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The Lonely Loon Cocktail

    • 1 oz white pine (or cedar or spruce) simple syrup - recipe below
    • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
    • 2 oz gin of choice
    • Club soda or….sparkling wine (for the “Not So Lonely Loon”)

Stir the first 3 ingredients in a tall glass with ice.
Add Soda water or sparkling wine. Serve with a sprig of pine!

For the same refreshing drink without the alcohol….
- Omit the gin and sparkling wine
- Just mix equal parts simple syrup and lemon juice
- Pour over ice and add Soda Water to taste (sweet or less sweet)

White pine simple syrup

    • 1 cup white pine tips (the new shoots at the end of the young branches)
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup water

Heat these three ingredients to a boil in a pot, reduce to simmer and simmer for 5 minutes. Then
let sit for 30 – 60 minutes.
Drain off the pine tips and refrigerate your delicious syrup for use with your cocktails. A
delicious syrup with hints of the nature and beauty of the lakes.
You can use this right away, or refrigerate for a couple of weeks.

Conservation Canapes (recommended by the MotE Organizing Team!)

Fish ‘on’ Chips

    • Thick Cut potato chips
    • Spreadable cream cheese
    • Milford Bay smoked trout

Spread a dollop of cream cheese on a chip and top with a small helping of Milford Bay smoked trout.


White Pine Cheese Pennies

    • 1 cup All purpose Flour
    • 1 stick unsalted butter (softened)
    • ½ tsp salt
    • ¾ cup finely grated sharp cheddar cheese, other if you don’t have cheddar on hand
    • ¼ cup very finely chopped white pine needles (use the fine tips that are on the newest small
    • branches)

Cut butter into the flour, salt and pine needle Mix in the cheese and blend well.

Gather into a ball, roll into a long tight roll 1 to 1 ½ inch thick.

Place in freezer for 15 minutes or refrigerator for longer – until firm to cut Slice into ¼ inch

slices and place 1 inch apart on parchment paper

Bake at 350 F for about 10 – 12 minutes – slightly golden around the edges (oven time may vary)

Cool on wire rack


Cottage Garden Grilled Shrimp

    • 2 – 3 pounds shrimp (16 – 20 per pound) peeled and deveined
    • ½ onion finely minced 3 cloves minced garlic
    • ¼ cup each of minced fresh parsley and basil, or be bold – any herbs from your garden 2 tsp Dijon
    • mustard
    • 1 tsp dry mustard 1 tsp salt
    • ½ tsp ground pepper
    • ¼ cup olive oil
    • Juice of one lemon.  You can also add some of the zest, chopped finely.

Mix above and marinate for 1 – 2 hours.

Either skewer and grill or use a grilling pan for the BBQ and grill for 1 ½ minutes per side.

Can be sautéed in a heavy skillet as an alternative.

Don’t overcook.  Serve warm or at room temp


Crimson Sunset Beet Hummus

    • 1 raw beet roughly chopped 2 cloves garlic
    • 1 cup cooked black beans drained and rinsed
    • ¼ cup tahini
    • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (aged) 1 tsp ground cumin
    • ½ tsp salt

Pulse beet and garlic in a food processor until finely minced.  Add remaining ingredients and

puree until smooth.

Transfer to a service bowl, sprinkle with fresh herbs and sesame seeds if desired.

Serve with:

    • Pita crackers
    • Thinly sliced radishes

Ol’ Muskoka Cheese Ball

    • 8oz old (sharp) cheddar cheese, grated
    • 12 oz cream cheese (1 ½ pkg of the 250g Philadelphia cream cheese) 5 tbs undiluted frozen orange
    • juice
    • ¼ cup chopped green olives Dash of onion salt, celery salt
    • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
    • ¾ cup chopped walnuts or pecans
    • Blend cheeses with 3 Tbs orange juice concentrate Work in olives salts and Worcestershire

Shortly before serving, combine the remaining 2 Tbsp orange juice concentrate and nuts. Roll the

cheese ball in this mixture until thoroughly coated.

Serve with:

    • crackers


The ‘Old Goat’ Cheese Spread

    • 1 large piece of goat’s cheese (300 gm) 4 – 6 crushed garlic cloves
    • ½ cup chopped kalamata olives
    • ½ cup chopped sundried tomatoes 1 tsp fresh thyme
    • Assorted fresh chopped herbs from your cottage garden – basil, parsley, tarragon, rosemary, etc.
    • Red pepper flakes to taste Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil
    • Good crusty bread

Combine all ingredients but cheese…. can be stored for 2 – 3 days ahead.

Just before serving, drizzle cheese with olive oil mixture.


Muskoka Tater Skins (Potato skins with a black bean and corn filling)

    • Small to medium size potatoes
    • Olive Oil
    • Salt and pepper

Scrub the potatoes clean and poke with holes Spread on a baking sheet lined

with parchment paper.

Bake for 45 – 60 minutes at 400 F, depending on the size of the potato, until tender.

Remove from oven and turn temp up to 450 F.

Slice each potato in half and scoop out flesh leaving ¼ inch lining for the potato in the shell. Save the scooped-out flesh for another use.

Drizzle the potato skins with olive oil, salt and pepper and place cut-side down on the baking sheet.

Roast for 10 minutes, turn, drizzle with more olive oil and salt, and roast for another 10 minutes or until crispy.

Mix the following Filling:

    • Sour cream
    • 1 can or 1 ½ cups black beans drained and rinsed
    • ¾ cup corn – fresh or frozen
    • ¼ cup diced red onion 1 garlic clove, minced 1 Tsp fresh lime juice
    • ½ - 1 tsp chili powder
    • ½ cup chopped cilantro (or parsley for the non-cilantro lovers)
    • ½ tsp sea salt

Place a small dollop of sour cream (optional) into the tater skin.

Scoop the Black Bean and Corn filling into the tater skins and season with a little more salt and squeezes of lime juice (this extra lime juice adds great flavour!).

You can serve as is or add any or all the following On Top:

    • Chives, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon bits, jalapeno, cilantro, or parsley.

Muskoka Quiz!

Thank you for supporting Muskoka on the Edge…of Your Dock! As part of the fun, we hope you will enjoy some Muskoka trivia.

The quiz is in two parts: 31 Questions and a Match the Picture Challenge! Ready?


The District Municipality of Muskoka (which includes Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Georgian Bay, Huntsville, Lake of Bays and Muskoka Lakes) was incorporated in:

A – 1971

B – 1949

C – 1897

D – 1922


What year were the first land grants given in the Muskoka region?

A – 1904

B – 1888

C – 1921

D – 1868


What is the Torrance Barrens Conservation Reserve?

A – A refuge for rare species of loons

B – A conservation research facility for the study of trees and shrubs native to Muskoka C – A Dark Sky reserve for the viewing of stars and constellations

D – A small wildlife park for native species of birds and animals


Muskoka’s iconic rock formations are what type of rock?

A – Slate and Shale B – Granite

C – Sandstone D – Marble


Muskoka Conservancy presently works to protect how many properties in Muskoka with Nature Reserves and Conservation Easement?

A – 17

B – 42

C – 85

D – 5


Algae blooms are more likely in Muskoka’s lakes when….

A – Climate change increases water temperatures

B – Phosphorus from human sources (Septic systems, fertilizers, agriculture) are introduced

C – All of the above


What year and what town did the first railway arrive in the Muskoka region?

A – 1872 in Bracebridge

B – 1890 in Gravenhurst

C – 1900 in Huntsville

D – 1875 in Gravenhurst



What was the first purpose of rail service to Muskoka?

A – to bring tourists to Muskoka

B – to provide transportation for workers going to and from Toronto and Gravenhurst C – to take the newly cut lumber out of Muskoka

D – it was an employment initiative by the government to create jobs


The Muskoka forest is made up of both coniferous and deciduous trees. What category does the Pine tree fall into?

A – Coniferous B – Deciduous


The District Municipality of Muskoka lies on the traditional territory of the:

A - Haudenosaunee B – Anishinaabe

C – Algonquin

D – Mushkegowuk


What First Nations are within the Muskoka Boundaries? (choose 2)

A – Hiawatha

B – Moose Deer Point C - Shawanaga

D – Kingfisher

E – Wahta Mohawk


Canada’s first organization representing cottagers, The Muskoka Lakes Association was established in what year?

A – 1922

B – 1876

C – 1956

D – 1894


What type of tree was primarily cleared during the Muskoka lumber boom of the late 19th and early 20th century?

A – White and Red Pine, Cedar, Hemlock and Spruce B – Red Maple, Beech, Birch and Oak

C – All of the above

D – None of the above


How many species of birds have been seen in Muskoka?

A – 301

B – 140

C – 400

D – 85


Is the rattlesnake native to Muskoka?

A – Yes B – No

C – Historically, yes, but not anymore


Which invasive plant species challenge the environmental balance of the Muskoka area? (choose 3)

A – European common reed B – Japanese Knotweed

C – Lupin

D – Yellow Day Lily E – Giant Hogweed F – Milkweed


What type of deer is native to Muskoka?

A – Red tail Deer

B – White tail Deer C - Rein Deer

D – Roe Deer


In 1897, a health facility opened in Gravenhurst. Its purpose was to treat what illness?

A – Pneumonia B – Tuberculosis C – Depression

D – Opium Addictions


What is a watershed?

A – A storage shed to hold water tanks for farm use

B – A small wood building at the edge of a lake to hold boating and fishing supplies C – A natural dam built by beavers to protect their home

D - An area of land that drains into a river


What function does a watershed have?

A – To capture water

B – To filter and store water

C – To release water into a larger body of water D – All of the above


Little Sprouts is a Muskoka Organization that….?

A – grows a variety of organic bean sprouts for sale at outdoor markets throughout the summer B – A daycare in Bracebridge for little people

C – An Eco Club for children 4 – 8 years old teaching good eco-habits for conservation in Muskoka D – A not-for-profit clothing store for children


How many “species at risk” are there in Muskoka?

A – 15

B – 72

C – 48

D – 185


Having a healthy natural vegetation on your shoreline helps provide a buffer/filter zone between the lake and upland to protect water quality, prevents erosion of the shoreline and allows for a natural wildlife habitat.

What ways are there to create a good shoreline?

A – build a wall or beach at the lake edge

B – avoid use of fertilizers and use native species as vegetation C – encourage high density development on the water’s edge D – Remove trees that are close to the lake


The Muskoka Conservancy protects how many feet of shoreline in the Muskoka region?

A – 49,000 feet of shoreline B – 200,000 feet of shoreline C - 3500 feet of shoreline

D – 12,000 feet of shoreline


Wildlife including aquatic species like frogs and fish depend for their survival on a healthy habitat for food, water, cover, and places to safely raise their young. Name 5 causes of habitat loss.


How long can a loon hold its breath under water?

A – 3 minutes B – 45 seconds C – 90 seconds D – 5 minutes


Wetlands have certain characteristics. Which statements about wetlands are correct?

A – Lands that are permanently or seasonally flooded by shallow water, where the water table is close to the surface

B – Dominated by water tolerant plants

C – Are not affected or negatively impacted by development or boating

D – They are not home to a lot of wildlife due to the high amount of water


Loons swallow small things that help aid digestion. What are these small things?

A – acorns

B – pebbles

C – small sticks

D – tadpoles


How many species of bats live in cottage country?

A – 8

B – 15

C – 5

D – 2


How many cottages (approximately) were in the Township of Muskoka (Lake Joseph, Lake Rosseau and Lake Muskoka) prior to 1921?

A – 2,000

B – 450

C – 200

D – 4000


How many cottages (approximately) are in the Township of Muskoka Lakes (Lake Joseph, Lake Rosseau and Lake Muskoka) currently?

A – 30,000

B – 45,000

C – 22,000

D – 15,000

Match the Picture Challenge!

Muskoka is home to approximately 48 identified species at risk. There are different levels of risk, for example:

Endangered – a species that is in imminent danger of extinction

Threatened –a species that is likely to become endangered if nothing is done to reverse the factors leading to its extirpation or extinction.

Special concern –a species that may become threatened or endangered because of a combination of biological characteristics and identified threats.

Instructions: Match the picture with the Muskoka species at risk.

1 Canada warbler (Wilsonia canadensis) - Special Concern 2 Least bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) - Threatened


3 Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) – Threatened


4 Butternut (Juglans cinerea) – Endangered


5 Eastern foxsnake (Elaphe gloydi) – Endangered


6 Spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata) – Endangered


7 Eastern wolf (Canis lupus lycaon) - Special Concern 8 Blanding's turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) – Threatened


9 Eastern massassauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) – Threatened


10 West Virginia white butterfly (Pieris virginiensis) - Special Concern
11 Monarch butterfly (Danarus plexippus) - Special Concern


12 Cerulean warbler (Dendroica cerulea) – Threatened


Muskoka Conservancy and its supporters play a key role in the protection of habitat for Muskoka’s species at risk. Together, they are working to conserve nature and now protect over 2,700 acres of conservation land featuring 60,000 feet of natural shoreline and over 600 acres of wetlands, habitat for at least 21 of our species at risk across Muskoka. You too can help ensure these species continue to thrive, by supporting nature conservation in Muskoka.

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