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
It was a cool evening on the beach for the Cookout, but there was a big bonfire, and a cosy BBQ putting out the heat, and everyone there (which was the whole resort!!) had a great time.
Nika (3) got the best and warmest dressed award when she came to the line for the Popcorn Seed Spitting contest.
But best of friends Shannon and Estelle got the Style points for their Synchronized Spitting Routine...
First facing forward....
And then the reverse backward bend spit. Which isn't easy. Best left to pros like these... Shannon just slid past Estelle for the Silver medal spot, spitting 16'2. The winner was Laura, here from B.C., with years of spitting on the Bondi Beach to her resume, and a distance tonight of 29'9". Just shy of the evening's record set by her brother-in-law Marcus, at 30'11"
This old log is supposed to be providing a take-off site line for a galloping horse coming in to jump over the thick hedge behind... It has been rolled about three feet away from the base of the fence. You can see the gap where it is supposed to be.
This is what is left of a yellow-jacket nest that was hidden inside another big, decaying log. Fabulous designs in that beautiful nest. You just don't want to get close. Yellow jackets don't take kindly to being disturbed. Or eaten.
It is a little regretable that this nest was hidden in another of the older jumps up in our cross country schooling field. It is a good thing that the yellow jacket wasps are no longer there. It is less of a good thing that the entire log has been shredded apart.
And who, you ask, would do such a dastardly thing? Why, hungry Mr. (or Mrs.) Bear. It would be the work of a moment to shred apart a log like these.
Elsewhere in the field, we found flattened 'nests' where the deer have been sleeping.
Lots of signs of the wild turkeys, including feathers left in their wake, and a brand new hatch of busy little poults (one of which I was within inches of catching, but then began to wonder what I would do with it once it was in my hands, so it is free). And this fine example of a slightly unwelcome but very lovely weed, Meadow Goats'Beard.
We also found wolf scat, indicating that the pack has been perusing the meadows too. Taffy, brave poodle, always 'marks' wolf scat with a bit of her own urine, just to let the pack know who is REALLY in charge here... (We are not sure that Taffy has thought this through to all its possible consequences.)
David and Megan are getting married September 13th... it is getting closer faster and faster. Funny how time does that!
In preparation, since they'll need a place to hang their hats, David has been building a house. It is his design, from the CAD drawings up, and he and Mike have done an amazing job, with help from Brian and various tradespeople.
This week, one of the finishing touches included this piece of railing at the top of the stairs. It is from the iconic Bigwin Inn Rotunda, dating back to the 1920's, and one of the hottest resorts of its era. People like Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, Carey Grant, the Rockefellers, Diefenbaker, and many many more leaned over this railing to look down into the lobby of the huge building.
What a great addition to a new house, bringing with it so much history from the Lake of Bays. There are still sections of this railing available, through Nancy, to benefit the Lake of Bays Heritage Advisory Committee.
How absolutely wonderful it is to welcome THIRD generation guests to our resort! It is magical to see the continuity and family connections grow every year. For many of our families, their time at Bondi is the only time they are all together from their busy and far-flung lives. It is with joy we welcome Noah Button
and Nella Ford-Jones...
And Noah Shantz Piccini.
Welcome to Our World, little ones. We can hardly wait to see you grow at Bondi over the years!
For the first time this summer, we had swimmers tackling the Island swim -- 1.6 km.
Six intrepid souls, including Shelley (our star swimmer with a 'knew knee') and Fred (faster than a speeding Orca)
Taffy had help in the spotter boat, from Anjali. It is important to keep track of all the swimmers all the time.
Part way back, we were joined by a flotilla of young ducks, who thought it was a lovely day for a distance swim.
Arlene has swum from the Island every week that she has been here -- which adds up to a lot of island swim time! She swims to the Point and back daily (when not engaged in water fights with her grandsons ) Lovely form in the water!
We love when our young guests bring us their artwork from their stay with us!
Simine did this great picture of her favourite place -- at the stable, with the horses and Taffy (at least, we're pretty sure that's Taffy in the doorway)
Unless it is, perhaps, a chicken...
Not always easy to tell...
This is the time of year when the Lake is at its very best. We still have some vacancies scattered through the season.
If you are looking for an authentic Muskoka cottage experience, with the services and conveniences of a Resort included, we are your destination.
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 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. 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!