Saturday, December 24, 2011

Making Snow for Snowtubing

Here's photos I took on Dec 24th.

They are making lots of snow for snow tubing at Rock Ridge, Huntsville, Ontario

Rock Ridge Snow Tubing Park opens for the holidays on Dec 26, 2011

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Family Fun on the Farm over the holidays

Another Activity to do over the Holidays

Back of Beyond Equine Centre and Affinity Consulting are offering a
unique family/group activity

Holiday Family Fun on the Farm

Ride behind Major and Norman on the big red sleigh/wagon (with
wheels instead of bobs until there is snow)
Brush/groom the ponies
Tour the horse farm
Walk through the winter woods on our private trails
Roast marshmallows and drink hot chocolate at the bonfire
Indoor activities and games

WHEN: Monday Dec 26, Tues Dec 27, Friday Dec 30, Sat Dec 31, 2011
Sunday Jan 1, Monday Jan 2, Wed Jan 4, Thurs Jan 5, Sat Jan 7, 2012

TIME: 1pm to 3 pm


WHERE: Back of Beyond Equine Centre, 2572 Muskoka Road 10
Huntsville www.BackofBeyondEquineCentre .

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Sunday, December 18, 2011

What is There to Do in Muskoka !?

Christmas holidays are a week away and New Years is 2 weeks away. What is there to do in Muskoka when we didn't get a dumping of snow like we got last year. (It shouldn't be a green Christmas in Muskoka. There is snow in the forecast this coming week.) Muskoka also gets lake effect snow from Georgian Bay which is hard for the weather forecasters to predict.

It has been cold so that the ground has frozen up. That means it's good for hiking in Algonquin Park... no mud to slog through! Without the leaves on the trees you can go farther, see farther and see more wildlife. The bears are asleep so there's no worries about a bear encounter. You could see a moose or deer. (no mosquitoes either!) On my walk this weekend I saw some birds: blue jays, chickadees and a noisy woodpecker.

Hidden Valley Highlands opens today on a limited basis for snow skiing and snowboarding. They have been making snow at every opportunity. More runs will open as the weather allows. At New Years, they have Fireworks and a bonfire.

Rock Ridge snow tubing park also has snow making will open on Dec 26, 2011 There's a lift to take you up to the top of the hills. Warm chalet with food service which is licensed for adults. There's a special New Years party at Rock Ridge

Our webcam page shows what it looks like out our window so you can see how much snow we've got.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

History of Whitehouse Bay, Lake of Bays, Muskoka

This is about Lake of Bays and about the next bay over from Beauview Cottages.

From Memoirs of the Lake

The Hotel on White House Bay

Any doubt that the White House Hotel played a central role in the social scene of this Bay would be dispelled by an afternoon spent with four ladies who recounted their own stories of adventure, entertainment and happy cottage memories.

Current residents and cottagers will know the Bay and the Road that take the name White House. They may not know that the Massey family of Brantford built a lovely white cottage in 1900 on the site that eventually became a hotel until the building’s demise over 50 years later. The Massey family owned the building for less than a decade, but its impact on the lives of people stretched through much of the 20th century.

In July of 2011, Carole Young, Jean L. Robertson, Jackie Shoffner and Pam Hanna talked with LBHF Board member Bruce MacLellan about their memories of the White House Hotel. Sonia Labatt (nee Armstrong) sent along some of her written memories. Between them, they dined at the Hotel as young girls, watched the guests come and go, greeted the steamship, delivered mail and more. In her youth, Carole played in the property when it was an abandoned but still furnished building.

Several of these ladies are life-long residents of Clovelly ­‑ a popular community of cottages on the north shore of Whitehouse Bay ‑ the hotel was part of this area. (Clovelly takes its name from Clovelly, England and was given by Jane Tyrell, and early cottager.)
Also in the Bay is Wadi’s Creek, Frozen Point, Crown Island and the community accessed by Jo-Lee Point Road. South Portage Road was built in the 1960s and before then, access to this area was via White House Road from Brunel Road, or by steamship.

In 1907, the White House property was sold by the Massey family to Joel and George Alldred and converted it into a hotel. George was the son of Joel and Olive, and he and his sister helped run the business. It was a large home with a centre hall plan and a verandah on three sides. They added a bedroom wing to the east and later George added a large dining room. A second floor with bedrooms above to the west was added in the 1940s. During WW I, George and his brother Oscar went overseas in the army. Fortunately, both returned.

Olive Alldred was a tiny woman (“smaller than a minute” according to one recollection), but there was no question that she really ran the place. Known as Granny Alldred, her face became a mass of wrinkles and she eventually lost her sight and lived to around age 100. She had a big personality and a commitment that played a major role in the success of the hotel.

The steamship Iroquois made a trip around Lake of Bays each day, carrying passengers, luggage and cargo and the Royal Mail. This ship was built at South Portage around 1907 and travelled the lake until it was scuttled around 1948. Each day, except Sunday, the mailbag was dropped off on the White House dock.

“The Whitehouse Hotel was a hub for mail, afternoon tea and many meals,” said Jackie Shoffner (nee Armstrong). “It was a lovely building with many fine details, including dark paneled rooms and a mahogany stair railing that was always waxed to death.”

“Food presentation was very well done,” recalls Pam Hanna, with silver plate cutlery and a white table cloth. At breakfast, oil cloth was spread over the tables for guests staying in the roughly 15 rooms. For special occasions, delicious cakes made by the Ellis family in Baysville were served.

Ropes hung from each room for escape in case of fire and a tennis court was located on the lake side. A six hole outhouse was used when nature called. A large kitchen garden outside provided fresh vegetables throughout the summer. There was also an attractive rose garden, perhaps left over from the Massey family.

Meals were cooked by using two wood stoves in the kitchen and they were kept burning all through the day. The heat in the kitchen during the summer season must have been brutal. Electricity was never installed in the building and the power line only went into Clovelly in about 1954.

There was a long dock so the Iroquois steamship could stop to deliver mail. Rumours always suggested a victim of conflicts over prohibition liquor smuggling was buried in concrete under the dock. The stills to make liquor were located in nearby Whiskey Bay.

The delivery of mail became a right of passage for many youngsters. They were chosen to organize and deliver it to Clovelly cottagers. Sonia Labatt (nee Armstrong) performed this role when she was between 11 and 16 years old.

“It was a responsibility I took very seriously. I would walk along the shore to the Whitehouse and wait for up to three hours for the very large mail bag to arrive,” said Labatt. “Then Effie or George Aldred would sort the mail, reading aloud the name on each item. I would divide the mail into piles, put elastics around each bundle and then visit each cottage.”

The mail was delivered by the Iroqouis and in later years, in a motor boat by the Boothby place from Point Ideal. Another part of the adventure for children was a man named Kirkpatrick who lived next door to the Hotel. Straying too close to his property would attract a holler.

The White House Hotel was really more of an inn. Thanks to the Alldred family, it thrived with its own charm and personality in its day. The world was smaller and people lived at a slower pace. But the happy memories shine as brightly now as that old polished mahogany banister once did on a sunny day at Lake of Bays.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Best Travel Trips of the World 2012 - National Geographic

National Geographic Traveler magazine has recognized Muskoka, Ontario, Canada as one of their top 20 must see world destinations for 2012.

This is in addition to their recognition of Muskoka as the Best Summer Trip for 2011.

See the Muskoka page on the National Geographic website.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Happy Halloween

Summer Guests have seen Bob the Cow around Beauview cooking hot dogs (all beef!) for our Welcome BBQ.

Bob was in Udderson (aka Utterson) at Halloween Monday Band Practice when he spotted this wonderful car in the parking lot.

By the Way Bob plays MOOSIC on his saxophone in the band.

The lady that owns the car must be a dairy farmer!

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Summer in October

We have lots to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving long weekend... especially this summer like weather. High of 24 C today. Sunny and warm until Wednesday.

I'm wearing shorts again!

Guests are travelling into Algonquin park. Canoeing, kayaking and paddleboating.

Beautiful Sunrises and starry nights too.

Climate change is extending our warm weather in the Fall.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Still Swimming on Sept 24th

Even though Summer is officially over, the children staying with us this weekend went in swimming today.

They played in the boats, went down the water slide and played with their parents. To top it off, the sun came out!

Everyone staying at Beauview this weekend is attending Rachel and Andrew's wedding in Baysville.

There was an outdoor wedding this afternoon and the reception is tonight at the community centre.

We offer shuttle service as there's no taxis in Baysville. We don't want anyone drinking and driving.

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

PIZZA at the Humble Pie Bakery , Baysville

Just a quick note to announce that the Humble Pie Bakery will be hosting a "soft" launch of our new product - Authentic Italian Style Pizza - this coming weekend at the Humble Pie Bakery.

Call in/take out starting at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings only to start.
To order call 705-224-8278.

Open Thurs 10 - 6 bakery only
Fri & Sat 10 a.m. pizza service 5 - 9 pm
Sun 10 - 4 bakery only

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tree Trimming with a Bucket Truck

There were some dead or nearly dead branches way up in a birch tree near the cottages. Sunrise Tree Service came in with a bucket truck to take them down before they did any damage to the cottage, a guest's car or the hydro line.

..more firewood for the campfire!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fall Colours Photos

Here's some of my first (of many) Fall Colours photos taken on the road to Huntsville.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

2011 Muskoka Ironman 70.3 Winner

Congratulations to Erik, winner of the Muskoka Ironman 70.3

Thanks for staying with us. See you next year!

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ladies of the Lake

These ladies come to Beauview to visit the lake and to enjoy the view... nothing else matters!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Wu Family Holiday

Photos from Wu Family Holiday

Bruce at Beauview


Another pics from Cottage vacation.

We loved the place. :-)

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Hannah running across the moonwalk at Beauview

Hannah tried over and over again until she made it across the Beauview Moonwalk ... RUNNING!

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Our First Adult who conquered the Moonwalk

Last week Mark took it as a personal challenge to be the first adult to make it across the Beauview moonwalk. His kids had already done it numerous times and now Mark has bragging rights as the First Adult!

Here's a video of one of his attempts. (He's going to send me the video of the successful run)

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Adventures of Smiley

Here's a 30 second video of the Adventures of Smiley who stayed with us last week.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Returning Guests

Ron has been coming to Lake of Bays for a vacation since he was a boy. Now he's bringing his children and their grandparents, so they can experience the good times too.

They also come to snowmobile in the winter.

The grandparents have been coming to Beauview from New York state for 11 years.

Thanks for all your support!

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Monday, August 15, 2011

This is Cottage Life on Lake of Bays, Muskoka

Here's how some of our guests spend a quiet summer afternoon.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Thomas the boat man

Ever since Thomas arrived on Saturday, it seems like he's always out in one of our new paddlewheel boats.

They are just his size and he likes the independence of being out on the water on his own.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Gregory Conquered the Beauview Moonwalk

We have had lots of people try but only the children have been able to cross the Beauview Moonwalk >> until now...

Gregory has done it a number of times - running.

Here's a video of one of his close but not quite, attempts. (I didn't have my camera when he made it across)


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Beauview has a YOGA KAYAK

Beauview recently purchased a revolutionary new type of kayak called a YOGA Kayak. Made in Quebec, you sit on it with your knees on a padded floor.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Award Winning Animator

Patsy, an award winning video animator, is staying with us at Beauview this week.

Have a look at her video:

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Patsy conquers the Moonwalk

Third successful crossing of the Beauview Moonwalk. Congratulations!

Filip is getting more and more comfortable in the water. Look at him go!


Monday, July 25, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Friday's Deer Photo

Isn't she beautiful!? I got to within 15 feet of this female deer as she was having her late day meal. When I got too close she just moved away but didn't leave.

The trick is to move up closer when her head is down feeding. When her head is up, you stay still.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Two Boys demonstrate how to stay COOL

Short Video: Two boys demonstrate how to stay Cool on some very HOT days.

Just a year ago these same boys would not venture out from the shallow water. What a difference a year makes!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A professional Magician is staying at Beauview this week

Jeremy Hanrahan, one of the top rated professional magicians in Canada, is staying with us this week.

This is supposed to be his holiday time but here you can see he's doing card tricks for some of our guests!

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

The First to succeed on the Moonwalk

The first person to make across the Moonwalk without falling into the water. Congratulations!

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Babysitting Services available this Summer

We have a neighbour down the road that has offered to do babysitting for our Beauview guests. Maybe the parents want some time to go out to dinner, do some shopping or see a show in town.

Audrey is 15 years old and going into Grade 10. She has her bronze medallion in swimming (required to be a lifeguard) and emergency first aid and CPR.

She has completed the Babysitting course and has her license. Also she speaks French and some Spanish.

To arrange for Audrey to come babysit for you, please call her at 705-789-6071 or we can call her for you.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Does Beauview Have a Sand beach?

Beauview has sand to play in at the waterfront and at the playground. Truck loads of it.

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Humble Pie Butter Tart Factory in Baysville, Ontario

This bakery is very popular. You must order your butter tarts ahead of time or you'll miss out!

Baysville, Lake of Bays
705-224-tart (8278)

Infamous Butter Tarts
ea. $2.50
1/2 dozen $11
dozen $20

Hearty Fruit Pies
humble pie(strawberry/blackberry/blueberry/rasberry), $15
apple, blueberry, beach party(peach/blackberry),
strawberry/rhubarb, or cherry

peach, rasberry, custom - must be pre-ordered $18

Meat Pies
lean beef & mushrooms in a red wine reduction, $18
chunky chicken pot pie

Quiche $15
Individual 5" $4.50
quiche lorraine (ham & leek), shrimp & dill,
spinach & herbs

oatmeal, chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin,
double chocolate chip
ea $2
1/2 dozen $8
dozen $15

ea $2.25
1/2 dozen $8
dozen $15
buttermilk, cheese & onion, raisin,
cranberry & white chocolate

Strudel of the day $8

Sticky buns $10

Braided bread (multigrain, white, pumpernickel) $4.50

Artisan breads, multi grain or pumpernickel $4.50

Baguette $3.25

Cheesy cheese bread $5.50

Refreshing fruity frozen yogurt also available

pre-order to ensure your items for the following day / open tuesday - sunday

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Short Video: Children's Paddle wheel Boats

These new paddle wheel boats are just the right size for our 4 yr old twins staying at Beauview this week.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mommy Duck and babies come to visit our Beauview Guests

Mommy Duck and her babies come to visit our guests in the waterfront swimming area.


Baby loves the water!

Here's a baby less than a year old, that went in the water, for the first time , in Lake of Bays

... and loved it!

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Nice Fish!

After a lot of hard work, these boys caught a nice Bass fish on the Canada Day weekend!
They are proudly wearing their Beauview Bob Fishing awards too!

Thanks for sending us the photo.

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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Loon on Beauview Bay

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What's a campfire without S'Mores!

Graham crackers, toasted marshmallows and chocolate. The gooeyer the better!

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YOGA on Lake of Bays

Just a short walk from Beauview is a YOGA Studio called the YOGA ELEMENT.
Yoga is available throughout the Summer.

Please see

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Beauview Wipeout Zone

A new television show that's gaining popularity is Wipeout. Some of the children staying with us this weekend pretended that they are competing on the Wipeout TV show while they were playing on the iceberg waterslide, traversing the moon walk and bouncing on the water trampoline.

Here's a short video of Gord trying to get across the Moonwalk. Have a look to see if he was successful or not!


All the boats in the water

It was a perfect weekend to get out on the water. Canoes, kayaks and paddle boats were taken out by our guests. The new paddle wheel boats were extremely popular with little kids and some "big kids".

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Bass Fishing Season is Open in Muskoka

In our area, the last week of June is the opening of Bass Fishing season. It runs through to the end of October.
Bass fishing is a favourite of the children that stay at Beauview. We have a long wood dock that has lots of rocks and logs under it from an old crib dock. This is where the bass hide.
Children fish from the dock with worms on a hook. Even little bass put up a great fight.

Good fun and children don't need a license to fish... just their parents.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

What's the Difference between Beauview and Deerhurst Resort?

We were a bit humbled by the question asked over the phone today. It's a priviledge to be compared with the world famous hotel that hosted the G8 world leaders in 2010.

The first thing is size. Deerhurst is one of the largest resort hotels in Ontario with 400 rooms. Beauview Cottage Resort is one of the smallest. It has 6 self catering cottages.

Beauview has a maximum number of 26 guests. Deerhurst has well over 1000 guests.

Deerhurst is one of the largest employers in the area. Beauview is family run, owner operated by Nancy and Gord, with two part time cleaning staff.

Beauview offers cottages with personal hot tubs. Deerhurst has jacuzzi suites.

Both of us have canoes paddle boats, kayaks, water trampoline, water slide, (Deerhurst charges extra. Included in Beauview's rates)
Water skiing/tubing.

Both have high speed internet (though I think Deerhurst charges for theirs. Beauview doesn't)
Satellite TV, fireplaces, air conditioners

Deerhurst has a SPA. Beauview has RMT massage therapists that will come to your cottage.

Deerhurst has two golf courses and a swimming pool. Beauview does not. (There's 8 golf courses withing 30 minutes drive of Beauview, including the Bigwin Island Golf Course)

For dining, Deerhurst has a number of restaurants on site. Restaurants (fine dining to Tim Hortons) for Beauview are 15 minutes away in Huntsville.
Each cottage at Beauview has a kitchen and a gas BBQ grill on the deck, so you don't have to eat out if you don't want to.

For entertainment. Deerhurst has a piano bar and the Las Vegas Style Decades show. Beauview has a campfire with s'mores and marshmallows on a stick, down at the lake under the stars. (We send our guests to Deerhurst for the show!)

Beauview has one of the highest Tourist ratings. = 4 1/2 out of 5 Rating on Trip Advisor .com Deerhurst has a 3 1/2 out of 5 Rating

Beauview offers a friendly, personalized holiday experience. You are the guests of the owners Gord and Nancy. Deerhurst has a Front desk and a Sports Desk to arrange for activities.

Which one to choose? It all depends on what you are looking in a holiday experience and the price you are willing to pay.

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Water trampoline, Moonwalk and Iceberg launched

Our water trampoline, iceberg waterslide and New 20 foot moonwalk have been launched on Lake of Bays.
Thanks to brother Rick who was the lifeguard!

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Playgrounds and Sand

We dumped a whole truck load of new sand in our playground and waterfront areas. There are new toys for the payground too!

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

New Children's Size Paddleboats

We just received two new Futurebeach paddleboats for children. These boats can seat one child that weighs up to a maximum of 70 pounds. You paddle with your hands by turning the paddle wheels.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Baby Moose Sighting in Algonquin Park

This is my first baby moose sighting. I have trouble finding the full grown variety. Our guests see them and tell us about it and then when I go .... nothing!

Lately I have had better luck.

Yesterday, on our way back from visiting Suzanne in Ottawa we saw a mommy and a baby moose at KM43 and a big Bull moose at KM23 on HWy 60 in Algonquin park.

Can you guess how old the baby moose is? (they grow quick)

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Sunday, June 5, 2011


Here's a look at some of the Lake Trout fish that were caught this weekend on Lake of Bays.

There's a group that comes every year and they never seem to have any trouble catching fish.

Then Mike prepares the fillets, Al cooks them up and everyone staying at Beauview gets delicious fish for dinner!

Thanks to Al and the boys for a great weekend!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Beauview Cottage's 2011 Soccer Team

Our daughter Suzanne, played soccer throughout public school and then into High School. Beauview has sponsored a team every year for the last 15 years. Now that Suzanne has gone off to University, we still sponsor a team, wherever the need.

This year we sponsor twenty U14 (under the age of 14 ) mixed girls and boys house league team.

This is Noah who offered to model this year's team shirt.

Thanks Noah!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Spring 2011 Upgrades and Renos at Beauview

No sooner do we get all our cottages set up with 27 inch TVs then we start upgrading by adding 32 inch Flat Screen TV's to Cottage #2, #3 and #4. These TV's have all sorts of connections so you can hook in your camera, or computer to it.

The vinyl flooring was replaced in Cottage #4 and #6 with new sheet vinyl from Taylor Floor Covering in Huntsville.

A New culvert at our creek bridge and the excavation and replace of the old culvert was done by Barry VanClieaf of Baysville.

Four New BBQ's from Home Depot for Cottages 2 -5. Some were easier to put together than others... and yes - some of the electronic igniters work but some don't ! (Cottage #1 and 6 had new BBQ's last year)

Nancy bought a new Secret Garden playhouse for the children that is down at the waterfront.

Stairs to the lake and the first dock section at the water slide dock, have been replaced with a ramp and a new dock section.

Two new picnic tables replaced old ones. Others were repaired or retired.

And last but not least the BIG job was the bathroom renovation of Cottage #4 by MacKinnon Construction with painting by Doris Olivier of DOIT. New floor, new sound insulated walls, Lot's more room than before!

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Lots of work done at Beauview on a Sunny Day

Thanks to my brother Rick for providing the labour and Mother Nature for providing a Sunny day.

The four new BBQ 's replaced the remaining older ones. Cottage- 2 -5 have new ones. (Cottages 1 and 6 got new ones last year)
They weigh between 85 and 100 pounds. (I know because I carried them home from the store)

Two people to get them onto the decks and take the old ones to the metal recycler.

Then on to the docks. As the ice was moving 2 weeks ago, it kept bashing our docks. No problem as most of them float and I just move them back after the ice leaves. All except for our one dock on posts. The ice bent this dock like an accordion, crushed the posts and it didn't bend back.
This week I built a new dock section, which needed 2 people to put the frame in the water. And then my brother did what he enjoys the most - while I put on new dock boards, he took a crowbar to the damaged dock. BIG smile on his face as he tore up the old dock. Then the power tools came out to cut it up.

We also took out the old stairs going to the lake by the swimming area. Crowbar and sledge hammer work there too. .. Lots of fun for my brother, the city office worker.

I am very luck to have my brother around to help.

I wonder if there are others who work at a desk job during the week that would like to do some manual labour on the weekend ... for Fun!?

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Waiting for the Ice to Leave

Any day now the ice will leave our bay and not return again until November/ December. Usually it goes around the 22nd of April. But as you can see from the photo, it's still here!

Warm weather over the next few days will send it on its way.

The photo was taken of the sunrise this morning, Good Friday.

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Deer at Beauview April 2, 2011

I have seen Deer on the lake and at the side of the road but this is the first time this year that I've seen them come onto our property.

I saw my first robin yesterday. I have seen Canada Geese on the lake ice wondering why it hasn't melted yet! (last year it melted early) Chipmunks have scurried around outside the cottages. A fox ran across the road in front of me on Brunel Road.

...Lots of wildlife and birds to see at this time of year. Some snow in the background makes a great photo opportunity and there's no leaves on the trees to block your view.

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Six Year old Cars Fanatic

This is Greg. He wasn't sure he wanted to stay at Beauview. He couldn't remember being here before. (That was 4 years ago when he was 2 years old) He looked at our website and thought he'd give us a try.

Greg skated on our ice rink. and played in the snow with his parents and grandparents.

Turns out Greg is a Cars fanatic. He carries a Lightning McQueen car with him wherever he goes. .. that's what he's holding in the photo.

He found a Cars Video that they watched over and over again. Grandma says that they all know the words by heart!

Thanks for bringing your parents and grandparents Greg!

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Nature is an artform

I took some photos of snow out my window. Yesterday it was just snow piled on the deck railing . Today they are characters and scenes created in the snow by the wind.

My daughter Suzanne is studying to be a clinical psychologist ... so she'd have fun with "what do you see in the snow" (sort of like the ink blots pictures they show you)

Do you see the horse scaling the mountain, the dolphin jumping out of the water, the T Rex dinosaur, the ship in high seas?

What do you see?

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

More Birds

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Skate or Walk on the Lake of Bays

This is a special time on the lake that doesn't happen very often. We get a melt and a refreeze with little or no snow. That means now you can skate across the lake. (It's a little bumpy in places from the snowmobiles) What a neat "bragging rights" experience!
Up until now, you couldn't walk on the lake because there was snow with slush underneath and then the ice. It would get your boots stuck! ... Not anymore!
I shovelled off a brand new ice rink next to our present one. It's nice and smooth, no cracks or bumps and pretty level.
Bring your skates!

Here's photos I took from the centre of our bay on the ice at sunrise this morning.

Beauview Cottage Resort, Huntsville, Ontario, Canada 800-363-6047