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Edition 52: August 5, 2005

In the 52nd issue of the Bed and Breakfast e-Traveller, we take you to Muskoka, Ontario -- the serenity of nature is just a ninety minute drive north from the hustle and bustle of Toronto.

Country LaneIndian Summer

Along the line of smoky hills
The crimson forest stands,
And all the day the blue-jay calls
Throughout the autumn lands.

Now by the brook the maple leans
With all its glory spread,
And all the sumachs on the hill
Have turned their green to red.

Now by great marshes wrapt in mist
Or past some river’s mouth,
Throughout the long, still autumn day
Wild birds are flying south.

William Wilfred Campbell (1858 - 1918)

This poem by Canadian William Wilfred Campbell has captured the essence of a Muskoka autumn. While Muskoka offers a variety of glories all year, fall has its own special treasures in store for those fortunate enough to visit in this most perfect of seasons.

Every road offers unique vistas, and some special ‘high points’ are definite destinations: the firetower in Dorset and the Lion’s Lookout in Huntsville. Take one of many scenic drives on the side roads of the area. Hike or bike the area’s many great trails – be sure to pick up a copy of the Summer in Muskoka Guide at Travel Centres and local Chambers of Commerce. Paddle a canoe on one of 1600 lakes or their tributaries. Take a cruise on one of the four major lakes (Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, Lake Joseph, Lake of Bays) on one of the world-famous ships of the Muskoka Fleet out of Gravenhurst or Port Carling or on the Lady Muskoka out of Bracebridge. In addition, a number of smaller cruise lines offer flexible schedules to small groups and individuals. Check out Castaways Cruises Gravenhurst, Waterway Tours Bala, Lake of Bays Boat Tours Baysville and Dorset, Town Dock Boat Tours Huntsville.

Some special events during September and October include:

27th Annual Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour – Sept 24-25, 2005
Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour ‘Savour the Palate’ – Sept 24-25
Cottage Capers Craft Show – Windermere – Oct 7-10
Muskoka Trail Run Championships – Gravenhurst – Oct 8
Bala Cranberry Festival Oct 14-15-16 (Always the weekend after Canadian Thanksgiving)

Celebrate the Harvest at our Farmers’ Markets: Bala Mondays until Sept 5, Gravenhurst Wednesdays until Oct 5, Huntsville Thursdays until Oct 29, Rosseau Fridays until Sept 2, Bracebridge Saturdays until Oct 8.

Muskoka Place Gallery will be presenting a number of fall art workshops in Port Carling.  Email for info or call Gayle Dempsey at 705-765-1048. Special rates at many Muskoka B&Bs.

Sun Sept 11 (9:30 - 4:00) - with John Oelrichs
Tue Sept 20 (9:30 - 4:00) - with Pat Fairhead
Thur Sept 22 (9:30 - 4:00) - with Pat Fairhead
Tue Sept 27 (9:30 - 4:00) - with Ed Novak - Painting Muskoka's Fall Colours
Four-day Retreat - Oct 5-8, (9:30 - 4:00 daily) - with Pat Fairhead - Developing Landscape Painting

Wherever you travel throughout the Muskoka area, you’re never far from one or more of the many members of the Muskoka Bed and Breakfast Association. You’ll find on-site travel counsellors in each unique B&B home. Get the scoop on the local best places to see, shop and dine. Start your day with a famous B&B breakfast, fuelled for a day of sightseeing in the scenic beauty of Muskoka. Check out our passport program – new this year – and you could win a free night at one of our B&Bs. Come and experience the Magic of Muskoka.

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