Birds and other wildlife can be observed year-round. If you are a birder, keep the bird book and binoculars handy. Great Blue Herons, Loons, Ravens, and cacaphonies of little finches, warblers and chikadees abound. Chipmunks are everywhere. In the winter, you can watch the deer cross the ice. It is well known of course, to everyone, that the call of the loon tugs at your soul... Sit alone on Ahmic lake one night in June... close your eyes and listen... and you will be transported.
During autumn the area becomes a blaze of colour as the leaves fall.
The scenic drive in has abandoned homesteads, cemeteries that are a century old and ghost towns one can explore.
Boating and swimming are possible in the numerous lakes and rivers in the area. The primary lakes are Cecebe - up river from Magnetawan (you'll have to go through the locks), and Ahmic, Nehick and Otter lakes, a series of connected lakes downstream, all of which are accessible by boat.
Fish for bass, pickerel, pike and trout. "Pickerel" is just the local name for the Walleyed Pike. The pickerel fishing is not the same as it was in the 1960s, but you can still catch a large one if you troll deep. The smallmouth bass fishing is excellent. On Ahmic Lake, which is situated just downstream of Magnetawan, you will find hundreds of coves, islands, rocky shoals, all of which great bass fishing areas. If you come across a fisherman and ask, he might tell you where 'the rock pile' is and 'the sunken dock' and the 'little island' and 'forest nook'... then again, he may not...
In the late spring and early summer, use light lures like Rapalas. Jitterbugs after dark on a calm night. Later in the summer, fish deeper with worms and crayfish. Ahmic is one of the most beautiful lakes in the area. It's 12 miles long with 43 miles of shoreline, much of which is pristine and not developed. There are places on the lake where you cannot see a cottage, a road or another boat. Of course, there will be days when the fish do not feed or bite or rise. Some speculate in their frustration, that Ahmic is an old Indian name for "Lake with No Damn Fish".
Thou must be patient...
Driving, hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking are all possible on the quiet country roads in the area.
Port Carmen Marina, 3077 Hwy. 520, 4 km east of Magnetawan, Phone/fax: (705) 387-4200. Full Service Marina, Open 7 days a week.
The Downtown General Store is an old fashioned grocery store with wooden floors, candy racks, fishing equipment, clothes and gifts. It's been around for at least 100 years and hasn't changed much at all. If you ask, they'll drive your groceries down to the dock and load them. Ask Heinens to do that!
Magnetawan Inn, 154 Spark Street right in the center of town, (705) 387-0447. For a fantastic, cheap, friendly meal. There are new owners and they are making a lot of changes.adding pizza to the menu among other things. Have some ice cream and simply relax.
There's a liquor store on HWY 520 in the village close to the waterfront. For it's size it is well stocked. If you are traveling from the U.S., but you can buy your liquor and beer when you cross the border at a duty free shop. There are restrictions on the amount of beer and liquor you can import. Check before you buy!
Woodland Echoes Resort, Victoria Street, Phone: ( 705) 387-3866, Toll free: 1-888-661-3669, . This is a delightfully small resort located on 20 acres of meadows, forests, gardens, and lake front. It is a full service resort, offering family packages, great fishing, romantic getaways, and is a popular venue for small weddings. There are 10 waterfront cottages, some with hot tubs or Jacuzzis. There is an extensive array of things to do on site from a sand beach to walking trails,mini golf,basket ball volley ball. There is fine dining available. Be sure to come and check out the resort and the area.
The Caretaker's Guest House (Carol Pease), 123 Albert St Magnetawan, On P0A 1P0 (Hwys 520 or 124 into Magnetawan. Continue on Sparks St (Old Nippising Rd to stop sign at Albert St. Right onto Albert 123 down on the right), ☎ (705)387 0397 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, . checkin: after 3:00p.m.; checkout: 10:00 a.m.. Open All Year Round, Pet & kid friendly, large fully rennovated cozy,farm style home, locationis very private but can stroll into the village & locks, beach etc. 4+ bedrooms & guests have complete use of home, laundry, lots of parking, Rental of complete home available, Peeks out at the water & trails outside the door. Can be seen on www.bbcanada.com search #12991 or www.thecottagecaretaker.net (705) 387 0397 or (705) 349 1011from $75.00. edit
If you have a place to stay the best thing to do is to mess around in a boat. It's been said: "`Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing--absolute nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing .. `messing--about--in--boats... (Kenneth Graham - The Wind in the Willows)
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