Friday, December 23, 2011

Our Trails are Open, Our Skies are Dark

The ski trails at Bondi Village Resort are short of snow, but they are fabulous for hikers. We are open to the public over the holiday season -- with almost 15 km. of trails winding through a variety of terrain and habitat, we've got something for every level of activity.

Our Frisbee Golf Course is also still open for play.  Please be sure to register at the Office for any use of trails, frisbee course, etc.  There is a small fee for our non-registered guests.

On Starry nights, Nancy is offering a Dark Skies program here at Bondi.  Give her a call if you'd like to come take part.  $10/person for non-registered guests. 705 635 1569. The winter skies are very different from those we see in mid-summer.

We are also offering LAST MINUTE DEALS for cottages during the holidays and over New Years. Give us a shout! 

Holiday Family Fun on the Farm

Another Activity to do over the Holidays

Back of Beyond Equine Centre and Affinity Consulting are offering a unique family/group activity

Holiday Family Fun on the Farm
Ride behind Major and Norman on the big red sleigh/wagon (withwheels instead of bobs until there is snow)Brush/groom the poniesTour the horse farmWalk through the winter woods on our private trailsRoast marshmallows and drink hot chocolate at the bonfireIndoor activities and games

WHEN: Monday Dec 26, Tues Dec 27, Friday Dec 30, Sat Dec 31, 2011Sunday Jan 1, Monday Jan 2, Wed Jan 4, Thurs Jan 5, Sat Jan 7, 2012

TIME: 1pm to 3 pm


WHERE: Back of Beyond Equine Centre, 2572 Muskoka Road 10 Huntsville Ontario www.BackofBeyondEquineCentre .

Sunday, December 18, 2011

What is there to do in North Muskoka?!

Christmas holidays are a week away and New Years is 2 weeks away. What is there to do in North Muskoka when we didn't get a dumping of snow like we got last year. (It shouldn't be a green Christmas, there is snow in the forecast this coming week.) Muskoka also gets lake effect snow from Georgian Bay which is hard for the weather forecasters to predict.

It has been cold so that the ground has frozen up. That means it's good for hiking in Algonquin Park... no mud to slog through! With the frozen grouund and without the leaves on the trees, you can go farther, see farther and see more wildlife. The bears are asleep so there's no worries about a bear encounter. You could see a moose or deer. (no mosquitoes !) On my walk this weekend I saw some birds: blue jays, chickadees and a noisy woodpecker.

Hidden Valley Highlands opens today on a limited basis for snow skiing and snowboarding. They have been making snow at every opportunity. More runs will open as the weather allows. At New Years, they have Fireworks and a bonfire.

Rock Ridge Snow Tubing park also has snow making will open on Dec 26, 2011 There's a lift to take you up to the top of the hills. Warm chalet with food service which is licensed for adults. There's a special New Years party at Rock Ridge

Beauview Cottages has a webcam page shows what it looks like out their window so you can see how much snow we've got.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thinking Christmas and the New Year

National Geographic gave Muskoka the nod as one of the BEST DESTINATIONS n the world. Not just for summer... the other season are pretty amazing too.

We've been getting our own 20 km. of groomed ski trails ready here at BONDI VILLAGE RESORT. The boys are stringing the Christmas lights.  Our Frisbee Golf course is ready for snowshoe play.  Nearby, Hidden Valley Ski Hill has the lifts primed and ready; the Rock Ridge Tube Park is just waiting for the snow; the dog sled teams are fit and ready to rock...  The Algonquin Snowmobile Club has their new maps out and the groomer ready to roll.

We think that Winter in Muskoka is pretty darn amazing.

The Christmas and New Years holidays are a fabulous time to come north, instead of south.  Avoid the airport jams, the trek through Customs -- we're just 2 hours away.

Canada has seasons. We truly believe that there is magic in all of them, and that we owe it to ourselves to discover how to enjoy them all. Mike and Dave can hardly wait to get back on  skiis, they've got the fish-hut primed and ready to go, they've checked out the snowmobiles so they are winter-ready... all they need is snow.

Luckily, due to altitude and attitude, North Muskoka enjoys the kind of the winter you CAN play with.

Think Snow... help Stamp out Summer...

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Resorts of North Muskoka Signs

You'll see these signs popping up all over North Muskoka. They show who is a member of the Resorts of North Muskoka.

Look for them when you need a place to stay near Huntsville, Dwight, and Algonquin Park.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Muskoka - Best of the World 2012 - National Geographic

National Geographic Traveler magazine has recognized Muskoka, Ontario, Canada as one of their top 20 must see world destinations for 2012.

This is in addition to their recognition of Muskoka as the Best Summer Trip for 2011.

See the Muskoka page on the National Geographic website.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

North Muskoka Area - September Events

Sunday, September 11, Pen Lake & Lake of Bays, Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 - Swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, and run 13.1 miles…or just come out and cheer on the athletes in this gruelling competition.

Saturday, September 17, 9:00am – 5:00pm, Shades of Autumn Antique, Classic and Custom Car Show, Downtown Huntsville - If four wheels are your passion, the 9th annual car show is an adventure that will accelerate your heart rate with 300 auto exhibits up and down the main drag.

September 22-21 Film North Huntsville International Film Festival, Algonquin Theatre - Three days, 25+ movies, world premieres, old classics, and multiple chances to rub shoulders with film industry professionals - what more could a movie buff want!? Tickets available at Algonquin Theatre

September 23-25, Huntsville Fall Fair, Huntsville Fair Grounds off Ravenscliffe Road - midway, great food, contests and more!

September 24-25, 10am-6pm, 33rd Annual Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour – Visit 25 studios across Muskoka and see the beautiful context in which the artists work at this spectacular time of year.

September 30-October 2, North Words Muskoka Literary Festival - Join the likes of Margaret Atwood to learn the “Stories Behind the Books”. Tickets available at Algonquin Theatre.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

July Summer Fun

From Colonial Bay Cottages:

Another long weekend has come and gone but the amazing summer weather continues! If you didn’t have a chance to visit Muskoka, we hope you had a fabulous long weekend wherever you were. And remember, only 24 days until the next one!

In the meantime, there’s lots happening around Muskoka this month:

Concerts in the Park - Wednesdays throughout July, 7pm, Town Docks, Huntsville – Every Wednesday evening, bring a lawn chair and a toonie for some tunes!

Celebrate the Street – July 9, 9am-2pm, Huntsville – Buskers, children’s games, artists’ demonstrations and performances from the Edge of the Woods theatre company

Nuit Blanche North - July 9, 9pm-2am, Huntsville – The streets will come alive with an exciting program of free contemporary artistic activities, events and exhibits taking place in unconventional places in and around Huntsville’s downtown core.

31st Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show - July 9, 8am-5pm, Gravenhurst Wharf – Features over 100 traditional antique and classic boats plus a display of approximately 100 antique and classic cars organized by the Pink Slips Car Club.

Firefly Festival - July 15, 6pm-midnight, Downtown Huntsville – Huntsville’s quaint Main Street closes to cars, and opens to a Friday evening of family fun, live music, great food and shopkeeper specials.

Muskoka Arts & Crafts 49th Annual Summer Show - July 15-17, Annie Williams Park, Bracebridge - Two hundred sensational artists and craftspeople from Muskoka and across Canada show and sell their original and handmade works. Hours: Friday, 10am-7pm, Saturday & Sunday, 10am-5pm. Admission by Donation. Free Parking. The park is located at the corner of Santa's Village Road and Wellington Street.

Cushion Concerts - Saturdays from July 16 to August 6, 10am-11am, River Mill Park, Huntsville – A fun-filled program presented by local performers that will introduce children to the wonders of a variety of different musical styles. Sit on our cushion, or bring your own. Best of all, it's free for everyone!

Firefest - July 30, 5pm, Dwight – Don't miss Muskoka's biggest beach party at Dwight beach! Activities include a BBQ & beach activities begin at 5pm: Northern Lights Steel Band, Lake of Bays Water & Rescue Boat and a Gigantic Fireworks display at dusk. Help support our volunteer firefighters & have a good time. $5.00/person or $20.00/family.

Friday, April 29, 2011

National Geographics Top Pick for a Summer Destination

Muskoka! We're Number One. The National Geographic Says So.

National Geographpic Travel editors hand-picked ten top trips, for out-of-the-ordinary destinations for your summer vacations

Well, what do you know? Number one on the list? Muskoka!

Close to Toronto (which is good, given the price of fuel -- we're still affordable to reach!) and yet a world away from the city, offering an unplugged pace and what they describe as simple summer pleasures. They also mention the Algonquin Park Wolf Howls, a world famous attraction that takes place (wolves and weather permitting) on Thursdays in August.

One of our North Muskoka neighbours, Pow Point Point Lodge, got a National Geographic shout out!

Or on our lawn, right here at Bondi Village,  if our resident wolf pack is in the area.

Muskoka offers something for everyone, from zip-lining, extreme mountain biking, horseback riding, boutique shopping, antique stores to some of the finest scenery, trails and wilderness in the world. Add in a huge selection of golf courses. Cruise the lakes, or just pick up stakes and wander through the little towns of cottage country, coming home at night to comfortable cottages on the edge of Lake of Bays, one of the jewels of Muskoka, and the closest to Algonquin Park. Discover our history, our artists, our attractions and our great outdoors. Muskoka has the best backyard.

Cranberries at Bala, the UNESCO Dark Skies reserve at the Torrance Barrens, Algonquin Park, Arrowhead Park, the Haliburton Forest Reserve Sky Walk and Wolf Centre, HMS Segwun (repeatedly rated as one of Canada's top attractions) and so much more are all within an hour's drive.

Be as active or as laid-back as you choose to be. Play on our 2000' of beachfront, canoe, kayak, waterski, hike, bird and wildlife watch... roast marshmallows at the campfire, pick berries, and rediscover how wonderful the world is that is just waiting for you to come on over.