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Spectacular View Awaits Those Who Relive The Climb of The Dorset Towermen Post Image

October 05, 2019

Spectacular View Awaits Those Who Relive The Climb of The Dorset Towermen

Article by Dawn Huddlestone When Muskoka’s landscape dons its vibrant fall coat, cloaked in dazzling reds, oranges and yellows, it’s a spectacular sight from just about any vantage point. But there are few locations that can rival the view from the Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower. For more than 50 years, visitors have enjoyed a 360-degree...

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Rural Church Receives an Unlikely Second Chance Post Image

October 03, 2019

Rural Church Receives an Unlikely Second Chance

Article by Matt Driscoll / Photography by Andy Zeltkalns As an example of the strength of community and the tenacity of Muskoka’s rural residents above all, the story of St. Peter’s Rocksborough Church is one of legacy and rebirth. Last year, when the future of the modest log church seemed in...

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Muskoka Settlers Adapted To Bush Farming by Changing Just About Everything Post Image

September 25, 2019

Muskoka Settlers Adapted To Bush Farming by Changing Just About Everything

Article by J. Patrick Boyer For centuries, Muskoka has sustained people whose relationship with the land and evolving farming practices are a testament to human adaptability.  For a period to the 1860s, for instance, the face of Muskoka farming was communal. Families dwelling in log homes near water cultivated beans, squash, corn,...

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Muskoka's Gold - Still Waiting to be Found Post Image

September 19, 2019

Muskoka's Gold - Still Waiting to be Found

Article by J. Patrick Boyer It was only a matter of perseverance, and time, until somebody struck gold in Muskoka. There’d been a definite pattern. Somebody in a remote region found placer gold shining in a gravelly mountain stream or his pick chipped a rocky outcropping’s secret. Then word of his claim...

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Early Muskoka Councils and Issues Engaging Them Post Image

May 30, 2019

Early Muskoka Councils and Issues Engaging Them

Article by J. Patrick Boyer Muskoka’s councillors have plenty of issues, today, including their own futures with Queen’s Park reviewing municipal government for our District. In times like this, if you think some perspective might be helpful, here are several cameos of what engaged earlier Muskoka councils. GOVERNMENTAL FRAMEWORK Just getting a framework...

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The General Store – A focal point of community life Post Image

May 28, 2019

The General Store – A focal point of community life

Article by Meghan Smith / Photography by Andy Zeltkalns The local general store has been a focal point of community life in the villages and hamlets of Muskoka ever since the very earliest days of settlement. From humble beginnings as outposts, general stores now serve small or rural communities by offering...

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