How to Keep Black Flies and Other Insects Out of Your Muskoka Cottage

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Muskoka cottage owners. While we’re all enjoying the beautiful weather and soaking up the sun, our little insect friends have a similar idea. While you want to get outside and enjoy the sights and sounds, they want to get inside and enjoy the free food, water, and shelter your cottage provides. Bugs are attracted to your home for the same basic reasons you are – they’re also naturally drawn to body heat, skin odour, and carbon dioxide, all of which can be found in and around your cottage throughout the summer season.

From black flies to mosquitos, Muskoka is full of unpleasant bugs that nobody in their right mind wants in the house. These uninvited house guests can very quickly overstay their welcome, keeping you up at night, annoying you while you’re trying to relax, getting in on meals without a formal invitation, and eliciting terrified reactions from the more squeamish of us. This summer, say goodbye to pests once and for all – here’s how to keep insects out of your cottage.

Take a look at your windows and make sure your doors are properly sealed
Your cottage’s windows are the biggest problem area when it comes to insects making their way inside. The first thing you should do if you’ve noticed an excess of mosquitos or black flies inside your cottage is check your windows. If your screens are damaged, you’ll need to repair or replace them to keep insects out – especially if you want to keep enjoying that lovely summer breeze. While you’re looking for damage to your window screens, keep an eye out for any loose weather stripping, as this can provide a point of entry for opportunistic pests.

Look for cracks and other damage to your exterior window frames, as this can also provide an entryway for your unwanted guests. If you notice minor damage to your window frames, seal it as best as you can until you can call a window repair professional. If the damage is more widespread, we recommend getting in touch with a professional as soon as possible to minimize the entry of pests, and to mitigate further damage to your windows.

Your entrance and exterior doors can also provide an easy entryway for insects, especially if they haven’t been properly sealed. If you spot any cracks or unsealed gaps in your entryway, you can guarantee that bugs are making their way into your home. To protect your cottage from insects, install weatherstripping or use a door seal kit around your door frame, and apply caulk to seal any joints where gaps may be present. Installing a sweep under your door is also a great way to deny entry to pests, covering up the gap between the bottom of the door and the threshold of your home.

Make sure your cottage is clean and dry
While this might seem like a given, it’s important to stress the fact that insects are making their way into your home for a reason – in the summer months, that reason is food and water. Keeping a clean home is a great way to combat the entry of bugs – sweep your kitchen daily, vacuum at least once a week, take out the trash when it’s full, and wipe up crumbs immediately. It’s also a good idea to avoid stacks of paper, cardboard boxes, bags, and other convenient bug homes – these provide bugs with a comfortable home, away from the light and out of your sight.

In addition to cleaning, you should ensure that your home is as dry as possible to eliminate the entry of insects. Fix any leaks that may exist in your plumbing, dry dishes as soon as possible,  and use a dehumidifier in your basement or attic if they contain excessive moisture.

Turn off the lights to discourage moths and spiders
Let’s talk about moths. You’re just about to drift off into a peaceful sleep after a day on the lake, and then you hear those wings beating. Nobody wants to go to sleep with a moth potentially chewing on the sheets or landing on your nose, so you have to go around and round up or kill the moths before you can relax. The best way to prevent this is to eliminate the lights they are attracted to.

A porch light is the biggest culprit in attracting moths. So how do you see your way inside at night? Flashlights can also attract them, but not as much as a bright porch light, so it’s a good quick fix. You can also look at installing a fake-out light a few metres away from your door that gives you enough light to see to get inside, but keeps the moths away from your door.

Light attracts many insects and not just moths, which makes the areas around lights spider heaven. If you don’t want your windows to get covered in cobwebs, turn off your lights at night completely if possible.

Our earlier advice about removing dust and dirt will reduce one of the other things that moths like about your home, and apparently they hate cedar, so spraying your entryway with some cedar-scented oil and lining your cupboards with cedar can help keep them away from your house and your linens.

Maintain and tidy your yard
Bugs that make their way inside your cottage have generally come from in and around your yard. Cleaning up debris near your home is a great way to reduce the number of pests that enter. Insects are attracted to stacks of firewood, standing water, weeds and plant debris, compost bins, and other yard waste. By tidying up and moving these things away from the foundation and walls of your cottage, you’ll be able to effectively reduce the amount of unwanted guests inside your home.

To learn more about how the high performance window and door products offered by Muskoka Window & Door Centre can protect your home from insects and pests, contact us today.

What Are the Benefits of Joining a Lake Association?

If you’re a Muskoka cottage owner, chances are good that you’re part of or looking to join a lake association. Muskoka lake associations come in different shapes and sizes, with just about every lake in the region having a formal or informal association for its residents. The role played by lake associations are critical to promoting environmental stewardship, limiting land disputes, and other key issues, though their importance often goes misunderstood by cottagers and those living in rural areas. If you’re considering the benefits of joining a local lake association, consider the following.

Promoting cleaner, healthier lakes
One of the most important roles played by these associations is protecting our bodies of water and promoting cleaner and healthier lakes. Without them looking out for the health of Muskoka’s lakes, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy our lakes to the extent we currently do each and every season. Lakes are carefully monitored for quality and tested for phosphorus levels to ensure that lake water is kept safe for use by members. To promote healthier bodies of water, local associations work to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining your septic system, what chemicals and fertilizers shouldn’t be used, and how members can go about keeping their lake healthy and thriving for years to come.

Limiting road disputes
Private roads around lakes can present many complications for those who live on and use them regularly. In many cases, home and cottage owners situated on private roads own the road in front of their house, with property owners using and sharing the road in a tacit or explicit agreement to enjoy right-of-way. In these situations, homeowners are generally responsible for snow and debris removal and general maintenance on their portion of the road, though it’s all too often complicated by uncooperative or absent cottagers. In these situations, lake associations work with property owners to formalize agreements about road use, maintenance, snow removal for full-time residents, and other important issues so that everybody can continue to enjoy free use of the road.

Responsible land use
Muskoka’s lake associations have worked for years to ensure that the region’s lakes can continue to be enjoyed for generations to come. A major part of that is ensuring that land use and development respects the land and its lakes, achieves modern environmental standards, and meets the unique needs and wants of the people of the Muskoka region. By working to protect the environment and fight for forward-thinking land use and development, lake associations ensure that cottagers can continue enjoying the region well into the future.

Fighting for cottagers on local issues
Making your voice heard on the local issues that matter most to you can play a major part in shaping local policy. Lake associations amplify your voice by fighting for you on local issues that affect lake roads and waterways, resources, land use and development, best practices, and much more. Protecting and fighting for these things is critical to the continued enjoyment of Muskoka’s many lakes.

Over the years, Muskoka lake associations have fought to protect cottage owners from the effects of toxic chemicals, worked to reduce boating hazards, created risk-management programs, and brought volunteer groups together with the intention of promoting environmental stewardship.

Putting the emphasis on fun
Lake associations don’t just exist to protect waterways and fight for you, but also to ensure that you and your family can do exactly what you came to do – have fun. Many of Muskoka’s lake associations hold annual celebrations and events for their members, including boating and sailing regattas, boat shows, bonspiels, and other family friendly events that everybody can enjoy.

If you’re interested in learning more about or joining one of Muskoka’s many lake associations, you can find many of them on the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA) website, asking your neighbours, or by contacting your local municipal office.

To find out more about the high performance window and door products offered by Muskoka Window & Door Centre, contact us today.

COVID-19 Update: Muskoka Window & Door Centre Open, Showroom Temporarily Closed

We are Temporarily Closed. Email Us for Estimates or Questions.

On Tuesday, March 17th, the Ontario government declared a state of emergency in the wake of COVID-19’s spread throughout the province. The Premier ordered that all recreational centres, schools, public libraries, daycare facilities, theatres, restaurants, and bars be closed to the public immediately, effective until at least Tuesday, March 31st. While we are not one of these facilities, we want to continue to keep our staff and our clients safe and healthy.

Following the government’s unprecedented announcement, Muskoka Window & Door Centre has made the decision to remain open, but close our showroom and service departments to the public until further notice. While our facilities will remain closed until the risk minimizes, our team continues to operate behind closed doors and remotely where possible.

We’re dedicated to seeing all projects to the end with the same quality we always have, and will continue to take on new projects. When working on window and door installations in and around your home or business, our team will take care to follow proper hygiene and social distancing protocols. Our team will continue to work in the safest manner possible until the threat of COVID-19 dissipates, or until otherwise instructed by the provincial and/or federal government.

The health and safety of our customers and employees is our primary concern. We feel that closing our showroom to the public is the most effective way to flatten the curve and minimize the threat of COVID-19 to the people of Muskoka while still keeping our business open to serve our clients.

If you have any questions or concerns about what this means for you, contact the team at Muskoka Window & Door today, or give us a call toll free at 1-800-461-5495.

Get Away from the City and Work in Muskoka With Us

There’s nothing quite like spending some time in the great outdoors, surrounded by unforgettable sights and sounds that could never hope to be matched by the hustle and bustle of the big city. The Muskoka region features gorgeous scenery all year long, and has no shortage of fun events, hot spots, and getaways that are sure to keep you entertained throughout the entire calendar year. Muskoka Window and Door Centre is recruiting skilled carpenters and tradespeople for 2019 and beyond, giving you the perfect opportunity to experience everything that Muskoka has to offer.

Why Muskoka?

Sometimes you just need to get away from the city and experience nature to charge your batteries. Muskoka is the perfect place to do it, featuring an endless amount of outdoor fun throughout the entire year – whether it’s the lush foliage of the summertime or the vibrant colours of the fall, every season will continue to take your breath away. For those who like to get out and explore, Muskoka is home to a whole host of trails and hiking opportunities that give you a chance to take in waterfalls, beaches, and the famous Tree Museum in Gravenhurst.

The Muskoka region is home to many recreational activities including ATV trails, and boating, fishing, and swimming on the region’s many lakes. Gorgeous golf courses give you the chance to practice your backswing, and music and food festivals offer a great opportunity to meet people and explore new interests. Anybody looking for some extra excitement throughout the warm season can enjoy Muskoka’s famous breweries and wineries, including Muskoka Brewery, Lake of Bays Brewery, Sawdust City Brewing Company, and Muskoka Lakes Winery. Wintertime getaways include plenty of opportunities for ice fishing, skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating trails, and a whole host of winter carnivals and events that take place throughout the region.

Trade the hustle and bustle of the city for the beautiful sights and sounds of Muskoka

For more than 30 years, Muskoka Window & Door Centre has created a name that has become synonymous with excellence throughout the Muskoka region. Muskoka Window & Door Centre is seeking skilled carpenters and tradespeople that will help us to uphold this reputation for workplace professionalism, project transparency, and superior attention to detail. Our company is located in Bracebridge, the heart of the Muskoka region. Bracebridge is home to a wide variety of pubs, breweries, lakes, and beaches that perfectly capture the natural beauty of the Muskoka region.

The Muskoka Window & Door Centre difference

Being part of the Muskoka Window & Door Centre team means that you’ll be earning competitive wages similar to what you’d be making in the GTA, but with the added perk of being surrounded by the beauty and excitement of Muskoka each and every day. Members of the team work alongside an experienced and friendly team of industry experts, working in a secure environment at all times with an emphasis on safety. Team members also get to work a secure job with more reliable hours than the average construction project.

Muskoka Window & Door Centre is looking for candidates that meet or exceed the following qualifications:

Carpenter’s Helper position:

  • Carpentry License or equivalent
  • Working at Heights Certificate
  • First Aid
  • High School Graduate
  • Valid Driver’s License, Clean Abstract
  • Strong mathematical and measurement skills
  • Excellent communication, problem solving and team player skills

Team Lead Carpenter position:

  • Licensed Carpenter (5-7 years of experience)
  • Exceptional carpentry skills (framing to fine trim work)
  • Excellent mathematical and measurement skills
  • Working at Heights Certificate
  • First Aid Certificate
  • High School Graduate
  • Valid Driver’s License, Clean Abstract
  • Strong communication, supervisory and problem solving skills

Check out the Job Openings page on our official website for more information about the responsibilities that these positions hold, and for more information on how you can apply.

For more information about the exciting job opportunities found at Muskoka Window & Door Centre, visit our website or contact us today.

Muskoka Traditions And Seasonal Activities

In any country or community, there are Christmas and seasonal holiday traditions and activities that make December special.  In Muskoka, we are blessed with a climate and topography that contribute, to many of these indoor and outdoor traditions and activities.

Thanks to those of you who responded to our promotional request for pictures. Here we present a few shots of seasonal exhibits and offer you this piece to enjoy. In particular thank you to the folks from Eurovinyl Windows & Door featuring BlackBirch Cottage on Drag Lake, Haliburton. (Above) Image by: Christopher Meiorin .

Christmas Trees

Well before the dawn of Christianity, trees that annually remained green, had a special meaning for people in winter.  As folks today decorate their cottages and homes during the festive season with pine, spruce, and fir trees, former customs were to hang evergreen boughs over doors and windows.  In some cultures, it was believed that evergreens would keep away ghosts, evil spirits, witches and illness.  Sounds like the making of a good bedtime story for the children!

The origins of lighting Christmas trees is well documented from Germany in the late 16 century.  Hung from ceilings, illuminated with candles, traditional apples and assorted goodies were attached to their trunks.

As time passed into the 18th century, Muskoka residents developed traditions which came from Europe, through Britain, and into our fair land.  In many cases trees were tiny and would be located on a table in the living room.  Paper ornaments trimmed the small trees, while nuts and fruit, gifts and sweets were placed at the bottom under the branches.  Candles were of course, quite dangerous, so Muskoka families lit them only at Christmas Eve when the tree was revealed to the children for the first time.  In wealthier homes, incredibly, each family member had their own little table-sized tree.

Historically, Queen Victoria and her German Prince, Albert, were sketched in the Illustrated London News standing with their children around a Christmas tree.  Victoria was very popular, and what was done at court quickly became fashionable, not only in Britain, but with fashion-conscious North America. The Christmas tree had arrived!

Back in Muskoka, by the turn of the 19th century, the tradition had evolved to a single, large tree in the cabin or home. Christmas trees displayed publicly, and illuminated with electric lights, only became popular in the early 20th century.

Traditions: Food and Beverages

At this time of year, what does not occur outdoors will certainly center around the creations from the kitchen and the bar.

In earlier times, as soon as the weather turned cold, beef, pigs and poultry were ‘prepared’ to supply the family with a stock of inventory for the festive season and long winter ahead.  Different cuts were primed for storage.  Often food was buried in snow or placed in a cold room or ‘root cellar’. Turkey where possible, was stored in ‘air tight’ containers. Like today, traditional recipes were passed on from generation to generation, but without computer files and email transport! Not unlike today, adults would prepare for weeks, readying for a holiday feast, even if the meal for those less fortunate, was understated.

Beautiful Holiday Decorations Inside Muskoka Home

Favorite beverages were mulled wine, mulled cider and even mulled beer (‘mulling’ added sugar and various spice to a beverage for taste).The beverage was then heated to sooth during the chilly months. Eggnog made it way to Canada in the 18th Century and continues for many to be a seasonal favorite, often with some coffee liquor added.

Today we are very fortunate to have the incredible selection of food to choose from. Turkey and other fowl, ham, beef, salmon, all in many forms and prepared cuts, often grace tables at this festive time. Seafood, such as shrimp, lobster and fresh oysters are in high demand in December, leading to the solstice and New Year.

Popular cocktails include Old Fashions, Martinis and Manhattans, as well as Champagne and a variety of sparkling want-to-be’s.  Now with a special selection of local craft brewers, we also have a few seasonal beers to enjoy.  While vodka and orange juice remains popular, it was in 1921, that an American bartender in Paris invented the Bloody Mary.

Gingerbread, and the elaborate cookie walled houses originated in 16thcentury Germany while shortbread was a medieval offering that transformed in Scotland.  Bread roll, was originally twice baked, and dusted with sugar and spices.  Later the yeast was replaced by butter. Back in the day, other popular items included mincemeat tarts, fruitcake, plum pudding and distinctive seasonal trifles.  Cookie recipes by the thousands can be found on line, but rarely do they compete with Great Gramma’s special brownies.

No wonder, the fitness clubs, and ‘wonder diets’ come into vogue so soon in January!

Activities

In Muskoka, we are a hearty breed.  Long ago much time was taken up with activities based on survival.  Sports and games were a luxury. Felling trees and chopping wood, ensure a warm cabin for the family was a priority.  Hunting, trapping and fishing for many, provided work and sustenance.  Sleigh rides, by horse or even by a team of hearty dogs provided serious transportation and delight for young ones.  Snowshoes were considered a ‘must-have’ rather than an alternative to getting the heart rate up for exercise.

Today, like in the past, skating on the lake or river is as rare as ever due to inconsistent weather, but hockey rinks abound and new outdoor skating attractions such as Arrowhead Park in Algonquin have become wildly popular.

Simplicity reins in Muskoka as a campfire providing warmth, beauty and the opportunity to roast marshmallows is often enough to enjoy the fresh air and a boundless starry night.  While Cross country skiing originated in Scandinavia, the sport first appeared in Canada around 1890.  Tobogganing, and downhill skiing round out what is often most overlooked today, and that is just a lovely walk, hand in hand, in the great outdoors.

Curling, a staple of the north, was brought to Canada by the Scottish and first appeared in Canada in 1807. Muskoka has many popular curling clubs that bring communities together for bonspiels and weekly mixed events.

The skills of ice fishing in Muskoka were passed along from various First Nations Peoples.  After chipping a hole in the ice, a variety of spears, hooks, nets and decoys were used to catch fish.  Today in Ice fishing has become part of Muskoka’s tourism engine with many modern conveniences for comfort.

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, or Christmas, we cannot do the season justice without mentioning the importance of music, song and dance.  Jacques Cartier wrote about Canada’s Aboriginal People’s dancing culture as early as 1534.  And in Muskoka doing a jig to a violin, harp or fiddle brought families together and smiles all around.  Carol singing and a variety of church services bring communities together in December, reminding us of our past.

And finally, no written piece on seasonal traditions would be complete without jolly old Saint Nick!  Little in the world today reminds us of our youth, and our traditions more than Santa Claus.  As we decorate our homes and trees to welcome our families for the holidays, one traditional visit we can expect to grace our home is from the ol’man himself with a big bushy beard, a red suit and a team of reindeer!

We sincerely hope that this Muskoka perspective finds you and your family thankful for the traditions and activities we have the opportunity to enjoy. May your holidays be merry and your travel be safe.  Where ever possible be kind and generous to others.

The Virtual Tour Is Live – Visit Our Showroom Of Specialized Windows And Doors

Attractive Vinyl Window Designs, Trusted Manufacturers, Competitive Prices

Looking for a variety of exciting windows and doors for your Cottage or Home?  Our on-line virtual tour provides an amazing glimpse into the various styles, materials, and functions of the key products we offer in our Muskoka showroom in Bracebridge, Ontario.  Once you’ve been able to browse around our site digitally, we highly recommend that you call us to discuss your plans, and visit our showroom to see, touch and operate the products first hand.

From our experience, while planning a renovation or new build, your ability to see our products close up, and experience the operating functions of the products is very important.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see how new technology has impacted window functions and large door openings.  We have several options to demonstrate hidden screens and blinds that join your indoor lifestyle to refreshing outdoor elements. New electronic and digital security options for windows and doors have also become popular features to protect your investment.

By clicking around our showroom on the virtual tour with your mouse, arrow keys or touch screen, you’ll get an excellent idea of what you’ll be able to actually operate once in the showroom with us.

Take The Tour Now

Our helpful and professional showroom staff will help explore your options and answer all your questions. We then will help simplify the process by making recommendations that fit your architecture and style preferences.  Over the last 30 years, we have built our reputation on satisfied customers. Count on us to find the perfect windows and doors for your investment, and most importantly, the perfect installation for your new build or renovation project.

  • Access to a variety of Window and Door Manufacturers

Inside of Our Large Vinyl Window Showroom

As authorized suppliers of well-known manufacturers from around the Globe, you will enjoy easy access to a variety of specialized products: Andersen, Western, Ostaco, Dashwood, Centor, Synergy, Camwood, Euro Vinyl and more. This team of supplier partners translates into a variety of options financially. From substantial new cottage builds to smaller often isolated cabins, we understand that window and door budgets can vary dramatically.

As you browse around our virtual showroom on-line, you’ll be able to view many of these supplier / partner logos.

Our clients across Ontario’s cottage country are appreciative of our attention to detail and our professional approach to every step of the replacement, renovation, or new build process.  We’ll work with you directly, or in partnership with your builder and / or architect.

  • New Windows Save Energy

In today’s landscape of rising energy costs, we are very sensitive about our customer’s desire to reduce energy costs. Being a registered ENERGY STAR® Participant, we offer several options to save energy and ultimately enjoy a financial return on your window and door investment, long term.

EXPERT INSTALLATION BY TRUSTED MUSKOKA WINDOW AND DOOR CENTRE

Outstanding Supplier Warranties backed by our expert installation.

If you are considering replacing your windows, this is an excellent time to do so this winter, when the savings will be effective immediately. At Muskoka Window and Door Centre, we specialize in window and door replacement, renovation and new construction installation. Our craftsmen are renowned for custom fits and flawless installations which eliminate many common operational issues. Professional installations also optimize the life of your products and importantly, protects your warranties.

We are proud to offer a 5-year workmanship and materials warranty on any of our new installations. This assures you of our quality work and peace of mind.

Take a Virtual Tour Now! Then Contact us to discuss your plans, and we’ll offer you a quote in writing.

Give the experts at Muskoka Window and Door Centre a call today. T: 705.645.3057 | Toll Free: 800.461.5495.

“Our Business is Satisfied Customers”

Meet The Owners Of Muskoka Window And Door Centre

Jeff Hodges

Father of two, Grandfather of five
Born in Chatham, Ontario
After previously managing 2 business’, Jeff moved from the GTA to Muskoka.

 

Started: Muskoka Window And Door Centre in 1988 from scratch, knowing there was a market for a local professional who focused on quality window and door products with great customer service. Muskoka’s cottage and local home building industry was expanding so: “We saw the opportunity, and filled that need in the Muskoka community” says Jeff.

Location: “15 Robert Dollar Drive is our third business location. We outgrew the previous locations, so we’re here to stay, especially after adding a significant warehouse building at the back of our showroom. We’re very proud of our showroom. The attention to detail; It’s quite amazing really!”

Community: As you will read, Jeff along with his family and staff are tightly knotted to the fabric of Muskoka:

  • South Memorial Hospital – Sat as a Board Member on the Hospital Foundation
  • Muskoka Builders Association – Founding member
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Rotarian – Founding member of the Muskoka Lakes Chapter
  • Hospice
  • Habitat for Humanity – Plus many local charities

Enjoys: Family and friends foremost, plus Golf, boating, travel. Did we mention Golf??!! Billiards, backgammon, euchre, a great BBQ with a Jack Daniels or tasty scotch.

Music: Eclectic mix from the 50’s and 60’s. Loves Motown and Country.

Favorite Movie: “Chisum” with John Wayne.

I Relax by: “Not often enough, but we enjoy a good show, and chilling on the deck”.

Randy Hodges

Randy Hodges on motorcycle

Father of two, husband of one
Born in St. Marys (“near Stratford”), Ontario

Started: The special relationship my father and I have has kept me in the family business. Family-business relationships don’t often work well, but we get along great and we’ve grown together.

Location: 15 Robert Dollar Drive – “home away from home, but I am often ‘on the road’ meeting with new customers, quoting jobs, monitoring installations. I know the Muskoka communities well, and an incredible number of the cottage back roads!”

What you might not know about me:
“I started my working career as a professional wilderness guide. Winters were all about caring for and training an expedition kennel of 260 dogs. We taught folks to drive their own team of dogs. Everything from a few hours to the more popular overnight trips into the bush to camps of canvas tents. Trips took us deep into Algonquin Park, Temagami, and semi-annual trips from Cochrane to Moosnee for the experienced return guests. Spring and fall were filled with whitewater paddling trips down many Ontario historic and beautiful waterways. Summers of flat water trips through Algonquin and Kilarney parks still tickle my day dreams of beautiful scenic vistas and sunsets.”

Community:

  • South Memorial Hospital – “By example, we encourage all our friends and business colleagues to support our hospital”
  • Muskoka Builders Association – Board member
  • Scout Leader, soccer coach, BMHA (Minor Hockey coach and Board member) – “I enjoy being involved with my kid’s interests. Wonderful memories, lots of fun, great people”
  • Chamber of Commerce

Enjoys: Muskoka Harvest Bible Chapel. Family and friends of course. Motorcycle trips with my wife and friends, riding my Suzuki GSX 1255 FA putting rubber to any twisty and well landscaped road or highway. Ontario has many special routes. I still enjoy dog sledding, white water canoeing and hiking.

Music: Classic Rock – Rush, Credence Clearwater Revival “and Lauren Daigle’s voice haunts me – in a good way”.

Favorite Movies: “Eight below” (with Paul Walker). “Hidalgo” (with Viggo Mortensen and Omar Sharif)

I Relax by: Riding and maintaining my motorcycle.