Tuesday, January 31

January in Pictures

The sunset let us see the world through rose-coloured glasses.
 Whoosh! That was the sound of January flying by at lightening speed. How is it we're one-twelfth of the way through the new year already? 

A short walk on our trails.
Some people would say good riddance to January, infamous as it is for blues, blahs and post holiday malaise. Some would, but not me. I loved this month! It was full of sunshine and fresh powder. There were billows and banks of pristine snow and big puffy flakes the size of a baby's hand drifting lazily down from the sky. Some days I thought I might get a tan, spending so much time out under a bright sun; other days I thought I might be—magically—lost inside a snow globe.

And many days I couldn't resist grabbing the camera and heading outside to try to capture the moment and share it with others. Here are some of the images that captured me.

The Coop in the morning shade.
Snow highlighting every branch.
Inside the snow globe!

Best seats for watching the sun set. 
Now THAT's deep! (yes, Saba is standing)
Good morning!
Reflecting on winter.

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!

Simply serene.

Chores: done. Country living: loving it!

Saturday, January 7

Winter Events in Muskoka & Almaguin

There's plenty happening in Muskoka and the Almaguin Highlands this winter. From outdoor festivals and activities, to live performances and inspiring films, to laidback getaways with wide open schedules, there's something for everyone.

We've started compiling a list of events. Check back often for updates.

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Burk's Falls Winterfest
Burk's Falls
Sleigh rides, indoor and outdoor games, prizes, vendors and live entertainment. At the Burk's Falls fair grounds.
Jan 15

Muskoka Loppet
Arrowhead Park
A classic ski tradition at Arrowhead Park just north of Huntsville, hosted by the Arrowhead Nordic Ski Club. 15 km and 30 km classic events; 3 km and 9 km individual and relay snowshoe events; 5 km classic for social skiers. Visit the Arrowhead Nordic Club website for details.
Jan 22

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Be inspired and exhilarated by a selection of films that take you around the world, to the tops of mountains and down raging rivers. From adrenaline-fueled action sports, to an exploration of wild landscapes and remote mountain cultures, the films in this year's Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour will ignite your passion for adventure.
Algonquin Outfitters is the host for the Huntsville stop on the tour; and the Algonquin Theatre is the venue. Two evenings screening different shows. Discount at the Algonquin Outfitters store for people attending both shows.
Festival Special: Stay two nights at Fern Glen Inn and attend at least one night of the festival and get $32 off your stay. That's the cost of two tickets!
For descriptions of the films, visit the
Algonquin Outfitters blog. Purchase tickets online from Algonquin Theatre.
Jan 24 & 25

Jim Cuddy
Juno award winner, Blue Rodeo front man, iconic Canadian singer/songwriter Jim Cuddy returns to the Algonquin Theatre, this time to showcase the release of his third solo album. Purchase tickets online from Algonquin Theatre.
Jan 26

Canadian National Pond Hockey Championship
Teams from across North America come to compete for two weekends of outdoor pond hockey. For info on registering your team, volunteering your time, or schedule of events, visit the Canadian National Pond Hockey website.
Jan 27 - 29, Feb 3 - 5

Comics on the Rocks Comedy Festival
Huntsville and Area
What do you get when you cross a winter weekend getaway with some of the best comedic talent in Canada? The Comics on the Rocks Comedy Festival. Attend one or two evenings of live comedy, spend your day laughing it up as you play in the snow. Comics on the Rocks Getaway Package available through Fern Glen Inn.
Feb 10 - 12

Kearney Dog Sled Races
A great weekend to get outside and enjoy winter at the largest dog sled racing event in the north-east. Spectators can watch the dog sled races, ski-joring races and the adorable kid-and-mutt races. There are also demos, activities, snow-bike races, live entertainment, vendors, food, and more. It starts Friday evening with a family skate and bonfire and continues until Sunday night dinner. For more info and a schedule of events visit the
Kearney Dog Sled Races website.
Feb 10 - 12

Winter Fun Day
Oxtongue Lake
An activity-packed day with something for everyone. Winter games, ski lessons, winter camping demos, camp fire, door prizes and more. Located at the Algonquin Outfitters Oxtongue Lake store. Visit Algonquin Outfitters for details.
Feb 11 - 12

Valentine's Day
Fern Glen Inn
The best gift you can give your sweety is some time away with you! We think any getaway here at Fern Glen Inn is special, but if you want to add some extra treats, order our Snowshoe with Your Sweetheart package. The package includes 2 nights accommodations, breakfast both mornings, a box of gourmet chocolate truffles, and bath bubbles. Every winter stay includes complimentary use of snowshoes to enjoy on our trails. Book online or email us for details.
Feb 14

Dorset Snowball
Enjoy winter activities such as skating, snowball throwing game, chainsaw carving demo, minnow races, horse-drawn wagon rides, hockey shoot-out, Hockey Night in Dorset and more at the 22nd annual winter carnival. Visit
Dorset Snowball website for details.
Feb 17 - 18

February Long Weekend
Fern Glen Inn
Make the most of your mid-winter break by getting out of the city and coming out to play in the snow! Go snowshoeing and tobogganing (complimentary on site); let us book you in for a guided dog sledding tour or sleigh ride; hand-feed the chickadees or unwind by a real wood fire. This weekend always fills up so reserve your room soon. Visit Fern Glen Inn or book online.
Feb 17 - 20

Dwight Winter Carnival
Celebrate winter with events and activities in this town just west of Algonquin Park. Visit the Dwight Winter Carnival website to see what's in store.
Feb 23 - 25

Reel Docs Film Festival

Reel Alternatives Huntsville is screening five acclaimed films at the Algonquin Theatre over two days. The theme of Reel Docs 2012 is Fascinating Biographies and features both drama and documentaries. Visit Reel Alternatives Huntsville for schedule and ticket information.
Feb 24 - 25

Ontario ParaSport Winter Games
The town of Huntsville is proud to host the 2010 Ontario ParaSport Winter Games. Cheer on as athletes compete in seven sports over three days. For details visit Ontario ParaSport Winter Games.
Feb 24 - 26

Tap the Sap Culinary Event

Port Sydney
Savour Muskoka hosts an evening of incredible food prepared by local chefs with food from local producers. Cash bar features locally crafted beers and cranberry wines. Live roots/reggae band provides the entertainment. Fern Glen Inn will be there, partnering with Belly Ice Cream to bring you one of three dessert offerings. Tickets are $40/person, available at the inn or other locations around Muskoka. See Savour Muskoka Events for details.
March 3, 7pm

Women in Film Festival

In celebration of International Women's Day, two films are being screened at the Algonquin Theatre. The evening begins with the world premier of Fairly Foul, a short documentary on chemicals, cosmetics, women and the environment by Muskoka's very own Virginia Hastings and Katie Ungard. The feature film, Taking Root, will follow. For schedule and ticket information, visit YWCA Muskoka.
March 8

Thursday, January 5

Comics on the Rocks Comedy Festival Weekend

Comedy Festival in Huntsville, Muskoka 
February 10th - 12th 

The first annual Comics on the Rocks features two nights of hilarity from a lineup of top comedians, plus outdoor activities and adventures that'll have you laughing with friends -- and maybe at yourself!

Friday February 10
Cottage Country Comedy Festival Presents... 
Live standup comedy featuring stars of MTV, Much Music Video on Trial and CBC's The Debaters!
Evening show at the Algonquin Theatre in downtown Huntsville

Saturday February 11
Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood Improv Show
Two stars of the Emmy nominated "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" present an evening of extraordinary improvisational comedy. Using their quick wit, Colin and Brad take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes. Throughout the evening, the show becomes truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun. Evening show at Deerhurst Resort on Hwy 60 in Huntsville

Outdoor Activities
  • Friday Night Skate and Bonfire at Kearney Lions Park 
  • Saturday Free skating and Workshops at Cann Lake in Huntsville 
  • Saturday and Sunday Kearney Dog Sled Races, including demos and activities for spectators and visitors 
  • All weekend long: Free Snowshoeing and Tobogganing our private trails

  • Comics On the Rocks Getaway Package 
Laugh and play with a winter weekend getaway to Fern Glen Inn and enjoy a show or two of sidesplitting live comedy.

Package Includes: 

  • two nights accommodation for two people in any room (queen bed and ensuite bathroom) 
  • delicious breakfast each morning 
  • free use of snowshoes and toboggans on site 
  • map and directions to outdoor activities around the region 
  • two tickets for the Friday night Cottage Country Comedy Show AND/OR the Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood Improv Show 
Package Rate (see ONE show): $309 per couple + tax

Package Rate (see BOTH shows): $389 per couple + tax

Call 1-866-311-8519 or email info@ferngleninn.on.ca to reserve your Comics On the Rocks Getaway!