Mus musculus, Apodemus sylvaticus and Peromyscus maniculatus…bless you! Actually, these are the scientific names for the common house mouse, field mouse and deer mouse. This time of year, these rodents look to make your Muskoka cottage their home. Mice are considered a major structural pests. They can cause serious damage, economic loss, health hazards and an unsanitary environment. Unwanted mice are considered vermin and spread disease through their parasites and feces. In North America, breathing dust that has come in contact with mouse excrement has been linked to hantavirus, which may lead to hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS). Not normally found in cities, deer and field mice ...
Prevent Mice at your Muskoka Cottage
September 27, 2018
Help Prevent Resort Over-Development in Muskoka
November 21, 2017
During peak cottage season, our Muskoka lakes are bustling. On weekends from May 24 through till Thanksgiving and week long in July and August. Paddle boarders, kayakers and canoe enthusiasts share the pristine waters with wakeboarders, water-skiers and wake surfers. Muskoka residents, cottage owners, renters and holiday goers at resorts such as Sherwood Inn, Clevelands House and Red Leaves are all enjoying Muskoka cottage life. We know why! Our clean lakes and stunning views are a magnet for visitors from around the globe. Over the years we’ve seen an increase in traffic on the roads and on the lakes. We ...
Muskoka Light Pollution Solutions
August 10, 2017
Light Pollution. We have all heard the term many times before, partially because in recent months a plethora of information has been published on topics surrounding this issue. But what really is the problem? Simply put, light pollution is the wasteful by-product of our society’s seemingly obsessive desire to light up every place and every thing we encounter at night. Light pollution is insidious, even in Muskoka. It creeps slowly into our communities, rural areas and even lakefront retreats with almost every renovation or new building project. It isn’t necessarily the result of people’s negligence but rather their lack of ...
Internet at Your Muskoka Cottage
July 27, 2017
Is Internet at your Muskoka cottage frustrating you? Join the club! I can't tell you how often I hear my Lake Joseph neighbours complain about the speed (or lack thereof) of their internet service. Keep in mind, we are in cottage country paradise, not a bustling high tech metropolitan area. Unless you are on a working vacation I recommend unplugging and unwinding. That being said, I have the privilege of working in Muskoka which comes with the disadvantage of relying on the internet. So, I feel your pain. There are times when we need internet and times when we crave it. Especially ...
Spring Cottage Life Show 2017
March 23, 2017
Spring is in the air - and at the Cottage Life Show! Next weekend, Friday March 31st through to Sunday April 2nd The Internation Centre in Mississauga hosts the Spring 2017 Cottage Life Show. Cottaging in Muskoka is a lifestyle all of it's own and the Cottage Life Show features many related exhibits to enhance the cottaging experience. Get excited about the upcoming Muskoka cottage season! The Dock Party - the social hub of the show, proudly serving Muskoka Brewery beer, Muskoka Lakes Cranberry Wine, Georgian Bay Spirit Co., and Walter All-Natural Caesar Mix. Better still proceeds benefit the Cottage Dreams Cancer ...
Muskoka Lakes Rising Water Warning
March 4, 2017
This just in from Muskoka Lakes Association "RISING WATER ALERT Climate change events which the province in practice apparently fails to fully recognize yet have again put cottagers and other property owners at risk of flooding. The seasonal water level draw down in Lake Muskoka in particular, took a sudden and shocking turn on Feb 24 with the arrival of much warmer weather and rain. While we were pleased to see that the MNRF was drawing down water levels more aggressively during the first 2 months of 2017, as compared to last year, the draw down has largely been ...
September in Muskoka
September 9, 2016
Weekend Warriors That’s what it comes down to now for most cottagers. Children are back to school, adults are back to work having used up all of their vacation time to be here in Muskoka. What a terrific summer we had ... the perfect mix of sunshine, heat and rain to keep the gardens green. Residents of Lakes Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph have a tradition every year around this time. It is called “Take Back the Lake”. Now this doesn’t mean we don’t welcome cottagers. We thrive on tourism and need the summer traffic. We simply consider this a celebration of ...
Muskoka Summer 2016
August 26, 2016
Summer 2016 in Muskoka has been spectacular. We've enjoyed beautiful sunny weather, warm days and cool breezes by the lakes. Muskoka is so many things to so many people. This video, created by Chris Blair*, captures the essence of summer in Muskoka. What is your favorite Muskoka summer past-time? *Muskoka's talented Chris Blair lives with his family on Lake Joseph. He attended Rosseau Lake College and is commencing his studies at the University of Bristish Columbia. You can see more stunning videos from Chris on youtube. Wishing you all a wonderful remainder of your summer in Muskoka!
Mosquito Free Muskoka
June 10, 2016
Who wouldn’t like to enjoy cottage life in a mosquito free Muskoka this summer season? Today’s guest blog and mosquito free Muskoka cottage properties come to us, compliments of Skeeter Patrol. "What's that sound? Wait, there isn't one." I'm sitting enjoying my cottage oasis in Muskoka, where I've spent many hours and more dollars creating. The sweat on the glass of my cold drink drips as I await the belated sound. Only the thrum of a boats engine, as it cruises by, interrupts my tranquil peace. I sit and contemplate what is happening. Where is that warning sound - the ...
Opening Your Muskoka Cottage For The Season
April 15, 2016Cottages Home Improvements Muskoka Properties My Services Of Lake Of Land Real Estate News Waterfront What's Going On
Opening After the Winter The winter full of ice and snow leaves a mark on everything, and this includes your cottage in the beautiful Muskoka, Ontario region. You will need a few things to be sure the opening goes smoothly. These include keys to the cottage, food for at least a week, clean clothes, flashlights, a large supply of assorted batteries, a supply of bottled water, refreshments and beverages. The equipment includes large coolers full of ice, and some hand and small power tools for repairs. On the Road Travel time is is a good opportunity to think of ...