There are lovely views of Georgian Bay when you go up the 400 side, a nice change from all the gas stations and stores on Hwy 11. Today we decided to try and get a picture of it. Big mistake, we headed down to Honey Harbour, road was bumpy and slippy and at the bottom, everything was closed. Living in the city you don't realize that there aren't plowed sidewalks, so walking was very difficult and we couldn't even get close to the bay. Oh well, we are not in any hurry, just tooting about.
Next stop Bala, everything looks so different in the winter. Lots of snowmobilers whipping around, on the trails, on the lakes and on the roads. Thankfully they are noisy so you can hear them when you are walking. The bridges in Bala are under repair, so down to one lane and a muddy mess, but still worth the walk to see the falls.
I really wasn't expecting to see the amount of run off at the falls as there was. The Muskoka Lakes are regulated on how high and low the water can go, so usually in October they start letting the water out of the 3 lakes, so the boathouses and docks won't get flooded in the spring thaw. Looks like this will be going strong until June.
Next stop Port Carling with a little stop on the way at Henshaw Road.
Winter is a wee bit quieter in Port Carling but surprisingly there were still a few shops and restaurants open and lots of cars going about.
Just like me, waiting for spring.
The old bridge heading into town over the falls.
The old mill, love the way the water flows around it.
This is a lovely little coffee house, jammed inside, waiting for spring outside.
When we headed into Bracebridge, we could hear the haunting notes of a piper. The tune just kept following us around as we wandered about. On the way back to the car we finally ran into him. Our timing was perfect and the music in the background just made for an end to a wonderful day. Well actually not quite the end, the perfect ending was stopping at the Ground Burger Bar for a veggie burger and glass of wine before heading home to watch the Leafs. :)