WELCOME TO BOBCAYGEON Dear Kathy Smyth and Joyce Nieuwkoop, On behalf of our Bobcaygeon Communities in Bloom volunteers, our citizens, and our businesses, we welcome you both to Bobcaygeon. Our team is looking forward to hosting you on July 11th and 12th and we think you will enjoy your tour along our streets and waterways, and your accommodations at Stonehenge Bed & Breakfast. We're a small yet vibrant village. We are modern, yet we are steeped in history. We are within two hours of big city life, yet visitors feel they have escaped to a different world. We are proud of our larger more famous enterprises like Kawartha Dairy and Bigley's Shoes, yet we are also keenly loyal to our many small businesses and artisans. Nature has blessed us – surrounded by wild life and beauty, we are the link between two pristine lakes. Brimming with pride and an engaged community, we celebrate our heritage, care for our environment, create parks and trails, line our streets and fill our gardens with amazing displays that warm our hearts and please our senses. We are a community filled with spirit. We like to say we're “Three Islands, One Heart” to reflect the dedication of our many volunteers and our united goal to support all that is good about Bobcaygeon. We welcome you to Bobcaygeon, Joyce and Kathy, and will be proud to show you our beautiful village.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
About Bobcaygeon CIB Team Mission, Vision, Our Team Welcome to Judges From MP Jamie Schmale From MPP Laurie Scott From Mayor Andy Letham From Councillor Kathleen Seymour Fagan Bobcaygeon â€“ Hub of the Kawarthas! Facts & Figures Who We Are Where We Live Our Services Leisure & Entertainment (Annual Events) Arts & Culture Parks & Recreation Tidiness Environmental Action & Sustainability Heritage Conservation Urban Forestry & Trails Landscape Floral Thank You to Our Partners 2
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Vision Aligning with "People, plants and pride ... growing together", our vision includes the pride, sense of community, and feeling of accomplishment generated through successful participation in this multi-group Bobcaygeon project. We work together to achieve Bobcaygeon at its best â€“ clean, tidy, ecofriendly and beautiful. Mission Bobcaygeon Communities in Bloom's mission is to initiate a program where everyone wins. Residents and tourists benefit from enhanced landscapes, streetscapes and trails, while businesses also enjoy revenue from an increased generation of tourists. Everyone benefits from improved awareness of ecofriendly methods and alternatives. Our Team Bobcaygeon has a multitude of community members who go above and beyond to help make Bobcaygeon what it is, a vibrant village. We had been searching for a project that would help to promote the coming together of our community and its individual groups to provide a focus that would foster a coordinated effort. The Bobcaygeon CIB initiative has been just that, a community-based effort.The Bobcaygeon CIB Team is made up of individuals and organizations who represent the entire community. We have found that a key benefit received as a result of the Bobcaygeon Communities in Bloom initiative has been the building and strengthening of relationships amongst team members from different organizations, as well as the sharing of information. We're proud of what we've accomplished, pleased at what we've learned, and happy to have made new friends and contacts within our community. As a result of the ongoing efforts of our community members, business leaders and volunteer organizations, we feel that Bobcaygeon is perfectly positioned to seek recognition from the Communities in Bloom program. Individually we have accomplished a great deal but together we can accomplish so much more. 3
BOBCAYGEON, HUB OF THE KAWARTHAS
You may have heard of Bobcaygeon – for a small village we've garnered a fair amount of recognition. We've been known by cottagers for generations as the go-to town for Pigeon and Sturgeon lakes. Shoppers know us for Bigleys Shoes and for Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream as well as for our many interesting smaller shops and restaurants. If you're a Canadian music fan, you're sure to know the Tragically Hip Juno Award-winning song “Bobcaygeon”. In fact, international media flooded into Bobcaygeon in 2016 as thousands of fans celebrated while the Hip concert played on giant screens on our main street. Now we'd also like to give you a little taste of our village as we see it … 8
Let's start with a stroll down the main street of our pretty little cottage-country town, as we enjoy a summer day. Around you are friendly shops and you're catching occasional whiffs of delicious restaurant offerings. You stop here and there to get a closer look at store windows and to investigate a menu. Ahead you can see the locks where boats from far and wide are making their way through the Trent-Severn Waterway. Lots of houseboats today with their happygo-lucky passengers. Maybe you'll walk over and sit on a bench to watch for awhile before a patio lunch. Now you've got it. Your city cares are far away and Bobcaygeon starts to hum its happy music in your mind. And Bobcaygeon isn't just any old cottage-country town. Its special ambience is backed up by a unique history. A major claim to fame was staked when the village became the site of the first lock in the now famous Trent-Severn Waterway. It was built right here, at the narrows between Sturgeon & Pigeon lakes. Not only was the lock built in 1833, but Thomas Need opened a sawmill and gristmill the very same year. Business was good, and by the 1850s the village gladly accommodated Mossom Boyd's lumber business with more jobs and prosperity on the way. Today, we are the busiest lock on the Trent Severn Waterway. We 'lock through' the largest number of boats every year. Last year we set an all-time record -10,606 boats! Around the turn of the century, the truly beautiful lakes, trees and landscape made this a beloved destination for tourists and cottagers escaping the sweltering cities to the south. Bobcaygeon folks turned out to welcome the first passenger train as it steamed into town in 1904. Do you hear the melody of the church bells pealing in the distance? Now you've found a shady bench by the locks and settled in to watch the world go by one boat at a time. What could be finer? When you want just about anything, it's not far away from where you sit. Resorts large and small, restaurants and shops, everything anyone might want or dream of... You may start thinking that maybe one day you'll find a way to live here. Once the leaves have fallen and the Daddy of 'Em All Bobcaygeon Fair is over, the village settles into an easy pace enjoyed by more and more people every year. There's a place for you here, whatever your life stage. Looking for a home near a school, luxury adult community, historic old house, handy apartment, or retirement home? They're all here and more. But life is only as quiet as you want it to be. The social scenery here is also attractive, with a large and diverse selection of activities, facilities, sports, entertainment and clubs to join. We welcome you to join us here in our little corner of paradise. 9
FACTS & FIGURES Bobcaygeon's primary land and water uses are: Land – 5.48 sq. km • cottaging • residential • tourism – motels, cabins, campgrounds • business • hunting • ecology • parks • agriculture Water - Pigeon Lake and Sturgeon Lake • waterway transit route • cottaging • fishing • water sports • houseboats • marinas • beaches / swimming • water source for households & businesses Locks • Lock 32 was the first lock built on TrentSevern Waterway • Heaviest traffic of all TSW locks • Record highest boating traffic in 2017 Types of business • Largest employers are Bigleys, Buckeye Marine, and Kawartha Dairy • Three houseboat companies – Happy Days, R&R, Egan (Bobcaygeon is known as the Houseboat Capital of Ontario) •. Majority of employment is service oriented or tourist related, e.g., marinas, motels, shops, restaurants
LEISURE & ENTERTAINMENT
February Family Day
A relative newcomer, Family FrostFest is a free day of outdoor fun organized by Impact 32 volunteers. Prizes are awarded for snow sculptures, games are available for children, and everyone enjoys free hot chocolate and cookies.
Gamiing celebrates mid-winter.
Easter Eco Egg Hunt
Gamiing outdoor fun for children.
Earth Day Celebrations
Gamiing celebrates Earth Day
Us-Canada Walleye Tournament
Ontario's oldest, original live release walleye fishing tournament. Volunteers run this event organized by the Chamber of Commerce. 150 teams entered this year.
May through September
Every Saturday morning, local farmers and artisans gather at the Agricultural park beside the arena on Mansfield Street.
Murder Mystery Dinner
Settlers' Village entertainment and fundraiser.
Late May/Early June
Unlock the Summer
Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce hosts a kick off for summer, and the opening of the locks of the season. A blues theme has become popular and includes a concert at the Arena on Saturday night.
Settlers' Village holds an old-fashioned country fair with games, prizes, food, and entertainment â€“ just like in the olden days.
Gamiing celebrates summer.
15,000 riders celebrate motor bikes with vendors and concert at the Arena
July and August
Movies in the Barn
Settlers' Village – every Wednesday night all summer long.
July and August
Free Concerts at the Locks
Every Thursday evening, the Bobcaygeon Music Council arranges professional musicians performing outdoors (starts with a shorter children's concert each week)
Festivities include a parade, fun activities for families, and a fireworks display
The Bobcaygeon Horticultural Society organizes a garden tour and tea each year.
Kawartha Settlers’ Village and The Boyd Heritage Museum - Tour starts at Kawartha Settlers’ Village and heads on foot to the Verulam Cemetery.
Last weekend in July
Fiddle & Stepdance
Bobcaygeon hosts the annual Ontario Open Fiddle & Stepdance Competition the last weekend of July.
Street sales and music on Bolton.
Craft Beer & Food Festival
Settlers' Village – music, beer garden, BBQ and fab food
Wild Rice Harvesting
Gamiing educational event and heritage celebration
Since 1996, Bobcaygeon hosts an annual CruiseFest for classic and custom cars.
Great Canadian shoreline Cleanup
Gamiing leads this contribution to a clean environment
The annual Bobcaygeon Fall Fair and is held at the Agricultural park. The “Daddy of 'em All” is celebrating its 160th year.
Gamiing fall celebration (See Heritage)
Settlers' Village hold a fun evening for families, usually near Hallowe'en
Festival of Trees
Kawartha Settlers' Village holds the annual Festival of Trees in the second week of November. An important fundraiser to support the Village, started in 1997.
Smudging Winter Retreat
Gamiing welcomes winter (See Heritage)
Christmas Tree Lighting
Impact 32 lights the tree and there's a Christmas sing-along 13
ARTS & CULTURE Boyd Museum • The Boyd Heritage Museum is an important look into local history in Bobcaygeon and the surrounding area • Artifacts and archives tell the story of how Bobcaygeon and its economic and social environment came to be Brushstrokes of Bobcaygeon • Artists group, meet at Settlers' Village Choristers • Volunteer choir offering year-round entertainment Lakeview Arts Barn • Live theatre, 150 seats, dining offered before performances • 7,000 sq. ft of banquet facility • Plays, musicals, and murder mystery theatre • Summer and fall season theatre, kids shows Library • A branch of the City of Kawartha Lakes Public Library offering reference material, a circulating collection, children's collection and programs, Internet access, microfilm reader, facsimile and photocopy service. Located at the corner of Canal St. W. and William St. Music Council • Volunteer organization • Free concerts in the park in the summer, • Concerts throughout the winter 14
Settlers' Village • Fascinating collection of over 20 historic homes and buildings • Experience what life was like for pioneers in the Kawarthas as you stroll through the Village and discover artifacts from 1830 – 1935. • Hosts annual and special events, including weddings • Newly opened hiking trails
PARKS & RECREATION
Boating & Fishing
There's a reason anglers from near and far take to the waters of Pigeon Lake and Sturgeon Lake every year. For more than 35 years now, Bobcaygeon's Canada/U.S. Walleye Tournament has been a testament to the fabulous fishing in our local lakes. Ideally located on the Trent Severn Waterway, Bobcaygeon's lakes appeal to pleasure-boaters, house boaters, sailors, and everyone who just wants to spend happy days and quiet evenings enjoying the best nature has to offer.
Parks & Beaches
Bobcaygeon Beach Park 45 Park Street A short walk along the boardwalk from the locks takes you to the most popular beach in Bobcaygeon. The lake here is walk-in shallow, and perfect for children. Like all public swimming areas in Kawartha Lakes, the water quality is tested weekly. A cordoned swimming area adds another layer of safety. In this park-like setting, grassy areas surround a large sandy beach that's groomed daily. Several benches and picnic tables are available for public use. The beach area adjoins larger park grounds with a covered picnic area available for rental. The concession is operated by Just For The Halibut restaurant and offers snacks, drinks & meals for the whole family. Each Canada Day evening, crowds gather here by the water for a fabulous fireworks display performed by the local fire department from donated funds. Washrooms• Dogs on leash are welcome• No Life Guards On Duty• Ample parking beside the beach
Forbert Memorial Pool & Park 16 River Park Rd. River View Park is a little further from the town-centre than Beach Park and would make an excellent destination by bike. For those who want stretch their legs, it's a 15 to 20minute hike from the locks. More natural water access than beach, the grassy park area goes right to the water's edge. The bottom is partially sandy and drops off to deeper water more quickly than at Beach Park. There's a covered pavilion for picnics This quiet and scenic little park has a playground for children and is across from Forbert indoor public pool. Washrooms• Dogs on leash are welcome• No Life Guards On Duty• Ample parking Tommy Anderson/Centennial Park 94 Dunn Street The Bobcaygeon Splash Pad was built in memory of Bobcaygeon residents Monty and Nancy Crowe in 2013. It was the happy result of the shared vision and work of the people of Bobcaygeon, local businesses, the City of Kawartha Lakes' parks and recreation department, and the Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce. Bobcaygeon Public School students raised $15,000 and a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation made up most of the rest. The splash pad, which shoots, squirts, and dumps water from a variety of bright primary-coloured pipes, is located in Tommy Anderson Park. The park also has a sheltered picnic area, washrooms, children's playground, horseshoe pits, basketball and tennis courts, baseball field, 2 junior diamonds, outdoor skating rink, skateboard park, soccer and football field (combined). Washrooms• No life guard available• Ample parking• Near Settlers'' Village 17
Bobcaygeon Wilderness Park Wilderness Park Road This 8-acre lot of mature forest was made possible through generous donations from supporters, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the City of Kawartha Lakes, as well as a significant amount of assistance from individuals and organizations. Hard-working volunteers cleared the lot of debris and Wilderness Park was officially opened in the spring of 2014. The park is open to hiking, cycling, cross country skiing, and nature interpretation, with trails that are built to best-practice standards and accessible to all, including those who are physically challenged. Wilderness Park is managed and maintained by Environmental Action Bobcaygeon volunteers. Ample parking Big (Boyd/Chiminis) Island Pigeon Lake Big (Boyd/Chiminis) Island, located in Pigeon Lake, is the largest undeveloped island in the Kawarthas. The property is an area of natural, cultural and scientific interest, and home to wetlands, diverse forests, and a wide variety of plants and wildlife. First Nations people used this island as a meeting and harvesting place thousands of years ago. The island was once owned (1873-1990) and farmed by the Boyd family, one of the first settlement families from Bobcaygeon. The island is referred to as Big, Boyd or by its Indigenous peoplesâ€™ name, Chiminis. This 1,085-acre gem and its 10km of shoreline house thousands of species. Explore the forests and meadows of Big Island on over 8km of marked hiking trails. Please tread lightly and enjoy this protected space. Limited docking for small boats Henderson Park Front Street In the heart of town, sit and relax on a bench by the water beside the dam and enjoy the wildlife in this pretty little greenspace. Lock 32 Park- Trent Severn 15 Bolton Street Bobcaygeon's Lock 32 Park is located in the heart of the village, with green space on either side of the swing bridge. You can relax on a bench and watch the busy Trent Severn Waterway in action -- boats of all kinds, and plenty of them. This park has shady, grassy areas and picnic tables, as well as a washroom provided by TSW. You're close to shops and restaurants and also to the town's newest tourist attraction, bikeshare stations where you can rent bikes using an app on your smartphone. Summer brings free outdoor music concerts every Thursday evening to the pavilion, you just bring your own lawn chair and enjoy. Lock 32 Park is lively in the summer and slows down, but remains a beautiful destination, in every season. Washroom
MUNICIPAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS Downtown Core Upgrade King, Bolton and Main Streets comprise the downtown core of Bobcaygeon. After the success of the much-needed re-development of King Street and Bolton Streets in 2010-2011, the City of Kawartha Lakes completed the upgrade of Main Street in 2018. With this eight-year upgrading now complete on these three main roads, there is a much-improved access to the street and sidewalks for pedestrians and motorists. The project included the installation of new storm sewers, sidewalks, and a repaved roadway that incorporates an interlock section at the corner of Main and Front Streets to allow easy pedestrian flow. The Market Square historical site and fountain and planting beds were protected during the construction and incorporated into the new streetscape design. • • • •
Ditches were removed and replaced with sidewalks. Curbs and gutters and storm sewers were upgraded to alleviate drainage issues along this downtown thoroughfare. Bike racks, benches, garbage receptacles were also incorporated into the projects under the Urban Furniture Replacement Program and the styles selected to complement the historic look of our streets. The upgrades maintained the small-town aesthetic and charm by including interlock areas and walkways, sidewalks and elevated indigenous limestone garden beds.
New Initiative: Walkability Plan An update of Canal Street which fronts the TSW is now on the books with a targeted start date of 2019. A walkability plan undertaken by Environ-mental Action Bobcaygeon in partnership with other volunteer organizations and endorsed by the City through a motion of council is being taken into consideration for the development of this street, including bike paths and street scaping. The walkability plan is discussed in greater depth under Environmental Action and Sustainability. 20
Public Roads and Shoulders Roads and shoulders are maintained by the City of Kawartha Lakes. â€˘ Regular maintenance includes street sweeping, curb and sidewalk repair, line re-painting, sign replacement and pavement repair. â€˘ Shoulder grass cutting and levelling maintenance is done each spring at the end of June beginning of July and scheduled to allow for Turtle season. â€˘ Care is taken to balance the need for manicured areas in our parks with the maintaining of pollinator corridors throughout the COKL.
Clean and Clear By-Law, The Noxious Weed Act Guidelines are jointly administered by the Public Works Department and Municipal Law Enforcement Division.
Parks By-law This by-law provides a consistent approach to park and facilities management thorough the City of Kawartha Lakes, including regulations concerning alcohol consumption, fires and BBQs, use of motor vehicles, damage and access to parks in our town.
New Initiative: Signage In our ever expanding and competitive business market, it is understood that businesses need to advertise. In an effort to combat sign pollution and find an appropriate balance between our clean vistas and effective displays of signage, the City of Kawartha Lakes has undertaken an updated sign policy soon to be passed by Council. In the meantime, Councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan, in partnership with volunteer group Impact 32, has sent a letter asking businesses to take a moment to consider the number, size and condition of the signs on their properties.
Business Accomplishments Downtown Core A wander through the downtown core is always a delight as you are treated to the individual window displays and the wonderful talent behind each of the thoughtful designs. Although the business owners don’t need an incentive to show off stunning window displays and storefronts, friendly competitions are held including the most recent Communities in Bloom contest where businesses competed for a Kawartha Dairy ice cream party for their staff. Bobcaygeon businesses go above and beyond in maintaining their store fronts, regularly sweeping the sidewalks and removing litter that hasn’t quite made its way to the “Silver Box” recycling stations and quaint garbage bins. Building facades have been lovingly updated over the last few years with colour schemes ranging from the understated greens, greys and creams of the loyalist-style home of the LLF Legal Firm; the grey and cedar shake and board-and-batten style of the new construction Gilstorf and Gray; to the newly painted mauve entry wall, reminiscent of the French countryside, greeting visitors at the Bobcaygeon Bakery. The updated classics like the white clapboard with its red accent stars of My Favorite Things and “Opening Soonish” limestone building housing Old Dog Brewing Company greet visitors as they enter the downtown core. The crisp blue and white of Purdy’s Jewelry is accessorized with outdoor display cases that serve to camouflage storage sheds to the side of the building. There is an old-world charm in the colour-coordinated awnings on many of the storefronts, that protect visitors from the elements, with more being added with each coming year. Original wrought iron fences have been maintained and new courtyard and patio fences added to mimic their century old counterparts. The newer (2016) fence along the Foodland rear parking area has also been topped with a wrought-iron look to complement the adjacent William Street Victorian homes. Roll-up garage-style windows have been installed in the last year at three establishments in town, bringing the outside in and allowing patrons to experience the goings on out on the street while shopping or relaxing for a meal.
The Orr Building Built in 1871 by Scottish Masons, it was constructed of local limestone, the majority of which was quarried from the river where the bypass bridge now stands. The large stone building, at the corner of King and Bolton was once a temperance hotel, the Glenosh hotel and Kenosha Inn. The library occupied the first floor in the 1940’s, followed by The Town of Bobcaygeon, followed by a malt shop with a juke box on every table. Care has been taken to maintain the site's original features and it has been well maintained to protect its longevity including a newer metal roof. The building was reworked in 2017/2018 to allow for accessibility, keeping the majority of work on the inside to maintain its charm. This once prominent hotel is now home to the 358 Studio, Bobcaygeon Hearing, Bobcaygeon Electronics and the Masons' Lodge.
Bigley's Stores From the stately stone Bank of British North America building, home to one of the Bigley shoe shops, dominating the corner of Canal and Bolton, to the newly opened whimsically painted ice cream shop (2018), relocated Kitchen shop (2018) and the welcoming porch of the Beach House, Bigleys has lovingly updated their stores while maintaining the original architecture, moldings and features. The old safe in the bank building has been repurposed, quite fittingly, as a jewelry alcove mixing new sales with the historic jewelry pieces on display. The updates in the shoe and clothing sections maintain the original floor, right down to the burn mark left behind by the original wood stove that beckoned warmly to all who visited Walter Bigley’s shop so many years ago. 22
Kawartha Coffee The coffee shop moved to a new location this year, undertaking the revitalization of the Doctor’s Office building, the grand courtyard being the centrepiece on Bolton Street. Once the original offices of the town doctor, it became a bar in the 1990s but was sitting unappreciated for quite some time. Even the name has been updated to acknowledge the building’s history, becoming 'Kawartha Coffee Company @ The Doctor’s Office'. The installation of oversized movable planter boxes on the patio serve to soften the space and bring much needed plant life to the large stone space. The Boho chic creation of outdoor sitting rooms and a comically colourful food truck beckons shoppers to sit and relax and enjoy the atmosphere of our vibrant downtown core. The peeling paint on the large wall backing Foodland is has been replaced with a mural. (See Landscaping.)
Main Street The redevelopment of Main Street by the City of Kawartha Lakes has been a cause for celebration for local business owners in what was once the “Rokeby” end of town, and the revitalization of storefronts, the apartment complex (new windows and fire escape) and homes along this street continues. The Lions building has been restored inside and freshened up on the outside, as have the buildings to the south and west including new windows, porches, power washing and painting projects for these century buildings while still maintaining the original architecture and the charm of days gone by. Look closely and you may recognize the subject of a Group of Seven painting in the Promoter building.
New Initiative: Cigarette Disposal To combat cigarette refuse on our streets and parks, the City has installed “butt out” style receptacles on City property and the collection system will also be installed when Beach park is refurbished. The merchants of Bobcaygeon have, in the past, placed handmade dedicated “butt out” cans along the street but found they were problematic in design. Merchants continue to sweep up and after major events such as the showing of the CBC broadcast of the Tragically Hip's last concert, volunteers pick up cigarettes to keep our streets clear. As a result of the Bobcaygeon CIB effort, however, merchants and our volunteer groups have worked together to arrive at a more permanent solution. Although they will not all be installed in time for the CIB judges' visit, the “butt out” style receptacles will be funded and installed along the downtown core. Four such receptacles have been installed on Bolton street by volunteer group Impact 32. Working with merchants, the group project will continue in 2018 to bring more of the containers to Bobcaygeon. 23
COMMUNITY (Residents and Volunteers) ACCOMPLISHMENTS • • •
The village of Bobcaygeon has participated in Earth Day since 1994. Teams throughout Bobcaygeon scour the sidewalks, parks and road side retrieving trash left behind. The Lions Club also holds clean-up days throughout the year helping to encourage our younger generation to volunteer and to clean up. Bobcaygeon resident and owner of Sarovara Yoga, Ally Boothroyd, also encourages friends, neighbours and Facebookers who follow the Bobcaygeon Community FB sites to help clean up through her “Karma Clean Up” days. Last year Ally’s group collected over 1,000 pounds of trash and 2018’s Spring event was every bit as successful. Impact 32 has removed graffiti from the support pillars on the Highway 36 Bridge of Heroes. The group replaced the graffiti on the pillar at the edge of the edge of TSW channel with a small mural of the Bobcaygeon 'Three Islands, One Heart' design. The stencil for the design was donated by Joanne from Mudaritaville. The art piece was installed as a deterrent to future graffiti and is prominently displayed at the water’s edge to greet our water visitors.
New Initiative: The Vibrant Village Paint-a-Paddle Project
Launched in the spring of 2018, the program provided 70 paddles to local artists, schools, photographers, volunteer organizations, businesses and community members to paint and embellish. The completed 4' paddles have been hung, with the permission of the local township office, on utility poles throughout our village. Residents and visitors, with paddle location map in hand, are being encouraged to take a stroll, find and enjoy the art and then vote for their favourite paddle. As the summer season winds down, the paddles will be taken down and displayed in the Bobcaygeon Fall Fair crafts building and auctioned to community members and merchants. The proceeds of the auction will be returned to the community beautification initiatives through Impact 32. Plans are to create an annual paddle painting and display tradition.
ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION & SUSTAINABILITY
Municipal Accomplishments City of Kawartha Lakes Verulam Cemetery Keith Baxter, manager of the Bobcaygeon Verulam Cemetery, works exceptionally hard at maintaining the grounds. The rolling hills of the cemetery are always well manicured and, although he's responsible for perpetual maintenance on 100 of the gravestone plantings, Keith can often be found tending others for those that no longer have loved ones attending to the task. Keith recycles garden clean-up waste to his compost bed tucked away in the woods at the rear of the property and has done so for more than 20 years. Keith often lends a hand to assist families in the initial creation of plot gardens and does so with a sense of deep caring and respect that is most welcome during a difficult time.
City of Kawartha Lakes â€“ Bee City The City of Kawartha Lakes is officially recognized as a 'Bee City' by Bee City Canada because we support healthy pollinator populations and ongoing efforts to preserve and create pollinator habitats. Being a Bee City reinforces the goals of our Integrated Community Sustainability Plan by encouraging community engagement and supporting healthy ecosystems and healthy food sources. The City website provides up-to-date information on pollinatorfriendly gardens, and the opportunity to register pollinator gardens to help build our pollinator pathways. Kawartha Lakes Bee City representatives attend community events and provide valuable information to residents on pollinator plant lists and pesticide use while helping to raise awareness, enhance habitats and celebrate achievements.
City of Kawartha Lakes Waste Management A document created in 2015 Making Waste Matter: Integrated Waste Management Strategy will guide the delivery of recycling and waste management services for the City for the next three decades. A strategy was needed to ensure the City has a sustainable, cost-effective program in place to address population growth and to ensure our landfills have the capacity to meet future needs. Waste management priorities and suggestions were generated during an extensive consultation and evaluation process that engaged the public, community leaders and municipal expertise (both internal and external) over a period of one and a half years. The strategy with its goal of achieving a 70% waste diversion rate, will lead the community toward being one of the top performing municipalities in efficient and effective waste management in Canada.
Waste management initiatives 2016-2018 • Require waste to be collected in clear bags (with a privacy bag) resulting in 11% more recycling collected at the curb in 2017. • Lower the curbside waste limit (from 2 bags to 1 bag per week) • Support backyard composter and digester use (programs making composters available to the community) • Implement third party construction waste recycling • Require alternative fuel use for waste collection vehicles • Participate in provincial packaging redesign committees Through this program the amount of garbage going to our landfills was reduced by 20% (equating to 1,600 tonnes), which extends the lifetime of our landfills and saves approx. $500,000 each year. • At the Habitat for Humanity project at the Lindsay landfill, residents diverted 1.3 tonnes of reusable goods from the landfill. • 12,000 pounds of batteries were recycled preventing harmful heavy metals from entering the environment. • A larger environment-friendly Leaf and Compost pad was installed at the Lindsay/Ops Landfill, making drop off easier for residents. • Bobcaygeon uses the Lindsay landfill site. Although this is a City initiative we all play a role.
Kawartha Conservation Lake Management Plans This watershed-based organization uses planning, stewardship, science, and conservation lands management to protect and sustain water quality and quantity supported by healthy landscapes. Water is the lifeblood of the Kawarthas and Watershed Management is key to ensuring our quality of life, health and continued prosperity. Kawartha Conservation, in partnership with local Lake Associations, the City, and the Environmental Advisory Committee which included residents, has now completed lake management plans for nine lakes, including Pigeon and Sturgeon in Bobcaygeon. The implementation of the lake management plans, combined with landowner incentives and the grants program, will ensure we keep our lakes clean and healthy.
Lake Management Plans Oversight and coordination Sedimentation and erosion control planning Urban program • Bluescaping program to reduce the impact our urban areas have on storm water ponds and surface water. • Shoreline Program • Aquatic plant control project • Stewardship program including addressing e-coli readings that can result in beach closures • Review of best practices to protect waterfront such as zoning, site plan, permit areas and tree cutting bylaws. • Near-shore monitoring to act as an early warning system to identify problems and resolve issues before they become larger problems • Rural Program • Agricultural stewardship program • Rural residential stewardship program Investigative upstream monitoring program • • •
This Kawartha Conservation program provides planning assistance and free plants to shore-line landowners in the Kawartha Watershed.
Incentive programs Incentive and grant programs are being made available to provide investment into businesses, grass roots organizations and individuals looking to implement projects linked to the Lake Management Plan recommendations. The implementation of the Lake Management Plans coupled with the community grant programs and landownership incentive funds to support such activities as shoreline planting, well decommissioning, exclusion fencing, manure storage, riparian area planning, septic upgrades, rainwater harvesting and alternative watering systems will ensure we keep our lakes clean and healthy.
New Initiative: Healthy Shoreline Program This Kawartha Conservation program provides planning assistance and free plants to shoreline landowners in the Kawartha Watershed. Workshops are available during the spring and summer of 2018 in Port Perry, Lindsay, Coboconk and Bobcaygeon (on 8.18.18). During the workshops, participants are assisted by KC staff to develop a shoreline planting plan to add beauty, function and protection to their shorelines. Residents can receive a free matching contribution of native plants valued at up to $200.
Bobcaygeon Public School Every year Bobcaygeon Public School runs an Eco Club, open to any students from kindergarten to grade 8. Club members are responsible for the school's environmental and green initiatives, looking after all school recycling and giving regular environmental announcements and updates. The Eco Club: • • • • •
Organizes and plans assemblies to educate the school community about their recycling efforts and create posters to keep the community abreast of their eco initiatives. Plans and organizes the school’s Earth Day activities and a community clean up, including a wide variety of community volunteers and presentations by a First Nations representative to give a First Nations perspective. Partners with the Bobcaygeon Wilderness Park Committee to contribute to and maintain a local wilderness area. Makes an effort to reduce the school’s carbon footprint by encouraging “Lights out Fridays”. Raise funds to support charitable organizations such as a local wildlife rescue centre and the school’s “Me to We” campaign which assists with water well projects in developing nations.
The school has stewardship over a 1.5-acre Peace Park which contains approximately 1 acre of red pine forest, a meadow, and an outdoor classroom. • All students in the school have access to the Peace Park. It is used by students on a daily basis and provides students and staff with a chance to get closer to nature and learn about various aspects of the natural world. Sometimes, it just provides a break from regular classrooms and a place to get some fresh air and exercise. • Together, the Eco club has created a beautiful outdoor classroom, a butterfly garden and habitat, and through the Clean River Agency, participates in Project Nest Box, which involved installing songbird nesting boxes in the Peace Park and monitoring them throughout the year. • This June 11th, a tree planting and dedication ceremony was held as two sugar maple trees, supplied by Rockwood Forest Nurseries and Aaron Shaw from Crazy Monkey Tree Service, were added to the park. Barr's BMR supplied the equipment to plant the trees, which can be enjoyed by future students for generations to come. • The school children love their Peace Park.
Fleming College & Kawartha Conservation Nature Explorer Camp Kawartha Conservation offers a Nature Explorer Camp in partnership with Fleming College. The week-long camp offers children (ages 6-10) a hands-on experience with activities geared to the environment and nature. Kawartha Conservation Ken Reid Conservation Area also offers a Parent and Tot (age 2-4) program and a Youth leadership workshop for teens (age 13-15).
Business Accomplishments Recycled and Sustainable Furniture Courtyards and patios at businesses about town are furnished with recycled and composite style furniture as seen at 72 Bolton and Stewart Morris Insurance, durable and long-lasting teak and wrought iron, outdoor wicker of Donattela’s and Wheatsheaf and repurposed eclectic seating on the Kawartha Coffee Company at the Doctor’s Office patio.
Recycled and Repurposed Merchandise The Gallery shop at Market Square sells a variety of new jewelry, clothing, toys and gift items mixed in with a stock of recycled books and furniture painted and repurposed by store owner and artist Doris Cziraky. The store also carries local art including landscape and floral works many done by Doris herself.
Feast On Feast On is a certification program that recognizes businesses committed to sourcing Ontario made and grown food and drink. Eganridge Resort, The Globus Theatre and Kawartha Coffee at The Doctor’s Office have all been certified 'Feast On'. In addition to that certification, Kawartha Coffee uses biodegradable ware for all takeout containers, their coffees are organic and fair trade, and beer and wine are Ontario made. Kitchen scraps from the establishment go to a local pig farmer for feed.
Clean Marine Program This is a partnership among Boating Ontario, Ontario Sailing Association, several government agencies including the Ministry of the Environment and Environment Canada, Georgian College, and representatives from the Canadian marine industry and boating associations, Canadian Marine Manufacturers, Ontario Federation of Angler and Hunters, Shell Canada, to name a few. The program goal is to “reduce and prevent water, air and land pollution from recreational boating activities in Ontario and across Canada” by increasing public awareness and promoting the use of Clean Marine products and voluntary adoption of Clean Marine practices as set out in the Clean Marine Manual provided to marine businesses. Business adhering to the Clean Marine practices are assessed and the scores from the assessment are converted into an Eco-Rating system from one to five Green Anchors, with Gold, Diamond and Platinum as the highest achievements. Re-assessments are mandatory every four years with self-assessments conducted annually. Practices adhered to include: • regular inspections of fuel tanks and pipelines for fuel loss and water infiltration and proper staff training in spills responses. • use of shop air extraction systems • providing adequate waste containers and recycling and ensuring proper management of these items. • guidelines for pump outs, hazardous waste handling, the recycling of antifreeze and boat shrink wrap • hauling, lifting, launching, docking, fuel dock, mooring, yard, boat, hull and facility maintenance guidelines Bobcaygeon boasts six eco-rated marine facilities including: Birch Point Marina, Buckeye Marine, Egan Houseboat Rentals, Happy Days Houseboats, Kawartha Lakes Marina & Cottages, Sturgeon Lake Marina. 30
Black Gold Compost With “one boot in the 19th century and the other in the 21st Century”, Hugh Moorshead of Kawartha Black Gold Compost lives a sustainable lifestyle off the grid. Hugh moved to his 1870s cabin 8 years ago. He built two “hobbit” style homes into the hillside on his property, using earthbag construction techniques and living exterior walls and roof. A background in horse racing and equestrian sport taught Hugh that turf matters, and he set about the challenge to create the perfect turf conditions with limited time and resources. Hugh used Red Wriggler worms to give his “Midas touch” to farm manure. The resulting ‘black gold’ compost is magic for turf and gardens. Black Gold Compost is sold weekly at the Bobcaygeon Farmer’s Market.
Three Forks Farm The mission of Three Forks Farm is simple -- to raise wholesome, nutrient dense food using farming practices that respect the natural tendencies of their animals and the sustainability of their farmland. Located on Colony Road in Bobcaygeon, Three Forks raises animals on pasture, in natural social groupings, using non-GMO grains. The farm wants you to know where and how your food was raised and for you to be able to ask questions of the farmers who produced it. In this age of confusing food labelling, they are committed to building customer relationships based on trust and transparency. Three Forks Farm supplies our local communities with delicious, naturally raised, pasture grazed foods.
Kawartha Lakes Honey Jerry Jerrard aka “The Bee Guy” is the owner of Kawartha Lakes Honey and has been a beekeeper in the Bobcaygeon area for the past 20 years. Jerry manages 500 hives in several locations throughout the Kawartha Lakes. He is very passionate about nature, sustainability and the prolific pollinators he nurtures. He devotes his time to producing pure, natural, unadulterated honey and pure beeswax candles. From the mild, delicately flavored basswood honey to the dark, strong flavored buckwheat honey, Jerry has these and several other varieties available. Extracting practices are kept as pure and simple as possible (no high heat or micro filters). Kawartha Lakes Honey is proud to be certified by MyPick™ Verified Local Farmers™ (Farmers’ Markets Ontario®). Jerry is also a past president of the Central Ontario Beekeepers’ Association. Products available at the honey house include: Liquid honey varieties include goldenrod, basswood, clover, buckwheat and wildflower. A smooth spreadable, creamy, mild honey is also offered, made from a blend of clover and basswood honey.
COMMUNITY (Residents and Volunteers) ACCOMPLISHMENTS •
The village of Bobcaygeon celebrates Earth Day with events and educational forums at Settlers' Village, Gamiing Nature Centre, the Public School and Wilderness Park (both of which included tree planting). The Settlers' Village bee exhibit in the ‘Honey Shack’ is open to the community for enjoyment and educational purposes and pairs well with the pollinator gardens on display there. Bobcaygeon Residents recently participated in the “Bee Keeping” An Eye Out for Pollinators Week! th June 18-24 . Resident John Bick provided a blog outlining the history of the Pollinator Patch at Wilderness Park, explained the importance of pollinators and encouraged the community to provide havens for pollinators in their own gardens. Residents participated in the Kawartha Lakes Bee City program by registering their pollinator garden initiatives online in an effort to assist with the tracking and creating of a pollinator corridor in our area. Julia Taylor regularly provided the “Its Easy Being Green” columns for the local Promoter newspaper, sharing her insight and tips to help educate the community on environmental issues and practices...
Environmental Action Bobcaygeon (EAB) This not-for-profit organization formed 11 years ago to explore how to give back to the community by encouraging, promoting and completing projects that benefit both the environment and the community. Projects include: • 2008 - “Operation Porch Light” delivered information and energy efficient lightbulbs to more than 2,000 homes in Bobcaygeon • 2010 - initiation of the Bobcaygeon Farmers’ Market drawing 800+ visitors every Saturday morning from May through October • community gardens installed on the properties of Trinity United Church and Kawartha Settlers' Village – maintained by the Horticultural Society • 2013 - partnered with the City of Kawartha Lakes to build Wilderness Park • 2017 - developed a professional Active Transportation Master Plan in order to facilitate a multi-year project to develop a safe and scenic network of bicycle and walking routes for Bobcaygeon. The project was made possible through a grant from the Ontario Trillium foundation, countless volunteer hours and support from the Bobcaygeon business community and partner volunteer groups. Cambium Inc., a wellrecognized company specializing in active transportation, healthy community design, age-friendly community development and citizen engagement, was hired to consult on the project. Dan Burden, an internationally known authority on walkable, livable and sustainable communities was invited to consult on the project. The resulting Plan of Action for Walking and Cycling has been presented to the City and endorsed as a reference by Council. Pollinator Demonstration Site The Bobcaygeon Horticultural Society and EAB teamed up to promote the importance of reserving safe and attractive patches for pollinators that live in our community. A demonstration site was selected at the Wilderness Park in an open space once used as a dumping ground by the municipality. Once the site had been cleaned up, topsoil was hauled in by wheelbarrows and placed in mounds. Various flowering plants and shrubs native to our area that bloom in spring, summer and fall were purchased. An army of volunteers hand-planted the first batch in May of 2014. In addition, several Eastern White Cedars were dug into the rocky ground to provide shelter and a hedge line between the Pollinator Patch and a trail used by snowmobilers and all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts. It was back-breaking work but illustrated how community groups with diverse interests can collaborate effectively. Through the years, most of the flowering plants and shrubs have thrived on their own with minimal maintenance. Bobcaygeon’s US-Canada Walleye Tournament Ontario’s oldest live release tournament is run by Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce and volunteers, and the 37th annual tournament was held on May 6, 2018. The Sporting Outdoors Show features over 40 vendors, demonstrations and refreshments. A total of 150 teams vie for first place in the tournament that celebrates Bobcaygeon history as a fishing town while contributing to a sustainable fish population. Bobcaygeon Farmers' Market Open every Saturday from 8am – 1pm, May thru October at the Fairgrounds located at 47 Mansfield Street (on the land owned by the Bobcaygeon Agricultural Association). In its 9th year, it has an amazing lineup of vendors who are all from within 100 km – and most are from right here in beautiful Bobcaygeon! For your garden, you will find local compost, wonderful pieces of garden art and herbs, annuals and perennial planting stock. You can dress up your home or cottage with bunches of seasonal fresh cut flowers and hand-crafted items. You can take a moment and chat with 'The Bee Guy', and learn about bees, sustainability and the pollinators nurtured at the 500 hives housed at Kawartha Lakes Honey. The Farmer’s market has a fine selection of local cheeses, meats, fish, fruits, veggies, herbal products, snacks, spices, sauces, baked goods, sweets, maple syrup, honey and beeswax products. The Market also houses a Community table that is available each week, for local community groups and volunteer organizations to provide information and interact with the Market’s valued customers. 33
Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre Wendy and Tom Hunt, Hunt4Dreams Realty Inc. Brokerage, are supporters and fundraisers for the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre. Helping Turtles since 2002, the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre has local drop-off locations with a licensed veterinarian and dedicated volunteers available to help care for sick and injured turtles. Seven of the eight turtle species in Ontario are at risk. The Centre works with the community to help protect turtles from harm. Tom and Wendy are dedicated fundraisers for this registered charity. Bike Share Stations Impact 32 received grant funding from RTO8 and Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) to purchase and install two bike share stations (total of 10 bikes) in 2017. Bobcaygeon residents and visitors can rent bikes at the kiosk at the locks and another located at the Welcome Centre just north of the swing bridge. Using the Movatic app, users can sign out bikes with a swipe of their phone. Helmets are recommended and available as are volunteers to advise on cycling routes and destinations. The Welcome Centre at the bike share station was created and staffed by Impact 32 volunteers who are able to direct our visitors to local businesses as well as cycling routes and some less central locations and points of interest. The centre is stocked with brochures and even has a play area to entertain the little ones while their parents discuss plans and have questions answered by staff. Volunteers are able to provide the history of locations and ideas on how best to get there including bike and boating routes. The centre also allows volunteers to showcase local events. The central trailhead location enables volunteers to meet face-to-face with boaters as well as other visitors to our village, a valuable tool in enabling us to leverage our townâ€™s prime tourist location on the TSW to promote all that this area has to offer.
New Initiative: Bikes Bike repair stations are planned for 2018/2019.
New Initiative: Staffing Funding has been secured (2018) to staff the Welcome Centre for 30 hours per week through the Canada Summer jobs program. This will allow extended hours and an increase in the scope of the work performed to included additional surveys and initiatives that will help with information tracking during this Trail Town preparation phase year. (For more on the Trail Town Initiative see Trails section)
Municipal Accomplishments Doors Open Ontario Canada 150 celebrations (2017). Cultural and religious sites open their doors to the public as part of the annual Doors Open Ontario celebrations, “This event reminds people that in Kawartha Lakes and Ontario a heritage of diversity has enriched people’s lives for centuries,” says David Wesley, Chair of Kawartha Heritage Network. Locally the event was organized by the Kawartha Heritage Network and received support from the Ontario Heritage Trust and the City of Kawartha Lakes. Bobcaygeon sites included in the 14-stop program were the Martin Farm (now also in their 2nd season at Bobcaygeon Farmer’s Market), and Wild Rice Harvesting at Gamiing Nature Centre. Funding Although the Kawartha Lakes Settlers' Village is funded mainly by donation and events managed by residents and volunteers, the City of Kawartha Lakes does provide funding for Capital Improvements such as the recent foundation and structural repairs (2018) to the Murphy Barn. Other funding sources include, the Legacy C.H.E.S.T. fund, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Canadian Heritage, City of Kawartha Lakes 50/50 grant, Ontario Arts Vest, New Horizon and Eastern Ontario Development Program, these funds are applied for on an as-needed basis for specific projects.
New Initiative: The City of Kawartha Lakes Osprey Heritage Awards Program
This 2018 initiative of the Kawartha Lakes Municipal Heritage Committee recognizes individual, business and organizational efforts to create, preserve, enhance and promote heritage in our community. There are five categories of awards for outstanding contributions toward the creation, preservation, enhancement and promotion of heritage. • Architectural Heritage – for a property or landmark with architectural and/or historical integrity important to the community • Archaeological Heritage – for an individual or group whose study of the remains of human activity has enriched community appreciation of the heritage of Kawartha Lakes • Business Leader Heritage – for a business leader who has made a significant contribution to the creation, promotion and/or preservation of heritage in Kawartha Lakes • Community Heritage – for an individual or organization that has contributed to the creation, preservation and/or promotion of shared community heritage in Kawartha Lakes • Heritage Vision – for an individual of any age who submits the best written essay, video or audio recording of a heritage vision for Kawartha Lakes 35
Business Accomplishments The Kawartha Dairy Since being founded in 1937 by Jack and Ila Crowe, the Kawartha Dairy has been headquartered in Bobcaygeon for over 80 years, Kawartha Dairy, one of Bobcaygeon’s largest employers, is 100% Canadian-owned company and is still operated by the Crowe family. The daily fresh milk deliveries received at the dairy are mostly from the local area and all of the milk is from Ontario farms. The dairy is featured in the new (2018) documentary “Before the Plate” which tells the stories of where our food comes from. The Kawartha Promoter Our local bi-weekly newspaper ran a series of stories Minaajim: Good Stories from Curve Lake First Nation As told by Doug Williams to Julie Kapyrka Curve Lake. The series featured memories, stories and recollections of former Chief Doug Williams from Curve Lake First Nation and included stories of camping on Big (Boyd/Chiminis) Island, canoe journeys and delivering his grandmother’s hand crafted black ash baskets for sale to the village of Bobcaygeon. The series ran for several year until 2017. The Book, Michi Saagiig Nishhaabeg: The History of Curve Lake First Nation by Doug Williams, was published in May 2018. Good Pickins Good Pickins shop is located in the Old School House at 49 King Street East in Bobcaygeon, built in 1873. In 1889 an additional two classrooms were added. The school remained in operation until 1956 housing up to 160 students. The school house eventually transitioned to a furniture store and was then transformed by Dr. Jim Fagan into a medical centre and residence for the doctor on the second story. The next phase for the school house was commercial retail. The owner at that time took great pride in the building, providing the necessary maintenance and upgrades to bring it up to today’s standards while keeping the original beauty including award-winning landscaping. Celebrating its 5th anniversary this year, Good Pickins buys and sells vintage, antique used furniture, and home decor. They specialize in repurposing old furniture as well as using items that might otherwise end up in landfill. They transform pieces into useful items once again, adding beautiful softness with so many wonderful colours to choose from with environmentally friendly clay-based paint. They have partnered with Town and Country Decorating who supply the paint to both Good Pickins and their customers. Owner Sheri MacArthur and assistant Lori Bate offer paint workshops to teach people how to relove that old furniture once again. 36
The Globus Theatre/ Lakeview Arts Barn In partnership with the Boyd Museum, the Globus Theatre provided the town with outdoor live theatre during the summer of 2017. Actors roamed the streets, shops and public areas of Bobcaygeon interacting with the community while dressed in settler garb and acting in character for the time period. Visitors and locals alike were treated to snippets of history and for quick moments go experience times gone by first-hand. The Globus Theatre/Lakeview Arts Barn set a Guinness World Record for “The largest underpants” measuring 21.9m (71 ft 10.2 in.) across the waist and 12.63m (41ft 5.24 in) from waistband to crotch, on November 7, 2016. The play Knickers a “brief” comedy written by Sarah Quick and produced by LAB owners Sarah Quick and James Barrett, was performed in their Bobcaygeon theatre and theatres around the world. In conjunction with the 2015 run of the play at the LAB, James and Sarah had the idea to go for the record. Bobcaygeon resident Debbie Poole, set about sewing the huge undergarment and once the knickers were hung on the entrance side of the LAB, theatre goers entered the venue through the legs of the colossal undergarment. Buckeye Surf and Snow With a nod to both our environment and the preservation of the long-held tradition of community involvement and giving back, Taylor Poole of Buckeye Surf and Snow has created the Lake Life Series of apparel. The brand pays homage to the family’s roots of fishing in the Kawartha Lakes, and $5 from every Lake Life item sold is donated back to lake related initiatives in the area. In 2017 $4,000 was raised and donated to Impact 32’s docking initiative and the Kawartha Land Trust’s Stewardship of Boyd Island. The Lake Life series is in addition to the Hip Town tee shirt initiative started in 2016 by Dave and Monica Poole, Taylor’s parents. Creating the unique and popular Bobcaygeon Canada Hip Town tee shirt line enabled the Pooles to raise and donate a total of $23,060 to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Hospital. Buckeye is proud to be locally owned and operated as a family business now entering its 4th generation. Established in 1949 by Dave Poole's maternal grandfather Tom Thompson, Buckeye Surf and Kawartha Lifestyle have evolved from a 480 sq. ft. Bait and Tackle Shop on the water to two retail locations, offering over 7,000 sq. feet of Surf and Lifestyle Apparel for Men, Women and Children, Footwear, Watersports, Tourist Wear, Gift Wear, Boat Rentals, Marine Supply and yes... Fishing Gear -- all of which enable our residents and visitors to enjoy the land and water trails that Bobcaygeon has to offer.
The Gamiing Nature Centre The center held its annual Summer Solstice Lakeshore Festival, native heritage celebrations and a special feature presentation with Survivorman Les Stroud in concert June 15th. Overnight camping was available to accommodate guests. (See Urban Forestry and Trails).
Community (Residents and Volunteers) Accomplishments Boyd Museum – Keeping Bobcaygeon's heritage alive The Mossom Boyd empire began in 1833 with one saw mill and ultimately spread across Canada with interests in lumbering, agriculture, Trent Valley Navigation CO., and the Bobcaygeon Railway. The Boyd Heritage Museum opened to the public in 1998.The museum is a volunteer organization owned and operated by the A. Sheila Boyd foundation. It was established to preserve and exhibit, acquire, collect, research, document and interpret to the public historical articles, artifacts and archival material that explain how Bobcaygeon and the Kawarthas were developed and influenced both economically and socially by Mossom Boyd, his family and their enterprises. Built by Mossom Martin Boyd in 1889, the building which now houses the Boyd Heritage Museum was once home to the Boyd Lumber Company and the Trent Valley Navigation Company, as well as the private school for the Boyd children. Much of the existing building retains its original cabinetry, shelving, window casements and doors. The original stone archway was moved from the old Boyd Mansion House (destroyed by fire and then demolished in 1995) and now stands in front of the Museum. The museum is open May through September and offers a history of the village of Bobcaygeon. • Mossom’s son developed a polled Hereford and later began cross-breeding buffalo with domestic cattle to produce what were called Cattalo. The mounted head of Napoleon, the buffalo sire, still hangs in the Museum and delights young and old with his majesty. • Sheila A. Boyd had a life-long love of art. The gallery provides a display area for local and visiting artists' work and is available year-round. • “Couching” with beads and metallic thread created beautiful tapestries that can be found through the museum • The Boyd women kept a fashionable home. Art, clothing and jewelry are displayed alongside houseware and furniture from the Boyd estate. • This June the Museum has a historic “June brides” wedding display • The annual “Ghost walk” is hosted and runs July 19, 20 and 21 this year • The Museum hosts a club for children each summer • The Museum hosts annual Author Series and Juried Photography shows (Feb 2018) along with three large book sales that provide a venue for public to donate and purchase books. • The annual Antiques and Collectibles sale is held each August. • The public schools in the village of Bobcaygeon and surrounding areas bring the grade 3 students to the museum when they are undertaking the “Pioneer studies” unit in the classrooms. Fishing Bobcaygeon has a strong history of being a fishing community with more than 50 fishing guide boats in use at their peak. Guides hosted fishing groups from all across North America, beginning around 1910, reaching its height from the 1920s through the following decades to the 1960s.Big Bob Channel heading towards Pigeon lake was home to numerous boat houses and shacks for the vessels. A small bait and tackle shop, located at the site of the current Waters Edge restaurant, prepared sandwiches and coffee to send the fishermen off each morning. Long time resident, Willa Smithers, recalls heading to the shop every afternoon, as the fishermen arrived home for the day, to help clean boats. A Trappers Cabin, eventually coming into use as a fishing resort guide shack, was donated to the Settlers' Village in 1993. Boyd Island served as a “shore lunch spot” where guides, each at their own small camp, treated their customers to luncheons of the freshly caught fish, bacon, eggs, potatoes, onions and home-made pies. Kawartha Land Trust has placed a plaque on Big (Boyd/Chiminis) Island to commemorate our Fishing history (2017). The last of the historic wooden boats, named “Blinky “and depicted on the plaque, was taken out of service in 2016 and is currently in storage while the community seeks a permanent display site. 38
Kawartha Settlers' Village “Where the Past is the Present”, the village was established in 1990 and is operated by Kawartha Regional Arts and Heritage Society which is a registered charitable organization. The property is leased from the City on a 99-year lease. The Village has more than 20 authentic heritage homes and buildings that have been moved to the site from the area surrounding Bobcaygeon and is open daily May through September. As they say “it takes a village” and it most certainly does. The Village has one full-time marketing director and hires 5 students for the summer with the help of student grants from the Canada Summer Jobs and Museum Canada Summer Works programs. The students work at updating the Villages Past Perfect records and digitizing the collection, they greet guests and assist in keeping the buildings in top notch shape. More than 300 volunteers, 10% of our population, lend their time and expertise to the Village throughout the year helping maintain the “living museum” of early agricultural implements, personal belongings and artifacts, books and illustrations from the period of 1835-1935 and hosting annual programs and events such as: • Settlers' Days in June 2018 hosted displays and interactive activities such as • Quilt Making and registry, Carving, Rug Hooking Weaving, Artisan displays • Sewn Items, herbs, candles and treats of yesteryear • Occupations of the Past, black smith on site • Fur Harvesters in the Trapper’s Cabin • Pre-1935 Vehicles and Antique Outboard Motor Display • Curve Lake Cultural Centre and Truth and Reconciliation education • Carnival tent, classic games, hand kite making • Petting zoo, pony rides, popcorn, ice cream and floats and a Strawberry Social • Annual Settler’s Art Camp. Bringing flare to history, retired school teacher Ellen Dumas will teach the up and coming artists (ages 10-14) different forms of art ranging from sketching to clay modeling and painting. • Settlers' Summer Day Camp runs throughout July and August each year and is focused on introducing children (ages 6-10) to the life and times of our ancestors by encouraging them to participate in pioneer activities and chores. The goal of the program is to promote local history and create an exciting atmosphere where children can experience a hands-on approach to learning about their history. Children are able to participate in various activities including arts and crafts, hands on activities such as baking bread and butter making, demonstrations such as trapping, making butter and rope, spinning wool. grinding wheat, planting seeds and baking in the replica outdoor oven. • The Honey Shack boasts the new Bee Exhibit as Settlers' joins the Bee City initiative. At the most recent Settler’s Day events, visitors could participate in making bee houses and seed bombs to take home to their own home pollinator gardens. 39
The Bobcaygeon Fiddle and Step Dance Competition Initially held in conjunction with the Fall Fair, it began in 1970 and quickly became so popular that it is now a stand alone event and the competition was moved to July. So many fiddlers and dancers arrived that a Fiddlerâ€™s and Steppers Park was set up to accommodate the group and weekend camping is made available. In addition to providing food at the Fall Fair, the local Kinettes also provide food at Fiddle and Step Contest, an event that has grown from 19 fiddlers at the first competition to well over 200 today. This year marks the 49th year dedicated to preserving this pioneer culture art form. The Caygeon Cruisers One of the most active car clubs in the area, it's dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of classic and custom cars and trucks. Each Tuesday evening the club members along with other car owners meet in Bobcaygeon at Beach Park, to display their rides and enjoy the company of other car enthusiasts. This event starts at 6 pm and continues till dusk. For those interested in classic cars, whether you have your own "special" ride or not, it's a pleasant evening to meet the friendly members and car enthusiasts. In addition to the regular weekly cruise nights, the annual show is held at Beach Park, partnering this year with the Bobcaygeon Food Bank. Landmark Homes Bobcaygeon is home to many turn of the century limestone buildings and Victorian era homes. Two of the Victorian homes on Front Street and two landmark homes on King Street W. are being featured during this yearsâ€™ Garden tour. 40
Agricultural Society – Fall Fair This year marks the 160th Annual Bobcaygeon Fall Fair. The origin of the Fall Fair goes as far back as 1792 when John Simcoe helped to organize the Agricultural Society of Upper Canada in an effort to establish Upper Canada as an agricultural nation. In the 1800s, hundreds of agricultural societies soon emerged across Canada, and in 1858 the Verulam Agricultural Society was born. Throughout the years many changes have taken place including the location of the fairgrounds, erection of buildings including the Bobcaygeon-Verulam Community Centre (1954) and the Curling Club (1967). As early as 1895, a parade was held, organized by Mossom Boyd and his foreman. Originally the fair was held around Market Square. Today’s parade starts at Market Square and ends at the current fairgrounds. An original portion of the current grounds was purchased from Mossom Boyd in 1901 for $350. Fairgoers travelled by train, auto and boat to attend the fair. The first prize offered for a decorated auto was in 1915. In 1974, the name changed from the Verulam Agricultural Society / Verulam-Bobcaygeon Agricultural Society to the Bobcaygeon Agricultural Society. All through the years, many good cattle, horses, hogs, sheep, poultry and pets have been shown. Today's fair features a demolition derby, tractor & truck pull, Ambassador competition, large number of vendors, livestock & horse shows, harness racing, an awesome parade, horse pull, dog show, midway, school displays, produce displays, quilting, horticultural, and homecraft displays and demonstrations. Lots of live entertainment is available throughout the fair, ending with a dance. It's a time for all the farmers and their families, from inside and outside the municipality, to show off their hard work throughout the year. We salute our forefathers for their dedication, wisdom, foresight and labour in those early years and what they achieved, that we may now enjoy the fruit of their work and make our Fair what it has always been – The Daddy of ‘Em All! Kawartha Carving Competition – “Carving in the Heart of the Kawarthas” Sustaining and strengthening a time-honoured tradition, the Caygeon Carvers began in the spring of 1987 with a few interested carvers and presently has approximately 20 male and female members of all skill and age levels. The club meets in the Henderson House, located in the Kawartha Settlers' Village in Bobcaygeon. Club membership is open to anyone having an interest in carving wood. Although bird carving is predominant, there's a cross-section of abilities and interests freely shared and encouraged among the membership. In the fall of each year, the Bobcaygeon Carving Club, the Buckhorn Carvers, and the Lindsay Seniors Carving Club host a show and competition in Bobcaygeon. The competition is open to carvers in all levels. Monetary prizes and ribbons are awarded in many different categories. Visitors delight in watching demonstration carving and talking to carvers about their hobby and creations. Carvings are offered for sale and carving suppliers are available to sell materials, tools, books and patterns. 2017’s competition saw 171 carvings entered by 81 participants. This September’s show is being held once again in Bobcaygeon.
Bobcaygeon Truth and Reconciliation Community The mission of the Truth and Reconciliation Community Bobcaygeon is to foster and develop respectful relationships among settlers, Indigenous neighbours and the land. The group encourages and supports one another, and anyone who joins. The group continues to learn, educate and work toward reconciliation locally with the settler community and in relationship with the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg. They are actively engaged in learning about and honouring Treaties, both locally and in the wider Canadian context, and will continue to work toward restitution of wrongs while respecting the values and cultures of Indigenous communities. The group promotes awareness through events and activities: At Settlers' Village • Settlers' Day display of educational materials, and art works honouring First Nations people • Summer long display at focusing on Indigenous cultures and history • Summer series of films and speakers from regional First Nations communities • Two workshops on reconciliation on Insights from Canada’s TRC Commission and the Language of Reconciliation At Gamiing • Participated in a Community Wild Rice Workshop where James Whetung of Curve Lake First Nation demonstrated how to honour, harvest, process and prepare Manomin (wild rice) • Organized a public awareness event in Bobcaygeon: Day of Solidarity with Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. At Bobcaygeon Library • Hosted public lectures at the Bobcaygeon Library on Indigenous history, Indigenous World View, treaties and residential schools in keeping with the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report In the community • Participated in “Unlocking the Summer”, Bobcaygeon with a table providing information on Indigenous history • Canada Day parade – created a large float depicting two canoeists holding a Two-Row Wampum belt signifying treaties, overlooked by a giant Thunderbird • Members volunteered at the Curve Lake First Nation’s Pow Wow • Published several articles in local news magazine the Kawartha Promoter on subjects such as residential schools, wild rice, Curve Lake First Nations events and their own initiatives • Sponsoring the Drew Hayden Taylor play ‘Cottagers and Indians’ at Curve Lake First Nation and Lakeview Arts Barn theatre. There will be evening performances for the public and matinee performances for students in conjunction with educational programming provided at the Gamiing Nature Centre.
URBAN FORESTRY & TRAILS
Municipal Accomplishments City of Kawartha Lakes
There are more than 600 km of trails spread across Kawartha Lakes. The Ganaraska Trail, Kawartha Trans Canada Trail and Victoria Rail Trail Corridor have several access points in different areas of Kawartha Lakes.
Arts and Heritage Trail City of Kawartha Lakes has created an Arts and Heritage Trail to promote our rich heritage and diverse artistic talent. An interactive online map invites discovery of hidden places, local legends, studios, concerts and festivals. Bobcaygeon stops on the tour include: • Dudley’s Watercolour Art Studio is inspired by a passion for the beauty of nature. The watercolour paintings are inspired by artist’s own photography, local landscapes, old buildings, wildlife waterscapes and florals. • Gamiing Nature Center is a charitable organization. The grounds are home to a forest and a trail system that includes interpretive trail walks. Workshops and events such as the Sound Under the Stars concert series running from 6.18-8.27 2018 is a community favorite. • Globus Theatre/Lakeview Arts Barn Since 2003, the LAB has been entertaining guests with professional theatre productions. As is a typical season, this summers line up includes five main shows, several one-night comedies and three children’s performances. The Great Butter Tart Tour Tragedy is not to be missed. Pre-show dinner is available. • Peace of Earth Pottery studio overlooks Sturgeon lake and the surrounding woods. The one-of-a-kind pottery is both functional, being dishwasher and food safe, and sculptural being both thrown and hand created. • The Boyd Heritage Museum is located in the original Boyd Lumber offices of 1889. One can wander and explore the heritage of the village and get a view into the families influence on the Bobcaygeon community and the agricultural industry. • Kawartha Settlers' Village Over 20 historic homes and buildings have been relocated from the surrounding area to provide a wonderful recreation of what pioneer life was in Bobcaygeon. Wander the village or the newly created (2018) forest trails complete with foot bridge and soon to be installed interpretive signs. • Garden Art by Sandy A passion for gardening and Sandy’s love of nature are apparent in her creations of metal and rock that can be viewed in her backyard studio setting. Turtles, ducks, hummingbirds and herons are just a few of the wonderful sculptures that can be found nestled in among the garden trails and wooded lot studio.
Trent Severn Waterway Lock 32 Bobcaygeon’s Lock 32 is a trailhead location along the Trent Severn Waterway, and was the first lock to be constructed along the Waterway. Today, it's one of the most popular stops for boaters. Lock Master Scott Worsley and his team of dedicated, friendly and extremely knowledgeable staff are at the ready to provide advice for boaters not only for their Bobcaygeon travels but for other stops along the way. Scott is often overheard providing navigation advice and mooring and docking tips so that travelers can experience a safe trip along the Trent System. The lock staff in Bobcaygeon truly go above and beyond. Services at this lock include: • mooring • shore power • water hook-up • boater camping • ice for sale • canoe dock and entry • picnic areas • walking
New Initiative: Regional Tourism Organization 8 (RT08) and The Trent Severn Waterway (TSW)
RTO8 has launched the TSW Trail Town initiative. Trent-Severn Trail Towns is a designation program, modelled on similar successful U.S. programs, open to communities that are located within 2 kms of the TSW. RT08 has allocated funds in their budget for experience development and enhancement with a focus on initiatives that elevate the TSW visitor experience.
New Initiative: Kawartha Conservation Forest Bathing
Forest Bathing is a practice based on mindfully connecting to the natural world. A new Forest Bathing program launched this spring to help connect people to nature and improve their physical and mental health. Kristie Virgoe, Director of Stewardship and Conservation Lands, and a certified forest therapy guide, is leading the program at four local conservation areas. It is based on the Japanese practice of “shinrinYoku”. “Forest Bathing can help with physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. The many benefits of spending time in nature include reduced stress, improved immune system functioning, and improved mood. Deepening our relationship with nature has other benefits as well. It helps us to feel more content, to be more creative in how we approach challenges, and to feel more at ease. Everyone can benefit from a forest bathing experience; our walks are slow paced (1- 1.5km over 3 hours) and accessible to most fitness abilities.” Kristie Virgoe Forest bathing has grown locally, the Kawartha Conservation is offering seven Forest Bathing sessions from April to October this year, throughout the City region including Ken Reid Conservation Area in Lindsay and Pigeon River Conservation. Gamiing Nature Center is also offering “Forest Therapy” at its trails in Bobcaygeon.
Business Accomplishments Foodland Bobcaygeon Foodland has a series of framed maps of the local lakes and the Trent Severn Waterway in their entrance corridor. Visitors can often be seen checking out the maps, locating their cottage on the map and overheard talking about the trips they have taken on the local TSW trail. Gamiing Nature Center Through its Wetlands, Hayloft, Discovery Shack, Forest and Trails, Gamiing Nature Centre offers the community innovative ways to learn about environmental issues and the flora and fauna found in our backyards by presenting a wide variety of programs and workshops for all ages. Wetlands - Victoria Marsh Pigeon Lake #15 has Provincially Significant status and is an ANSI (Area of Natural and Scientific Interest). Up to about 70% of our wetlands have disappeared and every day we are losing another 80 acres of precious habitat. The Gamiing wetlands are home to the Blanding's Turtle, Painted Turtle, the Least Bittern, two mature Muskies, Large and Smallmouth Bass, Mergansers, Mallards, Loons, frogs and many more aquatic creatures. Black Terns use the wetland as a resting place during their migration. The Hayloft at Gamiing has been transformed into a venue for events and music that has become a favourite with both tourists and local residents. • The summer Sounds Under the Stars concert series • Workshops are being offered this summer to cover topics from sustainability to art classes and everything in between – including how to build an outdoor oven! • The Survivorman Series is not to be missed. Discovery Shack - An exciting place to explore, discover and learn about fish, birds, mammals, plants and amphibians. Forest and Trails – Interpretive Trail Walks are available or pick up an identification card and spend time looking for items found in the forest. Outdoor programs include • onsite environmental education programs • a nature club • summer day camps • school field trip programs • bird watching and winter camping • Geocaching • Forest Therapy • workshops on Natural Gardens including, Xeriscape & Wetland, Woodland, Prairie, Butterfly and Bird Gardens. Native Nursery including an online catalogue offers a selection of trees & shrubs, wildflowers & vines, grasses, sedges & rushes, and also garden ideas. 46
Citizens Science â€“ Gamiing promotes citizen science by keeping watch for changes that may or may not happen in various areas of the ecosystems at Gamiing using these Monitoring Protocols -- Frog Monitoring, Salamander Monitoring, Blanding's Turtle Monitoring, Wetland Monitoring, Forest Monitoring.
New Initiative: Conservation Easement Gamiing Nature Centre and Kawartha Land Trust have worked together to place a Conservation Easement on the property (2018). This easement applies to both present and future owners, and permanently limits uses of the land in order to protect its conservation values.
Settlers' Village In addition to the living museum that is Settlers' Village, volunteers have spent countless hours planning, developing and creating the newly opened trails (2018) in the wooded property at the rear of the Village. Resident George Coene provided his back-hoe skills for a rough grading of the trails and volunteers from both the Settlers' Village and EAB also pitched in to help on the effort which was funded by a $5,000 grant from EODP and a donation from Commonwell Insurance. Wilderness Park This beautiful 8-acre park with hiking trails, nature interpretative signage and a large bee garden/pollinator patch was created in partnership with the City in 2013/2014. The park provides a unique educational opportunity to visitors. In 2010, Environmental Action Bobcaygeon, approached the City Parks and Recreation Department regarding the development and stewardship of a municipal property in the North East corner of Bobcaygeon. Through generous donations from supporters, Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the City as well as a significant amount of in-kind assistance from individuals and organizations, the park began to take shape. Hard working volunteers cleaned the lot of an accumulation of debris in the spring of 2013. Volunteers removed truckloads of garbage that had been discarded over many years at this municipal dumping grounds. The list of removed items including construction materials, household garbage, car parts, old furniture, doors, windows, oil drums, tires, batteries and a partial car and an entire boat! Once the clean up was completed, the park’s other features were designed and constructed and Wilderness Park was officially opened in the spring of 2014. Trail maintenance is ongoing and additional signage has been added since 2014. The Park provides safe, accessible trails for walking, hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing through a beautiful mature forest rich in plant and animal life. The park provides a unique educational opportunity to visitors. • Large pollinator patch was installed in 2014, showcasing hundreds of native plants and highlighting the importance of pollinators, especially bees, to our ecosystem • Interpretive signs provide another educational component, explaining the significance of many of the natural features found within wilderness park and along the trails • A variety of habitats offering many interesting species of trees and shrubs all within a compact area • Three routes to choose from travelling through mature forest with a tranquil backdrop of lush greenery and the chance to spot our native birds and other animals • The multi-route trail system includes a comfortable 220-meter accessible trail (wheelchair/walking canes). • Accessible parking spaces In 2018 an additional 100 cedar trees and 100 pollinator plants were added to the park by volunteers thanks to a grant from Hydro One to cover the cost of the plants. 48
Kawartha Land Trust Boyd Island is the largest undeveloped Island in Southern Ontario. In 2015, KLT mounted an extremely ambitious campaign to acquire Big (Boyd/ Chiminis) Island located in Pigeon Lake. The Island, owned by the Boyd family (1873-1990) had been in the hands of several different developers since 1990 with approved plans in place for subdivision development. Owners Mike and Terry Wilson generously offered to donate the Island to KLT under the Eco Gifts program but in order to accept the generous donation KLT was required to establish a 1-million-dollar stewardship fund in order to ensure their ability to steward the Island in perpetuity. Via an intense fund-raising campaign involving over 400 donors, auctions, “sponsor and acre” and various tabling events the KLT, volunteers and the community raised 1.2 million dollars in 5 short months! 2016-2017 • The Island was successfully transferred to the care of Kawartha Land Trust! • KLT opened, the previously privately-owned property, for public use for low-impact activities that are compatible with protecting and preserving the Island in its natural state • The Boyd Island Management Advisory team (BIMAT), including full-time and seasonal residents, business leaders and experts in conservation and land stewardship, was established to provide advice to KLT on the Property Management Plan and activities for the Island. • A Celebratory event was held in Bobcaygeon which included free paddle excursion donated by The Land Canadian Adventures and Curve Lake First Nations drumming. • houseboat operators educated their renters on the appropriate uses of the Island during orientation before heading out on the water (ongoing). • clean-up of the island was undertaken by local volunteers and cottager’s associations (ongoing): • removing over 35 truckloads of garbage • decommissioning fire pits, including sifting broken glass from the site • removal of structures that did not meet building standards or insurance requirements • restoring overused sites to their natural state • 8 kms of hiking trails were reestablished and opened for public use • The Conservation Assessment and Background Report, including a viability/integrity assessment and a threat analysis, were completed • A commemorative plaque was created to acknowledge the “shore lunch spot” additional interpretive signage is planned for 2018 • 9 picnic tables were installed on the Island, made possible through generously discounts provided by Jermyn Lumber and Home Hardware. • Applications were submitted to TSW and the Eco gifts program to allow dock replacement (one dock previously destroyed by fire and one by time) 2018 • 20 guided walks, paddling trips and a pollinator workshop have occurred on and around the Island since 2016 and will continue • 2 docks are being installed (July 2018), Big (Boyd/Chiminis) Island Property Stewardship Plan, including base line conditions and an outline for specific property objectives, was developed 2017/18 to be released to the public 2018. The plan includes inventory, monitoring, research, property management, partnerships, conservation analysis, stewardship objectives (water, vegetation, wildlife, cultural features and facilities management). • Over 7900 volunteers’ hours have been donated to the Island project to date and efforts will continue • Kawartha Land Trust in their journey to preserve the Island for future generations, will continue ongoing discussions with Curve Lake to better understand their history and cultural connection to Big (Boyd/Chiminis) Island. Now that the Island is safe from development, KLT, in their duty of care and with the assistance of BIMAT, are committed to finding the balance between public uses and enjoyment of the Island and preservation and protection of the Island’s wildlife, vegetation and significant features for generations to come. The Island is designated as an ANSI or “Area of Natural and Scientific Interest” by the Province of Ontario. Please tread Lightly. 49
Usage of Parks & Trails Including Our Waterway Trail the Trent Severn Waterway (TSW) Pigeon Lake Yacht Club Pigeon Lake Yacht Club (PLYC) is a sailing club locate on Pigeon Lake. PLYC offers a fantastic facility for sailing in large keel boats or smaller but faster M 16 sailing crafts. You don't have to own boat to enjoy the sport, lessons are available too and it is right here in Bobcaygeon. The Club is most active between May and October, with regular races and social events: • Weekly Scow Wednesdays • E-Scow Sundays • Keel Boat races on Saturdays • The Annual Fall Sailing regatta is always a sight to see! Music Alive Concert Series Free concerts are held on Thursday evenings at Lock 32 park. The Bobcaygeon Music Council is able to provide the concerts to the public for free thanks to their many generous business sponsors in Bobcaygeon. Yoga Yoga in the Park classes are held at the locks on Saturday mornings throughout the summer months. For a small donation anyone can attend and the proceeds of the morning are returned to the community as the funds are donated to volunteer and charitable organizations such as the local Food Bank. Local yogis often hold paddle yoga classes in the serene bays that can be found in and around our lakes including the back bay of Boyd Island. Huck Finn Raft Race The Little Bob Channel is used annually for the Boy Scouts Huck Finn Raft Race, attracting scouts from the surrounding Trillium Highlands area. The scouts build their own rafts and the event offers a fun adventure and a test of the participants scouting skills while camping at Riverside Park. Great Bobcaygeon Duck Race The Lions hold this race each summer, counting and bagging numbered ducks, while volunteers sell tickets. Crowds gather on the bridge north of the Swing bridge near Stoneyhurst Inn and cheer on their duck in hopes that it will be the first to cross the finish line. Proceeds go to children’s charities. New Initiative: Trail Town In anticipation of the Trail Town initiative launch in 2018, Impact 32 hosted Amy Camp, American Cycle Board Member and owner of Cycle Forward and RT08 representative Brenda Wood. Ms. Camp was taken on a tour of the town and completed a “Community Walking Assessment” to determine Bobcaygeon’s visitor readiness and to identify areas needing improvement. Impact 32 is now in the process of putting together a Trail Town Action Committee to move forward with the August 2018 to October 2019 preparation phase as outlined by the program.
New Initiative: Wayfinding • Impact 32 has taken on the design, implementation and installation of Wayfinding signage/maps by partnering with EAB to secure funding through RT08 and C.H.E.S.T. fund grants. • Large colour coded maps, designed to assist visitors and the community in locating 237 specific locations within the village, are located in sheltered map cases through the village. A pocket sized, folding version is also available locally. Approximately 3,500 maps were handed out in 2017 • The map is also available at www.VisitBobcaygeon.com, a website created, launched and maintained by volunteers. The website was funded by Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation and assists the public in finding places to stay and things to do by season. The website also provides a full listing of businesses and services for the village, a full calendar of events. • Directional signs have been strategically installed throughout the village to help visitors navigate the streets of town and to locate key points of interest. The fins of the sign are paddle shaped and colour coded to correspond with the maps. Of special note, the posts for the signs are repurposed log jams made of BC fir donated by Parks Canada • Extensive fund-raising, has allowed the group to partner with the TSW to install additional docking and power on both the Pigeon Lake and Sturgeon Lake side of the Locks. The new docks afford our TSW trail visitors the much-needed space to tie up and explore everything Bobcaygeon has to offer. 51
Municipal Initiatives The City of Kawartha Lakes The COKL staff, along with community groups, design, plant and maintain over 150,000 square feet of flower beds throughout the municipality, including Tommy Anderson/Centennial Park, Beach Park and Henderson Park. The Trent Severn Waterway Bobcaygeon Lock 32 Park is maintained by Trent-Severn Waterways staff.
New Initiative: Beach Park The City's most recent undertaking is the redevelopment and repurposing of Bobcaygeon Beach Park, a former city-run trailer park site. As the City of Kawartha Lakes recognizes the importance of the park redesign to the community, this initiative is being undertaken to allow ample input and partnerships with Bobcaygeon Stakeholder groups - local volunteer organizations, business, and the community at large. Landscape Planning Limited is leading the design project. The conceptual design will include innovative approaches and progressive technologies that are sustainable and operationally feasible. All design elements are to meet or exceed Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation Guidelines and Design of Public Spaces Standards. The design shall have a focus on water recreation and facilitate use by various water craft user groups including activities such as rowing, kayaking, canoeing and motorized water craft. The design shall incorporate outdoor pavilions, docking to provide access to the Big Bob Channel, washroom facilities to service all park users, playground structures, water view walking paths and shoreline improvements with a focus on connection to all park features. The overall design is to foster a water play focus. As public input is a key component to the design development, open houses have been and will continue to be scheduled throughout the process. These meetings provide an opportunity for community members to share thoughts, concerns and ideas directly with the project team. Prior to being purchased by the Village of Bobcaygeon in 1963, Bobcaygeon Beach park was home to the former train station, opened in Bobcaygeon from July 28, 1904 and abandoned on June 15, 1961. Consideration is being given to rebuilding the pavilion in the style of the long-gone CPR station.
Business Initiatives Crazy Monkey Trees In partnership with local volunteers group Impact 32, Crazy Monkey Trees spent two days (2017) pruning the TSW parkland and point that welcomes boaters to Bobcaygeon. The cleanup allows a larger portion of the land to be available for strolls, picnicking and relaxing by the waterside. Crazy Monkey also helped clear an area at the Bobcaygeon Public school to create the Peace Park. Kawartha Dairy Kawartha Dairy recently updated their store front operation creating an inviting patio of benches and a table for their guest who stop by for cones. To create overflow seating, the gardens fronting the offices were retained and fronted with limestone installed at seat height. Patrons can now savour the wonderful ice cream while sitting along the gardenâ€™s edge. Green Acres Trailer Park Green Acres Trailer Parkâ€™s award-winning gardens are meticulously maintained by the McBride family and are complemented by the individual gardens installed and maintained by each trailer site regular. Edgewater Condominiums In addition to parking upgrades, Edgewater has installed a new garden bed at their entry to welcome residents home.
Community (Residents and Volunteers) Accomplishments Boyd Farm The original Boyd Farm, located on Highway 36 as you enter Bobcaygeon, had seen better days until the current owners began a revitalization of the property in 2017/18. Overgrown shrubs were cleared from the front of the property and trees received much needed maintenance and pruning. A new rail fence was installed in keeping with the age and period of the house and barn. The barn’s “Mossom Boyd Estate” signage was repaired and once again made legible but painted to maintain an “aged” look. Over the Hill The “Over the Hill” property, also located on Highway 36 just across from the Boyd Farm, is always meticulously maintained. The ancient Lilac hedge blooms profusely in Spring and the rolling yard provides those arriving to Bobcaygeon with an ever-blooming vista. Water Feature A functioning, miniature waterwheel fashioned from barn board with water emptying into a local limestone edged pond can also be seen, at 276 East Street, while entering the town. Port 32 The Port 32 neighbourhood was built on a foundation of bedrock which dictates many aspects of the landscaped gardens found throughout the subdivision. Each home sports an impressive display of rock landscaping. The many one-of-a-kind unique and attention-getting gardens are often included in the annual Horticultural Society tour. Common areas, the Shore Spa and Waterpoint gardens are cared for resident volunteers. This Marshall Homes neighbourhood has an extensive trail system allowing many residents the opportunity to expand beyond their own gardens creating, volunteer tended, interesting stops for walkers and hikers to enjoy along the way. The Shoreline Garden Workshop Hosted by The Land Between and Watershed Canada, and held in the Bobcaygeon Community Centre, this seasonal workshop teaches shoreline residents that they can have beautiful, functional, natural shorelines and still have access to great shoreline views. Helping lake fish habitats, deterring nuisance geese and supporting healthy ecosystems for future generations, participants walked away with a garden design and plant choices tailored specifically to their shore. New to the seminars this year is the use of the Natural Edge app and plant data base. Workshop topics included: • permits • native plants, increasing biodiversity • invasive species, goose control • limiting nutrient runoff, erosion considerations • plant species preferences, design aesthetics, step-by-step design For more extensive erosion control, The Land Between offers onsite consultations. 54
The Bobcaygeon Horticultural Society The Horticultural Society has donated an art sculpture, by Garden Art by Sandy, to the Bobcaygeon Service Center. The piece, featuring a red wing black bird, dragon flies and rushes, has been added to the garden beds where it can be enjoyed by all. 75 plus members and occasional student volunteers maintain a wide variety of public garden beds in Bobcaygeon including: • Legion Beds (2) • Rockery Market Square (2) • Shea Park (4) • Xero-scape (1) • Bolton Street (7) • Kawartha Settlers' Village (5) • COKL Service Center (3) • Circle of Friends (1) • Trent Severn Waterway Canal Beds (3) • Horticultural Society Office Building Beds (3) • Cenotaph (2) • Need Street/Front Street intersection Triangle (2) • Esso Gas Bar (2) • Boyd Street Corner (1) • Bridge of Heroes (2) • Swing Bridge Boxes (6 boxes) It is common-place to see members of the society, either en masse or working individually, out planting, pruning and weeding. The gardening hustle and bustle around town is contagious and the results spill over into well-tended private gardens. The Bobcaygeon Horticultural Society sponsors annual “Garden Beautiful Awards”. The awards are based on 5 criteria (design, variety, condition, environmental practices, and overall impression). The categories include commercial residential, container, vegetable, community organization and special award. New Initiative: Mural A large wall mural will soon adorn the large expanse of the north wall of Foodland fronting Kawartha Coffee. Partially funded through an RT08 grant received by Impact 32, the wall has been scraped and painted and awaits the new mural that will be installed this summer (2018). The mural will depict local scenery, the First Nations Ojibway symbols for the constellations, a silhouette of Gord Downey, and large loon wings that will allow for a photo back drop.
Municipal Accomplishments City of Kawartha Lakes The Bobcaygeon Legacy. Community Hydro Electric Systems Transfer (C.H.E.S.T.) fund was established to provide financial assistance to not for profit, community-based organizations that provide programs, services, or activities that enhance the quality of life for the residents of the City of Kawartha Lakes in the areas of health, arts, culture, leisure, heritage, education and the environment. Several of the beautification, streetscape and trail projects mentioned throughout this profile book have received funding from this Legacy program. Bobcaygeon Post Office Garden Sherrie MacClennan maintains the entry garden that greets visitors to the Post Office. A new perennial donated by a community member, has been placed at the front of the garden this year. We all anxiously await the promised and much anticipated candy floss colour blooms on the recent addition!
Business Accomplishments Downtown and Surrounding Area Businesses Too many to note individually, many businesses have placed urns and container gardens on the sidewalks in front of their locations. Window boxes have been hung at many business locations as well including the Bobcaygeon Daycare who have installed window boxes on their fences.
Community (Residents and Volunteers) Accomplishments A quick drive through the neighbourhoods of Bobcaygeon and it is soon evident by the stunning floral displays that there is a strong passion for gardening here. The Sienna Kawartha Lakes Retirement Residence This community at 60 West Street kicked their 2018 gardening efforts into high gear this year. On May 22nd, Kawartha Lakes Retirement Residence staff, volunteers and residents held their annual Garden Party and BBQ planting event. Don Patterson, head of the resident gardening committee, Activities Director Meghan McLoughlin and volunteer Donna Kirchen were on hand coordinating the event. The courtyard garden is planted and maintained by gardeners who call the KLRR home. Residents Noreen Dixon and Edie Warren spent the entire event diligently planting the raised beds with annuals of all colours. The front entry display garden also gets a hand from the group. Ed “Eddie” Lehman has taken charge of the tomato garden and, as in past years, when the crop is harvested it will be available in the dining room for all to share. Residents and their families have been busy planting the beds by their patios and planters are being displayed with pride. A “think pink” pink garden was started several years ago by the family of resident Nancy Hickling in celebration of this breast cancer survivors passing the 20-year milestone. Nancy lovingly maintains the garden and annual urns and says that she enjoys that people stop to chat and sit awhile when she is outside tending the plants. Don even managed to overwinter some of the geraniums in his unit and, along with wife Joyce, enjoyed the blooms all winter long. Gardens really are for all to share and enjoy. Roots and Ramblings This ongoing column in The Kawartha Promoter newspaper featuring guest columnists who offer tips and insights into gardening. Topics range from spring clean up tips, calendars of gardening activities and when to perform, handling of common garden problems and pests, protecting oneself from ticks, specific plant advise, types of gardens, vegetable tips, putting the garden to bed for the winter and so much more. Residents are educated on good gardening practices to put to use in their own floral displays. Bobcaygeon Horticultural Society Garden Tour Maybe it is the relaxing setting, maybe it is the call of nature, whatever it is, Bobcaygeon seems to have its fair share of gardeners and those who appreciate being surrounded with abundant plant life. The annual Horticultural Society Garden tour is a crowning jewel to the summer events calendar with residents and visitors from near and far joining in to view local gardens. Red Petunia signs, Bobcaygeon’s flower, can be found along the roadsides guiding those taking the tour to the gardens. Master Gardeners are available at strategic locations along the tour to answer gardening questions and impart their knowledge to visitors.
Boyd Museum staff prepare a special exhibit “Gardening from the Past”, displaying photos and artifacts recalling Bobcaygeon’s horticultural traditions. Within the stonewall grounds of the Museum, local experts will demonstrate traditional horticultural topics still relevant today while guests sample Kawartha Dairy ice cream – a fine tradition since 1937. • Kawartha Herb Gardens – culinary and ornamental herbs
Bobcaygeon Horticultural Society Garden Tour cont. • Kawartha Herb Gardens – culinary and ornamental herbs • Muscutt Seeds - locally harvested flower and vegetable seeds • Sandy McNeil – basketry and other natural arts • Central Ontario Beekeepers – bee culture Guests on the tour can also stop and visit The Kawartha Settlers' Village to explore the recreation of the 19th century Bobcaygeon. The 20 plus authentic structures are beautifully situated in a tranquil setting. Of special interest to horticulturalists are: • the children’s garden • the community gardens • the daylily collection • the heirloom plant display • the Murray-watermill garden. Impact 32 Originally beginning as Beautify Bobcaygeon in 2008, the effort expanded and evolved as the community’s need to provide Christmas décor and lighting and more for Bobcaygeon. Donations collected from residents and local businesses were matched to the municipal 50/50. The resulting Christmas display was a success and the group hasn’t looked back. The group expanded their efforts in 2009 by adding: • additional Christmas décor • a “Welcome to Bobcaygeon” sign • 9 low-maintenance benches • 3 bike racks • 23 banner arms to accommodate summer hanging banners and 16 winter banners • 24 brackets for annual hanging summer baskets funded through the Parks & Recreations Culture initiative and the Bobcaygeon Legacy C.H.E.S.T. fund. The group also partnered with the TSW to purchase a “Visit Lock 32” sign. Fund raising in combination with an annual grant from the C.H.E.S.T. fund allows the group to supply, install and maintain the colorful hanging summer baskets along with fall and winter décor and a much-expanded Christmas light display which now includes a “memorial” tree that sits in Market Square. Residents place ornaments in remembrance of lost loved ones on the tree. The ornaments are removed and cared for in the off season by resident Doris Cziraky. Volunteers work year-round to provide and maintain seasonal décor. 63
New Initiatives: Fund Raising Impact 32’s Bloom Town Bash
th This celebration of Flower Power was held on July 6 . The Bohemian themed fundraiser for our Vibrant Village initiatives included fab food, karaoke, henna artists, a medium, flower crowns, costume contest. Seed bomb sales were included to fund our Communities in Bloom efforts. The fabulous Boho experience under the stars celebrated our vibrant village of Bobcaygeon and raised funds to keep our community beautiful. Proceeds from the event went back into the Impact 32 coffers to pay for flowering baskets, fall and winter décor and events such as the annual tree lighting and FrostFest – all benefiting the entire town. Impact 32's Paddle Key Chains Although the Impact 32 volunteer group receives some funding from the C.H.E.S.T. fund, fundraising must continue outside of the grant application process to maintain the village at the level that it is. In addition to their fundraising Bloom Town Bash, Impact 32 has created a Paddle Key Chains sales strategy to support their initiatives. The paddle theme continues with paddle key chains available through local merchants. Proceeds from the sale of the keychains will be re-invested into community-based beautification efforts and events such as: • the annual tree lighting event • the summer baskets (including watering and maintenance) • harvest décor • winter hanging baskets • street decor • FrostFest and snow sculpting event • Bobcaygeon Photo Op Trellis • And more The paddle design was chosen in an effort to honor our First Nations Heritage. With an eye to being environmentally friendly, the paddles are manufactured from cast-off and wood remnants from a Peterborough business. There will be an ongoing paddle depicting the newly created (2018) 'Three Islands, One Heart' logo on one side and “Bobcaygeon” on the other. Once the voting has been completed for the street side paddle initiative, a special edition paddle will be created to honor each year’s winner and will be available for a limited time only. The 'Three Islands, One Heart' logo represents the coming together of all residents, cottagers and visitors in helping to maintain, appreciate and enjoy our Vibrant Village.
Bobcaygeon Communities in Bloom Partners
Bobcaygeon Agriculture Society – Linda Humphreys The Fall Fair began as a time set aside for all the farmers and their families, from inside and outside the municipality, to show off their hard work throughout the year. We now enjoy the fruit of their work and they make our Fair what it has always been – The Daddy of 'em All. Today’s fair celebrates our farmers with agricultural displays, horse shows, tractor pulls and livestock showings. Our heritage can be seen in many homecraft items submitted for exhibit, including the stunning array of handmade quilts. A wide range of produce and horticultural items are available for viewing along with creative projects made by our local children. This year marks the 160th Annual Bobcaygeon Fall Fair. Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce – Jo-anne Mceachran The Bobcaygeon and Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to providing leadership, support and communication for a healthy business community to ensure a high quality of life for all. The Chamber is the busiest service provider in our community, with responsibilities that involve events, business sector representations, provincial government and licensing and tourism related information. It operates all three main functions, i.e., business contact, tourist information and Ministry of Transportation licensing from one central location beside Lock 32. The Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce Excellence Awards are held annually. Bobcaygeon Farmers' Market In its 9th year, it has an amazing lineup of vendors who are all from within 100 km – and most are from right here in beautiful Bobcaygeon! You will find local compost, wonderful pieces of garden art and herbs, annuals and perennial planting stock, bunches of seasonal fresh cut flowers and hand-crafted items, and a fine selection of local cheeses, meats, fish, fruits, veggies, herbal products, snacks, spices, sauces, baked goods, sweets, maple syrup, honey and beeswax products. Bobcaygeon Horticultural Society – John Bick The goals of the Horticultural Society are to encourage interest and improvement in horticulture, by: holding meetings respecting the theory and practice of horticulture; encouraging the planting of trees, shrubs, and flowers on public and private grounds; promoting balcony and community gardening and outdoor beautification; arranging field trips, contests, competitions and exhibitions related to horticulture and awarding prizes; distributing seeds, plants, bulbs, flowers, trees, and shrubs; promoting the protection of the environment; promoting the circulation of horticultural information through any media; promoting the benefits of therapeutic horticulture, and stimulating an interest in the study of horticulture. Bobcaygeon Truth and Reconciliation – Glenna Burns This group's mission is to foster and develop respectful relationships among Settlers', Indigenous neighbours and the Land - “A Journey of Rights and Healing”. The group encourages and supports one another, and anyone who joins through events and activities such as educational programming provided at the Gamiing. The group is currently sponsoring the play ‘Cottagers and Indians’ at Curve Lake First Nation and Lakeview Arts Barn theatre. Boyd Heritage Museum – Barb McFadzen The Boyd Heritage Museum provides an important look into local history in Bobcaygeon and the surrounding area. Our artifacts and archives tell the story of how Bobcaygeon and its economic and social environment came to be. 66
The Canada Day Committee The Canada Day volunteers never let us down... This year's Canada Day party celebrated Canada’s 151st anniversary. Two official sites featured familyfriendly programming on the day, including live entertainment, children/adult games and races, as well as the spectacular Canada Day fireworks from Beach Park on the evening of July 1. And yes, it’s all free! Environmental Action Bobcaygeon – Richard Fedy, John Bick, Pat Warren Wilderness Park is an initiative of Environmental Action Bobcaygeon (EAB), a not-for-profit organization founded in 2008. Their mandate is to encourage, promote, and complete projects that will benefit the environment and the community. Gamiing Nature Centre – Mieke Schipper Gamiing's mission is to share the enjoyment and importance of living in harmony with nature by providing eco-educational experiences to engage the community in: balancing human needs with the needs of nature in our everyday lives; discovering plants, animals and water life; becoming stewards of our water, land and air; working toward a sustainable ecosystem for future generations. Impact 32 “Working Together for our Community” Impact 32 is a volunteer steering committee made up of local business owners and community organizers. We impact the growth of Bobcaygeon’s yearround economic development and community beautification for the benefit of all residents, businesses and tourists. We identify, organize, promote and raise funds for community-based initiatives. Impact 32 initiated and has partnered with numerous groups to form the 2018 Bobcaygeon Community in Blooms committee, coordinating and driving the initiative. We are dedicated to making Communities in Bloom a vibrant and beautiful experience. Kawartha Land Trust Big (Boyd/Chiminis) Island – Jessica Rogers, Warren Dunlop The Kawartha Land Trust (KLT) is a non-governmental organization and registered charity dedicated to conserving the natural environment and enhancing quality of life in the Kawarthas. We do this by accepting donations of ecologically-significant lands and/or interests in lands and the connections between them and engaging the community in support of this work to ensure these lands are cared for, in perpetuity. Located in Pigeon Lake, Big (Boyd/Chiminis) Island is the largest undeveloped island in the Kawarthas and it sits in Bobcaygeon’ s backyard. Kawartha Land Trust has undertaken a restoration and stewardship program on the Island which now includes two trail loops totaling 7.5 kms now open to the public. Protecting the land you love. Lions Club – John Darling The Bobcaygeon Lion’s Club is a very active group – their motto being “we serve”. The Lions Club helps to meet the needs of the community and the world every day because they share a core belief - to serve their community. In addition to their Guide Dog and humanitarian work, the Lions are key fundraisers and event supporters in our village. Lions provide our community members, in particular our youth, with an opportunity for personal development through volunteering. The Bobcaygeon Lions club regularly rally volunteer clean-up crews in the village, helping to keep our parks and public areas clean and safe. Kawartha Settlers' Village – Maureen Lytle A living museum, Kawartha Settlers’ Village was established in 1990 with the goal to preserve the history and culture of the Bobcaygeon area which was slowly disappearing. Today, the Village is run by the Kawartha Region Arts and Heritage Society. 67
Government & Municipal
All neighbourhood, rural areas and access road residents
Bobcaygeon Public School, Randy Goodliff City of Kawartha Lakes
Thank you to Bruce Hobley, Madeline Brown, Andrew Dawe,
Tourism & Development, Laurie McCarthy
Laurie Downey, Rheo Madden-Weber and all our local
Councillor Kathleen Seymour-Fagan
photographers for the great shots!
Parks & Recreation Bobcaygeon Service Centre staff Public Works Kawartha Conservation, Kristie Virgoe
(*as of June 22, 2018) Amber Purdy Hair, Bigley Shoes and Clothing Bobcaygeon Farmers' Market BMO Buckeye Marine The Curiosity Shop Eggsmart Foodland Gilstorf & Gray Granny Bird's Wool Shoppe Home Hardware Hunt4Dreams Infinity Salon Italian Hot Table Kawartha Coffee Company Kawartha Dairy Laser Touch Lynn Nicholls My Favourite Things Royal LePage (Norma Long) Royal LePage (Terri Megraw) North 65 Pick N' Save Purdy’s Jewellers Remax (Kent Leckie) Shoppers Drug Mart (Anand Shaw) Studio 358 The Kawartha Promoter Town & Country Decorating Village Florist. Vino Creations Water’s Edge Restaurant Zen Den 69
Thank You to Our Partners!
The 2018 Bobcaygeon Communities in Bloom project could not have achieved success without the hard work and support of all of its sponsors, contributors and partners.
Bobcaygeon CIB Core Team Members Ann Adare Bonnie Harris Ruth McIsaac Shaukat Mohammed Miriam Newton Georgina Phillips Michele Dames â€“ photography
Stay, Eat, Shop, Play - Bobcaygeon! www.VisitBobcaygeon.com
Judges' Book 2018