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Summer Cottage in Muskoka

Updated on October 8, 2015
Summer Cottage i Muskoka
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Muskoka Summer Cottage

The Victoria weekend in May is a special date for many cottagers in Muskoka. It is time to open the cottage for another summer. The checklist is reviewed and in anticipation, talk centers around this yearly ritual of opening the cottage.

The Labor Day weekend marks the closing of the cottage and this, too, is a yearly ritual that creates much bonding among family members. Slowly, though, these rituals are changing with cottages now becoming primary residences for many families. With all the modern amenities, cottages are now comfortable even in the winter that people go all year round. Still, for many of us who only summer in our cottages, the Victoria weekend is the day. From then on, the whole summer all you hear about from cottagers will be mostly on this special place: The Cottage.

In our family and small circle of friends with cottages around us, there is an agreed upon date when we can start talking about the cottage. Starting March, we are allowed to talk about the cottage. Before that, we try not to. But going to the cottage has a very special meaning for those Ontarians who have this all their lives. They seem to be talking of a very special place, more special than their homes in the city.

Read on Old Muskoka - Spend your Summer Here

Featuring 40 old Muskoka cottages built for many of the Americam moguls who summered in Muskoka, this is full of stories of the life then and how Muskoka has grown to become what it is now. Even then, it was already a playground for many Americans who loved the natural beauty of the place.

This book makes you appreciate what Muskoka is with all the stories about these grand old dames in cottage country. It is not just the stories of these 40 old cottages. It is the story of Muskoka itself.

Enjoy your summer cottage - Have your morning coffee in the dock

Lake in the Muskokas
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Get some quiet time in the cottage - Just splendid isolation

Privacy in the Cottage
Privacy in the Cottage | Source

What do you enjoy most in the Cottage?

What's really enjoyable about the cottage is often you can find places to spend some moments of solitude and rest the mind from any social interaction. This is more true when the cottage is not connected. What bliss.

Our Summer Home in Canada - The Cottage

Summer Cottage Floating Dock Cruise
Summer Cottage Floating Dock Cruise

The Summer Cottage

The Cottage. This is our summer home in Canada now. We have given up our city home as all of us want to be in the cottage when we are in Canada which is summer for all of us in the family. As family members are in Europe and with us working in Asia, this is the place where we see each other every summer.

We all Summer in the cottage. For us, an experience of family, togetherness, tradition, stability, history, simplicity and friendship. We have given up homes, lived in different countries, and given up many things. The Cottage is the only constant in our lives. All the grandchildren have never missed a summer in the cottage. The Cottage for us is in Skeleton Lake, a smaller lake beside the 3 big lakes of Muskoka. It boasts, however, of its crystal clear lake water not found in the big lakes.

Going to the Cottage - Memories of a Lifetime

Canadians' Attachment to their Cottage

For many Ontarians in Canada, going to the cottage evokes memories of a lifetime when as kids they all troop to the cottage to have a life closer to nature, let go of the demands of city life and live a life free of the encumbrances of modern amenities. For the men in the family, it is time to try their hard earned do it yourself skills from hours of browsing through Home Depot.

For the women, the joy of having the family and preparing food together is enough to draw them there every weekend. For the kids, it is special. They can play all the time, swim, explore the woods, feed on food their doting grandparents allow them to eat and somehow everyone is more relaxed and having fun.

As I did not grow up in Canada, the cottage is not part of my psyche. It is beautiful and I like being there but I don't have the same attachment to it. This came after more than 20 years of being there every summer. Just like the rest of the family, I often catch myself saying wherever we travel, "Oh that is just like the cottage".

Cottage in the summer? - Do you go?

Dock in Muskoka
Dock in Muskoka

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RMS Segwun: Queen of Muskoka
RMS Segwun: Queen of Muskoka

Written by those who regularly vacation in Muskoka, this book is a good read for steamship and history fans.

 

RMS Segwun - Know about this piece of Muskoka history

Reading is one of the things one do in the cottage. And what better to read than a book on one of the icons of Muskoka, the Royal Mail Ship, Segwun built in 1887. Considered the oldest operating steamship in North America, this ship offers cruises for cottagersand visitors to enjoy.

Your Cottage Experience - Fun?

Steamships of Muskoka
Steamships of Muskoka

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Rent a cottage in Muskoka this summer

Try a cottage experience

Before you take the plunge to buy a summer cottage, rent one first. This way, you will have a sense of the things required of a cottage owner. It may not be for you. Or, you might enjoy it immensely you can't wait to get one. Here is one area in Muskoka you might like.

The Quaint Village on Lake Rosseau
Rosseau is a tiny village perched on the top of a hill peering over the famous Muskoka lake of the same name. The heart of the village since the late 19th ce...

What caption should we put on this cottage picture? - We'll put this up on the cottage wall of fame

Summer Fun in the Cottage
Summer Fun in the Cottage

Why is the cottage so special to many Canadians? - What makes the cottage so special?

Lake Rosseau Muskoka
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Why is the Cottage so Special?

Why is the cottage so special for many Ontarians? Why do many especially from Toronto drive through many hours of traffic every Friday evening and do this again Sunday evening? When we were in Ottawa, we drove the requisite 4-5 hours every weekend to be in our cottage. Many families in Ottawa drive only a short time as they have cottages in the Rideau. But ours which we have inherited from my husband's parents require this drive. Not a complaint at all from any family member, only anticipation and excitement to be there.

There are a million fun things to do especially for the kids. They meet family members they usually don't see the whole year. They share life with a much bigger family. They can go fishing with grandpa or cook with grandma. They can learn new water sports each year from canoeing to kayaking, driving boats, sailing, swimming, skiing and fishing.

Is it worth having a cottage? - What do you think?

Many cottage owners often make assessment as to how much they spend on the cottage. Each year, as taxes and insurance go up, they start thinking whether it is worth spending so much for upkeep for a place used only for 2 or 3 months. The debate continues until it becomes really hard for some people to maintain the property. Some inherited their cottages and a number are now retired. With many people buying into the area, real estate has gone up and so has taxes that cottage owners living on retirement income are no longer able to maintain their property. Some have sold out b ut a number want to still keep it for their families so they rent these at certain times. The debate continues on whether it is really worth having a cottage. Share us your own thoughts.

Is it worth owning a cottage?

Yes, of course

Yes, of course

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  • lesliesinclair 4 years ago

    If I had a chance, I'd get one on the spot, for all the family celebration opportunities.

  • DebMartin 4 years ago

    Always. I'd sell the house first. Priorities, you know.

  • MatijaB LM 4 years ago

    I love cottage they are my quite and perfect for family.

  • KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

    A cottage away from it all is very nice for creating family memories.

  • Ardyn25 4 years ago

    Yes, I don't know what I would do without being able to go to the cottage. Its my favorite place in the whole world. A place to unwind, relax, be with nature, see the wildlife, touch the water, watch the sunset, and just be, with no stress.

  • Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

    Everyone used to go to grandma and grandpa's home. It was a little cottage in the woods with a lake nearby. Now they are gone we have lost that connection. I really miss that.

  • naomiyoung 5 years ago

    It is so much fun.

  • Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

    If it is a place family can gather, it is worth having.

  • Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

    Life is made of memories.....Families and cottages go together. :)

  • Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

    It make great family memories. We didn't own one but I would visit my Aunt's growing up and have really special memories there.

  • dahlia369 5 years ago

    I can't think of anything better to own - than a romantic log cabin on the lake! :)

  • Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    I guess, it depends on how much you use it. the main thing is to be able to make the best of it.

  • eccles1 5 years ago

    Yes if you can afford it who wouldnât want to ?? but people like me that can not afford it have a saying Home is where ever the heart is :)

  • Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

    It is quite a bit of work to maintain a getaway cottage but the feeling of being close to nature and away from your usual routine is priceless.

  • Natalia Toro 5 years ago

    As soon as I can afford it, yes!

  • miauw99 5 years ago

    If I could then I want.

  • NTxWriter 5 years ago

    I would love to!

  • Elizabeth Sheppard 5 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

    Maybe not monetarily, but great memories can be made with one!

  • futurefocus57 5 years ago

    I would love to have one.

  • AndrewBiron 5 years ago

    love to have one. great lense!

  • Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

    I wish I had my own. I'd love to. My spouse is pushing for a nicer RV but I'd like one place where I can just go and unwind.

  • cyberwizzard 5 years ago

    If owning a cottage does not present a financial burden to its owner, it is certainly worth having. Cottage vacations are a great way to have summer fun and a great place to kick back and relax.

  • aksem 5 years ago

    Yes, of course.But instead of relaxing with a bottle of beer I'm finding myself with a rake or a lawn mower.

  • Caelyn 5 years ago

    I bet it is! I would love to own one.

  • SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

    I wish I had one!

  • darciefrench lm 5 years ago

    I am blessed with elder relatives who live on lakefront properties in western BC. A summer cottage is everybody's dream come true :)

  • anonymous 5 years ago

    Oh my yes!

  • JGracey 5 years ago

    Definitely. My dad's family have had a cottage at Wasaga beach since before I was born - and it's true, it becomes a part of your. Life was simpler - the cottage becomes the idyllic memories you have from childhood, and going back to it, always brings a touch of the child in you back. We live in cottage country (not as far north as your cottage) on two lakes, so we kinda have a cottage all year round. I loved your descriptions and pictures.

Not worth the expense

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  • Barbara Walton 3 years ago from France

    Sell your cottage and then rent for the few weeks you can get away in the summer. We have a holiday cottage in Videix, a tiny hamlet in Limousin, S W France that we rent out for vacations and I think it's great value. Why have all the worry about security and upkeep, why tie up all that capital when you can have the freedom to pick and choose?

  • Pat Goltz 4 years ago

    I would love to be able to rent a cottage for a few weeks, in various places at various times, so I can travel easily to local scenic spots. But if I owned a cottage, I wouldn't get to go to lots of different places and stay in a cottage.

  • miaponzo 4 years ago

    Probably, but, for me, owning a house is more important :)

  • flycatcherrr 5 years ago

    For me, lucky enough to live in Maritime Canada, home is as good as a cottage. :) But if I lived in, oh, Toronto, yes, then a cottage would be a sanity-saver!

  • anonymous 5 years ago

    From a fiscal POV, I'd say no.

  • stephenes 5 years ago

    Not really :(

Cottages are where memories are made - What the family treasures

Summer Party at the Cottage
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Place of Memories

Cottages are places where memories abound. It is here that we mark heights of grandchildren at certain ages. It is here that we keep family mementos treasured by the family and kept for everyone to enjoy. The old table lamp that great grandpa did, grandpa's first project in school, and grandma's special teapot. Recipes are kept as well to be savoured only in the cottage. It doesn't taste the same in the city. Pictures abound as well and each year, these are looked into hoping for new insights and surprises.

More Cottage Memories - Simple Fun

Climbing Trees in the Cottage
Climbing Trees in the Cottage | Source

Days in the Cottage

Days in the cottage are often spent creating your own adventure. The cottage environment offers more challenges and fun for the kids. Nature is the biggest challenger.

Ride a biscuit - So much fun

Riding a biscuit
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Learn to balance and hold on on this biscuit.

More Fun in the Water - Try this one

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Enjoy Nature - The Living Creatures in the Lake

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The Call of the Loon at the Cottage

Listen to the call of the Loon. Watch the chipmunks gather food for the winter. Listen to the birds especially the hummingbird whizz by.

Have time to commune with nature - Easy to do in the cottage

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Go Swimming - Enjoy the cool lake water

Swimming at the Cottage
Swimming at the Cottage | Source

Swimming in the natural water of the lake is most refreshing.

Look at these kids play - What beautiful memories they'll have

Playing with simple things in nature contribute something to the growing up experience of these kids.

Have fun in the seadoo with your kids - So much bonding takes place in the cottage

Fathers and kids having so much fun.

Go rock climbing - Fun for the teens

Float in the water - It is relaxing

Just floating in the water gives one a very relaxing experience.

Or read - One of my favourite things to do at the cottage

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Lazy afternoons is best for reading.

Cottage Traditions - Give Continuity and History

SeaDoo Fun in the Cottage
SeaDoo Fun in the Cottage

Cottage Traditions

Traditions develop and grow. We even have movies we watch every year without fail. This has taken the place of the slides great grandpa has shown of their travels. We each have our favourite accessories or furniture. It took us forever to give up a sofa as one of the grandsons really love to sit on it. Even the paint of the cottage cannot be changed easily. The cottage seems to give the continuity and stability so much lacking in many family lives these days.

Evening Fires - Sing songs around it

Once, friends came with their guitars and sang with the kids around the fire. The kids got very interested after that to get back to their musical instruments.

Often, just the family around the fire is a bonding experience. Share with your neighbours and double the fun.

Floating Dock for your Cottage - Best Ever Investment in Our Summer Cottage

Summer Floating Dock
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Floating Dock at the Cottage

This floating dock which we christened The Garlic has contributed so much fun in our summer cottage. With motor attached, we can bring it to the middle of the lake and swim there.

Dinner in the Middle of the Lake - Something different for the summer

Floating Dock Summer Cruise
Floating Dock Summer Cruise | Source

Just Go Away from it all - A great summer get away

Cruising in the Lake in Summer
Cruising in the Lake in Summer | Source

What do you think of cottages? - Share with us

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      Barbara Walton 3 years ago from France

      This cottage looks wonderful and I think it's so important to get away and relax and enjoy the peace and quiet (or not so quiet) of the natural world.

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      Rob Hemphill 3 years ago from Ireland

      Great place to get away from it all, love the floating dock!

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      butternyk 4 years ago

      Love the stay there

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      I like how cozy they are. They're small. It's a pleasant change from a big house. They often have lots of big windows, so you can see things.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I love romance and seclusion. And this would be the ideal vacation for me. Thanks.

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      marsha32 4 years ago

      I don't know where Muskoko is but I dream of having a vacation where we rent a cabin.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Beautiful area.

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      MatijaB LM 4 years ago

      If I will have enough money I will buy some day :)

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @KimGiancaterino: It is best as the water affords many more activities.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      I would love to own one by the water. Someday ...

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      shineall 4 years ago

      I hope I can own my own in the future in my hometown. lol

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      coolmon2009 lm 4 years ago

      Seems like a happy time for family to come together, nice lens

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      Ardyn25 4 years ago

      Love them..and really enjoyed your lens.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I noticed a floating dock on the lake today as I drove by. We usually have houseboats floating there but this year they are gone. This lens is beautiful - well deserving of the purple star! Angel blessings!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @LaraineRoses: We just left the end of August and are now back in Hanoi. We do miss it and the whole family who now have all returned home. Our floating dock was only out once the whole summer. We were late coming back this year.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @BarbaraCasey: We always visit Bala for the cranberries.

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      For a couple of years, our family had a cottage on Lake Muskoka, near Bala. The water was frigid in late May, but the younger kids felt like it wasn't summer if they didn't get in a swim.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Kumar P S: Thank you for the visit.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @miaponzo: Thank you for the blessing. You can't believe how busy is our social life in the cottage. Most city folks in Canada go to cottage in the summer. We have very good connection so business does not stop. I am in my iPad as we cruise in our floating dock.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @karen-stephens: Canada is still my top choice to reside in. I just have to get away in the winter.

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      karen-stephens 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great Canadian site. There is nothing better than a Canadian cottage by the lake or river...and some on the ocean! And thanks for visiting our site on why we love Canada as a beautiful (and cheap) place to retire in!

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      I think in theory they are wonderful, but I have a feeling I would go crazy in one... because I am so into my fast life and business :) Blessed!

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      Kumar P S 4 years ago

      Great lens ! Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Scarlettohairy: It really is so much fun. I'm dying to be there.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @favored: 6 more days and we will be there. We're late this year because of work but this will not happen again. Hope you get one for yourself.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I'd love to have a summer cottage. Sounds like so much fun!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Hopefully I'll have my own little cottage someday. Sounds like yours is a dream place for the family, and the floating dock is great.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @FashionMommy: Make you wish come true.

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      FashionMommy 5 years ago

      I wish I had a cottage I could go to during the summer.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Pam Irie: We're just lucky that my husband's parents did it.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I would love to have a cottage for our family to get together at least once a year. What a wonderful tradition for your own family. Wonderful page and pictures. Thank you for sharing your memories.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Elsie Hagley: You are sort of leaving in a cottage when you're in a farm. You're lucky to have it the whole year.

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      This is a great lens. Wish I have a summer cottage, but as farmers, summer is a busy time haymaking, plus looking after animals, milking, not much peace when you have a farm. Loved spending time on holiday with you, in this lens, thanks for sharing. Blessed

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      Interdev 5 years ago

      The one memory a family can share and continue to build

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @dahlia369: Life is wonderful there.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Wonderful cottage, wonderful lake with floating dock - and a wonderful lens - very much enjoyed it!! :)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @norma-holt: I'd love to do that. A caravan evokes nostalgia.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Great lens and lovely to share in some of your holiday experiences. When my children were young we holidayed in a caravan we owned at Forster on the Central NSW Coast. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. Hugs

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ajgodinho: Not too soon for me as this year we will be delayed going there and I will be away for 2 weeks to be with a friend having a chemo. There are always surprises. Thanks again.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Beautiful lens and what a great memories shared. It's great to see that you guys make the best of your cottage. Ah, the blessing of summer! :)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: It is not that difficult. Start early.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I would certainly want a summer cottage if I could afford, I would not want to miss the family gathering.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @JoshK47: Easy to do that. It is worth doing.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I'd certainly love to spend some time at a cottage for vacation! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @eccles1: They truly are.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @looniestlove lm: You're right. The summer becomes more tolerable.

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      eccles1 5 years ago

      It looks like Great family days!

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      looniestlove lm 5 years ago

      very nice summer cottage it is a great way to beat the summer heat...great lens, very helpful and it has a nice view as well...great job

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Natalia Toro: The floating dock is special.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @tomazg: It is an experience.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Virginia Allain: It is a special place for everyone in the family.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Millionairemomma: Memories indeed are built here.

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      It looks like a nice vacation where good memories are born and live forever.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      How wonderful for your family to have this special place. It is an enviable lifestyle.

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      tomazg 5 years ago

      I would love to go to a cottage muskoka! It sounds great!

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      Sandy Mertens 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Nice lens.

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      Natalia Toro 5 years ago

      I love the floating dock! Hopefully we'll be able to own a cottage one day.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @NTxWriter: Thanks for the visit.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @paperfacets: It is also a great tradition as the place become truly yours when you camp there each year.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Each year, new ones are added.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @flycatcherrr: When you have kids, it is one of the best things you can do for them and for yourself.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Your photographs make cottage life look like an absolute essential. Lovely! Blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looks like a lot of great memories were made.

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      Sherry Venegas 5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I would love to have a cottage to go to. Our tradition was the same campground every summer. I lived in Toronto one year. In the summer it is very hot and humid.

      No wonder everyone leaves. Your family is fortunate to have your cottage.

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      NTxWriter 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos! I'd love to vacation in such a pretty place. Thanks for sharing

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @tagesgeld2: Thanks for the visit.

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      tagesgeld2 5 years ago

      Hey, i really like your Pictures!

      Thanks

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @futurefocus57: Not that difficult.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ElizabethSheppard: It is so much fun.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @JustOneGuy: You are right. Nothing stops the imagination.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @AndrewBiron: The cottage is a good place.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: When we were still working, we used to arrange our holidays to start on Thursdays and we go back on Tuesdays. We enjoyed it so much.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @randomthings lm: We do, too.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @MJsConsignments: You can treasure the memories. Those will never go.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 5 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      This looks like such fun.

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      futurefocus57 5 years ago

      I'm jealous. I would love to go there. Great job.

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      JustOneGuy 5 years ago

      This is how life should be. We live in the northern woods of wisconsin and deserted the big city life a few years ago. For those who still produce in the city, the idea of a place that is simple and beautiful makes every stress worth it. Some day, perhaps we'll have cottages in space or on other planets or moons or homes that will float on the ocean. It's how life should be and ought to be. Thanks for the beautiful picture.

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      AndrewBiron 5 years ago

      i'd love to have somewhere special to get away from everyday life.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like the idea of a getaway, something small and easy to maintain.

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      randomthings lm 5 years ago

      I love them!

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      When I was growing up, my mom's family had a cottage that they had grown up with. It was sold when I was pretty young. We spent big parts of our summers at "the camp" on my dads side. It wasn't on a lake or real close to a lake and they used it to hunt in the fall and winter so it was called the camp. I still think about it. It was sold when grandpa passed about a fifteen years or so ago. Too bad...

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @trendydad: So much fun.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Thank you so much. Very encouraging of you.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @julieannbrady: Very inviting, isn't it?

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      trendydad 5 years ago

      looks ans sounds like a lot of fun

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens and amazing pics.... Keep up the good work.. :)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Wednesday-Elf: Will be a great experience. Muskoka is north of Toronto. The kids with fathers still do this dawn fishing. They all love it as I can see from your experience.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @aksem: Lots of fun.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Ah, the cottages as you have presented them are quite inviting! Love to come visit!

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      aksem 5 years ago

      It's fun!

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      stargoldteam12 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Muskoka looks like a special place. I'll have to check it out.

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      Wednesday-Elf 5 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Looks like your Summer Cottage in Muskoka is a special one for your family. All the years I was growing up, my Aunt & Uncle had a cottage on Lake Ontario outside Rochester, NY and the family all gathered there on summer weekends. I can remember early dawn fishing trips with my dad & brother with the mist still rising from the water as a very special time together. I didn't even like to fish, but I loved being out on the water with my dad as the sun came up and wasn't about to let my brother have this treat without me. :).

      Now in my retirement years, my brother recently bought a summer cottage on Lake Ontario and will leave June 1st. to spend the summer there. I may have to drive up and join him. :-)

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      I think they're cute!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Yes, I saw Kabetogama in your lens and it looks so beautiful. I hope you can go there again.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @darciefrench lm: It is and people think we have really planned it...it is just making choices each year as we build it to welcome the whole family.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: Try it one day.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @jlshernandez: The floating dock as we call it because it is our dock, too, never fails to give us fun. We can all go, not in the boat.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @SayGuddaycom: Try going to a cottage.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @LouisaDembul: That is exactly our experience. We are still away. This year is bad in terms of schedule for some of us.