Bondi Resort Blog

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.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Come Listen to the Radio

So this is what we're doing next...  If you are up in the Dwight area, you should come. You get tea, coffee, desserts and two short radio plays, all for $15/ticket.   All proceeds go to our amazing Dwight Public Library.

BMD and the B-Dazzler

 The Bondi Maintenance Dept. in action, in the 3 car garage, repairing and repainting canoes, ready for our summer guests.

And Megan, our B-Dazzler, helping get the gardens into shape!

No shortage of stuff to do... at least for us. You, you get to just come and hang out in a lawn chair, in the lake, by the fire...

You might be making us jealous... :)

Garden, Grow!

 Brian had a harrowing morning on Saturday...

But, trooper that he is, he just plowed on with the day.  Ha Ha Ha!

We have a large garden. A really large garden... It takes a ton of work...   That tractor, that dates to 1954... and she is still the best machine for the job.  That drag that is setting the lines for planting, that is almost as old.  If you take care of things, they tend to last.  That is the way we feel about Bondi Village Resort... take care of it.

Thanks to Carol, we get the most beautiful flower displays in the gardens. She is the mastermind.

After Brian tilled the garden, David planted the corn (12 rows of the tasty stuff). Give it a couple months and our guests will be enjoying fresh corn on the cob! #BondiVillageResort #farming#northmuskoka #explorersedge #Muskoka#summerexperiences

Back Roads and Unsung Treasures

Wandering about, enjoying a day trip around Lake of Bays?

 Try meandering down the Paint Lake Road, off Hwy 117 just south of Dorset. 

Pause to read the plaque about the Tramway... 

check out the old schoolhouse at the Paint Lake Cemetery -- students over the years wrote their names on the back wall... 

and then keep going until you find the little lending library... Here you'll also find an incredible collection of wind sculptures, that are a great addition to any lawn. Just one of the 'finds' tucked away in this great Lake of Bays area.

Commemorating the Gilmour Tramway

On Saturday, Nancy had the honour of helping to unveil an historic plaque near Dorset, on the Paint Lake Road.

The plaque celebrates the Gilmour Lumber Company Tramway -- and is located on Tramway Creek.   While the actual spot where we put the plaque is not exactly where the tramway ran, if we had put it at the actual site, you'd have been hiking some several kilometres into the woods... 

The tramway started on the Lake of Bays, in Trading Bay, and logs were lifted by a jackladder to a long mainly level flume that floated them to Tramway Creek.  The top end of Tramway Creek, where it bubbled and leapt down the hillside, was dammed, and that created Tramway Pond.  This provided not only the water needed to float the logs along the flume, but also backed up enough water that logs could be floated directly into  Raven Lake, and then on to the long 445 km. trek to the Gilmour Mills in Trenton, Ontario.

The plaque was initiated by the Paint Lake Cottage Association
members, who came out on a Saturday morning to celebrate. (along
with dog Stanley)
It was an extraordinary construction, and undertaking.  The jackladders ran up beside Tramway Creek -- the lift was too great for just one engine, so there were several along the way.  Over a million logs moved over the tramway in the 1890s, during the three years of operation. They had floated down from Algonquin Park on the Oxtongue River... and then were rafted or boomed to Dorset (softwood will float, and can be boomed. Hardwood will sink, and needs to be rafted onto cribs made out of softwood and towed by an amphibious steam tug called an alligator Now you know.)

To learn about the Tramway, you should visit the Dorset Heritage Museum, where there is a scale model of the creation.  Or read one of the books written about it --  Gary Long's "Gilmour Tramway, A Lumber Baron's Desperate Scheme" is one such, specific to the tramway..

When it was built, there was nothing like it anywhere in the world. It is a sparkling little historic gem, that many people are not aware of.  The level flume section crossed what is now Hwy 117 right by Paint Lake Road... now, looking at the woods, you'd never know.

What a Weekend

It was truly a  spectacular Long Weekend this year.  Hot, sunny, and the breeze off the lake kept the blackflies away. 

Our guests were out enjoying time together on our big lawn with a variety of games, and then took to the canoes -- and yes, also to the lawn chairs....

There are lots of great weekends left in May and June -- you should come and spend one of them here at Bondi Village Resort, on the edge of Algonquin Park...

 Taffy was more than happy to take the opportunity to cool her paws in the lake.

 ‪#‎bondivillageresort‬ ‪#‎northmuskoka‬ ‪#‎explorersedge‬


Megan has a new camera -- she is playing around with it, to get to know it, and was able to grab this shot of one of our merganser ducks swimming along the shore at Bondi Village Resort.

The mallards are much less reticent around people, coming right up to us at the stable to steal the chicken feed, but these mergansers are more elusive.  I love the quality of the water.  Makes me want to go jump right on in!

And why not? We are being told this is going to be one very hot summer -- wouldn't it be better to spend at least one week of it here at the Lake of Bays, at Bondi Village Resort?  We think so. And the merganser agrees...