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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A Different Kind of Fire Watch
When the Dorset Fire Tower was built, it's purpose was to watch for fires. Hence the name.
A series of these towers dotted the northern landscape. Rangers scanned the horizon for the telltale smoke from forest fires. Those were the days before cell phones, before satellite images, before all the doo-dads we have now that can let us know if there is something out there burning up the woods. The tower at Dorset was built in 1922. The original external ladder that lead to the top was 82 feet high. In 1967 a new Tower was constructed, complete with the current internal stairway. It should make you feel safer as you ascend...
Forest fires, often started by lightning, are a natural occurence. Forest fires started by the carelessness of humans, no so much. Did you know that under the Forest Fires Prevention Act, during a Fire Ban you can't smoke within 300 metres of a forest? Of course you didn't. And I'm willing to bet that most smokers wouldn't abide by that even if they did know. But I digress...
The point is that the Fire Tower at Dorset no longer serves to provide early warning for burning trees. It now provides a platform to witness the incredible blaze of colour that we enjoy up here at this time of year.
This was the view from the Tower this past week. It should make you say 'Wow'. It should also make you think you should be getting yourself up here to see it for yourself. The autumn colours in Muskoka are among the wonders of the world.
And when you are here, be sure to visit the Visitor Centre in Algonquin Park. There you will find the original Ranger's Tower from the Dorset Fire Tower, the place where the rangers spent their days scanning the horizon with binoculars. It's worth the trip.
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...