About: Literary Life at the Lake

Welcome to the official blog of the Bass Lake (Muskoka) Book Club and Bass Lake Little Free Library.


book-club-logo    Bass Lake Book Club

Inaugurated in May 2016, the Bass Lake Book Club provides an opportunity for avid readers to get together with a group of like minded – and fun loving – folks to talk about books… and so much more!

We meet 5 times a year on the Sunday of each long weekend from May to October for good food, good wine, good cheer and great conversation.

We meet at a different cottage each time, sharing in hosting duties.

We finish our season with a wonderful Thanksgiving Sunday Brunch while we chat about our last book of the year.

We also get together during the off-season.

  • In November 2016 we got together for dinner and Madeleine Thien at the annual International Festival of Authors at Harbourfront (IFOA).
  • In November 2017 we got together, at the IFOA, for a session titled Writing An Informed Story featuring authors Claire Cameron, Helen Humphreys and Roberta Rich.
  • In March 2018 we attended the final day of taping for Canada Reads 2018.
  • In October 2018 we attended the CBC Massey Lecture at the ever so gorgeous Koerner Hall.

We look forward to getting together for more off-season literary events as we continue to grow and evolve.


IMG_2742    Bass Lake Little Free Library

The Bass Lake Little Free Library (BLLFL) was inaugurated in August 2015.

This Little Free Library serves the cottage community, and permanent residents, on Bass Lake, Muskoka.  Complete with a table and chair for sitting and browsing the collection while you make your book choice(s), this Library is open from Easter until the end of October.

While we are fortunate to have two wonderful public libraries near our community, in Mactier and in Port Carling, we also appreciate that Little Free Libraries serve an important role in building community even more locally.

Our Library, Charter Library # 27810, may be found on the Little Free Library World Map.

All of the books which have been managed by the BLLFL steward are registered with Book Crossing.  Please, when you take a book, track your reading.  Then, when you’re finished with your book, leave it somewhere in the wild to continue on it’s journey.


Photo Credit: Justin Wray, Bass Lake looking south, August 2016