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Let’s Get WETT!!!

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After months of searching, you’ve finally found the escape you have been looking for. You are gearing up to enjoy long hot summer days by the water with a nice cool cocktail or maybe you are getting ready to cozy up to your wood stove with some mulled wine and a good book. BUT WAIT! Did you have your stove …

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Keeping Your Cottage Safe

How To Keep Your Cottage Safe

It is definitely the season for winterizing summer cottages and recreational homes in cottage country. Ensuring your cottage deters crooks in the off season is an important, and often ignored part of winterizing any home.  There are several universal tips for making your cottage as safe from break ins as possible. Here they are: 1. Lock Everything It sounds straight forward …

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Closing the Cottage – Indoor Edition

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Closing you cottage for the winter is always an ordeal. It is a weekend process that requires the whole family. But if it is not done properly, opening the cottage in the spring will be a nightmare. Thanksgiving is normally the time people will close their cottage. But this year, since the fall has been so beautiful in the Near …

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Don`t Let Ants Destroy Your Investment

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For those that own recreational real estate in Ontario, every summer can be an intense battle against Carpenter Ants at the cottage. Carpenter ants are the big black ones that nest in moist, rotting wood. They can cause a lot of damage if they move into your cottage. These ants will hit their peak in late June and early July. …

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Is Your Septic System Failing?

Failed Septic System

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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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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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?

Huntsville Flood

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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SPRING CLEANING AT THE COTTAGE

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With the snow on the ground finally melting and winter giving way to spring there is no shortage of home maintenance to be done in cottage country. If you are looking for chores to do around your country home – start with the fireplace or wood stove. At the end of a long winter filled with roaring fires, it is …

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