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CONTENTS MAY/JUNE 2022 Home & Cottage 12 16 19 20 23 25 26 29


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Hidden Beam Boat Lifts Twohey Home What's Under Your Deck? Summer Vibes Night of the Living Cicadas Living in Black & White Explore Our "Bright Waters" Treeworks - How They Started, to Where They Are Enjoy a Weedless Waterfront Planting Smarter Not Harder with Native Species Cable Cable - Keeping the Kawarthas Connected Garden Teachings Buying a Cottage Recipes Artist Profile - Sue Rankin

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39 - Fishing: A Great Way to Improve Mental Health 41 - Crank Bait Crush Mike Williams 43 - Living Gold Mike Quesnelle 45 - Shoreline Lighting

49 - Daytripping 68 - Pets & Vets 72 - Kids Corner 74 - In The News



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Welcome to the Spring into Summer Issue Spring is in full swing here in Cottage Country. We have (hopefully) finished with the rainy season and we are heading straight into delicious, delightful summer. It does feel like the colder weather hung around longer than usual this year, but May and June tend to give us a true picture of what is in store for a beautiful sunny season of fun.

and local favourite Jacob Rodenburg brings you an excerpt from his new nature book. Long-time contributors Weekend at the Cottage bring you mouth-watering recipes sure to make the company happy, and the Peterborough Museum and Archives shares a little history on the Museum and how it came to be.

Fire up those barbecues, set out the lounge chairs, lather on the sunscreen and get that dock in the water - summer is on its way and it’s best to be prepared!

We also include in this issue – and issues straight through summer and into fall – our Daytripping Feature. We invite you to flip through the pages and find information on upcoming events, seasonal businesses and local destinations. We encourage you to travel all the vibrant communities of Cottage Country and experience the hospitality our small business communities offer warmly.

Welcome to the May-June issue – or as we lovingly refer to it, the Spring into Summer issue. In this full-to-the-brim edition, we bring you lots of interesting information about topics we think are helpful heading through spring and into summer months. On the cover we have R&J Machine and inside the magazine they share helpful information about boathouses and hidden beam lifts for those looking to protect their water toy investments. You will read about different fishing techniques, and there is an article on Canada’s National Fishing Week from our friends at Keep Canada Fishing. We have information shared by a local realtor; a great list of tips to keep in mind while buying lakefront or rural properties. The Love Your Lake program writes about keeping shoreline lighting to a minimum for the benefit of the environment,

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“Far up in the deep blue sky, Great white clouds are floating by; All the world is dressed in green; Many happy birds are seen, Roses bright and sunshine clear Show that lovely June is here.” -F.G. Sanders

June is the gateway to summer Cottage Country – we can’t wait to experience every day, be it rainy or sunny, along with you!

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Cruising down the lake affords you the opportunity to see how other people manage storage of their water toys. Some keep the boat at the dock, others have a lift – and some even have boathouses. Boathouses and lifts are a great investment and offer peace of mind if you have the right shoreline for the structure. These structures offer protection from the weather and general wear and tear which results as your vessel bumps and grinds against the docking to which it is moored. R&J Machine are equipped to help you refurbish an existing boathouse foundation or install the base steel work and/or overhead steel work for your new boathouse structure and lifts. Their boathouses can be designed to accommodate an overhead or hidden beam wet slip boat lift in which to store your vessel year ‘round. A hidden beam wet slip is a unique design which finally allows you to have a wet slip lift without the overhead beams normally associated with this type of lift. This new style of boat lift gives you a clear unobstructed view around the deck when the boat is in the down position. Ideally, a hidden beam wet slip design should be incorporated into the initial design and fabrication of your permanent dock, boathouse, or boat port but it is possible to retro fit this type of slip on some existing permanent steel docks and boathouses. A hidden beam slip lift can be designed to handle boats ranging from PWC’s up to 12,000 lbs. Perhaps you have an existing boathouse which is beginning to deteriorate. R&J can raise that boathouse, build a new foundation under it, and then reposition it back onto the new base. This is a great option for those who have a heritage boathouse they do not want to tear down. If you are wondering about the environmental effects of a boathouse construction, you should know that installing steel piles for the boathouse foundation creates minimal impact on the shoreline and lake bottom. R&J Machine also manufacture a full range of wet-slip lifts for your new or current boathouse. They have their own barges, rock drills and pile driving equipment which enable them to complete a wide variety of projects. R&J are equipped with a full AutoCAD drafting system which, coupled with their engineering capabilities, allows them to offer a one stop service. If required, R&J can also handle the permitting process; and their top-notch welders are certified by the Canadian Welding Bureau. So, if you have lifts, slips or boathouses in mind – R&J Machine is the business to call! R&J Machine 1601- 8th Line of Selwyn Township, Lakefield 705-652-6731 Since 1994

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For More Than 60 Years When planning how to outfit your home, whether you are going for comfort or style, many of us refer to magazines and Pinterest – which directs us to beautiful websites and images, all ripe with inspiration. What if I told you inspiration was right in the heart of Peterborough? As Peterborough’s first furniture store, Twohey Home’s mission is the same now as it was when they opened - to serve as the trusted source of quality home furnishings to their community. You can expect a personalized shopping experience with curated collections of contemporary furnishings, lighting, rugs, accents and bedding and at Twohey Home you will find many unique products for your home or cottage. This multigenerational shop continues to be family owned and operated, and prides itself on supporting mainly Canadian-made products. They specialize in custom order furnishings, solid wood furniture and premium sleep sets to last a lifetime. “We are known for our superior-quality furnishings, lighting and décor options, as well as our great customer service,” says Heather Twohey. “At Twohey Home, you’re not just buying functional items, you’re also upgrading your home lifestyle and giving your family something to enjoy for years to come.” With pieces to accommodate every style, the team at Twohey Home make it their


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goal to help you create home spaces that feel timeless and luxurious. “Customers often come in with photos they’ve found online and ask us to help them create a similar look,” Heather says. “No matter the style – modern or traditional – we’re happy to source pieces to suit every style, budget and expectation.” The team at Twohey Home stay on top of current and upcoming trends; they’re also quick to encourage seeking out styles that will endure. “Many homeowners don’t want to update their interiors every few years as trends come and go, and we believe that when the right elements come together, the result is lasting style,” Heather says. “Clean lines, warm woods, mixing metal accents, and organic materials like stone and marble have been finding their way into our showroom for awhile and we anticipate that to continue for the foreseeable future.” Twohey Home 129 Aylmer St. N., Peterborough 705.748.9551

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What’s Under Your Deck?

Planning a New Deck? Maybe you have a walkout basement with a deck overhead; perhaps a second-storey balcony? How do you make the most of the space below? Monaghan Lumber has a few interesting options for you to create more outdoor living area to enjoy, rain or shine! Many folks turn the finished space under their deck into an outdoor kitchen, a screened-in porch, covered seating, or simply extra storage instead of a separate shed. Protected from the elements it is a perfect spot to enjoy the shade on a hot day, or to hide from the rain when you still want to sit outside. There are a few interesting products currently on the market to revolutionize how you are able to use that space underneath your deck, and there are both products specifically for those building a new structure and those who want to upgrade their current deck situation without a full rebuild. TREX RainEscape is a favourite for those building a new deck; it is basically a drainage system installed on the underside of your structure when building your deck, which allows the space below to stay dry while rerouting the water from your sitting space. TREX RainEscape uses a network Since 1994

of troughs to divert the water from the deck and it provides 100% protection of the deck substructure from moisture. This product is easy to install and is backed by a 20-year warranty. Once TREX RainEscape is installed you might choose a product like Woodtone to finish the space for a cozy finished appeal. Woodtone is prefinished real wood paneling for your walls and ceilings and it is perfect for your protected exterior projects. Woodtone offers a variation of primed, stained and solid colour options and is sure to cozy up your space with a lovely rustic finish. If your deck is already built and you are looking to outfit it so that the under space is useable, Monaghan Lumber also offers a product by Timbertech called DrySpace; it achieves the same dry space under the deck but can be retrofitted to an existing deck. DrySpace collects and channels moisture from the spaces between boards with a hidden under-deck drainage system and has a prefinished look once installed. With products and services to cover all your home and cottage building and renovations needs, Monaghan Lumber is your go-to deck specialist.

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They say summer’s good for the soul. So, it’s no surprise that “cottage chic” is a recurring theme in my interior design work. Requests for endless summers are as common as glow-worms in July, translated into spaces that invite you to sit deep and come often. It’s worth the hours-long commute. Once you’re there, you might as well be a million miles away (cue the loons).

But when you can’t go to the lake, bring the lake to you! These warm-weather retreats and their lakeside locales have inspired countless interior design trends the world over. Regardless of your physical geography or the actual season, you too can enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer, all year round. Here are my three effortless strategies for summer-inspired living.


Simplify your life. For many, summer means a return to nature, which happens to be a central theme of cottage living, for obvious reasons. Get back to basics with simple, unadorned silhouettes, down-to-earth details, and organic colours and materials evocative of a cool, coastal aesthetic. When I am designing with cottage style in mind I choose soft sandy tones, earthy browns and muted

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greens (some of which happen to be the 2022 Colour of the Year!), gentle blues and fresh whites. For finishes, seek out less polish and shine, and natural materials such as wood, stone and tile. When furnishing your home, be simple and selective. In the case of “cottage chic,” less is more. Start by evaluating your existing stock of furniture and determine what you can still use, either in its current form or in an “upcycled” version of its former self. Get rid of anything that you no longer want or need. People often hold onto antiques and hand-me-downs Do yourself a favour – if you don’t love it, let it go. When shopping for new furniture, opt for multi-functional pieces that serve double-duty while freeing up valuable floor space. Now, be sure to have some fun along the way. An authentic, cottage-style space can never be too stark or serious. Look for ways to infuse hits of colour and pattern into your décor, and make it “pop” with artwork, accessories, upholstery and area rugs. Layering rugs, pillows and throws is a great way to add style and warmth, and I love the uniquely “vintage” vibe. Choose organic

upholstery and textiles such as linen, wool and blends. With having many cottage designs under my belt, I can attest that a coat of paint can go a long way. When designing cottages – whether actual, or homes inspired by – I often complement by organic materials choices with a nature-inspired colour palette. Whites, off-whites and soft creams are the perfect base for that relaxed, rustic style that’s so popular. Embrace your social side. Another big draw to the cottage life – and style! – is the communal aspect of it. This is a place to spend time together, so ensure your space supports that lifestyle. If you’re renovating your home and dig that laidback look, consider an open-concept floor plan that is conducive to gathering. If you’re redecorating, you can still achieve a communal vibe through furniture arrangement. Create “vignettes” that accommodate your unique pastimes and showcase your personality, bringing a level of customization and fun to your daily activities and interactions. A quiet reading corner for the bibliophile, a wine bar for the vintage connoisseur, or a games and hobby table for the puzzlers and puzzled in the house. Summertime, and the livin’s easy… Always remember the main objective of the great escape to the cottage – relaxation. To that end, always be mindful of the level of maintenance required for upkeep. This applies to literally every decorating decision ahead, from building materials and fabrics and finishes. Are they easy to clean? Do they require regular upkeep? Are they durable? Now, temper every decision by asking yourself: does it say “come in and make yourself at home?” Perhaps that is the ultimate test in the quest for cottage style. Ultimately, a lake-inspires aesthetic should leave you feeling rested, relaxed and removed from the daily grind. It has to look good, and perhaps more importantly, it has to feel right. Take time with your design and with your decorating decisions. You can’t rush true R&R!

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Living Cicadas I like to think of myself as an outdoorsy person. I’m not one of those survivalists who can be dropped in the middle of nowhere via celebrity helicopter and survive off the land with one match and a canteen. I am, however, someone who will willingly backpack in the woods and portage with a canoe and be away from the amenities of home and enjoy it as well as survive. My husband does not understand my affinity for camping and finds my love for the great outdoors ironic as he has borne witness to the countless moments where I have encountered my sworn enemy - the insect. He has seen me do the ‘shake it off’ jitter where I maniacally toss my head and arms around hoping to dislodge any intruding critter that could have attached to my clothing; and let’s not forget the ‘squeal, run and shudder’ when large beetles have decided to hitch a ride on my shoulder. Yes, the truth is that I hate insects. I understand their importance in the ecosystems of our forests but part of the reason I don’t like them is that they don’t seem to like me, or rather, they don’t seem to be willing to leave me alone. Case in point, let me tell you about a frightening and grotesque evening I had to endure which I like to call ‘Night of the Living Cicadas.’

watching you from a distance but you aren’t quite sure where they are watching from? Well, the panic set in, I threw my lumberjack blanket around my head, and I knew that I was surrounded; the assault of hard crunchy cicada thoraxes continued as they hurled themselves at me repeatedly. In the darkness, my family members could not see what was actually happening. They could not see the emotional anguish I was going through as I wrapped my blanket a little tighter and tried to remain calm despite knowing that cicadas are ‘just bugs that won’t hurt you’ (Words I have said to my own kids when they see creepy crawlers as I try to dissuade them from having insect phobias). Unfortunately, logic gets tossed out the window after fifty insects catapult themselves into you. As you can probably conclude, the enemy won that day. They won the battle and hummed their high-pitched victory buzz as I ran to the trailer and left everyone else to fend for themselves. I’d like to point out that not one other adult came in conflict with a cicada that evening. I was the only victim in this attack.

There we were, enjoying a lovely campfire in the woods of Haliburton. My kids were tucked snug in their beds in the trailer. As the adults played Gordon Lightfoot songs on guitars, I could hear the assembly of cicadas begin. Their buzzing got closer and then there was sudden silence. I told the men to stop playing their guitars. I could sense that something was afoot…I knew there was impending doom.

I question why. Why me? Was it the buffalo check blanket? Was it the guitar playing that wooed them into some sort of frenzy? I don’t know, but what I do know is that when I hear those buzzes, there will be no more Gordon Lightfoot strumming and I will be comfortably waving at the campfire from the trailer window.

And then, it started. A thud in the back of my head and the buzz of insect wings. Of course, I immediately swatted at the uninvited creature. A second later, another direct hit to the back of my skull. You know that feeling you get when you know that someone is

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Black & White I adore working with black and white. This is a shape-shifting motif that's capable of portraying a variety of personalities, while always serving up a hefty dose of drama. This is particularly true when black and white are the only ones in the room. When deciding on a black-and-white motif, the stark contrast between bright white and bottomless black is breathtaking when done correctly. Here are some tips when designing a black and white space. Mix It Up! Since your colour choices for this motif are limited to just two (and technically black and white aren't even "colours") we must seek out other ways to deliver some visual interest. Vary your materials, finishes/sheen, pattern and texture, to add variety. Natural wood and metals are a sort of colourless neutral element that is a good complement to this palette, since it won't detract from the black and white, but adds depth. Let It Evolve. What makes black-and-white a timeless style is not necessarily that it is independent of time, but perhaps rather that it adapts and evolves with it. Luckily, this particular palette is very versatile and easy to update with the latest in textures and patterns - without ever sacrificing that "black and white" aesthetic. When your tastes change, wallpaper, paint, upholstery and pillows are a relatively easy and cost-effective update. Let The Motif Do The Talking. A black and white look is innately bold, and usually needs very little else to make the space "pop." This palette commands the eye to certain punctuation points throughout the space, so choose them carefully. Where would you like to draw attention? If your room is predominantly white, consider adding black window coverings to highlight a great view, or a dark and dramatic piece of artwork perched over the fireplace. Offset this strong character with simplicity elsewhere in the room. Opt for clean lines and a measured use of pattern to keep it simple. Get Lit. Lighting is an incredibly important element in any interior, but even more so where black Since 1994

is a predominant colour. Black, and especially matte black, is like a black hole for low light and reflections, absorbing it and running the risk of going "flat." Illuminate a black room with ample ambient lighting and light up dark corners with some focussed light sources, to showcase its size and shape. If your space is graced with great natural light, let it shine and amplify it with a large, strategically positioned mirror. There's an unmistakeable elegance and classic appeal that accompanies a black-and-white interior. The high-contrast look intrigues and invites, and let's be honest - couldn't we all use a little added drama at home?

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“Bright Waters” By PWC This Summer

Story by Craig Nicholson, The Intrepid Cottager Photos by Allan Glanfield

My first thought about personal watercraft (PWC) was “there’s my summer sledding!” And ever since, I’ve spent thousands of hours touring waterways across Ontario and Quebec from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving. Best PWC Riding in Ontario When it comes to Ontario waterways, there’s no better place than the Kawarthas, the home of “bright waters and happy lands”, for enjoying a day ride or overnight tour by PWC. Thanks to the Trent Severn Waterway, PWC operators can easily ride “water trails” anywhere between Rice Lake and Lake Simcoe, following a system of navigation buoys to guide your way. All you need is your Pleasure Craft Operator’s Licence and “trail pass” in the form of a Parks Canada Permit to go through the locks. You can even rent a PWC to give it a try! Benefits of PWC Riding As I did, you’ll discover new places, exciting sights, and view


our lakes from a remarkably different perspective from the seat of your PWC. You’ll welcome new camaraderie with other PWC riders and take your family on unrivalled adventures. You’ll experience fun and freedom with many similarities to riding a snowmobile or motorcycle, with a fresh summer breeze in your face and a spray of water to keep you cool. Along the way, PWC riders can access marinas with fuel, waterfront restaurants and lodgings with docks, and public washrooms at each of the 18 Trent Severn Locks between Hastings and Kirkfield. Many Kawarthas residents are able to start from their own dock on a PWC adventure. Alternatively, you can trailer to one of the many marinas or public launches scattered around the various lakes.

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PWC Rides You Can Do I’ve toured my Sea-Doo watercraft on a 387km, multi-day ride from Lake Ontario (Trenton) to Georgian Bay (Port Severn). I’ve also enjoyed some amazing day trips, like Peterborough to Trent River on the Otonabee River and Rice Lake (150 km return), Burleigh Falls to Fenelon Falls (130 km return) and Bobcaygeon to Port Perry (140 km return). Many other Kawarthas ride choices include following the shoreline around any one of the larger lakes, to cruising to a favourite restaurant on another lake for lunch. Plus, there are many side trips into connected lakes like Chemong, Scugog, Big and Little Bald. My wife has even shopped at Bigley’s in Bobcaygeon by PWC! From my perspective, PWC’s are made for touring, not doing repetitive donuts in front of the cottage. Summer’s almost here, so why not make the most of it by doing something really special – exploring the Kawartha Lakes by personal watercraft (PWC)! Wondering how to get started? Find everything you need to know about PWC touring at

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How They Star ted, to Where They Are Conrad and Brennan Lanouette are the proud owners and founders of TREEWORKS Professional Tree Care. The Lanouette brothers’ passion for trees and the great outdoors started when they were just small boys on their parents 150-acre farm/woodlot outside of Lakefield, Ontario. Knowing that they wanted to work outdoors and with their hands, both boys attended programs at Fleming College in Lindsay to further their outdoor skills. Conrad, 15 months older than Brennan, first enrolled in the two-year forestry technician program; and at the same time, Brennan began taking the heavy equipment operator program while he worked after classes towards receiving his AZ driver’s license. Once they had completed their individual programs, they furthered their achievements by enrolling in Fleming’s arboriculture program. It wasn’t long before they were nicknamed by their classmates and teachers as “the brothers”. They both successfully graduated and then took their incredible amount of knowledge and safety awareness into the field. A few months later, the thought of running their own business sprung to mind. To make this dream a reality, they decided to prepare themselves for all aspects of running a successful business by enrolling in a business course. With the course completed, and with the help of their father and his great mind for business, their goals were reached – it was time to start their entrepreneurship. Well prepared, the brothers put their superior work ethic and dedication to the test by starting their business, TREEWORKS, in 2009. They began by working out of their chicken coop with an old hydro 1981 Bandit chipper and old dodge 3500 that their dad found for them - fast forward 13 years, TREEWORKS now has 11 trucks on the road and 4 chippers. TREEWORKS is a fully insured and registered company providing a wide range of tree services to the cities of Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes, cottage country and the surrounding area. They are equipped to service any tree related task and offer service to specialized lots like Cottage and Island properties. TREEWORKS services include but are not limited to: Hazardous tree removal, tree pruning, stump grinding, brush chipping, cabling and bracing, site clearing, bucket truck/crane services, knuckle boom crane with grapple saw, forestry mulcher and 24-hour emergency tree service. The Lanouette brothers have extensive knowledge of arboriculture. They are constantly learning and sharing their knowledge of trees with clients and employees and enjoy passing this knowledge on to others. They pride themselves on their well-maintained fleet and state of the art equipment to make jobs easier and safer. Call them today for your free estimate! Treeworks 705-657-1900 Since 1994

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Weeds B' Gone Weeds B’ Gone is a family owned and operated company specializing in the removal of muck, weeds, and algae from lakes, ponds, and marinas. They provide services and products that solve the many problems caused by excessive vegetation in water. Over the past twenty years, they have acquired a reputation for delivering excellent customer service and are very proud of that. Weeds B’ Gone have made significant contributions to improving water quality by installing continuous laminar flow inversion oxygenation systems. These aeration systems do not have the

adverse environmental impacts associated with chemicals, they are the most natural and effective long-term solution to dealing with water quality problems. Over the past twenty years, Weeds B’ Gone have installed hundreds of these systems in Ontario, resulting in a 4”to 6” reduction of bottom muck per year - by using beneficial treatment you get less weeds, cleaner water, more fish, and overall a much more enjoyable waterfront experience. Weeds B' Gone offer a variety of services and products to ensure that your waterfront remains weed-free, including their Weeds B' Gone Do It Yourself Screening Kits which allow you to control unwanted weed growth and giving an immediate swimming area. They offer weed harvesting and all services throughout all of Ontario. A fiveyear weed harvesting permit is now available throughout the Trent Severn Waterways. Whether enlisting Weeds B’ Gone services, their products or both, Weeds B' Gone work hard to make sure that customers receive the specific results they want. Learn how the DeMarco family can help you and your waterfront. Joe DeMarco & Nick DeMarco 905-373-4422


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Protecting your Cottage Legacy:

Planting Smar ter Not Harder with Native Species Hi there! Vern Bastable here, Director of the Ecology Park Nursery. We are your trusted source for a broad selection of native tree, shrub, and wildflower species specifically selected to thrive in Peterborough and the Kawarthas. What many people don’t realize is that investing in native species can return benefits for decades, creating that legacy of a vibrant, healthy, and care-free sanctuary. Maybe it’s just me, but I enjoy gardens and landscapes that give back in more ways than one. Planting smarter not harder means choosing native species appropriate to your landscape. These species have developed complex evolutionary relationships with other native species. Even better, planting a diverse range of native species can create a vibrant legacy in your corner of wilderness that anticipates future climate changes. Well-chosen native species can augment your cottage for decades to come in several ways: • • • • • •

restore and protect local habitats, create vibrant landscaping that is often easier to care for, add property value, protect your cottage from flooding, reduce cost of utilities like heating, cooling, and water usage, and last but not least, fight climate change!

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Well-chosen native species can also help out during those extreme droughts and floods we’re seeing more regularly. The robust root systems of some native species help them survive long periods without rain. Those same root systems also soak up the rain during heavy rainfall events, preventing runoff and erosion that can damage your property and impact water quality. In case you didn’t know, Otonabee Conservation is your trusted source for information about flooding, drought, and watershed health. They protect sources of municipal drinking water, shorelines, and wetlands, and they produce a report card on Watershed Health every 5 years. Visit and sign up for their email updates on what you can do during the changing water conditions this summer and fall. Whether you’re protecting your shoreline view or investing in your forested sanctuary, the staff at the Ecology Park Nursery are here to help. Located at 1899 Ashburnham Drive in Peterborough, the Ecology Park Nursery’s opening day and Annual Plant Sale is May 21, from 10am-4pm. Regular hours are Thursdays 10am-6pm, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10am-4pm until closing on October 7. More details and plant catalogue available at All proceeds from sales at the Ecology Park Nursery support GreenUP’s non-profit programming in communities throughout Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

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Cable Cable - Keeping the Kawarthas Connected The ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives over the past two years is seemingly endless, but perhaps one of the more notable ways is the freedom and flexibility it has granted some of us in terms the way we live and work. Shifts in the workplace related to hybrid and remote work is making it possible for people to choose where they want to work from. Be it a new home within a rural community after moving out of the city or at the family cottage on Balsam Lake, more and more employees are taking the opportunity to work from different locations that provide a better work/life balance. And this isn’t exclusive to those in the workforce! People turned to online shopping and entertainment during lockdowns, our kids and educators pivoted to online learning, and video conferencing with family and friends became a primary way to stay connected while staying apart. “Among employed Canadians, almost half (48%) worked from home using the Internet more often during the pandemic. Employed Canadians 35 to 44 years of age were the age group that most frequently reported working from home more often during the pandemic, with over half (57%) doing so. Employed Canadians living in urban areas were also more likely to report working from home more often (51%) than those from rural areas (36%). In addition to telework, 7% of Canadians reported using the Internet more frequently to earn income than they did before the pandemic.”* Almost overnight, access to affordable and reliable broadband internet services became essential in how we lived our everyday lives, and though some of these habits may change as more of the province begins to open up, what remains is the need to provide access to more underserved communities across Ontario and Cable Cable is working to close that digital divide. Cable Cable, powered by Rogers, is a locally-operated telecommunications company offering high-speed internet (fibre and cable), TV and home phone services. Based out of Fenelon Falls since 1983, they provide services to over 6,000 households in communities across Kawartha Lakes, including: • • • • • • •

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Garden Teachings

Narrow Your Focus

Seed catalogues, tea, and a cold winter’s night make for some beautiful dreams. Lists of vegetables and flowers are scribbled down in my notebook accompanied by a rough yet elaborate pencil drawing of what’s waiting for me in the summer. Fast forward six months later, and I’ve got a bumper crop of basil and a bunch of bug-eaten plant remains. The truth is, although I’ve learned a lot with my hands in the dirt, my dream garden has yet to be constructed. This is because I’m overly enthusiastic. I WANT IT ALL. I want the peonies and the wisteria, the storage-friendly crop of carrots and sauerkraut all winter long. Year after year my garden whispers. She reminds me gently at first, and then much louder, “stay steady and narrow in your focus. Become really good at a handful of things.” Where can you narrow your own focus? Surrender I’ve learned through my experience in the dirt that nature has a recipe. There are particular formulas and rhythms to follow in order to achieve success. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in the rinse and repeat process of tending to a garden; and then I’m

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reminded that I can seed, sow, water, weed, and yet Mother Nature still charts her own course. Last year, I missed the cutworms - and before that, the earwig’s feast. Again, she speaks to me, “It’s not always up to you.” Where in your life are you meant to let nature run its course? Unexpected Beauty Time and time again, I’ve come across a rosette of green leaves growing in the middle of my curated flower bed. Is this a weed? Did I plant this here? I’ve fallen for their tricks many times and pulled them swiftly by the root, but those left behind have taught me to think twice before calling something ugly. Each time I witness the growth of a hollyhock or a mullein plant, I’m filled with delight at their stunning vertical display of blossoms. What opportunities/beauty are you dismissing because it’s disguised as something else? 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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Buying a Cottage The emergence of spring is always stimulating to potential cottage buyers. However, if one is used to life in the city, well, there is much to learn and watch out for when seeking a paradise on the lake. LOCATION, pardon the cliche, is always the first factor. If you have come to view a cottage to purchase, walk down to the waterfront first. Almost anything can be changed and altered in a home or cottage; the waterfront is what you are paying for, and, for sake of argument, can’t be changed. We love our waterfronts for the joy they give us and our families, but the water courses in Ontario are protected. Always be conscious of too much infrastructure and not enough natural shoreline; it’s important for our eco systems and water courses and that’s why we love going to the cottage.

which requires a pump-out every 3-5 years depending on use.

SHORELINE. Some lakes have unowned shoreline road allowances. It’s quite common, and generally not an issue, just be aware of just how much land you ‘own’.

Most importantly, your cottage should bring you joy, and often a rustic respite from the busy life of the city. It’s best to leave the city behind, and embrace the natural surroundings the Kawarthas has to offer.

WATER. Many cottages draw water from the lake, some with heated lines for winter use, and filters for potability; this is perfectly acceptable. Drilled or dug wells provide water from underground, which may or may not require filters or softeners. Any drinking water should be tested regularly through the local health unit. Some cottages draw water from the lake which is not potable and use bottled water for cooking and drinking. Some lenders insist on potable water as their criteria, so it is best to check before an assumption is made about the quality or quantity of water.

PERMITS. The municipal setbacks from the water and from septics and wells are very specific. Always check with the township before submitting your offer if your intention is to make changes or additions. A “Provincial Significant Wetland” designation is very common in cottage country and it doesn’t have to look like a swamp to fall in that category. Do your due diligence first as to what can and can’t be done.

PROTECTION. Your local realtor knows the area, they know the nuances of cottage life that may not be evident to someone inexperienced in waterfront cottages. Do your homework and find your dream cottage. JO PILLON Realtor® Royal LePage Frank Real Estate Brokerage 705-875-4958 - Direct

SEWAGE. Know the differences between a holding tank for sewage, and a septic tank and tile bed. They are very different, and the maintenance is different on each. Holding tanks require pumping more often - a few times a year- versus a tile bed, or leeching bed,

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A Great Way to Improve Mental Health The past two years have been fraught with worry and isolation for many Canadians. Luckily, Cottage Country offers boundless opportunities to find solace. National Fishing Week, July 2 to 10, is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors, reconnect with loved ones, and boost physical and mental wellness. Research has shown that fishing has a positive impact on our health, lowering cortisol levels, reducing stress, and boosting our immune systems. In fact, a 2018 study found that spending time in nature reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stress, and high blood pressure. It’s truly an easy and affordable way to improve our wellbeing. While fishing is a gentle way to get a full-body workout, there are more subtle reasons for these benefits. Simply being on the water has an uplifting effect on one’s mood. Furthermore, casting a line immediately facilitates a sense of calm and can even lead to a meditative state of mind. And if you’re fishing with loved ones, it’s a wonderful way to reconnect and foster lasting relationships.

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Cottage Country is blessed with over 5000 lakes, and that’s not counting streams, rivers, and other bodies of water. Countless tackle shops and local fishing retailers are also scattered throughout the region, where you can find affordable equipment for beginners and experts. It’s one of the easiest places to discover the benefits of recreational fishing. Hopefully we’ll see you out on the water! National Fishing Week, July 2 to 10, is an annual event designed to encourage Canadians to cast a line. If you’re new to fishing, or need a few tips to get started, you can request a free Catch Fishing booklet at National Fishing Week also falls in line with Ontario Family Fishing Events*, when Canadian residents can fish without a licence (all other regulations still apply). In the summer of 2022, two licence-free periods will be held on June 18 to 19 and July 2 to 10. For recreational fishing news and industry information, visit *

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Crank Bait Crush One of my favourite ways to locate fish in the spring and early summer is throwing a crank bait. What’s a crank bait you may ask? A crank bait is a moving bait that you can use to make a lot of casts to cover a ton of water quickly, and entice active fish to strike. There are many different types of cranks, from lipped to lipless, short ones, long ones, fat, skinny, straight, jointed, rattles and no rattles. I know that sounds like a lot to take in but I will try to break it down and simplify when, where and why to use which type of crank bait. There are four basic factors I use when choosing to fish a crank bait. #1. The action The action on a crank bait can be basically described as a wobble, the width and speed of which depends on the size and shape of the bait. Usually, the wider the lip and bait profile the more water the bait is displacing which means it will give the bait a wider wobble; I find this is good for warmer weather when fish are not as active. The cranks with thinner lip and bait profile - or even lipless cranks - will have a much tighter wiggle and vibration and I tend to use these in cooler water conditions when the fish are chasing bait. #2. The depth Another factor when choosing a crank bait is the depth you are fishing or the depth you want your bait to run. The latter is determined by the size and angle of the lip; the steeper angle and shorter bill crank baits tend to be your shallower running baits. You want to use these if you are fishing shallow water rocks or stumps and run them at a depth where you are making bottom contact or over the top of weed flats. Deflecting these baits off the cover and maybe even pausing after can cause reaction strikes and increase hook ups. The straighter the angle bigger lipped crank baits tend to run deeper. These are great for deeper water drop offs or weed edges and are not only great for casting but also trolling. Most lure companies have the running depths noted on the packaging to make this easier to determine the right bait for the correct depth. #3. Size and colour A lot of these baits have the most success when you “match the hatch”, which simply means choosing a colour and bait profile that most resembles the baitfish in your lake. However, you may have more Since 1994

success on overcast days or in dirty water with brighter chartreuse colours so pay attention to the weather and lake conditions in your area. If I had to choose three colours for the Kawartha area, they would be a natural shad or perch type colour pattern, a deep red crayfish colour or a chartreuse. #4 Rod and Reel Rod and reel selection is most important when throwing crank baits. You want to have a rod with a very sensitive extra fast tip to feel when the fish takes the vibration off your bait and also gives you flex and a chance to set the hook without pulling it out of the fish’s mouth. That being said, you still want good backbone in the bottom half of the rod to be able to bury the trebles deep when you set the hook. A medium action rod with an extra fast tip is usually the best choice for casting these light baits. I hope this clarifies some of the muddy waters around crank bait fishing and helps you narrow down your choices when it comes to the millions of crank baits at your local tackle shops. So get out there in the spring and summer months and try cranking! It’s a ton of fun and I’m sure you will have lots of action. If you have any questions on this article or fishing questions in general you can follow me on Facebook at Williams Outfitters Fishing Guides or on Instagram @williams_outfitters Best of Luck on your next fishing adventure! Cheers, and tight lines Mike Williams

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Living Gold Every Spring a gold rush occurs across Ontario, but it's not for the precious metal that first comes to mind. This gold swims and is native to many of our freshwater lakes and rivers; I am talking about Sander Vitreus aka the Walleye. Walleye, or Pickerel as it is commonly referred to in Canada, are the largest member of the Perch family and arguably one of the best tasting fish Ontario has to offer. For those anglers wanting to target these tasty fish, Ontario's cottage country offers some of the best opportunities for success. There are some key points to keep in mind when targeting Walleye in the spring, so follow along as I pave your way to gold! • By far, the most important thing I look for when guiding my clients is what I'll call "dirty water". This does not refer to the cleanliness of the water but rather the colour of it. Spring runoff can cause many of the small creeks and rivers entering larger water bodies to become muddy or murky. The suspended particles of debris affect how much sunlight penetrates the water and when you're talking about Walleye fishing, less is more. Walleyes have very large opaque looking eyes resulting from a special reflecting area on their retinas. This specialized feature allows them to see better in low light conditions and ultimately this results in better feeding opportunities over other gamefish. Dirty water can also be the result of waves crashing against a shoreline due to strong winds or boat traffic. Even the effects of other fish congregating to spawn such as Carp can muddy up the water. Whatever the reason, dirty water is one of the ingredients to locating early season Walleye. • Although Walleye are primarily thought of as a cold, deep water dweller, early season will find them roaming the shallows as springtime water temperatures have not forced them to seek cooler temperatures. These shallow waters, in the range of 2 to 6 feet of depth, are also a magnet in the spring for many panfish such as Perch, Rock Bass and Sunfish, all of which are on the hungry Walleye's menu. When fishing these shallow water areas, I look for any new weed growth. Typically, green weed will attract Walleye more than old dead weed, but in some cases both can be equally productive. Submerged trees and logs as well as gravel and rocks can also be good areas to investigate. Since 1994

• In lakes where finding muddy or murky water is a challenge, I concentrate my efforts on slightly deeper water and prefer to fish areas where there is a combination of rock and weed. Try to key in on water with depths of 6 to 10 feet and look for large boulders or gravel deposits amongst the weed clumps that might provide a Walleye an advantage to ambush unwary baitfish. Night fishing for Walleye on these clear water lakes can provide some of the best action, but I would recommend this only to experienced boaters who are familiar with the lake and have all the necessary safety and navigation equipment. When it comes to tackle, I prefer to use a medium action 6 1/2-to-7-foot spinning rod, spooled with an 8-to-10-pound test line. Braided line tied directly to your lure is fine if the water is dirty but add a fluorocarbon or monofilament leader when fishing in clearer conditions. My lure choices for this time of year tend to run a bit smaller than if I were to target Walleye in the fall. A simple ball head jig tipped with a plastic curly tailed grub can catch them in almost any situation, try using colours such as white, yellow, or orange. Crankbaits with diving depths of 2 to 8 feet in a Perch pattern, or similar colour scheme are a definite must have. Try varying the speed of your retrieve, often a slow steady speed is better than an erratic stop and go, especially in dirty water where it might take Walleye a bit longer to key in on your lure. Small spinnerbaits or in-line spinners with a single hook are very effective in heavier weed growth and can be tipped with a plastic grub if desired. Walleye fishing can be a fun and rewarding part of your early season angling adventures, however, they are a heavily regulated sportfish in Ontario, largely due to their popularity among anglers. Please be sure to consult the Ontario fishing regulations for information on any special restrictions pertaining to the area you are fishing. Good luck and get outside! Mike Quesnelle, Goat Angling Adventures

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Boyd Island

By Sarah Frank

Nature and adventure seekers alike should add a trip to Boyd Island to their itineraries in the Kawarthas this season. This 1000-acre gem in the north end of Pigeon Lake is a combination of wetlands and forests and is a mecca of plant and animal life. With eight kilometres of marked trails and 10,000 feet of shoreline, the island is a great spot for swimming, fishing and hiking. A number of designated picnic areas make it easy to find the perfect place for a picnic lunch. The island, also known as Big Island, or Chiminis Island, has a storied history, having once been used by First Nations for harvesting. It was later farmed by the Boyd Family – prominent early settlers in Bobcaygeon. Locals say the family extended invitations to some to explore and use the land but, as its popularity grew, it was hard to keep visitors away. The family sold the island in 1990 and it changed hands in the years to follow. Despite being privately owned, the local and cottager community continued to make the island a popular boating destination. The land is also still of cultural significance to Curve Lake First Nation. Its most recent owners, Mike and Terry Wilson, initially purchased the land as an investment. The two came close to developing in 2015 after receiving approval to create 10 large residential lots. After seeing the value in preserving the land, all but two small parcels were donated to the Kawartha Land Trust. With help from the community and large donors, a $1 million stewardship fund has been created to maintain the island and ensure the space can be safely and respectfully enjoyed. Much of the island remains in pristine condition. Boyd Island is a 25-minute paddle by canoe and is a four-kilometre round trip from the boat launch at the end of Bear Creek Road in Buckhorn. The Kawartha Land Trust asks that visitors stick to the trails and follow some rules, including no overnight camping, fires or vehicle use.


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Shoreline Lighting Just How Much Do We Need?

Who doesn’t like the sight of a beautifully lit pathway, a gazebo lined with lights, or light reflecting off a dock on a calm summer’s night? While we may find this attractive, it turns out some birds, insects, mammals, amphibians, even plants may be affected by the amount of artificial light we are projecting! Plants and animals have evolved to rely on Earth’s natural cycles of light and dark. These daily cycles manage important behaviours, including reproduction, foraging, protection from predators, migration and sleep. As we continue to light up the night, we may be significantly (and potentially negatively) impacting these behaviours. Research indicates that the glare produced by artificial lighting at night impacts wildlife in many ways, including: •

It can interfere with the croaking of some species of toads and frogs. This is an important part of their breeding activities and may result in reduced populations.

Red-backed Salamanders may reduce the amount of time they spend foraging at night as studies suggest they spend more time hiding in leaf litter rather than looking for food.

Birds, used to flying by the light of the moon and stars when migrating, can become disoriented and fly off course.

Insect numbers are declining for several reasons, and artificial lighting isn’t helping – it’s a fatal attraction for many insects.

Some fish species are sensitive to light pollution – it can affect their migratory behaviours and make them more vulnerable to predation.

The retention of leaves, an earlier start to buds opening in spring, and the production of fewer flower heads has been documented in some plant species.

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However, this doesn’t mean we have to get rid of all our outdoor lighting. Perhaps we don’t need as many or perhaps the lighting can be retrofitted to reduce the glare. Ask yourself: •

Does the area really need to be lit?

Does it need to be that bright?

Is the light transmitted further than it needs to be?

Perhaps all you need to do is: •

Turn off the lights when they’re not needed.

Reduce your use of blue lights and use warm light sources. It should have a colour temperature of no more than 3000 Kelvins.

Use “full cut-off” or “fully shielded” lighting fixtures. This keeps light from being emitted directly into the sky.

Use lighting that is certified as Dark Sky Friendly Outdoor Lighting. This ensures it’s low colour temperature and is fully shielded.

Use timers, motion sensors and dimmers.

Let’s strike a balance with our wildlife neighbors! We can still use lights, let’s just do it in a wildlife friendly way! For more information on how you can show your lake some love, visit Love Your Lake is a shoreline naturalization program developed by the Canadian Wildlife Federation and Watersheds Canada.

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The Tooth of the Lion Do you ever wonder about the origins of some of the most common plant names? As our society moves away from myth and story, I believe there is a piece of the magic lost when it comes to botanical medicinal and plant-based lore. Stories that would have been woven into the fabric of the community are nothing more than faded memories. Today I want to introduce you to the ‘dent de lion’ (tooth of the lion), one of our most common lawn plants. So named for its deeply toothed leaves, dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is well known for its medicinal properties. Supportive to the kidneys and liver, Taraxacum is a steadfast ally for supporting detoxification and cleansing the body. But what of the mythology of this plant? As we dive into the folklore, we quickly realize that many of the traditions of divination, fortune telling, and wish granting are ubiquitous across most of Europe, from where this plant originally hails. From the northernmost Scandinavian regions to England and Ireland, dandelion puffs were long told to hold the secrets of the future and whether the winds hold good fortune or a challenging time ahead. One story speaks of holding a dandelion flower under your chin and if it appears yellow, you will have good fortune, luck, and wealth in your life. While we marvel at the medicine that plants share with us, let us also remember their magic and wonder. Correne Omland, Clinical Herbalist & Reiki Practitioner Spiraea Herbal Clinic + Apothecary


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STRAWBERRY RHUBARB GALETTE All the deliciousness of a strawberry rhubarb pie but half the work! Perfect for easy summer entertaining. INGREDIENTS For the galette crust: • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour • ½ teaspoon kosher salt • 2/3 cup vegetable shortening • ¼ cup water

For the filling: • 2½ cups chopped strawberries • 2½ cups chopped rhubarb • 1 cup granulated sugar • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt • ¼ cup corn starch • 2 tablespoons butter For egg wash: • 1 egg • 1 tablespoon water • sugar crystals (sanding sugar)

DIRECTIONS 1. Prepare the crust: Place flour and salt into a bowl and whisk together. Cut the shortening into chunks, tossing it in with the flour. Rub together by hand into small pea-sized balls. Sprinkle in water 1 tsp at a time, mixing lightly with a fork. Bring together gently by hand. Wrap and chill. 2. Prepare the filling: Combine strawberries, rhubarb, sugar, cornstarch, salt and lemon juice. Let sit for 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. 3. Assemble the galette: Preheat your oven to 425°F. Roll the crust out into a circular shape on a piece of parchment paper, 1/8-inch thickness. 4. Place filling into the centre of the dough, leaving an inch of edge. Fold that one inch of dough over, to cover the outer edge of filling. 5. Apply egg wash and sugar: Whisk egg and water together. Brush crust of the galette with egg wash, followed by a sprinkling of coarse sugar. 6. Bake: Transfer to oven and immediately reduce temperature to 375°F. Bake galette for 55-60 minutes, or until crust is a rich golden colour and the centre is bubbling. Let the galette sit for about 20 minutes before serving.

THIS IS NOT POTATO SALAD It’s so much more. Easy and so delicious, this will become your “potato salad” for the summer! INGREDIENTS • • • • • • • • •

3 pounds fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise 2 bunches asparagus, trimmed then cut into 1- or 1½-inch pieces on the bias ½ red onion, diced 1 bunch fresh dill, chopped 1/3 cup mayonnaise ¼ cup Dijon mustard sprinkle kosher salt sprinkle black pepper drizzle extra virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 425°F with the rack in the top position. Place potatoes into a bowl. Drizzle with oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper then toss to combine. Spill onto an unlined baking sheet. Transfer to oven and roast for 30 minutes, tossing them in the pan at the 15-minute mark. 2. Remove pan from oven. Toss potatoes on the sheet before adding asparagus, distributing it evenly over the potatoes. Return pan to oven and roast for an additional 5 minutes. 3. Transfer potatoes and asparagus into a large mixing bowl. Add onion, dill, mayonnaise, and mustard. Toss gently to combine. Taste, then season with additional salt, if desired. Serve immediately. Watch the video on the Weekend at the Cottage YouTube Channel.

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Daytripping Feature Summer is here Cottage Country – and what better way to celebrate than by getting outdoors and getting to know this great region!

have dubbed them the ‘Daytripping’ Issues and we want to direct you to some of the greatest attractions, events and businesses in Cottage Country all the way through to the Fall.

There are many small towns in Cottage Country filled with hidden gems and spectacular settings, and brimming with vibrant arts and business communities. Small businesses are open after a trying few years, and they are ready to welcome back tourists with open arms. Enjoy the character of the villages and communities as you travel through our region and get to know the heart of Cottage Country.

We invite you to travel the area we call home; stop in every small town dotting the countryside. Along one of the many beautiful roads leading through quaint towns and villages you will find amazing food, inns and resorts, events and glorious Cottage Country sunsets from a new perspective.

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KATVA The Largest ATV Club in Ontario Spring is finally here and that means the trails are getting ready to go. Did you know that some of the best ATV trails in Ontario are right here in the Kawartha’s? Yes, that’s right. We have something for everyone from a beginner new to the sport looking for a nice leisurely scenic ride, to those looking for a challenge riding on rocky ridges or waste deep water and mud holes. Every year thousands of people travel to the Kawartha’s to ride the Kawartha ATV (KATVA) trail systems. KATVA is the largest ATV club in Ontario with over 2500 annual members and we now have the third largest dirt bike club called Kawartha Off Road Motorcycle (KORMA). You’re one stop destination for some of the most desirable off-road trails in Ontario is right here in the Kawarthas. We steward two unique trail systems. The first is in the City of Kawartha Lakes. These trails include the Victoria Rail Trail Corridor which is 84 kms of railway bed stretching from Bethany all the way north to Kinmount. There is also the Somerville Forest Tract which is a 6000-acre block of pine compartments that are actively forested by the municipality, and dense bush. Local towns such as Fenelon Falls and Kinmount recognize the economic value these clubs bring to the community and because of this Kinmount even went so far as to build a parking area for recreational vehicles only.


The second trail system is best known as the 5 Points. This riding area is in the municipality of Trent Lakes which is a part of Peterborough County and is just north of Bobcaygeon. The system extends all the way to Kinmount and Gooderham. These trails are located on a mix of crown land and private land. The trails vary in type from abandoned logging roads to rocky ridges and are the most popular off-road trails in the Kawartha’s. They are so popular in fact that KATVA made an unprecedented move by purchasing a section of this trail system in January 2019, thereby securing access to these trails for their members for many years to come. The benefits to our club members and other trail user groups are significant. Since purchasing the land the club has started to develop new trails on the property and even opened it up to the world-renowned Corduroy Enduro. These trails are a main attraction to all motorized trail users including off-road trucks, off-road motorcycles, and snowmobilers and KATVA has a plan to work with these trail groups to build more trails on their land for everyone to enjoy. This multi-use trail plan that includes motorized and non-motorized users will be the first of its kind in Ontario and will only enhance the tourism opportunities for the area.

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Trail permits are required on all KATVA trails except for crown land only trails which are very scarce as most crown land trails cross over private property at some point. The revenue from trail permits goes back into the development and maintenance of the trails as well as promotion of the sport throughout Ontario. KATVA has a long-standing reciprocal agreement with Haliburton ATV Association, Quad Niagara, Algonquin West ATV Club and Lake of Bays ATV Club, or as they call themselves the “Family of Clubs”. This reciprocal agreement means that members of these organizations have the benefit of enjoying each other’s trails at no additional costs. This agreement has been in place for almost 15 years and continues to be the most successful partnership between ATV clubs in Ontario. As the sport of ATVing continues to grow, so will Kawartha ATV Association and our trail systems. What are you waiting for? Get out here and check out the trails. You won’t be disappointed. Kawartha ATV Association, PO Box 21, Lindsay 705-328-0931 Since 1994

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“Two Different Worlds” Once in a while I like to play head games with my grandsons; they are both young men, very intelligent and well aware of current affairs. I have to smile when they give me that strange, “are-you-kidding-me” look when we chat. “Can you build a crystal set?” I began. “What’s a crystal set?” “A homemade radio.” “Radio?" I don’t listen to radio and crystal set? Never heard of it.” “I suppose you don’t know what a kaleidoscope is either.” “Ah, yea, some kind of toy, right?” “I guess you can say that but, over the years it has given both young and old lots of homespun entertainment.” “Red Barn was a fast-food outlet that came to Canada in the late sixties. Their specialty was a ten-cent hamburger.” “Really grandpa, a real hamburger for only ten cents?” “They sold hundreds every day. The building was shaped like a big red barn and although they tried, they were unable to compete with a new fast-food outlet called McDonalds and had to eventually close the barn door.” “Did you know I had the last horse and wagon bread route in Windsor?” “You drove a horse and wagon, grandpa? How old were you then?” “I was seventeen, almost eighteen, younger than you guys. In the morning I loaded up my Wonder Bread wagon with different kinds of bread and a variety of cakes and sweets. Just a quiet “giddy up” and the horse knew the route better than I did. As I filled my basket and went from house to house the horse just followed along without any prompting at all. He knew when it was time to stop for lunch and get his feed bag and he knew when it was the last house of the day. I would leap into the wagon and hold on for dear life as he galloped down a busy street, through a traffic light as fast as he could run until he was back in the barn ending his day. There was no way I could rein in that big horse; I was just along for the ride.” “Do you know how to build and fly a kite?” I continued. “No, why would I want to anyway?” “How sad, you guys have your noses stuck in those electronic games half the day and are missing out on the simplest yet most enjoyable past time a boy or young man could ever have. When I was your age a dollar an hour was a good wage, we played baseball in the back field, skated and played hockey on the pond in winter, picked wild asparagus in the spring and enjoyed all kinds of activities that did not cost an arm and a leg. We walked to school, brought our lunch in a brown paper bag and repeated the year if we failed. I lived through a depression and several wars, yet ours was a simple, uncomplicated life compared to today.” “Are you guys happy?” “Sure grandpa, we are happy, life is good, yes, we are happy.” “Then that is all that matters, isn’t it?” Russ Sanders


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Peterborough Museum & Archives The Peterborough Museum & Archives (PMA) has been located in Ashburnham Memorial Park, off Hunter Street East and atop Armour Hill, since 1967. However, this is not the community’s first museum, and some of its collection items can be traced to a previous incarnation. The constitutions for both of Peterborough’s Mechanics’ Institutes (1843 and 1868) – forerunners of the Peterborough Public Library – contained clauses for the creation of a museum. Although it held an exhibit of objects in November 1868, the Institute did not result in a full-fledged museum; its main focus was on collecting books and other reading material for members’ use. The impetus for a true museum in Peterborough came because of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. In December 1896, a group of prominent citizens formed the “Town and County of Peterborough Historical Society” with the goal of establishing a community museum. The Society collected artifacts and documents, raised funds, and opened the “Victoria Museum” in Inverlea House (a mansion in present-day Inverlea Park) on Jubilee Day, 22 June 1897. The museum remained here until 1912; it was moved to Peterborough’s new Carnegie Library (now part of City Hall) before Inverlea House was demolished.

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In the 1950s, a resurrected Peterborough Historical Society began lobbying for a new museum. With the formation of the Peterborough District Historical and Art Museum Foundation in 1961 and the City and County Centennial Committee in 1962, fundraising and the search for a museum site commenced in earnest; after much consideration, Armour Hill was chosen. Architects Craig, Zeidler and Strong designed the building, and the firm Joore & Kraetzer constructed it. The artifact collection held in the library was transferred, and on 28 October 1967 the Peterborough Centennial Museum opened officially. Its first Director was Miss Anne Heideman, former Secretary-Treasurer of the Museum Board and a driving member of the Historical Society. Today, the PMA holdings consist of nearly 50,000 objects and about 3,000 linear feet of archival material. Since May is “Museum Month” in Ontario, perhaps readers would wish to take this opportunity to visit the museum and see some of its collection – but you are welcome to visit us any month. By: Don Willcock, The Peterborough Museum & Archives, 300 Hunter St E, Peterborough, 705-743-5180

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Abbey Gardens

Aces the Fun Factor New Disc Golf Course Attracts People of All Skills & Ages The pandemic may have put a damper on countless activities in our lives, but disc golf has emerged and thrived. Across North America, here’s a sport that snuck under the ropes and captured the imagination of a restless populace because it allowed people of any age to gather and enjoy an activity surrounded by nature while staying social and developing some new skills. Yes, disc golf ticks a lot of boxes. Last summer, Haliburton got its game on with the opening of Abbey Gardens Disc Golf course. The response has been enthusiastic from the get-go. It rallied a range of new players to discover the sport and served as a welcome antidote to the lockdowns and frustrations of pandemic fatigue. With a layout designed and developed by Darrell Bankes, a local landscape architect and Innova disc golf representative who’s built a roster of courses, both new and veteran players enjoy a track that encompasses all of Abbey Gardens’ natural features. The holes present a mix of tight lines through the woods that reward accuracy, wide open areas for big-bomber shots, and a handful of manageable ‘ace-run’ type throws. For those new to the sport, the principles of disc golf are the same as regular golf (or Since 1994

‘ball golf’ in disc golfer parlance), only instead of clubs to hit a ball, you’re throwing discs that are designed specifically for the game and trying to throw into a chain-lined basket. What’s appealing about Abbey Garden Disc Golf is its split, short courselong course design. New players can easily get a handle on the game from shorter hole lengths while experienced disc golfers are offered a good test of their game. Meanwhile, Abbey Gardens adds yet another inviting feature to its welcoming line-up of hiking paths, gardens, cafe, brewery, market and more, so families have the ease of choosing different pursuits when they come. For those interested in trying disc golf, rental discs (including a driver, mid-range and putter disc) are available. For the more committed golfer, there’s also a range of discs and related accessories for sale. This year Abbey Gardens will be hosting a Thursday disc golf league and memberships are available through the Hub and online. However you come to it, it’s a great way to spend some time with friends and family in the four season spectacle that is Haliburton’s spectacular outdoors. Or now, perhaps that’s Fore! season… Location: 1012 Garden Gate Drive, Haliburton, ON @abbeydiscgolf on Instagram 705-754-4769

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Adam & Eve Rocks Glaciated Ice Age Rock in Buckhorn

By Sarah Frank

Two massive rocks in the village of Buckhorn could be holding the secret to a long and happy relationship. It's not clear how the boulders ended up there, preciously sitting side by side. Their home in the trees is nestled on the north side of a road named in their honour, not far from Trent Lakes Public Library. The space is quiet and serene, and according to local folklore, filled with romance. It’s said any young couple who holds hands while touching the rocks will be eternally blessed. It was early settlers who discovered and named the glacial rocks (also known as “erratics”), which are a by-product of the last ice age. The site is a must-see for sweethearts looking to take a chance on the rocks’ magic and for anyone who wants a closer look at the exposed granite the rocks feature, formed 1000s of years in the past. It’s also a popular spot for geocaching adventures. Since 1994

The rocks can be found along Adam and Eve Road and are a short walk from Lock 31 along the Trent Severn. With a nice clearing to grab photos or enjoy a picnic, this a fun roadside stop. Buckhorn is home to a third massive glacial rock -- The Balancing Rock. It can be found outside the Buckhorn Home Hardware, where a plaque explains the rocks likely arrived in town 10,000 years ago after breaking off the bedrock. It also details how, years ago, lumbermen used to try to push the rock over after they’d enjoyed a few drinks at the Buckhorn Lodge. Take a day trip and explore beautiful Buckhorn as a couple and test the powers of the rocks – no one can turn down the chance of a love that is long and blessed.

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Horse Racing in the Heart of Cottage Country Standardbred horse racing has returned for another summer at Kawartha Downs! You can catch the action every Saturday night throughout the summer until the end of September, with the first race starting at 6 pm and generally running until 9 pm. While horse racing is the main attraction, a lot more will be happening this year. Free concerts, draws for prizes and a host of other events will bring a crowd often made up of a vibrant mix of local residents and weekend cottagers looking for something to do on the weekends. “We work hard at creating an atmosphere that is family friendly, and as a result we have seen considerable growth in our live attendance over the years. Fans enjoy the atmosphere - and given the free parking and free admission, it is the best entertainment value in the region” stated Racing Secretary Jim Huck. In addition to horse racing, Kawartha Downs is now transforming into “Kawartha Since 1994

Downs Events”. This year’s 50th Anniversary we will see large concerts, classic car shows and much more. Look for more information and updates at “If you haven’t spent a night at the track, whether it’s to enjoy our all you can eat buffet or a hot dog or maybe a Kawartha Lakes ice cream cone while you watch the

racing action, we encourage you to spend a Saturday night with us. We are confident that you will enjoy the experience,” stated Huck. (705) 939-6316

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Sue Rankin

Glass Ar tist “Life is short – find something handmade, with a story.” Take a walk through the grounds at Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum, and your eyes will be drawn to a grove of “trees” comprised of slender metal trunks adorned with colourful opaque glass discs which catch the light. The columns comprising “River Grove” sway gently in the light breeze coming off the canal, beckoning you to come closer. Such is the magic created by renowned Apsley glass artist Sue Rankin. Rankin has been working with glass “all my life”, surrendering to the allure of hot glass some 35 years ago. “It’s an interesting material - it cools, gets cold, but never really transitions into another form. You heat sand, add a little ash and feldspar and there you have it – this process hasn’t changed in 5,000 years. Working with it is fun, it’s challenging, it’s fluid.”

of the Arts since 2005. Commenting on the last two years, Rankin says “The pandemic has taught us that it is one’s environment which gives the most joy. My surroundings inspire me - the columns live harmoniously within the gardens and the forest, and they invite us to celebrate the joy that living with sculpture and art brings to a life.” For more information, visit River Grove at Maryboro Lodge

And it keeps her busy – her 200-pound pot furnace runs nonstop at 2100F from September until June as she creates pieces for exhibitions, art shows, studio tours and commissions. Her current project is the creation of a seven-grove, thirty-six column installation at the Centre for the Spirit – a healing facility which is part of the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. All the treatment rooms look out over the gardens, providing cancer patients with beauty and calm as they undergo treatment. Having worked remotely on this six-month project, Rankin will travel to Phoenix in this fall so she can oversee the set-up of the installation; all as she works on another commission destined for Maine. Of course, the upcoming season will see her at various shows and festivals as well as the Apsley Fall Studio Tour, which means she has been busy creating pieces for these events. Rankin’s works have been exhibited throughout Canada and the US, as well as Belgium and parts of Asia, and have been the subject in dozens of publications. She has also been an instructor in the Glass Certificate Program at Fleming College’s Haliburton School Since 1994

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Travel Back in Time This summer, take your travels in a new direction by travelling back in time! Modern amenities like electricity, gas-powered vehicles, cell phones, refrigerators, the internet etc. are a standard part of 21st century living. However, there was a time in the not-so-distant past when these now-common items were considered luxuries or did not even exist. So how was food preserved and prepared? How did people communicate with distant relatives? How did kids entertain themselves? Discover all this and more at Lang Pioneer Village Museum where history is brought to life.

Visit Lang Pioneer Village Museum this travel season and enjoy an entertaining and educational day of exploration in the 1800s. For full operating dates and details, please visit It’s where history is happening!

Throughout the village, costumed interpreters will introduce you to the people, trades and events which helped shape local history as you visit homes and businesses from 1800 to 1910. Discover the history and culture of the Michi Saagiig Anishnaabeg at Aabnaabin Camp, a partnership project with Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations. Watch as the blacksmith shapes a hunk of metal into a horseshoe on the anvil and smell the sweet scent of cookies baking in the woodstove. Hear the school bell ring signaling the start of classes and watch as the giant cogs power up the grinder to produce flour at the grist mill. You will feel like a time traveler visiting the 1800s! The museum is open from 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday from Father’s Day to Labour Day. Lang Pioneer Village Museum also hosts a variety of special events throughout the summer and fall. From tractors and antique cars with the Father’s Day Smoke & Steam Show and Transportation Day Antique & Classic Car Show, to weddings and the harvest with Tying the Knot: Early Wedding Traditions and Applefest, there is an event for everyone! The village even comes alive in the evenings with Village by Lantern Light, Historic All Hallows’ Eve and Christmas by Candlelight. Be sure to visit the museum’s website for event dates and details: Since 1994

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ATV Associations in Cottage Country Kawartha ATV Association (KATVA) 705-328-0931,, Kawartha Lakes is a year-round outdoor playground with over 600 km of trails and exciting ATV trail riding.

PTBO Trails ATV Club, Formerly known as the Havelock & District ATV Club, the Peterborough County Trails ATV Club welcomes riders of all skills levels – from brand new to experienced riders of both ATV’s and Side by Sides. Our guided rides feature comfortable speeds, frequent stops, and beautiful destinations within Peterborough County. Singles, couples, men or women, young and old…we promote safety and comraderie to ensure everyone can enjoy recreational riding.

Haliburton ATV Association (HATVA) (705) 457-8780 , Over 1700km of HATVA Ontario ATV trails; Covering Haliburton, Kawartha, Madawaska, Peterborough & Muskoka regions.

Northumberland District ATV Riders Club (NDATV) Northumberland District ATV Riders Club is an ATV club in Northumberland County, with over 330 kilometers of trails to enjoy. Presently, the club has over 300 members and is growing strong. Come explore and be part of the club.


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Garden Tour Over ten years ago several local garden business owners got together to discuss a marketing idea - working together to promote gardening in our community and, in turn, each other’s business. Working together seemed a logical collaboration as it is well known that garden lovers travel for the “best of the best” plant species, varieties and décor. As a result, the Peterborough and Area Garden Route was born. Garden Route is a self guided driving tour which highlights some of the best garden centres and garden gift shops in the local area. It includes gardens centres that grow many of their own plants like Greenhouse-on-the-River and Griffin’s Greenhouses near Lakefield, Gardens Plus in Donwood, Anna’s Perennials near Bobcaygeon and Keene-on-Gardens near Keene. Newly added to the Garden Route driving tour is Rocky Meadows Lavender near Indian River. All are rural locations and definitely worth a drive; while Greenhouse-on-the-River, Keene-on-Gardens and Griffin’s Greenhouses offer a good mix of annuals and perennials, Anna’s Perennials and Gardens Plus specialize in low maintenance perennials specifically and Rocky Mountain Lavender is a local specialist on lavender varieties that grow well in our area. At some locations Display Gardens are offered which provide a pleasant walk to stretch your legs, admire beauty and get planting ideas. While driving the route, you can head from rural areas to the village of Bridgenorth and browse the wide selection of garden décor at Garden Style and then drive into Peterborough for more décor choices at The Avant Garden Shop on Sherbrooke Street. Both garden boutiques offer unique gifts and decor, often focussing on Canadian-made goods. If the houseplant craze has gotten hold of you, two new businesses added to the Peterborough and Area Garden Route will be your first stop on the tour: Plant Goals, a young and funky specialty houseplant shop on Water Street in Peterborough and Burley’s Garden on Television Road, just east of the city. Burley’s specializes in unique houseplants and also offers seasonal outdoor garden product too. Garden Route is a free, self guided tour available whenever participating businesses are open. Check the Garden Route website or individual websites for opening hours; some businesses are strictly seasonal, some are year-round. Since 1994

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Celebrating 13 years Celebrating its 13th year in business in Fenelon Falls is Grr8 Finds Markets, truly a gem in the crown of the village’s downtown. What began as an indoor vendors’ market has flourished and expanded, figuratively and literally – originally opening their doors at 27 Colborne Street, owner Randy Meredith soon added space next door at 29 Colborne Street – and the rest, they say, is history.

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Grr8 Finds is now so much more than “just” a vendors’ market – its eclectic mix of upcycled, recycled, antique, retro and modern has earned acclaim, having been voted Best Antique Shop in Kawartha Lakes six times, and garnering appearances on HGTV’s “Scott’s Vacation House Rules” and CBC’s “Still Standing”. It features a large selection of candles made in Fenelon Falls and is proud to support local artists and artisans. The mystic section has expanded to include tarot cards, incense, books, stones and crystals. And don’t forget Andrew’s Candy Shop, which offers all your childhood favourite sweet treats. Home to Kawartha Lakes Pride, Randy is happy to offer a safe, inclusive space for anyone, particularly youth, who need support. Grr8 Finds is famous for its award-winning and ever-changing window displays. Both stores underwent a complete revamp over the winter to enhance both the vendor and customer experience. Follow Grr8 Finds on social media to see Randy’s famous Wacky Wednesday outfits – and be sure to check out the Facebook online auctions every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. Open 10am to 5pm daily, and with over 50 vendors and 2,000 consignees, you can be sure to find exactly what you didn’t know you needed at Grr8 Finds Markets. Grr8 Finds Markets, 705-887-4778 27 & 29 Colborne St., Fenelon Falls FB @grr8findsmarket IG @grr8findsmarkets1

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the Camel Meet Gobi, resident of Riverview Park and Zoo! Gobi the Camel has two humps. Did you know there are 3 different species of camel in the world, including the Bactrian (domestic), wild Bactrian and Dromedary. Bactrian camels have 2 humps like the letter “B”. Bactrian camels are migratory animals that live in habitats that vary from cold mountains to dry deserts. They adapt with a thick layer of insulating fur that is shed in the spring. The Bactrian camel has two toes on its large flat-bottomed feet which can spread widely to help the camel walk on desert sand. Camels can go without water for several weeks but when they find water, they can drink up to 57 litres at once. Whoa! Each of the Bactrian camel’s humps weigh approximately 33 kilograms (73 pounds). Fat tissue in the humps can be metabolized as a source of energy which can allow the camel to survive for about two weeks without water and one month without food.

Local Humane Societies Lakefield Animal Welfare Society

2887 Lakefield Rd., Lakefield • 705-652-0588

Humane Society Of Kawartha Lakes

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Animal Rescue Krew (ARK)

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

Peterborough Humane Society

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

Home Again Bancroft

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The slender nostrils of the Bactrian camel can be sealed and it has long eyelashes that help to keep penetrating sand out during harsh desert sandstorms. Less than 1000 wild Bactrian camels exist in the world, in China and Mongolia. The Bactrian camels are part of our Species Survival Plan here at the park and zoo. Visit us or our website to learn more:


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Learning Recall Command We've all seen those "lost dog" posts on social media, and we share them to our feeds in the hopes of the family being reunited with their pet. We feel bad for the owners, but if the dog comes back every time it's called, they are less likely to become lost. Dogs can (and do!) travel for hundreds of kilometres, thereby leaving them totally alone once they have decided to head for home. Some dogs can find their own way home, but many don't ever return home. Whether you are a first-time dog owner or you have a lot of experience, training your dog is essential. One of the most important aspects of dog training is recall; teaching your dog to come when called. In my opinion, this is an essential skill whether you ever need to call your dog in an emergency, or if you just need them to come in from the backyard. Training your dog to come when called is one of the most important aspects of any successful dog training program. Training your dog to come when called can potentially save its life if it is ever needed to respond in a dangerous situation. You may be thinking "well, I never let my dog run free so I don't have to worry." Not true! For starters, coming when called will help you regain control of the dog in case of collar break, snapped leash or other similar equipment failure. This is particularly important when you are out with your dog, especially in an area with lots of traffic. It is vital Since 1994

that the dog respond to your voice and return to your side, even in the absence of collar and leash, and even if there are lots of other things competing for its attention. This is why I say that the recall command is the most important command you will ever teach your dog. To teach your dog to come when called, whether to their name or the command, you will want to start with a stationary command first, such as sit-stay. The way I teach this with clients' dogs is to use the "sit" command as "stay." Meaning, your dog should not get up when you tell them to "sit" until you tell them to come. Start off in a space with minimal distractions like your backyard. Have your dog on a loose leash, tell your dog to sit and then slowly turn and walk away. If your dog begins to get up and follow you, return your dog to the spot where you told them to sit and tell him to sit again. Continue this process until you can reach the end of the leash without the dog getting up.

here.” You can also use their name. Is often helpful to use food or treats when teaching this behaviour. The reward provides a visible item for the dog to focus on. Teaching the dog to come for the food is a good first step in training the dog to come when called. Repeat this procedure many times until the dog will consistently stay and then come when called. After the dog has mastered coming when called while attached to the leash, slowly start introducing the concept when the leash is removed. As before, these training sessions should only take place in a controlled, safe environment, such as a fenced in front or back yard. Introduce distractions slowly, starting in your yard them moving to other areas with more distractions once your dog masters the command in the area where you were working in.

Practice often, and increase distance slowly, using a longer leash as necessary. After you can successfully reach the end of the leash on a consistent basis, try dropping the leash altogether. When your dog has mastered the stay command, it is time to add the comewhen-called command.

Practice often, and introduce distractions and increased distance slowly as your dog learns, and most of all, have fun! A bored dog will not be receptive to learning, just as a bored human will not be a good teacher. It is important, therefore, to always incorporate fun things and play into training, and ending each session with a few minutes of free play time is a great way to end on a positive note and to help the dog associate obedience training with fun and not drudgery.

Take up the leash again, and with the dog on the end of the leash, say “come” or “come

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Make Your Windows Bird Safe As we celebrate spring and the return of migrating birds, please help our birds this season by making your windows birdsafe. Birds and windows do not mix; they cannot see the glass. Unfortunately for birds, most window collisions are usually fatal. They might see the reflection, they might see indoor plant foliage that they try to land on, or they might be able to see through the windows and think they can fly through a tunnel. Even if the bird “recovers” and flies away, current studies show us that the bird will likely succumb to internal bleeding within a day or so. Bird bones are hollow, and the skull is not adapted to take concussive force. Window collisions can happen during the day or night! This Indigo Bunting


was brought into Kawartha Wildlife Centre after striking a window in the late evening. Indigo Buntings are a small member of the cardinal family, with a migratory range from Southern Ontario to Florida. They use the stars to navigate and often migrate by night, which makes them highly vulnerable to light pollution; this throws them off course by drawing them into cities with lots of lighted windows and glass. In their confusion and distress, they often collide with these lighted windows. We can help keep wild birds safer by

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treating windows on the outside surface to break up the reflection and make them visible to our feathered friends. You don’t need an expensive investment; something as simple as treating windows with a bar of dry soap on the outside, or even drawing on some designs using window writers. These are not permanent solutions and can be removed if you are renting or don’t experience collisions during other seasons. 705-292-9211

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Winter Has Lasted Longer Than Usual A world without hate - when we spend time with a horse that perfect world is within reach. The old year is gone, a new one has arrived and we are excited to begin planning the next steps in 2022– shaking off the dust and despair all around, as we forge ahead making plans to enjoy quality time with the horses. How do we do that? Well, we decided to organize a clinic. Many wonder, “What is a clinic?”, especially when we are discussing horses - not health care? In horse terms, there are riding instructors, horse trainers and horsemanship clinicians with the main difference being clinicians usually have a higher level of expertise, and normally travel from outside the area. Riding instructors teach beginners or coach riders heading to the Olympics, horse trainers work with the horses in various disciplines but clinicians work with people and their horses on a one-time basis. Although our clinician, Jason Irwin, does travel across the U.S. and Canada to promote his horsemanship, he resides right here in Ontario. Another unique part of horsemanship clinics is that auditors or spectators who pay in advance are welcome to come and observe the clinician as he works with the horse and rider. If you are interested in attending as a spectator, give us a call!

Excerpt from ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will be as one Submitted by Janice Ecclestone, Inukshuk Farm

Jason and Bronwyn Irwin are the stars of the new TV show “The Horse Trainers’ on RF-TV Canada and the Cowboy Channel Canada. Their program offers insight into training techniques and problem solving and we are excited to have secured a booking with them! Inukshuk Farm & Equestrian hosts a weekend Horsemanship/ Problem Solving Clinic on July 23-24, 2022. All participant spaces have been pre-booked which is indicative of how horse activities are in demand. We look forward to meeting new horse lovers and their horses as they arrive at our farm for this July weekend event. And then there is the South Algonquin horse camping trip coming up in August. Maybe, when it is all said and done, we can ‘imagine’ that perfect world, which has been made easier to ‘imagine’, after spending time with our horses. Since 1994

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Musical Bottles This activity is fun for kids and grownups. At our house, we’ll lay out a mixture of mason jars and tall-neck bottles across the table and fill them with different colours of water. It’s an easy activity that can be left out for anyone to play as they walk by. You’ll Need: A variety of glass bottles A wire dish scrubby A sink of hot soapy water 2 pencils with erasers on the ends Water Various craft supplies to embellish Optional: Food Colouring 1) Gather up an array of glass bottles. I chose ones different in colour because I knew they’d be so pretty in the sun. Pop them into a sink with hot soapy water to wash out the insides and to soak the labels off. 2) Use the scrubby to remove the labels from the outside. If you have any foil labels, you may need a spoon to scratch them off. 3) Dry your bottles on the outside


4) Fill them up with various levels of water. The higher you fill them, the more the sound changes. Make sure they’re all different. Add colour if your bottles are clear. 5) Arrange them in a beautiful pattern on a flat, sturdy surface. 6) Now you can add your decor. Consider using beads on a string to give your bottle a necklace, or use a paper collar around the bottles neck. Feathers, buttons, bows, or even paper cut outs will make your project more beautiful. 7) It’s time to experiment with sound. Use the eraser end of your pencils as the drumsticks, and listen to the sound that each bottle makes. 8) You can add water to some bottles and take some away from others to change the note you hear. Did you know… *An octatonic scale is a collection of 8 notes. Try using 8 bottles to make your own scale! *The musical sound you hear when you hit your bottle is actually a vibration. The sound waves travel to your eardrum or your tympanic membrane causing it to vibrate.






*Only 28% of the glass bottles in Canada are recycled each year. When you’re finished with your music-making, remember to recycle your bottles. Jacquelyn Toupin lives with her family in a heritage farmhouse that has been in her family for several generations. You can follow on Instagram @raisinghay

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Your Better Sense of Nature 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 18th, 2022. Nature is calling… Our environment is a delightfully textured tapestry of sound, sight, taste, feel and smell. And spring is a wonderful time to activate our senses so that we can feel more connected to the rebirth and renewal that this season brings. Each of our senses is a remarkable evolutionary achievement. Take our hearing for example. Our small protruding ears help us to pick up a range of sound vibrations. We have hearing that is sensitive enough to detect wind gently moving through grasses and bold enough to deal with loud and raucous honking of Canada Geese winging their way north. We can hear sounds from many locations simultaneously – one could say that we hear in three dimensions, in complete surround sound.

to identifying the type of tree by listening to the quality of the sound wind makes as it moves through the treetops. A white pine whooshes, a maple and oak chatter, Quaking Aspens shiver and bushes whisper. Can you become a psithurist – a connoisseur of tree songs? • The bright and urgent song a Red-winged Blackbird – sounds like “Konk-er-me” To hear what this sounds like to go: • The cheerful sound of the American Robin which sounds like “Cheer-a-lee, cheer up, cheer-a-lee.” To hear what this sounds like go to: Submitted by Jacob Rodenburg,Executive Director of Camp Kawartha, an award-winningoutdoor education centre and summer camp.

And spring is a marvelous time to tune into an awakening world. Deer Ears Here is how you too can turn your ears into deer ears. • Press your fingers together and cup your hands. Place them directly behind your ears and push forward. You can amplify your hearing by as much as 10 times by using this technique • Now find a quiet spot. Close your eyes and listen to the natural sounds around you. Perhaps it is the swish of grass, the gurgle of water, the gentle murmur of tree leaves or the creaking of branches. How many natural sounds can you hear? Try this Nature Sound Scavenger Hunt: • The short bursts of trilling by Chorus Frogs. To hear what they sound like go to • The 3 toned springtime song of the Black-capped Chickadee – sounds like “Hey Sweetie” (to hear what this sounds like, go to: • Listen for Tree Songs – Here is a wonderful word for you to use during your next game of Scrabble: psithurism, meaning the whispering of wind as it blows the trees and rustles leaves. Some people can close Since 1994

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Spring Cleaning Your Portfolio Pyle Group Spring has arrived and with it comes a sense of renewal and new beginnings. The sounds of animals in your backyard fill the air as they build homes and create families. After two years in this pandemic and watching developments on the other side of the world, I believe this spring is even more important and gives us all something for which to be thankful.

as central banks promise higher rates to bring inflation down from multi-decade highs. Typically, we think of the bond market as being a counterbalance to stocks – providing support in bad economic times, though losing value when things are booming. That is one of the key reasons most investors maintain a balanced portfolio.

At this time of year, some things never change, whether that’s preparing our homes, gardens and lakefronts, or reviewing our finances. The spring cleanup also applies to our investment portfolios. While some pay close to attention to their accounts every month (or day), it is easy to lose sight of the details as other chores fill our agenda.

When bonds and stocks head lower, however, this can create anxiety and frustration for investors. Given the movements in both markets, it is possible that your portfolio has deviated from its desired asset allocation. At the same time, economists are changing their forecasts for future growth in the face of rising rates and the uncertainty generated by the Ukraine war. There are now better opportunities in lower risk assets like bonds; at the same time, there are challenges to stocks. Consider taking time today from the yard work to talk to an advisor about your portfolio. This time investment may provide you with a calmer summer.

We have been through a very volatile first four months of the year—not only in the stock market. Government and corporate bonds have experienced one of their worst corrections on record

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Welcome, Allyssa! LINDSAY & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce has named their new Executive Director. Hailing from Little Britain, Allyssa Adams brings a wealth of event planning, customer service and sales experience to the role of Executive Director. Allyssa is excited to speak to LDCC members and non-members alike to blaze a new path dedicated to the needs of local businesses and not-for-profits. After two years of unpredictability, the LDCC is ready to respond to the pandemic with programs and services which will aid in the economic recovery of our district. Visit for our engagement survey, “What can the LDCC do for you?”, as well as more details on our Annual Golf Tournament. In Lindsay this summer? Concerts in the Park is back and happening every Sunday (2pm-4pm) and Wednesday (7pm-9pm) at Victoria Park in Lindsay, in partnership with the City of Kawartha Lakes, Lindsay Dodge-Chrysler and I Pinky Swear. Allyssa wants to talk to you! You can reach her at or 705-324-2393.


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With the weather warming, sunnier days ahead, and the promise of the end of two years of isolation, many are ready to ‘get out of Dodge’ and escape for our next vacation. Ditch the crowded airports, avoid the towering gas prices and consider an escape closer to home. The rest of the province looks to the Kawarthas as a wonderful tourist destination; why not you too?

The Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce invites you to Explore, Shop, Dine and Play in Bobcaygeon, where we welcome our permanent and seasonal residents, as well as short-term stay visitors with open arms! You will experience the beautiful, scenic lands and waters of Bobcaygeon located just 90 minutes northeast of the Greater Toronto area, situated across three islands, and nestled in between Sturgeon and Pigeon lakes. There is so much for you to experience – and it doesn’t matter if you visit us by car, bus, bicycle, motorcycle, boat, or in a group of muddy jeeps - you will enjoy all that Bobcaygeon and area has to offer you.

Are you an outdoor enthusiast, craft beer connoisseur, Farmer & Artisan Market lover? Look no further than charming HavelockBelmont-Methuen (HBM) Township, located 30 minutes east of Peterborough! Walk or bike the scenic forests and wetlands of Mathison Conservation Area and trail networks of Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance. Come and swim, float, boat, or fish our many scenic lakes and rivers. You can slow it down and sip a locally crafted brew overlooking picturesque Belmont Lake. Perhaps savour fresh produce at the Havelock Farmer & Artisan Market - Fridays 1 – 7 pm - and shop for unique, one-of-a-kind crafts. Enjoy an exceptional burger or pizza at a fun 50’s styled diner, or savour a fresh hand-crafted pastry, cappuccino or espresso at our local European style bakery and enjoy their incredible art gallery wall featuring local artisans. The Havelock Chamber of Commerce is proud to promote local tourism and provide visitor information services at the Havelock Visitor Centre during July and August, 7 days a week from 9 am - 5 pm. The Visitor Centre is located in the centre of Havelock along Hwy #7 and is fully merchandised with tourismbased brochures, flyers, post cards, maps, and travel itineraries. This summer we will have an automated Tourism & Travel kiosk within the Visitor Centre so local and regional Stay, Play, Shop, Dine and Services information will be right at your fingertips. Of course, our Tourism Ambassadors are there to ensure your Havelock-Belmont-Methuen experience is exceptional! 705-778-2182 Since 1994

With the temporary Ontario Staycation Tax Credit for 2022 being offered, there is no better time to explore your own backyard this year. Any resident in Ontario can claim 20% of their holiday expenses (hotel, cottage or campsite, for example) on their tax returns next year. This includes expenses up to, “$1,000 as an individual or $2,000 if you have a spouse, common-law partner or eligible children, to get back up to $200 as an individual or $400 as a family” – Government of Ontario website. This is an opportunity to explore this beautiful landscape in which we work and live. Our local businesses also count on us to support them after these past years of financial strain. Our hospitality sector was hit harder than most. This is a chance for us to support the businesses that help make our Peterborough and Kawarthas the wonderful place that it is. For all your local destination ideas, visit Peterborough and the Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce 705-748-9771

While visiting Bobcaygeon, you will feel the fresh summer breezes off the waters; hear the laughter of people having fun, perhaps see a fisherman reeling in walleye or bass, or watch boaters enjoying themselves atop a luxury cruiser or houseboat. Be sure to stop into our unique shops, enjoy cool refreshments on our sunny patios and in our friendly pubs, and savour the delicious food of our restaurants, and don’t forget to stop for Kawartha Dairy ice cream, you’ll thank us later! Walk to nearby Boyd Museum or to Lock 32 of the Trent-Severn Waterway, and step over to the Bike Share – we’re a Trail Town and cycle friendly – so you can take in our painted paddle art, spectacular hanging flower baskets that line the streets, and view the gardens of Market Square. Not sure what to do first? Visit the Bobcaygeon Chamber staffed VISITOR CENTRE at 21 Canal St East in Bobcaygeon where our Tourism Ambassadors will provide information and help you to create lasting memories. In the meantime, check out or, or contact us at 705-738-2202.

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