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, March 19, 2016
This Bike Park is located just up the road from us, about five minutes away, and is a great addition to the attractions here. Dawn Huddlestone recently 'took a spin', and gave it a rave review!
At Echo Valley, you’ll waste no time jumping into adventure. Right at the trail head is a brand-new pump track – a looping route made of dirt mounds and berms that new riders and kids can ride (almost without pedalling) for easy skills development. More experienced riders can take it at a faster pace for leg-pumping, heart-pounding excitement.
Once you warm up, hit the wider-reaching trails for some woodland action. The main trail is 1.5 kilometres of scenic, all-abilities terrain.
If you want a challenge, veer off onto one of the side trails – they’re marked by difficulty level – to encounter a variety of obstacles like rocks, single-track bridges, hills and stairs. (Descending stairs was a first for me and – as an intermediate rider – an initially daunting but ultimately exhilarating experience.)
With fourteen trails that all loop back to the main artery, you could easily spend half a day or more exploring the woods without ever returning to the parking lot.
Whether you’re on foot or wheels, make sure you take the short trail to the observation deck (!) that overlooks the protected nature area. Watch quietly for a variety of local birds, deer, moose and other wildlife, both from the viewing platform and on the trails. We spooked a ruffed grouse on one trail and saw signs of deer activity on another. And if you’re a tree lover, the mixed-growth forest is a treat to explore.
There’s an honour box at the trail head to accept suggested donations of $2 per rider, to help cover the costs of trail development and maintenance.
And keep in mind that these are multi-purpose trails – if you’re biking, watch out for hikers on foot. Ditto the other way around.
What a fantastic day we had exploring this gem of a spot in cottage country on our bikes.(The best part is you can head to a number of great eating spots pre and post riding to refuel on delicious eats!) You can bet we will return again soon to Echo Valley Nature & Bike Trails in Lake of Bays Township. Check it out!"
For more information on the Echo Valley Nature & Bike Trails, click here.
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Summer is here. The lake and the loons are calling, the cottages are ready... and Environment Canada is predicting a hotter than usual summer -- so where better to spend some of that than at the Lake of Bays, in one of our lakeside cottages. Get out of the city, restore your soul...
We also have some vacancies for the summer still --
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...