Photo credit: Alec Cooper

When asked about what they like about being at the cottage, peoples’ answers vary. For some, cottage life is about dock time. There are many who enjoy the water – whether they’re looking at it, playing in it, boating on it or the sound of it, water is central to a lot of cottage life.

Others like the wildlife. In fact, just last night outside the bedroom window, a pair of young bucks, their antlers still wrapped in velvet, were munching on wild apples fallen from the tree. This morning it was obvious one of them decided to sleep over. The still warm, trampled grasses gave off a slightly wild scent.

Aside from fires (which are now off limits due to dry conditions) one of the nicest activities at this time of the year is the night sky. Torrance Barrens is a great place to watch the upcoming meteor showers. Another great place is in the boat on a clear, moonless night. Gentle rocking and soft lapping of waves against the hull give a sense of connectedness to the planet while eyes and mind explore the solar system and galaxy backdrop.

Dark skies give special appreciation of cottage country in a way sun filled days never can. Our friend, Alec Cooper, took the photos, with plain camera and telescope.

This past week there have been a number of price changes. If you’re looking for stars, check some of these out. They could be in your sign!

1079 Halls Road, Port Sandfield
$3,495,000 – MLS# 211189
Lake Rosseau

Prime Locale with Easy Access Tucked Away in a Quiet Bay Offering Good Privacy. 290 Feet of Shoreline Facing North West with Nice Views and Sand Beach. 2,300 square foot, 5 Bedroom, 3 Bath Normerica Post & Beam Cottage with Open Concept Main Living Area, Vaulted Ceilings and Hardwood Flooring. Kitchen Features Granite Counter Tops, Island with Seating and Walkout to Deck from Dining Room. 2 Wood Burning Fireplaces. Lower Level with Hemlock Flooring and Walkout to Lake. 2-Slip Boathouse with Lifts Plus 650 square foot Winterized Living Quarters including 1 Bedroom, Sleeping Loft, Living Room with Gas Fireplace, Kitchenette, 3 Piece Bath, Propane Furnace, Air Conditioning and UV Filtration System. Huge Upper and Lower Decks with Bar and Covered Areas. Nicely Treed, Family Friendly Level Land, Granite Patio with Large Fire Pit, Hot Tub, Generator and Separate Swim Dock Complete the Package. Click here for property listing details.


2970 Muskoka Road #169, Bala
$2,395,000 – MLS# 211010
Lake Muskoka

Stunning new 2015 construction built to discriminating standards reflecting Old Muskoka Style and done to perfection. This 4 bedrooms, 3 Bath dream cottage offers high end fixtures and timeless detailing offering stunning views of Lake Muskoka. Just a few stone steps down to the waterfront that take you to a stone patio and a beautiful 2 slip boathouse with large sitting area. This property feels like you are off on your own with uninterrupted views to green space, but is located on municipally maintained road and close to all the conveniences and action that The Town of Bala offers. Suitable for the quintessential cottage experience or year round living. Please don’t delay as this one has been priced to sell and won’t last long! Click here for property listing details.


1023 Hemlock Rd, Lake of Bays
$775,000 – MLS# 201831
Walker Lake

ALGONQUIN-LIKE SETTING! Settle in for the summer, or make this your year round piece of paradise! All day sun & sunsets! 200 feet of private shoreline with towering white pines & hemlocks. You are sure to love this cozy 3 bedroom updated home/cottage with fabulous views! Multiple massive decks to soak up the sun or embrace the captivating sunsets along Walker Lake and over-sized garage offering ample storage space. 10 minutes to downtown Huntsville and a 5 minute drive to Deerhurst & Hidden Valley resorts. Enjoy elegant lakeside sunsets while being just minutes from all the excitement Huntsville has to offer! Click here for property listing details.


1602 Bird Lake Road, Bracebridge
$699,000 – MLS#211647
Bird Lake

ONE OF A KIND! Beautiful Bird Lake family cottage with boathouse, bunkie(s) and garage. This rustic, unique and spacious pine-lined 5-bedroom cottage with large living/dining area with walkout to large screened Muskoka room is quaintly set among the trees close to the water’s edge. Gentle slope to rocky and clean shoreline with sand bottom, shallow/deep water and Westerly sunset exposure. Bonus structures include additional sleeping areas in bunkie(s), and 18′ x 24′ boathouse with 6′ x 8′ change room and upper 22′ x 30′ party deck with room for everyone and views of the entire lake! There is also a detached 30′ x 30′ garage that can store all your boats and water toys or use as a combination garage/workshop or kids rec-room or more bedrooms. Extensive decking and docking and year-round access completes this ‘one of a kind’ cottage package. Most furnishings included. Click here for property listing details.


Laura, Lucy & Ross
(705) 706-1177
The Rosskoka Team

ps Ready to find the sparkling gems of the Big Three?

R60-49 Tobin Island, Muksoka Lakes
$799,000 – MLS#205273
Lake Rosseau

Tobin Island! 3+ bed cottage with 1.5 baths. Boathouse bunkie. Unique landholding with two waterfronts totalling more than 495′! Located on a peninsula, the property has both sunrise and sunset exposures. Wheelchair accessible, this ‘neat as a pin’ summer home includes 2 car parking and a slip at Parker’s Landing for convenient jump off. Large, single slip boathouse plus outdoor slip with sundeck for all day sun. Gentle land, exposed granite, gentle entry(hard packed sand) and deep water. This one of a kind property is a great place for kids to play and grown ups to sit back and relax. A rare find on one of Canada’s most prestigious lakes. Make this haven your happy place!
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1048 Milford Bay Rd, Muskoka Lakes Twp
$1,899,000 – MLS#199405
Lake Muskoka

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.
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275 Riverdale Road, Muskoka Lakes
$3,379,000 – MLS#205360
Lake Joseph

Sunsets, privacy, hard packed sand, play area for kids with a bunkie cabin, 2 bedroom boathouse (with 3 slips) and coach house all combine to make this offering special. With more than 300′ of gentle shore and 7 acres to roam there’s not much that won’t meet the gaze of a discerning eye. Priced with value in mind, this property will long serve as a sound investment in family happiness and financial return. A relaxed family cottage or a secluded getaway provides year round downtime and recharging. 7 bedrooms in all with 4.5 baths it allows for entertaining when the time is right. Want to feel like you’ve arrived? Decompress as you leave paved roads behind for a relaxing and pretty drive through the Muskoka forest to the enchanted shore of a protected bay on Lake Joseph. What can be better? This property is turnkey. Just bring your toothbrush. Looking for income? It currently rents for $20,000/week. More questions? We have answers …waiting for your call.  Click here for property listing details