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
As part of a fundraising campaign called 1000 Canoes, raising money for the new Health Hub in Dorset that will benefit not only all our residents but summer visitors as well, we launched four canoes in Bondi Bay.
Dave had one. Mike had one. Nancy (and the camera) had one.
And of course, Taffy had one, too. She is an expert at the Dog Paddle.
Our four canoes joined numbers with others all around the Lake of Bays and Kawagama Lake, and while the weather that day was cool and windy, which kept numbers down, and while they did not reach the goal of 1000, the fundraiser did in fact generate $15,000 for the Health Hub.
Which makes it a winner, no matter how many canoes...
It has been a terribly hard week for me. On May 13th, I had to say good-bye to my beloved thoroughbred, Blizzard, at the age of 23. He had been with me for 18 years, all of them wonderful.
On Monday, his stablemate and best pasture buddy Bailey began to colic, and it went sideways fast. We worked on him throughout Monday, with the vet, and throughout the night.
.At 6 a.m. Tuesday morning, following complications from a colic, our beautiful 26 year old Bailey (Diamond in the Rough) laid down in green pastures.He did not wait for the vet. He heard the distant call, and followed his stable buddy and best pasture-mate Blizzard out of the whinnying green stables.
This was a horse to dream about, his entire life, from his start in Ireland, to his jumping career in the Eastern US, to his eventing days in Ontario.
He came to us to teach KellyList to be a fearless cross country rider. He handed wings out for free to his other 'jockeys' and that list is long. Special hugs to Krystina Clarke, who loved him so, and who helped him on his final journey. As age shortened his stride, he went on to teach so many more people so many things. Gracious and forgiving with beginners, fearless and bold with the more advanced, he taught with patience and good humour everyone who was honoured to sit on his back.
In the stable, he was beloved of all, with his constantly wobbly nose that he used to give the best back-rubs ever, his cheerful sense of humour, and his unfailing attitude to please, this horse will be most sadly missed by very many.
Myself included, as he collapsed from toxic shock and died with his head in my arms and took a chunk of my heart with him where he's gone. RIP Bailey.
And as I was green and carefree, famous among the barns About the happy yard and singing as the farm was home, In the sun that is young once only, Time let me play and be Golden in the mercy of his means, And green and golden I was huntsman and herdsman, the calves Sang to my horn, the foxes on the hills barked clear and cold, And the sabbath rang slowly In the pebbles of the holy streams.
All the sun long it was running, it was lovely, the hay Fields high as the house, the tunes from the chimneys, it was air And playing, lovely and watery And fire green as grass. And nightly under the simple stars As I rode to sleep the owls were bearing the farm away, All the moon long I heard, blessed among stables, the nightjars Flying with the ricks, and the horses Flashing into the dark.
And then to awake, and the farm, like a wanderer white With the dew, come back, the cock on his shoulder: it was all Shining, it was Adam and maiden, The sky gathered again And the sun grew round that very day. So it must have been after the birth of the simple light In the first, spinning place, the spellbound horses walking warm Out of the whinnying green stable On to the fields of praise.
Spring has arrived. March is that month teetering between the end of Winter and the start of Spring, with excellent snow conditions looking to remain until after the March school break -- great news for skiers, snowshoers, snowmobilers and those hoping to finally get a chance to go dog-sledding! For those whose interests lean more to hiking, that's good too, and if your tastes lean towards just watching through the window, we've got the view to soothe your soul. As the warm weather comes in, that view changes daily. In Algonquin Moose are on the move, providing the best viewing chances of the entire year. Moving on into May, come join us to celebrate the beginning of summer while it's still uncrowded. Spring is the perfect time for hiking. You won't see any flies until the leaves pop out -- usually in late May. So give us a call -- we've got your cottage waiting.
Availability and Reservations
You can check our availability on-line. We work hard to keep this current, but it may lag actual bookings. And it may not be 100% accurate...
We do have vacancies throughout August, but not that many...
We much prefer to keep the personal touch, and to discuss your booking the 'old-fashioned' way, directly, person to person! This helps us ensure that we've got your booking just the way you want it.
1 888 300 2132 or 705 635 2261 or email us. We've got your cottage ready!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are very proud of Napster, our tail-painting cat, who uses his lovely artwork to raise money for charities. Click here to visit Napster's Blog and visit the gallery of his tail-paintings.
Note cards, lovely bracelets, 8X10 and 11X14 prints are all affordably available, and make great conversation piece gifts. They also look great on the wall!
Now sold around the world, he has been raising funds for Charity Since he began his new career, he has been honoured to have his artwork sold around the globe -- he even has a print with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Read about his artistic journey, and follow him at his own Blog site,
Take a Peek at our Cross Country Ski Trails
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...
Slide Show -click to enlarge!
Stuff for Sale!
From time to time, we've got funky stuff that needs to be 're-homed.' Check HERE to see what Brian's got for Sale at Bondi!