The River. Long a symbol of passage, a means of transportation, a subject of song. The river flows.
At the Hub of the Lakes (Port Carling) the river is the connection between Lake Muskoka and Lakes Rosseau and Joseph. It’s called the Indian River because on its banks, when traders, trappers and lumbermen came north, it was home to an indigenous population. In fact, James Bartleman, Ontario’s first indigenous Lieutenant Governor, grew up along its banks.
Take a trip along the river and you find a number of interesting sites and sights. Early commerce, of course the locks, a log boathouse, some of the oldest cottages of the area dating back to the 1870’s and 80’s, old boarding houses, a bed and breakfast, Morley’s Meats ( a great Port Carling tradition), restaurants and patios, a steamer stop (like a bus stop but for when steamers plied these waters bringing produce, hardware, livestock and people to cottagers and villages alike). The list goes on.
Whether you’re on the Indian River, the Muskoka or any other waterway cottage country has to offer, take advantage of the low speed limit and look around. You’re travelling through history, through time. It’s easy to see how things have changed over time.
Time and passages go together. Today when you’re on the River on the south side of the locks near Foodland and Boatworks you’ll see for the next few days, a bright blue roof. That’s Andy’s House. It’s a hospice being built on the banks of the river. A peaceful place from which to watch the passage of time, seasons and life.
The river flows.
Along with the river flowing is the current of the cottage market. People come and people go. Take a look at what’s flowed past your armchair this week.
1485 SOUTH PORTAGE ROAD, DWIGHT
$3,499,000 – MLS# 201478
Lake of Bays
Only 15 mins from Huntsville this picturesque 5700sf property is the complete waterfront package. Experience a stunning view of Lake of Bays through windows stretched from the floor to the vaulted ceiling. Enjoy cooking in the gourmet kitchen complete with Wolf appliances or relax with a coffee in the Muskoka room. The large master suite is equipped with a luxurious 5pc ensuite and gorgeous architecture. You will find plenty space for families with 4 additional bathrooms and 4 expansive guest bedrooms-one currently being used as an office. Other features include 2 wood burning fireplaces, a back-up generator & 2 water systems for domestic & outdoor use. In addition to the luxurious interior, this property is fully landscaped with a path to the dock complete with boat port. Dive in, or learn to waterski right off the dock with the custom-built water ski platform. Store water equipment in the lakeside shed and store vehicles/toys in either the 2 car attached or 3 car detached garage. Click here for property listing details.
1011 FOX RUN, GRAVENHURST
$1,600,000 – MLS# 201255
Breathtaking Views on Lake Muskoka. This Gorgeous Well Built Home or Cottage is 5 minutes to the Town of Gravenhurst. Picture perfect Larger Windows throughout. Premium Construction and Turnkey. The front entrance has extreme Curb appeal and the lakeside offers all day Sunshine viewing the large Clean Lake Muskoka. If your needing a larger Home or Recreational property to be enjoyed, this is it. All built In appliances and a great sized Kitchen area with granite counters. Master bedroom is separate with Ensuite and a Abundant walk in Closet space, again with magnificent views. The lower walkout level has enough room and play areas for all. A private hot tub room//a games recreational area and more bedrooms are featured in this walkout to the front lakeside yard. Relax on the two-tiered deck off the living room or masterbedroom walkouts for all day sunshine. Dock and Boathouse are private with a gentle sloping yard area perfect for outdoor gathering areas. Click here for property listing details.
1025 MCCORMICK ROAD, GRAVENHURST
$949,000 – MLS# 201198
Magnificent view of Sparrow lake from this 3 bedroom cottage w hardwood floors throughout, beautiful Pine Cathedral ceilings in the open concept Living/Dining/Kitchen. Large dry 20×22 Boathouse with poured concrete pad perfect for all your toys. 22’x31′ Bunkie serviced with Hydro, water & Septic, is in need of repair or build your new Guest Cabin. The grounds gently slope towards the lake to a sand beach walk in and a concrete 24×18 boat port with a full steel roof to shelter you and your boat. Click here for property listing details.
1315 ROSS LAKE ROAD, HALIBURTON
$649,900 – MLS# 177170
Prime mature treed level private 1.26 acre lot with 200 feet frontage on pristine spring fed “no motor” Ross Lake. Beautiful clean sand shoreline with expansive south west views. Superb year round municipal access, ample parking in circular driveway. Recently renovated 1400 sq ft 3 bedroom four season home on a full unspoiled (framed in) walk-out basement . Features new 23′ X 12′ decking and dock areas, Hardie cement board no maintenance siding, full septic and a drilled well. Interior features cathedral ceilings, new kitchen, engineered wood floors, master bedroom walkout to 18′ X 12′ deck, granite feature wall with wood airtight plus loads more. Click here for property listing details.
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Laura, Lucy & Ross
1048 MILFORD BAY ROAD, MUSKOKA LAKES TWP
$1,899,000 – MLS# 199405
ONE OF A KIND OFFERING! FAMILY COMPOUND. Central location midway between Port Carling and Bracebridge, close to Beaumaris. Unique gentle land with all day sun. SW exposure. Beach lovers will appreciate shallow sand entry across 293′ straight line (by survey) waterfront at the high watermark. Island dotted view. 4 acres to roam. 4 3 bed cabins with full kitchens and baths. 2 slip boathouse. Delightfully private. Bylaw passed in 2007 allowing two year-round cottages to be built and retaining 2 of the cabins (with kitchens) for guest accommodations. Setbacks are grandfathered. Terrific for family compound or Airbnb development. Property is being sold ‘as is where is’ with no warranties offered or implied. Click here for property listing details.