We know the forest is dry. A fire ban is in effect. One day last week we could smell the smoke from Parry Sound 33 an 11,000 hectare burn north and west of Parry Sound more than 150 kms away. On the upside, smoke haze leads to great sunsets. We understand, too, that forest fires help regeneration – but that’s a long way off.

In the interim, dry forests have other side effects, primarily on forest inhabitants. Food stuffs are harder to find. Natural fruits and nuts are smaller and harder to forage. Dry forests drive animals to search outside their natural zones. That means more frequent sightings of creatures we rarely see. We even in town. The young fella pictured above was in a friend’s back yard.

Unfortunately dry forests also lead to more road kill – especially at dawn and dusk when many animals are out, avoiding the heat of the day. Drive with extra care in cottage country. Most cars survive an incident with deer. Some trucks don’t survive an incident with moose, many cars don’t. Be wary!

This week Muskoka Chautauqua has the Toronto All Star Big Band playing in Minett on Saturday. If you’ve never heard this group and enjoy the sounds of big bands and the swing era, these musicians will transport you to another time with verve! Terrific vocalists, harmonies and virtuoso musicianship. A great show!

Our cottage marketplace has been moving too. We had more than 60 people sign up for Marketwatch this week and several are already ‘kicking the dirt’ with us to see what’s listed. Here’s what they’re looking at…

$350,000-$750,000 – Click here
$751,000-$1.5million – Click here
$1.5million-$2.5million – Click here
$2.5million and above – Click here

And now for the ones that caught our eye this week…

$359,900 – MLS# 144669
Kahshe River

A completely WOW interior. Turn key 3 bedroom riverfront cottage in a treed, private setting. This well designed 3 season home away from home features hardwood floors, screened in porch 14’8 x 9’10, a Bunkie that sleeps 6 plus large deck overlooking the water. Steps lead down to the dock on the Kahshe River with access to Bass Lake and Kahshe Lake. An inviting retreat with plenty of room for family and friends. Close to Gravenhurst and Washago. Click here


175 HWY 632, ROSSEAU
$ 1,175,000 – MLS# 145367
Lake Rosseau

Renovated, move in ready with the option to enjoy this summer. The cottage is a year round winterized cottage sprawling two levels. The master bedroom boasts a spacious ensuite with lakeside walkout; an unexpected treat right off the main floor kitchen. The kitchen is open to the dining room and sitting area and surrounded with huge windows showcasing long lake views of Lake Rosseau. Downstairs, both bedrooms feature lake views and covered walkout patios. In addition the full bathroom, den, and second living area with covered walkout is the perfect amount of space for you and your family. The waterfront is a mix of hard packed sand and deeper water. A two slip boat port is open allowing your unobstructed long lake views but adding protection for your boats and other watercraft. Ample parking room, a U-shaped drive way and multiple flat areas along the water, and all day south exposure make this an unbeatable package!  Click here


$1,865,888 – MLS# 145897
Morrison Lake

This Muskoka estate property boasts small lake splendour with worldly sophistication! Year round 3+1 BR cottage or residence with exceptional privacy & amazing lake views. Would also suit uses for artist studio, writer’s haven, B&B, wedding/corporate events & more – you decide. Exquisitely renovated inside & out, and comes completely turn-key for your immediate enjoyment. Located on a paved municipal road, only 90 mins from the GTA. Words on a page simply don’t do this offering justice – please see Multi-Media link for interactive 3D iGuide tour, floor plans and photo gallery – and prepare to be impressed! Then call to arrange your personal viewing. Muskoka memories are just waiting to be made here on Morrison Lake. Note: total finished living space indicated includes approx. 100 sq. ft. wine cellar on lower level, and the 3-storey ‘Sanctuary’ lakeside tower (approximately 1,000 square feet including main level dining room/Muskoka room, 2nd floor bedroom & lower level storage). Click here


$2,795,000 – MLS# 144460
Lake Muskoka

Welcome to “Northfork” Perfectly situated on 475′ (assessed) of gently sloped shoreline and 1.5 acres of natural Muskoka terrain is this custom built Post & Beam year round cottage/home. Enjoy the expansive view and sunset exposure from the large 2-slip dock or from the comfort of the vaulted great room with its wall of windows and Muskoka stone wood burning fireplace. 5 bedrooms & 3 baths provide ample room for family and friends. Located on coveted Acton Island (road access) and with easy access to both the town of Bala and the village of Port Carling “Northfork” is the ideal location for your next cottage. Click here


Pick your favourites and let’s take a look together,

Laura, Lucy & Ross
(705) 706-1177

P.S. Don’t forget to take a closer look at this one

$2,995,000 – MLS# 126243
Lake Rosseau

“Edgewater”. A classic year round 5 bedrm Muskoka cottage. Warm and inviting, A place where relaxing is the paramount goal. Built right at the water’s edge, this cottage has a relationship with the water like no other. View? Sunset? Right on the money! Both are exceptional. Access? Privacy? Two more boxes ticked. Looking for gentle land? This was made for you. To add to the list, there’s a 2 slip boathouse with 650 sq ft above for accommodation and an oversized two car garage for the toys. Beautifully furnished in warm, soft tones Edgewater is move-in ready. A place to kick back or entertain while you think about how to make it your own. This kind of opportunity is rare. It’s a great find and excellent value.
Click here for property listing details