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Here are a few suggestions from the Muskoka Ratepayers’ Association on what we consider to be good “cottage etiquette”
when enjoying your Muskoka vacation property. Basically, this simply means …
being a good neighbour.
FOR SAFETY, KNOW YOUR 911 CIVIC ADDRESS AND THE CORRECT NAME OF THE ROAD YOU ARE ON.
ALSO, WE RECOMMEND YOU HAVE A FIRE PLAN IN PLACE
- Boating safety – Various boat licensing opportunities are available on-line, or in kiosks throughout the area during the summer. Take note of anyone paddling a motorized boat to see if they need help due to engine trouble.
- Boat wakes – Reduce your wake near docks, shorelines, swimmers, canoes and sailboats. Wakes can cause considerable damage and you are considered the responsible party.
- Floating items – Water toys, such as rafts and floating toys should be placed so as not to impair boating safety. These items should be brought to shore when not in use. These things are not to be used for a slalom course as they pose a risk of injury or damage to the driver or the floater.
- Water Quality Is important – No bathing or washing in the lakes. Even phosphate free products are harmful to the environment.
- Septic systems are very sensitive – “Phosphate Free” products are a good choice to use however, “anti-bacterial” products should be avoided as they break down the bacteria necessary for the proper operation of your septic system. Most systems should be pumped out every 2 to 3 years. Know the history of your system and be sure it is up to date.
- Shoreline health is so important – Keep or restore it to a healthy state. Plant native species wherever possible which help to serve as a buffer that can filter storm runoff and any phosphorous overflow. This in turn, promotes good water quality.
- Noise – Always be conscious of your neighbour’s right to the quiet enjoyment of their property. The Township of Muskoka Lakes has a noise by-law and any amplified sound after 11 PM is an infraction and could result in a fine.
- Pets– Township by-laws state that, all dogs must be on a leash. Muskoka encourages a ‘stoop n’ scoop’ practice and provides containers for disposal in area parks.
- Fireworks – The Township has a very restrictive fireworks by-law that limits which days fireworks can be set off. Approved days can be found in the Regulating of Fireworks By-law 2022-13 section 3.1 – By-Law – Fireworks
We hope that your Muskoka cottaging experience is a safe, enjoyable and memorable one.