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.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Snow Days!

After the very mild few days last week, which reduced the snowpack down to the packed base and then froze up, we have been waiting for the snow.

The good news is that the base to the trails, both ski and snowmobile, is now locked in and well frozen, without slush on the soggy bits.

The better news is that WE GOT SNOW!!!

If you Ice it, Snow will Come

 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...

Icing the Rink

David has been hard at work getting a lovely sheen on the skating rink, with plans to have it perfect for the Family Day weekend!

This, along with our 20 km. of groomed ski trails, fabulously fun toboggan hill, and 600 acres to explore on snowshoes makes us a great Family Day destination for all ages!

Have you booked?  We still have two cottages open!


 Our ski trails are in the best shape ever, and we want to share... so...
If you are guest at any of the Resorts of North Muskoka  you are invited to COME ON OVER...

SHOW US YOUR KEY, AND SKI FOR FREE on our 20 km. ski network.

It's that easy...

We have 20 km. of groomed, track set ski and snowshoe trails.  Not to mention a toboggan hill for the kids in all of us.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Snow Dance Seemed to Work

 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...

What a Sun Soaked Day!

 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!

Huts! Finally!

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!