Friday, October 8, 2010

Enjoy Muskoka this Weekend

Happy Thanksgiving!
With promises of fantastic weather this weekend, there is no better time to get out and enjoy Muskoka.
Here are some suggestions:
1. Take a Hike!

{This photo is taken from the lookout at Huckleberry Rock near Milford Bay with thanks from}

There is hardly a more beautiful way of enjoying the spectacular fall colours, the crunch of the leaves and crisp air. The Muskoka Trails Council has maps/trail guides for most trails in Muskoka. Check out last week's blog post to find out how the leaves change colour.

2. Gather together

No doubt families and friends will gather to celebrate and to eat together this weekend. Help out in the kitchen by trying one of Cottage Life's delicious recipes. Don't forget to try and eat locally as much as possible. We have some delicious food that comes from close by.

This shot also from

3. Clean out the Cottage

Closing up the cottage for the winter? Don't forget to empty the cupboards and donate all non-perishable food items to the local Manna Food Bank in Bracebridge.

4. Stargaze

Clear nights this week have meant amazing stargazing in Muskoka. The big dipper is sitting low in the sky- can you find it? The Anishinabe people believe that the big dipper shape is actually a fisher. There is an accompanying story called "how the fisher went to skyland". Read it here

5. Rake leaves

Put away the leaf blow and clear the paths or your yard with the rake. It's good exercise, environmentally friendly and offers a chance to listen to the sounds of the outdoors. If there are kids, check out these fun ways to have fun with leaves. If you compost, add some of the leaves to your compost pile. If you have paths, clear the leaves from the path and toss them into the forest. In both cases the leaves offer superb nutrients for the soil.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Don't forget to vote on your favourite display of fall colour in Muskoka this year. The poll is at the top of the blog on the right.

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