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, April 2, 2011
What a Difference in a Year
Last year this was the Easter Weekend -- and Spencer and Winston were playing IN the lake. Flowers were up in the gardens. The first swallow arrived a full 18 days ahead of schedule, on April 4th. We were riding the horses in the outdoor ring.
April 1, 2010!
Brian and David took out the 10 hp fishing boat on April 1st -- not a joke! The ice was almost completely out of our bay, and they were able to cruise out around the island. Yes, there was a nip in the air, but the land was dry, and the ice was well on its way to gone.
That was early -- but the earliest record we have of ice out was on March 31, in 1946. (thank goodness for diaries!) On the other hand, it's been as late as May 9... in 1956.
Yesterday, out hiking, I took a 'shortcut' across the back field, and found myself over my knees in snow. You could ski those back fields, quite nicely thanks. There is two feet of snow on the north facing toboggan hill.
Our first robin showed up this week. While there is lots of open spaces around trees and driveways and on the southern side of the hills, the bird still looks a little disgruntled at having to cope with snowbound worms.
Red winged blackbirds are back. Starlings are here in force. Finches by the swarm. The ice on the lake is still thick -- although it is starting to fray at the edges, driven back by springs and creeks that are starting to shrug off their winter coats of ice.
Seedling trees are doing their best to push up through the snow. Their green needles soak up solar heat, melting the snow around and above them. There is still a bit of distance to go, however! Sunny days in the forecast will help. You can almost see the snow recede.
And we know -- we just KNOW!!! -- that Spring is under there somewhere. We'll keep looking...
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! In fact, there are only about nine vacancies left for this summer!! We've got your cottage waiting, but you should call now!
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!
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...