• Upcoming events

    • start May 12, 2018, 9:00 AM - end May 12, 2018, 11:00 AM
      Get updates on new sampling procedures and pick-up your water testing kit.
    • start May 19, 2018, 8:30 AM - end May 19, 2018, 1:00 PM
      Get important updates on new sampling procedures and pick-up your water testing kit.
    • start May 19, 2018, 9:00 AM - end May 19, 2018, 12:00 PM
      Landscaping and gardening this spring? Pre-order your plant species for our annual Seedling Day. Native waterfront plants prevent shoreline erosion and improve water quality.
    • start Jul 27, 2018, 6:30 PM - end Jul 27, 2018, 9:00 PM
      Annual General Meeting at the Muskoka Discovery Centre Friday July 27, 2018
    • start Aug 4, 2018, 9:30 AM - end Aug 4, 2018, 2:00 PM
      The regatta is a wonderful way for families to participate together in rowing, paddling and swimming events. Saturday August 4, 2018 at the Muskoka Lakes Golf and Country Club.
    • start Aug 5, 2018, 10:30 AM - end Aug 5, 2018, 1:00 PM
      The 2018 Sailing Regatta will be held at the Beaumaris Yacht Club on Saturday August 5, 2018.
    • start Aug 11, 2018, 10:00 AM - end Aug 11, 2018, 4:00 PM
      The 2018 MLA Antique Boat Show will be at the Port Carling Locks on Saturday August 11, 2018.

    A month by month calendar of MLA events.

    Events Calendar

  • Seedling Day


    As part this year's seedling program we are collaborating with Forests Ontario, a not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes healthy forests through tree planting, forest stewardship, education and awareness initiatives. www.forestsontario.ca

    For those of you purchasing seedlings this year, Forests Ontario is offering a complimentary one-year membership. If you are interested please check the appropriate box on the seedling order form.

    Download Below!


     Plants available in 2017

    • 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.

    • White Cedar (Native evergreen) - Thuja occidentalis
      Narrow growing. Makes excellent hedging plants. Dark green foliage. Grows in wet areas, but tolerates most soils. Better in sand, loam, clay types of soil; it can grow up to 15 meters.
    • Canadian Hemlock (Native evergreen) - Tsuga canadensis
      Short light green needles. Likes moist soils, and grows in sun and is shade tolerant. One of the most beautiful evergreens. Can grow to 70’ or pruned to 12’.
    • Red Osier Dogwood (Native deciduous shrub) - Cornus sericea
      Noted for its red branches, great background with snow. Produces small white flowers and white berries. Should be planted in a dry to moist sand/loam/clay soil; full sun to partial shade. Red osier dogwoods can grow up to 3 meters and are excellent for erosion control.
    • American Elderberry (Native deciduous shrub) - Sambucus canadenis
      Very popular for wildlife and shelterbelts. Prefers moist soils. Fruit is very popular for jams, jellies and wine. Fruit is also attractive to birds.
    • Common Lilac (Native deciduous shrub) - Syringa vulgaris
      Fragrant lilac with purple bloom in May. Excellent for screen and windbreaks.
    • Ostrich Fern (Native perennials)
      This fern is deer resistant, and should be planted in a moist sand/slit soil,  with partial shade/sun exposure. It strives along streams and riverbanks and in moist forested sites.

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  • Thank you to everyone who came out in 2017!

    Come Celebrate the MLA 125th 

    Aquatic Regatta!!

    Saturday August 4, 2018

    Muskoka Lakes Golf & Country Club

    Blended Junior and Senior Regatta

    Start Time: 9:30am

    For more information, contact the MLA office at (705) 765-5723.


    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 and swimming events.

    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:


    Interested in volunteering?

  • Celebrating MLA 125 Years 

    Saturday August 11, 2018 - 10AM - 4PM

    Mark August 11, 2018 in your calendar as the date of the MLA bi-annual Antique Boat Show in Port Carling.  This year’s theme will be “Celebrating 125 years” featuring many of Muskoka’s oldest surviving boats, many more than 100 years old.  Muskoka’s antique and classic boats are a unique treasure in the world and draw the attention of the most informed collectors. 

    This summer we will celebrate the stories of some of these remarkable boats.  We expect more than 70 boats to be on display and their proud custodian’s to be available to answer your questions about their history in Muskoka.

    The first boats in Muskoka were rowing skiffs, sail boats and steam powered boats beginning in the 1860’s.  Canoes, rowboats and sail boats were built in Muskoka but the most of the steam powered boats came from southern Ontario and New York State.  Larger Muskoka built boats burst on the scene in the early nineteen hundreds with the advent of gasoline engines. 

    This year’s poster boat is from the in between years.  The Heather Belle was built in 1902 by the Marine Engine and Machine Co of Harrison New Jersey.  It was powered by a naphtha engine which was designed much like a steam engine but instead of boiling water it operated by boiling naphtha.  As frightening as this sounds it operated at lower temperatures and pressures than steam and did not require a licensed steam engineer to operate it.  The Naphtha also acted as a lubricant so required less attention while under way.  The Heather Belle was repowered with a gasoline engine and was operated for many years by George Thorel of Thorel House near Morinus on Lake Rosseau.

    Graeme Ferguson had the 36’ Heather Belle restored and repowered with an electric motor.  He uses the boat regularly on the Lake of Bays and has kindly agreed to bring it to the MLA Antique Boat Show for your viewing pleasure.  Come to the show to see this stunning historical artifact. 

    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 are maintained and cared for as never before.  The current custodians 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.

    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.  Rember Saturday, August 11 and come, and enjoy a day with these fine craft and their owners.  The show runs from 10AM to 4 PM and admission is free.

    Our next Antique Boat Show will be held in 2018.

    Stay tuned!


    Port Carling Locks & Bartleman Island


    Free admission

    Everyone welcome!

  • The 2017 MLA Mixed Bonspiel will be held on Friday, February 3 & Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the South Muskoka Curling & Golfing Club.

    Every winter the MLA is hosting a Mixed Bonspiel.

    Registration is $200/team.

    3 Games Guaranteed
    Snacks Friday Evening
    Dinner & Dance Saturday
    Prizes

    For more information contact Jenn Josiak at (705)-646-0982 or smcgc.bonspiels@gmail.com

  • MLA Sailing Regattas

    For more information:

    Barbara Triskan - (705) 687-5609

    MLA office - (705) - 765-5723


  • MLA Seminars


    2018 MLA Seminars

    The Future of Resort Development in Muskoka
    Sunday, July 15, 2018 – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Port Carling Community Centre

     

    The MLA is pleased to offer a special information update on a most controversial topic; The Future of Resort Development in Muskoka. Regardless of where you are located in Muskoka, this issue has the ability to impact your property. As such, resort development has become the red-hot land use issue in Muskoka and, with an election scheduled this October, all Muskokans
    need to be informed.
    Anne McCauley, Chair of MLA’s Political Land Use Committee, has been leading the charge, in collaboration with our legal counsel, and will be talking about the latest information on this topic, what new resorts are being proposed or are under construction as well as answering your questions. Anne is a professional land use planner and will explain why some of the District and Township ideas are of concern and why they are not consistent with MLA values.
    Members and the general public are equally welcome.

     

    RSVP to 705-765-5723 or info@mla.on.ca


    Forests Ontario - Fight Against Climate Change 

    Saturday, August 18, 2018 – 10:30 a.m.
    Bala Community Centre


    Join us and meet Rob Keen, the CEO of Forest Ontario, as we explore the range of benefits that our forests provide, including the important role they play in the fight against climate change.

    Free for MLA members, $10 fee for non-members (free for kids)
    RSVP to 705-765-5723 or info@mla.on.ca


    2017 MLA Seminars

    Come join us and meet with speaker Chris Cragg, Muskoka Lakes Association’s Chair of the Water Quality and Environment Committee and member of the Water Level Task Force, to learn about water level management in Muskoka. We’ll also explore tips about how to protect your cottage from flooding.

    Get a close encounter with live reptiles! Come meet the Saving Turtles At Risk Today (START) team and learn everything there is to know about turtles. This is a family friendly presentation, with a chance to handle animals.

    What to do in case of…? Join our panel of experts to learn and get ready for emergencies in cottage country. We will have the Fire Department, the Paramedic Services and the Emergency Planning all together; the three presentations will be followed by a Q & A session.


    2016 MLA Seminars

    Keeping the cottage in the family isn’t always easy. We will be addressing many issues from how the taxes will be paid, how best to transfer ownership and how to ensure that family harmony is maintained as the property gets passed down.

    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.

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    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.

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    See the full video presentation on YouTube here.