Regattas have been held on the Muskoka lakes for well over a century. Fun and highly competitive, they are often the highlight of the summer, as people vie for trophies in the various water sports. In the era of the novel, they were usually followed by evening dances or balls. So popular was the Muskoka Lakes Association Regatta on the August long weekend holiday, that special steamships and overnight trains to Toronto were added to whisk spectators back to the city, as all the inns and resorts were booked.
Canoe tilting, or jousting, was a popular event. The object is to dunk your opponents.