Lov­ing Au­tumn in Ru­ral On­tario

And why not! There’s lots to en­joy

Our Canada - - Critters - By Lorna Cassie-by­wa­ter, Mid­land, Ont.

Muskoka is the num­ber one place to ex­pe­ri­ence fall fo­liage at its best. Day trip­pers come by car and by bus to see the trees dressed in their finest reds, oranges, golds and yel­lows.

A new vista awaits around ev­ery curve of the road as you drive the high­ways and by­ways of Muskoka. In Dorset on Lake of Bays, people come in droves to view the colours from the Dorset Look­out Tower. A canopy of colour reaches as far as the eye can see.

Au­tumn also brings out scare­crows through­out the vil­lage of Dorset. This year, Knox United Church en­tered the scare­crow con­test with the “Church Mouse.” It was made of straw, rope, twigs and an old dis­carded choir gown. The ”Church Mouse” sat on the stone fence in front of the church, while judg­ing of the var­i­ous scare­crows took place at the com­mu­nity centre.

At a pump­kin pie so­cial in Oc­to­ber, the fi­nal re­sults of

the con­test were an­nounced. The ”Church Mouse” took sec­ond place and church mem­bers are al­ready think­ing about next year’s con­test.

A flock of Canada geese wend­ing its way across the still lake, and wisps of smoke drift­ing up­ward from cot­tages along the shore are cer­tain re­minders that au­tumn in Muskoka is about to make way for an­other sea­son. Mem­o­ries are made here all year long but au­tumn, with its ev­er­chang­ing land­scape, will for­ever hold me in its spell.

Small vil­lages like Dorset of­fer so many ac­tiv­i­ties for res­i­dents and vis­i­tors alike. Com­mu­nity spirit is alive and well here, and, as we watch the dis­play of coloured leaves fade and fall to the ground, we await a white blan­ket of snow to greet win­ter en­thu­si­asts to our com­mu­nity.

Clock­wise from top left: Hol­low River Falls; au­tumn on Ot­ter Lake; Knox United Church en­tered “Church Mouse” in the scare­crow con­test and won sec­ond place. .

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