29 Oct
2008
WITH:
3 Comments

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.



In: in and around muskoka ontario

28 Oct
2008
WITH:
1 Comment

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.



In: in and around muskoka ontario

23 Oct
2008
WITH:
1 Comment

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.



In: historic muskoka, in and around muskoka ontario, on the water, tripin around towns

22 Oct
2008
WITH:
1 Comment

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.



In: in and around muskoka ontario

19 Oct
2008
WITH:
1 Comment

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



In: historic muskoka, in and around muskoka ontario, tripin around towns, uncategorized

17 Oct
2008
WITH:
No Comments

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)



In: boathouses of muskoka, on the water

15 Oct
2008
WITH:
1 Comment

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)



In: historic muskoka, in and around muskoka ontario

14 Oct
2008
WITH:
2 Comments

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



In: historic muskoka, in and around muskoka ontario

08 Oct
2008
WITH:
2 Comments

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



In: boathouses of muskoka, in and around muskoka ontario, on the water

05 Oct
2008
WITH:
3 Comments

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



In: historic muskoka, in and around muskoka ontario, on the water, tripin around towns

01 Oct
2008
WITH:
3 Comments

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



In: in and around muskoka ontario, tripin around towns, uncategorized

29 Sep
2008
WITH:
No Comments

Bracebridge Fall Fair Revisited

Another photo from the recent Bracebridge fall fair. I noticed these two beauties, a Fairlane 500 and a 1931 Ford Model A with a rumble seat. My father used collect cars and had one like this. When I was a kid we would ride into town in one of those bumpy rumble seats -man we thought we were so cool waving to everyone while it put-putted away.

Bracebridge Fall Fair



In: historic muskoka, in and around muskoka ontario, tripin around towns

23 Sep
2008
WITH:
3 Comments

Interesting Boathouses on the Muskoka Lakes

One of the most striking things you notice when visiting Muskoka are the many types of beautiful boathouses. They vary from rustic to charming to grandiose architectural styles. Many of these boathouses feature beautiful sitting rooms, bathrooms, exercise rooms and grand bedrooms. Sometimes driving past you can get a peak at the prized Muskoka antique boats like the Ditchburns, Minette-Shields, Dippys and Greavettes etc.

This photo is of a boathouse on a Lake Rosseau island. It appears someone really loves his sailboat.

Muskoka Boathouse



In: boathouses of muskoka, historic muskoka, in and around muskoka ontario, on the water

21 Sep
2008
WITH:
1 Comment

Huckleberry Rock Trail overlooking Lake Muskoka

Huckleberry Rock is one of the most scenic views in all of Muskoka. You can find the trail just off the road that takes you to Milford Bay. These rocks are some of the oldest rocks in the world, well over a billion years old. I will return in late autumn to catch some of the vivid colors.

Mama always told me not to look into the eyes of the sun. But, Mama, that’s where the fun is.

“Blinded by the light” — Bruce Springsteen.

Huckleberry



In: historic muskoka, in and around muskoka ontario, on the water

18 Sep
2008
WITH:
4 Comments

The Zipper Ride

When I was a kid we could hardly wait to go to the annual fall fair. We would usually sneak through a hole in the fence somewhere at the back so we could save the extra money for the midway. Well there was this amusement ride that all kids were really freaked out about called “The Zipper“. Of course we all wanted to ride it and brag about how we lived to survive it despite the rumors about people being launched out of the cages and crashing to a brutal death. (I later learned those weren’t rumors.)

After coming off with green faces we discovered that if we hung around the Zipper we could pick up the money that fell out of peoples pockets. This was a great way to make some extra cash until the nasty Carni man with the stick chased us away – but that’s another story. This past weekend while strolling around the Bracebridge fall fair I discovered my old friend the Zipper

The Zipper ride



In: in and around muskoka ontario, tripin around towns, uncategorized

17 Sep
2008
WITH:
No Comments

Ride my Llama at the Bracebridge Fall Fair

I took a stroll through the Bracebridge Fall Fair last Saturday. The theme was heavy on the agricultural stuff with giant squash, momma’s best jams and cookies, horse pulling and even a midway with Ferris wheel and the ooooh scary Zipper. As I was wandering away from the hoopla I saw these strange creatures looking for some attention. I did not realize that Lama’s had chompers on them like killer beavers.

Llama



In: in and around muskoka ontario, tripin around towns

14 Sep
2008
WITH:
3 Comments

Cruising Through the Backroads of Muskoka

I did not know exactly were I was when I found this old 1942 Dodge sitting in a farmers field. Sitting across the road there was a small monument that said, The Hamlet Bardsville, Est 1865. There was a for sale sign on the fence so if your looking for a new set of wheels …

1942-dodge800.jpg



In: historic muskoka, in and around muskoka ontario, tripin around towns

10 Sep
2008
WITH:
1 Comment

Muskoka boat season, excuse me I am not done yet

Ok so its only September, I mean there’s no reason to pack up and leave yet although most have done so. Boating season still has at least 2 months to go for me and the odd other nut bar I see around the lakes. We are Canadians and we have to stretch it out as long as we can even if it does mean blue fingers and toes.

Lake Joseph Boats



In: historic muskoka, in and around muskoka ontario, on the water

08 Sep
2008
WITH:
No Comments

Signs that the Fall Season is here in Muskoka

There are some very distinctive signs that the fall season is upon us. The Cicadas are no longer buzzing, the Crickets have quieted down and of course the boat traffic is at a minimal level. Most importantly you can feel it in the air. There are many of us that feel this is the best time of year to be in Muskoka. This photo was taken down a side road on my way to Bracebridge.

Backroads of Muskoka

It started to rain hard and I did not get to spend as much time here as I would have liked. There are some interesting things down some of these Muskoka side roads.

Muskoka Backroads



In: in and around muskoka ontario, tripin around towns

03 Sep
2008
WITH:
1 Comment

The Rosseau Market in Muskoka features the Northern Lights Steel Orchestra

In the town of Rosseau, Ontario every Friday morning in the summer you will find The Rosseau Farmers Market. This is a great place to come browse around at the many artisans booths, purchase fresh produce, and catch a different musical group each week. However, come labour day like most things in Muskoka the streets roll up. I highly recommend a visit here either by boat or car. On the last day I caught this interesting band called, Northern Lights Steel Orchestra

Northern Lights Steel Orchestra



In: in and around muskoka ontario, on the water, tripin around towns

design & theme by Nikola Lazarevic