Bondi Resort Blog

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.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

It's Official!

It's official. The BMD are on the water

Loons are Back!

April 22. The loons are back. Spring peepers in full song. Two of my most favourite sounds  I took this video tonight, about 10.30 p.m.  There is nothing to see, just loons and frogs to listen to.  The best orchestra ever.

Moose are on the Loose

Moose Watching season has started this week in Algonquin Park. The ponds and marshes have unfrozen near HWY60. The moose are getting salt to replenish their bodies after the winter. #muskoka #discoverON #moosewatching

April 20, David gets famous (more famous???)

Look who made the Barrie news!!!! David's pic of our under-water docks.#bondivillageresort #ctvbarrie #muskokafloods
Several roads have flooded in Muskoka and in Ramara Township.

Ragged and Rugged, Ragged Falls in full Flood

one of our smallest parks, but with a waterfall that packs the biggest punch! Ragged Falls in spring flood. You should go see it. Only about a ten minute distance from Bondi Village!

This video is really worth the watch.

One day after Ice out, April 19

With the ice going out yesterday, thoughts naturally start to turn to summer fun! Might want to wait a touch longer however before going for that first waterski! #Muskoka #LakeOfBays #travel #summervacation#BondiCottageResort

Tamarack glory

Spring brings so much new life to the forest. This is a tamarack -- the only evergreen to shed its needles in the autumn, after blazing into golden glory late in the fall. Come spring, the new buds open into soft green, with the flowers briefly glorious, while the old cones still cling to the branches. This wonderful photo, showing all three phases at once, was taken by Rob and Jean Hilscher, from Oxtongue Lake. Thanks for the share.

April 17, Barrels on the Dock

The ice is close to being totally gone. Some still jingling in the corners of the bay and lots out by the island but it is done. Leaving softly. Water levels are up, but it is ice that does the damage

April 16, watching and listening to the ice on the move

It is very faint, but you can hear the ice 'chiming' in the background, as it pushes into itself, breaks apart, piles onto itself, or the rocks, or the dock... Birds overhead. Mist... reflection. I am so lucky to be able to walk along this shoreline every day.

Listening to the ice chiming as it leaves the bay

You can hear the ice, a low whispering, like faint wind chimes, as it crumples and collides

Ice is a driving force

Ice damage. The dock at Clover cottage has been shoved on shore. The BMD will be working on this!

Easter Sunday, Pemberley reports in

April 15th.  Pemberley's Diary...

I continue my quest to lure in the deer...   although I have been told that even if I do succeed in catching one, I won't be able to get it in through the cat flap...

(editorial comment: he is getting closer every day to the deer.  And has also taken to 'duck tolling' along the shore. Although that exercise ended in a very wet cat.

Eagles above us, April 15

Yesterday the bald eagle spent some time with us, soaring in huge circles above the resort, a bit too high to get a good picture. He/she was joined by five turkey vultures, with wing feathers extended, gliding by. And on the Lookout, the turkeys are starting to call. Swallows are back, frogs are singing in the pond, juncos are swarming the feeders, deer are on the lawns. What a wonderful time of the year.

April 14th... Going, going, almost gone

Ice is getting darker. Almost gone. A heavy rain could end it. Or a few more days like today's

Springing Water

With the spring melt reaching its peak, there are new and unique water features to discover around every corner! There's never a boring time of year here! #explorersedge #muskoka #spring #getoutdoors #travel #explore

April 12 brought Mergansers

Every day here, Nature brings us great gifts. Yesterday, these mergansers appeared along the shore. The 'boys', in full mating plumage, are hard to photograph (they 'cheat the meter' on the camera with their dazzling white, and are very very shy of cameras) Fabulous birds to have back with us, and to watch all through the summer as the moms come by with their big broods to fish along our shorelines. Welcome back!! #springbirdmigrationontario#explorersedge #mergansers #bondivillage #algonquinpark #ontariotravel

Wet Hens

I've been slack in updating the Blog the past two weeks. Sorry about that. I've been posting on our Facebook Page, because it's easier to upload the videos direct from the phone. Ah, technology...

The Ice is officially gone, April 18... but on the tenth, as it rained into the snowpack and the lake level rose, I got this video of the hens running for cover.  

The rain and fog really knocked the base out of the remaining ice and snow.  And the deer came to visit...  This is at Clover cottage.

Monday, March 27, 2017

They're Back!

It must be spring. Raccoons are exploring the shoreline

Time to Secure you Summer!

Time to plan your summer... We still have vacancies scattered through July, on beautiful Lake of Bays. Check us out! Find out why the National Geographic Travel Editors have named Muskoka the TOP summer travel destination in the world, three years running. Our resort is wonderfully uncrowded, with over 1200' of shallow sandy shoreline, clean water, woods and trails, and an organic farm (complete with hens and horses!) Once you are here, there is no need to go anywhere else, although there's so much to do in the area you may be tempted into daytrips... Algonquin Park is on our doorstep, just ten minutes away!#bondivillage #summervacation #explorersedge #algonquinpark#ontariotourism #northmuskoka #muskoka #besttraveldestinationever

D'you mind if we play through?

March 21st, the BMD, complete with golf cart, took to the lake for the annual Play the Bay tournament.
Playing a round of golf on the lake on Sunday. It is highly recommended to a) know the ice conditions, and b) use coloured golf balls.
Fantastic weather, warm, sunny, little wind... need sun screen big time! Why go to Florida?
Best time of the year!  And no need to book a tee time! 

Brian informs us that he 'won', needing just 10 strokes to get all the way around the Island. Dave and Mike each needed one more than that.

The Fish Are Victorious!

Gearing Up

Canada 150. Even the melting snow wants to celebrate.  This was taken March 15.  Now we've got melted driveways, the mud begins.

March Moon

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Often  known as the Sap Moon, the March full moon marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.
At the time of this Moon, the ground begins to soften enough for earthworm casts to reappear, inviting the return of robins and migrating birds.
Roots start to push their way up through the soil, and the Earth experiences a re-birth as it awakens from its winter slumber.
Thanks to our friend Yaara Eshet for the lovely artwork.  I especially like the little fox chasing the moon's reflection :)

Summer Reads.

Dan calculated the best trajectory for spitting a watermelon seed successfully at the cookout on our beach... Now he's moved on to publish a little light reading for the cottage this summer!!!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

More great Wolf Photos!

Wolf Watching in Algonquin Park! — Yesterday during rainy and overcast conditions an Algonquin (Eastern) Wolf was observed walking across the flooded ice of Lake of Two Rivers. This wolf headed toward the island stopping only briefly to drink from a hole in the ice, probably caused by the recent draining of melting snow. The smooth ice made for easy, but wet traveling for this adult animal. At several times, this wolf actually left a wake in its path, much like a canoe during the summer months, as it loped across Lake of Two Rivers