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telling the Muskoka story Features 19 12 Turning heads with Miss Kimberley by Tim Du Vernet Miss Kimberley turns heads wherever she goes The 1938 Streamliner is one of the finest examples of this curvaceous Greavette design 19 Balancing fun fitness by Meghan Smith Why relax by the lake when you can relax on it Stand up paddleboard yoga balances fun with fitness on Muskoka s lakes 12 24 28 Functional art from the forest floor by Dale Peacock Conel O Regan isn t your conventional furniture maker His forest finds take functional pieces in a new direction 28 Weathering our changing climate by Dawn Huddlestone Can Muskoka s watershed handle the stress of climate change or is flooding and ice damage the new norm What does it mean for our wildlife 24 2 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016

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Departments 53 Cottage Country Cuisine Grilling isn t limited to steak and hamburgers Wow your guests with local ingredients that will add a spark back into your passion for the barbecue 53 Features 34 Citizen scientists leap into action by Sandy Lockhart The FrogWatch program challenges citizen scientists to leap into action and help track the calls of Muskoka s nine different frog species 39 59 Muskoka Calendar Discover what s happening in Muskoka this month 64 Living in Muskoka When you re an elite triathlete who travels the world home needs to be a place to recharge Steve Vandermolen and Barbi Brochu found their sanctuary where sore muscles are soothed and victories celebrated Muskoka Chautauqua returns to its roots 34 by Karen Wehrstein Muskoka Chautauqua brings arts entertainment and learning to the shores of Lake Rosseau while staying true to its heritage 47 War cancels PM s golf game by J Patrick Boyer It was supposed to be a relaxing holiday but the outbreak of the Great War cut short Prime Minister Borden s visit to Muskoka Opinion 9 Muskoka Insights by Don Smith 72 Muskoka Moments by Alex Tilley It took getting lost in the Torrance Barrens for Alex Tilley the creator of the famous Tilley hat to realize the many stories the land has to share 4 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 47 Our Cover by Andy Zeltkalns A paddler enjoys an afternoon kayak on Skeleton Lake 39

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Your Muskoka law firm telling the Muskoka story Unique Muskoka is published six times per year by Unique Publishing Inc Donald Smith Publisher Melissa Kosowan Editor Heather Glumac Designer Susan Smith Administration Nathalie Tinti PARTNER Dylan Scott ASSOCIATE Greg Cholkan ASSOCIATE Lauren Martin ASSOCIATE Our locally based lawyers offer big city talent with small town customer service Choosing lifestyle and balance many of our lawyers have bid farewell to big city firms bringing their Bay Street experience to clients at our Huntsville Bracebridge and newly opened Port Carling office Our offices in Simcoe County provide further bench strength when additional lawyers are needed on complicated or multi layered cases Our team consisting of over 100 lawyers and staff is at your disposal We re in your neighbourhood and we re here to help Give us a call J Patrick Boyer Heather Douglas Tim Du Vernet Kelly Holinshead Dawn Huddlestone Eleanor Kee Wellman Sandy Lockhart Dale Peacock Meghan Smith GJ Thomson Alex Tilley Scott Turnbull Karen Wehrstein Andy Zeltkalns Contributors Annual Subscription Rates including HST where applicable In Ontario 30 00 All Other Provinces 36 00 U S 45 00 All Other Countries 59 00 HST 773172721 Copyright 2016 Unique Publishing Inc No content published in Unique Muskoka can be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher Box 616 Bracebridge ON P1L 1T9 barristonlaw com HUNTSVILLE BRACEBRIDGE PORT CARLING 705 645 5211 BARRIE BRACEBRIDGE COLLINGWOOD HUNTSVILLE PORT CARLING 6 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 info uniquemuskoka com 705 637 0204

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Muskoka Insights Muskoka My immediate family my grandmother my uncles and an aunt all moved to Muskoka Here I finished high school and then took the first and most significant step in my career Presumptuously assuming my stint as editor of the school yearbook qualified me to be a journalist I applied for work at the local newspaper Somehow I convinced longtime publisher politician and local author Bob Boyer of my abilities and the rest as they say is history My good fortune in being hired by Bob could not have been better He had deep local roots and was related to pioneer families His mentorship knowledge of local history and unending encouragement provided the perfect hands on education It set the groundwork for a very gratifying career and led to today the launch of Unique Muskoka There are many people I would like to personally thank for making Unique Muskoka possible editor Melissa Kosowan has taken on the amazing challenge of tapping into the community for the first issue writers and photographers have contributed quality material with very little notice designer Heather Glumac has guided us through the creative minefield of page layout advertisers have shown their backing for our vision and friends and family have offered continuous words of support When you ve finished your read we d appreciate your feedback Send us an E mail info uniquemuskoka com The success of Unique Muskoka will be guided by your input and thoughts Happy reading Photograph Susan Smith Welcome to the first issue of Unique Muskoka From the earliest days of my journalistic career pounding out stories on a thenancient typewriter I have continually gained an overwhelming respect for the people of Muskoka Either as permanent residents or seasonal residents they are very passionate about their relationship with this most beautiful part of the world Nearly 45 years later I continue to learn about their stories their lives and what interests them the most traditions the environment treasured memories adventures the creative community the lifestyle they ve come to embrace They prod my thinking and encourage me to look further for more information When I was first approached earlier this year by a number of friends about coming out of retirement it was their desire to have these stories told that convinced me there was a place in the market for Unique Muskoka They wanted a publication that reflected their community and what was important to them From those first friendly overtures it took my wife Susan and I several months to make the decision to move forward That left us just over two months to put our plan into action and produce what you are reading today It s been quite a ride With every new beginning one tends to look back at their roots and what brought them to this day Ink runs deep in my veins as does my association with Muskoka I recall with fondness trips to my father s workplace as a young child There he worked with his siblings in the family printing business located in Toronto near The Beaches A quick run through a nearby fence took me to my grandmother s home where plans were made for Muskoka vacations They loved Muskoka It should have come as no surprise to me that a family decision was made to move to O pen For live chat push door Real local people Real local service With State Farm every policy comes with your own personal agent I pride myself on being part of the local community so I can truly understand and best serve the needs of my customers Get to a better State Get State Farm CALL ME TODAY Les Bell Ins Agcy Inc Les Bell Agent Bracebridge ON P1L2C1 Bus 705 646 9995 Toll Free 877 877 3929 www lesbell ca State Farm branded policies are underwritten by Certas Home and Auto Insurance Company or Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company State Farm and related trademarks and logos are registered trademarks owned by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company used under licence by Certas Home and Auto Insurance Company and certain of its affiliates 1410005CN 1 Sales Representatives July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 9

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Article Photography by Tim Du Vernet he very name of the Streamliner hints at efficiency and speed Greavette Boats were truly the design innovators of the Muskoka boating industry and their Streamliner design with its extremely rounded covering boards evokes allusions of power and speed One of the finest examples a 22 1938 Streamliner owned by Bob and Kim Berner resides on Lake of Bays and is the poster boat for this year s Baysville Boat Show which takes place on Sunday Aug 21 The Streamliner makes quite a statement wherever it goes either cruising on the open lake or tied up at dock Boaters often go out of their way to wave to us when we are in Miss Kimberley says Kim It seems to be a custom that is now mostly reserved for her According to notes from the Muskoka Discovery Centre Douglas Van Patten created the Streamliner and it was refined by John Hacker another famous naval architect Streamliners came in a variety of lengths cockpit configurations and hardware appointments Records indicate the Streamliner was one the most popular custom models They varied in length from 22 to 33 and came in triple cockpit or a utility like design with the engine in the centre of the cockpit and a wraparound deck For the Berner family Miss Kimberley is an integral part of the Muskoka experience Some enjoy a wooden boat as a possession and for its cultural value while a few special boats become 13 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 13

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members of the family Miss Kimberley is one such lucky boat Kimberley Berner after whom the boat is named says the boat is a very special tangible thing that I have from my father She adds I was his only daughter and I was truly honoured that he chose to name the boat after me Just thinking about it makes Kim emotional as fond memories come flooding back Miss Kimberley is now about the most perfected Streamliner of any length that could exist Many of the antique wooden boats we see today are far better restored than they would ever have been new from the factory Kim and Bob Berner set out on a journey to not only restore their family treasure but also to correct and improve many of the imperfections discovered through the years of wear and tear It was expensive to go through the SARAH HARMER H DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND H BRUCE COCKBURN HAWKSLEY WORKMAN H OLIVER JONES H ALEX CUBA DONNELL LEAHY H JOHN COLTRANE TRIBUTE H THE NYLONS AND SO MUCH MORE Tickets Online huntsvillefestival on ca H Box O ce 705 789 4975 14 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 14

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restoration but there is a lot of passion in Kimberley s restoration to Paul Brackley our connection with her Kim says of of Brackley Boats in Gravenhurst her boat Brackley replaced everything from Kim s father bought the Streamliner below the water line as well as a few in 1968 and at that time she was known planks above it The hull s structure was as the Sea Queen greatly reinforced with additional frames Her previous owner was in the and a new transom keel and chines The furniture business and had modified her fir stringers were replaced and cypress with maroon interior upholstery with wood was used to make the doubleblack buttons and a fiberglass windshield planked hull to make her look more modern Kim The Berners wanted their Streamliner speculates reflecting on the modifications Greavette boats are famous for design details such as this to have the most elegant fittings that For years the Streamliner was the only shapely engine vent would have been available This required boat for the family and as a result she casting a replica of the complicated was well enjoyed Kim recalls that it wasn t Miss Kimberley s restoration seemed to windscreen bracket among other pieces Those unusual for the family to go out cruising all day take forever The empty slip was a reminder bits of hardware that remained and were We would pack a lunch in a wicker that she wasn t back yet says Kim Kind of correct for the period were chromed to match basket with our favourite cheese and head to a member of the family I would almost have Attending to the needs of Miss Kimberley s our favourite spots around the lake she conversations with her restoration journey has been and continues says The cruise usually ended in Dorset for The Berners have kept detailed records of to be a welcome diversion for Bob As chief an ice cream cone Kimberley s journey Kimberley is a relatively technology officer for Rogers the world can But years of heavy use started to catch up early Streamliner built in 1938 and she is become very technically complex and Miss with Miss Kimberley so a few years ago the unusual for her open cockpit configuration Kimberley provides an escape from that Berners decided to begin the process of Bob believes this may not have been an I like the simplicity he says of the boat restoring her It would be a journey that original factory layout Streamliners are heavy Virtually nothing electronic except the would take several years boats and 22 and 7 of beam result in a weight dashboard instruments With a bit of skill of 3 000 lbs according to her documents and patience there is very little that can t be The Berners entrusted much of Miss Kim and Bob Berner enjoy their 1938 Streamliner Miss Kimberley on Lake of Bays 15 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 15

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fixed by hand Bob s interest in technical challenges brought special attention to her power riding character gauges and electrical wiring Her original engine would have been a Buchannan but when Kimberley s father Everett Barker bought her in 1968 she was powered by a 90hp Chrysler Ace engine with a v drive transmission Bob says It really wasn t enough to power the boat but she was enjoyed for more than 20 years with that engine In 1990 that engine was replaced with a more powerful v drive 1955 Chrysler Crown Special that produced 135hp The engine is generally a fairly utilitarian aspect of a boat s operation but it was music to the ears of Candace and Gillian Bob and Kimberley s two daughters Curled up on the floor near the engine they would go fast asleep from the drone of the engine when they were children Kim says The boat s cockpit layout and seating also got a makeover New period appropriate seats were made and the open cockpit configuration was re established Don Allman of Huntsville was given the responsibility of the shaping and finishing of the decks After fairing the hull she is pretty much perfect Bob says Finally new upholstery and rewiring with period appropriate 22 gauge wire has nearly finished the job We are still tweaking the rudder explains Berner He also added a water muffler to reduce the exhaust noise and hydraulic struts were installed to assist in opening the engine hatch New period appropriate gauges were ordered for the dash I especially like the way they look with the dome glass and vintage look he notes Driving Miss Kimberley requires nerve skill and attentiveness She s not very manoeuvrable Bob says You pick your destination and aim for it Kim adds Candace and Gillian ask to drive her once out on the lake but everyone other than Bob is afraid to dock her Bob explains that the boat tends to drift There is not a lot of v in the hull so the boat slides around on the water he says But enjoying Miss Kimberley has never been about her performance It is the experience and how she defines summertime for the Berners Picking up the girls at the sailing club in Miss Kimberley always led to some discussion about the boat Even now 13 or 14 years later sailors still remember Miss Kimberley docking at the club remarks Kim Taking her out to celebrate Canada Day fireworks and for cruises to enjoy the fall colours are special annual events with Miss Kimberley In her nearly perfect condition Miss Kimberley continues to bring smiles and memories Miss Kimberley seats six easily with three rows of seating in an open cockpit configuration 16 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 16 Miss Kimberley is a 1938 Greavette Streamliner and is especially curvaceous from stem to stern

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Experience an artful Muskoka summer Join us for 8 themed weeks of arts and learning programs featuring Artists in Residence at Clevelands House Chautauqua Reads Monday book talks Tuesday Film nights Flow Yoga Tuesdays and Fridays Wednesday Art Parties Guest Speakers and Workshops weekly Art Exhibits Water Colour Journalling and more See our full lineup of events at www muskokachautauqua com Highlights JULY AUGUST July 1 Canada Day Celebration with Fireworks by Muskoka Chautauqua in Minett Saturday August 20 8pm Toronto All Star Big Band Port Carling Community Centre Tuesday July 5 7 30pm Screening Painted Land In Search of the Group of Seven with producer Nancy Lang Muskoka Place Gallery August 15 1pm Chautauqua Reads Author musician Ian Thomas reads from his book The Lost Chord Port Carling Library Thursday July 7 7 30pm The Very Curious Economics of the High End Contemporary Art Market with guest speaker Don Thompson author of The Supermodel and The Brillo Box Wednesday August 17 Friday August 19 Harp School Muskoka Place Gallery Friday July 8 7 10pm Flavours of Muskoka Chautauqua the gourmet food beer and wine event of the summer raising money for the arts in Muskoka At the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort Spa Tuesday August 23 Thursday August 25 OperaMuskoka Rene Caisse Theatre Discover Muskoka Chautauqua Muskoka Place Gallery at 1182 Foreman Road Port Carling Some events at other locations and are subject to change Learn more at www MuskokaChautauqua com or call 705 765 1048 TM Muskoka Lakes Association Serving Muskoka since 1894 Muskoka UNIQUE telling the Muskoka Story

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Article by Meghan Smith Photography by Andy Zeltkalns T he sun just reaches over the horizon and begins to burn off the morning mist on Gull Lake in Gravenhurst It s a stunning image that a small class of stand up paddleboard yogis experience every Friday morning Six a m is a lot earlier than most people want to get up but it s so worth it says Tara Kinden owner of Muskoka Yoga Studio It s just beautiful Kinden was introduced to the concept of SUP yoga the practice of yoga performed on a stand up paddleboard on the water during a yoga teacher training session five years ago She immediately thought of Muskoka with its many lakes as the perfect setting She set out to open her own studio with the unique addition of SUP yoga classes Her instincts 19 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 19

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Mist rises off the water as Hilary Smales and Tara Kinden reach for the sky in pigeon pose have proven to be on the ball or in this case on the board SUP yoga challenges different muscle groups than those typically engaged in land practice While yoga engages major muscle groups SUP yoga relies on fast twitch stabilizer muscles which tests balance and stability as well as the brain SUP yoga requires mindful focus on specific movements and the entire body Almost every muscle in the body is used at some point The back and abdominal muscles are constantly at work to maintain balance while leg arm and shoulder muscles are all engaged during practice An additional benefit provided by SUP yoga is that it is low impact exercise While joints and muscles are well engaged during practice the low impact of the poses means Jen Allair s reflection can be seen in the calm waters of Gull Lake as she holds a downward dog pose anyone can try yoga on a stand up paddleboard The worst thing that can happen is falling in the water and getting wet says Kinden Beyond the health and cross training benefits of SUP yoga Kinden finds another benefit freedom A paddleboard is a light accessible personal watercraft It can easily be put on a car and taken anywhere especially the inflatable variety On a recent cross country road trip Kinden took the opportunity to experience glacier fed Emerald Lake in Alberta with an inflatable board It s just so easy It s a backpack that s light and you can take it anywhere she says of the inflatable board It was simply breathtaking SUP boards can be crafted from a variety of materials including foam tops carbon fibre wood or fiberglass Board lengths range and should be purchased with the weight and size of the user in mind Boards are such a personal choice Kinden says You can purchase them specifically for yoga touring racing or just all around fun While SUP yoga is the perfect way to destress in the solitude of a quiet lake it can also be enjoyed as a group In fact Kinden July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 21

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often gets requests for bachelorette parties girls weekends and cottage events She thrives on finding new inventive ways to incorporate SUP yoga into group engagements We re literally a party in a trailer she says I even have mermaid tails in there For those who are looking for something a bit more peaceful there are a limited number of private retreats available in Algonquin Provincial Park this summer It s about unplugging paddling and disconnecting from the day to day says Kinden The van only fits four people including me so they ll be very exclusive retreats Kyla Holmes a dedicated yogi for 14 years tried SUP yoga two years ago and was hooked You get the benefits of a physical workout that is both fun and relaxing as well as connecting to the natural environment around you says Holmes SUP yoga has changed my practice by focusing me to be present at all times and to trust myself Plus the ambiance of performing yoga on the water under the sun is more relaxing and more fun than being in a small or cramped gym environment SUP yoga instructor Tara Kinden performs a low lunge with twist I m all about the fun Kinden says The peaceful ability to practice on the water that s my favourite part of SUP Whether you re new to yoga or an Performing seated hand in prayer the group basks in the serenity of the early morning on Gull Lake 22 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 experienced yogi summer in Muskoka is the perfect time to try SUP yoga Take the chance and try it encourages Kinden Why not

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Article by Dale Peacock Photography by Kelly Holinshead F rom his aptly named Forest Floor Studio located in rural Bracebridge furniture artisan Conel O Regan has a panoramic view of stands of hardwood trees that embody his passion for working with wood Visitors to his charming home and studio in the hamlet of Roxborough will find neat stacks of branches and piles of maple ironwood and oak rounds in various states of drying under protective covers and inside his open door workshop This deadfall along with wood salvaged from scrap yards and fire pits will be reimagined as whimsical tables chairs and other pieces of furniture when 24 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 they are treated to the artist s creative touch Much of furniture making is about conquering the wood and milling it down to perfectly straight lines and creating a blemish free piece It s beautiful in its own way but far from what you see when you wander through a forest says O Regan who admires the sturdy simplicity of rustic furniture Straight lines do not exist in the forest Walk in a straight line in the forest and you will walk straight into a tree One of the most striking elements of O Regan s creations is his subtle use of bright colour on every piece The colour in my pieces is inspired by my deep appreciation of First Nations art particularly totem poles he says The colour celebrates the history and scars that the wood has endured over its life in the forest O Regan has had no formal art training he has learned his craft by doing He reflects on how difficult he found it to level his first four legged table Now I build things with 30 legs and it is not as great a challenge he says Despite living in Bracebridge for only three years O Regan marvels at the warm welcome he and his wife Cindy have received in such a short time

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Far left The studio grounds are full of wood Conel O Regan has found and harvested from his property each piece unique and chosen by the artist Top Forest Floor Studio doesn t look like your typical furniture maker s workspace Left Conel O Regan often rips a log free hand with a chainsaw after cutting the tree into manageable lengths Bottom left This side table is a good example of Conel O Regan s playful use of colour Bottom right The legs of each piece are carefully levelled July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 25

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The Muskoka Arts Crafts community made me feel at home right away and membership in the group opened doors in ways I would never have dreamed O Regan says of the not for profit organization that represents and supports Muskoka artists I entered a piece of my work in the Spring 2015 Art Show and it won Best Furniture He adds That may be when I first started to think of myself as a real artist It felt like such acceptance O Regan was born and raised in Oshawa He left Ontario for Western Canada when he was 20 years old and spent the better part of 30 years there He met his Calgarian wife Cindy while skiing in Banff and the couple lived in nearby Canmore Alberta for a decade before an opportunity to be part owner of a pub on Salt Spring Island took them further west to the coast of British Columbia One more Western Canada move was in their future and they packed up again to spend the next 20 years in Victoria B C O Regan s time out west was good to him and serendipitously it also paved the path back to Ontario He began working in the solar energy industry in Victoria and enjoyed great success there for over a decade When he was asked to establish the company s satellite office in Barrie Ontario he and Cindy bought a small house in nearby Horseshoe Valley He lived there and commuted to Barrie while Cindy continued to work in Victoria As much as I missed Cindy in some ways that time apart was almost advantageous in terms of developing my art After work I had nothing else to do so I went hiking and I chopped firewood O Regan says with a smile In fact the idea to make the pieces that I now create originated when I was living in Horseshoe Valley I was in that Zen state that you get when you chop wood As the wood split I recognized incredible grain patterns and decided to do something with the gorgeous maple beechwood and ironwood rounds other than burn them Daily hikes in the forest were a staple and having recognized the beauty and value in the rounds of wood he began spotting beautiful branches just lying on the ground and had the idea of somehow putting them 26 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016

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together The result of that serendipitous thought is a stunning collection of truly unique tables of all shapes and sizes chairs candle holders benches coffee tables and multi level shelving After a few visits east to see me Cindy started warming to the idea of moving to Ontario O Regan says explaining that they decided to make the move to Muskoka when she landed a job in Bracebridge He adds Cindy s stable employment allowed me to leave my job and to pursue my art full time He jokes Besides I supported her through university so now it s my turn It was the 70 acres of hardwood forest that sold O Regan on the property he and his wife ended up buying in Muskoka It s a big house for just two people but they have room for entertaining family and friends and it serves as a lovely backdrop for some of O Regan s unique works of furniture art Above Conel O Regan sits at a bar he created using larger pieces of wood Right Conel O Regan s creations are equally interesting underneath We love nature and are very lucky to have Muskoka Canyon being part of our property O Regan enthuses Sharpe s Creek cascades through the canyon and provides yet another inspiring location for me to create my art We feel just so fortunate to live and work in this beautiful place The gorge on Conel O Regan s property is one of his favourite spots and what sold him on the property July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 27

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Weathering our changing climate Photograph Kelly Holinshead 28 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016

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M Article by Dawn Huddlestone uskoka s watershed is complex much more than you might think In its simplest terms a watershed is an area of land that drains into specific waterways Its boundaries aren t human made the terrain determines which way the water will flow although we do try to control that flow with varying degrees of success And if you don t live immediately near water you may not realize you live within a watershed every foot of land on this planet is part of a watershed At its core a watershed s key function is to capture store and filter water and release it into surrounding waterbodies explains Christy Doyle director of environmental and watershed programs for the Muskoka Watershed Council Think of it like a giant sponge It s how a river can always be flowing As rain falls for example it is stored and then slowly released back into the water system And Muskoka s watersheds are particularly distinctive says Doyle First remember that the District of Muskoka is big almost as big as Prince Edward Island Within Muskoka there are four primary watersheds and within those 17 secondary subwatersheds all of them eventually emptying into Georgian Bay The largest primary watershed the Muskoka River Watershed covers an area of 4 660 km2 and encompasses the communities of Dwight Dorset Baysville Huntsville Port Sydney Bracebridge Gravenhurst Bala Port Carling and MacTier Its headwaters begin in Algonquin Provincial Park and it drains into Lake Muskoka more than 200 kilometres away before moving through another primary watershed the Georgian Bay Watershed via the Moon and Musquash rivers The other two primary watersheds the Black River Watershed and the Severn River Watershed only partially fall within Muskoka The southeast corner of Muskoka is part of the Black River Watershed while the south and southwestern portions of the district are part of the Severn River Watershed July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 29

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sometimes built environments too Our farms towns and cities and everything we do within them can impact the water they contain We are fortunate to have an ecologically diverse region says Doyle The environment is what draws us and sustains us here And we live in a growing area which isn t true in all of Ontario or other Canadian communities We are fortunate but there are development pressures that come with that Water flow and levels within a watershed naturally fluctuate typically higher in spring and after periods of heavy rain lower in the fall and during periods of drought Within Muskoka those naturally occurring fluctuations are monitored and controlled by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry MNRF via the Muskoka River Water Management Plan MRWMP Water flows down Little High Falls in Bracebridge The MRWMP is about allocation of Photograph GJ Thomson No matter what the size of a watershed it encompasses more than just the land and the water flowing within it It also includes plants and animals wetlands and forests and 30 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 water and addresses the management of the flows and levels of water in the system says Anne Collins resource management supervisor for Parry Sound District MNRF It tries to balance and address the values and needs of the many users of the water system while also maintaining long term ecological sustainability of our aquatic and wildlife ecosystems spring flooding including moving belongings out of the high water zone and leaving boathouse doors open but it didn t make a difference this year Those efforts would be effective for high water levels alone but if there s ice it isn t going to make a difference anyway she says I think that s why so many are frustrated it s completely out of their hands In a written response the MNRF says the built infrastructure in flood prone areas will continue to be vulnerable In some Photograph Courtesy of the Muskoka Lakes Association Muskoka Lakes property owners are frustrated In 2013 high water levels caused damage to many waterfront structures The Muskoka Lakes Association called for a review and update of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry MNRF Muskoka River Water Management Plan MRWMP specifically changes to how water flow is controlled and for the development of a flood forecasting and management manual which isn t included in the MRWMP And yet in 2016 it happened again with devastating consequences for some property owners where the most significant damage occurred depended on which way the wind was blowing And worse most insurance policies consider flooding to be an act of God leaving property owners to pay for the damage Lisa Noonan general manager of the Muskoka Lakes Association MLA says association members are reporting damage estimates ranging from several hundred dollars to hundreds of thousands Even though the water levels were lower than in the 2013 flood wind pushing the remaining ice on the lakes into shoreline structures caused extensive damage Even the sturdiest of docks and boathouses can t withstand that kind of force The MLA advises its members to take precautions in preparation for potential The watershed has been important for navigation for generations High water levels left some boathouses flooded

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Photograph Heather Douglas For swimmers like nine year old Hudson Douglas the water will be much warmer in Lake Waseosa cascading system says Collins Water managers must always be considering what is happening upstream of the dam and what impacts may result downstream of the dam There are limitations on how much water Photograph courtesy of Muskoka Crib Docks Ltd cases retrofitting existing structures to be flood resistant may be an option The planning of new infrastructure to take into account the potential for flooding can help prevent damage from high water levels But the MLA believes that changes in the way water is controlled will prevent those high water levels from occurring in the first place And it believes those changes need to This boathouse on Lake Joseph was among the many structures that were severely damaged by the ice last winter Antique boats were among the property damaged by ice happen now We sent a letter into MNRF last year looking to be involved with the renewal of the Muskoka River Water Management Plan which expired in March 2016 No one knew that the province was going to extend it for another five years there were no consultations or information provided says Noonan We just don t think it can wait five years District of Muskoka councillor Phil Photograph Courtesy of the Muskoka Lakes Association Photograph Tim Du Vernet The Muskoka River Watershed has 42 dams and spill structures 29 that are owned and operated by MNRF and 11 that are associated with power facilities The majority of the MNRF structures are operated as control dams and fitted with wooden stoplogs that are removed or added in order to manage the upstream water levels and downstream flows some are spill or weir dams which are self regulating and at a fixed setting says Collins None of the dams are designed to be flood control structures she stresses Generally the operating plans follow the same pattern with a gradual decrease in water levels over the fall and winter an increase with the spring run off to refill lakes then a gradual reduction over the traditionally drier summer months to provide the minimum required flows downstream Water levels are monitored daily with actual water levels compared to the range within the plan That information is combined with information about weather forecasts current watershed conditions previous dam operations upstream and downstream watershed characteristics for individual lakes individual dam characteristics and how each lake responds to various dam settings to determine whether staff need to take measures at a particular dam or series of dams The Muskoka River Watershed is a Harding agrees and has added his voice to calls for change The MNRF needs to update the plan giving a greater voice and concern to the property owners understanding the effects of climate change he says It s a 10 year old plan created using data from 20 years ago The plan in its current form does not allow for the severity of weather Muskoka has been experiencing and it can t maintain appropriate water levels without damaging the infrastructure on the lakes July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 31

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Photograph Heather Douglas Photograph Heather Douglas they can t move the water can be released downstream through the system fast and limitations on how much enough and the entire water can be stored upstream system all 200 plus without adverse effects When kilometres backs up water inflows from precipThe rise of water upstream itation or snow melt are too eventually comes downhigh these adverse effects stream where we get cannot be avoided impacted And the physical And that means in a word constraints of the system do flooding not allow for the water to Flooding can occur any time move quickly enough when of year When there is too significant rains happen much water for the ground and Harding along with local wetlands to hold it has to go lake associations are calling somewhere and that somefor changes to the MRWMP where is where it would to help mitigate the effects normally flow The problem of of climate change The course is that a higher than plan MRWMP in its normal water flow due to current form because of significant rainfall or rapid some of the physical limimelting of the snow pack or tations of the watershed sometimes both can be too does not allow for the much for a river or lake to severity of weather Muskoka handle and the water begins to is experiencing he says rise and overflow the banks The Muskoka Watershed that would normally contain it Council s recent report In 2013 we had an average Planning for Climate Change in of 75 millimetres of water in Muskoka s watershed encompasses more than just land and the water flowing within it It also includes animals like the iconic loon Muskoka looked at the the snow pack a very quick melt due to warm temperatures and 100 the bathtub sets the flow or amount of water potential impact of climate change on millimetres of rain over the same time that can be moved through the system he Muskoka s watersheds by the middle of this period says Collins This amount of writes There are several physical constraints century While the report isn t conclusive it melting snow and rainfall overwhelmed the to the watershed For example on the Moon suggests a future that includes more of the lake and river system s capacity to store and River the area known as The Chutes can same severe flooding we ve experienced in carry the water to Georgian Bay without only handle water flowing at a rate of about recent years The expected 10 per cent increase in 280 cubic meters per second And as there flooding And again in 2016 the system became are several other choke points in the system annual precipitation by mid century may overburdened and spilled its banks with when significant rains happen upstream result in no real increase even a slight reduction in water devastating effects in moving through the some areas Although the watershed to Georgian rise in water was reported Bay says the report as less than that of 2013 Instead that extra winds drove ice on the water will be returned lakes into shoreline directly to the atmosstructures causing damage phere via evaporation that ranged from mild to and transpiration Howextreme ever the shift in timing In a note to constituents of precipitation and via his Facebook page outflow towards the District of Muskoka winter months will councillor Phil Harding mean that the flow of likened the watershed to a water through the bathtub system will become The size of the drain in Early morning light captures the colours of a water lily a common sight in wetlands 32 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016

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more strongly seasonal than at present with summer and fall becoming times of little water movement while winter or spring floods may well become more severe on average than at present That means that our summers will appear drier says Peter Sale one of the authors of the report From the perspective of the cottager we are going to have wonderful summers with lots of hot sunny days and this all sounds really really good but that of course stresses the environment in ways it hasn t been stressed in our climate for the last 100 years There will be less water on the landscape as a result and there will be implications for wetlands and the risk of streams drying up seasonally The belief that keeping water levels in our lakes constant is easy and should be the job of some government ministry which automatically acts to keep lake levels constant has always been a ridiculous view and it s going to become more ridiculous as the flow of water through our system becomes more seasonal says Sale It s not going to be possible to set the level of the lake at the beginning of summer and have it remain at that level to the end of summer The only way it can remain at that level all summer is if there is a flow of water in to the lake that will balance the flow of water out plus the evaporation And we ve got a climate coming where the flow in summer is going to be much lower than it is now With that reduced flow and greater evaporation it s going to be impossible And in the winter The open water season is already three weeks longer than it was in the mid 1970s says Sale and that trend will continue thanks to warming water temperatures Our winter sports are going to be restricted to a shorter season and a less predictable season So if you like ice fishing you should do it now It s why the Muskoka Watershed Council the Muskoka Lakes Association and others are so adamant about the need to take action now I think climate change is the existential problem of our generation says Sale We ve never faced an environmental problem this big This is not a problem just for Muskoka it is a problem for everywhere July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 33

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Top Leopard frogs prefer shallow water with lots of vegetation Above A green frog watches for prey among the lily pads Right Mink frogs are part of the Muskoka ecosystem 34 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016

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D o you hear it It might not be a bird you think you hear singing in the trees especially if you hear it in the early evening It could be the gray tree frog The small camouflaged amphibian s call is often mistaken for that of a bird Muskoka is home to nine species of frog and one toad and each makes a unique sound By listening and reporting their call through FrogWatch an amphibian monitoring project everyday people like you can help scientists with important research FrogWatch is basically a database for the adopt a pond program explains Shannon Ritchie a wetlands biologist who helps manage the FrogWatch data through the Toronto Zoo The information is shared with researchers and those looking to improve the environment It s very important to know if frog populations are going up or down because they are a very good indicator of pollution environmental contaminants and if the environment has been compromised she says Because frogs and toads have semipermeable skin they are very sensitive to pollution Needing both water and land to reproduce and thrive they are impacted by environmental changes While frogs are often seen in the summer it is spring when Muskoka citizen scientists head out to listen to the calls as part of the FrogWatch program It s not really a frog watch you are listening to them explains Caroline Konarzewski environmental chair of the Lake of Bays Association who offers FrogWatch information workshops in Muskoka Konarzewski encourages others to join her as a FrogWatch citizen scientist tracking the frog and toad population by listening to their calls during the spring mating season She recommends you pick a wetland near your home and commit to checking it regularly Even once a week is enough Then login to FrogWatch to input your data She admits it is challenging to learn the different calls of Muskoka s frogs and toad Fortunately the FrogWatch website has recordings of each amphibian along with a description They all have their own call and they come out at specific times of the year she explains Beginners should head out at early dusk Article by Sandy Lockhart Photography by Eleanor Kee Wellman July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 35

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when just a few frogs are calling as it is much easier to pick out single frogs calls Stop get very quiet take a deep breath and just wait a bit she says explaining that frogs often stop calling when you approach Forget about your worries and just listen In early spring when the snow first melts the spring peepers come out It s a single loud peep and everyone has heard them she says of their call A chorus of peepers heard along a rural road at dusk is a first sign of spring Next is the wood frog It quacks almost like a duck says Konarzewski Then there is the Western striped chorus frog that has a sound similar to a finger being dragged along a comb Ritchie explains the chorus frog is a species at risk We are trying to figure out where they are and then give people tips to preserve their wetlands In early to mid spring the pickerel frog leopard frog and American toad come out The pickerel frog makes a quiet low snore The leopard frog sounds similar but also grunts The toad has a long monotone trill and each toad in the chorus calls with a different note In late spring the green frog mink frog and gray tree frog make their sounds The gray tree frog s call could easily be confused for a bird s song The green frog sounds like a loose banjo string and the mink frog when in a chorus sounds like popcorn popping The final deep growly call arriving in June is the bullfrog While most frogs call in the spring Ritchie says gray tree frogs are heard in the forest in the peak of summer Sometimes chorus frogs and leopard frogs can be heard after a summer rain We hear about biodiversity but when you go out and listen and look around suddenly you realize how much diversity is in the wetland how much life is there she says The FrogWatch program is part of the NatureWatch program in which members of the public submit data for use by scientists and researchers across the country Partners include Laurentian University University of Ottawa the David Suzuki Foundation and Nature Canada 36 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 Every single report you make no matter how infrequent is still important says Konarzewski Your observations help scientists track climate change and better understand environmental impacts Ritchie explains the goal of the program is to get people out in nature to see what is going on listening to frogs and noticing changes in the environment Konarzewski agrees Even if you don t report it if you just get to know some of the frog calls and appreciate them that s good But she adds It s a bonus if you report it Scientists really could use the information Top right Green tree frogs climb using large toe pads that act like suction cups Right Toad tadpoles are black and often form on shoals in shallow water Below A bullfrog rests on a branch near the shore of a lake in Muskoka

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Article by Karen Wehrstein Photography by GJ Thomson M Top Sylvia Hoffman imprints details onto the trees of her landscape painting Above Musician Beverlie Robertson plays a dulcimer as Stan Hunter who is a choral singer with the Cellar Singers lets his voice be heard uskoka Chautauqua is many things to many people It s a book club an art school featuring a series of visiting resident artists an art gallery a yoga studio a concert organizer and a mecca for creatives in every field from performers to filmmakers and photographers to writers It s also an organization with a long and storied history Chautauqua as a concept started at Lake Chautauqua in New York State in 1874 offering a summer retreat for the training of Sunday school teachers It almost immediately broadened to include academic study physical education and the arts then discussions of politics and literature all in a natural setting Soon new Chautauquas were springing up all over the United States spreading the ideals of the movement It was popular enough that President Woodrow Wilson said during the First World War that Chautauqua was an integral part of the national defense and journalist Fred Bohm wrote in 1926 He who does not know Chautauqua does not know America But it wasn t confined to America In Canada it started around the beginning of the last century says Gayle Dempsey director of development Aboriginal and arts education for Muskoka Chautauqua In the early 20s they bought their own lodge on Tobin Island More and more people wanted to be involved with the July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 39

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program so they bought cottages nearby At that time it was known as Canada s literary summer capital They used to have readings on the verandas and in canoes and had a theatre in the woods The Great Depression of the 1930s rang the death knell of most of the Chautauquas including Muskoka s But now there s a resurgence either for lifelong learning or as an antidote to all these digital devices Dempsey notes In 2016 Muskoka Chautauqua is moving conceptually back to Chautauqua s roots Because the mother Chautauqua in New York State does a nine week themed week program through July and August says Dempsey we are going to start rebuilding on that model this summer That means events readings film screenings shows and art education everything will revolve around the week s theme The physical aspect also returns with yoga classes with Simon Swanek on Tuesday and Friday mornings I think it s probably the strongest lineup we ve had ever says executive director Gary Froude It all starts off with a bang literally with Canada Day fireworks in Minett The theme for the week of July 3 9 is The Senses and culminates on July 8 with the ultimate celebration of the sense of taste Flavours of Muskoka Chautauqua This year we re making it more of a spectacle says Dempsey We ll have a bit of Gary Froude and Gayle Dempsey are the driving force behind Muskoka Chautauqua circus thing happening with Champagne being poured out of a bubble chair up in the air a flair bartender and mural paintings Featured artists of the week to feed the sense of vision are mural painters Maxim Grunin and Peter Jarvis who will host this Focused passion starts at an early age for some Chautauqua artists like Olivia Northey 40 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 week s edition of the regular Wednesday night art party on the veranda of Clevelands House which also hosts the resident artists On July 5 there will be a screening of the film Painted Land with producer Nancy Lang in attendance Author professor and art expert Don Thompson will be talking about the very curious economics of the contemporary art world on July 7 and will be signing copies of his new book The Supermodel and the Brillo Box For July 10 16 the theme is Adaptation and featured artist is First Nations painter Don Chretien who delivered his commissioned work The Reconciliation Tree to Queen s Park in late May His art tells the story of adaptation explains Dempsey He takes First Nations stories and adapts them visually The theme for the week of July 17 23 is The Elements featuring Mitchell Pady the director of another Muskoka Chautauqua partner The Cellar Singers He will be both performing as a vocalist and leading attendees in singing throughout his artist in residence stay

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July 24 30 explores a Coast to Coast theme and celebrates art from across Canada Artist in residence Sean William Dawson will teach printmaking painting and drawing Gareth Seltzer associate producer of the Oscar nominated documentary Body Team 12 as well as Pond Inlet a documentary about redemption through music from Canada s northern coast will share his ideas about empathetic storytelling and virtual reality For July 31 to Aug 6 the theme is Arts in Education with a focus on the Brazilian El Sistema program for teaching life through music and also Shakespeare in a juicier way than how we learned it in school Dempsey says First there will be a screening of Robin and Mark and Richard III a documentary about the late theatre director Robin Phillips rehearsing a scene from Shakespeare s Richard III with performers Mark McKinney and Christine Horne Following the film which explores the transformative power of theatre and how great coaching can enable anyone to perform Shakespeare a workshop covering exactly 800 691 9385 705 645 3162 rockscapedesign ca The natural beauty of Muskoka flows through the brushes of the Chautauqua painters that will be held Games and Competition is the focus from Aug 7 13 with artists in residence Greg and Susan Hindle They led the community painting of a mural depicting the original Muskoka Chautauqua inside Clevelands House during their residence week two years ago For this year s mural they ll explore the regatta motif The Radical Design printmaking studio from Toronto will also hold a weekend workshop on Aug 13 14 The following week will focus on Strings and Chords and kicks off with The Good Brothers in concert on Aug 14 There ll be a three day harp playing school led by Michael David and Zsiporah Moon followed by student harp and poetry recitals on Aug 19 The Toronto All Star Big Band will perform on Aug 20 Poet Robert McAlpine YOUR NATURAL CHOICE in Muskoka July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 43

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PERfECTiOnisM ExEMPLifiED 1108 HEMLOCK POinT RD sOuTH LaKE jOsEPH 6 795 000 will launch his new book Wings of Wonder and there will be a photo exhibition by Dave Carter and Todd Jones The theme for the final week Aug 21 27 is Looking to the Future Opera Muskoka presents Eugene Onegin with Daevyd Pepper and colleagues on Aug 23 Jennifer Tung will teach a vocal master class on Aug 24 with the students performing the same night Violinist Moshe Hammer will feature his program Violence to Violins on Aug 25 and that evening the Stars of Tomorrow hit the stage I just think it s a really good taste of where both Gayle and I think humanity should be says Froude It s all about the conversation it s all about sharing it s all about collaboration it s all about the depth of experience all those things that give us the community we want to live in We went everywhere on the globe travelling around to see what the best community was For us it turned out to be Chautauqua We dedicated our lives to finding out what creative community can be think together work together play together stay together and we found Muskoka is the best place for that HST included 5 000 sq ft 5 bed gym 7 bath residence with Porte Coch re sheltered in bold rock face Extensive millwork and built ins floor to ceiling windows 3 massive stone fireplaces infloor heating walk in marble tile showers Professional Sub Zero Wolf Miele appliances in Chef s style kitchen Enviable living spaces include Master suite w dressing room and 5 piece stunning ensuite Timberframe Muskoka Room with stone floors and fireplace Finished lower level walk out to motorized screened in room at waters s edge Cedar shingle exterior siding with bell curve granite stone veneer cedar decks and glass rails RockScape designed gardens lighting irrigation granite paths Spectacular 3 slip boathouse Timberframe constructed accommodations above 320 ft frontage on 3 acres the heenan team Paul Heenan 416 258 2424 Linda Ratkovsky 705 706 1944 www theheenanteam com 44 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 Balance strength and beauty flow together at Chautauqua as yoga instructor Simon Swanek demonstrates

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Photograph Irene and Norman Dickson Collection Richard Tatley Top Golfers at Royal Muskoka carried their own clubs complied with the uniform dress code and enjoyed the scenic view Above Prime Minister Robert Borden golfs W Photograph Courtesy of Richard Tatley Collection War Cancels PM s Golf Game Article by J Patrick Boyer riting from Ottawa on August 1 1914 Robert Borden recalled his very delightful visit to Muskoka of which said Canada s prime minister he and his wife would always have the happiest memory It was to have been a longer holiday Only a week before Borden had gazed across Lake Muskoka savouring shimmering sunlight and watching forested shoreline glide by from his cushioned leather seat as the glistening launch in which he rode cut cleanly up the lake its wake tracing a chevron ripple through the water This was the Nova Scotia couple s second Muskoka visit something keenly anticipated as a reward for another winter s rough political slogging in Ottawa A Muskoka vacation had become the epitome of modern convenience and comfort At Gravenhurst a spur line brought their Grand Trunk Railway train right onto Muskoka Wharf Passengers could descend from their coaches stroll a few paces to board one of the steamboats and soon find themselves deposited with their luggage at lakeside resorts and summer mansions The Bordens had first discovered the district in mid August 1913 as guests of Major Hugh MacLean president and owner of the Muskoka Navigation Company s line of steamships They d enjoyed two restorative weeks at Royal Muskoka Hotel before heading to Toronto so the prime minister could officially open the country s largest fair the Canadian National Exhibition For this return visit the Bordens arrived July 23 1914 At Muskoka Wharf they were ceremoniously greeted by Gravenhurst s mayor thronging local officials and vacationers Major MacLean escorted the couple to his private launch He would personally take his guests up Lake Muskoka into the Indian River through the locks at Port Carling and across Lake Rosseau In Port Carling local residents and summer visitors crowded onto the bridge and the lock s stone walls to see Canada s prime minister The Bordens stepped ashore for a ceremony while MacLean s launch cleared the locks Reeve Fred Hanna son of a pioneering family who ran the post office July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 47

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Muskoka in which to spend a well earned vacation They heard him congratulate Sir Robert on his recent knighthood an honour well deserved and one which we are sure will be worthily worn Hanna spoke glowingly of public works Photo courtesy of Richard Tatley Collection general store and a supply boat beamed with nervous delight Port Carling s council had drafted a formal address and Hanna s strong voice now carried the message expressing gratification that the prime minister had again chosen The Bordens were taken around the lakes and over to Bala aboard the Sanford family s majestic steam yacht Naiad seen here preparing to lock through at Port Carling initiated by the Canadian and Ontario governments on the Muskoka Lakes not only for upgraded locks at Port Carling but also new wharves at Beaumaris Windermere and Bracebridge and the imposing new armories and post office with clock tower in Bracebridge In reply basking in the special occasion the prime minister delivered a sunny speech describing the pleasure he and Lady Borden took in a vacation from political life in the world famed Muskoka district with its scenery of the finest and the beautiful homes of hundreds who spend their summers on these lakes When the cheering died down Queenie Croucher and Flora Harris little girls representing two pioneer families presented flowers to Lady Borden Each received in return a kiss from their prime minister After this interlude the party proceeded to Major MacLean s craft and crossed Lake Rosseau to fully embrace the Muskoka cure at the Royal Muskoka Hotel on Tobin s Island The Muskoka Steamship Company had built the hotel in 1903 with railway Natural stone landscaping property building maintenance MJCMUSKOKA CA 48 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016

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financing achieving vertical integration and scooping greater profits while developing the district s vacation economy The force behind the success of the steamers the hotel and Muskoka tourism itself was the printing and publishing empire that Hugh and his brother John had built Their newspapers and magazines lavishly promoted Hugh s Muskoka assets his commodious steamship line which was now North America s largest inland waterway fleet the Royal Muskoka which was now the district s most prestigious hotel and the now celebrated cure of a Muskoka vacation One of their longest lasting magazines a July 1914 copy of which awaited the Bordens in their Royal Muskoka suite bore their simplified family name Maclean s The brothers Canada wide publishing conglomerate projected widespread renown of Muskoka as a playground for high rollers prominent persons and senior politicians A judiciously proffered invitation from the Major to stay at the Royal Muskoka was eagerly accepted including by Canada s prime minister Many arrived at Royal Muskoka via the Sagamo the Bordens came on a launch owned by the MacLean s excelrailings ca 705 646 2508 July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 49

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Irene and Norman Dickson Collection Richard Tatley Far left Major Hugh MacLean hosted Canada s prime minister for Muskoka vacations in 1913 and 1914 Left Prime Minister Borden wrote a letter to Hugh MacLean offering his regrets for declining the invitation to golf at Beaumaris Hugh Cameron MacLean records Ontario Archives F 4566 4 0 6 Photo Borden Collection Library and Archives Canada Below Prime Minister Borden relaxes in Muskoka Savouring that July s unbroken run of splendid weather the Bordens readily relaxed They enjoyed swimming evening bridge games and small parties with friends For three mornings a refreshed prime minister rose early to golf with his wife Accustomed to courses in Nova Scotia and Ottawa he groused that the Royal s links were quite crude saying only that they were at least good enough for exercise The Bordens returned to Port Carling on July 27 at the invitation of the Muskoka Lakes Association MLA whose influential members included wealthy families of high standing The MLA s directors wanted the prime minister to attend their annual regatta 50 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 for summer sports competitions The Bordens witnessing the swimming races boating contests and diving competitions quickly absorbed the mood of energetic excitement The prime minister presented prizes to wet faced glowing athletes After a welcoming introduction Borden spoke about the pleasures of summertime in Muskoka Several would later recount how the prime minister then turned briefly to what was increasingly on the minds of many adults the European cauldron in which tensions between Austria Hungary and Serbia had been boiling over following a terrorist s assassination of the Austrian heir to the throne a month earlier Such reference to remote stirrings was still considered too inconsequential for Muskoka newspapers to include in their accounts of the annual MLA regatta Indeed how a single assassination could cause such a chain reaction leading to general war seemed and not only in Muskoka s holiday atmosphere unbelievable Despite Muskoka s diversions it was impossible for the prime minister to block out the pressure The Toronto newspapers arriving daily drew everyone s discussion to the alarming news from Europe Borden got even more sombre news from his Ottawa secretary Austin Blount who was keeping

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Canada s vacationing leader informed of developments by post taking advantage of swift mail service by train that connected with the RMS Segwun In addition Blount s cabled telegrams summarizing cables he was receiving from the Colonial Office in London began suggesting the prime minister return to Ottawa On July 26 Borden learned that AustriaHungary had declared war on Serbia Russia then mobilized to protect Serbia That was countered by a German ultimatum calling for immediate Russian demobilization Ultimatums going unanswered were followed by declarations of war Two days later Borden wrote in his diary that it was almost impossible for us to keep out of a general European war Yet he and Laura played golf and enjoyed Muskoka together for several more days Late on July 30 he left Muskoka rather hurriedly the Bracebridge Gazette reported on account of the looming war clouds Laura would remain at the Royal Muskoka in hope Robert might be able to return They d intended to stay on at the resort for two more weeks The prime minister left Tobin s Island on the steamboat Medora for Lake Joseph Wharf at Barnesdale for a train to Toronto and from there back to Ottawa Passing through Toronto he told scrumming reporters at the station I consider the situation so grave and serious that I deem it my duty to hasten back to the capital immediately Because Borden left in haste there were loose ends On Aug 1 he wrote Hugh MacLean expressing very sincere thanks for the many courtesies and kindnesses received from the Major personally and from his Muskoka Lakes Navigation Company which had covered Borden s account at the Royal Muskoka There was one last thing After MacLean heard about the prime minister s dissatisfaction with the Royal s rough golf course he d arranged play at the finer links of Beaumaris Golf Club owned by the Americans of nearby Millionaires Row Despite intense preparations for a nation on the brink of war Canada s prime minister asked the major to convey to the club president his great regret at not being able to play golf at Beaumaris FURNISHINGS DECOR DESIGN SERVICES ANTIQUES ART CHALK PAINT CLASSES We deliver throughout Ontario Exit 184 fromfrom hwy hwy 11 Cedar Lane to 101 Entrance Drive Exit 184 11 Cedar Lane to 101 Entrance Drive Bracebridge Bracebridge ON ON Open daily all year info simplycottage ca 705 646 2828 Join our community on Facebook Simply Cottage Follow us on Instagram simplycottageltd July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 51

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Cottage Country Cuisine Gourmet grilling with a local flair By Karen Wehrstein If you think barbecuing is only about steaks burgers or sliders with the occasional foray into potatoes or corn on the cob think again Using local ingredients some of Muskoka s best chefs offer ideas to help you take your grilling to the next level with a locavore s flair I know what the food is what the soil is says David Bakker executive chef at Huntsville s Deerhurst Resort The flavour the quality becomes much better We re only limited by the growing region we re in and what is and isn t produced here Chef Bakker gets his local ingredients from producers such as the Spring Farm in Huntsville Ivanita Farm Meats in Huntsville Bliss Family Farm in Utterson Brooklands Farm in Bracebridge and Deerhurst s own maple syrup operation While you can prepare local ingredients a number of different ways the grill gives you an ability to add a bit of smokiness and charred flavour It could be the bitterness you want to round out a dish Bakker says offering a salad as an example Lettuce on the grill Yes combined with grilled wild leeks grilled asparagus grilled tomatoes maple pickled leek bulbs and burrata cheese It makes a spectacular salad with that barbecue flavour Combine with Cuban style chili and lime corn on the cob some nice thick fatty pork chops or chorizo all grilled To accompany such a powerful summer meal chef Bakker suggests a red or very acidic white wine or a wheat beer Grilled Wild Leek and Asparagus Caprese expertly arranged by Deerhurst executive chef David Bakker Top right Bakker sources his ingredients locally Photographs Heather Douglas July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 53

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Photographs Andy Zeltkalns Top Local vegetables cooked on the grill are the perfect summer side dish Left Freshly grilled trout and vegetables with white wine and butter is served at Crossroads Above Crossroads chef Richard Lalonde prepares fresh vegetables for the grill Chef and restaurant owner Richard Lalonde of Crossroads in Rosseau is also motivated to support local food producers He sources sprouts and herbs from Four Seasons Greens which has depot locations across Muskoka maple syrup shiitake and oyster mushrooms from Hekkla Valley Farm in Rosseau and vegetables from Grenville Farms in Severn Bridge We like the freshness and simplicity of the ingredients he says A lot of things are not processed We like to process them here 54 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 If your local ingredient is fresh caught trout from a Muskoka lake all the processing you have to do is clean the fish and grill it What we like to do is grill the flesh side first Lalonde instructs if you re working with fillets If you do skin side down there s a lot of oil on it and it catches fire Do the flesh side first at a higher temperature then the skin side lower Or you can wrap the whole fish in aluminum foil along with onions garlic lemon and fresh herbs As a side dish chef Lalonde suggests wild leek pesto Choosing from Ontario wines to accompany this meal he recommends Cave Spring Chardonnay If you re planning on cooking with wild leeks take note that this spring plant takes a long time to regenerate if over harvested Two approaches are recommended to protect wild leek populations first don t harvest too much Second don t pull up the whole plant including the bulb but just cut off the leaf That way the plant is left alive to grow back again next year

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Recipes Grilled Wild Leek and Asparagus Caprese Recipe by David Bakker The Salad Ingredients 2 heads fris e lettuce bitter green outer leaves cleaned heads soaked in ice water to clean cut into quarters keeping the root intact 1 bunch asparagus fibrous ends removed 15 20 ramp leek tops 30 45 ml extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt to taste Cracked pepper to taste 2 pieces burrata cheese torn by hand To Finish Ingredients Sliced heirloom tomatoes Edible dandelion flowers Four Seasons Greens pea shoots Four Seasons Greens ruby daikon seedlings Directions 1 Arrange all ingredients attractively on your plates Use the ramp pur e to dress the salad Season your tomatoes to taste Directions 1 Place all ingredients into a bowl with the oil salt and pepper 2 Place the ingredients onto a grill set to medium heat 3 Grill just until the lettuces have browned slightly and are beginning to wilt the asparagus will have just started to soften but will still have some integral texture 4 Remove all ingredients back to the same bowl that they were seasoned in and toss with the burrata cheese Ramp Top Pur e Dressing Ingredients 250 ml ramp tops cleaned roughly chopped 250 ml spinach cleaned 125 ml chives chopped clove garlic Kosher salt to taste Cracked pepper to taste Water to thin the puree out Ultra Tex 3 to thicken Directions 1 Place the ramp tops spinach and chives in a blender or ideally Vitamix 2 Pur e with a little bit of water to create a smooth puree If the mixture seems a little too thin thicken with a little Ultra Tex 3 Season with salt and pepper Grilled Trout Recipe by Richard Lalonde Ingredients 2 trout cleaned and head removed optional cup of dry white wine 2 tbsp butter melted 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley Salt and pepper to taste Directions 1 Preheat a grill for medium high heat 2 On a flat surface place two sheets of aluminum foil about 18 inches long so that they overlap to make one long wide sheet Rinse the trout and pat dry Lay the fish in the centre of the foil about two inches apart 3 Sprinkle with white wine melted butter and lemon juice Season with parsley salt and pepper Fold the foil up loosely around the fish and crimp the seams to seal 4 Cook for approximately 20 minutes July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 55

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Photograph Andy Zeltkalns Executive chef and proprietor David tomato sauce on top That way the crust Chef Friesen also specializes in grilled Friesen of Riverwalk Restaurant in remains crisp and doesn t get soggy from the desserts smoked apple pie grilled peaches Bracebridge also likes to use local water in the tomato sauce he says Put it pineapples even watermelon For the ingredients The flavours are there and back on the grill to cook and when the Muskokavore it s all about berries which that s what I try to cook with flavour not cheese melts it s ready to eat are easily acquired at farmers markets just colour he says I find it Friesen notes that strawberries comes through on the plate if you and blueberries hold up well on cook with local eye appeal and the grill but raspberries get taste watery Make a pouch with a He likes to make meals on the little aluminum foil with lemon grill that aren t your conventional juice and the berries After a barbecue food such as grilled little time on the grill spoon pizza which is one of Riverwalk s onto ice cream or yogurt signature dishes His technique Or how about a barbecue includes rolling your pizza dough berry pie made with locally thin and grilling it at medium grown berries The rest is added in reverse order Fact is you can do just about from usual first the cheese then anything on the grill The closer Nothing says summer like fresh apple pie baked in a smoker and served with ice cream light toppings and a dollop of to home the better 56 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 Photograph Andy Zeltkalns Chef David Friesen holds a freshly made apple pie that was baked in a smoker

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Recipe KNOWLES PLUMBING Muskoka s Bath Plumbing Centre Chef David s Barbecue Pie Sales Installation Service Design Consultation Recipe by David Friesen Ingredients 6 cups apples peeled and cubed 2 cups local berries blueberries raspberries blackberries cranberries or a combination Juice of one lemon cup brown sugar 2 tbsp flour 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp nutmeg 1 pinch salt Cream for brushing Visit our Showroom Photograph Andy Zeltkalns Directions 1 Mix all ingredients together except cream 2 Using homemade double crust dough line a glass pie dish with half the dough 3 Fill with the fruit mix and top with the other half of the dough 4 Cut eight slits in the top of dough and brush top with cream 5 Preheat barbecue to 350 F 6 On indirect heat place pie on barbecue smoker close lid and bake until filling begins to bubble 30 45 minutes Featuring the most complete selection of quality bathroom kitchen fixtures 227 Wellington St Bracebridge 705 645 7681 1 888 815 4714 July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 57

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Muskoka Calendar Photographs Scott Turnbull If you love craft beer don t miss the 8th annual Griffin Session Muskoka formerly the Muskoka Beer Festival which takes place on Saturday July 30 at Annie Williams Park in Bracebridge Organized by the Griffin Gastropub this event brings together 30 Ontario craft breweries including Muskoka s own Lake of Bays Brewing Co Sawdust City Brewing Co and Muskoka Brewery There will also be Ontario wine cider and spirits available for festival goers to enjoy Plus municipalities from Barrie to North Bay are bringing their own flavour to the event Each participating municipality develops a beer that represents its community and festival goers vote for their favourite The winning beer is then sold at LCBO locations across northern Ontario Last year s winner was Midland s Butter Tart Ale BEDROOM DINING SOFAS ENTERTAINMENT HOME D COR MATTRESSES REFLECTING THE BEAUTY SERENITY OF THE MUSKOKAN LANDSCAPE www muskokafurniture net 195 WELLINGTON STREET BRACEBRIDGE 705 645 8183 58 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016

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Photograph Kelly Holinshead For more information visit www muskokabeerfestival ca Over 200 artists showcase their work for the Muskoka Arts Crafts Summer Show The Muskoka Arts Crafts Summer Show is back for its 54th year from July 15 17 in Annie Williams Park in Bracebridge The show welcomes about 20 000 art enthusiasts who descend on the scenic park to see the handmade work of 200 exhibitors from Muskoka Ontario and other regions of Canada Art showcased at the event includes clothing and fashion accessories fibre arts baskets fine woodworking and furniture glass creations home d cor jewelry leather goods metal mixed media painting and drawing photography pottery sculpture weaving wood carving and even toys and soap Bathtubs are raced through an obstacle course during the popular Bathtub Derby at Huntsville Dockfest including a barbecue beer tent live music arts and crafts for the little ones as well as a bouncy castle and activities to entertain young attendees The day gets off to a delicious start with a pancake breakfast before a parade of decorated bathtubs makes its way down Main Street for the long anticipated return of the bathtub derby The first of three heats begins at noon with bathtubs furiously racing through obstacles on the Muskoka River as they make their way to the finish line Dockfest is an annual event with the proceeds alternating between local charities each year Funds raised this year will go towards improvements to River Mill Park Don t miss this day of fun and excitement along Huntsville s waterfront Since 1949 106 Manitoba Street Bracebridge ON With you over the generations 8 Main Street West Huntsville ON Since 19 48 For more information visit www rotarydockfest com The village of Rosseau will come alive with horsepower and heritage on Saturday July 30 when classic and special interest vehicles and boats converge at thebracebridge waterfront for the annual Rosseau Classic Cruise From 10 a m to 3 p m over 100 exhibitors will showcase classic cars and trucks hot rods exotics and boats at Photograph John McAllister For more information visit www muskokaartsandcrafts com Mark Saturday July 9 on your calendar for Huntsville s fourth annual Rotary Dockfest which takes place along the town s historic downtown waterfront from 8 a m to 4 p m The event has something for everyone Photograph Jennifer Simpson which the town developed with assistance from Gravenhurst s Sawdust City Brewing Co Beyond beer Griffin Session Muskoka promises to entertain with two stages featuring musical acts including Tokyo Police Club And a beer festival wouldn t be complete without delicious food Last year the nearly 4 000 beer enthusiasts in attendance enjoyed everything from wood fired pizza and Georgian Bay fish tacos to butter tarts Classic vehicles and boats will take centre stage for the annual Rosseau Classic Cruise Offering Fitness and Yoga Classes 227 Wellington St Bracebridge 705 646 0884 Follow us on Facebook A wide selection of hats and clothing AVAILABLE AT Momma Bear s Downtown Bracebridge across from the post office Ice Cream Sweets July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 59

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For more information follow the Rosseau Classic Cruise on Facebook at www facebook com rosseauclassiccruise 60 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 characters from Anne of Green Gables Enjoy free popcorn cake and horse drawn wagon rides beginning at 1 30 p m Young Anne of Green Gables fans compete in an egg on a spoon race Bala s Museum celebrates its annual re enactment of Lucy Maud Montgomery s visit to Bala in 1922 with its Everything Anne Day on Saturday July 23 This afternoon of family fun features egg on a spoon races three legged races sack races and prizes for best costumes of Photograph Courtesy of Bala s Museum Rosseau Waterfront Park Among this year s many special exhibits will be a 1955 Volkswagen Beetle that has completed three trips around the world and will be doing one more in 2017 The iconic German car was the subject of a documentary called Once More which aired on Canadian television On the water the Seguin fire department s new fireboat will be front and centre With plenty of food available and live music to entertain visitors can spend the day at the water admiring a fine collection of vehicles and boats while also perusing automotive and boat related vendors and displays Hourly boat cruises on Lake Rosseau will be provided by Sunset Cruises Admission is by donation with proceeds going back into the local community Past projects made possible by the Rosseau Classic Cruise include the children s playground equipment currently at the waterfront For more information visit www balasmuseum com Butter tart fans rejoice Muskoka s Butter Tart Festival takes place in Port Carling on Saturday July 16 and will bring together some of the area s best butter tart bakers Held at the scenic James Bartleman Island Park beside the locks the festival has expanded this year to include Collector s Day which will feature a variety of unique collections including dolls and doll houses handmade ship models old phones and tele communication equipment and much more Admission buttons are 2 with proceeds benefiting the Muskoka Lakes Museum and the Muskoka Children s Foundation The butter tart sale runs from 10 a m to noon with the festival continuing until 4 p m For more information visit www mlmuseum com

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Muskoka artists Bev Clark and Joanne Contant present Regatta Memories a series of paintings influenced by images of the turn of the century Muskoka regattas until July 16 at the Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge This is the first exhibit these artists have worked on together and the paintings that will be on display in Regatta Memories are a departure from their typical style of work Painting from early black and white photographs the artists captured life at Muskoka regattas circa 1900 1913 The paintings depict the elaborate clothing worn to area regattas the activities that took place and even the methods of transportation like steamships and trains that made travel to Muskoka possible The artists hope that the show will be both educational and thought provoking to conjure memories in the viewer of special moments spent on Muskoka s lakes I want it to be informative I want them to learn says Contant Ninety nine per cent of the paintings are painted from old black and white photographs so they are real people real events BRACEBRIDGE GENERATION LTD Water Power Generating a Cleaner Environment Interested in more information or a free tour www bracebridgegeneration com For more information visit www muskokaartsandcrafts com Rotary Centre for Youth 131 Wellington St Bracebridge 705 644 2712 Photo Courtesy of Joanne Contant www clubrunner ca bracebridge Muskoka artists Bev Clark and Joanne Contant present Regatta Memories a series of paintings influenced by turn of the century Muskoka regattas Limited ONTARIO LAND SURVEYORS Est 1885 by William Galbraith O L S D L S P ENG John W Hiley B Sc O L S Douglas W Jemmett O L S 127 Keith Road Bracebridge Ontario P1L 0A1 Phone 705 645 4611 800 494 1443 705 645 1845 Fax Latitude 45 00 58 467 N Longitude 79 18 33 152 W Email surveys muskokasurveyors com w Website www muskokasurveyors com July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 61

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Huntsville is a happening place in July with a full calendar of musical performances and community events hosted by the Huntsville Festival of the Arts Refresh your body and spirit with the Huntsville Festival of the Arts Music at Noon free concert series which takes place weekdays at 12 15 p m throughout July at the Trinity United Church in Huntsville For young Muskokans there s Arts Splash on Saturday July 9 at River Mill Park in Huntsville From 11 a m to 2 p m children will enjoy a fun filled afternoon of interactive arts and crafts suitable for kids of all ages The Algonquin Theatre will also welcome a legendary lineup this month with performances by Trent Severn July 2 the Downchild Blues Band July 6 Lawrence Gowan July 7 Alison Wearing July 8 Arkady Yanivker July 9 Autumn Hill July 13 Sarah Harmer July 14 Dean Jerry Concert Tribute July 16 Keep the Faith Bon Jovi Tribute July 19 Hawksley 62 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 Photograph Huntsville Festival of the Arts The Downchild Blues Band will perform at the Algonquin Theatre on July 6 Workman July 21 C ig July 22 and Robert Creighton July 23 If you re a jazz fan mark Sunday July 17 on your calendar for Jazz in the Garden Bring your lawn chair and sit amongst the beautiful gardens at Spencer s Tall Trees Restaurant from 1 p m to 3 p m as the smooth sound of jazz fills the air Tempt your tastebuds with light snacks and refreshing drinks Can t decide whether to spend an evening by the lake or see a live performance You can have both with the Huntsville Festival of the Arts Dock Concert Series The

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Muskoka Concert Band will perform during the Dock Concert series on Wednesday July 6 at Dwight Beach Wednesday July 20 at the Port Sydney dock and on Wednesday July 27 at the Huntsville town dock The show begins at 7 p m Buskers live music and interactive installations come to downtown Huntsville from noon to 4 p m on Saturday July 23 for Back Street an urban arts festival taking place in River Mill Park with pop up locations throughout the downtown From graffiti artists drumming workshops slam poetry performances buskers and a variety of urban beats this afternoon promises to deliver excitement with an edge At the end of the month Jazz fans will rejoice in the return of the Huntsville Annual Jazz Festival which runs from July 28 30 A tribute to the music of John Coltrane will be performed at the Algonquin Theatre on Thursday July 28 Adi Braun on Friday July 29 and Oliver Jones on Saturday July 30 The Festival continues into August with performances by Bruce Cockburn The Nylons Donnell Leahy Alex Cuba and a number of other great concerts For more information visit www huntsvillefestival on ca Hundreds of butterflies will take flight on Sunday July 10 in Memorial Park in Bracebridge as Hospice Muskoka hosts its annual Butterfly Release Day a fundraiser that allows members of the public to celebrate the life of a loved one by releasing a live Monarch butterfly in their honour Butterfly Release Day is a unique opportunity to honour and memorialize loved ones by sponsoring a butterfly in their name According to Hospice Muskoka the release signifies freedom and happiness The event runs from 12 30 p m to 2 30 p m rain or shine and will feature face painters popcorn and live entertainment from musicians and performers representing a variety of genres Don t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket Low Impact Landscaping and Custom Stone Work For more information visit www hospicemuskoka com Re naturalizing Shoreline Restoration and Woodland Gardens Guaranteed for life Not to Wear Out Insured Against Loss Floats Repels Rain Crushable Packable Excellent UV Protection Available at Native Plant Nursery Ltd Professional Landscaping Services since 1978 Momma Bear s Ice Cream Sweets Downtown Bracebridge across from the post office 705 769 3052 northwaygardeners com July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 63

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Living in Muskoka A Home Fit for Triathletes Article by Dale Peacock Photography by GJ Thomson When elite triathletes Barbi which features a tennis court the Brochu and Steve Vandermolen first privacy it offers and its proximity to saw the house on Ziska Road that Bracebridge I wanted something would become their home they unique he says of the modern hesitated to get excited We d been Foursquare meets Georgia plantation looking for so long says Brochu style house and every time we liked something While their sculpted physiques the deal would fall apart might suggest otherwise Despite their initial reservations Vandermolen and Brochu are far the house just outside of Bracebridge from obsessed with working out serendipitously proved to be exactly They work hard to achieve balance in what they might have designed built their lives despite training for 14 to and furnished for themselves if they d Barbi Brochu and Steve Vandermolen load up their bikes and get 25 hours a week had the time and know how We are away a fair bit so one ready to head out for a group ride We re no decorators laughs thing that is important to us is eating Vandermolen We could imagine ourselves art various paintings of cats hang in the dinner together as a family offers in the house exactly as it was staged so we upstairs hallway in coincidental homage to Vandermolen We tend to come home late negotiated an offer that included the the two family felines from work or training so we tend to eat contents In an example of life imitating Vandermolen loves the large property around 8 30 p m as Europeans do Triathletes Steve Vandermolen and Barbi Brochu whip up a post workout shake in their well appointed kitchen 64 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016

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Brochu enthuses I enjoy cooking I try to shop and cook healthily and I like to experiment We encourage the kids to eat well but we don t push them She laughs If they make something questionable I might ask So do you want to add some veggies to that While Brochu sticks to a healthy diet Vandermolen freely admits that he will have Surrounded by medals and photographs of competitions Steve Vandermolen and Barbi Brochu log some miles in their home gym a Big Mac and fries on occasion In fact he does so every time he rides up the 2 792 metre slope of Mount Lemmon in Tucson Arizona There s a McDonald s at the bottom he laughs Vandermolen grins We want to have fun after all We aren t getting paid for this I guess you could say that we work hard but we relax hard as well Training for triathlons is key Amazingly their new house boasted a two storey garage with a fully equipped gym on the lower level Perched nearby on top of a slab of Muskoka granite sits a hot tub that s perfect for soothing sore tired muscles We re in it almost every day Vandermolen says The house and property is also home to their training facility UltraPossible which specializes in multi sport training for beginners interested in fitness or yoga to the seasoned athlete looking to take their training to the next level See those stone steps Brochu says with a laugh They are also a part of the training regimen for my clients They don t always like it but they do it Steve Vandermolen and Barbi Brochu enjoy the back deck after a long day Vandermolen grew up in Grimsby and then attended the University of Toronto where he graduated with a degree in Pharmacy He moved to Muskoka 18 years ago to own and operates the Gravenhurst IDA Pharmacy which he stumbled upon during a trip to Muskoka I have a terrific team at work and without them I wouldn t be able to take advantage of the opportunities to compete and train all over the world Vandermolen says The couple just returned from almost a month of training and vacationing with cycling friends in Majorca Spain Despite being tired from the trip their eyes light up with enthusiasm when they talk about the region It s a mecca for cyclists and it s not just triathletes that flock to the region says Brochu There were recreational cyclists everywhere Vandermolen says that the region is so July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 65

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Richard Scully Sales Representative MuskokaCottagesForSale com 705 644 9393 rscully muskoka com LAKE ROSSEAU 9 395 000 Subtly sophisticated custom 8 bdrm estate occultly uniting exemplary professionalism with grande stately architecture on one of the finest summer sunset shores Irrefutably private Custom 9 800 sq ft principal residence designed with luxury in mind and built with immense attention to detail comprising only the finest of finishes state of the art mechanicals oak floors magnificent Muskoka room classic stone fireplaces nothing spared nor missed Stunning 3 slip boathouse with living quarters above Stone paths extensively landscaped 2 car garage paved drive over 500 of shoreline 6 acres sweeping views Unquestionably one of the most exquisite offerings on Rosseau Call Richard Scully LAKE JOSEPH 7 900 000 Unassailable privacy 1 535 ft of south west facing unspoiled shore fronting 8 44 acres of maturely wooded lands Older 5 bedroom cottage holds the primary position with commanding across the lake water vistas stone fireplace woodsy interior screened Muskoka porch separate 2 bdrm 1 bath sleeping cabin and boathouse Stunning rock pine shore with crystal clear waters stunning vantage points and severance potential Very rarely offered north Lake Joe address of distinction in an area of superior lakefront estates Priced with land value in mind Call Richard Scully LAKE JOSEPH 5 495 000 Absolutely elegant Olde New lakefront estate with beyond belief interior 4 bedrooms stone fireplaces wood floors incredible mechanicals butler s pantry multiple sitting areas verandah luxurious lakeside terraces with BBQ oven bar Grandfathered 2 slip 2 storey boathouse with 1 000 sq ft living quarters above plus bunkie with stone fireplace Mins to Port Sandfield Call Richard Scully 66 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 LAKE JOSEPH 5 995 000 Elegant 5 bdrm cottage with covered porches heated floors designer interior gorgeous kitchen floor to ceiling stone fireplaces solid antiqued wide plank wood floors 465 ft frontage 2 storey boathouse with living quarters above cabana separate bunkie Long views and minutes to Port Sandfield Call Richard Scully LAKE ROSSEAU 5 495 000 Custom 5 300 sq ft cottage on over 4 acres with some of the finest views 4 bedrooms 7 baths wood floors chef s kitchen Muskoka room Muskoka stone fireplace lower level walkout stone paths lead to a 3 slip boathouse with bar area summer sunset views Nanny s suite above 3 car garage Minutes to Port Carling Call Richard Scully July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 66

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Richard Scully Sales Representative MuskokaCottagesForSale com LAKE MUSKOKA 4 995 000 Minutes to Port Carling Custom elegant 5 bdrm cottage with gorgeous stone fps smoked European white oak floors walls of glass stunning kitchen incredible Muskoka room expansive lakeside deck beautifully landscaped irrigated grounds one of the finest 2 storey boathouses to be seen with ample slips breathtaking on the water entertainment area No detail spared nor missed Call Richard Scully LAKE MUSKOKA 4 595 000 Stately custom west facing 4 600 sq ft 4 bedroom water s edge cottage with architectural elegance extensive exterior finishes of cedar stone interior finished with MDF wide plank wood floors stone fireplace chef s kitchen custom cabinetry wraparound open closed covered Muskoka porch main floor Master Suite exercise room magnificent mechanicals stone paths deeper shore 3 slip 2 storey boathouse with living quarters atop stunning westerly view unquestionably private Just mins to Port Carling Call Richard Scully LAKE MUSKOKA 3 395 000 760 ft of private southwest shore 6 bedrom retreat 3 700 sq ft classic Muskoka cottage with refinished wide plank antiqued wood floors gourmet kitchen lakeside dining floor to ceiling stone fp Muskoka room wraparound deck with built in Jacuzzi Towering pines stone paths sand beach gazebo private views large 3 slip 2 storey boathouse with living quarters 2 car garage Call Richard Scully LAKE ROSSEAU 1 895 000 4 700 sq ft 6 bedroom summer sunset cottage with 2 stone fps wood floors screened Muskoka room spacious main floor Master Suite 2 lakeside decks lower level wet bar games room walkout to level private grounds Sand beach 2 slip boathouse with stunning views Port Sandfield locale Call Richard Scully 67 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 705 644 9393 rscully muskoka com LAKE ROSSEAU 4 675 000 7 bedroom compound on 538 ft of shore 4 62 acres of privacy 4 300 sq ft custom 5 bedroom cottage affords walls of glass winter summer dining rooms chef s kitchen Muskoka room covered porches stone fireplace wood floors Extensive landscaping 2 bedroom boathouse tennis court sweeping views Call Richard Scully LAKE MUSKOKA 4 189 000 Custom 4 bedroom cottage with wood floors Muskoka stone fireplace dramatic interior elegant kitchen butler s pantry screened Muskoka room custom cabinetry lakeside deck lower level walkout with bar family room 2 storey boathouse with living quarters toddler friendly sandy beach area Only 5 mins from Port Carling Call Richard Scully LAKE ROSSEAU 2 099 000 Summer sunset shore of almost 300 with newer 2 slip 2 bedroom boathouse Breathtaking westerly views Absolutely charming water s edge 3 bedroom loft sunset cottage with stone fireplace covered verandah to use as is or opportune for redevelopment with a grandfathered setback Convenient to Minett Port Sandfield Call Richard Scully LAKE ROSSEAU 1 299 000 Solid 3 bdrm 3 bath 3 300 sq ft solar southerly appointed cottage with wood floors vaulted wood ceilings large master suite with private balcony chef s kitchen lakeside deck finished lower level with rec room walkout to gently terraced grounds Towering pines stunning views Deeper shore with dock great sunshine Drive to the door convenience Call Richard Scully July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 67

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Maria Tingey Sales Representative cottagemuskoka com I sell Real Estate Walker s Point 2 195 000 Value is evident and comes gift wrapped in this recently refurbished cedar lined cottage Featuring spacious living dining area with stone fireplace vaulted ceilings and walkouts to sun drenched decking The tasteful updated kitchen flows into the forever used over sized Muskoka room The first level offers up 4 bedrooms of which the beautiful main master bedroom is complemented by gas fireplace walk in closet and en suite There is also a second master suite The walk out lower level also enjoys a Muskoka stone fireplace and is dedicated as a media games room with office den and exercise room This offering is the ultimate in a family cottage with gentle land easy access landscaped grounds and walkway leading to the fabulous two storey boathouse with a mixture of shallow and deep water The boathouse accommodation consists of bedrooms den bathroom and sitting area Put this complete package together with the double garage covered outdoor BBQ area all day sun and sun set the wish list is complete Call listing agent for Private Viewing 68 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 Sun Sets Magnificent Views Lake Muskoka 2 395 000 The Lodge Lake Muskoka 3 150 000 The perfect combination of everything that will makes cottage life what it should be All day sun with a truly magnificent sunset gorgeous views an incredible sand beach gentle terrain lots of great table land stone walkways and over 360 shoreline The commanding 5000 sq Ft cottage shows beautifully with soaring ceilings a commanding central stone fire place two master suites and of course the inviting screened porch The principle gathering area enjoys the beautiful vista throughout To enhance it all is the 3 bedroom self contained guest cottage that is accessed by the attached breezeway With the lower level games room and media area the package is complete This offering has it all for the young and not so young Call for your private showing Be prepared for the ultimate in the WOW factor From the minute you enter the warmth of the decor the unprecedented craftsmanship and the uniqueness of the design is evident throughout The main entrance opens into the gracious Grand easy flowing gathering area consisting of living room kitchen and dining room all taking in the outdoor views and sunshine A very commanding fireplace is the centre to it all The kitchen is a chef s delight with natural slate floors and the 14ft titanium Granite Isl Flowing from the living area is the ever used Muskoka room where the awe inspiring sunsets are savoured The luxurious master suite benefits from walk out to the wrap around deck Meticulous landscape is integrated with the natural terrain of trees and rock shelf shoreline 3 slip Bthse is enhanced with a fabulous sun deck that takes in the long lake view Nothing has been overlooked including the high end finishes and functionality of this spectacular offering Royal LePage Lakes Of Muskoka Brokerage 118 Medora street Port Carling ON P0B 1J0 705 644 4808 tingey muskoka com

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After a hard workout triathletes Steve Vandermolen and Barbi Brochu soothe their tired muscles in their back yard hot tub popular because of the roads won a swim scholarship to the topography and the Louisiana State University After courtesy of drivers who are graduating she moved back to happy to share the road with Ontario to St Thomas Six years cyclists ago she joined Vandermolen in The small towns and Muskoka where they blended villages rely on cyclists and do their families everything they can to make Since 1997 Vandermolen has them feel welcome and that it s competed in almost 150 worth coming inland from the triathlons ranging in distance beautiful coast he explains from sprint up to half Ironman Vandermolen came to Now competing in the 45 49 age triathlon via cycling which is group Vandermolen is an his strongest and favourite eight time national age group stage of the multi stage sport team qualifier He competed in The privacy and natural surroundings of the west facing back yard allow the that consists of swimming the Olympic distance at the couple to enjoy quiet downtime cycling and running His love Triathlon World Championships of triathlon has taken a large portion of his It also introduced him to his spouse he in Mexico in 2002 New Zealand in 2003 spare time for the last 15 years and has met Brochu seven years ago at a triathlon Portugal in 2004 Hawaii in 2005 become his main personal competitive training camp in Clermont Florida where Switzerland in 2006 Vancouver in 2008 fitness focus she was the swim coach They feel lucky to Hungary in 2010 and New Zealand in The sport has given me so much be partners who share the same passion 2012 He is also a three time provincial age including most of my best friends a positive Their love and respect for one another as group champion attitude work ethic mental toughness and parents and athletes is quietly palpable Brochu s list of accomplishments is focus he enthuses Brochu grew up in Delhi Ontario and equally impressive She was the second place July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 69

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female finisher in the 2009 more Ontario races on their Ultraman Canada a calendar this summer three day race that covers a But it s not competitions total distance of 512 6 that drive Brochu For her kilometres In the process it s the journey I like to be she also set a new record in challenged in races but in the 10 kilometre open truth it s the training water swim In 2010 she lifestyle that I really love finished third in the she says women s 30 34 age While this globe trotting category at the 2010 couple loves travelling to Triathlon World new locales particularly Championships in during the bitter cold winter A gift from one of the many athletes they have coached hints at the couple s passion Budapest Hungary months they re always for triathlons In truth Barbi is a drawn home to Muskoka better athlete than I am Vandermolen says They are both huge supporters of We love the challenge of cycling right I never have to hang back for her she is Muskoka triathlons with many wins and outside our door and we swim at Kirby s always right beside me He jokes If she top finishes to their credit and have Beach on Lake Muskoka whenever we can ever outright beats me I ll give up the registered for July s Ironman 70 3 Muskoka says Vandermolen It s hard to beat sport as part of a relay team They also have three Muskoka in summer isn t it Despite their busy lives the couple still find time for the occasional game of pool 70 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016

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Sharon Hunter Aiken Broker George Aiken Sales Rep 705 646 3116 C n ec ed C m it ed n C n D 3 950 000 This contemporary family compound is set amidst dazzling Muskoka granite and mature trees on both pristine flatland and wide sloping grassy hills Located in Arthurlie Bay on sought after Lake Rosseau this property allows you to entertain in one of three buildings new docks and decking covered verandas with panoramic lake views Don t miss one of South Lake Rosseau s finest offerings 1 349 000 Stunning Southwest views across East Bay Spectacular 2 7 acre building lot with 342 feet of shoreline and gentle sloping topography towering pines striking granite shoreline deep water sunsets extreme privacy Rare opportunity to build in an area of the finer properties 3 695 000 Truly one of a kind Classic Muskoka cottage superb craftsmanship and attention to detail is evident throughout all three buildings Luxurious five bedroom main cottage with over 4 000 square feet This is a great year round vacation home At water s edge is a two slip twostorey boathosuse designed for entertaining and accommodating guests 695 000 First Time on the Market Enchanting three bedroom century cottage and boathouse situated on a point of land on Fairhaven Island All day sun deep water multiple vistas and just minutes to mainland docking Updated kitchen plus a master on second floor Large screened in porch Great opportunity to vacation in Beaumaris at a very affordable price 1 895 000 Lake Muskoka This special offering has all the attributes that make Cottage Life a winning combination for the entire family 2 acres 310 feet of delightful privacy Large principal rooms with 5 bedrooms in main cottage and over 3 000 square feet of finished living space on two levels Double slip boathouse with double boat port and accommodation above provides superb guest quarters and plenty of shelter for boats Most furnishings included 1 199 000 Perfectly situated in the Beaumaris area of Lake Muskoka this island property features the finest sunset vistas ever Perched right on the water s edge with a northwest exposure this traditional two storey cottage circa 1903 captures the essence of an era gone by Features include a grand wrap around veranda for entertaining spacious great room and kitchen and dining room basswood and pine interior and wood burning fireplace SOLD 3 300 000 Rare opportunity to acquire one of the few remaining magnificent estate sized lots on mainland Beaumaris Idyllic setting with mesmerizing south west views 3 02 acres of mature forest granite rock outcropping hard packed sandy cove deep water interconnecting stone paths and year round access off a seasonally maintained private road 491 feet of bylaw frontage SOLD 789 000 Prime Lake Muskoka Locale Private 200 lot and three quarters of an acre with expansive North West views Gentle slope to deep water and dock Three bedroom cottage Use as is or great redevelopment opportunity SOLD 2 100 000 This property has it all Spectacular year round sunsets and four season enjoyment with 2 600 square feet on two levels four bedrooms 3 5 baths handsome stone fireplace new high efficiency wood stove vaulted ceilings and hardwood floors in main living areas Muskoka room walkouts to three decks granite paths to water and fire pit 1 6 acre well treed lot with 180 feet of superb privacy Great furniture package included Located on one of Lake Muskoka s preferred shorelines July 2016 UNIQUE MUSKOKA 71

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Muskoka Moments Several times a year I speak to Grade 10 students at Bracebridge and Muskoka Lakes Secondary School I tell them in one hour what in the world has become important to me looking back from a 78 year perspective Part of my talk deals with the landscape of Muskoka and why it is what it is And yes I even admit to having rocks in my head Have you been to the Torrance Barrens It s a wonderful place for a pleasant not too strenuous Muskoka hike And if you carefully look around the Barrens will tell you a story about this remarkable part of the world we live in You ll see billions of years of history under your feet You ll walk along ancient backbones of granite made smooth by the grinding of the two kilometre high Laurentide glacier which covered most of Canada and which still covers Greenland Here an unimaginably long time ago were the highest mountains that ever existed Two thousand million years of weathering acidic rain and many glaciations wore them away and gave us this landscape And the erosion continues Every day Forever The mixed vegetation is stunted as it clings to the small deposits of soil where periodically melting snow and rainfall provide a precious drink Early on in a walk in the Barrens you will come upon a huge boulder standing alone waiting for you This chip off an old block is a magnificent example of an erratic all the millions of boulders in Muskoka are erratics Its rounded edges tell us that it was broken off a hill and dragged and rolled under and within the glacier for a great distance About 10 000 years ago when the ice melted in Muskoka it dropped out here for us to marvel at I managed to get lost there one memorable day awhile ago in late winter with no phone no food no compass no other hikers and no signs I encountered my own footprints three times I emerged to tell the tale and was determined to try to make 72 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2016 Photograph Andy Zeltkalns By Alex Tilley it a more navigable place for the curious Recently the directional signage in the Torrance Barrens has been improved The existing sign for this huge rock sculpted by Nature was destroyed so I decided to compose and produce my own version which I installed on the bare signpost in late April of this year I suppose putting a sign near an erratic rock is like putting a plaque on the Canadian Shield but we humans need to do that we need to stop and pay attention to the fact that we are tiny cogs in the big wheel of Earth s history When you go for a wander in the barrens you ll see this Muskoka monolith but don t make that your only goal the land has so many stories to tell you And I might be there too hopefully not lost perhaps able to add to your gathering of knowledge and no doubt to learn something from you Alex Tilley is the creator of the Tilley Hat world famous in certain parts of Canada and especially prides himself on his blessed Canadian modesty Inveterate travellers he and his artist wife Hilary hilaryclarkcole com have seen parts of our beloved planet from top to bottom and all around He built a home on Lake Muskoka in 1998 and every day except in February gives thanks that he lives here

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