It’s not the latest date, but having ICE OUT in May is unusual. Some lakes are now open. Others will take a day or two more. It’s fairly safe to say that by the end of the weekend Muskoka will be open.

There are still a few cottages we have to walk in to. If you’re coming north, boots will make sense for the next week. The forecasted rains will certainly help firm up the soft ground. Yes, I know it sounds counter-intuitive, rain helping to firm things up. The truth is rain helps bring the frost out. It’s the frost escaping that turns ground into a quagmire.

Regardless, spring has been long and slow. One weather forecaster talked about March being extended and overtaking April. If the temperatures we enjoyed on Tuesday are any indication, we’ve bypassed April showers and jumped straight into May flowers.

Algonquin is in thaw mode now and the Watershed is very active. Falls and Rapids are in full bloom. Stay away from rivers and streams – they are flowing very quickly and are surprisingly powerful. The good news is the lakes that were low are rapidly returning to normal levels. Cottage sales are too.

The last week has been a busy one. Several properties have sold in competition and our lighter than usual inventory ( because of weather ) is getting thinner. Fortunately there are cottages coming to market daily. Here’s what’s come to market in the last week. Call or email us if you want more information!


$4,895,000 – MLS# 111947
Lake Muskoka

Walk, bike or ATV on your own private trails through 75 acres of gentle, wooded terrain. Play tennis or basketball overlooking the lake. Entertain friends and family in an upgraded kitchen that opens to the Muskoka room, dining room and Great room. 7,800 square feet of combined living spaces offering two Masters and two guest rooms all with private ensuites, powder room, five fireplaces, walls of windows and large garden doors to access wrap-around decks. Boathouse provides guest accommodation, large deck with covered dining, two indoor boat slips with add’l oversized outdoor slip, 2 car heated garage/workshop for all the toys. With 315’ of natural shoreline you are treated to mossy granite rock, towering Hemlocks, and the crystal blue of Lake Muskoka. Spend the day on the dock, work out in the gym or lounge in the Rec room with a walkup bar, snuggle up in the cozy Muskoka Room or host Happy Hour in the enclosed Gazebo. This one has everything you could want and maybe a little more. Click here for property listing details.


$1,649,000 – MLS# 122521
Lake Joseph

This picturesque Lake Joseph offering has it all with natural wooded privacy, granite outcroppings, magnificent perennial gardens and 455 feet of pristine shoreline. Charm and elegance are embodied in this spacious five bedroom cottage with pine lined interiors and ample room for entertaining family & friends.. For early morning and late nights the screened Muskoka room add to your enjoyment. At the waters edge a gracious two storey boathouse. Ready for immediate occupancy. Click here for property listing details.


$1,100,000 – MLS# 122353
Lake Muskoka

Come home to this one-of-a-kind cottage or permanent residence. Eastern exposure on desirable Lake Muskoka affords beautiful sunrise views. This custom designed home offers 3 bed, 3 bath and a 1 ½ storey layout with cathedral ceilings, wood beams and an open concept in the main living area. The fully finished room downstairs with large paned windows along one full wall overlook the lake and is accented by a brick wood burning fireplace and a custom bar. Walk out from the rec room to the lake only steps away. A rare find! The double garage is attached with a unique wide fully enclosed walkway. No struggling with inclement weather. The additional 2 slip boathouse with a flat roof just needs a railing for it to becomes a special outside gathering spot. Deep water off the boathouse provides fun for all. All this and municipal services with the potential for gas appliances. Lake Muskoka has never been this affordable. Click here for property listing details.


$699,900 – MLS# 121361
Muskoka River

Older home/cottage on stunning piece of land offering 287 Feet of frontage and over 4 acres of prime land. Enjoy the cottage as is for year round enjoyment or use the footprint as you plan out your dream home near the mouth of Lake Muskoka. Four season cottage being sold as is. Excellent dock for the whole family to play on along with level table land. This property has not yet reached its full potential. As soon as the frost is out of the ground there will also be a newly dug well! Click here for property listing details.


Want to see all the other listings that have come in the past 10 days?

$300,000 – $750,000 – Click here
$751,000 – $1.5million – Click here
$1.5million – $2.5million – Click here
$2.5million and above – Click here

Give us a call when you’re ready to take a closer look,

Laura, Lucy & Ross
The Rosskoka Team at RE/MAX Hallmark in Muskoka
705 706 1177

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$179,000 – MLS# 110944
Frau Lake

Pristine Muskoka. Natural 10+acre parcel fronting on Frau Lake. Electricity, Well and Driveway in place. Beautiful property to roam, lovely views and privacy. Waterfront can be developed by bylaw under governance Town of Bracebridge. Click here for property listing details.