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Muskoka/Parry Sound

Things to Do in Muskoka: June 17 to 23

EACH WEEK THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, WHERE MUSKOKA IS YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR INFORMATION ON ALL THE GREAT EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN MUSKOKA!

Will you catch the big one this weekend in Muskoka? (photo: Patrick Lewis)

Will you catch the big one this weekend in Muskoka? (photo: Patrick Lewis)

JUNE 22 & 23  Enjoy the day—and a little friendly competition—on Stewart Lake as the Mactier Railroad Heritage Society presents its first annual bass fishing derby, with cash prizes for the biggest catches. All are welcome, and youth under the age of 16 can register for free.

JUNE 22 & 23  Sports fans are invited to gather in Huntsville to cheer on the athletes in the Muskoka 5150 triathlon. Saturday’s action is fast and furious during the sprint triathlon, while the big boys and girls are out for main event on Sunday—top finishers in this race can qualify for the upcoming Ironman Canada competition in Whistler, B.C., and Hy-Vee 5150 triathlon U.S. Championship in Iowa.

JUNE 23  End the weekend on a high note at Gravenhurst’s Gull Lake Park. The Muskoka Concert Band is scheduled to perform a selection of orchestral favourites as part of the ongoing Music on the Barge series.

 

 

Tee Off at Muskoka’s Best Golf Courses

Muskoka’s best golf courses offer stunning scenery, challenging terrain, and the opportunity to make cottage-country memories that will last a lifetime.

BY IAN CRUICKSHANK

The Rocky Crest Golf Club is one of Muskoka's many excellent golf courses

The Rocky Crest Golf Club is one of Muskoka’s many excellent golf courses

I remember the moment exactly. It was 2:27 p.m. on a bleak February afternoon. I was being pinched by deadlines, outside the snow was piling up faster than the provincial debt and I was already late for a meeting on the other side of the city. I was about to curl up in the fetal position and slide permanently under my desk, when I spied a photo pinned on my bulletin board next to the computer.

It was a shot taken last summer at the first tee at the Lake Joseph Club. Three pals and I are looking down the valley, smiling, almost giggling, like we’d just gobbled down too much cake and ice cream. It was no special occasion—just summer up north by the lake, about to tee off on one of our favourite courses. At that moment I realized that I could get through the snow, the darkness and the deadlines as long as I knew Muskoka golf was on the horizon.

RELATED: Check out more of Muskoka’s best golf courses in our comprehensive guide.

When ClubLink unveiled the Lake Joseph Club in 1997, it changed the landscape of cottage golf forever. Designed by Toronto’s Thomas McBroom, “Lake Joe” was the first course to combine a country club level of service with the stunning local topography. McBroom routed his rolling layout above the broad banks of Lake Joseph, notching the greens into the hillsides and accenting the tree-lined fairways with flashes of granite.

McBroom is also behind the aptly named Rocky Crest Golf Club in Mactier, a course that incorporates the best of Muskoka, highlighting the landscape’s rocky underpinnings. At the sixth hole, a long par five, he peeled back a layer of scrub and dirt to reveal an intimidating granite canyon.

The Muskoka Bay Club

The Muskoka Bay Club

The Grandview Golf Club in Huntsville is a bold enterprise that winds past creeks, beaver ponds, and bungalow-sized rocks and into the heart of the forest. What ultimately makes Grandview unique is its dual nature—you can play it brawny or brainy.

The Rock has a definite edge, just like its designer, six-time major winner Nick Faldo. The first half-dozen holes push through the woods and around the slabs of granite. Later in the round, the course opens up with some spectacular rocky vistas.

Muskoka Bay Club boasts one of the prettiest layouts in the country. The Doug Carrick-designed course free falls from rocky topped tees through heavily treed valleys, then rises to elevated greens that slope away to sand.

Ian Cruickshank is a golf and travel writer who has written about the game for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Golf Digest and Maclean’s magazine.

Explore History During Doors Open in Muskoka

Bala's Museum participates in this year's Doors Open Muskoka

Bala’s Museum participates in this year’s Doors Open Muskoka festivities

JUNE 15 & 16  Visitors are invited to literally walk through history during this season’s Doors Open festivities, a province-wide program designed to introduce new generations to the built heritage of various communities. On June 15, explore Gravenhurst sites like its turn-of-the-century Opera House; on June 16, venture to Bala and Port Carling for Victorian-era architecture and quaint attractions such as Bala’s Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery. Various venues, free; visit doorsopenontario.on.ca for further details.

Things to Do in Muskoka: June 10 to 16

EACH WEEK THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, WHERE MUSKOKA IS YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR INFORMATION ON ALL THE GREAT EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN MUSKOKA!

A Father's Day cruise on the Wenonah II (right) is a great thing to do in Muskoka this week (photo: Stonehorse Studios

A Father’s Day cruise on the Wenonah II (right) is a great thing to do in Muskoka (photo: Stonehorse Studios

JUNE 15 & 16  Take the opportunity to discover Muskoka’s grand history during Doors Open. On Saturday, Gravenhurst venues like its heritage opera house and railway station can be explored, while Sunday sees Bala and Port Carling open their doors to history buffs.

JUNE 16  Make Father’s Day a memorable one in Muskoka by taking dad on a special dinner cruise. Boarding Muskoka Steamships’ Wenonah II in Gravenhurst gets your pop a three-course prime rib dinner, Muskoka Brewery beer tasting and more. Lady Muskoka Cruises, operating out of Bracebridge, also offers a Father’s Day excursion on the water.

JUNE 16  If your old man would rather stay on dry land, why not take him to the Bracebridge Car Show? Starting bright and early with a pancake breakfast, the event also features a scavenger hunt, push-car races, live entertainment and, of course, some of the region’s most exotic vintage and contemporary automobiles.

Things to Do in Muskoka: June 3 to 9

EACH WEEK THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, WHERE MUSKOKA IS YOUR ONE-STOP SHOP FOR INFORMATION ON ALL THE GREAT EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN MUSKOKA!

Sonny Landreth is scheduled to perform at Peter's Players—just one of this week's things to do in Muskoka (photo: Acadiana Centre for Film and Media

Sonny Landreth is scheduled to perform at Peter’s Players—just one of this week’s things to do in Muskoka (photo: Acadiana Centre for Film and Media)

JUNE 5  Spend an afternoon at Huntsville’s River Mill Park and check out the colourful canoe-paddle art created by Huntsville High School’s youth in transition.

JUNE 7  Listen in wonder as Louisiana slide-guitar virtuoso Sonny Landreth performs classic tracks and songs from his latest album at Peter’s Players.

JUNE 7 & 8  Parry Sound’s Stockey Centre hosts a toe-tappin’, head-noddin’ good time thanks to its two-day Rock Fest. Friday night is headlined by “Signs” singers the Five Man Electrical Band, while Saturday sees performances by Eagles tribute band Hotel California and others.

JUNE 8  Classic rock fans may want to make a return trip to Peter’s Players: the Gravenhurst venue’s second show in as many days features Yardbirds founding member Jim McCarty and his blues- and classical-influenced band.

JUNE 8 & 9  Hit the road this weekend—not just to enjoy the region’s natural scenery, but also to take in the excellent visuals by participants in the annual Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour.

Muskoka Farmers’ Markets for 2013

Muskoka's farmers' markets offer an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and more (photo: a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rheaney/4623200857">Ryan Heaney)

Muskoka’s farmers’ markets offer an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and more (photo: Ryan Heaney)

Whether you’re heading up to the cottage for a summer getaway or just visiting for the day (or even if you live in the region all year long), one of the best ways to get a little local flavour is to attend one of the many Muskoka farmers’ markets. Be sure to visit these weekly gatherings for the best of nature’s bounty!

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Muskoka Road Trip! How to Spend a Weekend in Ontario’s Cottage Country When You Don’t Own a Cottage

By TIM JOHNSON

JW Marriott The Rosseau Resort near Minett (Photo: courtesy of JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa)

Located just 200km north of Toronto, the Muskoka region has long been the favourite chill weekend getaway spot for hot, tired city dwellers. They arrive by the carload to experience its lakes, rivers and beaches. Until recent years, that commute was the only kind of Muskoka road trip there way—this beautiful area was considered “cottage country” and a visit here was dependent on having a place on the lake—or a friend who has one.

That was then. These days, there’s a new kind of Muskoka road trip emerging. With the addition of a number of great luxury properties—including a lovely JW Marriott set on the shores of Lake Rosseau—a new kind of Muskoka holiday is becoming possible. More and more “cottage-less” folks can now explore the area, checking out its quirky shops, interesting museums and great restaurants, then bed down for the night in style at a five-star resort. To celebrate this new kind of traveller, we offer our Muskoka road trip guide, loaded with tips on where to go, what to see and where to stay.

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Cottage Country Cooking: Chef Rory Golden’s Muskoka Maple Barbecue Sauce

All summer long, Where Muskoka brings you fresh and tasty recipes courtesy of some of the region’s top chefs. Check back every other Wednesday for some great meal ideas!

Chef Rory Golden

This week, chef Rory Golden of Deerhurst Resort offers a maple syrup–flavoured barbecue sauce that’s especially good on grilled chicken, pork chops, ribs, and even as a burger topping.

Ingredients
3 tbsp. vegetable oil
1/2 cup finely diced white or yellow onion
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup cider or white wine vinegar
Juice of 1 lemon
Zest from ½ of same lemon
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup tomato ketchup
1/4 tsp. Tabasco or other Louisiana-style hot sauce

Method
Heat oil in a medium saucepan. Add the onion and garlic and sauté, stirring occasionally, until softened (but not browned).

Add the vinegar and lemon juice. Simmer for three to four minutes until reduced.

Add lemon zest, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and maple syrup, and return to simmer for another three to four minutes.

Stir in ketchup and simmer the mixture, stirring often, for another five to seven minutes.

Remove from heat and store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Read more…

Summer Cocktail Recipe: The Avalon

So long, sweet summer. Our cocktail feature from proof brands has come to an end, but you still have one opportunity to win their ultimate summer prize pack. Enter for your chance to win one of four ultimate summer prize packs from proof!

Ingredients
2 oz (60 ml) proof rum
4 oz (120 ml) apple cider
1 oz (30 ml) maple syrup
1 oz (30 ml) fresh lemon juice

Directions
In an ice-filled shaker, add proof rum, apple cider, maple syrup and lemon juice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and garnish with apple slices.

Pitcher size: To a pitcher add 8 oz (240 ml) proof rum, 16 oz (475 ml) apple cider, 4 oz (120 ml) maple syrup and 4 oz (120 ml) lemon juice. Stir well to mix and pour into ice filled glasses. Makes 4 drinks.

For more great recipe ideas, visit www.proofbrands.net.

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Summer Cocktail Recipe: The Urban


Check back every other Wednesday this summer for a new cocktail recipe and enter for your chance to win one of four ultimate summer prize packs from proof!

Ingredients
1½ oz proof whisky
4 oz Ceres pear juice
¼ oz fresh lemon juice

Directions
Pour proof whisky, Ceres pear juice and lemon juice into a shaker filled with ice. Shake and pour into a glass filled with ice.

Pitcher size: To a pitcher add 9 oz proof whisky, ¾ litre Ceres pear juice and 2½ oz lemon juice. Stir well to mix and pour into ice filled glasses. Makes 6 drinks.

For more great recipe ideas, visit www.proofbrands.net.

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Summer Cocktail Recipe: The Seared Caesar

Check back every other Wednesday this summer for a new cocktail recipe and enter for your chance to win one of four ultimate summer prize packs from proof!

Ingredients
1½ oz proof whisky
2 tsp Bull’s-Eye BBQ sauce
¼ oz fresh lime juice
4 oz Mott’s Original Clamato juice
1 beef pepperette
celery salt

Directions
Rim a tall glass with fresh lime and celery salt. Fill the glass with ice and add proof whisky, barbecue sauce, fresh lime juice and Mott’s Original Clamato juice. Stir to mix. Garnish with a beef pepperette.

Pitcher size: To a pitcher, add 1½ cups proof whisky, 2 tbsp barbecue sauce, ¼ cup lime juice and 4 cups Mott’s Original Clamato juice. Stir to mix. Makes 6–8 drinks.

For more great recipe ideas, visit www.proofbrands.net.

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Weekly Planner: August 13 to 19

Try to guess the artifact at the Muskoka Lakes Museum’s annual fundraiser

Enjoy an evening of historical fun at the Muskoka Lakes Museum‘s annual ArtiFact or Fiction fundraiser. Taking place on August 14, the event features local food, live entertainment, and a challenging game that tests attendees’ knowledge of historical artifacts.

Don’t miss Gravenhurst’s last Music on the Barge show of the summer on August 19, featuring tunes from the ever-popular Good Brothers. The country-folk band has been entertaining audiences with its sterling harmonies and top-quality musicianship for more than 40 years.

Also on August 19, Juno Award-winning singer and songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk brings her signature brand of pop to the Algonquin Theatre as part of the Huntsville Festival of the Arts.

A weekend of eye-catching visuals awaits as the Artists of the Limberlost—more than 20 talented artists and craftspeople in the Muskoka region—offer their annual summer studio tour on August 18 and 19.