Eric McIntyre, of the Eastern Georgian Bay Stewardship Council discusses spiking water flow downstream from Bala Falls, its devastating implications to Walleye reproduction and the current status of the agreement between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ontario Power Generation.
In 40 minutes you’ll not only be able to identify Muskoka’s turtles by species, but be more apt to help “wheelbarrow” them across the road.
So, you’re all up to the cottage for the summer, one of the kids finds a turtle and wants to keep it as a pet. No matter how wonderful they may look and how convincing the argument to adopt may be, NEVER, NEVER allow this to happen. With predators as well as cars at every corner, the odds are so stacked against turtles that we need them ALL in the wild reproducing.
I just finished editing and posted a video on the Muskoka Watershed Council‘s YouTube channel. George Daniels has obviously been a driving force behind some terrific conservation efforts on fish habitat in and around Muskoka’s Lake of Bays. After the death of George’s son Andrew, a couple of Andrew’s buddies launched the Andrew Daniel’s Fish Stewardship Program.
In the video, you’ll learn about many of the initiatives taken on by volunteers, local business, government and NGO’s – great stuff! You can pick up a fish ruler and poster at all of the Lake of Bays marinas.
This has been an extremely busy Real Estate season so far, which is a good thing!
On the other hand, this has the resulting effect of slowing some of my other activities. I have some great video presentations from the April 28th Muskoka Watershed Council Stewardship Conference, and I’m really trying to fit in some time to process the material and post it. The 1st one is Jan McDonnell from the Ministry of Natural Resources with Birds At Risk in Muskoka.
Well, this gorgeous property has just been reduced by $296,000, and is now $999,000. Have a look at the images of the property below; additional details are here.
It’s close to 400 for ease of access, yet so far from the rest of the world. 58 acres of beautiful rolling hills and forest to explore. The property encompasses an entire lake, has a waterfall, complete with covered bridge and lighthouse, all contained within the boundaries.
The main house, beside the lake is currently a two family dwelling with 2750 sq. ft. on each floor, totalling 5,000 sq ft. (completely finished).
The property near the house is beautifully landscaped with many perennials.
There is a separate house, two family dwelling with 1500 sq ft. on each floor,total of 3,000 sq ft. (completely finished). There is also a heated garage, 20′ x 48′, with a 17 foot ceiling.
The southern edge of the property borders the Seguin Vally Golf Course.
We were out on Gull Lake today. The early heat wave blown away by crisp north westerlies. Thanks to Dave and Sandra who have spent many happy years on Gull Lake; now selling their Gull Lake home.
I had no idea that there was anywhere near this much boating on scenic Gull Lake. Heading south east takes you to a cut, through which you discover the equally beautiful Silver Lake. There are miles and miles of open water as well as small coves and granite rock faces. Perfect for power-boat cruises as well as kayaks and canoes.
Some of the waters from Kahshe Lake run to Silver Lake, then to Gull Lake and then through the Hoc Roc river into Lake Muskoka.
Gull Lake has lots of space for water sports of all types, or just for those big views.
We saw so many gorgeous rock faces dropping straight into blue water, and made mental notes of where to return.
There are cottages dotted up and down Gull and Silver Lakes. We heard many stories of the history of some of these cottages and Gull Lake itself. One is the story of Dead Horse Island; we wonder if you know this story…
Cottagers have been enjoying Gull Lake since the 1800’s.
We are very excited, and justly proud to be able to offer such a rare Muskoka property.
There is no question that the majority of people we take to see Muskoka properties spend 80% of the time inspecting inside the buildings and 20% on the property. This doesn’t seem right. Although lots of us do it this way, we should spend most of the time wandering the property.
Ahhh, but so many properties are not really wanderable; they have nicely built decks and stairs, to take us from the cottage to the waterfront to the boathouse because they are often steep. The perfect cottage properties were developed many decades ago.
On this property the superb architecture of the cottage and boathouse, although beautiful, are secondary to the level point, cooling in Lake Muskoka, comprised of almost 900 feet of waterfront.
Once you have satisfied yourself that the property itself is incomparable, then it’s always nice to have buildings like these.
We’ve certainly experienced some unusual weather so far this winter in Muskoka. According to Environment Canada: “the milder-than-usual temperatures in December did result in lower snowfall accumulations as compared to normal amounts, and few major snowstorms. Instead, there were more frequent freeze/thaw cycles resulting from the passage of cold or warm fronts.”
This freeze/thaw cycle has continued in January, and we were definitely on the freeze end this weekend.
It was -26 C, crisp and sunny. We went out to take a look at a cottage by snowshoes – often a mush quicker way to get directly to a cottage. Although there was little wind to speak of inland, out on the lake there was a steady movement of wind from the NW. It was enough to push the perceived temperature well into the -30 – 40 range.
We are very privileged to live in Muskoka where we enjoy healthy forests, with much natural cover.
Although I am a volunteer with the Muskoka Watershed Council, I recognize the current and past work done by all the volunteers and staff of the MWC for 10 years now. With the release of the 2010 Report Card, benchmarks for future Report Cards have been established; best ensuring that we do not lose our incredible resource.