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Is Your Septic System Failing?

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Out of sight, out of mind; this describes most people’s relationship with maintaining their recreational home. If you are like most cottage owners, you probably do not give much thought to what goes down the drain (unless you have had septic issues in the past). That is, until the sewage backs up into the house or terrible odors start coming …

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How Important is Cottage Landscaping?

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Landscaping your house in the city is a no brainer – it adds curb appeal and value. Landscaping cottage real estate is no different. First impressions happen quickly so improving the appearance of the property is definitely something to think about – especially if you want to sell your cottage. In a city house where you have a private backyard, …

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Grilling A Great Steak – Trade Secrets

How To Cook A Steak On A Grill

Because it is finally summer in Ontario cottage country and because I love a good steak, I thought I would pass along some helpful tips to preparing and (most importantly) enjoying a great steak up North at the cottage. The most important part of eating a delicious steak is buying the right cut of beef. If you end up buying …

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Who is Responsible for the Flood in Cottage Country?

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With the water from the flood in Muskoka finally gone, devastation remains. It is safe to say that damage from the flood caused millions of dollars of damage. Personal cottages and small businesses were destroyed. While it is clear that the melted snow and rain that caused the flood was a natural occurrence, some residents are saying the the flood …

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Getting A Handle On A Mouldy Cottage

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Most cottages can smell a little musty, especially when they have been closed up for the winter. Combining a cottage that has been shut all winter, the Muskoka flood and the rainy season that cottage country has seen this year, it is safe to say that many Ontario cottagers are going to be dealing with water damage and mould this …

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The Benefits of Owning a Cottage in an Unorganized Township

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In the Near North, unorganized townships are prevalent. Populations are small and territory is large. The area where these townships can be found is between Georgian Bay and Lake Nipissing in the District of Parry Sound. These unorganized townships have no governing bodies and are not incorporated as municipalities. The territory consists of two areas located south of the French …

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How to Handle Mosquitos

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With summer finally upon us in the Near North’s cottage country,  it is only a matter of time before the bugs descend on us too! Right now, rural life is perfect. The sun is shining, it’s hot outside and there are no bugs yet. It is a result of the spring snow we had – last week! Unfortunately, it doesn’t …

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Muskoka Flood 2013 – What happened?

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Weather in cottage country has been acting strange the last few years. We have been having extremely hot, long summers with short bursts of winter. Waterfront cottages on and around Georgian Bay are experiencing alarmingly low water levels. And now, parts of Muskoka are trying its best to dry out after a catastrophic act of nature caused seven communities, from …

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Cottage Real Estate Terms You Should Know

Cottagecountry Real Estate Terms

Buying a home for the first time can be a stressful experience. Purchasing a cottage or country home for the first time is no exception. Learning the real estate lingo for cottage country is a great first step at making the process of buying or selling your country home a little easier. Below I have compiled a list of terms …

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Find the Perfect Hot Tub for the Cottage

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  Submerging yourself in a bubbling hot tub and watching the sun set over the lake after an exhausting day of enjoying the outdoors sounds divine. Hot tubs can definitely add to the therapeutic nature of the cottage. They can be relaxing and rejuvenating while remaining a popular social activity. Finding the perfect hot tub for your recreational home can …

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