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Living Together, Working Together – The Story of Two Pioneer Families Post Image

April 04, 2019

Living Together, Working Together – The Story of Two Pioneer Families

Article by Meghan Smith/Photography by Tomasz Szumski The Muskoka lifestyle is as much about the landscape as it is the people who are living it. Throughout its history, Muskoka has offered its inhabitants, year-round and seasonal, a playground as well as a place of opportunity. The Wallace and Pain families boast deep...

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Arts at the Albion – creating new life for an historic building Post Image

April 03, 2019

Arts at the Albion – creating new life for an historic building

Article by Heather Glumac/ Photography by Andy Zeltkalns “Meet me in five minutes” said the voice on the other end of the call. It was April of 2013 and Penny Varney had just gotten off the phone with a perspective buyer of the historic Albion hotel in Gravenhurst, Guy Gagnon. Varney, a...

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Calling Out Your Inner Wild Post Image

April 02, 2019

Calling Out Your Inner Wild

By Dawn Huddletsone Despite days spent in offices, sitting at computers, we all have a little bit of wild in us that yearns to break free. Finding it just requires an appropriate challenge. You may be surprised at what you can do. To help you find out, a Muskoka-based outdoor company is...

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Birding in Muskoka Post Image

April 01, 2019

Birding in Muskoka

By Doug Smith/Photography by Eleanor Kee Wellman   When an American avocet was spotted in Bracebridge it caused quite a stir with the local birding fraternity. Rarely seen outside of its usual western range, the elegant shorebird provided a highlight to the fall migration for many. For novice birder Aaron Rusak...

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Muskoka's Non-British Pioneer Communities Post Image

March 30, 2019

Muskoka's Non-British Pioneer Communities

By J. Patrick Boyer In 1873, after scouting North American locales for “New Iceland,” 21-year old visionary Sigtryggur Jὀnasson led 160 of his country-folk into Muskoka’s remote Cardwell Township to establish their Canadian toe-hold colony of “Hekkla.” Meanwhile, German immigrant brothers Georj and Wilhelm Gilbert and their families were clearing an...

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Four Seasons Greens uses futuristic agriculture for healthy results Post Image

March 29, 2019

Four Seasons Greens uses futuristic agriculture for healthy results

By Karen Wehrstein At first glance, Four Seasons Greens does not look like an agricultural enterprise. It looks like a typical modest residence with a Muskoka look on a quiet street in the sleepy, well-treed village of Port Sydney. In fact, it is the residence of Steven and Sharon Bacon as...

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