10 waterfront properties across Muskoka have received a biodiversity boost of 50 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and ferns, all planted by lake association volunteers!
A program to help residents install new shoreline gardens.
Restore Your Muskoka Shore offers natural waterfront garden installation with wildflowers and other native plants—from the consultation stage through to volunteer planting—to private waterfront landowners.
Once the drought of July 2018 ended in downpours it was a good year for planting native trees, shrubs, and perennials here in Ontario’s cottage country. It was a good year to bring a biodiversity boost to privately owned shorelines throughout Muskoka, and it was a pretty good year to be a volunteer with a […]
Site Visit: August 21, 2018 Planting Date: October 27, 2018 The Thompson Family’s cottage is located on Lake Vernon near Huntsville. Their property is very steep, and when the Thompson’s purchased the cottage in the winter of 2017 when the area was covered in snow, they were unaware of the erosion issues present on the […]
Site Visit: August 14, 2018 Planting Date: October 13, 2018 The Zoldak Family’s cottage is located in Hammell’s Bay on Three Mile Lake. Over the years, they have seen the environmental changes that have been happening with devastating results, including shoreline erosion, increased geese and duck populations, and impacts on water levels with lasting […]
Site Visit: September 25, 2018 Planting Date: October 6, 2018 The Krynitski-Wilson cottage on Moot Lake is located near the lake’s outflow adjacent to a wetland. Much of the land surrounding the property is Crown land and there is a small boat launch on the neighbouring property for the water access cottages on the lake. The Krynitski-Wilson […]
Site Visit: August 17, 2018 Planting Date: October 5, 2018 The Sjoholm Family cottages on a very small island in Stewart Lake. In the winter of 2013/2014 the property was vandalized by a trespasser and a couple of small structures were burned down. The environmental impact of this fire was significant, with numerous trees damaged and requiring removal and a large amount […]
Site Visit: August 10, 2018 Planting Date: September 22, 2018 The shoreline at the Maxwell’s cottage on McKay Lake near Bracebridge was clearcut over 30 years ago by the previous owner. The Maxwells have been letting it grow naturally for some time but were looking for some help to speed up the process. The timbers (seen […]
Site Visit: August 18, 2018 Planting Date: September 16, 2018 Despite already having a largely natural property on Muldrew Lake in Gravenhurst, the Crawford Family wanted to further naturalize the majority of their small activity area located along their waterfront. The area is dominated by a tall wood retaining wall that the Crawfords wanted […]
Site Visit: September 14, 2018 Planting Date: September 16, 2018 The Warrick Cottage is a water-access only property located on Middle Muldrew Lake. The owner, Wanda, has spent many years adding plants to her property, and she jumped at the chance to increase the biodiversity even more with a variety of native trees, shrubs and wildflowers. […]
Site Visit: August 24, 2018 Planting Date: September 5, 2018 The Ebel Family recently removed a large amount of shrubbery around their cottage that was growing out of control, exposing some beautiful bedrock in the process. They wanted to renaturalize this area using a variety of wildflowers and shrubs in order to highlight the […]
Site Visit: August 21, 2018 Planting Date: August 31, 2018 The Noble Family was excited to be selected for one of the Lake Vernon Restore Your Muskoka Shore grant. Their cottage was carved out of a hill in the early 70s and the dirt that was taken from the hill was packed into the shoreline, creating […]