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If you like boating, then Muskoka was the place to be this past July. The Toronto ACBS Show held in Gravenhurst each year has always been one of the top places to view classic boats of all types. This year was no exception with the docks overflowing with more than 100 boats. But not everyone is satisfied with just showing their boat, some are more interested in using them. That is what brought Chris Bullen, Jim Watt, and Rich Hughes together with the idea of offering a number of boating events prior to the weekend boat show. Over the years, Chris, Jim, and Rich have travelled to a number of ACBS shows that hosted “pre-event” runs that enabled visitors to boat on the local waterways and meet the people of the hosting chapter. From this concept, the Gravenhurst PreEvent runs were developed, focusing on giving our out-of-town and out-of-country guests a chance to see what beautiful waterways Muskoka has to offer. Tuesday night kicked off with a meet-and-greet held at a local restaurant in Gravenhurst. The bulk of the guests were from South of the border, including one couple who travelled all the way from Kentucky. Introductions were made and the agendas were handed out for the boating days that lay ahead. Most had a long travel day and with an early start to the next day, it was time to head back to our rooms and get some rest. But not before stopping for some local ice-cream! Wednesday morning 10 boats on trailers met in the Gravenhurst parking lot to travel the one hour over to Gloucester Pool. As the crow flies, the Pool is only a short distance away but there is no direct connecting road. Once there, we met up with Scott Dunsmoor and Sandy Kennedy who would be our guides and hosts for the trip. A short boat ride brought us to the base of Big Chute. If you have never been here, it is very impressive to see. A number of our guests took their boats over the Chute from which they remarked that this was the highlight of the trip. The Dunsmoors hosted us for lunch at their cottage while Scott took passengers over to Sandy’s Marine Museum in the Traveller. One last stop was Severn Lodge before loading the boats back up and returning to Gravenhurst.ba8 nusince7 all aboard the travaller4 loading the marine railway



 The Lake Rosseau run on Thursday was the longest with almost seventy miles of travel. Starting off in Gravenhurst Bay, the boats ran through Lake Muskoka to the Port Carling Locks. A short lift up to Lake Rosseau and the trip continued. Rosseau is populated with impressive cottages, boathouses and resorts. The highlight was a lunch stop at the famous Windermere House. With our bellies full, we set sail back to Gravenhurst. 

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The Friday Poker Run has been quickly growing in popularity to the point that registrations had to be closed off early this year due to a sell-out response. To accommodate the large number of boats, the group was split in two with a guide boat each to take them to the card pick up stops. Five stops for the faster boats including Wa Chee We, a 35’ Ditchburn race boat, and four stops for the slower and smaller boats including a 13’ Canadian Canoe Company outboard. Murray Walker had his boathouse open for people to make a quick stop to see the impressive collection of Muskoka boats. The day wrapped up with a lunch and presentation to the winners who managed to collect a royal flush in cards.

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See you at the Pre- events in 2017.

Rich Hughes

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As part of our effort to have more fun on the water Mike Gridley offered to host a cruise out of Honey Harbour on Aug 27 2016. Turned out to be a great day on the water seeing the sites of Georgian Bay. 5 boats turn up for the cruise. A few stops were planned with a special visit to the historic boat Kittyhawk a 1931 Gidley. I am sure we will go to Honey Harbour again so keep a watch for the return of this event and others planed in the event section on the website and in our Classic Boat magazine.

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Saturday was a was a fun day for the ACBS Toronto members and woody boat fans who joined us for the Honey Harbour Cruise. The day started at the Delawana Resort where we assembled on the docks. After lunch at theThe Narrows Grill we were off to explore Georgian Bay, or at least a small portion of it. Our final stop was at Guy and Cathy Johnstone's cottage for a bit of relaxing and socializing. The star though was Kittyhawk, Orville Wright's launch from his years as a cottager on Georgian Bay. He spent summers on Lambert Island from 1916 to 1941.

Thanks to Mike McCullough for being our guide, providing refreshments and to the Johnstone's for opening their cottage to us and allowing us to enjoy "Kittyhawk"

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