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Bracebridge Warnings and Dangers

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    by carlsole Written Sep 6, 2006

    Cottagers who plan to rent in Muskoka should be aware that cottages run the gamut from truly rustic to grand mansions. Be certain to thoroughly research your rental or check it out in person to avoid any surprises. Of course most of the cottages are used frequently by the owners and are not dangerous or filthy, however, opinions about what constitutes a "cottage" differs from person to person and someone expecting a more modern, sturdy summer home doesn't want to end up with a smaller cottage with cracks in the screens and little to no AC! Most cottages in Muskoka now have satellite television, but if you can't live without it - ask! Be aware that the first thing to go in the rain is satellite reception! Also, be certain to ascertain from the person renting to you what equipment will be included in the rental. Things like a speedboat or a tinner, waterski stuff, tubing stuff, windsurfing suff, canoes and kayaks may be available, but not all cottage owners have all these things or might not be willing to have renters use them. The owner we rented from this summer no longers includes his own boat due to previous accidents and damage incurred to his boat. Renting a boat can be awfully expensive as well. This summer we opted to buy a speed boat and then sell it used after we were finished. This allowed us to save thousands on renting a boat for the summer. If you are operating a boat, make sure you know how to dock safely and tie your boat, as well as understanding the traffic rules and etiquette of lake boating. It is certainly worthwhile to study up on how to diagnose minor trouble with your boat so you don't get stuck out on the water due to a small, fixable problem. Be certain to close your screen doors at all times if you want to keep spiders and ants and other creepy crawlers out - especially mosquitoes! No one wants to get West Nile Virus on vacation! If you want to avoid more mosquitoes, cottage on an island in the lake where mosquitoes aren't as bad (they're still around though, so take precautions!)

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    • Water Sports
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Family Travel

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