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Tuesday Tales from the Archives – Navigation Companies

January 16, 2018

If, as a visitor to the Big Three Muskoka Lakes, you sail aboard one of our ships, you may be unaware of the long history of navigation companies behind the experience. The first company to operate a steamship on Lake Muskoka was the Lakes of Muskoka Steamboat Line founded in 1866. A. P. Cockburn was the manager and the man who built and sailed the very first steamboat on Lake Muskoka - Wenonah (I). He added Waubamik, Nipissing (I), Simcoe and Rosseau. In 1881, the company changed its name, but not its manager. Muskoka & Nipissing Navigation Company added to the fleet the ships Muskoka, Lake Joseph, Kenozha, Oriole and Nipissing (II). In 1889, the company name changed again to Muskoka &…...

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Bachelorette Party – Best venue in Muskoka

On the top deck of Wenonah II is the Commodore Dining Room. It seats 10 in privacy. The amenities include a private washroom, a personal server, and a semi-private outdoor…...

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#TuesdayTales from the Archives: Identifying the rank of the officers of the fleet

When on duty, the officers of our fleet wear a uniform. The epaulets on their uniform differentiate their ranks. So if you are looking through photos you took of our…...

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Muskoka Wedding Show 2018

The 9th annual Muskoka Wedding Show opens its doors January 13, 2017 at 9 AM. If you are planning a Muskoka wedding, you should be there. Learn how you can…...

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Tuesday Tales from the Archives: Staying Aboard for Old and New Generations

This year (2012) marks the 125th anniversary of the Town of Gravenhurst, and it also marks the 125th anniversary of the R.M.S. Segwun. Segwun is not only the last coal…...

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Tuesday Tales from the Archives: Lady Flora McRea Eaton

Lady Eaton personified Muskoka’s earliest reputation for grace and speed. The wife of Sir John Eaton and daughter-in-law of Timothy Eaton, she was a luminary in early 20th century Canadian…...

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Tuesday Tales from the Archives: What is a Dispro?

The origins of Disappearing Propeller Boats (Dispros or Dippies) go back to the 1800s when W. J. Johnson Sr. constructed a practical rowing boat a big improvement over dugouts and…...

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Tuesday Tales from the Archives: The Struggles

Early Days of the Muskoka Steamship & Historical Society The bunting and the flags snapped and fluttered in the Lake Muskoka breeze on that brilliant sunny day June 1, 1974.…...

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Tuesday Tales from the Archives – The Rules have changed

The Way It Was: Drinking parties, carousing and objectionable noise not permitted! Growing from 30 resorts, in 1896, to resorts capable of welcoming 5,500 as of 1913, Muskoka lodging was for the…...

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#MuskokaWharfTreeLighting Photo Contest

Attend tonight's - Friday, December 1, 2017 - Tree Lighting ceremony on Muskoka Wharf. The event runs between 6 and 8 PM. Take a photo and post it to your…...

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