Subject: Lake of Bays Ontario

We've just returned from a weekend at Lake of Bays, which is about a three hour drive north of Toronto, close to Algonquin Park. For Ziners who visit Ontario from January to March and enjoy winter activities, I highly recommend a visit. Most of the resorts are open and offer a variety of things to do such as cross country skiing, tobogganning, snow shoeing and skating. We rented a self-contained cottage so we cooked for ourselves but there are resorts that offer full service.

On our one-hour dog sled trip, we were six adults and one five-year old on four sleds. What we found unique about this was that we "drove" our own sleds. Of course, the dogs do all the work and know exactly where they are going so it's quite safe and secure. Our five-year old niece took control of her sled for half of the trip and she managed quite well. The countryside is spectacular - pristine snow with clear, cold air - and absolutely still.

Our cottage was a 10 minute drive from Algonquin Provincial Park with a herd of about 40 deer living on the property. I was amazed at the numbers and variety of birds around the area, particularly the beautiful, noisy Blue Jays. At night, we heard the wolfs howling and were mesmerized by the starry skies.

Ziners looking for an alternative to an expensive snow holiday, might consider Ontario's Muskoka country.

Lucy, Toronto