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Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Go with the Flow, and the Heart of the Art
Ilona and Adam took their canoe for a little float this week, along the Oxtongue River.
Starting at Marsh's Falls, they paddled leisurely down river to Dwight Bay.
Then they turned around, and paddled (a little less leisurely, although with the water so low, there is not a lot of current just now) back up to the Falls.
We can't think of a better time of year to be on this beautiful stretch of water. Protected as a heritage zone by the Township, a large chunk of the shoreline is in even deeper protection thanks to the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation, who recently increased their conservation area to a total of almost 300 acres along the river.
On a calm day, the river turns into a mirror, barely registering the soft drift of a canoe. This region is home to mink, muskrat, otters, beaver, herons and more. Deer come tiptoeing to the edge to drink, fish laze in the deeper current carved pools, songbirds make their homes in that narrow bit where water meets land... that magical, delicate part of the eco-system that is so easily damaged by cutting trees, landscaping, even creating deep wakes with boats. Loons, geese and ducks all have their favourite hide-aways along here.
Thanks so much for sharing these photos from your adventure. This truly is a time of year, and a place, to restore the soul.
Many people don't know, but this river, and its headwaters in Algonquin Park and Oxtongue Lake, provided the impetus to the Canadian Group of Seven. This is the river where Tom Thompson came, along with friends A.J. Casson, Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Frank Johnston and Arthur Lismer came to paint their vision of the Canadian wild.
From this beginning, they fanned out across the country, deeper into the Park, up to the North, out to the West, but it was here that the movement began.
The Cultural group at Oxtongue Lake has been mapping where exactly along the lake and river the artists stood (or sat) when they painted some of our most iconic images, and they are in the process of installing plaques so we can all follow along, stand in the same place, and see the same landscapes.
So, no real need to haunt the McMichael Gallery (although that is also a great place to linger). You can follow along on the River that carried the Group of Seven into our art history. Right here.
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...