Friday, September 26, 2008

You don't have to go far for Great Fall Colours!

Right on our property, we have a wonderful display of Fall colours. Here are pictures I took this morning of trees on our waterfront.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Places to See the Fall Colours

Take a drive to see great Fall colours. Usually from the third week in September until Thanksgiving.

Visit :Dorset Observation Tower Phone: (705) 766-2211E-mail: Website:

Algonquin Park: 705-633-5572 E-mail: Web Site:

Ragged Falls Provincial Park

Lions Lookout in Huntsville

See the Ontario Tourism Fall Colours report.

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Fall Colour Season is Here!

The Fall colours are really starting to emerge. By this weekend there should be lots of colour to see. - especially in the Algonquin Park area. That area tends to get its colour ahead of us even though we are just a 1/2 hour away. With the warm days and crisp nights, the conditions will change quickly on a day by day basis.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Monarch Butterfly before going South

Here's a monarch butterfly that hasn't gone south yet. I found her on our driveway. She flew around and then came back to the stones. I'm not sure what she was looking for?

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Last Day of Summer - But is it?

Today is the last day of Summer. The weather forecast shows a high of 23 degrees C with Sun and Cloud. But look at the forecast for next week .... it looks like Summer all of next week too!

We had guests this week that went canoeing in Algonquin Park, saw a cow and baby moose. The moose grazed in the same area for about 20 minutes before moving off. A great sighting!

The fall colours are starting to show on the trees. This a picture taken this week on Lake of Bays.

This weekend is the Huntsville Fall Fair and the Downtown Huntsville Antique and Classic Car show with over 250 cars and the world's largest homemade bake sale.
Lots to do and see!

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Standing out in a crowd of over a Thousand TriAthletes

Notice anything different about the Triathlete in the photo? He 's got a lot of stuff on his bike. And... he's in the front group of riders. I wonder how he'd place if he got rid of all the stuff he's carrying?!

To top it off, this is the only athlete that waved to me as he went by!

To see all the photos of the triathletes I took, go to my Ironman Facebook album

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The whole Blue Jays team comes to Beauview

Not just one or two, like we normally see. Here are seven Blue Jays collecting seeds that have fallen from the trees.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Getting Warm by the Fire

One of our guests' favourite activities is warming up by the fire. Here's Angela to demonstrate. Can you tell that she's cccooollddd!?

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Look at all the Mushrooms!

George is showing what mushrooms they found around Beauview. All the mushrooms on the plate are edible!
Getting a mushroom as big as the one in George's hand, is very rare.
(click on the photo to see how big it is)

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Come to Muskoka for Wild Mushrooms ???

We have a family staying with us that goes on trips , not to see deer or moose or loons but to see the area's wild mushrooms. It's called Mycology and the people are mycologists.
There are Mushroom Clubs all over. Also called Mycological Societies. Here's a link to the Toronto Mushroom Club
They conduct "forays" for their members to look and identify wild mushrooms and other fungi.

From wikipedia: Mycology (from the Greek μύκης, meaning "fungus") is the branch of biology concerned with the study of fungi, including their genetic and biochemical properties, their taxonomy, and their use to humans as a source for tinder, medicinals (e.g., penicillin), food (e.g., beer, wine, cheese, edible mushrooms) and entheogens, as well as their dangers, such as poisoning or infection.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Ironman 70.3 Race comes to Huntsville

Since its inception in 2006, the Ironman 70.3 series has become the fastest growing triathlon series in the world. Now there are 31 events around the world that qualify athletes for the annual Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater, Florida
Ironman 70.3 races consist of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56‐mile bike and a 13.1 mile run, which adds up to 70.3 miles (113.1 kms) of total racing. This event is also sometimes referred to as a ‘half Ironman’ as it covers half the total distance of a full Ironman race.

The Town of Huntsville and the Township of Lake of Bays are pleased to have been chosen as the second Canadian location to host an Ironman 70.3 triathlon. The other 70.3 location is in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. A full Ironman also takes place every August in Penticton, British Columbia.

Approximately 1800 athletes will be competing in the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Muskoka. This will be split between the age group categories ‐ where athletes compete according to age, ‐ and the professional category‐ where athletes compete for a purse. Men and women compete separately. Each category has several qualifying spots for the World Championships in Clearwater.

While most of the athletes participating are Canadian, many will be travelling from around the world to compete. The following is a list of countries which will be represented at this triathlon:
• Bermuda
• Cayman Islands
• Italy
• Jamaica
• Mexico
• Sweden
• United Kingdom
• United States
• Venezuela
Event Tourism‐Huntsville/Lake of Bays
The mission of the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Event Tourism Committee, administered by the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce, is to attract and retain sport and cultural events during shoulder seasons, with minimal impact on the environment and local facilities.

Schedule of Events
Sunday, September 14th, 2008
Race Day: Ironman 70.3 Muskoka
Location: Deerhurst Resort and throughout Huntsville and Lake of Bays areas
• Transition Zone (Deerhurst) opens at 6:00 a.m.
• Body marking – Deerhurst Front Pavilion
• Race Start – 8:00 a.m.
• Interactive Race Zone ‐ Live results for race day coverage, which enables spectators to follow progress throughout the day
• Athlete Post Race Meal (Deerhurst)
• Awards ‐ 4:00 p.m. ‐ Waterhouse Ballroom (Deerhurst)
• Course closes at 4:30 p.m.
• Details:

Other Weekend Events
Downtown Ironman Festival – Saturday, September 13th
Location: Downtown Huntsville
• Street Festival (BIA)
• Athletes Forum (Algonquin Theatre)
Ironman 70.3 Muskoka, Pre‐race – Saturday, September 13th
Location: Deerhurst Resort
• Race Registration from 10:00 a.m. ‐ 2:00 p.m. – Tom Thomson Room
• Race Expo from 9:00 a.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m. ‐ Deerhurst Sport Facility (indoor tennis courts)
• Bike Check in from 10:00 a.m. ‐ 5:00 p.m. ‐ Deerhurst Resort main parking area
• Practice swims

Terry Fox Run – Saturday, September 13th
Location: Huntsville High School Parking lot
• Registration will begin at 2:00 p.m. Race begins at 3:00 p.m.
• Distance options include 10 km, 5 km and 1 km walk
• Race followed by BBQ from 4:00 ‐ 5:30 p.m.
• Details for pledging, registration can be found at
• Promote online pledging to all Ironman athletes and visitors

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Baysville Landmark is Destoyed by Fire

It was a sad day in Baysville today. Overnight the Lincoln Lodge building, in downtown Baysville, across from the dam, caught fire after midnight. The fire crews came quickly but it didn't take long to destroy the old building. It had been the recent home of Wendigo's Bar and Grill Restaurant who had just done some major renovations. Thank goodness, no one was hurt by the fire.
Here's the story as written by the local newspaper - the Huntsville Forester
A devastating blaze destroyed a historic lodge and landmark in the Baysville community early Wednesday morning.
Lake of Bays fire crews responded to the fire at Lincoln Lodge, which housed Wendigo Bar and Grill, at about 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 10, said Huntsville Lake of Bays fire chief Steve Hernen.
“It was heavily involved when they (the first crews) arrived,” said Hernen.

The fire crew called for backup and both Huntsville and Port Cunnington fire departments responded.

In total, it took 45 firefighters until about 3:30 a.m. to get the blaze under control, said Hernen.
No one was in the building at the time of the blaze and no injuries were reported, said Hernen.
The building housed one resident in the third floor apartment, a co-owner of the building, but he was away on a fishing trip, said George Drennan of Bay Street Boys Inc., one of the three co-owners.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, Hernen indicated.

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Monday, September 8, 2008

What Happens to all the Acorns?

We haven't seen a lot of squirrels this year like we have other years. We're not sure why...

Because we have a number of oak trees, we wondering if we were going have to rake up a ton of acorns this Fall. Today, our problems were solved. The "Big Squirrels" arrived at about 11:00am.
Some of our guests got a chance to see them too!

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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Ladies from Austria

Four ladies from Austria came to stay with us this past week. They went to Algonquin park to hike, see wildlife, the Visitors Centre and the Logging Museum. The trees were already starting to turn colours. The only complaint was that they never saw a bear! ( I think it's good they didn't see a bear!)
They found Beauview on the internet back in the Winter when they were planning this trip.
Monika, the organizer said that they are doing 3 weeks of activities in 2 weeks. Visits to Toronto, Beauview, Ottawa, and Niagara Falls.
We feel special that we were included on the list of places to visit!

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Friday, September 5, 2008

Three Year Old Paddles a Canoe

This is Jesper. He is 3 years old, today. Happy Birthday!
Jesper is helping his daddy paddle the canoe. It's his first time in a canoe too!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Come Fishing with me?!

It's sunset. I'm looking out our window at the lake and see a bird's head pop up. At first, I think that those darn geese are back. But I look again and it's a Blue Heron walking along the shoreline. - Gone Fishing. I went down to join him.

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Where have all the children gone?

" Where have all the children gone? " That's what the deer seem to be asking. We had a pair - male and female, amble through our property at about 7 am today. They were looking for children but they didn't find any. All gone - back to school.

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Last Long Weekend of the Summer

What a glorious end to the Summer.! Sunny and hot all weekend long. Our guests enjoyed the water, canoeing, paddle boating, kayaking and visited Algonquin Park. Some kayaked for the first time! BBQ grilling on the decks, sun bathing, Games of volleyball and badminton were played.

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