Spring boosts a time of renewal, maple syrup, animals out of hibernation, new fur babies being born, the smelt run, fishing season opens and the waterways team with new life. The trees awaken and the hills in Almaguin Highlands become full and green, with carpets of trillium and other woodland flowers beneath. So why then do I dread this time of year???? Well, it is bug season! A short lived nuisance maybe but it makes me annoyed and cranky. I have been told that the little black fly creature is responsible for the pollination of Blue Berries…..really…. that is the least of their purpose because I believe they really here to keep me indoors, miss the good weather by being trapped in screened rooms and make me become a tester of every bug potion, home remedy and bug repelling gadget on the market.
Our spring weather arrived late, with an abundance of rain keeping everything very cool and wet. The tiny black fly reveled in this perfect weather condition and enticed his cousin mosquito whine a lot to join the party and not just an evening soiree. Oh No, they decided to make this an extended all day and night affair with millions of guests. Being outside keeps me grounded, focused, stress free and is my main source of refuge for unwinding from a hectic schedule. Not during this season however…I get frustrated – swatting the air, out of breath – jogging on the spot and itchy from head to toe the minute I step outdoors. Ok, maybe I have grossly exaggerated the bug problem but my reaction to them is very real.
When I hear so many people saying that spring is the best season I just interject ” Bah Hum Bug”
At a new listing on Doe Lake today (a bit of drizzling rain) there was a delightful, warm, brisk breeze blowing off the water….Not a bug in sight….ahhhhh
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Snow has arrived a bit late this year which is fantastic for those of us who shovel or travel the highways regularly…not so good for those the earn their living plowing snow, many winter sports,visitors looking for that winter wonderland and those who just love the snow.
Once again we must remember that the days are much shorter so it does get dark very early about 5 pm. If you are coming to Almaguin Highlands for the day to enjoy the outdoors allow yourself time in the morning and early afternoon to view nature. Also if you are coming to the area for Real Estate showings should be booked early in the day so a good viewing of the exteriors is possible. Many new listings have become available, so just drop me line on what you are looking for and I will send you the information on listings that meet your needs.
The area Santa parades, Christmas Tree lighting and Holiday Festivities will soon be in various Villages of Almaguin so plan to take in a event or two. If you live in Almaguin shopping local supports jobs, local businesses and organizations which keep our communities thriving.
Here I am as Mrs Claus at our Burk’s Falls Santa Parade… and no that is not a lemon I am handing out it is a clementine and a candy cane. All the children visit Santa after the Parade, then Hot Chocolate and cookies at Legion where the parade ends. A wonderful outing for families whether you are local and in the parade or visiting to view it.
Other local and interesting family outings may include a horse pulled wagon through the snow laden trees. Just outside of Burk’s Falls you will find the Hammond Family Ranch so book your sleigh-ride soon. Although it is raining today and the snow has dissipated it will be back by next week and they should be ready for December bookings. Visit their website at: Hammond Family Ranch
What a fantastic summer we had in the Almaguin Highlands! Well attended events throughout the Villages of Almaguin, plenty of warm sunny days and just enough rain to keep the fire ban away all summer long. We had a great number visitors to our area with many taking advantage of the more “off the beaten path” treasures Almaguin has to offer.
Brook’s Falls near Emsdale is one such place with trails by the Magnetawan River, picnic areas and up close view of the waterfall cascading down over the rocks. A quiet place to relax and unwind by soaking up all nature has to offer and is a perfect place for adventure in any season.
The Beautiful Restoule Provincial park is a picturesque family get away destination just a few km past the Village of Restoule. Tall pines and mature trees line the edge of the river and lake with some campsites available at the water’s edge. Fantastic fishing for the outdoor enthusiast and the area is filled wildlife to photograph and admire (keep your distance of course). On the outskirts of the village are many artisans that have back road boutiques with unique one of a kind items.
Our Fall colour was short lived this year and although the colours where beautiful as always we did not get the vibrant mixed colours at one time. Many of the hard Maples had dropped there leaves before the sugar maples had their full colour. On a bright note however the hills were still lovely for those visiting the area on the Thanksgiving weekend.
Now the hills are grey with beautiful green contrast as the woodlands prepare for the snow soon to come.
Please remember hunting season is upon us so wear bright orange when out walking or hiking and put vests on your dogs as well in case they wander off. This is a wonderful time of year to drive the back roads and view all the lakes and streams that the summer foliage was hiding.
Real Estate has been incredibly active this year with new people relocating to our beautiful Almaguin Highlands. Some moving here permanently others buying cottages and investors have discovered what an undiscovered potential lies in our area. To all the new people in our area Welcome! This area fills the heart and sole with awe…. never to taken for granted.