A month by month calendar of MLA events.
The Muskoka Lakes Association’s 2017 Seedling Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Port Carling Community Centre. Again this year, MLA staff will be on-site, distributing pre-ordered plant species. Native waterfront plants prevent shoreline erosion and improve water quality.
We have had requests for different offerings, so again this year we are including a complete habitat planting for monarch butterflies and pollinators. Each selection includes a mix of native wildflowers chosen to provide food for pollinators and butterflies. All plants are second year and come in a tray with 38 plug inserts. Supplies will be limited, so order early!
The deadline to order seedlings is May 5, 2017
If you have any questions about the seedlings, or would prefer to order by phone, please contact the MLA office at (705) 765-5723. Please note: payment must be made at the time of order.
Monarch & Pollinator Garden (Native) - should be planted in at least partial sun
Species may include: Common milkweed, swamp milkweed, butterfly milkweed, boneset, joe pyeweed, dense blazing star, wild bergamot, cardinal flower, great blue lobelia, black eyed susan, new England aster, showy tick trefoil and Virginia mountain mint.
Red Oak (Native deciduous) - Quercus rubra
Beautiful large tree, excellent for landscape use and timer. Prefers sand/loam soils, with a well to moderate drainage. Red Oaks should be planted in a full sun to partial shade environment. Squirrels and wild turkeys are attracted to the acorns. Can grow up to 24 meters.
“Looking forward, it is thought that Red Oak may be a good candidate in the battle against climate change as it is the hearty nature of this tree’s ability to establish, grow and thrive in harsher conditions that could make this species well suited in our forests with ever increasing temperature regimes. It will also be an important species to counteract the devastating impacts of the Beech Bark Disease currently killing our American beech in the Parry Sound/Muskoka area, as Red Oak is considered second to American beech in terms of importance as a mast species for wildlife such as deer and bear.”
River Birch (Native deciduous) - Betula nigra
Resistance to bronze birch borer. Light creamy brown bark that peels in shaggy pieces. Tolerates most climates and soils, but prefers moist soils.
White Pine (Native evergreen) - Pinus strobus
This is a rapid growing tree with wide spreading lateral roots and is an important nesting and perching tree. This tree achieves a maximum height of 30 meters in dry or moist conditions. A shore stabilization tree, it requires a sunny or part-shade environment.
White Spruce (Native evergreen) - Picea Glauca
White Spruce grow on a variety of soils under a wide range of conditions. This includes moist or wet conditions in the sun or part-sun. It can be used for shore stabilization. Needles are short and light green in colour. Excellent for Christmas trees, windbreaks and landscape. They can grow up to 24 meters.
The Annual MLA Regatta, the oldest continuously run co-ed regatta in North America, maintains a tradition of family, fun, and aquatic competition on the Saturday of the Civic Holiday weekend.
Despite years with steady or occasional downpours the regatta always has a great turn out. The regatta is a wonderful way for families to participate together in rowing, paddling, tilting, and swimming events.
Even more family fun challenges are available including many three generation races, where three members of a family of a different generation get together in swimming teams or canoes to compete. It's wonderful to see whole families, young and old, participate together and demonstrate their aquatic skills.
After the canoe, skiff and swimming races come to an end, the tilting begins. Sixteen teams of a paddler and tilter enter the challenge based on first come first serve, and the challenge to stay in their canoes begins. Due to its widespread popularity the tilting keeps growing, becoming a large participant, as well as spectator event.
The regatta wouldn’t be possible without the generous hospitality of the Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club on Lake Rosseau, the generous sponsors, and the many volunteers. Thanks to the assistance of all of the staff at the club, and the use of the wonderful facilities.
Last, but certainly not least, to the many individuals who donate time to plan, lend a hand on the day, and donate materials to make the day a huge success.
The listing of the last year's events can be found below:
One of the defining characteristics of Muskoka Built Boats is their shape, their curves. All boats have curves, but Muskoka’s boats have bold dramatic curves. This summer we will celebrate those curves at the MLA Antique Boat Show, August 13, 2016. The theme of the show will be “Curvaceous” and will feature 72 antique boats that illustrate the theme.
The golden age of boat building in Muskoka started at the beginning of the 1900’s when the gasoline engine became available and popular. The combination of wealthy customers, water, and abundant talented labour insured that boats would be built. The curvaceous component ironically came from the greatest Naval Architects that the United States had to offer; Burt Hawker, John Hacker and Douglas Van Patten to name a few.
Perhaps the ultimate in curvaceousness was achieved with Greavette’s line of ‘Steamliners’ and ‘Shearliners’. This year’s theme boat is Curlew: a 1937 double-ended Greavette Streamliner designed by John Hacker. Curlew is currently owned by Murray Walker.
The MLA Boat Show brings together fine surviving examples of the wooden boats built and used in Muskoka by those who went before us. These wooden boats maintained and are cared for as never before. The current owners of these unique craft will be at the show and they love to tell the history and stories of their boats. With luck and love, these boats live on to tell their stories for many generations.
The MLA Antique Boat Show is a bi-annual event held in Port Carling. It was started by the late Bob Purves to honour boats that have been built in Muskoka, or have spent most of their life in Muskoka Waters.
This year also features demonstrations of Sea Fleas to stir youthful imaginations and a display of vintage outboard motors provided by the Maple Leaf Outboard Club. Mark Saturday, August 13 in your calendar, come out, and enjoy a day with these fine craft and their owners. The show runs from 10AM to 4 PM and admission is free.
Every winter the MLA is hosting a Mixed Bonspiel.
Registration is $200/team.
3 Games Guaranteed
Snacks Friday Evening
Dinner & Dance Saturday
For more information contact Jenn Josiak at (705)-646-0982 or email@example.com
Join Steve Munro from Westwind Forest Stewardship as he talks about how you can prepare your property and your trees for the changing climate. He will also discuss some best practices for backlot maintenance.
Climate is changing in Muskoka just as it is changing elsewhere, and we are powerless to alter the trajectory by taking local action. Instead, we must adapt to the changes coming, while supporting the global actions that need to take place if we are to avert truly serious changes in climate later in this century. To adapt effectively, we must plan ahead and be proactive.
Dr. Sale will talk about the likely mid-century climate and how it is likely to impact our lives. He will explain why careful planning and action are needed by individuals as well as by government, and how we might act to retain the special environment we all value highly.
See the full video presentation on YouTube here.