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
we had guests this week from Sydney, Australia. Now, yes, in case you wondered, my grandfather did name the farm for the beach in Sydney, back in 1905 when he and grandmother settled here. That was before the dam at Baysville lifted the lake 5 feet and flooded out much of the beach. Never mind, that is water not over the dam... we now have a lovely shallow sandy shoreline that is ideal for swimming. Tom sent us these comparison photos -- one taken in March at the iconic Sydney Beach, (which he says, is no fun for swimming -- too many dangerous critters, too much undertow, too much pollution from the city...too many people) and one taken from his cottage here. (which is ideal for swimming, we hasten to add.) Interesting... on the whole, we prefer to be here.
Wild about Us! Here are some of our visitors today. Although it rained for a time in the afternoon, the morning was clear, and the evening was lovely and full of stars. Raccoon tracks told the tale of night time visitors. The wild turkey was right at the gate, looking rather damp. The ducks walked up to the office for a snack, and loved having puddles along the way. Tiny little turtle (yes, they are still hatching at this time of year!) was found on the driveway when I went up to the stable for late-check -- a long way from the lake, so I gave her a lift to the beach. I hope she lives a long long snapping turtle life full of good things.
these are just weeds and wildflowers... or should they be more correctly termed beautiful autumn plants? Growing in a parking lot in Huntsville... You need to keep your eyes open, or the beautiful things will be missed. :)
It is with deep sadness we say 'good-bye' to one of our long long time Bondi Family members. Daniel (Dan) O'Neill passed away unexpectedly on August 20th at the Kingston General Hospital. Surrounded by his family, Dan succumbed to a brief and sudden illness. We were shocked by the news. Dan was a true gentleman. He shared his life with his wife Shirley for 52 years; was the loving Dad to Kathy (Mitch Martin); Wendy (Greg Richardson), Jay (Kathy). He was the Grandpa to oneof favourite "flocks" of Bondi Kids -- Jenna, Sam, Tim, Ella, Andrew, Andrew, Jamie, Jack, Sophie and Tess. Collectively this family has been gracing us with their presence for many years -- for longer than most of the grandkids have been around in fact, and it has been an absolute pleasure to watch this family grow, and to share in Dan's delight in all of them. We are going to miss him, his great good humour and warm genuine presence, and the sheer love and joy he always demonstrated about his family. We look forward to watching this family continue to grow, and to welcoming them home to Bondi every year.... but we'll miss you, Dan. Thank you for sharing your journey with us. It has truly been an honour to call you our friend.
Don't overlook our specials for COUPLES! As well as families and groups, we offer great deals for couples looking to just get away.
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 July and August, but not that many... so you should scoop up yours!
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!
Summer is here, if not according to the calendar, then according to the weather. The lake is calling, the cottages are ready... and Environment Canada is predicting a hotter than usual summer -- so where better to spend some of that than at the Lake of Bays, in one of our lakeside cottages. Get out of the city, restore your soul...
We have great Spring Deals currently on offer. Call us for special deals, from COUPLES to GROUPS.
We also have some vacancies for the summer still --
We've got a fantastic place to gather, enjoy the scenery, relax by a fire, and spend time with family and friends. Whether a quiet couples' getaway, or a family reunion or a club outing , we've got your cottage waiting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are very proud of Napster, our tail-painting cat, who uses his lovely artwork to raise money for charities. This lovely little creature passed away July 2015, but left a huge legacy, having raised over $12,000 for various charities through the sale of his artwork. That artwork, through prints and notecards, is still available. Click here to visit Napster's Blog and visit the gallery of his tail-paintings.
Now sold around the world, he was honoured to have his artwork sold around the globe -- he even has a print with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
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...