There was a lot of special events going on all over the Muskoka Lakes during the July 1st long weekend as the region celebrated Canada Day. They party hard up here on all long weekends in the summer, and the July 1st weekend is the start of summer vacation – see my post on Fireworks in Muskoka (to be written) which is one of the seasonal activities that really makes the July 1st weekend so special.
All over the lakes there were BBQs and pig roasts, healthy snacks and fireworks. Take a boat ride on any body of water up here and listen to distant music and loud conversations, far off screams of laughter swimming across the cool lakes – people swimming, dancing, family picnics and late-night parties and, best of all, three uninterrupted days to bask in Canada’s rich wilderness.
Kim Mitchell played the Kee to Bala
Sarnia, Ontario-born rocker Kim Mitchell played the historic Kee to Bala (built in 1941 in the Muskokas) on Saturday, July 2, to a crowd still retaining a sense of celebration left over from Friday’s holiday.
The Juno-winning singer/guitarist and broadcast personality played a great mix of crowd favourites as well as some new tunes from his latest solo effort, Ain’t Life Amazing.
Mitchell and his band rocked the Muskoka woods for hours, entertaining the sold-out show with what could best be described as a ‘quintessential Canadian experience’. The music is core the the heart and soul of this area. To my knowledge, the Kee does not have a furnace or any heating system so its a summer only venue.
Muskoka Heritage Place Held a Strawberry Social
There was plenty of red and white at Muskoka Heritage Place‘s Canada Day Celebrations!
Families enjoyed a strawberry social which included free admission to the museum, live narrative and musical entertainment and the best part, strawberry scones!
Every year Monty Black hosts a Saturday afternoon party on the decks of his boat house on Lake Joseph, beats staying in a Toronto bed and breakfast, and friendly cottagers, wake boarders and visitors from all over the region gather to drink and socialize and boast about boats, boating and boarding and other recreational activities.
Monty Black’s Party on Lake Joseph 2011
Around the boat house there is a bbq and chairs. Notice how people are just standing in the water. It’s quite comfortable standing in the cool water when the hot sun is blazing down on the rest of your body. The gravel lake bed underfoot is easy to stand on.
Many young people boated into the party on Lake Joseph, which is by far the most fashionable way to travel in the Muskoka Lakes. Check out some information on how to get a boat license, which is required up here, and most places in cottage country.
There was a portable toilet at the end of the driveway out by the road and a solar tracker next to the boat house. When we arrived, Monty was standing up by the house meeting and greeting folks, alongside his dog, who was even more supportive than his crutch.
Huntsville was the Hotbed of Canada Day Celebrations
Businesses, politicians, community centres and more combined forces to make Canada’s 144th birthday in Muskoka a celebration to remember. From 10 AM – 10 PM on July 1, 2011, Huntsville came alive with activities and music of all sorts. From M.P.P. Parry Sound Muskoka Norm Miller and Mayor Claude Doughty cutting the cake in the morning to the Trillium Jazz Band performing at mid-day, to the spectacular fireworks over Hunter’s Bay, there was something for everyone this Canada Day.