A wonerful pal came for a few days recently and wrote this entertaining piece on Otter Lake from a rather unique viewpoint … a retrospective on the noble and enduring Muskoka chair.

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Lounging on rustic Muskoka chairs is as popular in central Ontario’s cottage country as moose art, canoes and loon calls. The chair’s unmistakable design, which originated in New York state in 1903, is a knock-off of the famous Adirondack chair.

I visited a friend’s home on the shores of Otter Lake, a short drive from Parry Sound beside Georgian Bay. We packed a lunch for a mid-lake picnic while boating around a tangle of bays and rocky islands. My mission was to photograph Muskoka chairs that dotted the shoreline like spilled Smarties.Today’s lightweight chairs are brightly coloured, weather-resistant composites, but traditionalists prefer stained or painted cedar.

Watching an awakening day at Otter Lake, Ontario: June sunrise at a rocky point with traditional wood Muskoka chairs, listening to bird calls ... swatting mosquitos Watching an awakening day at Otter Lake, Ontario: June sunrise at a rocky point with traditional wood Muskoka chairs, listening to bird calls, watching the mist rise … swatting mosquitos

I did not see a lone chair. Chair-lounging in cottage country is a sociable act. And it’s permissible for loungers to read books side by side, as long as they agree to…

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