Come on into our Blog for a look at the wonderful world we've got to share! With over 240 hectares (600 acres) of wilderness woodlands surrounding the resort, just ten minutes from Algonquin Park, we feature over 400 metres (1200’) of waterfront and beach; boat rentals; summer hiking trails winding through fields and woods; 20 km. of groomed cross country ski trails and snowshoeing in winter; access to nearby snowmobile trails for sledders, and a toboggan hill for the young at heart. www.bondi-village-resort.com
Dave got a lovely surface on the rink, spending hours down there flooding it.
And then it snowed...
So Step Two is to clear that rink. Taffy went down to see if she could be of any help. Dave points out that when you are icing the rink, it doesn't look all that big... When you are shoveling snow off it, it somehow seems MUCH larger...
Brian and Dave set up the firepit for our guests at the Lodge for some after dinner marshmallows and chat.
It was just misty, not quite a rain, not quite anything really, when we were getting set up. Just a very mild evening, to be out by a fire.
But what the heck, they came to ski, and snowshoe, and play with snow...
So some of us got up and Waltzed, a good old fashioned Snow Dance to bring on the weather.
Well... about that...
Be careful what you wish for... The snow arrived, and pelted on us for the rest of the evening.
The following day the temperature spiked back up, and it got pretty sloppy... but we've got proof that when the Old Salts call for the snow, they've got connections!
We tried howling for the local wolf pack, but they either couldn't hear us through the falling snow, or they weren't close enough to answer. We had to make do with our Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, Taffy...
No wonder the local Groundhog saw his shadow... Feb. 2 was sunshine soaked and fabulous. Very mild. Too mild, really -- we, like the moose, prefer our winter to be colder than this. But it's hard to argue with a day when you could sit outside in a sheltered spot and do some sun-bathing in a Muskoka chair!
Out walking with Taffy, we found some of our guests on their way back to the Lodge for lunch.
There was a huge sundog, but I wasn't fast enough to get a camera and capture it. The light glinting off the ice was pretty impressive, though! I settled for that.
There's one of the fish-huts. We've got about 8 inches of solid ice on our bay. Beyond that, I'm not so sure. Always check ice conditions. Always.
Along the shore, we found raccoon tracks! I hope he's just out for a stroll enjoying the sunshine too! We didn't see any groundhog tracks, so I'm not sure if we are supposed to take the word of the raccoon on the supposed remaining length of Winter... Mr. Coon is out and about very early, although it is not uncommon for them to yawn their way out of their dens on mild days.
I liked the way the sun and shadows were working here.
The pattern of snowmelt and ice on the dock at Lantern also caught my eye.
I see the Beaver has very generously contributed to the woodpile at Lantern cottage...
Rabbit tracks, squirrel tracks and deer tracks were abundant
Some of our guests, here from the Old Salts Canoe Club, enjoying skiing and snowshoeing.
Conditions might not be perfect for skiing today, but the day was still outstanding and couldn't be bettered for snowshoeing!
January 31st... a late start indeed to the season, but Yep, those dots in the distance, those are our fish huts. Mike and David got them out today. There is a little over eight inches of ice where they are, and a hard packed trail across the lake, so that is all good. It's been a very mild day -- not raining, but pondering the possibility of rain, which has caused the lake to water up bringing the slush to the surface. That could be good, when it turns cold we could get rid of the slush, and have a much nicer surface to cross! Meanwhile, the boys have their lines in the water, and the bbq ready back at the house!
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We do have vacancies throughout August, but not that many...
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1 888 300 2132 or 705 635 2261 or email us. We've got your cottage ready!
Snow-where else to Be!
It has been a mild December so far, but wow -- the hiking and wildlife viewing have been superb!
Snow is coming, though...
Christmas to New Years is a fabulous time to be here: ski, skate, snowshoe, build snowforts, toboggan, play with all the new Christmas toys, or just relax by the fire. We look after the snow removal and trail maintenance, you look after the having fun part.
Snowmobiling gears up in January as their trails open, but the ski hills are open already for those who prefer a quieter activity. Something for all, really... Consider taking your winter vacation here, not far from the city, and where the Canadian dollar gets you a lot farther than it does south of the border.
We've got a fantastic place to gather, enjoy the scenery, relax by a fire, and spend time with family and friends. Whether a quiet couples' getaway, or a family reunion or a club outing , we've got your cottage waiting.
We'd love to hear from you. The experiences our guests have are precious to us. If you have photos you took at Bondi, we'd love to have those as well. You can email them to Nancy at email@example.com
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We are very proud of Napster, our tail-painting cat, who uses his lovely artwork to raise money for charities. This lovely little creature passed away July 2015, but left a huge legacy, having raised over $12,000 for various charities through the sale of his artwork. That artwork, through prints and notecards, is still available. Click here to visit Napster's Blog and visit the gallery of his tail-paintings.
Now sold around the world, he was honoured to have his artwork sold around the globe -- he even has a print with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Click on the following links to enjoy a 'virtual ski' round some of our 15 km. of groomed track set cross country ski trails. Thanks to Altitude and Attitude, North Muskoka gets the kind of winter you can really enjoy. Huge thanks to Eric Prince, the creative mind that made this videos happen!
Click here to enjoy seeing a variety of our trails.
And Click Here for another cross country ski adventure.
and this one, in 2014, just days before the snow vanished, from Hawke Lake on down. Click Here
And Click Here for just one more...