Bracebridge is in the area of Northern Ontario known as Muskoka - it's known for its 1600+ lakes and rivers as well as tons and tons of rock, as opposed to soil. Farming is next to impossible so the area has become famous for being "cottage country" instead. For the second year we stayed in a large red brick house that was at one time the General Store of Utterson, about a 15 minute drive from Bracebridge where one of my sisters lives.
My brother makes me laugh as you can see...
It's a bit further and takes quite a bit longer driving on the back roads but the countryside and villages are gorgeous and much less stressful.
I'll have a few more photos tomorrow, so stay tuned!