Imagine waking early to watch the first rays of sunlight break over the horizon, warming the still waters of the lake; pushing off in your canoe through the glowing, billowy mists for a quick paddle in the first light of day. You have your rod and tackle box, the smallmouth bass are hungry, and there’s plenty of time for a few casts in the bay before you need to head back and start frying pancakes for the kids. Imagine them racing to the beach screaming, “Last one in is a rotten egg!”; teaching them to swim, paddle, and water ski in the clear Muskokan waters. Imagine flinging your moody teenager off the raft after a triumphant wrestling match; you haven’t seen him laugh like that in years. Imagine inviting the whole clan up for a long summer weekend: tours out on the lake; sunsets on the dock with a cold beer in hand; roasted marshmallows on the campfire. Your brother-in-law has had a bit too much to drink and you’ve just taken some embarrassing pictures of him that are sure to be a talking point of the next day when you tell him that they’ll become a central part of the cottage photo album. Imagine walking hand-in-hand along the coastline with the person you love most: you stop, you look into each others’ eyes, you kiss for what feels like the first time, and you can’t remember ever feeling more in love.
If you have ever found yourself daydreaming in this way, you are not alone. Buying a cottage in Muskoka is a dream that many people have, and here at The Hunt Team we want to help you realize your dream. More than that, we want to help you find perfect cottage for you so that when you sign the deed, your dream comes true.
The perfect cottage is hard to come by, and what might be ideal for one person, is not so for another. When looking to buy a cottage, it is important to consider how you aim to use it. Will this be a family cottage? Will it be a quiet lover’s getaway for you and a significant other? Is it going to be a summer escape for you, your close friends, and extended family? Or is it somewhere you plan to retire? Considering these questions will help you determine which cottage is the right one for you.
The most important part of finding the perfect cottage is how it feels to you. When you are looking at cottages, go down to the waterfront, survey the land, wade into the water; see it not only as it is now, but try to imagine it as it could be. See which direction it faces; will you have a clear view of the morning sunrise or the evening sunset? Spend time there and remember how you have dreamed of buying a cottage. Picture yourself there with your family, imagine all the things you wish to do there with all the people you care about, and ask yourself: does this feel like it did in my dreams?
Home & Cottage Show
April 22-24, 2016
Hosted by the Muskoka Builders’ Association at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre, 2016 will mark the show’s 25th anniversary.
Details available at http://www.muskokabuilders.com/home-show/
Band on the Run
June 11, 2016
A morning run (half marathon, 10 km, 5 km, and children’s run) followed by a live outdoor music festival headlined by The Jim Cuddy Band.
Details available at http://bandontherun.ca/
Canada Day Fireworks
July 1, 2016
Hosted by the Town of Bracebridge, events run all day and feature Watercross and Cardboard Boat Races.
Details available at http://www.bracebridgefireworks.com/
Vintage Boat Show
July 9, 2016
Hosted by the Antique and Classic Boat Society-Toronto at Muskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst, and featuring over 100 antique and classic boats, a vintage car display, fashion show, youth activities, and more…
Details available at https://www.acbs.ca/index.php/boat-show/boat-show-registration-link
Muskoka In-Water Boat & Cottage Show together with Muskoka Ribfest
July 22-24, 2016
Held at Muskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst, these combined events offer over 100 boat and cottage displays, prizes and giveaways, and mouth-watering ribs! Vegetarians are also welcome.
Details available at http://muskokashows.com/
Session Muskoka Craft Beer Festival
July 30, 2016
Held in the Bracebridge, this festival includes live music, gourmet food, and of course plenty of good beer.
Details available at http://muskokabeerfestival.ca/
Dockside Festival of the Arts
August 19-21, 2016
Come to Gravenhurst Wharf to enjoy the work of over 100 artisans and craftspeople, along with gourmet food, craft beer, helicopter rides, and more…
Details available at http://docksidefestival.com/
Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour
September 24-25 & October 1-2, 2016
Featuring numerous artists, this tour allows patrons the opportunity to witness the magic of artistic creation firsthand.
Details available at http://www.muskokaautumnstudiotour.com/
Bala Cranberry Festival
October 14-16, 2016
The Bala Cranberry Festival offers something for everyone, with snowmobile watercross, cranberry marsh tour, live music, and tons of great food. Oh yeah, and cranberries.
Details available at http://www.balacranberryfestival.on.ca/
Santa Claus Parade
December 4, 2016
Held in downtown Bracebridge, the Santa Claus Parade gives children a chance to see Santa himself. If that weren`t enough, the parade will also feature numerous exciting floats, prizes, and lots of hot chocolate.