In remembrance of The Great War during this centenary year, this blog will explore the intriguing social history of that tumultuous time. The first two of my Muskoka Novels – "The Summer Before the Storm" and "Elusive Dawn" – take place from 1914-1918. During my four years of research I accumulated a trunkful of notes, and will illuminate some of the more interesting and unusual tidbits, beginning with the Age of Elegance.
Muskoka boathouses are so much more than shelters for
watercraft. They are architectural gems, often reflecting the style of the
cottage, some whimsical and ornate, never two the same, all with stories to
tell. The spacious second floor – sometimes 60 or more feet long - was used as a
ballroom or servants’ quarters, guest suites or the children’s domain.
Photo copyright Gabriele Wills
Some were purposely built as boathouse cottages, as was this
lovely century one. For those who crave being near water, there is surely
nothing more delightful than feeling like you’re adrift on the lake, serenaded
by the lapping waves, and surrounded by the magical light reflected off the