Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Sauna to go: North speaks to north

For the last few days I've been in the Big Smoke (otherwise known as Toronto, Ontario). I just returned home today. As we drove Highway 11 North, we were looking for the yurt we saw on a previous trip. And indeed we saw it, at a Muskoka-area outlet called Paddle Shack. (They claim the yurts are Mongolian, which makes me a bit sad -- I thought this was the great Yakutian break-out.)

Before we reached the Paddle Shack, however, we saw another northern custom imported to Canada. Not one that's at all new, really, since Finns abound here, but I've never seen it in this form.

Someone had taken a couple of immense wine barrels, converted them into saunas, and put them on wheels. Voila, rent-a-sauna, or more precisely, Sauna to Go.

Unfortunately, no picture or web site.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Yurts -- are they everywhere?

A few days ago we spotted a yurt within the city limits of North Bay. At about the same time a friend told me she had a French friend who rented yurts to campers. You can see that rental site here. They also rent teepees (as I spell it) and "trapper tents" which look a lot like tents used by Civil War and other re-enactors on this side of the Atlantic.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Yurts from Russia invade Ontario

I know a lot of people who do historical re-creation of various eras and various levels of seriousness. Thus when I saw yesterday a yurt by the side of Highway 11, in a boat dealership, I had this feeling that I probably knew the owner/builder.

Well, probably not. Today's English Russia features pictures of yurts made in that country which, according to that blog, are now being marketed commercially as cheap housing and (I guess) in Canada as camping gear. The many pictures of yurts in the English Russia post look quite like what I saw, including the decorative wooden door spotted by my companion.

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