Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Lake of Bays shifting, Sparkling Waters Appear

Lake of Bays is sparkling again.  Last night the moon glistened off the ice and this morning we can sit on the dock and watch the ice moving, shifting, tinkling and disappearing down the lake through the streams and waterfalls to the south.
Come and join us this weekend we are expecting more of the same, sun and sparkling water.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Beach Weather in Muskoka

Why would you want to go South, on days like this? This young deer was enjoying basking on some greening grass right at the water's edge at Bondi Village Resort this morning.
This is a great time of year for wildlife spotting --the moose are starting to come out to the road's edge in Algonquin Park, and the Visitor Centre is open. You never know what you'll see from the viewing deck at the Visitor's Centre -- last month, there was a pack of wolves on view!
And all through March, you can drop by the Muskoka Wildlife Centre, with free admission for kids accompanied by their adults. Be sure to say Hello to Woodrow the Beaver, proudly sponsored by Bondi Village Resort; and to Rufus the Bobcat and Yeti the Lynx, proudly sponsored by Cedar Grove Lodge.

Deer Hunting in March (with a camera!)

It was a bright sunny day so I went deer hunting and shot a lot of deer ... with my camera!
You can be assured of seeing deer when you drive down Fox Point Road on the other side of Lake of Bays.

Some people still feed the deer and my friend Brian from Bondi Village Cottage Resort told me where to look!

Beauview Cottage Resort, Huntsville, Ontario, Canada 800-363-6047

Lake of Bays Region Offers Rich History for Travelers

Lake of Bays Region Offers Rich History for Travelers Seeking a Muskoka Ontario Canadian Tourism Getaway
In addition to the shear beauty of its nature landscape of forest, lakes and wetlands, the Lake of Bays region of North Muskoka Ontario has a rich and fascinating history.

Two dedicated, local organizations understood the importance of preserving the area’s history. The Huntsville and Lake of Bays Railway Society and the Muskoka Pioneer Village joined forces to preserve a valuable piece of the Lake of Bays unique past.

Stretching east from Huntsville all the way through to the southwest boundary of Algonquin Park and encompassing the communities of Baysville, Dwight, and Dorset, the Lake of Bays was originally occupied by the Algonquin and Huron tribes.

In the 1600s, early explorers such as Samuel Champlain passed through the area and were followed by missionaries and later, the first European settlers. To help encourage settlement, the Free Land Grant and Homestead Act of 1868 was created, which offered 200 acres of land, free of charge to settlers willing to clear land and build a home.

Ultimately, logging became the dominant industry of the area, necessitating the construction of a transportation network that included both rail and water.

In an effort to meet the needs of travelers seeking a Canadian getaway, Muskoka’s Lake of Bays sported the first “wilderness” resorts, sometimes as basic as a spare room in someone’s modest farmhouse. As the Muskoka tourism industry took off and tourists began to flock to the Lake of Bay Ontario area, a variety of inns and lodges started to dot the Lake of Bays waterfront. Large, multi-room luxury Muskoka Ontario resorts, such as the Bigwin Inn, were built to cater to the ballooning Canadian tourism industry.

As a direct result of the booming tourism, many resorts and inns were created to meet the needs of individuals desiring to catch a glimpse of this beautiful territory. There are many fine full-service resorts and cottage rental resorts that offer year-round accommodations to those that might want to tour the area and learn more about the past as well as the role Lake of Bays has played as a major North American tourist destination.

Muskoka’s Lake of Bays is also right next door to Ontario Canada’s famous Algonquin Provincial Park, which also boasts a rich history.

For area information and lists of Muskoka vacation accommodators, please visit the North Muskoka Resort Group’s website at

Thursday, March 11, 2010

March Magic

Spring is magical in North Muskoka. As winter starts to let go, water starts to move. Along the shores and trails it is a photographer's delight, with interesting shapes and designs, and something new all the time.

This is the way the weather has carved into the snow on one of the docks at Bondi Village Resort, creating a fascinatingly lovely design.

There's still lots of snow left, for those who like to play and toboggan and snowshoe, and you can be here for the March break, out of the car, onto the trails, playing in less time than it will take you to beat your way through Airport Security. Not to mention that here, you can drink the water!

Moose are starting to move around in the Park, coming out to the road in search of salt after a long winter. We've got deer on our property, all happy to pose for their close-up.

So come on up. March is magical in North Muskoka, and there are great specials on offer, too.

Welcome Home

"Welcome Home"

One of the best things about choosing a North Muskoka Resort, is that each are family owned and operated. There are no chain hotels/motels/resorts in our little group, only traditional family run businesses. Now some would say, and frankly they would be right, that that makes us 'quirky' and different. Well we say, 'Absolutely'! We love that we are unique and that you wont find another one of us anywhere in the world. This special family run feeling has led Cedar Grove Lodge to add a new slogan to our original "A Muskoka Tradtion", our new slogan was derived from 82 years of listening to our guests and understanding what makes them come back year after year, this new slogan... "Welcome Home".

For more places to feel like home, visit our North Muskoka Website.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Capture a Fox (with your camera)

Young fox is happy spring is approaching.  Our forests come alive at this time of year and you can capture (with your camera) if you are quiet some special images, fox, moose and deer of course.