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.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Fog, Mist, Rain - and you call this February?

 This is not normal February weather. This is a ridiculous thaw, and it is not fun for those of us who love to be outside.  It tests the clothing...

There is an expression that there is no such thing as bad weather, just poor wardrobe choices, and that pretty much sums it up.

Still, rain in February is not ideal.

That said, there are still incredibly beautiful things out there -- like Ragged Falls (thanks Robin Tapley for the photo of that today!)   In the fog and drizzle, it becomes completely magical. (right down to that snow creature in the foreground!)

The bay is all misty -- but the ice huts are still sitting over fourteen inches of ice, so no chance yet that the boys will need to paddle them homeward.

There is still a lot of snow on the ground.  This, coupled with rain, sets up for flooding, but the lake levels are very low, so hopefully the ground water can just move on through.  You can see how far the lake is pulled down -- those long open bits of sand reaching out from the shore would normally be well underwater, and they run all the way to the end of Clover's dock!  So there's room for the lake level to rise.

And it will take some thaw before the snowbank at my back door melts...   It's an impressive pile of snow.

All we need, really, all we need, is for the temps to dip back below freezing for a day, and then bring us a dusting of snow, and all the trails will be open.  And the lake will be skateable too, so don't give up on the March break vacation yet!!!

Library Art Space

 Did you know that the Dwight Public Library features a different local artist every month?

Along with their great programs, all those books and magazines and movies you can borrow, the computers, the wii game, you can find out which of your neighbours is an amazing art talent.

You should stop by. Often.

When you, as snow, are not committed to the task

The snow came off the shed Tuesday, but did not want to commit to being 'just a snowbank' so got a bit creative. Today is dreary and wet but we're not done with winter games yet. Forecast brings more snow and the thaw will water up the lakes and let them freeze in more solidly. It may also bring skating bliss. There is always an upside 🐾 @bondivillageresor

Well, Hello

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Work of art at Sunflower cottage at Bondi Village Resort.  This character came to visit over the Family Day weekend.

Sun coming up, in Magenta and lavender

Lake of Bays sunrise last week, at Whiskey Bay. Thanks Jacquie Godard for this

Sending some Love

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Feruzeh borrows a snowbank to send some love to her sister.  She was here with one of our much beloved Seniors' Groups, and not only was she being artistic with the snowbank, she was leading the group in Yoga every day.  And some belly dancing lessons...   AWESOME!!!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Farewell Foxwood

Fox Point Rd. gets its name from one of the Lake of Bays' earliest settlers -- Tom Salmon, who came here in 1870, settled on the end of the point, and (well, you knew this was coming) saw a fox sitting on a rock there when he arrived...  Tom came in by snowshoe, following a cut-out survey line that brought him to a location on the Lake called Huckleberry Point.  There was a bit rock, about 4 feet high, on the tip of this Point, having on one face the dates 1692 and some initials carved into it.  Jokers later tipped this into the water for fun, and it has been lost, along with the mystery of who carved it.  He kept going, liking the look of the lake, and after living in various locations, finally settled at the end of what is now the Fox Point Rd.  He married Elizabeth on Valentine's Day, 1883, and together they gradually build Foxwood Resort.  What began as a haven for fishermen and hunters on their way to what is now Algonquin Park gradually expanded to welcome their families and children, and became its own treasured destination.

Tom was world reknowned for his snowshoes and birchbark canoes. He learned how to make these from the local First Nations, with whom he enjoyed a tremendous relationship. His snowshoes were sold as far away as Russia, and were taken along on one of the expeditions to the North Pole.. They were stamped with his mark, an outline of a fish and the word SALMON.  I've got a pair of the snowshoes hanging in my porch, small treasures all on their own.

Foxwood became one of the Lake's oldest resorts. Tom passed away in 1943, Elizabeth had died the year before.  Daughter Anne married J. W. Emberson, and they continued to run the resort, which later passed to their son Clare.

Since those days the resort has changed hands a few times. For the last 15 years it has been in the ownership of Rob and Julia Wallace.  They have retired, and the resort is now sold, as they have moved elsewhere.  The new owners, we are told, will be operating it quite differently, more as a corporate retreat, and the current website simply indicates that it is CLOSED.

Certainly, this is an end to an era, and while it may herald a new direction, there will be many who will miss the old resort.  Our family has long deep ties with Foxwood, the Salmon family and the Embersons. There were so many delightful stories told, and memories to hold close.

We wish the Wallaces happiness in their retirement from Lake of Bays, and we say Hello to our new neighbours (whom we have yet to meet).

Since reservations were accepted for the coming summer, prior to the sale, there may be people out there now looking for an alternative place for their summer holiday.

We would suggest that perhaps they give us a call.  We don't have many vacancies left, but we do have  a few.  The Resorts of North Muskoka, a group of about 14 resorts in the area, would be another place to look. All of these resorts are small, family owned and run, and each is unique. All offer authentic Muskoka vacations. None are cookie cutter, and there should be one out there in that group that will meet you needs and exceed your expectations