Tag Archives: Summer

Birches Shrimp Provencal

Photo courtesy of Hidden Valley Resort

By Chef Scott Cribb


12             large peeled and de-veined shrimp with the tail on

½             a Spanish onion diced

1               diced tomato

2-3           minced garlic cloves

1               baguette

1               bunch of fresh parsley

2oz           white wine

1oz            Pernod

salt and pepper to taste

How do I make it?


Sweet Summer

Isn’t summer awesome?

There’s no question that it’s my favourite time of year. Warm weather, spending time outdoors, gardening and eating fresh fruits and veggies right from your own backyard … it just feels like heaven.

Muskoka is an amazing place in every season, but there’s something about summer that just makes us want to take advantage of our landscape. Maybe it’s the influx of seasonal visitors coming to enjoy our region that inspires us, or maybe it’s just feeling that sunshine on our faces. Either way, it’s great to get outside and play the day away.

In this edition of Sideroads, we’re heading outdoors to take advantage of those sunny days and warm summer nights.

Whether it’s taking to the sky in a floatplane, rounding up the family to go berry picking, or working on a community garden, Muskoka is definitely the best place to do it in. From the Gravenhurst wharf to the North Bay carousel and train and everything in between, you’ll find lots of summer inspiration in these pages.

Speaking of the outdoors, this year marks Algonquin Outfitters’ 50th anniversary. To celebrate that, we’ve highlighted some of their amazing community initiatives on page 30, and put a gorgeous fox on our cover. That beautiful photograph was shot by Kerry Hayden and has won third place in the Algonquin Outfitters photo contest.

So if you’re looking some great reading, grab your Sideroads and head to the dock for some much-needed R&R. Catch a few rays and enjoy your summer stories. This weather won’t stick around for long.

Muskoka Wharf

Photo courtesy of Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre

By Andrew Hind and Maria Da Silva

We sat on the patio leisurely sipping our wine, the glorious sun  – so close you feel as though you can reach out and touch it – warming our faces and painting the ripples upon the water a dazzling silver. We watched as loons paddled in the distance, as smoke billowed from the stack of a century-old steamship to halo above, and as gleaming boats full of tanned passengers dressed in t-shirts and shorts gently pulled up alongside the docks. A couple strolled hand-in-hand along the boardwalk ringing the bay, while a lone gentleman sat on a bench on the end of a dock, savoring the tranquility of the setting…

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Muskoka For the Win

Photo by Sarah Ryeland

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One resort’s shot at a million-dollar vacation

By Sarah Ryeland

How would you react if your company sent you on a million-dollar vacation to Queensland, Australia?

There’s only one catch: you’ll have to go with your colleagues.

But for employees of The Rosseau, a J.W. Marriott Resort and Spa in Minett, that’s the fun part…

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Campfire Perfection

Your guide to the perfect summer campfire

By Sarah Ryeland

What’s summer in Muskoka without a campfire? Everyone has their own traditions when it comes to this favourite family tradition, but it’s fun to switch things up a bit, too. So whether you’re camping, in your own backyard or visiting a friend, here are some handy campfire tips to help you create memories that will last a lifetime.

So gather some kindling, some friends and some bug spray and enjoy your campfire this summer…

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Peach, Nectarine and Wild Blueberry Pie

By Pamela Steel

This pie is a natural for chef and baker Tarrah Laidman-Lodboa. Born and raised in peach country around the Niagara peninsula, she completed her cook’s apprenticeship at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, where, she writes, “my love for wild blueberries blossomed. This recipe is a twist on an old favourite. It is my way of combining the best fruit of late summer for one last hurrah near Labour Day. I pick up the blueberries in Gravenhurst on the way back from Muskoka.”

Yum! How do I make it?

Art You Can Feel

Photo courtesty of Miranda Thomas

One Huntsville artist shows just how tactile textiles can be

By Sarah Ryeland

Miranda Thomas has been an artist for as long as she can remember. And for someone who’s only 26 years old, that adds up to a lifetime of creation.

“I’ve always been an artist,” she says. “For as long as I can remember I’ve been drawing, painting and creating things.”

But it wasn’t until fairly recently that she discovered her passion for textile arts…

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