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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Envirocredits and the land we love
With 600 acres of land including hardwoods, spruce bogs, wetlands, small lakes, big lake shorelines, hemlock stands and open fields, we've always been keenly interested in preserving the environment around us. We are actively partnered with Forest Management and Wildlife Management programs, and over the years have received awards for land stewardship.
One of my favourite 'secret places' is to walk in to the Hidden Lake, a black spruce bog -- the trail is littered with sundews, pitcher plants, Indian pipe and high bush blueberrries. The trees drip old lichen, and there are always some birds to be found. There's no official trail to this site -- we go in along a deer path, and several times a summer we take an escorted Nature Hike in to the lake. There's reason behind this: quite simply, it limits the number of people who will tramp through the delicate environment, and it elimiates people who will pick the rare plants.
The lake is just the focal point of a large, sprawling wetland. In the winter, one of our ski trails cuts through the black spruce and the bog (it's not passable come summer) and it is a haven for rabbits, mice, grouse and wild turkeys. Fox tracks, wolf tracks and the tiny pointed toes of deer criss cross the snow, and for fourteen yers we had a Gray Jay living in this forest. Gray jays are being hard pressed by global warming: nesting in the winter, they rely on their hidden stacks of food to get them through the cold months, and if the temperature is too warm, the stashed food can mold and become unusable.
But this isn't a post about Gray Jays -- that deserves a separate post all to itself. Nor is it about our Hidden Lake bog.
It's about Envirocredits, and how you, too, can help steward the land. The Muskoka Watershed Council in partnership with Muskoka Heritage and Westwind Forest Management is offering a program of Enviromental Credit, where your donations will go towards reforestation and wetland preservation (among other programs) It's a nice way to offset your personal carbon emissions, and help to ensure that there will still be black spruce forests for gray jays -- and weather that will keep their food stashes cold -- for future generations. Forests and wetlands are often underestimated for their value, or overestimated for their 'harvest potential'. We prefer to see our wetland left alone to look after itself, and all its inhabitants, the way it was intended to do.
You can learn more about the Muskoka Envirocredits program by checking in at their website, and we encourage you to do just that!
With March Break behind us and enough heat in the Sun to tempt us to sit outside and enjoy the melt, our thoughts are turned toward the coming summer.
On the way there we'll have Spring -- April and May virtually guarantee great moose sightings in Algonquin Park, and bird watchers swoon as new species arrive daily.
But Summer -- and claiming that crucially important Family Time -- takes a tetch of planning. If you are looking for an authentic Muskoka cottage experience, with the services and conveniences of a Resort included, we are your destination.
We have a selection of cottages still available through July and August, including one week at summer's start in our big LODGE which is ideal for a small reunion group of up to 18 people. We also have two, three and four bedroom cottages scattered through the season still available.
The water toys and boats will be in the water for the May Long Weekend. Algonquin Park is open, there is plenty happening in the area for those who want to be active... Or just hang out with us, enjoy the lake, watch for our wildlife, listen for our wolf pack, come out and meet our stars at night. There is lots to do, for all ages, plenty of room for kids to roam, games to happen, quiet spots to be discovered.
Give us a call. We've got your cottage waiting.
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You can check our availability on-line. We work hard to keep this current, but it may lag actual bookings. We much prefer to keep the personal touch, and to discuss your booking the 'old-fashioned' way, directly, person to person! This helps us ensure that we've got your booking just the way you want it.
1 888 300 2132 or 705 635 2261 or email us. We've got your cottage ready!
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We are very proud of Napster, our tail-painting cat, who uses his lovely artwork to raise money for charities. Click here to visit Napster's Blog and visit the gallery of his tail-paintings.
Note cards, lovely bracelets, 8X10 and 11X14 prints are all affordably available, and make great conversation piece gifts. They also look great on the wall!
Now sold around the world, he has been raising funds for Charity Since he began his new career, he has been honoured to have his artwork sold around the globe -- he even has a print with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
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Take a Peek at our Cross Country Ski Trails
Click on the following links to enjoy a 'virtual ski' round some of our 15 km. of groomed track set cross country ski trails. Thanks to Altitude and Attitude, North Muskoka gets the kind of winter you can really enjoy. Huge thanks to Eric Prince, the creative mind that made this videos happen!
Click here to enjoy seeing a variety of our trails.
And Click Here for another cross country ski adventure.
And Click Here for just one more...
Slide Show -click to enlarge!
Stuff for Sale!
From time to time, we've got funky stuff that needs to be 're-homed.' Check HERE to see what Brian's got for Sale at Bondi!