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
On the Thanksgiving weekend, the traffic in the Park and Dorset was crazy -- but the autumn colours can be seen lots of ways that don't involve lining up in your cars. Here, for example, our guests were out hiking our private trails. This picture is from our Lookout trail. Off in the distance you can just pick out the Dorset Lookout Tower, where traffic was lined up forever in both directions. Our lookout, on the other hand, was blissfully peaceful... #feelingblessed#nocrowdshere#bondivillage#northmuskoka
we were joined Oct. 17 by this lovely flock of mergansers fishing their way along the front of the resort. They have been every day since. It is amazing to watch them when they find a school of minnows and start diving after them, the water literally boiling around them. Fascinating, and beautiful birds!
The vivid scarlet trees have 'burned down' to these wonderful orange, yellow, rust and deep deep greens... It is like moving through a painting. Autumn colours are far from over. And we can learn a lot about how to let go from watching a leaf...
October 16th, with the trees smoldering down to golden, the beach at Bondi hosted these 'bathing beauties', here for a gals' getaway. Who says the swimming season is over??? Thanks for the photos, Linda, Debbie, Eleni and Sharon
we had guests this week from Sydney, Australia. Now, yes, in case you wondered, my grandfather did name the farm for the beach in Sydney, back in 1905 when he and grandmother settled here. That was before the dam at Baysville lifted the lake 5 feet and flooded out much of the beach. Never mind, that is water not over the dam... we now have a lovely shallow sandy shoreline that is ideal for swimming. Tom sent us these comparison photos -- one taken in March at the iconic Sydney Beach, (which he says, is no fun for swimming -- too many dangerous critters, too much undertow, too much pollution from the city...too many people) and one taken from his cottage here. (which is ideal for swimming, we hasten to add.) Interesting... on the whole, we prefer to be here.
Wild about Us! Here are some of our visitors today. Although it rained for a time in the afternoon, the morning was clear, and the evening was lovely and full of stars. Raccoon tracks told the tale of night time visitors. The wild turkey was right at the gate, looking rather damp. The ducks walked up to the office for a snack, and loved having puddles along the way. Tiny little turtle (yes, they are still hatching at this time of year!) was found on the driveway when I went up to the stable for late-check -- a long way from the lake, so I gave her a lift to the beach. I hope she lives a long long snapping turtle life full of good things.
these are just weeds and wildflowers... or should they be more correctly termed beautiful autumn plants? Growing in a parking lot in Huntsville... You need to keep your eyes open, or the beautiful things will be missed. :)
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...