• 2018 tied with 1956 for the second latest ice-out date on record : May 4
  • Earliest Recorded Ice-Out Date: March 23, 2012
  • Latest Recorded Ice-Out Date: May 7, 1926
  • Average Recorded Ice-Out Date: April 19th
  • 89% of Ice-Outs occurred in the month of April
  • Not surprisingly, the long term trend is toward earlier Ice-Out dates
Ice Out Dates Graphic

Given the weather we started the week with and the number of vehicles exploring ditch depth, it’s hard to think that ‘ice out’ has been happening earlier on average over the last 130 years.

Fortunately this week’s reversion to winter did not lead to serious injury here. But it did raise some heads to think about when spring will happen. There’s still more than a foot of ice on the big lakes and contractors are using their winter ice roads to finish off island projects before the thaw.

In some years, the lakes are already open by now. On average, this is The Week. Not this year! A lunch guest yesterday thought it would be well into May before we have fully open lakes in 2019, maybe even a record ….

That hasn’t stopped buyers though. There are plenty of listings coming to market and sales are happening at a steady pace. There were two properties in particular, one on Hillman Lake, the other on Chub, selling inside of a couple of days. The calls and emails about these two properties would indicate they could sell many times over.

Our counsel to you is if you see something that appeals, don’t wait. The chances are if you like it, others will too. Give us a call and make the drive! Snows are behind us and weather is definitely warming. Early birds do get the worm!

Here’s what came to market this week …


$3,450,000 – MLS# 181757
Lake Muskoka

Lake Muskoka’s most exclusive address of fine properties “Kennedy Point”, only minutes by car or boat to all of Port Carling’s amenities. Gorgeous custom built five bedroom, five bath, triple garage, lakefront residence plus the most grande two-storey boathouse with accommodations. Designed for entertaining, large gatherings of family and friends, soaring cathedral ceilings in the great room, two impressive stone fireplaces, wonderful recreation room, state of the art theater, spend the warm summer nights lounging in the spacious Muskoka room, something for everyone! Four hundred and fifty feet of shoreline ensures unsurpassed privacy, fabulous open lake views, tremendous docking system for entertaining. A premium offering ready to enjoy! (being sold turn-key) Click here for property listing details.


$1,599,000 – MLS# 187289
Lake Muskoka

Welcome to this meticulously maintained 4 season home/cottage with magnificent sunset and like views of Muskoka. This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom with an extra bedroom in the bunkie, offers pine ceilings and radiant heated laminated floors throughout, propane fireplace in the living room and pot lights in just about every room. The master bedroom has beautiful views of the lake and a walk out to the balcony for your morning coffee or night cap. Vaulted pine ceilings with pine beams leading into the ensuite bath. Heated floors in the master and ensuite. There is a wall mount air conditioning unit in the master bedroom. The beautifully landscaped property features flag stone walks and patios all throughout the grounds, many patios and decks to entertain. The waterfront features a single slip boat house with a lift, a roof top wet bar and mini fridge, perfect for sun bathing and watching the gorgeous sunsets. The hot tub is lake side, and there is an outdoor shower with hot and cold water. Click here for property listing details.


$995,000 – MLS# 184490
Lake Kennisis

This 4 bdrm, 3 bath home/cottage has a contemporary, modernist design that makes use of rectangular shapes & clean geometric lines, has a functional design, flat roof, large open living space, & true floor to ceiling windows that provide an abundance of natural light & connects you with nature by bringing the outside in. The cottage perfectly compliments the gorgeous Canadian Shield lot on which it sits with its tall white pines, gorgeous big lake views, clean, clear, deep water, rock shoreline, & easy 4-# access. Modern kitchen with high end s/s appliances, main floor family room & laundry, lakeside master with walk-in closet & ensuite, 3 x 4 pc baths all with ceramic floors, walls, & tub surrounds, contemporary high end finishes and wide plank wood flooring throughout, large wrap around deck with floating glass railings that span the entire lakeside of the cottage, and covered side deck. All on Haliburton’s largest, most sought after lake chain. This unique offering has it all! Click here for property listing details.


$589,900 – MLS# 179800
Basshaunt Lake

Mature treed private 0.76 acre lot with 154 ft fr on pristine spring fed “no motor” Basshaunt Lake. Prestigious neighbourhood located close to Eagle Lake Village and all amenities plus Sir Sams Ski & Bike Hill. Superb municipal year round access and private driveway with ample parking. Nicely landscaped lot with perennial gardens, beautiful sunny south exposure and nice lakeside dock area and beach. Neat and clean 3 bedroom, 2 full bath, four season home on a full walkout basement plus “Carriage House” double insulated garage with loft area offering approximately 2300 sq ft of living space. Features cathedral beamed cedar ceilings, Cherry kitchen cupboards with Corian countertops and modern appliances, den/office or 4th bedroom, 2 fireplaces with wood burning inserts, triple glazed windows, metal roofs, Cherry hardwood floors throughout main floor, wrap around balcony plus recent dock, laundry facilities plus loads more. Comes with some furnishings, ready to enjoy. Shows to perfection! Click here for property listing details.