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We’re in the middle. Middle of what? you ask. Dog days, comes the reply. From about July 3 until August 10 this year, are the dog days of summer. The Romans referred to this time as ‘diès canicularès’’ because the sun was nearest to Sirius, the brightest star visible from earth and part of Canis Major, the greater dog constellation. It’s not because dogs like to loll about in the heat, tongues out…

Coming after dog days is the Perseus meteor shower, an annual event which equates to heaven’s fireworks, with shooting stars occurring every 20 or 30 seconds.More on that in a week or two.

Watching the dark sky is a real treat when away from city lights. So much more is visible. If you have never been to a dark sky preserve like Torrance Barrens on a clear night, it’s worth the trip. It’s a lot safer than going out into the middle of the lake and turning the lights off! Seeing the dark sky clearly brings a distinct feeling of calm and awe. The majesty of the Milky Way dwarfs our imagination when we realize we’re looking at only the edge of our galaxy, and not the heavens beyond.

This year, though, the sky is not so clear. We’ve had a lot of cloud cover and rain. This week smoke from forest fires hundreds of miles west and north has made its way east. One unexpected visual gift is the setting sun, a brilliant orange orb hanging above the horizon. Dramatic and amazing to see, except when one realizes the cause.

In one regard, we’ve been fortunate. Our forests are not tinderlike this year. The fire risk, here, is low. As cottagers, enjoying the northern forests we have a responsibility to preserve and protect this wonderful resource. Fire pits need to be well away from shrubbery, roots and overhanging branches. Have a bucket of sand or water handy ‘just in case’. Don’t forget the fire services around here are pretty much volunteer. It takes time for them to respond to the call. Safety first!

The forests are not the only asset. Cottages are significant ones too. Whether large or small, old or new, for many of us they have special meaning that grows more important year after year. Here is this week’s selection of special places. Questions? is where to find us!

1868 LAKE JOSEPH Road, MacTier
$4,400,000 – MLS# 40140624

Stunning NEW 5 bed plus Den PLUS a Gym/Office ,4 bath cottage on the west side of Lake Joseph capturing breathtaking Island vistas and plenty of sunshine! Two slip boathouse (one enclosed, one boatport) and generous dock area blend seamlessly into the natural shoreline of 264 ft! Sandy entry and deep water offers excellence for watersports! Level firepit area and several decks for outdoor enjoyment. Inside, spoil yourself with a fully furnished and WIFI and Home Audio equipped home complete with white quartz/stainless steel kitchen with grand island, garburator, plenty of storage, main floor lakeside master with 4 pce ensuite . Also on the main floor is a family sized Den/TV room. Living/Dining Room with spectacular views are perfected by a grand 2 storey stone, wood burning Napoleon fireplace and walkout to deck. Main floor laundry & powder room. The upper level offers 3 more bedrooms and 5 pc bath . Note the high ceilings and wide bank of windows in the lower spacious walkout family room complete with large entertaining counter/bar/cabinetry and 2nd fireplace (propane) for cozy nights. To complete this space, there is a large bed & bath and spare room for your home gym or guest suite. Modern neutral tones, MDF finishes, wood flooring, several lakeside walkouts showcasing lake views, flawlessly enhance the natural Muskoka setting. 22,000 KW Generator ensures no interruption of services in a power outage. Easy highway access just 2 hours from the GTA. Arguably Muskoka’s premiere lake, this complete family package awaits you! LIST PRICE IS INCLUSIVE OF HST. Click here for property listing details.


1021 DOCK Road, Port Carling
$2,950,000 – MLS#40143381

South Lake Rosseau Development Opportunity! 525’ stunning waterfront shore in prime locale minutes to Port Carling. This idyllic offering ticks all the boxes! Southwest exposure, quintessential rock, and pine, gentle slope to water’s edge. Let your imagination soar! Build your dream cottage and a two-story boathouse on this .91 acre parcel! Bylaw frontage approximately 390’. Deep water off the dock and a sand beach! A rare find! Easy year-round access to GTA. Click here for property listing details.


211 BONNELL Road, Bracebridge
$1,190,000 – MLS# 40143448

Absolutely Custom home on the Muskoka River located only minutes from Downtown Bracebridge , Santa’s Village, Bracebridge falls, shopping, hiking, biking, restaurants! Embrace a quiet Muskoka lifestyle on 2.47 acres lot. Excellent privacy with a mostly level lot including a long private driveway w/ample parking space, private forested area and gentle access to 200’ of frontage on the Muskoka River, natural sandy shoreline and deep water w/new dock+boating access to attractive “ High Falls”. This well-built Custom home has bright and open concept main floor with new floor, new remodeled kitchen with wood cabinets& countertops, soaring (pine) cathedral ceilings exposed wood beams&new handmade Wood Beam Rustic Farmhouse Ceiling Fixture Chandeliers! Formal dining /living w/wood stove walk out to private deck overlooking the front yard& river. Master bedroom with additional adult loft bed idea & new remodeled 4pc en-suite bath walkout to its own balcony. New additional 4th cozy bedroom with built-in storage bed on the main floor. Lower level offers 2 additional remodeled bedrooms, new remodeled 3 pc bath w/laundry, new floor & new sitting area walk out to brand new Hot Tub, workshop w/plumbing for sink potential to be converted in to a Rec room. Inside access to the attached 24’x 24’,Lakeland Fiber optic internet, new deck posts, new dock, new landscaping, new pillars, new fire pits,water furnace Geothermal heating & cooling system and air exchanger worth 100k,UV light& much more! Click here for property listing details.


31 WESLEY Road, Georgian Bay Twp
$750,000 – MLS# 40137925

Memories are ready to be made on Myers Lake. This super-level waterfront lot is surrounded by mature trees and is perfect for tons of family fun. Parents can watch kids have fun in the sun from the spacious deck. Not only does the property have close to an acre of land it also comes with 1/5 ownership of 83 acres of zoned open space land for ATVing, snowmobiling, and all nature enthused activities. The cottage has a spacious loft currently used for extra sleeping, as well as 1 bed 1 bath. There is some finishing to be done so bring your ideas and finish it to your own tastes. With the year-round access road and fully winterized cottage, you can enjoy this property in every season. The cottage comes furnished, so it is turnkey and ready for you to walk in and begin your vacation! Click here for property listing details.


$595,000 – $1,099,000 – Click here
$1,100,000 – $1,999,000 – Click here
$2,000,000 – $3,999,000 – Click here
$4,000,000 + – Click here

Islands – Click here
Mainland Riverfront – Click here
Vacant Lakefront Land – Click here
Pending – Click here

Don’t forget to take a moment and look to the north this summer, you’ll be delighted by what you find!

Lucy & Ross