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July 2018 Issue 12

CELESTIAL VIEWING Keeping the light out of Muskoka   s dark sky  JULY 2018  Record-breaking boat builders Bucket of bolts ...
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...telling the Muskoka story Features 21  Vintage Bikes     From a Basket of Parts to Track  Article and Photography by He...
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   telling the Muskoka story Unique Muskoka is published six times per year by Unique Publishing Inc. Donald Smith Publish...
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DESIGN       CONSTRUCTION       RESTORATIO N  Restoring Muskoka   s heritage and building new traditions for over 40 years...
Muskoka Insights Muskoka, writer Doug Smith provides insights into the return of this beautiful bird with photography by E...
IT    S YOUR DREAM. WE BRING IT TO LIFE.  CUSTOM HOMES   COTTAGES FOR OVER 40 YEARS For over 40 years, Tech Home has helpe...
Muskoka Calendar Canada Day 2018 There   s so many choices for ways to celebrate Canada Day. Here   s a few, starting with...
discovermuskoka.ca events circus-cross-generational-artistic-exhibition   Death-defying water-ski show is riveting Summer ...
Since 1949  Photograph  Tony Felgueiras  106 Manitoba Street Bracebridge, ON  July 14 and 15 are the dates to mark on your...
WATERSHED  WONDERS  AT THE MUSKOKA DISCOVERY CENTRE  OPENING JULY 2018 Unlike any other exhibit in Ontario, Watershed Wond...
Photograph  Muskoka Pioneer Power  The Muskoka Yoga Festival offers 18 hours of yoga classes for students of diverse level...
22. Brilliance - A Tribute to the Anglo Canadian Leather Co. Band will include a 60-member concert band performance with s...
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cake. You can even see the author   s genuine original letters and her silver tea and coffee set, passed down through the ...
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FROM A BUCKET OF PARTS TO TRACK Port Sydney resident Chris Hauk began riding motorcycles as a youth. He now restores and r...
SUMMER 2018 CELEBRATING 26 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE IN THE ARTS  June 30  Queen Flash  Freddy Mercury brought to life in this e...
Chris Hauk has a fondness for his restored IT 175Y that he uses for pleasure riding.    I had to take a race licence cours...
Photograph  Colour Tech Motorsport Photography     It took me eight months freaked that he had actually to convince the ow...
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Photograph  Boyer Family Archives  By the 1880s, Muskoka   s land-rush was underway thanks to Ontario   s Free Grant Land ...
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10  SPURRING FREEGRANT LAND SETTLEMENT. LAUNCHING MUSKOKA   S VACATION ECONOMY. INTRODUCING ESTATE RESID...
3  INTRODUCING ESTATE RESIDENCES TO MUSKOKA  octagonal buildings for their merits in strength of construction and benefici...
in Ontario, he   d put two and two together and launched a provincial program of historic site markers. Frost   s program,...
every year. Rather than continuing as a guest at The Bluff, he looked for a Lake Rosseau place of his own and bought Formo...
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The lines of B-IV are classic 1920 s Ditchburn sports runabout with the raked, hinging windscreen and tapered transom.  32...
Article and Photography by Tim Du Vernet  T  he desire to go fast on the water has always been an irresistible goal and Mu...
The restored Miss Canada IV, powered by a 3000 hp Rolls Royce Griffon engine, goes for its maiden run in 2013.  For years,...
accurately as possible. on Lake Rosseau. Muskoka boat restorGreening, of Hamilton, ation shops are intimately Ontario, got...
Race boats of the early 1920s, such as the Claire, were not dissimilar from the sport long deck launches, except for the e...
small package, the sea flea could be the answer. Ten horsepower would be enough to propel these tiny plywood craft to spee...
Article by Dianne Park Thach   Photography by Wesley Liikane  T  he excitement begins well after the sun sets for the day ...
and Ontario   s only lizard     the five-lined skink     can also be spotted here. This landscape allows for stunning 360-...
Located just southeast of Bala, the Barrens stretch over 4,700 acres of Crown-protected land. 40 UNIQUE MUSKOKA July 2018 ...
Silver says the commercial development at the south end of Gravenhurst is where dark sky lighting went    off the rails.  ...
   The reason I   m so charged astronomers to set up about it is that it   s not too telescopes to photograph the late,   ...
Katie Kirton, Town of Gravenhurst   s manager of planning services and staff liaison to the Gravenhurst Environmental Advi...
Article by Doug Smith   Photography by Eleanor Kee Wellman  In the early 1900s, the sandhill crane was a rare sight in Ont...
T  he rolling trumpet-like call of a sandhill crane is unlike any other bird sound in Muskoka. Loud enough to be heard ove...
Ontario, and particularly Muskoka, boasts no such numbers. The first record of a sandhill crane in Muskoka is from Beaumar...
Lumsden, a Ministry of documented when Lex Natural Resources and Calacott observed six birds Forestry biologist, suggested...
numbers are low and farming is limited hatching, and have even been seen at best. swimming. Fiercely protective, the Anoth...
Photograph  Brad Burgess  The first CPR train is arriving at Bala on June 20, 1907. The arrival meant an overnight boost f...
Photographs  Bala   s Museum  The captain brought the Wenonah near the shore where crew members pushed a cow and horse off...
Photographs  Bala   s Museum  E.B. Sutton built the Swastika Hotel, Muskoka   s first brick summer hotel  now the Bala Bay...
Gerry Dunn  left inset  put Bala on the map by building Dunn   s Pavilion in 1942, bringing world-class dance bands to Bal...
Photographs  Jack Hutton  A town photo was taken from the roof of the Bala Arena in 1992 to celebrate the 125th anniversar...
You plan for uninterrupted Muskoka sunsets here. What about uninterrupted healthcare here   In Muskoka, there are some thi...
Article by Dawn Huddlestone   Photography by Kelly Holinshead  Muskoka   s landscape provides inspiration to
M  uskoka   s undulating landscape, its forests and its lakes have long provided inspiration for artists of all types. Woo...
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The wood that Andy Gamper uses is from salvaged trees that have been injured or felled in storms. Some of those trees come...
Andy Gamper comes from a family of Swiss woodworkers. He spent time in his father   s workshop as a teenager before headin...
THE ALL-NEW 2018  N  E X P E R I E N C E  C  O  A  R  AMER IC TH  A  N  sanded and oiled. They use an environmentallyfrien...
spring, they display their own elegantly crafted fine furniture that is more like functional art, supplemented by the work...
www.muskokaconservancy.org     You may be able to fool the voters, but not the atmosphere.    -Meadows  Conserving nature ...
Emerald ash borer detection project continues in 2018 Its beautiful, iridescent sheen belies its destructive nature. The e...
In a one-year pilot program, FlyGTA will provide scheduled air taxi flights from Toronto   s Billy Bishop Airport to the M...
For almost 150 years, the Port Carling locks have been providing vessels with a means to pass between Lakes Muskoka and Ro...
public outcry over the proposed development, and was applauded by opponents including the Muskoka Lakes Association which ...
Dockside delights  easy-to-make foods for enjoyment while sunning Article by Karen Wehrstein   Photography by Tomasz Szums...
Tomato Salsa Courtesy of Jennifer Balfour Trading Bay Dining Co.  Ingredients Serrano chilies  0 for mild, 3 for medium, 6...
Chef Iain of Gravenhurst provides a recipe for strawberry shortcake as a delightful dessert conclusion to a dockside meal....
Strawberry Shortcake  Chef Iain Irvine, The Oar  originally Alain Irvine   Ingredients For the shortbread  100 g 3   oz. b...
Renovating   Let us help   Our team of skilled Habitat volunteers will remove your kitchen, bathroom, windows, doors, appl...
The Creative Plate Eatery in Gravenhurst has an unusual stock-intrade  changing the menu up every day.    I have a million...
Recipes  Barbecue Thai Pork Burger Connie Ure, The Creative Plate  Burger mix  2 pounds of regular ground pork 1 small van...
concept. I let the business evolve. It   s the guests who drive what it becomes. We   re all one unit, not the kitchen and...
Muskoka Moments  Family and community Lake of Bays blessings The lure of Muskoka   s Lake of Bays was fueled by my McMaste...
Muskoka Window and Door Centre  Offering a wide selection of products curated to reflect the distinct tastes of cottage co...