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Ontario's Nature in Style - Page 2

Written by Jonathan Hiltz
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If cooking with a pot over a fire is not your 'cup of beans', there are various ports offering local restaurants such as Kai Restaurant in Port Carling and a few chain eateries like Turtle Jacks.  The resort provides some excellent culinary options as well. Teca is their fine dining experience; aromas from the open kitchen make your mouth water through the whole meal.  For more casual fare, the restaurant Cottages or the pool side snacks also feature signature dishes using local produce, meats and other goodies found in Ontario.  We found the blueberry muffins and stuffed French toast to be especially good.

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Gourmet food aside, an outdoor adventure is never complete without S’mores. For a small fee we purchased a s’mores kit from the front desk which included all the necessities. There is a constant fire going just outside on the property until eleven o’clock at night. This is probably the yummiest way to end a refreshing day outside; but once the day ends, the real fun begins, with the greatest spectacle available to humankind, the night sky.
Ontario Muskoka 5Without the 'light-pollution' (or regular pollution) provided by the city a couple of hours away, the night sky in Muskoka shines brighter than Times Square.  The constellations provide a show that is free to everyone on the planet, but all too often ignored in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  With a trained guide (and an eight-thousand dollar telescope) we could see the rings around Saturn and the moon seemed so close, that each crater had its own defining features.  Any closer and we would have seen the American flag on its surface.  We even witnessed a satellite slowly moving across the sky just outside of Earth’s atmosphere. The star-gazing experience is unique and whether or not done here, should at least be done once in everyone's lifetime.

One of the most enjoyable things about the Muskoka region is that is has no shortage of spas and health retreats.  After all, whatever crowded, noisy city you may be coming from, it always helps to slow down with the assistance of a massage. The Spa at Rosseau is spectacular with a menu full of options for women and men alike.  The best thing about it is that with any treatment includes a full day of locker room facilities which includes hot tubs, steam room, sauna and access to a private swimming pool.

Ontario Muskoka 1Whether you want to go camping under the stars with a fire and a pack of hot dogs or a little less rough at a resort and spa, Muskoka has everything for the perfect Ontario getaway.  Canada has been blessed with thousands of kilometers of nature and all are welcome to enjoy it.

©Jonathan Hiltz

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