By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 8 August 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 8 August 2018

We know the forest is dry. A fire ban is in effect. One day last week we could smell the smoke from Parry Sound 33 an 11,000 hectare burn north and west of Parry Sound more than 150 kms away. On the upside, smoke haze leads to great sunsets. We understand, too, that forest fires help regeneration – but that’s a long way off. In the interim, dry forests have other side effects, primarily on forest inhabitants. Food stuffs are harder to find. Natural fruits and nuts are smaller and harder to forage. Dry forests drive animals to search outside their natural zones. That means more frequent sightings of creatures we rarely see. We even in town. The young fella pictured above was in a...Read More

By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 1 August 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 1 August 2018

The August long weekend. Civic Holiday (Simcoe Day in Toronto). High noon of the summer season is upon us. In Muskoka and cottage country in general, cottagers take an extra day or two to extend the weekend. It’s a time for friends, family and fun. Walker’s Point has held a corn roast for decades on this weekend, Bracebridge celebrates with midnight madness on Friday (always fun!), Northern Lights Steel Orchestra is playing in the bandshell Thursday as a warm up, Sawdust City in Gravenhurst will be hopping with its music festival. Saturday is craft beer day in Annie Williams Park (more hops), Muskoka Steamships have a music cruise this weekend, there may be fireworks at Gravenhu...Read More

By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 25 July 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 25 July 2018

The race is on! If you’ve got a favourite blueberry spot, now’s the time to be picking. The berries this year are really intense. With not a lot of rain, these little guys haven’t fleshed out much. They’re small, but boy! Do they pack a punch. Flavour! The real challenge, though, is when to pick. Do you wait until the fruit is perfect? You might be lucky but most of the time we wait, we lose. Chipmunks harvest at any time. I don’t know if the berries send out a scent message, but if they do, chipmunks certainly understand it – and the race is on! Whoever gets there first, gets the prize! And it takes a lot of picking for a blueberry pie! Talking about pi...Read More

By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 18 July 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 18 July 2018

Image: Glass Sculpture by Lee Shelton Muskoka is a place for artists and artisans. Every spring and fall there’s a tour to more than 40 studios. Each spring there’s also an adjudicated art show. The talent, creativity and virtuosity displayed by weavers, jewellers, masons, wood carvers, painters, drawers, photographers and glass blowers is fascinating, exquisite and masterful. This weekend is the summer show. Some of the work is fanciful, some of it definitely cottagey. You can imagine that its muse is primarily Muskoka. The muse makes itself known through media chosen and subject matter, whether a granite or wood carving, a lake or forest scene, the muse is Muskoka. Just ...Read More

By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 11 July 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 11 July 2018

Summer has hit full stride. Cottage country is a hive of activity and choices abound! July 12 is Flavours of Muskoka – a culinary delight hosted by Muskoka Chatauqua. For that ‘perfect bite’ this is the place to be this week. Go early. The Muskoka Yoga Festival is bigger and better than ever this weekend in Bracebridge. There’s music at The Kee, Peter’s Players and Billy Bishop goes to War as dinner theatre. Muskoka Lakes is having its Butter Tart Festival which is always a treat! For the more active, Andy’s Ride in aid of Hospice Muskoka and Andy’s House, as well as the The Gravenhurst Triathlon are on tap. If touring by bicycl...Read More

By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 4 July 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 4 July 2018

Canada Day has come and gone. Some are still talking about fireworks. The shows were magnificent. Another show for this week is the Annual ACBS (Antique and Classic Boat Society) Show held this Saturday at Gravenhurst Wharf. All the dock spaces are filled. There’s no more exhibitor space available. For the second year there’s no admission fee. These watercraft are floating pieces of art. Fine furniture that can move at speeds to thrill you. Some have engines you wouldn’t believe. For example an Hispano-Suiza aircraft engine from WWI. Monsters that purr and roar. The show is worth going to if you like history. There’s an attached car show of 35 entries, displays, ve...Read More

By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 27 June 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 27 June 2018

The last few days of June are usually a bit slow in waterfront real estate. Parents are thinking about kids getting out of school, getting them to summer jobs, off to camp or just getting a schedule down for time at home. Thoughts of buying a cottage are way down the list. For us in real estate, it’s a brief respite before the summer trade begins. That respite, though, always ends with a bang! Canada Day. It was around that time, July 1 1867, that Muskoka started to become a recreational destination. We once stayed in the oldest documented cottage in Muskoka. It’s on an island In Lake Joe. It was built in 1868 and we know the builders had stayed on the island the year previousl...Read More

By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 20 June 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 20 June 2018

Yesterday walking off the golf course, my friend said he was going to drive back to the cottage, clean up and return with his wife for a charitable event, I opined that it was a lot of driving. He said that if you live here, there’s a lot of driving to do. Hadn’t really thought about it before, but he’s right. 24 kms from Port Carling to Bracebridge, half an hour from Bracebridge to Bala, 35 mins from Gravenhurst to Huntsville, over an hour from Bracebrdge to Haliburton. No wonder I put more than 60K kms on the car a year. This is big territory. When you’re at the cottage more often than not, you stay there, enjoying the dock, water and the friends who come to visit....Read More

By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 13 June 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 13 June 2018

All week our daytime temps are in the mid 20’s or better. Feeling a lot like summer! Stick your toe in though, and only the most hardy will take it much further. The water’s still in a state of spring. Those warm days we mentioned above are only half the story. The other half, the night time half, is what’s keeping us from being sincere when we say, ‘Come on in! The water’s fine!’ Instead of chattering it through blue lips and locked jaw. For the first time this year, night time temps remain in double digits for the rest of the week. The daytime heat sink, we call the lake, won’t be heating the night sky. It will be able to retain warmth. Water tem...Read More

By: Ross McLean, Broker | Lucy McLean, Sales Representative | Laura Stevens, Sales Representative

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 6 June 2018

MarketWATCH Muskoka: 6 June 2018

Most times of the year I can claim “THIS is my favourite time of year.” It’s true. Living in Muskoka is a wonderful experience. There’s definitely a seasonal change worth noting and enjoying. And, for the next 4 weeks, THIS is my favourite time of year. For the next 4 weeks daylight is at its longest. We have enough light to read by until 10 pm and although some may find birdsong bothersome at 4:30 a.m., it’s wonderful to watch the dawn creep across the sky into full light an hour later. Just as the dawn creeps across the sky so dusk lingers as the sun makes a long and slow farewell in the Northwest. That’s right! Northwest and it comes up again in the N...Read More