Muskoka Lodges and Hotels


Seeing this lovely old lodge on Kahshe Lake, reminded me of all the gorgeous old lodges that used to dot the big and small lakes across Muskoka, and across the northern United States.

Since there was a Dirty Dancing remake on television on the weekend, I guess that the nostalgia of lodge settings was fresh in my mind.
It is sad to see a building going to ruin after having provided such wonderful memories of dining, dancing and waterfront activities to a few generations of families.

Among Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau and Lake Joseph alone, there were more than 100 large hotels or small lodges that brought industry to Muskoka and summertime thrills to legions of families.

Lodges make me think of lemonade, home cooked meals, checkered table cloths, simple water craft like canoes and sail boats, singalongs and euchre. Life was simple in those ways. Egg salad sandwiches , tomato soup and jello for dessert was often on the menu

Do you remember names like Stanley House and Stoney Brae House on Lake Joseph, Morinus House and Thorel House on Lake Rosseau, or Roseneath Manor, Wingberry House and Clovelly Inn on Lake Muskoka?

There are very few of the old names of lodges and hotels still in existence. If you are not familiar with them, make a point of seeing the ones that still exist like Windermere House, Clevelands House, Patterson Kaye Lodge, Rocky Crest, and others.

The Geese are Back in Muskoka and Looking for a Home

The Muskoka Lakes Association’s latest newsletter has a great article about how to avoid Canada geese at your waterfront.

Canada geese are very messy birds if they take up residence at your waterfront. The sheer volume of their feces (28 times a day) contaminates the water and makes the grass and docks a gucky mess. They can also be territorial and somewhat aggressive, and may not want you to be on your own dock or boathouse, close to their young ones. It is not fun to go head to head with an angry hissing Canada goose!

The geese are looking for green grass and a place to keep their young safe from predators close to the waterfront, and if your waterfront provides that, they can set themselves up for the summer. Then they are nearly impossible to chase away! People have tried all kinds of solutions like plastic predators, noise makers, lights, grass applications that taste badly, remote control boats, dead goose decoys, and dogs to chase them. Nothing works for very long, as they geese are quite smart and are not easily tricked for long. It becomes a daily battle, which is not how you want to spend your time at your Muskoka cottage.

The best way to keep the geese away is a good wide shoreline buffer. Naturalized shorelines provide a variety of benefits for the lake water, but the way it discourages geese is a huge benefit for cottagers. Geese do not want to wend their way through taller vegetation which could be hiding predators, especially with their babies in tow. This taller vegetation at the shoreline also helps to hide the grass that would attract them, which may be further back from the waterfront. This shoreline buffer is also a lovely garden that takes no care on your part.

We have had a naturalized shoreline for many years now and we never have trouble with geese on our property. They swim past with their young, and we get the enjoyment of seeing them grow, with none of the nuisance factors.

Your can see in these pictures that our buffer has a number of native sedges, some native grasses, Joe Pye weed, native flags( iris) in both yellow and purple, ostrich ferns, and a variety of other native ferns.

If you want assistance, the MLA will give you tips and suggestions for a “goose- proof” shoreline. If you don’t already belong to the MLA, consider taking a membership. The Muskoka Lakes Association is a group of devoted individuals who want to work on your behalf in a wide variety of ways to make your Muskoka experience enduring and delightful.

You are also welcome to visit our shoreline to see what you think of the look of some of our shoreline choices, which could help you decide which plants you would like on your own shoreline.Give me a call if you would like to visit. Thelma 705-645-2110

Flooding in Muskoka Again May 6th 2017

This rain is causing the water levels in Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau, and Lake Joseph to rise again. The picture of Lake Joseph is on Hamills Point Road where we just listed a cottage…..and you can see that while the water is up, it generally is not over dock tops on Lake Joseph yet. ItContinue Reading

Lake Muskoka Boathouse in Flood

This is how high the water got inside our boathouse this year. Almost 8 inches over the dock. One week ago the water was finally low enough that we could ask to have our big Stanley boat put into the water and not worry that it would float over the top of the dock andContinue Reading

Lake Muskoka Water still Rising

Be careful about asking to have your boat put in the water at Lake Muskoka marinas. This is a picture of a boat at a dock at Indianhead Marina. The docks are underwater! Since it is going to rain today and tomorrow in Muskoka, and there is a lot of water still rushing over theContinue Reading

Flooding on Lake Muskoka in Spring 2017

The waters of Lake Muskoka have risen well over the tops of our docks again this spring causing problems for many Muskoka cottagers yet again. If you have a boathouse on Lake Muskoka be sure to get your boathouse door up and out of the water, to protect it, and secure anything in the boathouseContinue Reading

Muskoka Ice-out Dates If you are interested in the ice out dates for Muskoka, email me and I will send you an interesting chart showing the ice-out dates since 1897 Thelma@johnandthelma.com Earliest Recorded Ice-Out Date: March 23, 2012 • Latest Recorded Ice-Out Date: May 7, 1926 • Average Recorded Ice-Out Date: April 19 • 89%Continue Reading

Inexpensive Way to Do Wood Ceilings in your Muskoka Cottage

Photo by Sylco Cabinetry – Browse beach style bedroom photos Creating interest and texture through a “wood look”on a drywall ceiling, by adding battens is a great way to make a Muskoka cottage room more visually warm and traditional in appearance. Battens can be applied to a drywall ceiling quite inexpensively, making the ceiling seemContinue Reading