How to Make a Beaver Tail

Hungry for a Beaver Tail? No Canadian winter can pass without eating at least one. These sweet, flat, donut-like pastries were a staple among early settlers, who stretched dough into the shape of a beaver’s tail in order to bake them easily over an open fire. Zoom forward to 1978 when BeaverTails Canada Inc. trademarked the treat and began selling them to skaters on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal. They’re now a sold in iconic outdoor stalls at winter destinations across the country, including Muskoka. But you can make your own, too. We’ve got a recipe right here:

Top 10 Books of 2020

Top 10 Lists for 2020 are filling up our social media feeds this season with everything from hit music and flicks to the Best and Worst. We’ve gone a more literary route, with Top 10 Books chosen by four very different sources: BookNet Canada, People magazine, the LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Not-so-surprising …

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The Time to Shop Local is Now

This is a different kind of holiday season for everyone. Online shopping has soared in popularity with the ease of buying and shipping offered all in one place. However, if you’ve been relying on the big selling engines like AMAZON, please remember that your local businesses are also turning to online selling or phone-in orders with curbside pick up and delivery. Check out what’s available in your own neighbourhood and support those small business operators who’ve relied on walk-in traffic in the past.

Her Hero Swim on Lake Muskoka

Swimming around historic Tondern Island on Lake Muskoka turned into an epic challenge last summer for 17-year-old Caroline Lewitt, a young hero whose stamina and sense of purpose raised more than $5,000 for the local Covid-19 Emergency Fund administered by the South Muskoka Hospital Foundation.

Housekeeping, A Book Review

The Christmas season is all about bringing people together and spending time with loved ones, which makes Housekeeping by American author Marilynne Robinson a perfect must-read modern classic for the season.  Written in beautiful poetic-prose, Robinson’s novel takes place in the small, isolated town of Fingerbone where two young orphans, Ruth and Lucille, live with their strange, …

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Skip the Holi-daze, Simplify Christmas

Making time to reconnect with loved ones is a wish topping many lists this holiday season, so set aside the chaos and commit to doing more this year. More of what you truly enjoy, that is. These time-saving holiday hacks can help curb your time commitments so you can focus on personal connections and celebrating good cheer with loved ones instead.

Books You Can Give

Two new books by Muskoka writers have arrived in time for the holiday gift giving season: Paul Feist’s Broken Anchor and Square Wheels by David Bruce Patterson. Both historical, both set in Canada, these funny, tragic, coming-of-age novels offer readers poignant takes on the struggles we all face in striving to do the right thing.

A Few of our Favourite Things

This holiday season we’re having fun re-gramming a few of our favourite things. In the weeks leading up to Christmas 2020, we’re re-posting items that caught our collective eye in Summer 2020. From art and food, to fashion and fun, all items are either made in Muskoka, or add to cottage life in a meaningful way. We’re especially fond of gifts you can shop local, or that support artists and writers endeavouring to stay afloat during these odd times we’re living through. Looking for gift ideas? Catch up with @MuskokaStyleMag on Instagram for ongoing inspo, or check back (regularly!) here.

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