From left, Danny Chung, Eric Sleeth, Eric Zou and Matt Massey share a ride to the top of Mount St. Louis Moonstone during the local resort’s opening day on Friday. This marks the 53rd season for the resort, located north of Barrie, which opened its doors in 1964. MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

Open for business

While one area ski station welcomed skiers and boarders Friday, others are waiting for a little bit more seasonal weather before starting their lifts.

Siskins dominate Terriers

It was, as Charles Dickens might have said, the best of times and it was the worst of times. It was a tale of two teams.

A page from the reference guide booklet for the Ontario Master Naturalist Program called On the Wings of the Winds of Fall, showing features for both winter adult and juvenile Pacific loons. (BOB BOWLES/SUBMITTED ILLUSTRATION)

Nature’s theatre on the water

Every fall, a special environmental stage is set up on Lake Simcoe with the performances building to a peak just as the cold wind of November comes.

J.E.H. MacDonald's design work can be seen on this copy of The Woodcarver's Wife, by Marjorie Pickthall. (STEFANIE MOY-SHUSTER/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES)

MacDonald poetic by design

J.E.H. MacDonald was much more than a superb painter, founding member of the Group of Seven and mentor and friend to the group’s younger members.

If you look closely as you wander on a late-fall hike, magical things may appear, such as this vertical icicle that grew overnight from the surface of a puddle of water. There may well be a scientific explanation of this, but it's much easier to accept it as magic, marvel at it, and move on. (DAVID HAWKE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES)

Magical Mother Nature

The snow is wet. The rain is cold. The clouds are heavy. It’s dark by 4:30 in the afternoon. It is November.

The Orillia Curling Club's Day Ladies section celebrated Canada's 150th at the Past President's Bonspiel Nov. 14. (SUBMITTED)

Plenty of action on the ice

Lots of great curling has taken place this month at the Orillia Curling Club, which operates at the Barnfield Point Recreation Centre.

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