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Lake Cecebe map with geographic data and fishing

Have you always wondered what owning your own cottage by the lake would feel like? How relaxing it would be to sip that much needed cup of coffee while enjoying stunning lake views? If you’ve started to picture yourself there, let us welcome you to the perfect setting for your daydream. This is Lake Cecebe. 

Located in beautiful Almaguin Highlands, just west of the village of Burk’s Falls, Lake Cecebe has a most unusual shape. With a surface area of over 7 kilometers squared, this lake has a shoreline stretching over 30 km. Just think of the fun and exciting things you can do with that!

Lake Cecebe is home to a fantastic park, Lions Park. The grounds include a playground, picnic tables, beach and dock area. It’s a great place to meet friends or

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Sparrow Lake map with details about the area and fish species

Welcome to Sparrow Lake. This southern most lake in the Muskoka region is situated south of the town of Gravenhurst, Ontario and is a major part of the Trent Severn Waterway, which means you’ll no doubt spot all of the amazing boats rolling by on their way from Lake Couchiching to Georgian Bay. It’s close enough to the city for a weekend or week-long getaway; yet far enough away to forget your worries. The lake was named after a William Sparrow, an Englishman, who fished and hunted the area in the 19th century, and who’s mysterious disappeared has sparked many a rumour.

Controversy aside, you’ll absolutely love Sparrow Lake. You’ll get out of the city and unwind on the beautiful shores of this medium sized lake. Embrace tranquility from a Muskoka

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Welcome to Three Mile Lake. Since there are, in fact three lakes in the region named Three Mile Lake, we will call this one, Three Mile Lake - Armour. Conveniently located in the Almaguin Highlands region, this particular Three Mile Lake sits just outside the village of Burk’s Falls in the Parry Sound District, 30 minutes north of Huntsville and 60 minutes south of North Bay.

For boating and fishing enthusiasts, Three Mile Lake - Armour is ideal for smaller watercraft. So grab your toys and head out to the lake. Try your hand at water skiing, tubing, and wakeboarding. Or, if calmer activities appeal to you, feel free to enjoy the clear blue waters while you paddle your canoe or kayak around Garden Island. Let the exercise fuel your body,

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Every Canada Day, for the past 20 years, we have planted small Canadian flags on the front lawns of homes in our Bracebridge and Gravenhurst communities. This small gesture reflects the immense pride and appreciation of being Canadian and living in this great country.

The recent discovery of unmarked graves on former residential school sites in Kamloops, B.C., and Cowessess First Nation, Sask., has shaken our nation. It has shone further light on the widespread and systematic abuse that Indigenous people faced (and continue to face) in our country.

While every Canadian is free to celebrate Canada Day on their terms, this year will be a time of reflection and observance and less about revelry for many. With this in mind, we've decided to

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To help you navigate Muskoka's red-hot real estate market, we spoke with a couple of our realtors to provide insight on the top questions they’ve been getting from buyers and sellers lately. 

Q: Should I wait until the market cools down to buy?

The short answer: It depends on your situation. “The reality is that in the red-hot COVID market, houses have been selling for over asking and without conditions when perhaps they shouldn't be,” says Rolly Robert, a sales representative at our Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty office in Bracebridge. “The time between seeing the house and the offer date is short and leaves little time for reflection.”

So, if you're in a situation where you have the benefit of time, it's always helpful, says Daniel

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The recent discovery of unmarked graves on former residential school sites in Kamloops, B.C., and Cowessess First Nation, Sask., has brought renewed attention to Canada’s residential school system.

While we have a lot to be proud of as Canadians, we need to be united in our support of our Indigenous communities and ensure that the residential school system's horrors are brought to light. This Canada Day, to honour the Indigenous children who died at residential schools across the country, turn your attention to the following organizations and donate:

First Nations Child & Family Caring Society

This non-profit organization supports the well-being of Indigenous youth and their families. To donate, click here.

Reconciliation Canada

As a

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small lake cottage

While there are many advantages to living on the three big lakes—Joseph, Muskoka, and Rosseau—in Muskoka, there are plenty of reasons worth buying on one of the 1,597 smaller lakes. Fortunately, our realtors who regularly deal with lakefront properties on small lakes know the perks.

From more privacy to more of a community feel, we’ve rounded up the top benefits of owning a small lake cottage.

More privacy

“Generally speaking, smaller lakes do not have marinas, retail establishments, and regular boat traffic. So if this is important to you, then a small lake is something to think about.” —Susan Benson, broker at Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty in Bracebridge

Fewer boats

“Smaller lakes offer less boat traffic, allowing those that

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On June 1, Canada’s federal bank regulator, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI), raised the minimum qualifying rate for the mortgage stress test. The new rules will make it harder for borrowers applying for uninsured mortgages (those with a down payment of 20 percent or more) and insured mortgages (those with a down payment of less than 20 percent) to get a loan. Banks must now use the higher interest rate of either 5.25 percent (up from 4.79 percent) or the amount negotiated with the borrower’s lender plus two percent. 

“The qualifying rate will help support financial resilience should economic circumstances change,” said Ben Gully, assistant superintendent of OSFI’s regulation sector, in a recent press release. “Our

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Much like the rest of Ontario, the Muskoka region is sitting in a pronounced seller’s market. With a surge of buyers and historically low inventory, multiple offers and above-asking sale prices have become the norm.

The Muskoka residential real estate market saw a 21% increase in unit sales in the first quarter (Q1) of 2021 with 161 sales compared to 133 in 2020. However, sales would have been significantly higher if more homes were available for sale. The average residential sale price also rose 62% to $685,984 in 2021. (Keep in mind that the sample size is still relatively small, so we expect these price increases to moderate as the amount of unit sales increases.)

The number of units sold over list price spiked, too. By the end of Q1, 46% of

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Harp Lake

 

If you haven’t heard of Harp Lake before, let us introduce you to this gem in Muskoka. With a surface area of 0.72 km2 Harp Lake is small and scenic. Take in the sights and sounds of the lake while having a morning coffee. The lake is conveniently located 15 minutes from the town of Huntsville and will give you access to a variety of grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants and local festivals in the summer. 

 The local boat launch is located on the northwest corner of the lake on Harp Lake Road. Motorized boats are welcome! Some of the fish species that call this lake home include smallmouth bass, yellow perch, brook trout and lake trout.  

If you like being active there are many choices nearby. Whether its golf, hiking, downhill skiing

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