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 ...
Muskoka Light Pollution Solutions
August 10, 2017
Spring Flood Potential Muskoka Lakes
March 11, 2017
Muskoka Braces for Another Year of Flooding Although the Muskoka Lakes Association (MLA) has been actively requesting the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) to anticipate and mitigate flooding by lowering the lake levels earlier and to a greater extent than in the past - nothing has changed. The issue of flooding seems to be a constant news topic. With heavy snowfall earlier in the year along with mild temperatures in January and February creating melting conditions there is increased risk of flooding. In fact, only a prolonged period of cold, dry weather will allow lake water to be lowered to target levels. The MLA has ...
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 ...
What is a Boathouse Lease Agreement?
July 22, 2016
Cottage owners are required to have a lease agreement with the Government for having their boathouse over Crown Land. There is a fee that is billed yearly which varies for each property owner. Basically, if you have a boathouse with a second story or with living quarters over Crown Land then occupational authority and the payment of an annual rent is required. One factor which should be acknowledged when purchasing waterfront recreational property is whether the land and water under the boathouse is privately owned or retained by the Government. Most of the properties in our cottage country of Muskoka ...
Boathouses of Muskoka - What's Trending
May 20, 2016
One aspect of Lakes Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph, that adds to our cottage country allure, are our boathouses. One of my favorite past times is cruising the lakes to see what is being newly built, current renovations or alterations taking place and to admire the history of the structures adorning the shorelines. Every boathouse is unique. Each possessing its own character, telling the story of its inhabitants - the vessels in which we enjoy countless hours of leisure time and then put to bed under the protection of their homes. Over the years I’ve compiled many photos of these unique ...