Sunday, July 15, 2012

A Muskoka Tradition


Hello everyone,
Another week has flown by and it is time for Mosaic Monday. Where does that darn time go? To quickly for sure. Every year hubby and I drive an hour and half north to Gravenhurst, a little town on the shores of Lake Muskoka to get wild blueberries and wonder along the Muskoka Wharf.






 "The wharf was a major center of Ontario’s boat building and logging industries. When steamboating began in Muskoka in the 1860s, the shipments of logs and other goods to market along the east coast of the United States and Canada became easier and faster. When the railroad reached Muskoka in 1875, hundreds, even thousands, of immigrants, summer tourists, visitors, and cottage dwellers were seen on the Muskoka Wharf Station docks, ready to board steamships that would take them to their destinations on Lake Muskoka, Lake Joseph, and Lake Rousseau. As the waterfront became more popular and as the region's economy boomed with people coming to and from Muskoka, cottages were set up lakeside and Gravenhurst became a very attractive area for settlers and companies. In the early 1900s, however, the prosperous and successful Muskoka Wharf lost a lot of its activity to the development of the automobile. As more people drove to their new cottages and tourist destinations, trains and steamships declined in Muskoka, creating an economic downturn for the Muskoka Wharf."  

In 2005 an 89-acre development took place at the wharf offering boat rentals, hotel rooms, gourmet restaurants, museums, parks and playgrounds, shopping, a farmers market and cruises on the RHS Segwn, the oldest operating steamship in North America, and the Wenonh II. 

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Enjoy the week!!!


15 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

Great post, Jen. I haven't been to Gravenhurst yet this year, but I love it there!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How interesting! I would love to see that in person. And is that a HUGE hanging basket of petunias? WOW! The flowers are all gorgeous!

ellen b. said...

Lovely mosaic! Have a wonderful week!

Connie said...

I dearly love our Canadian neighbors because they've so helped the USA. Back in the 70s I believe they kept some embassy personnel for about a year safe from the Iranians I believe. THAT took a lot of sacrifice on their part and forever etched you in MY heart, Sugar!
Nice to meet you and thank you for the comment.
xoxo,
Connie

Lavender Cottage said...

We like that area too Jen. As a matter of fact I'll be posting about high tea at The Blue Willow next week.
Judith

Kim, USA said...

Beautiful mosaic!


Kim,USA

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Beautiful mosaic. The scenery in the Muskokas are breathtaking. Thanks for picking me up some blueberries. Valerie

Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

I like the collage. I wish my hanging baskets looked like that.

eileeninmd said...

Lake Muskoka looks like a lovely place to visit. The hanging basket and your photos are beautiful. Hope you have a lovely week ahead.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh your mosaic is so lovely and I adore fresh Blueberries. Oh to be so close to be able to pick many at a time, must be sheer delight. Have a great week~

Denise said...

Gravenhurst looks like a charming town with a very colorful history. I love your mosaic! The hanging flower basket is beautiful, and you're so lucky to be able to get wild blueberries.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and taking time to leave a comment. I hope you have a great week! :)

Denise at Forest Manor

Joanne Bischof said...

Just beautiful! That looks like a place to spend away the day. And wild blueberries...yum!

Sheila said...

It's nice that you have these traditional getaways and it much bring back memories to go time and time again.

Jann Olson said...

Gravenhurst looks like a fun little town. Glad you took time to enjoy yourself.
Hugs,
Jann

My Little Home and Garden said...

I have passed through Gravenhurst once or twice, but haven't really explored it. Your photos and description show an interesting town.
-Karen