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RMS Segwun

Weekly Planner: July 23 to 29

Bala’s Museum presents its annual “Everything Anne” day—fun for the whole family on July 24.

Mark the 90th anniversary of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s notable sojourn in Muskoka at “Everything Anne” day, July 24 at Bala’s Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery. The heritage centre, now celebrating its 20th year, is a must-visit for fans of the Anne of Green Gables books (written by Montgomery, of course). This particular special event focuses on the book series’ red-haired protagonist, and offers all manner of old time family fun—sack races, cake, prizes for best in-character costumes and much more!

Climb aboard the RMS Segwun on July 27 and embark on the Muskoka Heritage Foundation’s annual summer cottage tour of Lake Muskoka. This year’s excursion offers a look at some of the classic cottages in the Beaumaris area, and includes lunch at the acclaimed Taste restaurant at Touchstone on Lake Muskoka.

The Huntsville Festival of the Arts continues this week with daily performances and highlight concerts by the likes of crooner John McDermott (July 25), indie rockers the Joel Plaskett Emergency (July 26) and a comedic appearance by farce-master Rod Beattie, who presents Wingfield on Ice (July 27).

And for even more music, try the Festival of the Sound. Its classy concerts this week include an evening of songs by Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, George Gershwin and others as interpreted by soprano Patricia O’Callaghan and the Gryphon Trio (July 24), plus an opera gala (July 28) featuring top Canadian vocal talents.

End the week by feasting your eyes and filling your mouth! From July 27 to 29, Gravenhurst hosts the Muskoka In-Water Boat and Cottage Show in conjunction with the Muskoka Rib Fest. It’s a veritable smorgasbord of more than 100 top-of-the-line boats and cottage displays to view, plus live entertainment, giveaways and, of course, succulent barbecued meat.

Weekly Planner: June 25 to July 1

Celebrate the RMS Segwun's 125th anniversary in Gravenhurst!

Celebrate an icon of the Muskoka lakes—this weekend marks the 125th anniversary of North America’s oldest operating steamship, the RMS Segwun. The festivities begin with a parade from Gravenhurst’s Gull Lake Park to Muskoka Wharf on Friday at 1 p.m., followed by free Kawartha Dairy ice cream, face painting, live performances and a fly-past by the Snowbirds. Saturday features an all-day barbecue, more live music, a fishing tournament and one-hour Segwun cruises by donation.

You might want to skip lunch on Thursday, as Flavours of Muskoka is certain to satisfy all your cravings. From 6 to 9 p.m. at The Rosseau, this annual “amazing graze” offers foodies and oenophiles a chance to sample the region’s culinary bounty as prepared by more than 40 chefs, brewers and winemakers. Best of all, proceeds help support Kaleidoscope Arts in Education programs for children.

If you’re not able to make it to Flavours of Muskoka, there’s another way to support Kaleidoscope Arts in Education—the group’s annual Kaleidoscope Children’s Festival rolls into Minett, with all kinds of family-friendly activities on Saturday at Clevelands House and Sunday at The Rosseau.

The weekend also offers the chance to pick up some lovely items for your home and cottage—or gifts for friends and family who might be hosting you—as the Bala Craft and Gift Fair sets up shop Saturday and Sunday at the Bala Community Centre. If you prefer vintage to contemporary wares, you’re in luck! The Bala Antique Show shares space with the craft fair.

Have a rip-roarin’, bronco-bustin’ good time at the Burk’s Falls Rodeo rustles up some old west excitement on Saturday and Sunday. This Ontario Rodeo Association–sanctioned event features bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and much more.

Wear your red and white all Sunday long—it’s Canada Day, and communities throughout the region are offering all sorts of patriotic fun. Parry Sound, in particular, offers a full day of fun with a pancake breakfast, entertainment and fireworks at the town dock. Or if you find yourself in Huntsville, head over to Muskoka Heritage Place for its strawberry social, then watch the evening fireworks display over Hunter’s Bay.

The Muskoka Seven: Things To Do from May 30 to June 5, 2011

Cruise the lakes of Muskoka on the RMS Segwun

1. Embrace the warm weather and life on the water with a cruise aboard the historic RMS Segwun. The late-19th century steamship takes passengers on one- to four-hour sightseeing cruises around Lake Muskoka. The lunch and dinner cruise options are especially popular.

2. Should you find yourself closer to Parry Sound, scope out a seat on the patio at recently opened restaurant Kudos Kuisine. Its contemporary digs overlook the Parry Sound harbour. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, August 7 to 9

The holiday weekend is over, but Muskoka is still buzzing with activity—we’re particularly excited about Handel’s Messiah on Sunday!

RMS Segwun

Tour Muskoka's lakes on the historic RMS Segwun.

Friday, August 7
Brush up on your canoeing skills by registering for a five-hour course from Muskoka Outfitters in Bracebridge. Learn how to paddle in tandem, how to brace, and how to canoe through rough waters.

Armed with an affordable day membership for Spa at the Rosseau, relax in the steam room or sauna, take advantage of complimentary refreshments in either the men’s, women’s or co-ed lounge, and admire the lake vista while soaking in an indoor hot tub.

Saturday, August 7
Board the RMS Segwun, North America’s oldest operating steamship, for a Millionaire’s Row cruise. Feast on lunch and the multi-million-dollar summer homes perched on Muskoka’s shores.

In the evening, head over to Port Carling and seek out in Treasure Island, an interactive family theatre production that’s part of the Muskoka Lakes Music Festival. Who doesn’t like pirates? Arrr!

Sunday, August 9
It’s your last chance to catch the Festival of the Sound. Spend the afternoon listening to Handel’s Messiah, as performed by the Elmer Isler Singers with the Festival Chamber Orchestra and others. Arrive early at the Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts to hear conductor Lydia Adams talk about the classical-era masterpiece.

Kids too active to sit through a concert? Then take them to the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame, also located within Parry Sound’s Charles W. Stockey Centre, to learn about one of the National Hockey League’s greatest players. (Visit the Hall’s website for a printable 2-for-1 admission pass.)

Weekend Roundup, June 5 to 7

Weekend entertainment is easy to come by in Muskoka!

Friday, June 5
Tee off amidst the lofty white pines and granite outcroppings of Windermere Golf Club, which this year celebrates its 90th anniversary.

Watch the sun descend below the watery horizon while enjoying fresh pickerel and Alberta-beef steaks at the Moon River Lookout.

Saturday, June 6
Spend a tuneful evening with American blues icon and slide guitarist Sonny Landreth as he stalks the stage at Peter’s Place.

Select from more than 60 wines off the award-winning list at Spencer’s Tall Trees. Food pairings include smoked fish and artisan cheeses, among other local treats.

Sunday, June 7
Discover the grace and style of the early 20th century on a boat cruise aboard the RMS Segwun, the oldest operating steamship in North America.

Delight in the delicate dancing of the Huntsville School of Ballet’s year-end performance at the Algonquin Theatre.

10 Ways to Enjoy the Water

Experience the region’s 1,600 lakes firsthand.
—By Danielle Milley

1. NEED FOR SPEED Freestyle across the water with a jet ski from Woodland Marine Leasing or cruise in luxury aboard a vessel from Pride of Lake of Bays Marine. A variety of new and used boats by noted brands like Crownline and Nautiques—from power to pontoon—are for sale and rent here.

Vintage water crafts at the Antique and Classic Boat Show.

Vintage water crafts at the Antique and Classic Boat Show.

2. SWAY ON THE BAY On July 11, cruise back in time to the 1940s and 1950s at the Antique and Classic Boat Show on Lake Muskoka. Admire the vintage watercrafts that once carried people to lakeside dance halls while listening to big band music from the era.

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