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.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Losing one of our own

Our Bondi Family is saddened by the unexpected passing of long-time Bondi guest
Leighann Wichman in mid-October.

She has been part of our Bondi Gang since she was very young -- just this summer we found some old "scripts" that had been written by Leighann and her brother David, fabulous re-writes based on Star Wars written by young and enthusiastic fans.  They made us smile, and when we returned them to David and Leighann, they made them laugh out loud.  We have many great memories of Leighann, and her entire family, here with us.

For the past several summers, she's been back here with brother David -- and they were a 'fixture' floating about in the bay at least twice a day.

Leighann was the Executive Director of the YOUTH PROJECT in Nova Scotia, where she made an enormous contribution to the LGBT community, and her loss will be sorely felt.

Here as well.   God Speed Leighann. It was an honour to call you a friend.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Other Seasons have their own Beauty

 Got a group? Planning a Girlfriends' or a Guys' Getaway? Have an extended family and need stuff to do for all different ages on the same property?  Think of us. We've got the LODGE which can accommodate up to 18 people, with occasional vacancies through December and the winter months.  Ski, snowshoe, toboggan, skate, or just relax by the fire...  More than 18 people? Add in some of our 2, 3 or 4 bedroom fully equipped and winterized cozy cottages. Or if you have a smaller group, one of those cottages might just suit you perfectly.

Come mid-week for two or more nights, and enjoy the 15% discount.

And if you are really looking for a relaxing weekend, think about booking in with the Organic Boutique Spa -- they'll come right to you, and make it a Gals' Getaway to remember! 

Sometimes the best thing about the Great Outdoors (along with the peace and quiet, the nature walks, the wildlife on the lawn) is the equally great Indoors.

There are so many excellent restaurants in the area that you can make it a Culinary Adventure.   And get your Christmas shopping all wrapped up easily.

It's not just for the Gals either... A Guys' Getaway is a great bonding experience and a chance to decompress.   Not to mention, snowmobiling  -- the trails start just outside or door.

In fact, there's so much to do, so much fun and together time to be enjoyed, you might just need more than a weekend...

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Give a Little Listen

Nothing to see here, really... but give a little listen. You'll need to crank up the volume, because this pair of  'bad boys' were about half a kilometer away, over on the hills near Lumina, howling back and forth to each other last night about midnight.

They were producing quite a lovely duet, so I filmed (?) it. The moon was pretty impressive too.  The background noise is the waves coming ashore -- there was a bit of wind, which also blew away some of the wolf sound. 

But what the heck... listen in anyway.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sound and Signal Memories

What a lovely visit from Pamela O'Callaghan, aged 89, and her daughter Lyndsay -- seen here making friends with our famous artist, Napster Felinus the painting cat.
 Pam was among our first guests when we opened the Lodge in the mid 1960's. She remembers her first stay there with her husband and friends, and being joined at the breakfast table by two other guests -- Mrs. Maria von Trapp and one of her daughters.
That would have been about the same time as The Sound of Music was being filmed, before "Maria" became a household word! It was fabulous to have lunch and a cuppa with Pamela again, and remember such wonderful 'old times'.  Pam has claims to fame all of her own -- during WWII worked at Bletchley Park, and is listed on the Roll of Honour recognizing the Signal Breakers  (this experience no doubt explains why her youngest daughter, Tamara, who worked for us at Bondi for several summers, used to say she could NEVER get anything past her Mom!)

Moons and Screams

 We had a photo club stay with us this last weekend.  One of their projects included taking a trip up to Magnetewan to the Screaming Heads to get some pictures under this same huge moon.

Now, that is a spooky sort of place in daylight -- it must be totally unreal under moonshadow.

I hope they'll send us some of their photos!

Other Autumn Shades

Not to be outdone by the spectacular reds and oranges currently blazing into fall on our hillsides, check out the colours put on by our beautiful Lake.

Fashionista on the Beach

Dave Rogers was here all last week. And every day, he made his way to the lake. Some days he swam. Some days he just meandered along the shoreline, emulating a wading bird.

But every day, he carefully co-ordinated his wardrobe with the glory of the autumn season.
We appreciate this attention to the small details, and Dave, as perhaps our last swimmer of the season, we salute you!