May spend the entire month of July 2013 at the cottage on Maple Lake!
Maple Lake Ontario North Shore
St Peter’s Church North Shore Rd on Maple Lake Ontario
I would totally love to spend July–all of it–on Maple Lake Ontario–but I keep wimping out about being totally alone for a week at a times sometimes. I wouldn’t be doing so if I knew more that some welcome faces would be showing up. Maybe this year.
I’ve been told that I’m trying to sell people on the place (Maple Lake) but I really don’t have to– in fact, I’ve undersold it. Summer Vacation 2013 Ontario vacation dates so far:
Maple Lake Ontario -Vacation Dates
Opening the cottage (Family) – June 23 – 29
June 30 – July 20 – Me and a dog (probably Raven) staying and my Dad and an additional (family friend) guest during the extremely busy July 1- July 4 celebrations (first week of July).
July 8 – 21 – Come visit—me and a dog! (Company welcome)
July 21- Me and spouse and the dogs through August 3. (Company welcome)
Labour Day Week Sept 1 -7. Closing cottage – Official, end-of-season – Friends, family whomever… (head’s up would be appreciated).
I have big hopes for it as a Maple Lake retreat because it is truly bucolic when the party people aren’t there (most of the time–non- holidays and later, when they’ve gone to bed). There’s is so much to do here, whether you snap photos, revel in the opportunities to get close to nature, walk, bike, swim, hike, climb, run, fish, and soon, get into to some serious rock-hunting, along with the standard boating, tubing, swimming, skiing, sunbathing etc.
R and R on our beach on Maple Lake – Roger is brushing Raven. I’m not sure than she ‘willingly’ went in the lake or following Obi’s having gone in, was shamed into it.
This year past was R’s 15th anniversary (works at a very large Schaumburg-based electronics company) so he got to pick an ‘atta boy’ gift from a catalog. I saw a kayak and said that would work well as one of the ‘toys’ at the cottage. Roger said he’d been thinking of it, too–shazam! Our ‘fleet’ now includes a red canoe, a 12′ swim raft (my favourite!), a one-person kayak, and a rowboat that is getting a small motor this summer.
How it looked in pretty places in Ontario on Sunday at Sunset
Chapleau River Ontario sunset April 14 (Credit: Weather Network)
Blue Mtn. Ski resort Ontario 4.14.13 sunset April 14 (Credit: Weather Network)
Maple Lake Ontario, early 1970′s McCrackan family photo (My brother and me and some first cousins). I am petting our dog, Teddy.
On Maple Lake, Ontario, an oft-pictured angle. I came late to realizing our land is on the lip of a small cove. Now (that I see it) it is totally obvious, how the waves are fairly gentle and why we have a naturally sandy beach when most of the lake front does not. Supereasy to see, right? I blame being legally blind (and not having a motorboat) for my lack of awareness because clearly, as far back as this photo which is either 1972 or 73, and indeed since their inception in the early-mid 1940′s our cottages always resided near a cove on the North side of Maple Lake.
Location, location is right.
Same pic with bayview
Maple Lake Ontario, early 1970′s McCrackan family photo (My brother and me and some first cousins).
Same pic with bayview
I’m been going through family photos since April of last year and thought I was done but have come across another box that was only semi-sorted.
Arrived on Maple Lake the night of the full blue moon. Beautiful.
It was a long 675-mile drive and the Labour Day wait at the border was a bit long, too. Plus we ‘lose’ an hour going from Central to Eastern time so arrived at 4:30 a.m. Today was lovely but we got a late start so by the time dinner time was approaching we thought simpler would be better. It just so happened that some of the nicest weather of the day came near day’s end so we whipped up a fresh green salad with some chicken breast strips and sat ourselves right down at water’s edge to enjoy. It was really lovely–so peaceful.
just before sunset. I love this place. It is such a privilege to enjoy it whenever we can.