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Wanda III and Muskoka Discovery Centre Post Image

November 16, 2019

Wanda III and Muskoka Discovery Centre

By J. Patrick Boyer Classy steam-era yacht Wanda III embodies a unique Muskoka saga. Neither the Toronto shipbuilders fashioning Muskoka’s fastest vessel back in 1915, nor the renowned Eaton family taking delivery of her, could possibly have imagined the charmer’s impact on Muskokans, today. More than a century on, this elegant steamer...

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Portage Flyer Christmas Train - The Joy of an Annual Tradition Post Image

November 14, 2019

Portage Flyer Christmas Train - The Joy of an Annual Tradition

Article by Dawn Huddlestone / Photography by Tomasz Szumski Take the tenacity of The Little Engine That Could, toss in some of the magic of the Polar Express, and place it along a picturesque bend in the Muskoka River and you’ve got the makings of a “supermagicated” Christmas celebration like no...

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Muskoka Women Seized a New Mandate Amidst the First World War’s Upheavals Post Image

November 12, 2019

Muskoka Women Seized a New Mandate Amidst the First World War’s Upheavals

Article by J. Patrick Boyer When a 1914 war began, many smugly opined “the fighting will all be over before Christmas.” But eight global empires enmeshed in deadly modern warfare vaporized that glib notion soon enough. The war stretched to almost five Christmases. And, like all wars, it grew. The 25,000...

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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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