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Home & Cottage 11 - Supporting Local & Buying Canadian Made at Lockside 13 - Think Canadian Hardwood Flooring with Monaghan Lumber 14 - Fall Season in The Kawarthas 16 - Those Were the Days "Looking Back" 19 - Lighting Boutique - De.Kor 21 - Winterizing with The Clozer 23 - Feeling Grateful 24 - Let's Go Girls... Boots & Hearts 27 - Wood Rules - Cottage Memories 29 - Preparing for Flooding at the Cottage 31 - Soul & Belly 32 - Prepping Snowmobile Trails 36 - Navigating the World of Immune Herbs 37 - Recipes

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Welcome to the Fall Issue For my family, Fall brings with it – not only cooler, crisp weatherbut a slower pace. Work and school schedules become priority and lazy mornings and adventurous afternoons are a thing of summer past. Our meals become more robust and less grab and go, with all the local harvest, root vegetables and fresh meats easily accessed at Farmers Markets all around the region. Fall is definitely a baking season, warm zucchini bread and pumpkin spice cakes with cream cheese icing are some of our families’ favourites; and of course, pies for Thanksgiving! Fall Fairs are back this year and the prospects of getting back to a family gathered Thanksgiving is extremely enticing. With so many businesses in the area resuming planned events, there are a lot of fall activities coming up to keep the family busy! The leaves may be changing, but Cottage Country is still in tourist mode; get out and see all that you can before the snow flies. In this issue, you will find some interesting reads about local artists. We had the great pleasure of attending the Boots and Hearts Music Festival and were able to chat with performer (and Lindsay native) Madison Kozak. We have our annual Studio Tour feature, and we encourage you to hit the road and visit some of our areas talented artists this autumn. Recipes from Weekend at the Cottage are perfect little additions to take to family dinners, and from the cover, Abbey Gardens invite you to join them in October for jam-packed events! Regular contributors Jacquelyn Toupin, Jacob Rodenburg and Spiraea Herbs have interesting reads for you this time around also. Style and design advice from Birchview Design and De.Kor Lighting Boutique will get you ready for Fall decorating and renovations. Intrepid Snowmobiler, Craig Nicholson, walks us through getting the trails ready for winter, and leaves you with his humorous thoughts on firewood. So, curl up; grab a warm drink – maybe a blanket – and give our Fall issue a read. Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Halloween and Happy all the days and moments in between. We wish you a safe, happy and healthy autumn.

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Supporting Local & Buying Canadian Made Lockside offers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, with a mix of home décor to help you create a living space in which to sit back, relax, and entertain throughout the year. Selections are constantly changing during the course of the seasons, offering a multitude of choices from indoor and outdoor furniture, lighting, giftware, casual clothing, and so much more. With their top-notch service at locations in Young’s Point in the heart of the Kawarthas, offering over 7,000 sq. feet of shopping and downtown Haliburton with over 5,000 sq. feet; and lastly, Lockside’s online store is here for convenience, helping serve you from any location. Supporting Local & Buying Canadian Made Lockside is dedicated to supporting Canadians by offering Canadian-made products at great pricing and superior quality and by specializing in custom Canadianmade furniture. Shopping locally and buying Canadian-made has never been more

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important. By supporting your community and fellow Canadians, we make our country stronger, because where you spend your money affects us all, in-store and online. Design the North American Way Lockside’s Interior Design service works with customers to give direction and confidence in creating the space they dream of. With qualified interior designers and quality products, Lockside caters to customers on any budget, in any location, with any look and style. This service is complimentary with your purchase and comparable to services that would otherwise cost thousands of dollars – all at no charge! Lockside designers take pride in the fact that 90% of their in-house furniture is made right here by North American companies at incredibly competitive pricing. Conversely, many interior design services outsource, and purchase items imported from overseas by international corporations like Wayfair, Home Sense, and Ikea. Now is the time to put the spotlight on our small businesses and

Canadian companies. Lockside also utilizes and refers other local businesses, trades, and realtors to help turn your dreams into reality. Time tested, Lockside has been “A way of life” since 1987. Further, Lockside has been a major part of its communities for years, making it a key destination in Peterborough, the Kawarthas, and the Haliburton Highlands. It’s more than just shopping… it’s your onestop-shop, serving you throughout the year in-store and online. Visit www.lockside.com and contact them by email at shop@lockside.com or call 1-888-714-0484

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Hardwood Flooring with Monaghan Lumber

Shopping Canadian made has never been more important, giving back to our local economy allows families to flourish and jobs to stay local; add to that, shopping Canadian made - but with a low carbon footprint, and we have the perfect recipe for supporting your local economy while still protecting our greater environment. While flooring is not something that immediately pops to mind when thinking about ecofriendly options – hardwood flooring should be. As a staple in many home renovations for those looking for longlasting flooring options, hardwood flooring is a beautifully designed way to bring earthy colour tones and textures into your home; and there are brands that work hard to bring Canadians locally crafted, thoughtfully sourced products. Monaghan Lumber carries a number of ethically sourced Canadian made products for those looking for new hardwood flooring. Brands like Vintage and Superior have Canadian offerings and are Canadian owned and operated and Expert by Lauzon showcases 100% Canadian made product. All three of these Canadian minded businesses bring you a multitude of styles, widths, finishes and brands to match current trends and styles with finishes low in VOC’s. When purchasing from a Canadian supplier you are procuring product with a low carbon footprint – flooring is heavy – and shipping it around the world is costly and burns oil; plus, brand transparency ensures ethically sourced lumber with finishes and adhesives that are Since 1994

safe for your home. Canadian made also means: built for our Canadian Climate! The closer the production facility, the friendlier the product. “Lauzon is renowned for its stewardship in sustainable forest management. The journey of every Expert floor starts with our team responsibly harvesting a Canadian forest and ends in your home with the installation of a beautiful, high-quality, long-lasting, and ecofriendly floor” So, when you are ready to take the leap and order your new hardwood flooring, call Monaghan Lumber and ask them about their ethically sourced, Canadian made products; they have all the information to make your new floor a seamless transition. Monaghan Lumber, 2129 Davis Rd., Cavan Monaghan (Peterborough) Toll Free: 1-800-354-3195 Phone: 705-742-9353 www.monaghanlumber.com info@monaghanlumber.com FB @monaghanlumber IG @monaghan_lumber

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Fall Season in The Kawarthas

As the busy summer season comes to a close, it doesn’t mean the fun stops. Many Canadians look forward to the fall; especially in cottage country, where we do it up right. The landscape transforms into a sea of rich gold, burnt sienna and garnet, campfires and plaid are plentiful, and the crisp morning air brings a feeling of calm beauty to our lives. Pumpkin spice fan or not, there is something for everyone in our third season of the year. Here at Birchview Design Inc. we have many go-to tricks to bring the picturesque vibe of fall into a space. Read on for a few simple suggestions you can try in your own home or cottage…

Bringing The Outdoors, In Introducing the tones and textures of your surrounding outdoors to the inside of your home is one of the best ways to evoke that “feeling of fall” in your space, all year long. This can be done with more permanent features such as installing fireplace stone from the region, wood ceiling treatments, or earthy paint colours. Or, for a quick switch, this can be achieved with a changeup of fabrics, pillows and art. Toss pillows with organic textures, window coverings with earthy patterns, or art from your favourite local artist (this project features local creators David Hickey & Peter Rotter) provide a stunning way to bring the outdoors in.

A Special Space Adding on a Muskoka room to your new build or addition plans is a great way to ensure you can enjoy the feeling of being outdoors for as long as possible. Comfy couches, throw blankets, and quick access to the outside world make these rooms high on the wish list for many Canadians. With the addition of a fireplace and fully operational windows, you can extend the season and enjoy that outdoor feel for even longer.

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All About The Layers Having cozy spaces in your home where you and your guests feel most content is easily achieved with a few key components. One simple way: layers! This concept can be applied easily with bedding or accent chairs lavishly outfitted with quilts, throws and pillows. Add in a few baskets overflowing with blankets; ready to grab for a mid-afternoon read by the lake-side hammock, or around the fire pit. Another form of layering that we love takes a bit more work, but is well worth it. Creating dimension with board and batten, shiplap or tongue and groove wall and ceiling treatments provide a fantastic protective barrier for high traffic areas, and a charming envelope for any room.

Faux, No Pas We love to use real greenery when we can. But, once we get into the season where this isn’t as accessible, or if you are not in your space full time, we need to think outside the box. Branches from your yard, or dried flowers from your garden are a beautiful way to achieve the feeling without needing to be fresh. Faux greenery and trees have also come a long way in recent years. One of our favourite tips for elevating a faux tree is to layer the base in a basket with natural rocks or faux moss to create a textural impact. And the best part? No maintenance!

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“Looking Back “

When two older guys get together, beyond “how are ya,” and “how ya doin,” plus a short comment about the weather, there is very little talk about the present or even the future, we generally go immediately to the past. I remember during the late 1930’s while hunting wild asparagus, we came upon a man, he was dirty, unshaven and living in a WWI pup tent in the middle of a barren field. I was told men traveled all over looking for work. I do recall how grateful he was when I gave him my brown sugar and lard sandwich. I don’t recall being poor during the Great Depression, probably because everyone was poor back then. When World War II began it was a strange period in time, nothing was the same anymore, everything was rationed and I mean everything. There were food stamps for meat, sugar, flour and so much more. We had a victory vegetable garden and an apple tree so Mom always prepared a good wholesome meal. Dad and I sat at the kitchen table reading the daily newspaper which usually featured a photo of a ship sinking or a squadron of airplanes and of course, the inevitable casualty list. The air raid siren always sent chills down my spine and there were endless paper drives, metal drives and the continuous prompting to buy war stamps or war bonds to finance Canada’s participation in the war. Finally, cars stopped haphazardly in the streets and people danced and sang to car radios when it was announced the war was over. Thousands of war-time houses seemed to spring up over night to accommodate our returning brave men and women. Through necessity, there were many discoveries during the war, of course the atomic and hydrogen bombs we hope will never be used again, but others such as synthetic rubber, duct tape, microwave oven, radar, electronic computer and penicillin to name a few. The jet engine was introduced by Germany in 1944 which evolved after the war into sending John Glenn orbiting the Earth in 1962 then Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong actually walking on the moon seven years later. There were horrors to remember during the war, the Holocaust that mercilessly took the lives of millions of people, cities reduced to rubble across both oceans and the forty thousand Canadian military men and women who never came home. When the war ended, the world as we once knew it seemed to reinvent itself. The Earth got smaller. We now knew where strange sounding country and city names were on a map and we became familiar with other nationalities, languages and through photographs and tears, introduced to the reality of a world war. The fifties were eventful, the Korean War began but the bad news was offset in 1953 by the splendor of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation. Hillary climbed Mount Everest, a vaccine for polio was discovered, so too the ever-popular frozen dinners. The 60s introduced the senseless Vietnam war, the assassination of John Kennedy in 1963, Martin Luther King in April 1968 and Bobby Kennedy in June the same year. In 1969 in a place called Woodstock, thousands of young folks gathered chanting peace and love; over fifty tears ago, have those words been forgotten? Russ Sanders epigram@nexicom.net

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When we moved into our new/old house, the first thing we changed along with the paint colour, was the light fixtures. Even though the fixtures came with the house, replacing these does wonders for the ambiance in your space. Choosing lighting which compliments your

decorating style can be illuminating, making life brighter. Karen LaRiviere is the owner of De.Kor, a lighting boutique in East city, downtown Peterborough. Serving clients since 2019. De.Kor offers a wide selection

of chandeliers, wall sconces, lamps, vanity lighting, ceiling fans and exterior lighting. De.Kor also has on-hand a lovely selection of pillows, area rugs and home accessories. De.Kor carries a variety of manufacturer brands. In doing so, it helps to assure there is something to suit everyones tastes and budgets. Additional brands may be found on the De.Kor website. Customer service is a priority for Karen. Along with her sister Andrea and a team of part time staff, they work hard to welcome you into a comfortable showroom. Here you are sure to find the perfect fixture. Karen insists that shopping in her brick-and-mortar location is going to give you a customer experience you wouldn’t find online. Karen and her team also offer design services, both in store and at home. With over 20 years experience in interior decoration, room layout and colours, you will find yourself in capable hands. De.Kor www.dekorptbo.com 97 Hunter Street East, Peterborough 705-741-6333 dekorptboinfo@gmail.com

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Winterizing with The Clozer

The leaves are changing, cooler nights and crisp mornings are here; it is almost time to say goodbye to your seasonal property for the wintery months. With this change in the weather comes the checklist of closing up for the season; and a big one on the list is winterizing your plumbing – draining water pipes and waterbased appliances can be a stressful chore.

Clozer helps home and cottage owners protect against the costly damage frozen and burst waterlines can cause over the winter when properties are not being used. Did you know merely draining your water lines will not stop water from settling in low points to freeze? Another go-to of ‘blowing lines out’ can result in water and condensation settling which will still cause your pipes to freeze and break – the safest way to protect your pipes is to fill them with plumbing antifreeze. The Clozer connects to valves that are spliced into the hot and cold lines at your hot water tank. By simply operating the taps and fixtures the valves to the hot and cold lines are opened allowing The Clozer to pump non-toxic plumbing antifreeze through all the water supply lines; when the flow from fixtures turns from clear to pink you know you are done with that section of plumbing. Opening your seasonal property after using The Clozer is a breeze! All you need to do is turn the water back on and run the taps and water-based appliances to clear the plumbing antifreeze – voila, water back on! “I bought the Clozer II for my off-grid cabin. I've been blowing out my water lines for years. Although my process was workable, this product made it much easier and not a process I dread. Highly recommend this product, especially if you intermittently visit your cottage/cabin. Love it!!! I use it 3 times a month in the winter. Love the Canadian resourcefulness and practicality of this product.” M. von Wahlde

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What are you waiting for? Simple opening and closing of the cottage plumbing is only a call away – let Brian walk you through the easiest winterizing yet with the installation of The Clozer – your complete plumbing winterizing system, made right here in Canada. www.theclozer.ca 1 855 592 5888 info@theclozer.ca

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Feeling Grateful Visiting tiny shops throughout our beautiful region and visiting local cottages and homes, I often notice themes of ‘being thankful and blessed’ as trendy home decor sayings. Signs and pillows with bold “THANKFUL” and “BLESSED” scrolled across them and social media reels and celebrities that hashtag the words ‘grateful’ and ‘blessed’ fill our social streams on a daily basis. As the season changes from summer to autumn, it’s a time when I, like many others, prepare for family get-togethers and meaningful holiday traditions. As the green shades of summer foliage change to brilliant harvest reds and golds, I can’t help but think about what I am thankful for. It’s an easy question to ask, ‘what am I thankful for?’ But, in a time when we’re faced with news headlines about pandemics, recession and catastrophic crimes; it can be difficult to find something to be grateful for. For many individuals, the past few years have been bleak, fraught with hopelessness. I myself have dealt with days where the ‘uncertainty’ of everyday life weighs heavy on the heart and the glimmer of thankfulness has not always been able to shine through. As I began to ponder the things in my life that I appreciate, I had to leave my work space. I had to leave the everyday noise behind to recenter and focus on the things that matter most. I, of course, had to go to the water. To the lake…where I could think, where I could just. . . be.

soul. This is my place, where I come to find myself, to find my peace. This sanctuary, where only the lake and the forest are my fellowship, I can find my gratefulness. My thoughts swirl of how blessed I am that my children have a beautiful place that they can swim and camp at. I am thankful for the memories of new experiences and adventures that have been conquered and mastered and for parents who have given myself and my children a love for the lake. Lastly, I am thankful for my husband who will hike down these forest trails, paddleboard across the lake with me, teach our children how to cliff jump and above all else, be willing to jump in the freezing cold lake in October and remove the dock. By Danielle McNelly, Nortech Windows, Doors & Sunrooms www.nortechwindows.com

The wonderful thing about Autumn is the cool air that it brings with it. The crisp nights that have just the right amount of nip to your nose and the early morning mist that slowly dissipates from the inky black waters is like a reset to the soul. Surrounded by these inky waters I began to let go of that everyday noise that surrounded my thoughts. With eyes closed and deep inhalations, my lungs consumed the forest air. A forest is never silent. It hums with the rustlings of eager squirrels and the chirps of stories from songbirds and crows. As the breeze dances through the knotted pines that sway their gentle waltz, the forest whispers a soothing melody. The thrum of the forest song eases one's mind, one's heart, one's

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Let's Go Girls...

Boots & Hearts featured the first ever ALL Canadian ALL female main stage on Sunday, August 7th and they did not disappoint with

Shania Twain, Lindsay Ell, Robyn Ottolini & Madison Kozak

Shania Twain takes Boots and Hearts Country Music Festival by storm. Headlining this year‘s Premier Country Festival, Shania looking absolutely stunning, with a magical presence gave the fans, all of us, a truly unforgettable evening of entertainment. Singing most of her greatest hit songs, this classic Canadian Artist delivered to us what she has also done on all the major TV shows, the Super Bowl, and with her own show in Vegas for four years. Shania is considered one of the greatest country music artists of all time, selling more than 100 million records throughout the world. Seeing Shania perform brought goosebumps and if you ever get the same chance, you will not be disappointed. Shania Twain is “Still the One” Photo Credit: Kelly Welsh

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Madison Kozak Boots & Hearts Madison Kozak, born the 7th of 8 children in small town Lindsay, ON has blossomed into one heck of a country-music story teller. With songs like “First Last Name”, “Loud House”, and “If We Were a Country Song” Madison Kozak has quickly become a household name. We had the chance to chat with Madison after her performance at Boots and Hearts 2022 and she filled us in on what it was like to grow up with such a huge passion and told us about following her dreams to make professional music her reality. Madison’s passion for music was sparked at a young age and she pursued that passion with vigor, learning to play the guitar earlyon. With names like Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn on her musical radar at home, Madison’s love for country was grown from classic roots. Today her music is known for its soulful and compelling lyrics and her passion for performing shines brightly every time she steps on stage. Performing for a crowd began at an early age; she won a Talent Showcase and performed at the Havelock Country Jamboree at just age 10, she played at fairs and festivals and fundraising events, and eventually all paths were pointing to Nashville. At 14, Madison took the leap and went to Nashville to pursue her dream. After finishing high school, she went on to attend Belmont University and their Music Program where in her 3rd year, she had the opportunity to perform her now wellSince 1994

known song “First Last Name” to a panel of publishers. From there she was signed as a song writer to publishing Label ‘Big Loud’ and has gone on to become the flagship artist for award-winning songwriter Nicolle Galyon’s new female-driven label, ‘Songs & Daughters’. Kozak graduated from Belmont with a music business degree, and has since toured the U.S. and Canada with Morgan Evans, Aaron Watson, and Mason Ramsey, and made her Grand Ole Opry debut to a standing ovation.

“Sharp, swooning, and all the right kinds of sentimental”

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picturesque. She also pointed out that she loves the work that goes into the creation of a song, and went on to emphasize that songwriters are the unseen heroes behind the songs we hear on the radio.

When asked what it was like performing at this years Boots and Hearts Festival, Madison said it felt like coming home. She was definitely looking forward to this performance and spending time with her family here in Cottage Country. “I was hanging in the wings and peeked between the monitors before I went on, it was amazing to see so many familiar faces in the crowd,” said Madison. She said she recognised faces from her elementary and high schools in Lindsay, and with 15 members of her family in attendance it was a lovely homecoming. Even Madison’s 5-year-old niece was in attendance for her first ever concert – the hometown support made it a memorable performance. One of my favourite questions to ask an artist is, what music are they listening to at the moment. Madison said the last couple of years – maybe due to the pandemic – she’s been listening to more emotional, heartfelt, singer songwriter music; music she describes as homey, nostalgic and really

Madison Kozak has proven that she is a Nashville singer/songwriter force, and like a cool breeze she eloquently weaves together emotions and stories that you feel directly in your heart. Madison Kozak Photo Credit: Lee Zavitz

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Cottage Memories

Chronicles of A City Boy’s Life In The Country

WOOD RULES Everyone should have a position on wood. Mine is flat on my aching back. Prior to my proneness, I took wood for granted. It stands in forests. Rests in stacked piles. Clutters roads after storms. It gets trimmed, tapped, sprayed, stood under, stood in, carved, built with, cut and burned. Wood is a fact of rural life. And now, a hard fact of mine. Wood is deceitful. The noun "wood" appears to be singular - "woods" being where deer hang out. So how can wood have so plural a reality? When neighbours ask: “Can you help us move wood?”, do they ever mean only one piece? I first encountered the reality of wood when my wife and I bought our cottage. The realtor had estimated an annual hydro bill in the low hundreds. He must have meant for that year with multiple power outages. When my bill sky-rocketed in my first month of winter, I lowered the baseboard heater setting in cost-saving desperation. Then one night inside, I bumped into an icicle that turned out to be my wife. She suggested using that dirty old stove in the basement. “I'm way ahead of you,” I exclaimed proudly. “That's where I burned the hydro bill.” She proposed burning wood instead. I couldn't be certain, what with all her shivering and tooth chattering, but she may have also used the word "blockhead". Another kind of wood, I presume. Getting wood sounds simple. I can cut it, buy it or wait for it to fall on my boathouse. Not real thinking work. If I had thought, my first one would have been how to stop doing it. For between that majestic tree and my old stove lies a veritable purgatory of overheated suffering. Even finding a tree to cut is a chore. After eliminating live ones, loved ones, owned ones, infested ones, nested ones, tangled ones, Crown ones and huge ones, I could hardly see the only tree left in the forest of rejects. Foolishly undeterred, I got to work that summer with my new chain saw, promptly discovering my first rule of wood: Don't move fast while the saw’s revving to avoid ending up with a wooden leg. A broken chain and sliced britches later, my second rule of wood materialized: Wood's hot from the first cut to the last ash. That’s Since 1994

By Craig Nicholson because of wood's third rule: Wood’s never where you want it and moving it generates rampant body heat. Great way to fend off winter cold, I thought, before swarming insects reminded me that one of nature's little foibles is that wood cutting usually occurs when the temperature’s already too hot. Hence, my fourth rule: Wood needs to be handled at least four or five times. There’s never a direct route from tree to stove. Wood must be moved from tree to pile to truck to stack to basement to stove. These multiple transferals create enough heat to replace hydro - if only it were winter. Thus, my fifth and sixth rules of wood: Most of the wood heat generates is lost without ever getting into my cottage. Also: Splitting wood at the final stacking location avoids having to move many more pieces each time. At our first burning, my eighth and most important wood rule resulted: Husbands want to hoard winter wood; wives want to burn it. Maybe I’d been getting too close and personal with my wood. What with all that shugging and sweating, I knew many pieces by name. So when my wife wants to burn my first piece in the fall, it’s like losing a close friend. But she looks out in them thar woods and says something like: “Yup, thar's plenty more whar that come from!” Meanwhile, I'm thinking, “If she needs that much heat now, what's it gonna take in winter, a forest fire in the basement?” So we compromise. I promise not to rev the chain saw inside the cottage if she leaves the wood-stoving to me. Then I add: “If you want a fire so early, here's another axe!” To which she replies: “Honey, burning those handles doesn’t generate much heat.” These heated exchanges have cut down on our wood consumption. That and the new space heater, sheep slippers, long johns, down robe and snug sack to keep her warm. Me, I just move more wood and contemplate my newest wood rule: Get a pellet stove! Craig Nicholson is a long-time Kawarthas cottager who also provides tips and tour info for snowmobilers at intrepidsnowmobiler.com and for PWC riders at intrepidcottager.com.

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Preparing for

Flooding at the Cottage One of Otonabee Conservation’s most important responsibilities is protecting people and property from flooding. Flooding at the cottage can ruin your vacation! Here are some tips to help you prepare so you can relax on the dock.

#1. INSTALL A SUMP PUMP Installing a sump pump can help mitigate flooding in your basement. Be sure to check your sump pump regularly to ensure it is functioning and in good repair.

#4. SEARCH YOUR ADDRESS ON NEW FLOODPLAIN MAPS Is your cottage located in or near the floodplain? Find out using Otonabee Conservation’s new interactive floodplain map by visiting otonabeeconservation.com/programs/floodplain-mapping.

#2. CHECK YOUR APPLIANCES AND EQUIPMENT Learn how to turn off appliances and shut off fuel supplies (oil, natural gas, propane) at your cottage before an emergency. Consult your electricity and fuel suppliers for instructions on how to safely shut down and take precautions to limit the risk of damage to your appliances and equipment to protect you and your property. Consider purchasing a portable generator and a portable pump for use in case of a flood emergency.

The floodplain is identified using data and technical models to predict the path of floodwaters. It is important to remember that a floodplain map does not create a flooding hazard; it simply shows where the flooding hazard is. Knowing the extent of the floodplain is critical to planning for and reducing potential risks to your safety and damage to your property.

#3. WATER WISE LANDSCAPING Planting drought resistant, native plants can reduce your water use and filter runoff helping to protect your cottage, reduce erosion on shorelines, and improve water quality. Did you know a rain garden can divert and filter up to 10,000 liters of water a year? A rain garden is created in the shape of a bowl to divert water away from buildings. Rain gardens also require very little maintenance so you can sit back and enjoy the cottage.

#5. STAY INFORMED! Stay up to date and keep your cottage and family safe! Visit otonabeeconservation.com or follow us on social media to stay aware of flood messages. It’s also a good idea to check the weather forecast and stay up to date on information from your municipality and local news media before heading to the cottage. Photo credits: 2 flooding photos Otonabee Conservation and the purple coneflower is Jessica Todd, GreenUP

Programs and guidance for Water Wise gardens are available on the GreenUP website at greenup.on.ca. GreenUP also provides a variety of native plants available for purchase at the GreenUP Ecology Park in Peterborough.

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Soul & Belly There are years when autumn means I’m canning tomatoes, peaches, pickles, beans, and more, grating all the zucchini and carrots and freezing them flat in freezer bags for muffins to come. This year is not that year. As an earthling, a human who truly lives in relation with the earth, my heart has a yearning for years I’ve done it better. There is a picture in my mind of what the harvest looks like in the years I nail it; we’ll finally finish the root cellar in the basement; the pantry shelves will be stocked with peaches in a light syrup, bins of fresh fruit, potatoes, and rutabaga. There will be barrels of fermented pickles and kraut waiting to fill our bellies with beneficial bacteria and yumminess, and home-cured bacon in the kitchen, but this year is not that year. This year I’ll use what I have to preserve some of the feelings the big dream invites, bread crumbs combined to become

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morsels for the soul and the belly. This year, I’ll gather herbs from the garden, tie them together with cotton string and hang them to dry in the living room. I’ll gather and cook the broccoli I had the sense to seed in July and blend it to make a creamy soup. I’ll snip every bit of invasive peppermint from the garden and dry it, grind it, and store it in the cupboard for a warm cup of tea on a cold winter’s night. I’ll gather the small apples that have fallen from our tree, steam them, press them through the food mill, and blend them into cinnamon-enhanced applesauce. I’ll visit my local farm to purchase 150lbs of potatoes to stash in the mudroom and source as much grass-fed beef as our little budget can swing—this will be enough. Enough to feel like I’m doing it. Enough to feel like I’m in connection with our food. Enough to get me to the dream of being self-sufficient. We don’t have to get it right all the time, just enough to keep the dream and the team going.

What small steps can you take to harness the feeling of your whole dream? Jacquelyn Toupin lives with her family in a heritage farmhouse that has been in her family for several generations. You can follow them on Instagram @raisinghay

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Behind The Scenes:

Prepping Snowmobile Trails What does it take to prepare recreational snowmobile trails every winter throughout the Kawarthas and Haliburton? They seem to reappear by magic. But that sorcery is actually attributable to local volunteers. They

This largely unheralded labour occurs out of sight on about 2,000 kilometres of area snowmobile trails. They are operated in the hinterlands by clubs who are members of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC). Their trails connect most of our communities. These corridors are located in a giant regional rectangle, located between the north shores of the Kawartha Lakes and the southern boundary of Algonquin Park. It’s anchored in the southwest by Fenelon Falls, northwest by Haliburton, northeast by Bancroft and southeast by Havelock. About 65% of trails are on private property and close at winter’s end. Until the next fall, they’re subject to the vagaries of Mother Nature. Her impacts on the trails are wide-ranging. Washouts caused by beaver dams. Narrowing due to rampant growth. Erosion from heavy rains and flooding. Blockages by broken branches and fallen debris. Manmade infrastructure also requires attention. Hundreds of bridges and culverts need to be checked and repaired. Trail surfaces damaged by other motorized vehicles necessitate regrading. Defaced or missing safety and wayfinding signs must be replaced. Map boards and intersection markers renewed. “No Trespassing” notices put up. Gates reopened. Thousands of trail stakes reinstalled after being removed by volunteers the previous spring for trail closures.

donate their time to area snowmobile clubs between winters. It’s a rural partnership tradition. One that provides their hometowns, businesses and neighbours with many economic, recreational, social and health benefits generated by snowmobile trails. On autumn days, these unpaid helpers take to the backwoods to ready trails through the wizardry of their efforts and expertise. Some come out for a few hours; others return multiple days. Their collective goal is to provide club industrial grooming machines with unobstructed winter access to smooth the snow into a packed, durable surface for everyone’s riding enjoyment.

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But before any of this preparation can commence, club volunteers must renew land use permission from hundreds of landowners for a snowmobile trail on their property. Reconfirm previous trail routing or plan required re-routes. Then get the okay for fall work to begin on private land. It’s a massive annual undertaking, especially after unexpected destruction occurs. Like that wrought by Ontario’s powerful derecho last May and other recent windstorms. Then the task can become overwhelming. So our area clubs need lots of extra help clearing impassable trails this autumn.

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International Snowmobile Hall of Fame Resident writer Craig Nicholson, from Toronto, Ontario has been inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame as part of the new Class of 2022.

Lending a hand is a great way for community members, including snowmobilers and cottagers, to get involved. To share an outdoors family adventure without summer heat or bugs. To connect with new riding companions. For teenagers to earn credits towards their required 40 hours of community service. What’s more, fall trail prep is the best way to discover what it really takes to make snowmobile trails reappear – to get ready for the winter magic of snowmobiling! To Lend A Hand, Contact Your Local Club: Buckhorn & District - buckhorn@district2ofsc.ca Haliburton County Snowmobile Association - www.hcsa.ca/volunteer Havelock & District - hdsc-info@district2ofsc.ca Kawartha Lakes Snowmobile Club (Fenelon Falls) - klsc@sympatico.ca Old Hastings Snow Riders (Bancroft) - oldhastings@district2ofsc.ca Paudash Trail Blazers (Apsley) - volunteer@paudashtrailblazers.on.ca Stoney Lake Sno Riders - stoneylake@district2ofsc.ca Twin Mountains (Bobcaygeon) - twinmountains@district2ofsc.ca Learn More About Snowmobiling At: Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs – www.ofsc.on.ca Intrepid Snowmobiler – www.intrepidsnowmobiler.com

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Popularly known as “The Intrepid Snowmobiler”, Craig Nicholson is a print, radio and TV journalist, social media influencer and communications consultant specializing in motorized recreational activities, especially snowmobiling. Craig has been a high mileage touring snowmobiler for many years, logging tens of thousands of kilometers on the snow across Canada and the U.S. His one-of-a-kind book, Canada’s Best Snowmobiling - The Ultimate Ride Guide chronicles many of his adventures. During his distinguished career, Craig’s been touring editor for Supertrax International, North America’s largest circulation snowmobile magazine, and prior to that for Snow Goer Canada Magazine. He has also served as editor for the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club’s Go Snowmobiling Ontario Magazine. Craig’s touring and tips articles also appeared in a variety of other snowmobiling publications such as SnowTech, Michigan Snowmobiler, Motoneige Quebec, as well as many mainstream newspapers and magazines. His syndicated Intrepid Snowmobiler on Radio feature aired on many stations in Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Saskatchewan, while Craig also had a regular presence on Snowmobiler Television for many years. Craig is well known both within and outside of the snowmobile community through this substantial media exposure, including his strong social media presence. Craig is a consummate professional journalist whose exciting, intriguing snowmobile travel features and stories promoted snowmobile tourism far and wide. His ability to tell readers what it’s like to ride in literally hundreds of different destinations is second to none. In various volunteer roles, Craig furthered responsible use, developing and participating in many snowmobile safety and environment initiatives through the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs and the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations, where he also volunteered as Communications Chair. Since the 1980’s, Craig has been an influential and passionate advocate for, and defender of, both organized snowmobiling and the snowmobile industry, while also reaching out to promote snowmobiling to the general public. His support and contributions, both as a journalist and a volunteer, have made the snowmobile community stronger and healthier. It is this service and commitment to snowmobiling that lands Craig Nicholson squarely among the inductees in the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame, Class of 2022. www.ishof.com/inductees.html

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Leaving Natural Habitat Features Leaving natural habitat features is a sure-fire way to improve the health of your shoreline and lake as well as help the wildlife that call it home! Creating a safe habitat for wildlife will inspire many enjoyable activities for you and your family, from bird watching to wildlife photography to species spotting. You’ll have a thriving ecosystem right there you can all enjoy together. Check out these five habitat features and how they contribute to the health of your shoreline property!

Littoral Coarse Wood – this includes fallen trees, logs and large branches that are partially or fully in the water. It helps reduce erosion, provides insects with resting sites and offers fish and amphibians protective cover and shade. Some fish species use these wood features for spawning and nest protection. You can help bring this important feature back to your lake by keeping any shoreline vegetation that you currently have and by planting native trees and shrubs along your shoreline to help jumpstart the process. Overhanging Vegetation – shades and cools the water and provides important habitat for wildlife, including fish, amphibians, and reptiles. Fish and frogs often feed and spawn below overhanging vegetation and the leaves, twigs, fruit, flowers and even insects found on overhanging vegetation provide an important food source for many species. Consider planting some native trees and shrubs along your shoreline, or simply allow native vegetation to re-establish on its own. As the plants begin to grow, they will provide shade and cover for species that feed, breed, and rear young in and around water. Aquatic Vegetation - Aquatic plants help maintain water quality and stabilize wave energy to help reduce erosion. The lakebed and plants provide growth surfaces for algae and insects, cover for prey species and protection for young fish. Many species of insects, fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles depend on the

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resources provided by the aquatic zone during at least a portion of their lives. Cavity Trees – are trees with holes in the trunk or branches and are used by many species of birds and mammals for creating nests, raising young, feeding, escaping predators and hibernation. By allowing cavity trees to remain on your property, when safe, you can maintain this important habitat feature for wildlife. Dead Standing Trees – are teeming with life! To many birds and mammals, these trees are a vital source of food and shelter. If there are dead standing trees on your property let them be unless there is a safety concern! If features do need to be removed, remember that a permit or approval may be required. Ultimately, a natural shoreline rich with native habitat will help attract wildlife and give you more reasons to love your lake! For more information on how you can show your lake some love, visit LoveYourLake.ca. Love Your Lake is a shoreline naturalization program developed by the Canadian Wildlife Federation and Watersheds Canada.

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Navigating the World of

Immune Herbs With more people finding their way back to ancestral medicine, the medicine of the Earth, there is wisdom in learning some of the basics. Understanding how herbs like Echinacea and Reishi work in the body will allow you to get the most of your herbal medicines. As always, please consult your health practitioner of choice prior to introducing new medicines into your life. There are two families of immune supportive herbs, each having a different protocol for use and end-goal in mind. The first are known as immune stimulants and are likely the most well-known group of plant allies. These include herbs such as elderberries, oregano and Echinacea. These botanicals are meant to be used over short periods of time to help give the immune system a boost. Most frequently utilized when we are ill, these herbs will help strengthen the immune system temporarily to help your body fight whatever pathogen you are dealing with. The second family of herbs I want to introduce you to are immune tonics. These plants, such as medicinal mushrooms and botanicals known as adaptogens, help to gradually strengthen and tone the immune system. Designed to be taken over longer periods of time, these herbs can help to improve your overall stress response and vitality. Both families of immune herbs provide beautiful medicine, yet must be used appropriately to ensure you get the results you are hoping for. Correne Omland Clinical Herbalist & Reiki Practitioner Spiraea Herbal Clinic + Apothecary spiraeaherbs.ca facebook.com/spiraeaherbs youtube.com/spiraeaherbs instagram.com/spiraeaherbs

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BLUEBERRY CRUMB CAKE Whether serving it for dessert, a snack or breakfast, you’ve got to try this Blueberry Crumb Cake. INGREDIENTS FOR THE CAKE BATTER: • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour • 2 teaspoons baking powder • ½ teaspoon kosher salt • 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature • ¾ cup granulated sugar • 1 egg, room temperature • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract • ½ cup whole milk • lemon zest • 2 cups fresh blueberries (about 1 pint) FOR THE CRUMB TOPPING: • ¼ cup unbleached all-purpose flour • ½ cup golden yellow sugar • 1 teaspoon cinnamon • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt • 4 tablespoons butter, chilled, cut into rough pieces • ½ cup fresh blueberries

DIRECTIONS 1. Grease and flour a 9 x 9-inch square metal baking dish. 2. Preheat oven to 375°F with the rack in the middle position. 3. Prepare the crumb topping: Place sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt into bowl and stir together. Add the butter by rubbing it into the dry mixture by hand, creating crumbs. Refrigerate. 4. Prepare the batter: In a large bowl, sift the flour together with baking powder and salt. Place the butter and sugar together in another large bowl and use a hand mixer to cream together until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla extract and milk. Add the dry mixture little by little until just combined. Sprinkle the batter with the lemon zest and add the blueberries, gently folding them in as well. 5. Assemble the crumb cake: Spread batter out evenly in the prepared pan. Sprinkle evenly with crumb topping, dotting with the reserved blueberries. 6. Transfer to oven and bake for 45 minutes or until top is golden and cake tester comes away clean.

SPINACH ARTICHOKE CHEESE DIP Get the party started with this deliciously creamy cheesy dip. Perfect for weekend entertaining, game night, or movie watching! INGREDIENTS • • • • •

1 8oz. package cream cheese, room temperature 1 250g package of frozen spinach, thawed, drained and chopped 1 shallot, finely diced 2 cloves garlic, chopped ¼ cup sliced green olives, chopped (optional)

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1 cup marinated artichokes, chopped ½ cup sour cream ½ cup mayonnaise 1 cup grated Swiss cheese 1 cup grated mozzarella ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper ½ teaspoon kosher salt ½ cup grated Parmesan

FOR SERVING: • Sliced baguette or crusty bread, crackers or fresh vegetable sticks DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 375°F with the rack in the middle position. 2. Place cream cheese, sour cream and mayonnaise into a medium-sized bowl and stir together. 3. Add artichokes, shallot, garlic, spinach and olives, if using. Add mozzarella, Swiss, salt and cayenne. Stir everything together until well combined. 4. Transfer to baking dish. Sprinkle top with Parmesan. 5. Place baking dish onto parchment-lined baking sheet in case it bubbles over. Transfer to oven and bake for 40 minutes until bubbly and the top is golden and crispy. 6. Cool for 5 minutes before serving with suggested accompaniments. Watch the video on the Weekend at the Cottage YouTube Channel.

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Fall Daytripping Feature Fall is here, and with the cooler weather now is a perfect time to throw on a sweater, gas up the car and hit the road for some amazing day trips! Daytripping in Cottage Country offers so much to see and do, and local businesses always have new and amazing finds just in time for the crisp season of Thanks. Perhaps apple picking is on your autumn bucket list, it is always a great afternoon adventure; and often the orchard gift shops are full of delicious treats, jams, jellies and cider. If roaming the pumpkin patch for the perfect Halloween gourd is more your style, the countryside is abundant with pick your own patches. Hobart’s on Stoney Lake has an amazing patio to sit out on while enjoying a breathtaking view of the lake, and you definitely won’t leave

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hungry with their abundant menu. Abbey Gardens has the whole month of October planned with fun events, and they are offering a takeout turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. Another stop on the fall must-see list is the Haliburton Highlands, they have quite the assortment of events happening in September for their Hike Haliburton Festival. Plus, the leaves! Oh, the leaves this time of year in cottage country are breathtaking, so even if you don’t have a destination in mind a little drive with a coffee and a friend to see the blazing reds, oranges and yellows makes for a memorable afternoon. Whatever your plans this fall, we hope you and your family stay safe, have fun and support our local economies and vibrant communities.

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October at

Abbey Gardens At Abbey Gardens, October is one of our favourite times of the year. Not only is October our busiest month for harvesting our two-acre vegetable garden, it also is a month where our property is a hub of activity! Abbey Gardens is charitable organization with a mission to re-green our site - 380 acres of former gravel pit! - into a space for recreational, educational, ecological and economic development opportunities for our community to live more sustainably. Abbey Gardens is a community destination in Haliburton County, and so there’s always something fun happening for the whole family. Thanksgiving is a great time to get festive with family and friends, but if you don’t want to cook, we have you covered! The Food Hub offers Thanksgiving Dinners to-go on October 8 2022. The Food Hub kitchen team’s famous Thanksgiving Special is available to take home with you - a full turkey dinner for six featuring a roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, squash from the garden, gravy, cranberry sauce, and tea biscuits. Add on an apple or pumpkin pie for dessert and the meal is completely looked after. One of the biggest events we celebrate in October is our annual Fall Festival, a family-friendly event that takes place on Saturday, October 15 from 12pm - 4pm. This year festival activities will wind throughout the property, with wagon rides to move between the main festival space at the gardens, the snacks and treats at the Food Hub, our handsome (and very photogenic!) ponies at the pony paddock, and of course our pumpkin patch! Guests can take pictures with our festival cutouts, pose with their prized pumpkin, or even catch the blooms at our sunflower patch!

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Guests can refuel with wood fired pizza from the Into The Blue food truck or try out gourmet poutine and mac and cheese at the Food Hub, plus hit up the snack bar for festival favourites like caramel apples, cotton candy, popcorn, and more! We’ll also have a full day of activity stations for the kids, including face painting, cookie decorating, pumpkin crafts, and more, PLUS a scavenger hunt throughout the garden (perfect for running off some snack bar induced energy!). This year we’re adding even more fun with midway games and some fun inflatable surprises. Festival tickets are $20 and are available on our website at abbeygardens.ca. For the adults, the Little Pit Drive In - Canada’s first off grid drive in! - screens Halloween movies all month long, including classic horror movies, thrillers, and family favourites like Hocus Pocus. We’re also hosting our second annual Haunted Trail Experience. Last year we took guests on a wagon wide through our haunted trail, and this year we’re extending the scares by doing trail walks instead - a dark, winding route through the woods with plenty of surprises along the way. On October 29 we’re closing out spooky season with a costume party featuring live music, brews from our friends at Haliburton Highlands Brewing, and delicious treats. With so much to do in October, it’s easy to forget that Abbey Gardens also has many amenities year-round that visitors can enjoy at their own pace. Our public trails wind throughout the entire property, and our NEW 18-hole disc golf course includes a trail system that explores a whole new area of the property, including a secret meadow and a historic log chute! No matter what activities you explore at Abbey Gardens this October, you’re guaranteed to make some family memories! Celebrate the season with us all month long - we can’t wait to see you! Abbey Gardens www.abbeygardens.ca 705 754 GROW (4769) info@abbeygardens.ca

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The Common Loon The Common Loon, also called the great northern diver, is a national symbol of Canadian wildlife and is one of 5 loon species worldwide. Have you ever seen a loon walk on land? Loon legs are placed far back on the body, which makes a loon look very silly while walking. The name “loon” is actually believed to come from the clumsy, “loony” walking style of the loon! This loon washed up on an Ennismore shore off Gannon Bay. The most common issue when we are contacted about loons is fish hooks and lines - this lady was no exception. Fortunately, she beached herself, which allowed Leigha and her family to safely contain the bird and bring her to our centre for treatment. The biggest challenge in helping injured loons is actually capturing them, so we are incredibly grateful to the rescuers for getting her help so quickly!

Local Business Donates to Camp Kawartha Waterfront Local business owner John Armstrong recently paid a visit to the lakeshore at Camp Kawartha. As a relatively new business owner (August 2020) John knew he wanted his success to make a difference for others. This year John who owns Armstrong Property Maintenance and dock business We Do Docks has decided that Camp Kawartha will receive a portion of his dock sales to use toward maintaining their docks and waterfront. In June of this year John dropped off his $1500 donation, and he looks forward to helping further in the coming year.

Even more incredibly, the hook managed to miss crucial structures and was removed without complication. She was treated for pain and cleared of infection before release the very next day. Getting her back to the water healthy was our top priority. Her mate and young baby were waiting for her back at the bay! Please help keep our lakes and waterways safe for the birds, fish, and animals that also call them home. Always properly dispose of fishing gear and if you accidentally hook a bird or turtle, do not cut it loose! Please secure them and contact an Authorized Wildlife Custodian right away so they can be safe. www.kawarthawildlifecentre.ca Info@KawarthaWildlifeCentre.ca 705-292-9211

Pictured Receiving the donation are Emma Robert – Summer Camp Director, Kristin Ball – Waterfront Director and John Armstrong of Armstrong Property Maintenance and We Do Docks

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Experience the Magic of Hike Haliburton

There are many benefits to connecting with nature, science suggests simply being surrounded by nature calms our nervous systems, causing a rush of positive emotions; plus, there are numerous mental and physical benefits to taking a few moments to soak in the sights, sounds and smells of your local forest. Getting outside and taking time to unwind and breathing fresh air have never been more important than now in our bustling lifestyles. Environmental philosopher John Muir once said

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” Summer in Cottage Country for many is spent seeking out adventure on our beautiful lakes and rivers, but have you experienced the majesty of Autumn in Haliburton Highlands? Imagine paddling and Hiking into one of the most spectacular

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waterfalls in Ontario and enjoying a riverside gourmet dinner; or a rock hounding expedition into one of the best mineral collection sites in Canada; or a casual stroll through a historic village with one of Canada’s most loved authors. If you were to attend the Hike Haliburton Festival this season in the Haliburton Highlands you would not have to imagine any of these things, you could experience them first-hand. Explore a pristine natural environment, grounded firmly on the Canadian Shield; a landscape much sought after for all its artistic, cultural and recreational opportunities – all during prime Fall colour season. Hike Haliburton is a Grassroots initiative that has been running for 19 years. It is one of the longest running hike festivals in Canada. Over that time, the festival has been connecting passionate volunteer hike leaders with experience seekers such as you. Whether they are long distance hike leaders, dedicated naturalists, knowledgeable geologists, or engaging storytellers, the hike leaders make the stunning landscape and rich cultural history of

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Haliburton Highlands come alive. With over 30 guided hikes available, there is something for everyone. From short, easy village strolls to rugged long-distance adventures. Some experiences are focused on specific topics – sustainable forestry or local history for example – while others are all about the journey. How do you choose? There are detailed descriptions of all the hikes on the Hike Haliburton Festival website www.festival.hikehaliburton.com - including difficulty, distance, and specific topics. Registration is mandatory and easily done on the website. Most of the offerings are free of charge, with a few limited exceptions. The festival schedule is arranged to allow for several experiences throughout the four days. After all that exploring, you and your friends and family will need a comfortable place to stay and some great food. Visit the My Haliburton Highlands website www.myhaliburtonhighlands.comfor anything you need to create and plan a long weekend hiking experience. Whether you are looking for a traditional cottage country inn, boutique cabin or a one-of-a-kind B&B there is a home away from home waiting for you. Don’t forget that the Ontario Staycation Tax Credit allows you to extend your stay, or splurge on that special post hike dinner. The amazing local cultural and creative community puts on a great show, including live music, the Bookapalooza Literary Festival, the Minden Farmers and Artisans Market, and the Highlands Arts Renewal Trail. You can also create your own Local Landmark Road Trip by visiting some of the compelling sites that are featured on the My Haliburton Highlands social media feeds every week. So come and experience the early fall magic of Hike Haliburton, the festival that is “for your body and soul”. There is so much to see, do and experience while in the Haliburton Highlands, a perfect Fall destination. “Hiking is fun on its own! Add purposefully curated hikes, hosted by extraordinary and experienced volunteers, who take you on an immersive and memorable journey through compelling and engaging storytelling, and you have the best Fall adventure! Be sure to bring your camera as you navigate a region untouched and truly authentic.” – Haliburton Highlands Tourism So as September rolls in, follow in the footsteps of John Muir “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”

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Northumberland Hills Studio Tour

September 10 – 11 • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Download map → www.northumberlandstudiotour.ca

Apsley Studio Tour

September 17 – 18 • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Download map → www.apsleystudiotour.com

Bancroft & Area Autumn Studio Tour

September 17 – 18 & September 24 – 25 • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Download map → www.bancroftstudiotour.org

Victoria County Studio Tour

September 24 – 25 and October 1 – 2 • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Download map → www.victoriacountystudiotour.com

Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour

September 24 – 25 • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Download map → www.agp.on.ca/kast

The Studio Tour – Haliburton Highlands

October 1 - 2 and October 8 - 9 • 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Download map → www.thestudiotour.ca

Each area has its own natural beauty and unique characteristics to make your drive a most enjoyable day out. Take in some local cuisine at the many restaurants, pubs, craft breweries and roadside stops, or make a weekend of it by booking into a quaint B&B, cottage resort or motel. The road is calling, the artists are ready and there is nothing better for the soul than immersing ones self in the art of others.

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Studio Tours The Studio Tour Haliburton Highlands

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Fall is here and it is the perfect time for a drive; the leaves are putting on a show and so are local artists! Fall brings with it the season for Autumn Studio Tours, beginning September 10th, you can take a self-guided tour every weekend up to and including Thanksgiving weekend. If you are a first-timer, you are in for a treat. The Studio Tour experience is not like visiting a gallery or a gift shop. Juried artists from six different Studio Tours are ready to welcome you into their creative worlds, where you can learn about their inspiration, their process and why they love what they do. With festivals and events coming back after a long COVID hiatus, the artists are excited to welcome back guests. Some artists open up their space to guest artists, and this creates an interesting dynamic for the visitor. Be sure to check out each tour website for a complete list of artists and maps to get you on the road. Consider checking off your gift-giving list by purchasing beautiful pieces of art for your loved ones or treating yourself to something special in support of local artists whose works include painting, woodworking, jewellery, glass blowing, fibre art, photography, metal art, stained glass, pottery and so much more. You will find decorative art, functional art, outdoor art, wearable art, and perhaps even art which defies definition.

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Fall Craft Show

Buckhorn Community Centre Please join us at the 42nd Annual Buckhorn Harvest Craft Show, taking place at The Buckhorn Community Centre, October 8-10, 2022. Craft show visitors have the chance to admire beautiful crafts while surrounded by the natural beauty of Buckhorn. With over 90 crafters, there is something for everyone at The Buckhorn Harvest Craft Show! Tickets are available at the door for $5 each, children 12 and under are free. We also have free parking and a free shuttle service. The Buckhorn Harvest Craft Show is a great place to start your holiday shopping. We have craft items ranging from pottery, to stained glass, home decor, bath and body products, jewelry, clothing and so much more. Every item is handmade by local crafters! We hope to see you there!

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Artist Profile By Emily Ireland

Todd Jeffrey Ellis


When seeing certain works of art, sometimes it can be hard to imagine that they are made by two hands and a heartbeat. Todd Jeffrey Ellis is one of those gifted artisans; he is a silversmith from the Haliburton Highlands and his work is not just something to see, but rather to experience.

In September 2018 Ellis was commissioned to design and create a ceremonial mace as a symbol of Fleming’s leadership, authority, and values. With the commission’s only limitation being that of traditional form, Ellis was given the freedom to design as he envisioned and chose elements that would represent Fleming’s existence, achievements, and core principles. He felt that the foundation of the institution is relationships and the community created by the relationships between students, faculty, and administration, which is reflected in the mace’s design. 300 hours of workmanship went into to the project, two kilograms of sterling silver was formed and hand-raised, using both traditional and anticlastic silversmithing techniques. Each medallion and gemstone are tapped and threaded into the sterling silver core

allowing movement and turning. “I wanted the components to stand proud of the mace, not actually touch the body. Supported but not inhibited, they can move as opposed to being permanently held in place. Students, faculty and administration come and go, but support remains, and community endures.” said Ellis. Ellis holds a Bachelor of Design (BDes) in Material Art & Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). He has worked extensively in various areas of the arts: teaching, directing theater, and set, prop, & furniture design. His love of metalwork took hold when he discovered chasing & repoussé and traditional silversmithing in 1994. Since 1994 he has studied silversmithing techniques at OCADU, George Brown College, and the Haliburton School of the Arts. He has also completed extensive studies with such renowned master silversmiths as Lois Etherington Betterridge, Brian Clark, Charles Lewton Brian, Michael Good and Don Stuart. Today Todd Jeffrey Ellis works in Paradigm Designs studio, located in Haliburton, Ontario overlooking beautiful Lake Kashagawigamog. The studio is open by appointment and is part of the Haliburton County Studio Tour. Todd Jeffrey Ellis – silversmith, also offers classes and workshops held at Fleming College HSAD in which he guides you through traditional silversmithing and metalsmithing techniques. You will learn to raise a bowl or vase, or perhaps you have something custom in mind; Ellis invites students to bring ideas and enthusiasm to create a masterpiece. *For the full Press release on the Fleming Mace please visit https://silversmith.ca/theceremonial-mace-of-fleming-college/

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The Waterway’s “JAGSHIP”

If you have attended Trent-Severn Waterway events you likely have seen the retired diesel tug TRENT. In season it sails up and down the Waterway acting as a marine “ambassador”. The TRENT is not the first working boat of the TSW, however; it was preceded by the somewhat notorious BESSIE BUTLER. The Polson Iron Works of Toronto built the steel hull for the BESSIE BUTLER, which was then covered with oak planking in Peterborough. She was 78 feet in keel, displaced 52.36 tons, and was listed as a steam tug. The tug was named for a daughter, Elizabeth (“Bessie”), of the then deputy-minister of Railways and Canals, Matthew Joseph Butler. The BESSIE spent her first season (1908) around Lakefield placing buoys, hauling supplies, towing vessels and scows, and tending to dredges. Early in the BESSIE’s service, it was decided to build an oak-panelled cabin on her upper deck, complete with a galley and dining room, to suitably entertain dignitaries who might visit the waterway. She was equipped with logoed china and cutlery for dining, and berths for overnight trips. This cabin addition lessened the working capabilities of the vessel and to a degree changed the BESSIE BUTLER from a primarily working tug to a passenger

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cruiser for politicians, governors-general, senators, foreign visitors, and supporters of Wilfrid Laurier’s Liberal government. Opposition Conservatives dubbed her “the Jagship of the Trent”(“jag”was a common term for a drinking binge); when the Conservatives won the federal election in 1911, all Trent Canal staff - except the Superintendent - were fired for misusing the tug. The BESSIE BUTLER continued working and by 1950 was one of the last steamboats on the Waterway. During the Second World War, an additional task was to raise crashed military training aircraft from area lakes. In 1951, she was retired and replaced by the TRENT. The BESSIE BUTLER was sold and moved to Montreal, where she hauled explosives for a few years before being broken up – perhaps not an ideal demise for the former “Jagship of the Trent”, but she did prove herself to be a working steamboat right to the end.

By: Don Willcock, The Peterborough Museum & Archives, 300 Hunter St E, Peterborough, 705-743-5180 www.peterboroughmuseumandarchives.ca

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Hobar t's Lighthouse Dining on Stoney Lake

Hobart’s Lighthouse is more than just a waterfront casual dining destination. The family owned and operated restaurant strives to cultivate a community hub, where all guests are welcome; locals, cottagers, visitors alike, to enjoy excellent service and quality food. Bryce Saunders is a long-time team member of Hobart’s, with decades of industry experience throughout Ontario. Hobart’s has always been his favourite restaurant to work with. He is now the proud owner and operator along side his wife Jodie-Rose Prosser, who has her fair share of industry experience as well. Together they have reinforced Hobart’s motto “our table is your table.” Dining on Stoney Lake at the Lighthouse, with indoor and patio seating, or visiting Hobart’s in Lindsay, you can expect a welcoming team of staff who genuinely enjoy getting to know you and strive to ensure your dining experience is unlike any other. “I am beyond grateful for the team we have, and their dedication to our craft. As well as the support of our valued guests we receive daily, but especially throughout the trying times of the pandemic. Without our guests and team, Hobart’s would not have the established reputation we have today,” Bryce emphasizes.

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Hobart’s is continually developing their menu to provide selections that appeal to guests’ tastes and dietary considerations. They source local, quality ingredients wherever possible to ensure superb dishes. You can indulge in hand shaken cocktails, such as their Wildberry Sangria, or Watermelon Mojito, while making your dining selection. The menu offers a variety of appetizers and salads great for sharing, which could follow with a variety of house-made burgers or ribs, hand cut steaks grilled to your liking, signature pasta dishes, seafood selections and sandwiches. Be sure to save room for one of their decadent desserts.

“Thank you for another great season at the Lighthouse. Be sure to visit us on the lake before we close in October, to return to Hobart’s Restaurant in Lindsay where we hope to see you as well,”

added Jodie.

Learn more about Hobart’s, their locations and menu by visiting their new website www.hobarts.ca Photo Credit: RB Productions

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The Campfire A crackling camp fire, friends, the moonlight – and a weekend riding horses every day. That was what we did at Inukshuk Farm on the weekend of July 23 and 24th, 2022. Our 25th anniversary celebration (1997-2022) at Inukshuk Farm included inviting a clinician, Jason Irwin of “Jason & Bronwyn Irwin Horsemanship” to come to our farm. This spectacular team also tour the U.S. and Canada offering clinics, as well as starring in “The Horse Trainers TV Show” on The Cowboy Channel Canada and RFD-TV Canada. At our farm, improving horsemanship is an ongoing part of our lifelong commitment to horses. We all appreciated Jason bringing his problem-solving techniques to help each individual with their horse. He covered a variety of topics including trailer loading, moving up to the mounting block, separation anxiety between horses, and taught a host of relaxation techniques to try out on anxious horses

in the training ring, or out on the trail. At the end of Day 1 everyone was tired (over 3 hours in the saddle over two sessions), but looking forward to a relaxing evening and to the beginning of Day 2! The best way to relax at the end of the day included, naturally, “the campfire”. This was our way of celebrating with new friends and bringing the day to a close. Jason Irwin was no longer just a horseman celebrity, but also a friend! The campfire is generally a place to share memories, talk about our past, our hopes for the future, share jokes, poems and stories. The smoke swirled in our faces, but it was relaxing and mesmerising as campfires usually are; with the smells of wood burning and the crackling sound that stimulates conversation making us feel safer and happier. And then there was the marshmallows on sticks, and talk of the television series, “Yellowstone”. What would a cowboy/girl weekend be without a serious discussion about the Dutton family on “Yellowstone”? Later in the evening, as we put out the fire, and each person settled down into their tents for the night, awaiting the beginning of Day 2, the sound of coyotes with their yip-howls rising and falling in pitch was not alarmin - but rather like the lyrics of a nature song - a lullaby to sleep well and to end a perfect day. Submitted by Janice Ecclestone, Inukshuk Farm www.inukshukfarm.ca

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Campfire Flames are horses nickering flickering quickly over ash. Sparks in dark new horses gallop manes and tails aflash. Riding night so strong so bright they canter into coal. Leaving smoky cinders leaving hoof prints on my soul. A poem written by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater.

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Critters Corner

Capybara Riverview Park & Zoo's Animal Spotlight Meet the largest rodent in the world, the Capybara. Resident of the Riverview Park and Zoo, Pablo was adopted from our friends at the Toronto Zoo in 2015, and has brought great joy to visitors and staff since his arrival. Capybara are most abundant in seasonally flooded grasslands in South America, giving the species its common name that translates to “master of the grasses”. Weighing as much as an adult human and measuring over 39 inches in length, Capybara are characterized by short robust legs, a large blunt head, heavy muzzle, and rudimentary tail to support their unique body shape. Pablo is an avid swimmer and has several adaptations to accommodate his partly aquatic lifestyle. While swimming, he can protrude his rounded ears, eyes, and snout out of the water as they are placed high on the head to help him breathe and see while he swims. The body of a Capybara is naturally buoyant in water, as they are abundant in fatty tissue. The feet are also partially webbed to help them maneuver in water. Find out more about the species that live at the only free-admission accredited zoo in Canada by visiting our website www.riverviewparkandzoo.ca By Nathalie Desilets, Public Educator Riverview Park and Zoo

Local Humane Societies Lakefield Animal Welfare Society

2887 Lakefield Rd., Lakefield • 705-652-0588 • www.lakefieldanimalwelfare.org

Humane Society Of Kawartha Lakes

111 McLaughlin Rd., Lindsay • 705-878-4618 • www.hskl.ca

Animal Rescue Krew (ARK)

3307 Lakefield Rd., Lakefield • 705-651-0069

Peterborough Humane Society

385 Lansdowne St. E., Peterborough • 705-745-7676 www.peterboroughhumanesociety.ca

Home Again Bancroft

613-474-3450 • www.homeagainbancroft.ca

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How to Help Your Dog with Back-to-School

Loneliness As we start September, summer vacations are more memories than plans and we’re beginning to pack for home, getting the kids ready for back to school, and already missing the extra time spent with your dog. Your dog misses this time too, albeit he doesn’t quite understand why everyone is feeling this way.


Giving her more structured walks will help by giving your dog more of a mental challenge and help them relax.

Separation anxiety comes from a number of different causes, including a change in routine and the inevitable emotions that go along with that change. Dogs are social animals and can feel lonely when their family is away.


Don’t get excited about leaving and coming home, and crate your dog whenever you leave.


Chewing is a great stress reliever for your dog - frozen raw rib bones, “Gorilla” chews (made from java wood), Nyla Bones are all good options but stay away from cooked or smoked bones, marrow bones, rawhide, and anything that they’re likely to rip large pieces from.

Our emotions, sadness, guilt, anxiety, fear, tension, etc. are all feelings felt whenever we perceive the ending of something we enjoy(ed) and are completely natural - for us humans. Dogs lack the reasoning required for those emotions to affect them in the same way. Of course, they feel sadness and grief, fear and anxiety, plus more - but for them it’s more reactionary. Dogs base these feelings on an actual event, as opposed to feeling that way about an event that hasn’t happened yet. They live in the present moment, and we love them for that. So, how can you help your dog deal with all these changes? Here are some tips to make the transition easier for you and your dog: 1.

Keep your dogs’ mealtimes and walks as close to normal times as possible.

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Finally, consider enrolling your dog in a daycare or boarding program so they can have some companionship during the day. By following these tips, you can help your dog adjust to life without you around all the time. How have you helped your dog cope with back-to-school loneliness? Share your ideas with me on Facebook @turnerandpoochtraining Turner and Pooch Dog Training www.ptbodogtrainer.ca 705-808-DOGS

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Harvest Moons A classic symbol of autumn is the infamous harvest moon. The harvest moon has been named for the season it appears in because it allows extra harvesting time for farmers working into the night. Sometimes the harvest moon will just be its regular colour, while other times, it will glow brighter red or orange (like a blood moon) because the atmosphere’s particles block the blue light of the moon, so we can only witness its red light. What a breathtaking sight when the autumnal moon appears behind the trees on a cool fall night.

Watercolour Harvest Moons You’ll need: • Watercolour paints (or washable paints watered down) • Coffee filters • Black paper • Scissors • Paint brushes • Water • A damp rag


In our home, everyone enjoys watercolour paints because they are so forgiving, especially when it comes to painting skies or other simple combinations of swirling colours. When we sit to paint together, we like to play music, and everyone works their own, unique magic. We encourage you to do the same! This watercolour painting technique is called wet on wet. It allows for an easier blending of the tones. You’ll begin by laying your coffee filter on a hard non-porous surface; brush it with water until it’s flat and wet. Then you’ll add watery colour to the coffee filter, letting the colours bleed together. Try different techniques like dotting your brush or swiping it to get different effects. We used cool colours to create a darker, moodier moon, and then we used warm colours to give the impression of a true harvest moon. Try different pairings of colour to make any kind of moon you like. Once your moon is saturated with colour, gently peel it up off your surface and lay it in the sun to dry. They dry quite quickly! Wipe your table with the rag before the paint dries, but typically, watercolour paint washes off easily.





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Next, you’ll draw the shape of a leaf-less tree on your black paper. Cut out your tree, and when your moon is dry, glue your tree right onto the moon. You can make just a single moon and tree as a masterpiece, or consider making many different ones to hang on a string with clothespins for seasonal decor. Jacquelyn Toupin lives with her family in a heritage farmhouse that has been in her family for several generations. You can follow them on Instagram @raisinghay

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Basement Windows This is part of a series of articles based on Jacob’s new book called the Book of Nature Connection – 70 Sensory Activities for all Ages, published by New Society Press and released on April 18 th, 2022. Much of what goes on in the world is hidden from view. There is a magical underworld replete with tiny dragons, earth boring submarines and shape shifters. All you need to do is peak! To discover these special places, simply venture into a forest. Before you go, provide each participant with a magnifying glass if possible and a small container (a glass jar, yogurt container or bug jar). Carefully lift up a rock or a log and look underneath. These are the windows into the world below. You might be lucky enough to spot a salamander (looks a bit like a very small dragon) or a plump earth worm (these have the capability of plunging down deep just like a submarine). You even might see a pill bug, a tiny crustacean that rolls up into a tight ball when threatened (a shape shifter). What magical creatures can you find? What are they and how do they help to maintain a healthy and diverse forest ecosystem? Earthworms help to aerate the soil and provide nutrients with their castings (worm pooh). Thousands of fungi bacteria, millipedes and pillbugs decompose leaves, branches and wood, helping to create rich and fertile soil. Many beetles and their larvae are an important food source for mammals, amphibians and birds. If you can, have everyone carefully scoop their critter discoveries

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into a container. Have each participant sit in a circle facing inward. On a given signal pass have everyone pass their container to the right at the same time. Ask one of the questions posed below then pass your critter again to the right. Continue this pattern. Here are some sample questions. Feel free to ask your own. • • • • • • •

Study your critter’s mouth parts. What do you think it eats? How does your critter move? Can you see it breathing? Insects have compound eyes (or many little eyes bunched into one eye). Can you see your critter’s eyes? Is your critter camouflaged? Think about where you found it. How might your critter protect itself? What do you think your critter is? If you can, have an insect field guide handy as a resource.

Please place your critters back exactly where you found them. Don’t forget to gently close your window, being careful not to squish or harm your discovery. What else can you discover by opening yet another nature basement window? Submitted by Jacob Rodenburg, Executive Director of Camp Kawartha, an award-winning outdoor education centre and summer camp.

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Make Fall the Time to Examine Your Finances Pyle Group For many, autumn brings us mixed feelings. It is a transition season from the hot vacation-filled days of summer and the cold months of winter. Those who enjoy their waterfront properties year-round, this season is truly beautiful as the trees turn colour and lakes become quiet as the boating traffic fades. Then there are the families who close up their properties for a winter hibernation, in which case these days are generally filled with making sure all the necessary preparations have been taken to ensure their property makes it through the next several months. This is also a good time to examine our financial situation, especially since the summer is usually a time when individuals spend less time reviewing their investments and financial plans. We have indeed witnessed considerable volatility in the markets, in part created by high inflation and the largest interest rate increases in three decades. Household budgets have been pressured and for those who may have taken early retirement as a result of the pandemic, weaker portfolio returns, and higher costs might be creating a feeling of anxiousness.

I generally advise people to review their financial plans annually and to update them at least once every three years. However, if there are concerns that their plan has been pushed offside because of the events this year, then this is a perfect time to take it out and update with the most recent information. If that plan had been built on conservative assumptions, you might be surprised to discover that things are not as far off target as believed. Of course, this exercise can be done in any season, but for those Canadians who pack up and head south for the winter, it is best to get your affairs in order now. If anything, it will give you a break from raking the leaves. Andrew Pyle, Senior Investment Advisor and Portfolio Manager CIBC Wood Gundy www.pyle-group.com

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100 Years of Food

The Sights, Sounds & Flavours of Fall

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Our area is full of rich history, and delicious food! Have you ever wondered how some of our favourite restaurants started out? One of the most well-known restaurants in the area, The Pattie House, has been a community staple for almost 150 years. Built in 1873 and operated by John and Sarah Keys, The Pattie House was originally named the Keys Hotel. After John Keys’ death in 1879, Sarah remarried John Pattie and the hotel was renamed to Pattie House Hotel – or Pattie’s Hotel. Patrons came by train and stayed for only $1 per night. Being the only establishment in the area with a liquor License, Pattie’s Hotel became a bustling summer hub. Today, the Pattie House now stands as a welcoming restaurant with incredible homestyle flair – and Kawartha Dairy ice cream, too! The upper units now house tenants, and the legacy of the Pattie House lives on. The Riverside Inn is another historic building. Built in 1923, the Riverside Inn started off as another restaurant with rooms for rent. The Inn did not have a liquor license when they first opened their doors, but there are rumours that in the early days, if you said the right code word, you could get a bottle of alcohol hidden inside a loaf of bread. Today, it stands as another bustling family style restaurant -now with a liquor license - and hosts many events. The Riverside Inn was even featured on the popular show You Gotta Eat Here in 2016! There have been many new businesses introduced to our communities throughout the years. From places like M’s Bake Shop and Becky-Jo’s VoVo Fried Dough that will satisfy your sweet tooth to a plethora of food truck with their own unique twist. From family-run spots like Rosie’s Dockside Bar & Grill to fresh ingredients from Riverbank Pizza, our communities are ready to welcome you with open arms and delicious food.

To learn more about our vibrant area, visit www.coboconknorland.ca and be sure to check out www.lovinitlocal.ca to meet some of our business owners! by Katrina Bartley Credits For the photo: Top - The Pattie House 2022 Bottom left - Keys Hotel circa 1870s Bottom right - Pattie House Hotel 1896

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As summer fades into fall it’s the perfect time to feed your creative side or make the most of these gorgeous autumn days. September kicks off with the return of one of the largest art festivals in Southern Ontario. The Kawartha Arts Festival takes over the Fenelon Fairgrounds on the long weekend (Sept 3rd & 4th) and there’s so much to see you will need a second day. Enjoy the fall colours and see where local artists create their masterpieces on the Victoria County Studio Tour. There are two weekends (Sept 24-25 & Oct 1-2) so you can take your time and enjoy the drive while you discover the perfect piece for your home or cottage and get to know the artist behind the work. Breath in the crisp fall air while you hike, cycle or ATV on the Victoria Rail Trail. Park at Garnet Graham Beach Park and head north along the trail where you follow the shore of Cameron Lake, enter the forest and see some beautiful agricultural land. A water bottle filling station is available at the beach washrooms and rental bicycles are located beside Lock 34 on Water Street. Fall is a great time to reel in the “big one” whether you enjoy land based fishing or you’re heading out on one of the gorgeous local lakes for some of the best freshwater fishing in the world. Fenelon Falls invites you to discover the sights, sounds and flavours of fall with us as life slows down and we take the time to savour this beautiful season. Find out more about; Kawartha Arts Festival - kawarthaartsfestival.com Victoria County Studio Tour victoriacountystudiotour.com Scenic Fall Drives - explorekawarthalakes.com Fall fishing - explorekawarthalakes.com Fenelon Falls - explorefenelonfalls.com

With the autumn upon us, there are many things to look forward to. Cooler weather, fall colours, and the business celebration event of the year! This year the Peterborough and the Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 2022 Business Excellence Awards in October, and this year is special for many reasons. Firstly, this is the first year since the pandemic where we will be back in person at the Showplace Performance Centre. Secondly, this year is the first year we will be hosting after the merger of the Peterborough and Kawartha Chambers – making this event bigger than ever! The event will be handing out 27 awards in 22 categories, holding a preshow event and cocktail hour at The Venue and including an allnew auction for some extra fun. This event is to honour all the businesses in our community who continue to make Peterborough and the Kawarthas thrive. The last few years have not been easy. Our business community has had to overcome many barriers through the pandemic. Our Excellence website lists all our finalists. Check out the lists of all our finalists and remember them the next time you are going out to eat, go Christmas shopping, or about to spend your dollars locally. Invest them into the businesses that shine their excellence on Peterborough and the Kawarthas. For tickets to our event check out www.pkchamber.ca

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