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Algonquin Park Cottage- stunning simplicity

Algonquin Park Cottage- stunning simplicity

Calling all Nature Lovers. Love Glamping?  This property has nature at your doorstep and an opportunity to disconnect.

Nestled in Algonquin Park is a charming little cottage which takes you back to a simpler time.  Two bedrooms, open concept living room and kitchen, with propane fridge and stove and beautiful Lake views.  With an additional bunkie which sleeps four, this adorable water access cottage located on Rock Lake is only a short 10 minutes from the public boat launch.    Close to Booth’s Rock Trail, the Old Railway Bike Trail as well as the Petroglyphs located on Rock Lake.

Information regarding the Land Leases in Algonquin Park can be found on the Friends of Algonquin Park website.

Further information regarding the leases can be found in the Cottagers Tool Kit provided by Ontario Parks.

Or you can speak to a member of Team Grainger for more details regarding the Land Lease or this charming Algonquin Park cottage.

Click here to view the full listing.

Click here to take a virtual tour.

To book your showing contact Team Grainger at 705-380-1835

Win Dinner for 2 Anywhere in the World!

Win Dinner for 2 Anywhere in the World!

“Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one Child and one Community at a time.”

The Huntsville Muskoka Kiwanis Club, charted by Rick Brooks, is celebrating 2 years on August 15, 2019.  With a mandate to support youth and children, the Club’s major projects include the Maple Festival Kids, and the Ironman Kids Triathlon.

Among the work the Huntsville Muskoka Kiwanis Club has done in the community in the short time since being chartered is their contribution to the accessible playground at Huntsville Public school.

This summer Kiwanis Huntsville Muskoka has two major fundraisers:

Win Dinner for 2 Anywhere in the world, in a draw which will take place August 17th, 2019. Buy your tickets at Bullock’s Independent Grocers this Thursday from 10am – 7pm or purchase them at Godfrey’s Travel, RBC, BMO or from a Kiwanis member.  See the full flyer for more details.

Kiwanis Club of Huntsville Muskoka Golf Tournament, which takes place Thursday, September 19, 2019. Enjoy a fantastic BBQ dinner, special event holes, a silent auction, a chance to at a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS and a putting contest in support of “Sleeping Children Around the World.”  See the full flyer for more details.

Team Grainger lives by the words of Sir Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Cruise on the SS Bigwin, Help expand the Dwight Library

Cruise on the SS Bigwin, Help expand the Dwight Library

Coming Monday July 22nd enjoy three special cruises upon the SS Bigwin steamship out of Dwight, and help raise funds for the expansion of the Dwight Library.

The first cruise sails out of Dwight at 2:00pm.  Dress up the kids (and yourself), as a pirate or mermaid and set sail.  You never know who or what you will encounter.

The second cruise sails out of Dwight at 4:00pm.  A taste testing cruise offering samplings from the Lake of Bays Brewery as the main feature, there will also be complementary snacks: wings from the Moose Café and pretzels from Erika’s. All participants must be 19 years of age or over.

The final cruise of the evening sails out of Dwight at 7:30pm.  Enjoy the magnificent sunsets of Lake of Bays, a glass of wine and sit back and listen to author Terry Fallis, as he discusses his latest book.

Seats on each cruise are limited to 32, cruises will sail rain or shine. For more information, or to book your spot on the upcoming cruises please contact the Dwight Library at 705-635-3319

Ironman Muskoka

Ironman Muskoka

“Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles- BRAG FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE”

– John Collins, Ironman co-founder.

Originally a challenge issued in 1978 by Commander John Collins and his wife Judy, the Ironman is a series of 3 long distance triathlon races consisting of a swim, ride and run.  The first Ironman took place in February 1978 with 15 competitors travelling to Waikiki.

The Subaru Ironman 70.3 Muskoka takes place this Sunday- July 7th beginning at 7:00am.   Ironman Muskoka is known as a mid-summer race loved for its stunning beauty and naturally tough course. Participants will swim 1.2 miles in beautiful fairly lake, followed by a 56 mile bike ride through picturesque Baysville, and finishing up with a 13.1 mile run through historic Huntsville ending at the Huntsville Summit Centre.  The race offers 40 qualifing spots in the 2020 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in New Zealand.

More information on the Muskoka Ironman can be found here.

Want to Volunteer on Race Day?  The Lake of Bays United Churches will be running a water station at in the Bike Course and are still looking for volunteers to assist with distributing water to the athletes. To volunteer please call Jennifer at 705-349-0054.

Canada Day in Lake of Bays & Huntsville

Canada Day in Lake of Bays & Huntsville

Canada Day in Lake of Bays and Huntsville

Celebrate Canada Day in Lake of Bays, Muskoka!  The fun begins on Saturday June 29th in Baysville and Dorset, and continues through July 1st in Huntsville & Oxtongue.  Below are just a few of the activities you can participate in this Canada Day.

 

Baysville:  June 29th Canada Fireworks at the Dam Park at 9:00pm.

July 1st– Canada Day Breakfast at the Seniors Centre.

Dorset: June 29thCanada Day Fireworks at the Waterfront, 9:00pm.

Port Cunnington: June 29th – At the Lake of Bays Marina, take in the water ski show at 6:30pm.

Lake of Bays: July 1st – At the Oxtongue Community Centre located at 3971 HWY 60.  Celebrate Canada day with the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new pavilion, enjoy music, a bouncy castle, face painting, crafts, children’s games, a drum circle, BBQ, silent auction and more.  Admission is free.

Huntsville: July 1st-         9:00am- 11:00am free admission to Muskoka Heritage Place.

Noon- At the Rotary Village Station the annual steam up of the Portage Flyer Train, take a ride to Fairy Lake (small charge may apply).

1:00-7:00pm – At historic River mill Park, take in a free “Canada Fest Concert” presented by Hunters Bay, 88.7 FM Radio

10:00pm- Canada Day Fireworks over Hunters Bay.

The Dwight Farmers’ Market

The Dwight Farmers’ Market

It’s almost here!  Mark you calendar for Tuesday June 25th from 10am – 2pm.

What is coming you are asking?  Wait no longer, a sure sign of summer, the DWIGHT FARMERS’ MARKET is opening for its 7th season.

When?  Only a week away!  The Market will open on Tuesday June 25th from 10am-2pm.

Who?  The Dwight Farmers’ market features over a dozen vendors local businesses; those who bake, craft, sew, cook and more, you will find something that grabs your attention.

In the mood for live music? The market has that covered as well.

Where is the market?  Located in downtown Dwight, just off Highway 60 on Dwight Bay Road, beside the post office, at 1009 Dwight Bay Road

Why?  Simply put, we have a diverse selection of goods, an inviting environment and of course we are the green option of shopping local.

How about a boat ride? Look no further, the SS Bigwin will be sailing out of the Dwight Dock Tuesday Mornings at 10am, 11:30am & 1pm.

Once you’re finished your market shopping, stop in at the Team Grainger office, located in Erika’s, and get caught up on the latest Real Estate news for Dwight, Lake of Bays and Muskoka.  We look forward to seeing you!

SS Bigwin

SS Bigwin

Kick off this summer with a cruise on the SS Bigwin! Made primarily of Mahogany, Oak, Fir and Poplar, the SS Bigwin can hold up to 32 passengers and 3 crew. The boat is 66’ in length, 6’ deep, with an 11’8” beam, weighing in at 25 tons. Powered by an electric motor, the batteries allow for approximately 6 hours of cruise time.
The SS Bigwin dates back to the early 1900’s when people travelled to the Muskoka Lakes aboard majestic steamships. Previously used on Lake Muskoka, in approximately 1925 Mr. Shaw purchased the Bigwin and moved it to Lake of Bays. With the decline of the resort industry, the SS Bigwin feel into disrepair resting partially submerged on the bottom of its slip at Bigwin Island. In 1991 the SS Bigwin was purchased after considerable fundraising efforts and floated to South Portage where the restoration began in 2002. In 2004 it was moved to Dorset where it now permanently docks. Today, the SS Bigwin is the last remaining ship of its fleet. To see the Bigwin cruising Lake of Bays click here.
The SS Bigwin officially launched for the public in July 2013, with its first full season being 2014.
This Saturday, June 15, 2019 H.O.L.D Community Group and SS Bigwin are sponsoring free boat cruises from 10:00 – 2:00pm, every hour on the hour from the Dwight Dock. Don’t miss your chance to enjoy a trip on this piece of Lake of Bays history. Also at the Dwight Dock from 11- 2pm a FREE BBQ- Bring the whole family.

The WaWa

The WaWa

Jennifer of Team Grainger recently enjoyed Nancy Tapley’s evening entitled “The Night the WaWa Burned,” hosted by the Baysville Public Library. Nancy’s talk was very well attended with additional chairs brought in to try to accommodate the terrific response. In the end, listeners were shoulder to shoulder, with only standing room left.

The Wawa, built in 1908, was the premier resort hotel in Lake of Bays, Muskoka. The WaWa, WaWa a native Canadian word meaning “Wild Goose,” was located on Norway Point, which was home to a very distinctive single pine left after the lands had been cleared. Featuring a sandy beach, western exposure, and a dance pavilion, the WaWa offered plenty of activities to keep guests busy from morning to night. The original main building had capacity for 150 people and featured electric lights, hot & cold running water and an elevator, a very impressive and modern build for the time. Demand was high and by 1913 the building was expanded to accommodate 300. As seen in the above picture, the WaWa consisted of a 3 story Centre block was flanked by 2, 2 story wings. The interior featured beautiful tongue and grove pine brought from Georgia, and wonderful wicker furniture.

On the evening of August 18, 1923 for reasons never quite determined, the WaWa burned to the ground in 15 minutes leaving 9 people dead. The glow of the flames could be seen for miles around the lake, as it projected an eerie coloured light into the night sky. Baysville it has been said, was lit up so bright you could pick up a pin off the road.
The legacy of the WaWa held good and bad for Muskoka. Once a popular tourist destination, the lack of preparedness combined with the build of the WaWa left people uncomfortable with this traditional style of Muskoka get aways. It did however, spurn the build of Bigwin Inn touted as fireproof as it was built primarily of concrete and rock. Further the ensuing fire investigations produced numerous recommendations and changes to the way buildings were built, as well as an increased emphasis on fire safety standards.
Team Grainger thanks both Nancy Tapley and the Baysville Library for a wonderful and informative evening which was enjoyed by all.

Peeps, Quacks, Trills and Other Froggy Thrills

Peeps, Quacks, Trills and Other Froggy Thrills

Last Thursday, Team Grainger attended a seminar at the Dwight Public Library called “Peeps, Quacks, Trills and Other Froggy Thrills.  Presented by Caroline Konarzewski this was an informative evening highlighting the local species of frogs and toads, the importance of them in our environment and what we as citizens can do to ensure and preserve our wetlands for generations to come.

Throughout the presentation Caroline welcomed observations from our local community which proved to be both interesting and noteworthy.

While highlighting the importance of wetlands in our community Caroline spoke of the importance of citizen participation in FrogWatch Ontario, which is part of a national initiative, FrogWatch Canada, administered by NatureWatch. FrogWatch is also a partnership between Toronto Zoo’s Adopt-A-Pond Wetland conservation Programme, NatureWatch, The David Suzuki Foundation, Nature Canada, The University of Ottawa and Wilfred Laurier University.

Everyone in our community can become involved. It’s a really simple, family friendly activity, free of charge which will benefits everyone.  Use the FrogWatch Ontario’s website or App to report hearing or seeing frogs and toads in our area. Not sure  which frog/toad your hearing? No worries,  use the app/website to learn the calls and learn more about frogs and toads in Lake of Bays Muskoka.

 

 

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