If you’re from Ontario, then you probably grew up going to cottages all your life. In Newfoundland, people had cabins on ponds or, like us, salt box houses around the Bay. We definitely enjoyed swimming and camping in the summertime, but nobody takes their summer getaways more seriously than here in ON.
I’ve been to beach cottages on Lake Erie and Lake Huron and the big-time rich-ass cottages in Muskoka, but I’ve never been to a more perfect place than this weekend on Lake Weslemkoon in the Kawarthas. Our boat taxi driver put it best when he described it as “Like Muskoka before all the money and power boats moved in.”
It’s like you’re in a Tom Thomson painting - perfectly cool lake water, twisted trees, loon songs, canoes and tiny cottages perched on rocky hills overlooking it all. I slept, I ate, I swam, I hammocked, I canoed, I camp-fired and then I did it all over again. Complete and total peace and relaxation. I never wanted to leave.