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Thursday, March 5, 2009
When the Oxtongue River begins its adventure to the Lake of Bays, it leaps joyfully over the Tea Lake Dam in Algonquin Park, and then descends over a series of waterfalls and rapids.
There's Elbow Falls -- you don't want to try canoeing this one. It does exactly what you'd expect from the name: turns almost 90 degrees, with the water crashing into the cliff. It's a hard one to get to, however, for spectators.
Ragged Falls is the highest of the waterfalls the river meets. It is also beautifully accessible. A small provincial park, there is ample parking right off Hwy. 60, and it's a short hike in to the Falls themselves. They are spectacular in any season. In their winter whites, they are truly breathtaking.
Some of the Seniors for Nature club hiked in to admire Nature's handiwork in late February. You should see this water a little later in the year as well, when it is in full spate with the spring run-off. Wow.
Next the water runs through the Oxtongue Rapids, and the Hogs' Trough -- a narrowing of the rapids that funnels the jubilant water through slabbed sides of Shield Rock resembling a feeding trough. This one is easy to access. There is a wonderful little Parkette, originally developed by the local Dwight Lion's Club. There is a cairn in the park to commemorate the Lions who were instrumental in creating this parkette. There are picnic tables here in summer, and it's a lovely walk along the river's edge. The Hunter's bridge spanning the rapids gives access to Algonquin Highlands, and in winter is part of a popular snowmobile trail network.
From here, there's only one more waterfall -- at Marsh's Falls, just off Hwy 35. Below this the river runs smooth until it empties into Dwight Bay. This lower portion of the river makes a brilliant canoe trip. Bondi has property on the river, and we can arrange to put canoes into the water just below the falls. Marsh's Falls was once the site of both a thriving sawmill and a boat work. Some of the historic lake steamers that once plied the Lake of Bays were built right here. The spring flood would bring log drives crashing down from the Park, some of it would stay at the local mill, but much more would continue its journey through the Lake of Bays to more distant mills and destinations.
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We do have vacancies throughout July and August, but not that many... so you should scoop up yours! In fact, there are only about nine vacancies left for this summer!! We've got your cottage waiting, but you should call now!
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Changing the Season
August is on the doorstep. We currently have no vacancies until September, and our guests are enjoying the lake, the calling loons, the quiet times and all the activities that go with a summer here at Bondi Village. Get out of the city, restore your soul...
This means that we are now accepting reservations for two night stays and weekend packages during September and October -- 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...