Experience Bondi

We have so much to offer. Whether you want to be busy, or prefer to just relax and recharge, you can find the vacation to perfectly fit. Be sure to experience Bondi to the full. These slide shows offer just a small sampling of the activities that you can enjoy while here with us. We are constantly adding to them -- if you have photos of your time with us, please send them to us so we can include them. And be sure to tell us about your favourite Bondi Moments.

... in the SUMMER

Take a canoe trip down the Oxtongue River
Go Fish! We have fishing boats, and a lake with lots of fish
have a race with your buddies in a kayak, or just enjoy paddling along the shore
get close to wildlife -- what an unforgettable moment
take a day trip to Dorset. Plenty to explore, including the S.S. Bigwin, Museum and the World's Best General Store.
The Volunteer Firemen host the best fireworks displays, on Canada Day and the August long weekend. Firefest and the Dorset fireworks should be on your list of things to see.
Check out the Water Slide on one of several Rafts
Learn to waterski! Zev got up on his very first attempt.
try your knees at kneeboarding
We rent windsurfers -- everyone should try this great sport!
serving up waffles from the BBQ Barge after the Marathon Swim! Now THAT's an experience.
is that the fish? or the one that got away? Either way, it's all smiles. We rent fishing boats.
A picnic table is the best place to try your hand at arts and crafts
Our backfields are a great place to go berrying for blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, wild strawberries. Nothing tastes better.
Go jump off a dock.
There's always a quiet place along our 1200' of waterfront to simply relax
Learn to Waterski. Or polish your existing skills.
Play at Pirates... Kids have the best time when they make their own fun.
Make new friends
Learn about a Potato Cannon at the Cookout
This is the way to learn for the little ones -- the surfboard rocks.
Tubing!
Our shallow sandy beach invites kids to learn to swim!
Every week we have a Marathon Swim event, great for those who swim, canoe, kayak, row or just like to watch and cheer.
Every cottage has its own canoe. We also have rowboats, fishing boats, kayaks, windsurfers and ski boats. And we'll teach you how to use them.
yoga on a paddleboard!
Catch your very first fish -- our Main Dock is a super place to fish for rockbass
Hike our extensive Nature Trails. Look for bear claw marks!
Marsh's Falls! A great picnic destination
quiet time on the dock
Enjoy the flowers in the gardens -- and purchase the freshest of fresh produce from our own Organic Garden
Just hanging out at the Lake is still one of the best ever summer experiences
family fun time
Every summer we host the Chowder Bowl Clam Race. You really need to be here to understand :)
The view from the Dorset Tower is astounding
The Oxtongue Craft Cabin is a short hike away. Combine gift shopping and window shopping with a walk down to the Beaver Ponds.
Catch up on your Summer reading... and check out the great programs at the local Library too
Sailing -- where better than on Lake of Bays?
Frisbee Golf! We have a short course on the main lawn... 9 holes of challenging fun just across the road. Guests can sign out the discs at the office.
Go Wildlife Watching -- we include a Pass into Algonquin or Arrowhead Provincial Park for all our guests to enjoy.
Join us for the Marathon Swim -- to the Point. And Back. Or to the Island, 1.6 km. away
Nature hikes on our trails can lead to artistic adventures too!
A super day trip is to Parry Sound, for a trip in a float plane with Georgian Bay Airways. Brian has his own small Piper Cub PA-11, right here.
Some of our guests bring their horses on vacation too, at our stables. Others enjoy trail riding at one of three nearby centres.
So many butterflies -- guests always enjoy watching the caterpillars spin the chrysalis and emerge as flying flowers!
There are lots of places to mountain bike, including the fabulous Rail Trail in Algonquin.
Bring your own boat. We've got lots of dock space available. And with 330 miles of shoreline, Lake of Bays is a wonderful place to explore from the water.
Historical Plaques around the Lake provide incentive for a drive, a picnic, and a little education.
Ragged Falls -- a super place to picnic and admire the biggest waterfall on the Oxtongue River.
Our pony is always popular with the little ones
A drive around Lake of Bays takes you to the charming hamlets of Dwight, Dorset and Baysville -- seen here is Miss Nelle's, one of the oldest Baysville buildings.
So many ways to play with the water! How about Wakeboarding?
Just add kids and an old windsurfer to the lake and watch the fun unfold!
Bondi, with our 600 acre wilderness around us, is a fabulous site for birdwatchers. One of our guests snapped this picture right from the cottage window.
Get up close to Nature
Baysville, with the best place to picnic by a dam site, also has a great selection of antique store, restaurants and the Lake of Bays Brewery
White Water Rafting on the Ottawa is an easy Day Trip if you are staying with us.
Visit area museums -- Muskoka Heritage Place, Dorset Museum, Lucy Maude Montgomery house, and this one -- Bethune House in Gravenhurst. It's not ALL about the Lakes!
Join friends for Happy Hour
Join us for the great tradition of the Bondi Cook Out. Hot dogs, watermelon, s'mores... and so much more
Meet the free range chickens, and gather your own delicious eggs!
Sandcastle competition in our huge sandpile at the beach!
Cannonball! It's not just for the kids! Get your Lake On!
Learn to canoe. Or learn a new use for a canoe. Every cottage has it's very own canoe provided.
Enjoy summer regattas held on all the Lakes!
In August there is no corn better tasting than ours, super fresh, right from our organic garden to your plate!
Not far away, Haliburton Forest Reserve offers a Walk in the Clouds and the Wolf Reserve. Great day's outing.
Get engaged... We're a popular place for that wonderful occurence!
Sail on the RMS Segwun or Wenonah! Great dinner cruises, Sunday Pirate Adventure for the kids (big and little), Millionaire's Row... a perfect day
Enjoy Historic Downtown Huntsville. Take the Mural Tour of the Group of Seven. Add your own brushstrokes to the latest mural. Follow Tom Thompson's paint-smeared footsteps...
enjoy the water tramploline, and all our other great water toys! Our very shallow sandy beach is ideal for kids of all ages!
Waterskiing!
It's not the size of the fish that matters, especially with catch and release
Precious quiet time at the lake
on the dock
making friends
dark sky
early morning paddle
a little pony loving

... in the SPRING

Newborn Fawn hiding in the garden near one of our cottages. Have you ever been that close?
get up close to a moose in Algonquin Park. April and May are the very best Moose Months!
Smelt run when the buds on the poplar are as big as a chipmunk's ear. Come check out both!
The Daily Chipmunk makes friends with all our guests.
First One in the Lake in early May! What a great memory.
Spin the Lakes, in late May, a cycle tour around the Lake of Bays.
Call Wading... we give you a place and a reason to unplug and recharge your own batteries.
Visit the Dorset Museum to learn about the Local Logging Wonder, the Gilmore Tramway
Algonquin Park in the Spring... it is a MOOSEd See. We'll provide the day pass.
Trilliums carpet the woods in spring. A truly Ontario vision!
Doors Open events take place throughout Muskoka in June. We've got lots more history than you mgiht think.

... in the FALL

Autumn colours make fall one of the best times for golf enthusiasts. Nearby Bigwin Island course is open Spring and Fall to non-members.
Our 12 hole Frisbee Golf Course is open year round. Autumn is one of the prettiest seasons, though!
Autumn is when we get the best sunsets. Wow!
Hike in the woods when the leaves are down -- no flies... but lots of animal signs, like these bear claw marks! What an experience!
Our sculpture of a Red Tail hawk, in memory of Paul Pax Tapley. Autumn is when the Artists open up for their Studio Tours -- you can visit so many great galleries on one weekend!
Hiking is at its best in the Autumn. No bugs, fabulous colours... this is one of the cottage roads on our property, but there are many many great trails in the area.
The fall colours, from our Lookout.
In November, Huntsville hosts a fantastic Girls' Getaway Weekend. Stay with us for special rates, right on the lake, and enjoy all the shows and activities.
Triathlons and Marathons happen in Huntsville year round. Autumn is our favourite for these -- not too hot, perfect colours!
The birds start moving through again, heading south, making us a haven for birdwatchers. The Pileated woodpecker comes to hang out in our Wild Cherry Trees.
enjoy a day out at the Haliburton Forest Reserve and visit the Wolf Centre.
Autumn is one of the best times to visit the many area rivers and waterfalls, like Marsh's Falls, Ragged Falls, Oxtongue Rapids
Harvest Time! Visit the Farmers' Markets, and don't miss the Bala Cranberry Festival
Autumn hiking, no flies, but often you find more wonderful things, like these turkey feathers from our local wild flock
Moon on October water
Early morning mists in the autumn just call for a sweater, a cup of coffee, the view from the dock...
A cruise on the RMS Segwun or Wenonah for dinner, or just to enjoy the autumn colours -- ranked one of Canada's TOP attractions!
Autumn is about Hiking -- you can see forever through the trees as the leaves come down. And until then, the autumn colours will take your breath away.
Cozy up to a fireplace and enjoy the sunsets as autumn turns toward winter and the birds turn toward fall migration
With the ripening of the fruits and apple trees, you might see a bear, especially in Algonquin Park!
The Dorset Tower in the fall -- you should see the view from the top!
The Oxtongue River Rapids are popular with artists year round, but especially in the autumn.
Do you know your mushrooms? If you do, wander in our woods...
Wildlife watchers report seeing more animals on our property than in the Park -- because we are less crowded.
Got a group? Enjoy photography? We're your place :)

... in the WINTER

Our tubing hill is close, and BIG and tons of fun for all ages.
the deer don't mind the snow! Come find out why.
Winter is a wonderful opportunity to see wildlife up close here on our property.
we have toboggan hills and a tube run! Slide!!!
Craft a Snowman... or build a Quinzhee
Visit with the neighbours
try your hand at Ice Fishing
Bondi hosts the Muskoka Paintball Biathlon
Wolf tracks on the lake. Join us for a Wolf howl after dark!
Sleigh Rides! Not just for big teams of horses. Meet Spark and Star, the Oxen, and enjoy one of several local farms offering sleigh ride adventures.
practice for the Paintball Biathlon -- you need to Ski and Shoot!
The Algonquin Snowmobile Club has some of the best trails in the province. You can access them directly from Bondi.
We have almost 20 km. of groomed, track-set ski trails here on site. Close by is Arrowhead Provincial Park, a world-class nordic facility. Or Ski the Frost, near Dorset.
Sleigh Rides are popular, and close by.
cross country skiing suits all ages and abilities
saying hello to the horses
Is there any way to have MORE FUN?
Ragged Falls is a spectcular snowshoe destination very close by
Skate on the Lake! It's how the great ones start out!
Dog Sledding! What a rush! we have several kennels nearby that offer this great day out!
Almost 20 km. of groomed cross country ski trails ideal for all levels of ability and energy. Ski right from your door.
some like it flat -- skiing, snowshoeing or skating the lake is wonderful excercise.
All ages enjoy the rush of the toboggan hill! Ours is a big one! But there are smaller ones, too, for the younger set.
Frisbee Golf! Play it on Snowshoes! Just don't use white discs!
Come for Christmas. Cut your own tree. Play with all your new winter toys... Reconnect with your family.
Algonquin Park -- brilliant in any season. In early winter the bulls have their huge antlers on... wow.
Algonquin Park -- brilliant in any season. In early winter the bulls have their huge antlers on... wow.
The Dorset Puddlejumpers run the channel most weekends. We suggest you watch. We don't suggest you try it yourself.
Two words: Winter Carnivals
Play some Road Hockey in our big Parking Lot. Nobody has to stop and yell "CAR!"
Winter, on the Ice... where better to perfect your golf game?
We're a great place for Couples. Check out our Just We Two specials.
Hidden Valley Highlands , right next door, offers one of the best places in Ontario to learn to ski, or to polish your skills. Check out their Special Kids' Camps during Christmas and March Break.
Hidden Valley Highlands , right next door, offers one of the best places in Ontario to learn to ski, or to polish your skills. Check out their Special Kids' Camps during Christmas and March Break.
With 600 acres of our own private wilderness, we're a brilliant place to snowshoe!
as seen on Environment Canada
max: 23°C A mix of sun and cloud
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min: 13°C Showers
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max: 20°C Showers
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