This afternoon for your viewing pleasure we have a “Farm Fresh” report from fellow Woody Boater Chris Bullen who was in the majestic Muskoka Lakes Region of Ontario, Canada last weekend.
Muskoka Lakes Association Invitational Only Event
by Chris Bullen
Here is a show that you may not heard of. The Muskoka Lakes Association holds an invitation only show every other year. This being the other year. The show is held in Port Carling, Ontario – this is a very relaxed event, no judging , boats sit at the dock, and most of us just chat with all the Woody Boaters.
We had a fun time as “Dukes” has new owners and has saved the old building, she has new cribs and is straight for the first time in many many years. Watching all the boats come in and go through the locks is quite a site, rarely do you get that many woodies all floating together in the bay.
If you’ve never taken a trip to Port Carling, last week would have been the best time. Despite the threat of rain, Muskoka Lakes Association put on a wonderful invitation only boat show. It’s social and relaxed. A no judging atmosphere with boats perched on the dock and where Woody Boaters chat among woody boaters about their favourite subject.
Port Carling is the hub between Lake Muskoka and Lake Rosseau. Connecting them are the historic locks. In 1869 Benjamin Hardcastle Johnson put Port Carling on the map by opening a post office. The same year construction on the locks started and was finished and open for public use by 1871.
Watching all the boats come in and go through the locks is quite a sight; rarely do you get that many woodies all floating together in the bay.
Port Carling is home to many of the famous builders we know and love: John Matheson, Dukes, Port Carling Boat Works, the Disappearing Propeller Boat, and the WJ Johnson. Dukes and Port Carling Boat Works (the builders of the Seabird) are still there today. Dukes has new owners who have saved the old building. The place has new cribs and is standing straight for the first time in many many years.
This is a great show with the very best boats in Muskoka. A must see event I recommend. Enjoy a few photos from the day.
Thanks Chris for sharing your story on the Muskoka Lakes event with us here on Woody Boater today! We appreciate your efforts.