Monday, February 3, 2014

Simple Pleasures

You didn’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy the rugged beauty of Muskoka. Adventurers camped, fished, and paddled the many lakes and rivers – even in a jacket and bowtie, like this chap! 

Photo by Frank Micklethwaite
The hundreds of islands could be bought from the Crown for as little as $10, so a cozy cabin might suffice as your summer home. Even some of the wealthy preferred to shed their busy and complex lives for the simpler pleasures of tenting and cookouts. Escaping the heat and pollution of the cities for the refreshing lake breezes, and communing with nature were important for body and soul. The summer of 1914 was particularly hot. 

Photo by Frank Micklethwaite
Spending time with family and friends has long been one of the delights and highlights of cottage life. Wouldn't you like to join them?

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