry, are proposing that 50% of all new units may be sold and operated as fully residential units, without the requirement to rent. The other 50% can be sold with minimal (and unenforceable) rental obligations. It is, simply, residential densification under the guise of being a “Resort”. Ironically the real effect maybe doing away with resorts entirely.
http://savemuskoka.ca



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14 Aug
2018
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Sunset Cruise

What a great summer this has been. Maybe the best in a decade especially if you are spending time on the water. I’ve been using my trusty Seadoo more than my boat these days especially when traveling solo. I love to do a final run on the water as the sun drops to conclude the day.



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29 Jul
2018
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Feet In Cold Water

There was this awesome Canadian band from the 1970’s called A Foot in Cold Water. Maybe you’ve heard of them? They had a hit song called; Make Me Do Anything You Want.  I seem to recall they had an album cover with some dangling feet in cold water. I took this photo with my trusty iPhone off my dock thinking about them. There’s nothing like dangling your feet off the dock on a warm day.



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09 Jul
2018
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onecallaway

ONECALLAWAY – is the name of the cottage. Years ago when we were thinking of purchasing this cottage we weren’t sure what to do. Should we or shouldn’t we? Our friend Rob was visiting the office and gave us a little push. He said “do it, it will be a great lifestyle choice” Rob continued “You never know about life, it could be over tomorrow. We could be One Call Away from the Doctor telling us so”. Over the years Rob has visited and also referred to our cottage as onecallaway and it stuck.



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21 Jun
2018
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Dog Days of Summer Solstice

Today is the longest day of sunlight in 2018. Of course that is only true if you live north of the equator. The summer solstice is upon us.

These two skimmed by my cottage a few years back. I didn’t know what else to do with the photo so I’m posting it here. 🙂 Don’t forget to visit my Instagram where I post at least one photo per day. Mostly Muskoka related but sometimes my travels get in the way.

http://instagram.com/edboutilier



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14 Jun
2018
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Show Ski Canada – Off the Docks at Clevelands

I was enjoying lunch and a brew at Pie Wood Fired Pizza on the upper deck at Cleveland’s House recently and noticed Show Ski Canada practicing. The SWS Muskoka people with the marina next door are very involved with some of their people on the team and their Mastercraft boat powering up the talented skiers. It’s SWS that runs the amazing water ski shows around Muskoka. If you haven’t seen a show I highly recommend you check one out. Schedule here. This year the Deerhurst in Huntsville Ontario is hosting the World Water Ski Show Tournament September 7-9, 2018.



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29 Oct
2017
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Sunsets on Lake Rosseau

I decided to take a tour over to Brackenrig Bay on Lake Rosseau. It was a beautiful warm autumn night as I stopped my Seadoo in the middle of the lake and soaked it all in. There are not many of these nights remaining this season so I savor what I can.



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23 Oct
2017
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Rock’n the Dock

Enjoying the beautiful autumn weather in Muskoka.



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11 Sep
2017
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Bestest Friends Revisited 7 Years Later

Back in August 2010 these two lovely ladies visited Muskoka to celebrate a 16th birthday. It’s now 7 years later and we had a fun time trying to recreate the original photo as best we could. There were a few challenges such as different light, high winds, new camera, large waves and an annoying drone that someone insisted on flying around us. I hope we won’t have to wait 7 years for the next visit.



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22 Aug
2017
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SUP Muskoka Style

Have you tried Stand Up Paddle Boarding? Its lots of fun. It takes a bit of balance, dexterity and Ninja skills and you might go for a few little spills in the beginning. Kind of like learning to ride a bike I suppose. I picked up this sweet Muskoka themed board from Canadian designer Lee Kline.
https://klinesup.com/



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19 May
2017
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Kicking off the May 2-4 Weekend at Clevelands House

It’s the kickoff of the quintessential Canadian May 2-4 weekend. This is an early morning shot taken at Clevelands House in Muskoka. Apparently there has been renovations and new food operators for the boathouse this year. Always a great place to check out.
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08 May
2017
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D. A. Dunford Painting

It is always a great feeling when people recognize and appreciate your work. Recently I had the privilege to connect with renowned Muskoka artist D. A. Dunford. Doug asked if he could create a painting by using one of my photographs as a reference. Here is an image of the painting with my original photo below. What an honor!

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The original Blog post for this photo entitled Therapeutic Exploration.



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11 Apr
2017
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The Spring Melt

I visited Muskoka yesterday for the first time since the fall season which explains my Blog inactivity. I spent the winter months in the warm climes of the Hawaiian Islands. It was blissful!

I was in Bala yesterday checking out the falls (and the construction) and there is significant water flowing out of Lake Muskoka into the Moon River to Georgian Bay. The ice should be off the lakes by the end of this week. Water levels are down to summer levels on the lakes at present and will rise over the next 10 days. Hopefully no flooding this year.



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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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25 Oct
2016
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Removal Time

Just a quick iPhone shot while removing the Seadoo’s for the season. Thanks SWS for being so generous with your ramp allowing me to access it each season.

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11 Oct
2016
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We’ve Got Beaver Problems

We arrived at the cottage and noticed that a 30ft tree was down and leaning against the roof. At first I thought there must have been a windstorm however upon further inspection I discovered a Beaver had taken it. I pulled the tree off the roof with plans to clean it up in the morning.

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The morning arrived and I went out to clean up the tree. Well, the tree is missing. Where did it go? It was a 30 ft high poplar tree and it disappeared overnight! Fast-forward to  the next morning and I noticed another tree is down. We are dealing with super power Beaver. At this point I decided I better wrap the trees or he is going to keep taking them. After wrapping the trees I set up my trail-cam on one of the wrapped trees thinking he will surely come back to this area. I really wanted to get some photos of this magnificent creature.

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So after setting up my trail-cam I come out the next morning to find the tree that had the camera mounted on it is now on the ground. This tree was wrapped with a hard plastic mesh however the Beaver dug down into the soil and took the tree down. He is a spiteful Beaver – LOL. This is tree #3 that he has taken within a few days. At this point I still have no photos of this creature. Fortunately he left this tree and I was able to recover my camera and some nice photos of the sky. The next day I found this 20 ft tree floating in the lake some 200 ft away.

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I attempted to photograph the Beaver 4 times and could not get a decent shot. I was using IR settings with video and JPG photo setup. He is a very stealthy Beaver. After I setup my tripod I later returned and mounted the camera to a piece of wood. I was worried he may take the entire tripod and camera home.

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Finally after 5 attempts I got many shots of this magnificent creature. He is a big boy and a very diligent worker. We have searched the area looking for some evidence of where he’s coming from but have found no clues thus far. After wrapping all of the poplar trees I have seen no further evidence of Mr. Beaver. I’m sure he is not far away and some neighbor is now enjoying their own adventure.

beaver1_600We learned a lot about Beavers. If they become a nuisance you can live trap them however they can only be moved 1km away. Apparently they don’t do well outside of their established domain and may end up fighting with other Beavers for the territory. The Ministry does allow Beavers to be harvested by a licensed trapper if they are causing destruction to your property. They are magnificent creatures and live throughout the Muskoka area. Controlling Beavers on Private Land.



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