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
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Firefest rolls onto the Dwight Beach every August long weekend, and what a party it is! The fun starts about five o'clock, kicked off by the sensational Northern Lights Steel Band. This is a sensational group -- based in (wait for it) Sprucedale, Ontario, with a rich Caribbean sound. Anyone can join, and the band is dedicated to teaching the steel pan. Steel pans were originally created in Trinidad & Tobago following WWII. It is the only acoustical (percussive) instrument developed in the twentieth century. And is it ever fun to listen to. If these folks -- and the musicians range in age from about 8 to about 78 -- don't get you jumping, you should get your pulse checked.
The whole beachfront of Dwight is closed for the party. Balloons, draws, a bbq, and cotton candy, not to mention glow sticks add to the fun. The shallow sandy beach means there are always kids splashing and swimming while they wait for the fireworks.
Nora took her dad Jamie to hear the band and watch the fireworks, and while she was there, she had her first ever taste of cotton candy. (Mom stayed home at BONDI with Nora's brand new sister, so there was a window of opportunity to taste pure sugar!)
The fireworks put on as a fundraiser by the Lake of Bays Volunteer Fire Deparment, with the help of a very generous sponsor, are really impressive. The bay is full of the twinkling lights on the boats that come to watch. The beach is a whirl of glow sticks and excited kids. And the sky is ablaze with the shattering sound and colours of top notch fireworks.
And, when the last of the fireworks stopped echoing off the surrounding hills, and the lights went out, the sky was so clear you could almost touch the stars.
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...
Christmas is coming ! Bring the kids to the great outdoors (and you as well).
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1 888 300 2132 or 705 635 2261 or email us. We've got your cottage ready!
Changing the Season
We are now accepting reservations for two night stays and weekend packages duringOctober -- the fall colours are astonishing, and on our own 600 acre property, there are so many walking trails and lookout views that there's no need to battle traffic into the Park just to see the beauty! Algonquin is always amazing, but during high colour season, best seen mid-week. There are so many other wonderful places around where you can enjoy the autumn without the congestion of the road, and we are happy to direct you to them.
We have great deals during the fall season, for couples, up to small groups of 18 people.
And don't forget Winter -- we've got vacancies for Christmas! We'll provide the tree, and you bring the family.
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...