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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Grace and Speed
Last Thursday I was at a meeting in Gravenhurst which took place in the Grace and Speed Heritage Boat Museum. And what a place that is!
Brian was there the following weekend, for the Dispro Boat Owners Association (he being a Dippy owner) As an aside, the Dispro was a Disappearing Propellor vessel, designed to slide safely over sunken logs, and therefore ideal for the northern lakes that were frequently choked with logs from the log drives. Brian inherited Paul's old beauty, and has been spending a seeming eternity carefully restoring it. Slow work, and only happens when other matters aren't clamouring for his time. On the other hand, our Dippy is unique (we belive) in that is the only one we have ever seen with a bullet hole in it. Evidently used by someone who got impatient waiting for the fish to bite...
When you are up north, this is one of the spots that really needs to be on your bucket list for Muskoka. The sheer beauty of these vessels, so perfectly restored and gleaming under the layers of varnish, really do bring to life a more elegant and slower paced era.
I was delighted to find this little "nod" to Bigwin Inn at the Centre -- not being part of the big-3 connected lakes that are plyed by the steamships of Real Muskoka (Rosseau, Muskoka and Joe), Lake of Bays has been a bit under-represented. The Lake of Bays Heritage Advisory Committee was able to provide them with a section of the curved railing from the Bigwin Inn Rotunda after it was demolished. The likes of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, Diefenbaker, Carole Lombard, Clarke Gable, H.G. Wells, Hemingway and the Rockefellers all summered at Bigwin, and all leaned over this railing in the Rotunda. You can truly put a hand on history here.
The history of the iconic boats built in Muskoka: the Ditchburns and Greavettes is all stored here, next to the Dispros and the Canoe works... and of course, the Steamships.
Next door the lake steamers R.M.S. Segwun and R.M.S. Wenonah will soon be out on the waters of the lakes taking people on memorable sight-seeing, dinner cruises, Pirate adventures (yes, really) and Noah's Ark voyages. Real Muskoka has been named among Canada's Top Attractions for many years, and still holds pride of place.
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 email@example.com
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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...