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Old August 3rd, 2011, 02:20 AM   #1
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Ontario's Cottage Country

The Muskoka region, a popular summer destination for Torontonians and other assorted city-folk.

















































































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Old August 3rd, 2011, 04:24 AM   #2
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invigorating nature shots.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 04:32 AM   #3
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Great photos, monkeyronin. That area of Ontario looks exactly like central and northern Minnesota.

Why do you guys over there call your cabins "cottages"? When I think of a "cottage", I think of the cute English summer home variety.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 05:17 AM   #4
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Looks like a scene straight out of Harry Potter! Nice pics.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 08:16 AM   #5
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Great photos, monkeyronin. That area of Ontario looks exactly like central and northern Minnesota.

Why do you guys over there call your cabins "cottages"? When I think of a "cottage", I think of the cute English summer home variety.
I've been to both and you're right. The Canadian Shield starts just north of Toronto and stretches all the way to Minnesota so it really is similar topography. Regarding cottage vs cabin. I've always thought of a cottage as a one's principal summer retreat while a cabin to be a more modest structure.

I never think of England when someone says 'cottage'. Do people call them 'cabins' in Minnesota or all of the United States?
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 08:35 AM   #6
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Beautiful nature shots......thanks .
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"Cabin" is definitely what they use in Western Canada, from Manitoba to BC. I've only heard the term "cottages" used in Ontario, and never "cabins".
I could be wrong, but I think the term "cabin" is used throughout the USA.
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In upstate New York we called them camps.

Gorgeous pictures. Like Jennifat said this area reminds me a lot of northern Minnesota.
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Do you call the actual little house that people stay in "camps"? We would call a camp a place where people pitch tents overnight.
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In the Maritimes, they call them cottages just like they do in Ontario.
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Do you call the actual little house that people stay in "camps"? We would call a camp a place where people pitch tents overnight.
Yes. It probably comes from the "great camps" in the Adirondacks that were built for the industrialists of the late 19th century.
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In the Maritimes, they call them cottages just like they do in Ontario.
As someone from the Maritimes, I tend to associate "cottage" as somewhere less wild (although not urban), compared to a cabin. The principle cottage areas of NS for instance tend to have cottages built fairly densely, with a number of cottages lining an ocean or lake shore line (usually ocean).

There would really be no such thing as a cabin "area" as a cabins tend to be isolated and need not be located on a shore (can be in the middle of the forest) and if it is on a shore, is still given more to wild recreation like, hunting, fishing, canoing, hiking, snow mobiling or ATVing etc. Contrast that with a cottage which is inclined toward more "civilized" recreation like sun/beach activities, sailing, power boating, water skiing, parties, BBQ, hanging out and drinking Kool Aid and beers, etc.

Some of the cottages in the pictures do look rather "cabiny" but the key difference is in most of the pictures there are several side by side so they aren't as wild and isolated.

Beautiful pics btw!
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I grew up in Nova Scotia, and your definition of cabin/cottage is almost identical to mine.
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Idyllic!

Brilliant, beautiful collection of photos there. Reminds me of a Swedish summer.
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Old August 3rd, 2011, 03:51 PM   #15
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"Cottage" is definitely the preferred term in most of Ontario. I know people from Sudbury area, and they also call them "camps."
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Great photos, I explored a bit of Ontario last year and it's beautiful.
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There is a second "cottage country" for people in Toronto, called "Prince Edward County". It is about half way between Toronto and Montreal (about a 2-1/2 to 3 hour drive). It is very beautiful and quaint, but about half the price of cottages in Muskoka. Muskoka is by far the most glamorous and prestigious place to own a cottage in this region, and quite a few wealthy people, or film stars have massive multi-million dollar houses up there euphemistically referred to as "cottages". People will say they are going "up to the lake" for the weekend, or "out to the cottage", and most others, like myself, stuck in the city with 34c heat will instantly become jealous!!
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Amazing, very nice shots from that cottage
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Yup, we call them Cottages

Just like Minnesota there are so many lakes here and we do say 'going to the cottage'. Cottages though can be anything from a rustic camp style to the gloriuos multi million dollar 'cottages' in the Muskokas, the Thousand Islands and more.

Great Pictures, love them!

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Yeah, I love cottages
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