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Cottage Country's FREE Multi Award Winning Cottage Lifestyle Magazine! FREE - Thank Our Advertisers! SPRING INTO SUMMER 2024 ottage Country LIFESTYLE Cottage Country IN PRINT, ONLINE & ON SOCIAL Since 1994 HOME & COTTAGE • EVENTS • DESIGN • LAKES • RECIPES • DIY • KIDS CORNER • PETS & VETS • DAYTRIPPING Providing Expert Service for 48 Years R& J MACHINE ON THE WATER KAWARTHA MOOSE SUMMER - INSPIRED DESIGN

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Sanders, Emily Ireland, Jacob Rodenburg, Don Willcock, Birchview Designs, Craig Nicholson, Rick Whitteker, Mike Fitzgerald & Carolyn Reynolds Volume 31 • Number 3 705-313-2245 • Published 6 times a year by Cottage Country Lifestyle Magazine Inc., 705-313-2245, PO Box 8, Buckhorn ON K0L 1J0. Distributed by Canada Post Publications Mail (to Cottages, Homes & Businesses) and distributed to over 100 drop locations. Also promoted and viewed Online. In Print, Online and on Social. Copyright 1994-2024. All rights reserved. On the Cover R&J Machine Providing Expert Service for 48 Years Pg 8 R&J Machine
Pg 17 PKHBA Pg 28 On The Water Pg 37 Recipes
CONTENTS May/June 2024
Pg 40 Kawartha Moose
Home & Cottage 08 Providing Expert Service for 48 Years - R&J Machine 11 Embracing Dock Life: A Cottage Adventure 12 Summer-Inspired Design - Birchview Designs 17 Top 10 Homebuyers Preferences 18 Outdoor Survival Guide: 5 Must-Haves 23 Harmful Algal Blooms 24 Those Were the Days - Russ Sanders 25 Passport to Nature 27 "Make Em Bite" with Prowater Baits 28 Get Legal On The Water 30 Keeping Your Home Organized 33 Spring Opening 34 Ride in Comfort with Kawasaki 37 Cottage Memories - Water Awareness Recipes 39 Weekend at the Cottage Get Outdoors 40 Kawartha Moose 42 Embrace the Mess! Daytripping 45 Welcome to Cottage Country 46 Families Riding Dirt Bikes Together 49 Tweed & Company Theatre 51 Lang Pioneer Village 53 Weekend Bonfire 54 54th Ontario Open Fiddle & Step Dance Contest 55 100 Years of Military Flying 57 Step into The Past - Kawartha Settlers' Village Pets & Vets
Sun Conure - Riverview Park and Zoo 61 Samara 10 Years Later - Inukshuk Farm Kids Corner
Kids Korner with Kenz - Playdough 59 Those Glowing Eyes - The Story of Eye Shine
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Welcome to the Spring Into Summer Issue

“Spring is far more than just the changing of the seasons; it’s a rebirth of the spirit.”

April showers bring May flowers - or, in the case of this year - March Showers brought April flowers! May is the greening month, while beautiful early season blooms peak through the earth, the world is greening. Trees are unfurling new bright leaves, and fields and grass are growing skyward. It truly is a season of newness. And from May to June, we shift again - from what feels like a cool breeze on a spring day to excited children, ready to break free of school and adventure through the summer heat. This May/June issue of the magazine is the ‘jump’ issue, the transition of Spring into Summer, and we have a lot of thoughts on what this season brings to the table here in Cottage Country.

Welcome to the Spring into Summer issue of the magazine, in this issue we gear you up for all things coming into summer. Hitting the lake and opening the cottage is always a thrill when you are dreaming of glimmering days on the water. In this issue we have R&J Machine on the cover and celebrating 48 years of being family owned, we also have the return of some of our summer-type favourites like Cottage Living with Dani, we also have interesting reads about the growing Moose population; the day tripping feature comes back with this issue as well, which means we like to highlight some of our favourite local tourist type events and adventures.

Rick Whitteker talks about the beautiful mess of forests, and favourite Jacob Rodenburg tells us interesting facts about ‘glowing’ animal eyes. We have recipes from Weekend at the Cottage and a play dough recipe for those busy kid hands! Thinking of purchasing a new home? PKHBA has tips on the Top 10 must-haves when looking for a home. Don’t forget environmental topics like Algal Blooms and The Passport Program from Love Your Lake and Kawartha Land and Trust - all in these pages for your enjoyment.

With summer comes a deep breath of restfulness. We all slow down a little and embrace the gratitude of the warmth, and the adventure that summer brings with it. Remember to let yourself rest; “Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”

Do you have suggestions on something you would like to see featured in Cottage Country Lifestyle Magazine? We want to hear from you! Send a message on social media or email Emily at

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R&J Machine Providing Expert Service for 48 Years

R&J Machine have been in the business of building waterfront dreams for over 48 years!

Family owned and operated since 1976 the team at R&J Machine is known for being an industry leader in manufacturing quality docks, boat lifts and marine railway systems. They also look after the fabrication of boathouse structures, permanent docks, and commercial marina systems.

Every year we see the demand for waterfront storage changing – boat trends change, and families grow - from small bowriders and wakeboard boats to leisure and sport pontoon boatsmeaning lift designs are also constantly changing. R&J Machine make it their business to keep up with ever changing trends, and they can help you curate the perfect fit for your waterfront.

With all of their products manufactured in-house at their facility in Lakefield, Ontario, R&J Machine installs systems all over Ontario, and often ships docking systems internationally.

The team at RJ is full-service, their crews install the products

they manufacture. Installing and maintaining their own products mean they have better control over the finished product. Their experience, equipment and hands-on service is integral to helping you design and install a system that will protect your boats from the harsh elements and provide a gathering place for family and friends.

RJ makes and installs pipe and floating dock systems, lift docks which can be cranked up for winter storage and marine railway systems to bring your boat up on land - which can be used for a year round storage solution. They also build boathouse structures and permanent docks on steel piles, as well as steel cottage foundations, with drilled piles for rocky landscape applications and modernized cottage designs.

R&J Machine is an ongoing supporter of many initiatives in their community, and are the proud suppliers of the docking system and boardwalk for the NEW Canadian Canoe Museum. They are also the business behind the accessible kayak and canoe docking system for Selwyn Township. Both of these exciting projects will come to fruition this summer of 2024!

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Stop by and check out the R&J Machine indoor/outdoor showroom at 1601 Eighth line, which showcases the products they manufacture. You can also shop a full line of dock accessory items including bumpers, cleats, solar lights, flags and flagpoles and even DIY dock hardware and floats.

R&J Machine

1601- 8th Line of Selwyn Township, Lakefield  705-652-6731

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Authorized dealer for: Wave Armour Floating Boat Ports, Weeders Digest, Kasco De-Icers, & Dock Edge products
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Embracing Dock Life: A Cottage Adventure

Ah, dock life – there's nothing quite like it! As someone who has spent countless summers at the lake, I can attest to the magic and wonder that comes with embracing this laid-back lifestyle.There is nothing else that compares to waking up to the gentle lapping of waves against the shore, the sun peeking through the trees, and the promise of a day filled with adventure and relaxation. That's dock life in a nutshell, and let me tell you, it's absolutely amazing.

One of the greatest joys of dock life is the sense of freedom it brings. Whether you're casting off in a canoe for a leisurely paddle around the lake or setting out on a fishing expedition in search of the day's catch, there's a sense of liberation that comes with being out on the water. It's a chance to leave behind the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with nature in its purest form.

Dock life isn't just about outdoor adventures – it's also about the simple pleasures of lake living. There's something incredibly soothing about lounging on the dock with a good book in hand, the sun warming your skin and a gentle breeze ruffling the pages. Let's not forget about those lazy afternoons spent dozing in a hammock, the rhythmic sway lulling you into a state of utter relaxation.

Of course, dock life wouldn't be complete without the laughter of family and friends sitting nearby. There's a special bond that forms when you're all gathered around the campfire, sharing stories and memories late into the night. From impromptu BBQs to spirited games of cards, the cottage dock is the perfect backdrop for creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Perhaps the best part of dock life is the sense of community it fosters. Whether you're lending a hand to a neighbour in need or simply exchanging pleasantries with a passersby, there's a warmth that permeates the air. It's a reminder that the littlest things bring joy, a nice breeze, the sound of paddling, a friendly wave from a kayaker, a love of the great outdoors and a connection with those who enjoy it.

Here's to dock life – to early morning swims, lazy days in canoes and to the timeless beauty of cottage living. May we never take for granted the magic and wonder that awaits us at the water's edge.

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The Ultimate Oasis: Summer-Inspired Design

Birchview Design

As the sun reaches its longest days and the world outside comes alive with vibrant hues and the soothing hum of nature, Canadians can’t help but feel totally immersed in the excitement of our short (but oh-so-sweet!) summer. At this time of the year, our focus shifts towards creating spaces that reflect the warmth, energy, and relaxation synonymous with the season. With summer serving as our muse, and our Arbutus Remodel (in all its’ green glory!) as our guide, we invite you on a journey to infuse the plans for your next renovation or build with the spirit of summertime.

A Palette of Possibilities

Where we are (lucky enough to live in cottage country!), summer is a season of vibrant colour. At BDI, we love to embrace these rich hues and allow them to serve as inspiration for design finishes; whether it be in paint colours, flooring selections, textiles, or décor. If you love the idea of going bold (which is having a big moment right now!), why not choose a statement piece like your millwork to really show some personality (these cabinets are a custom blend of Sherwin Williams "Pewter Green" and "Ripe Olive”). If you don’t want to colour drench the full room, we suggest pairing your colour choice with a crisp, yet soft white paint in order to ensure that you avoid any colour-reflections or muddiness in the space (we love Sherwin Williams “High Reflective White” for an option with no undertones). By harnessing the power of colour, you can create a space that inspires the sense of joy and vitality that summer brings us.

Embracing Light

Summer brings with it an abundance of natural light, and we encourage you to harness this precious resource to its fullest potential when considering your layout. Strategic window and door placements invite the outdoors in, blurring the lines between inside and outside, and fostering a greater connection with nature. When considering artificial light selections and placement, try to aim for every room to have 3 light sources: accent (highlighting a specific object or feature; creating interest and drama), ambient (found in the form of natural windows, doors or larger-scale light fixtures), and task (designed to assist in performing specific tasks like cooking or reading). Opt for fixtures on dimmable switches and ensure all your light bulbs are the same “colour temperature”. The coolness/warmth will change based on the number of Kelvin a light bulb has. Too cool and

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it can cast a blue hue on everything, too warm and everything looks yellow. Our favourite here at BDI for that perfect neutral glow is 3000 Kelvin.

Bringing the Physical Outdoors, In

Okay, okay, we know you’ve heard this one before, but summer truly is a celebration of nature's bounty, and what better way to honour it than by seamlessly blending the boundaries between indoor and outdoor living? Look to incorporate elements that evoke the beauty of the natural world, such as fresh foliage, sprigs or stones. If you are looking for something you don’t need to replenish, dried flowers or branches provide organic interest but are much lower maintenance than fresh. And, if foraging isn’t your thing, take a moment to enjoy popping by your local Farmer’s Market’s to see the selection that many of our hard-working farmers & artisans have (and equally enjoy supporting local!).

Birchview Design Inc. is an award-winning interior design team serving clientele in the Kawartha Lakes, GTA, and beyond. As a full-service studio, the firm offers an all-inclusive, simplified experience with elevated design expertise. / @birchviewdesign

Contractor Partner: Glenwood Construction Ltd. @ glenwoodconstructionltd / Photography: Ashley Adams @flashadams

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TOP Homebuyers Preferences

In the intricate dance of home buying, certain features stand out as prime considerations for prospective homeowners. These top 10 elements not only enhance comfort and convenience but also contribute to the overall value and appeal of a new home. These trends in new home construction meet the needs and desires of homeowners by incorporating sought-after features like walk-in closets, energy-efficient appliances, and open-concept kitchens.

Walk-In Closets (Primary Suite): The allure of ample storage space cannot be overstated. A walk-in closet in the primary suite provides the luxury of organization, making it a highly sought-after feature.

Kitchen Island: The heart of the home, the kitchen, is often the focal point for gatherings and culinary adventures. A kitchen island not only adds functionality and extra workspace but also elevates the aesthetic appeal of the space.

Energy-Efficient Appliances: In an age where sustainability is paramount, energy-efficient appliances are a major draw for homebuyers. Not only do they reduce utility bills, but they also demonstrate a commitment to eco-conscious living.

Overall Energy-Efficient Home: Beyond appliances, homebuyers increasingly prioritize energy efficiency in the construction and design of the entire home. From insulation to HVAC systems, energy-efficient features promise long-term savings and environmental benefits.

High-Efficiency Windows: Natural light is a coveted asset in any home. High-efficiency windows not only flood the interior with light but also enhance insulation, improving comfort and reducing energy costs.

Walk-In Closets: Additional walk-in closets throughout the home provide essential storage solutions for clothes, linens, and other household items, ensuring tidiness and organization in every room.

2 Car Garage: Practicality meets convenience with a 2 car garage. Offering shelter for vehicles and additional storage space, it's a feature that appeals to homeowners seeking functionality and security.

HRV/ERV Air Exchange System: Indoor air quality is a crucial consideration for health-conscious buyers. An HRV/ERV air exchange system ensures optimal ventilation, filtering out pollutants and allergens for a healthier living environment.

Linen Closets: Keeping towels, bedding, and other linens neatly organized is made easy with dedicated linen closets. This feature adds a touch of luxury and practicality to any home.

Open-Concept Kitchen: Flowing seamlessly into the living and dining areas, an open-concept kitchen fosters connectivity and social interaction. It's a modern layout that appeals to buyers seeking a sense of spaciousness and communal living.

In the competitive realm of real estate, homes equipped with these top 10 features often command attention and admiration from discerning homebuyers, promising a harmonious blend of comfort, functionality, and style.

To check out these features in new homes across Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes go to or check out our award winning builders at

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Outdoor Survival Guide: 5 Must-Haves for Your Yard, Patio or Balcony

Between Labour Day and Victoria Day, Canadians dream about their return into the great outdoors. From tried, tested and true essentials to trendy new finds, here are my six must-haves to make the most of your backyard, patio or balcony this year – and for many more to come.

Functional Floorplan

Space-planning isn’t just for your interiors. In fact, an empty backyard can begin to take shape much like an open-concept home does. Identify your functional goals for the space: cooking, dining, relaxing or socializing. Then, consider the organic flow from one area to the next, and how they all relate to one another and the home itself. For example, it makes sense to position the cooking and dining area near the home, with easy access to the main kitchen for food prep and serving. Entertaining can take place a little further out, to create a buffer between indoor and outdoor activities. For the R&R zone, consider privacy and a location that is removed from the hub of all the action.

A Great View

Not every outdoor area is graced with breathtaking panoramas of sea, city or countryside, but each has at least one natural attribute that could and should be celebrated. As you plan your layout, take stock of what your outdoors has to offer – the privacy of lush landscaping, sun-drenched mornings or sultry sunsets. Then, strategically organize your zones to maximize those characteristics.

Aesthetic Inspiration

Perhaps the biggest mistake people make when outfitting their outdoors, is not giving this living area the enough attention. I remind clients to treat it as an extension of the indoors, taking queues from your interior colour palette, material selections and textures. Remember to consider flooring, lighting, furniture and accessories. Your choices should meet your standards for style, but be brawny enough to stand strong against the elements. Materials such as wood, stone, rattan, wicker, teak and aluminum offer a timeless look and withstand UV exposure, wind, rain and fluctuating temperatures.

Trending Now: I’ve seen a budding trend toward greater versatility and interchangeability when it comes to outdoor furniture design, with individual pieces that are simple to mix and match with other collections, and easy to adapt to any floorplan. Whether you’re re-designing your outdoors, or moving to a new space, pieces like the Somos collection of modular furniture aim to encourage creative exploration in outdoor décor, flying in the face of convention and instead fostering individuality, creativity and personal style expression. See collection

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Enclosed outdoor spaces, whether designed with screens or glass, are becoming increasingly sought-after by homeowners living in areas prone to harsh weather, pollen or pesky insects, offering a harmonious blend of indoor comfort and outdoor freedom. With many of these extensions seamlessly connected to the main home, architectural endeavours now focus on enhancing the aesthetic synergy between the home and its adjacent porch.


The right lighting does more than merely illuminate pathways and dark corners –although the safety aspect of lighting is critical. Lighting also brings depth and

detail, luxury and warmth that invites you to linger long into the night, whether you’re preparing an alfresco meal, dining under the stars, or enjoying cocktails and company. Transform your outdoors into a seamless extension of the indoors, by incorporating up-lighting techniques on trees, fencing or special features that you’d like to highlight.

The great outdoors offer a plethora of benefits, serving as a sanctuary for relaxation, recreation and connection with nature. Beyond mere aesthetics, this is an extension of your living space, fostering opportunities for outdoor gatherings, leisurely activities, and moments of solitude. Make the most of it, before Labour Day rolls around again.

multi-disciplinary design firm has become known for creating interiors that are both uniquely reflective and functional. The firm provides bespoke residential design services throughout Ontario, Montreal, & North America.

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Designer Eugenia Triandos, is the Principal Designer for Montreal based Hibou Design & Co. This
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Harmful Algal Blooms

Shoreline property owners are becoming increasingly concerned about algal blooms.

What is an algal bloom?

It is the rapid uncontrolled growth of algae or algae-like bacteria in water.

What Causes Algal Blooms?

The main culprit is phosphorus. Phosphorus occurs naturally and in the appropriate amounts isn’t necessarily cause for concern, in fact it’s needed for plant and animal life. Algae also occurs naturally in lakes and is an important food source for invertebrates. When everything is in balance, no harm is done.

However, when too much phosphorus gets into our lakes, it’s time to raise our level of concern!

Add the following elements and we have the recipe for an algal bloom:

• An increase in other nutrients – primarily nitrogen

• Warm water

• Sunny days

• Still water

And of course, our activities can exacerbate the issue with:

• Leaching septic systems and effluent from sewage treatment plants

• Agriculture runoff

• Shoreline development

• Urban runoff

Cyanobacteria, more commonly known as blue-green algae, is often to blame for harmful algal blooms in freshwater systems. The right conditions cause cyanobacteria to quickly grow. Large numbers can collect at the surface of the lake. However, they don’t just appear at the surface, blooms can also occur below the surface. They are often blue-green in colour and can look like pea soup or turquoise paint forming foam, mats, scum and clumps. And they smell! Fresh blooms can smell like freshly mowed grass whereas older blooms can smell like rotting garbage.

How Long do They Last?

While algal blooms can happen throughout the year, the peak season is typically late summer and early fall. How long they last really depends on a number of factors, including wave action. Most times they are short lived and can dissipate within days or a few weeks. To be sure of water quality for the safety of your family and pets, you should contact your local health office or provincial government office that manages water.

Should We be Concerned about Algal Blooms?

Yes! Not only can an algal bloom look and smell bad, but it can also make water unsafe for recreational use. As the algae die and is decomposed by bacteria, oxygen can be removed from the water resulting in fish deaths. While not all

algal blooms are toxic, some are and can be dangerous if ingested by wildlife, livestock, pets and people.

Steps to Prevent Algal Blooms

• Check septic systems to make sure they are working properly.

• Keep livestock away from the water.

• Maintain a vegetative buffer on shoreline properties to trap and filter nutrients.

• Limit your use of fertilizers.

• Use phosphate-free products.

For more information on how you can show your lake some love, visit

Love Your Lake is a shoreline assessment program developed by the Canadian Wildlife Federation and Watersheds Canada.

Written by Terri-Lee Reid, Freshwater Researcher with the Canadian Wildlife Federation

Photo Credit: U.S. Geological Survey/photo by Jennifer L Graham

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It That Long Ago?”

Tuesday afternoon May 8, 1945, I was almost eleven years old in grade seven Marlborough Public School, classes were over and I was heading home. We lived a block and a half from school so through playing, running, walking, the occasional fight, it did not take a long time getting there. When I got into the house Dad was home early and I saw my mother and father standing in an embrace by the unlit potbellied stove in the dining room, Mom had tears in her eyes and to my surprise, so did my Dad. What was going on?

Dad leaned down, gave me a kiss on the top of my head and with a smile that curled across his lips he announced, “the war is over.”

It was a few years later as I got older that I fully understood the dates and what happened on those dates. Germany had surrendered on May 8 but the Japanese continued to fight until September 2, 1945 when the atomic bombs finally ended all hostilities. Germany’s surrendering was V-E day, Victory in Europe and Japan’s capitulation was V-J day, Victory in Japan.

My growing up so far was mostly consumed with collecting and donating paper. Weekly paper drives that amassed tons of paper piled at the local park. Metal collections and the rationing of all things from meats to nylons to car tires, all needed for the war effort. Saving pennies to buy 25 cent victory stamps. We were given half a day off school to walk to the bank and buy the stamps and how rich we felt when we had three of four stamps in our stamp book.

Warships were supplied on the Detroit River, unwanted suet and soup bones were free, spare ribs nine cents a pound and unsliced bread eight cents. We ate puffed wheat that came in large transparent bags for breakfast and French toast was a regular dessert at dinner time.

Beyond two streets behind our house and two streets in front of our house was nothing but open fields and bush used for military maneuvers. Tanks, trucks and armed soldiers roared across the fields as parachutes floated from the sky but, as early as 1944, at least five hundred war time houses seemed to appear over night filling every surrounding space.

Three uncles were in uniform. Dad’s brother was wounded in the leg in Italy but two other uncles never left Canada. I heard my Dad say many times that he missed the biggest historical event that ever happened in his lifetime. Dad tried to enlist but they said with all his kids, he was needed more at home. We thanked God for the positive answer to our prayers.

The war was over but frankly, I saw no difference one way or the other, my life included the Great Depression and then six years of war, that was the only life I knew. The most important changes to me were the horrible sirens finally stopped, John Wayne won the war. Hopalong Cassidy was our cowboy hero and Flash Gordon focussed our eyes on the future, that was about all we needed to know.

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Kawartha Land Trust’s Popular Passport to Nature Returns for Second Year

KLT’s Passport to Nature program offers free, guided nature adventures all year long.

Get out and explore the Kawarthas with Kawartha Land Trust’s (KLT) 2024-2025 Passport to Nature program!

This project, now entering its second year, is a series of free, guided events, and nature activities available for all to experience. KLT’s Passport to Nature events are ideal if you’re looking for outdoor activities for your family, friends, or guests visiting you this summer and throughout the year.

From nature walks to learn about local turtles, writing poetry in nature, collecting tallgrass and wildflower seeds from one of Ontario’s rarest ecosystems, and much more, KLT’s Passport to Nature program has something for everyone. Many of the events take place on properties protected by Kawartha Land Trust — it’s a chance to see and appreciate even more of the land you love.

“The success of our first Passport to Nature program last year was truly inspiring and we knew we had tapped into people’s interests in getting out into nature and exploring what’s right outside their doors,” said Anna Lee, KLT Director of People and Operations.

“Kawartha Land Trust is dedicated to protecting the natural and working lands of the Kawarthas and our Passport to Nature program is a great way to offer our communities opportunities to learn more about the natural world from local experts.”

The Passport to Nature program was developed and curated by KLT volunteers passionate about connecting people to nature. We offer our thanks to all of the volunteers who make these events possible.

KLT’s Passport to Nature guides are available widely throughout the Kawarthas. You can learn more about Kawartha Land Trust, access a digital version of our Passport to Nature guide, and register for our free events at kawarthalandtrust. org. See you outside!

Submitted by: Susan Scott, KLT Volunteer

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Volunteers gather tallgrass seeds at KLT's Ballyduff Trails near Pontypool White Turtlehead flowers at KLT's Hammer Family Nature Preserve, Lakehurst Photo: Fall at KLT's Christie Bentham Wetland near Burleigh Falls
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“Make Em Bite” with Prowater Baits

With the opening of the sport fishing seasons upon us here in Cottage Country I want to share with you some of my favourite soft baits made by a local Ontario company and one of my sponsors; Prowater Baits. If you haven’t heard about Prowater Baits, or tried them, I encourage you check them out.

Prowater Baits was founded in 2019 by Clarington native and fisherman Vic Morris. Vic is an experienced tournament angler with many accolades who decided to start his own soft bait company in his shop, affectionately known as the bait bunker. Morris used his knowledge and worked with local professionals to come up with unique one-of-a-kind, soft bait designs that are tested and fine-tuned by his pro staff; so that when you hit the water, they are sure to increase your chances of catching fish. Vic has been actively growing his company by attending many of the areas fishing shows and approaching local tackle shops and businesses which now feature his product. Prowater Baits are handcrafted with premium buoyant material which gives these baits amazing action and durability. They also feature Vic’s own patented, pure organic, water-soluble fish attractant called Triple F scent “feeding frenzy formula” designed to “Make Em Bite’.

The 4” Money Shot Flat Worm

The 3.5” Deadly Nedley

Which was designed as a bass bait but has become one of my favourite early season walleye lures. It can be rigged on a 1/8 oz to ¼ oz Ned rig jig head or a regular ball jig head and fished either on bottom with a very slow subtle jigging or shaking technique; or hovered, suspended vertically under the boat. Early season I usually use these inside weed edges - 6-8ft of water that have rock bottom. As we get later into the year, I move out a little bit deeper on the outside of the weed edges in about 12 to 15 feet of water. These baits feature a colour I helped perfect called Wangers Walleye Gold which is gold in colour with green and black fleck.

This is an ultra finesse drop shot bait created with a slim design and floating tail action that entices the most finicky fish into biting. I use these fishing both shallow and deep-water hard bottom structure for drop shotting both bass and walleye when the bite gets a little tougher or conditions are not the greatest. It is a great bait for sight fishing shallow water or live scoping the depths. My go-to colours are black, or Green Pumpkin with black and gold fleck.

The 3” Hoyaa Finesse

This is an ultra versatile bait that can be used in many different presentations, including Ned rigging to Neko rigging, and my favourite - Texas rigged weedless with a 1/8 oz bullet sinker on light line. I fish this in shallow cover such as docks and shallow inside weed edges; mainly for smallmouth and largemouth that cruise these areas looking for an easy Crawfish meal. My favourite colours are black and blue and Green Pumpkin black and gold fleck.

These are just some of the fantastic baits out there from Prowater Baits that are available at local tackle shops and businesses in your area, or you can check out the whole selection and order online at

I know these baits will “Make Em Bite” so reach out to Vic to get your hands on some and support a local business.

Cheers and tight lines! See you on the water! Mike Williams,

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GET LEGAL On The Water

With lake ice gone earlier than normal, the boating season has already started. But many cottagers don’t know what boating regulations apply to their vessels, especially personal watercraft. Let’s start by clarifying that boating laws and regulations are under federal jurisdiction, although primarily enforced by provincial and regional police. Two boating “licences” are necessary for operating any pleasure craft powered by an engine 10 hp or more, each issued through Transport Canada.

Pleasure Craft Licence

A Pleasure Craft Licence is a no-cost, Canada-wide boat licence signified by a set of authorized numbers that must be placed on each side of your vessel’s hull for its lifetime. These numbers provide identification and assist in enforcement and emergencies. But this licence is not registered proof of ownership. Think of it as the licence plate for your boat or jet ski and don’t get caught without it.

When you buy a new boat or PWC from a dealer, the dealer usually takes care of this process and affixing your new licence numbers. Alternatively, a PWC owner can obtain a Pleasure Craft License online directly from Transport Canada. Either way, this licence is valid for 10 years and if you sell your vessel, the numbers stay with it. The new owner must apply for a licence transfer.

Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card

Sometimes erroneously referred to as a “boating licence” or “boater’s licence”, the Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card is proof of competency to operate a vessel and also acts as personal ID when

you are not carrying your wallet with you. Think of this one as your driver’s licence on the water.

You get it after taking an accredited online boating safety course and passing a boating safety test. Regardless, you must be 16 or older to operate a jet ski without supervision. You must always carry your Pleasure Craft Operator’s Card with you while riding your PWC or face a $250 fine.

Ontario Shoreline Speed Boating Regulations

Other than doing wild donuts in front of someone’s cottage, the most common complaint about PWC riders is going too fast close to shore. The 2013 Shoreline Speed Restriction Law applies to fresh water boating in Ontario and makes it illegal to operate any powerboat faster than 10 km/h within 30 metres (100’) of shore. But this speed restriction does not apply in rivers, bays, canals or buoyed channels less than 100 metres (328’) wide. But use common sense and obey any other officially posted speed and no wake zones. It’s also smart to slow down going past paddlers, anchored anglers, swimmers, divers, moored boats or when approaching marinas or locks.

Ontario Speed Regulations

Except for officially post speed zones, there is no speed limit on the water. But before hitting the throttle, note that the Small Vessel Regulations include a Prohibition Against Careless Operation. Meanwhile, the Criminal Code of Canada states that dangerous operating practices are illegal.

An enforcement officer can use either of these regulations to charge

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an excessive speeder if your behaviour appears careless or dangerous. Same goes for wake jumping too close behind another boat. So be aware about what’s involved in lawful PWC operation. Doing so will help you avoid the $350 fine for operating a boat in a careless manner or the $500 penalty for operating in an unsafe manner. Marine enforcement officers have the authority to lay them or impairment charges, and to inspect your PWC at any time. So you must stop when signalled to do so.

Ontario On Board Equipment Regulations

Another confusion among jet ski riders is what safety/emergency equipment is mandatory to carry on board. Operator and passenger(s) must wear properly sized personal flotation devices, plus you’re required to carry a watertight flashlight, a sound-signalling device and a buoyant towrope. But I’d also recommend carrying a water-proofed cell phone. Also, note that all vessels require navigation lights while operating between sunset and sunrise.

As an experienced Sea Doo rider, I’d also suggest that every PWC operator learn the basics of navigation, docking and going through locks. After all, we’re on the water to have fun, not deal with hassles or cause others trouble, right?

Craig Nicholson, The Intrepid Cottager, is a long-time Kawarthas cottager who provides tips and tour info for PWC riders at and for snowmobilers at

Photo Credit - Allan Glanfield Photo Credit with Police Boat = Martin Lortz

Learn More: Licencing & Regs: (marine transportation/pleasure craft)

Boating Course:

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Keeping Your Home Organized

Keeping your home organized can be a very taxing job.  Most of us have more stuff than we know what to do with, much less where to put that stuff.  Here are a few simple tips for getting your home organized and keeping it that way.

First, make sure that everything you have is actually worth having.  We often keep things that aren't necessary to have in the house, and that's what causes the clutter.  Now, I'm not talking about all those meaningful, sentimental items - those are important to keep. But anything you have "just in case" that you haven't used in three years or more has to go.

Next, make sure you only worry about one room at a time - it will be easier to work your way through the house. If you try to do the whole house at once, you will be moving things from room to room which will take much longer - and there may be even more clutter in some places than there was before. Once you have found a place for everything, make sure that those things stay in their place, or get put back in their place after using them.

Finally, have a document station. Keep an accordion file folder with pockets labeled for members of the household, bills, and mail. Another key part of this document station is to purge it weekly so that it does not get disorganized and overstuffed.  This can really help avoid having way too many papers lying around the house and it will prevent you accidentally throwing out important papers mixed in with the clutter.

Keeping your home organized can be very difficult, especially because our lives are so busy - but once you have a system for keeping your house in check, it is much easier to get organized and stay that way.

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It arrives in the headlights like an old friend sometime in the evening after the pavement turned to lose gravel before giving way to the rough dirt track leading to the shores of the lake and a cottage cloaked in a lonely darkness since October.

Stepping from the car, I immediately went to the shore where it became evident by the complete lack of lights, save for a big bright crescent moon, that we were the only people here on this chilly Thursday night at the beginning of May. Opening the door to the cottage, a blast of cold air hits our faces and burns a twinge in our lungs, so we leave the front door open to let it out, while fetching some wood from the shed to get the wood stove going in the living room.

It’ll be a cold sleep tonight when we retire, with track pants and hoodies under stale comforters, but there’s nary a soul here that would have it any other way, because this is part of what opening the cottage is all about.

I’d offered my services to my friend and coworker, Hugo, the previous autumn when he mentioned he had to close his cottage somewhere near Chemong Lake on his own, and when all was said and done, he asked if I’d be interested in coming back in late April or early May to go through it all again, with the prospect of some fishing thrown in, and I couldn’t really say no.

Though this wasn’t my cottage, I was more than familiar with the ins and outs of opening and closing cottages. This rustic

piece of cottage country artwork was an evergreen painted masterpiece, half on stilts overtop of a sloping rocky Canadian shield shoreline, neighbours far enough away to have some privacy, but close enough that you could hear the echoes of laughter around evening bonfires while drinks flowed, and marshmallows roasted.

Truthfully, it has always felt like an important tradition to be apart of. There is something so special about being the first ones to get to the cottage – any cottage –and the last ones to leave. During the winter, I used to wonder what the cottage might bear witness to in our absence back when I was a kid, and not being there made me feel a certain level of homesickness.

In any regard, as the glow of the fire in the woodstove illuminates the living room, we go about the necessary tasks at hand while the place heats up. Wood is brought in, mouse traps are checked, the shed is unlocked, and a thorough assessment of the property, even though it’s pitch black out, is done.

Just shy of blackfly season, yet right on time for the spring peepers, and still the threat of a late season snowfall is a real possibility everyone hopes doesn’t become reality. We’re far from the first swim of the season, but early enough that the loons haven’t returned yet. It’s about as desolate here on a usually busy lake when the lift locks open and the rest of the crowd returns to enjoy their slices of seasonal heaven.

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Ride in Comfort with Kawasaki

Have you experienced off-roading in the Kawarthas? If not, you are missing out on a much-loved experience! Well maintained trails from many different off-road groups await your travel, and off-roading is a growing family activity. Traveling through lush forests and rocky trails offers glimpses of wildlife, and picnic breaks with unmatched scenery. Anstruther Marina in Apsley encourages you to give off-roading a go this year - and they offer up a game changer!

Off-road like never before - Introducing a NEW line of side by side by Kawasaki - the RIDGE.  In a class of its own, the all new RIDGE was made for comfort!

Equipped with a complete cab that includes a glass windshield, full doors with power windows, rear window, a plastic roof with a liner, all to keep the bugs/wind/weather out and heat and air conditioning inside.   Yes, worth repeating, the RIDGE has heat and air conditioning.  Also included are windshield wipers, an interior ceiling light and a rearview mirror. This is a BIG step up from your traditional side by side.

Seating up to three people, the Ridge also has additional comforts for the driver including tilt steering, electric power steering (EPS) and of course power windows as noted earlier.

The driver will also appreciate the 7” LCD full colour touch screen which will connect to your smart phone through Bluetooth for calls and music.  The screen also displays the speedometer, tachometer, fuel gauge, gear indicator, drive mode indicator,

transmission temperature and more.

The Ridge features power of 999cc, 600 lb bed capacity, 2,000 lb towing capacity, and it is waiting for you to get out on the trails this season.

Anstruther Marina is your Powersports Dealer in Apsley, for more information on the RIDGE, call Steve at the Anstruther Marina Showroom.

Be sure to follow Anstruther Marina on Facebook and Instagram 705-655-5555

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Cottage Memories

Chronicles of A City Boy’s Life In The Country


Water is essential to cottaging. Without it, diving, skiing and swimming would be painful. There'd be no lake to build beside. Docks would be land-locked and boats would have nothing to float on. Fish would have legs and loon cries would be truly forlorn. Like many, I took my water for granted. Except when urgently trying to hold it in. Then I bought a cottage and discovered water's many kinds…

My favourite is the snow kind, which was mostly a no-show this winter. But lake water is most loved by cottagers. That's the large wet spot your cottage overlooks. This kind of water is used for recreation, travel and inflating property values. It's also where fish swim, beavers defecate, worms drown, plants rot, ill-informed people bathe and organisms die. Which explains why I prefer another kind of water to drink.

Although my lake water tested positive, holding a full glass up to the light revealed a plethora of swirling particles. Maybe I should have washed the glass first. But wanting to drink, not chew, I installed filters. Now my tap yields the drinking kind, the bathing kind and the cooking kind. The wife wishes I’d kindly leave water classification to experts. But then how could I finish this column?

Standing water is like sitting water except taller. These are variations of the stagnant kind that produces mosquito hordes. This

inert water has a tendency to be stale-dated, of slimy consistency, and coloured like the Incredible Hulk just bathed in it. It’s also one step removed from the swamp kind, which is gaseous, nauseous and yucky. The wife says, just like me after a chili pig out.

Moving water is how it gets around. Run-off, streams, creeks, rapids and falls. Also, flooding, pumping, splashing, and carried in canteens. The moving kind is generally a good thing unless it breeds black flies, seeps into your basement, or makes you seasick.

Dam'd water is not the opposite of holy water. Beavers, hydro, flood control and locks are all dam causes. Which produce high water on one side and low water on the other – two kinds not so bad alone, but dangerous when unexpectedly mixed. Or when low water makes that first step from dock to boat like falling off a roof. Or the boat gets stuck on the muddy bottom. Or when cottagers fight over water levels – it’s tough to have both high and low water simultaneously.

Well water doesn’t mean it’s been cured. Many folks bypass the lake kind to get their drinking kind from the well kind, also known as the ground kind. Usually reliable unless it runs dry, is polluted by excess run-off, or the submersible pump breaks down. If uncovered, well water can become the stinky kind as one neighbour discovered after an itinerant skunk fell in. Talk about Pepé La Pew!

During winter, most water becomes the frozen kind. It can acquire the power to shift boathouses, crush docks, raise pressure cracks, support ice fishing huts and jeopardize unwary crossers. It also connects snowmobile trails and allows seasonal access to different places. The wife prefers her ice water melting in a drink, instead of melting her into the drink.

Rain water comes from clouds. Or is wrung out of clothes after being caught in a downpour. It pools on tarps, in depressions and in open containers, causing mud puddles, drown mice, more mosquito breeding and even road rutting. Acid rain is a kind that was more prevalent before Brian Mulroney’s 1991 Canada-U.S. treaty. Emergency water is the kind I want pumped from a fire hose. Much better than a bucket brigade – that’s when it becomes heavy water.

Yes, water is far more complex than I imagined. The wife says that's because I‘ve never had to work to get it. Or find it. Or keep it. Our water’s just always been plentiful for the taking. But now that I'm more water aware, there's one kind I'm trying to prevent. The polluted kind.

Craig Nicholson is a long-time Kawarthas cottager who also provides tips and tour info for snowmobilers at and for PWC riders at

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Recipes Weekend at the Cottage


A soft, delicate lemon cake served with a dusting of icing sugar, whipped cream and berries...


For the cake:

• 4 eggs, room temperature

• 1 teaspoon lemon juice

• 3/4 cup granulated sugar

• 1/2 cup butter, melted

• 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

• 2 cups whole milk, lukewarm

• 1/4 cup lemon juice

• 1-1/2 tablespoons lemon zest

To serve:

• icing sugar

• whipped cream

• fresh berries - raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries

• fresh mint


1. Preheat oven to 325°F.

2. Grease a 9 x 9-inch square metal baking pan. Line with parchment paper and set aside.

3. Separate eggs: Place egg whites into a medium-sized bowl. Place egg yolks into a larger bowl.

4. Beat egg whites: Add teaspoon of lemon juice to egg whites and whip to form stiff peaks using a hand mixer or stand mixer. Set whipped egg whites aside.

5. Prepare batter: Add sugar to egg yolks and combine using hand mixer. Add melted butter, lemon zest and lemon juice and beat until combined. Slowly add flour, mixing well. Add the lukewarm milk slowly and combine thoroughly.

6. Gently fold in the egg whites, 1/3 of them at a time. Make sure there are no lumps. Pour batter into prepared baking dish. Note: this is a very runny batter.

7. Transfer to oven and bake for 45 - 50 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden and the centre of the cake is slightly spongey to the touch.

8. Remove from oven and cool for 30 minutes before gently lifting the cake from the pan.

9. To serve: Dust the top with powdered sugar. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream, fresh berries and fresh mint.


A mix of basmati and wild rice with fresh veggies, feta cheese and chopped fresh herbs with an orange-tarragon dressing...


For the salad:

• 1 cup basmati rice

• 1 cup long-grain wild rice

• 1 red pepper, seeded and diced

• 1 small zucchini, diced

• 3 green onions, finely chopped

• ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese

• 1/2 cup chopped fresh herbs

- tarragon, mint, parsley

• sprinkle kosher salt

• sprinkle back pepper


• ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

• ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

• 1 tablespoon orange zest

• 1 tablespoon freshly chopped tarragon

• 1/3 teaspoon kosher salt

• ¼ teaspoon black pepper

1. Cook the rice: Bring two small pots of salted water to a boil. Add the basmati rice to one and the long-grain wild rice to the other. Follow the packet instructions to cook the grains al dente.

2. Cool the rice: Once cooked, drain the rice in a sieve and spread it out on a tray to help it cool down quickly.

3. Prepare dressing: Place all of the ingredients for the dressing in a small storage jar (250 ml). Add the lid and shake vigorously to combine.

4. Assemble salad: Transfer cooled rice to a large bowl. Add the zucchini, red pepper, green onions, chopped fresh herbs and feta cheese. Add about ¾ of the quantity of dressing. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add more dressing to taste.

5. Serve or store dressed in an airtight container.

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Kawartha MOOSE

We were driving along a stretch of the old 503 between the Kirkfield lift locks and Centennial Park Rd when a dark mass caught my eye. When we spun the jeep around to get a good look at what we thought might be a horse, it turned out to be a cow moose feeding on buds behind an old beat up corral. Twenty years ago, this would have more than likely made the local papers, but on this day neither of us were particularly surprised at all to see this moose.

That’s because moose are becoming increasingly more common in the Kawartha lakes region. In fact, over the last ten years alone during my travels around the area, I’ve seen moose near Balsam

Lake, Coboconk, Fenelon Falls, about three minutes north of the Lindsay Airfield, and just last winter, one chewing on someone’s garden right in the middle of Rosedale.

My father, who grew up in the Kawartha region back in the fifties and sixties, has told me on several occasions – usually due to moose sightings – that when he was a kid living on the large family farm, moose were mostly unheard of. In fact, back then, but what did show up with a fair level of regularity were wolves. As the years passed, the wolves seemed to have disappeared, and I can’t help but wonder if in the wake of that happening, the moose slowly moved in.

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I know, that’s all loose speculation, but consider the following –in one calendar year while deploying several trail cameras on two properties near Lake Dalrymple, I captured sixty-one videos of moose passing by. The first batch was of two calves with tiny little antlers, then a cow with two small calves showed up in July. A giant bull appeared around October, followed by a smaller bull trailing a cow in November and December. That’s eight different moose by my count.

Now, I’m not entirely sure if those numbers are incredible for being as far south as they are, but what I do know is that their presence on the Kawartha landscape adds a certain cottage country authenticity, even if that means it’s at the expense of some pretty expensive garden plants during the winter and early spring.

In any event, these days as I’m travelling up highway 35 before hanging a left in Coboconk onto ’48, I’m keeping one eye on the usually empty road and one eye on the shoulder just in case one drops out of the woods. For me, I’m happy they’re here, and by all accounts, doing well in this beautiful place we get to share with the moose, too.

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Embrace the Mess!

It takes a concerted effort to shed the shackles of our Victorian era perspective when it comes to the beauty we see in outdoor environments. The tastefully cut

lawn and manicured gardens have an appeal that lies more in our sense of aesthetics than a healthy ecosystem. A healthy forest, on the other hand, is messy. Dead standing trees, tangles of bush, rotting logs and leaf litter strewn about in an untidy and chaotic fashion are all indicators of good forest health.

As a hike leader, whenever I get the chance, I like to share the characteristics of a healthy forest with participants. I often introduce the role of decomposition in forest ecology while standing next to a fallen log, sharing the following joke/story:

Early in my international backpacking days, I decided to travel to Austria to visit the tomb of the famous composer Mozart. I was able to find it but was completely puzzled by the strange sounds coming from his tomb. So, I went over to a groundskeeper who was working nearby and asked him about it.

“Hey, just wondering, do you know anything about the strange sounds coming from Mozart’s tomb?”

“Oh… yes, that’s Mozart de-composing.” I know, a real groaner, but it works as a light hearted segue into the roles that a tree plays when it is no longer living. By the time a tree dies, it has only partially fulfilled it ecological function. Considered by biologists as the “hot spot” of the forest ecosystem, downed logs are essential to maintain forest biodiversity amongst other important ecological roles.

Surprisingly, there are more living cells in a dead tree, than a live one as microbial life flourishes. Mostly made up of fungi, insects and bacteria, these invisible dead log inhabitants are the catalyst of

decomposition and the transformation of the log back to soil for future generations of plant life.

Downed tree trunks are reservoirs for moisture and foster the growth of mycorrhizal fungi which plays an important role in an underground nutrient sharing network. Spiders, beetles, ants, grubs, worms, snails, and slugs found inside rotting logs are food for animals such as snakes, birds, mice, and bears.

Small mammals such voles, mice and shrews use rotting logs as nesting sites and protection from predators. Squirrels and chipmunks use logs on the ground as part of their travel pathways for safe escape and elevated feeding platforms. Moisture retaining logs make them natural cooling cover sites for wet-skinned amphibians like salamanders and frogs.

Logs, stumps and root balls also act as “nurseries”for plants. Stumps and logs progress through their own natural succession, with fungi and mosses establishing themselves early, followed by ferns. A thin veneer of soil will eventually form a nutrient-rich landing pad for tree seeds to establish roots. On your hikes, look for yellow birch and hemlock trees that use these nursing logs as ideal places for their small seeds to sprout. After the log or stump rots out, the roots are left elevated like a tree on stilts.

Dead standing trees, call snags, also provide an important ecological role as multifunctional forest high rises. Often taken down for safety reasons, snags should be left standing whenever possible for many reasons.

Whether bored out by woodpeckers or

developing naturally through decay or branch mortality, tree cavities provide an important ecological function in the forest. The list of cavity users is extensive and includes the saw-whet owl, barred owl, and kestrel, as well as several species of waterfowl including the common goldeneye and wood duck. Many songbirds, including eastern bluebird, great-crested flycatcher, black-capped chickadee and white breasted nuthatch are also cavity users.

Various mammals also rely on tree cavities. They include deer mice, bats, martens, fishers and squirrels. I once was leading a canopy tour at Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve when we came across a raccoon in a large tree cavity sleeping off an all-nighter. With no leaves or needles, birds of prey use snags as perches giving them a clear view of prey below. In Ontario, up to 50 birds and mammals have been identified that rely on snag cavities for nesting, rearing young, roosting, feeding, storing food, perching, escaping predators or hibernating.

Like a teenager’s bedroom (if you have one of those), the thriving forest will also be in a state of disorder. No nicely rounded or straight edges to please the eye, a forest flourishes in the seemingly chaotic process of forest aging and environmental disturbance. So, on your summer hikes, look deep into the forest and embrace the mess because messy is a sign of forest health.

Submitted by Rick Whitteker. You can find Rick at home in the forest, as a seasoned trail guide, nature writer and passionate wildlife enthusiast in the Haliburton Highlands.

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Photo Credits: Fly squirrel - Paul Heaven, Log – Ralph Baehre, Yellow Birch on stilts - Rick Whitteker
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Welcome to Cottage Country’s  Daytripping Feature

The Ontario Cottage Country Region is rich with towns, cities, hamlets and communities that are filled with experiences and local treats that you might not know about. Around every twist and turn on our country roads residents and business owners are curating one-of-a-kind experiences for those wishing to embrace them. Parallel to none is our hiking, lakes, rivers and festivals. The Cottage Country region is filled with hidden gems, spectacular settings, and brimming with vibrant arts and cultural business communities. Enjoy the character of the Villages and as you travel through our region and get to know why we choose to call this place ‘home’.

You’ll find lots of ideas in the next few issues of our  magazine – we 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. Whether you are looking for something to fill a day, a weekend - or a week - destinations are waiting for you to fall in love with the landscape and pace of our rural roads.

We invite you to travel the area we call home; stop in every small town dotting the countryside - you never know what you will find; and we like to brag about having the friendliest people! 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.

We love to hear from our readers – connect with us  anytime to share your stories, photos and comments at

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Riding Dirt BikesTogether

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Dirt biking has long been associated with solo riders or groups of friends seeking an adrenaline fix in the great outdoors. Yet, the image of parents and children tearing through rugged terrain on two wheels is becoming increasingly common, reflecting a shift in how families choose to spend quality time together.

One of the most striking aspects of family dirt biking is its ability to bridge generation gaps. Unlike many modern activities that can segregate family members based on age or interest, dirt biking offers an inclusive experience that appeals to everyone from young children to grandparents. Whether it's a parent teaching their child to ride for the first time or siblings challenging each other to conquer a difficult trail, dirt biking fosters a sense of camaraderie and mutual support among family members.

Moreover, dirt biking encourages families to explore the great outdoors and appreciate the natural world. Instead of being confined to screens or indoor spaces, families riding dirt bikes venture into rugged landscapes, immersing themselves in the beauty of forests, mountains, and deserts. This not only provides valuable exercise and fresh air but also instills a respect for nature and a sense of adventure in young riders.

Safety is paramount in any motorsport, and family dirt biking is no exception. Responsible parents ensure that their children receive proper instruction and safety gear before hitting the trails. From helmets and protective clothing to bike maintenance and riding techniques, families prioritize safety measures to minimize risks and ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

Beyond the thrill of the ride itself, family dirt biking offers numerous benefits that extend beyond the trail. Shared experiences in challenging environments foster resilience, problem-solving skills, and a sense of achievement in children. Moreover, the mutual support and encouragement within the family unit strengthen bonds and create lasting memories that transcend the sport itself.

In addition to the familial aspect, dirt biking can also serve as a gateway to community involvement. Many families participate in organized events such as club rides and events, where they connect with other enthusiasts and forge new friendships. These events promote a sense of belonging within the broader dirt biking community.

Furthermore, family dirt biking promotes valuable life lessons such as teamwork, perseverance, and respect for rules and boundaries. Whether navigating a tricky obstacle course or overcoming a mechanical issue on the trail, families learn to collaborate and problem-solve together, strengthening their bonds in the process.

The rising popularity of families riding dirt bikes reflects a growing desire for

meaningful outdoor experiences that bring loved ones together. Beyond the thrill of the ride, family dirt biking fosters camaraderie, adventure, and lifelong memories that endure far beyond the trailhead. As more families embrace this exhilarating sport, they discover not only the joy of off-road exploration but also the power of shared experiences to strengthen familial bonds and create lasting connections with nature and community. If you or your family are looking to get into the sport of dirt biking together, check out the Ontario Federation of Trail Riders and Kawartha Off Road Motorcycle Association. We have lots of amazing trails for you and your family to enjoy.

Kawartha ATV Association, PO Box 21, Lindsay  705-328-0931

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Welcome Summer in Fenelon Falls

Come experience sunny days, long evenings and great times in Fenelon Falls this summer. If you love the water the Trent Severn Waterway opens for the season on May 17th, just in time for the first long weekend of the season. Travel the waterway on a LeBoat rental yacht from their new port in Peterborough. It’s a luxurious option that even a novice boater can manuever safely. For those looking for a simpler way to enjoy the water Outdoor Kawartha will be set up at Garnet Graham Beach Park with their SUP and kayak rentals.

The village of Fenelon Falls comes together to launch the summer season at our annual Moonlight Madness late night shopping and dining event, Saturday, June 22nd from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Enjoy live music, promotions, family friendly activities, great food and a special activity to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Fenelon Falls! It’s the perfect place to connect with friends and neighbours.

This summer we invite you to discover our outdoor amphitheatre, The Grove Theatre, nestled in the forest at the outskirts of the village. The third season at the Grove is full of music, comedy and a professional theatre run Into The Woods. For all the young drama lovers they are also offering camps for kids from the of 5 to 15.

Are you new to Fenelon Falls and looking to get connected?

Our free community newsletter, the Town Crier shares community information, news and photos each week. Visit to subscribe, then check your inbox on Thursday at 6:00 pm to find out what’s new around town.

Stop by the Tourism Office at 15 Oak Street for information on restaurants, shopping, attractions, accommodations and local tips from the Tourism Ambassador team.

See you in Fenelon Falls!

Haliburton Chamber Lovin' It Local

Summer is just around the corner, and here at the Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce, we are excited to see all of our local businesses ready to take on the busy Spring and Summer tourist season.

At the Chamber, we have been focused on our recently successful Lovin' It Local Spring Passport to kick off the new season, which saw lots of individuals out supporting participating businesses for their chance to win great prizes. We've also been building engaging events for the coming months. Everyone is welcome at Chamber events, whether you are a local business owner, part-time resident, or visitor. We encourage you to check out our event listings for upcoming Breakfast Meetings, Business After Hours, and Women in Business events. We always offer member and non-member pricing for our events so new participants can try one of our events. We'd love to see new faces around the table. Bringing engaged and passionate individuals with varied experiences and knowledge helps make our business community more robust and vibrant.

At the Chamber, we also promote 'Lovin' It Local,' Haliburton, and Kawartha Lake's Support Local campaign. Not only do we promote local programs that support Haliburton County businesses, such as our spring and winter Passport programs, but our Business Directory is also the most robust in the county. If you are looking for a local business, you will find it here at

Check out our upcoming events at

If you are considering becoming a Chamber member, either as a business or individual supporter, we offer a range of membership levels to ensure one meets your needs. Check out our website to learn more about the benefits of being a member at www.haliburtonchamber. com or give our office a call at 705-457-4700 to speak to Kirstley, our Community Manager.

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This is The Year to Check Out

Tweed & Company Theatre

Since 2009, Tweed & Company Theatre has been proudly bringing professional, original musical theatre to Hastings County. The company is growing fast - last year marked the opening of their third venue, the Tweed Outdoor Stage. A year before that, they took over operations of the Bancroft Village Playhouse which now hosts their biggest audiences. This year, they’re undergoing major renovations to their flagship venue, the Marble Arts Centre in Tweed - turning it into the region's state-of-the-art performance hub.

If you haven’t been to one of their shows before (or if it’s been a while), this is certainly the best season to attend, as it’s their biggest yet! They have a full year’s worth of live entertainment to check out, sweeping across their three stages. In both Tweed and Bancroft, catch June’s Ontario premiere of Dear Rita, a musical toast to Cape Breton’s songstress, Rita MacNeil. Then in July, Canada’s favourite show, Anne of Green Gables - The Musical will be playing in Bancroft - featuring a cast of professionals and local performers alike! In August, the mega Broadway hit Million Dollar Quartet will play in both locations.

Between these main shows, catch the incredible lineup of concerts at all three venues, including Bowie Live, The Best of Broadway,

Mudmen, Valdy, Dan Mangan, and so much more! In the fall, check out their original, family-fun A Night At The Grand Ghoul Opry and the holiday favourite (with an original twist!) A Christmas Carol.

Do you have a little one at home with a passion for performance? Sign them up for summer theatre camps in Tweed and Bancroft. Tweed & Company Theatre prioritizes uplifting local talent and making theatre as accessible as possible for everyone, which is why they’re proud to offer some of the cheapest tickets in the province - ranging from $38.50 to $23.50 +HST for major shows with discounts for students/youth, seniors, and arts workers. Learn more at

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PK Chamber Presents Living Well Senior Showcase

Get ready to be inspired, enlightened, and energized – this isn't just a trade show; it's a testament to the vitality of our seniors and the richness they bring to our community. Mark your calendars for the annual Living Well Senior Showcase, proudly hosted by the Peterborough and the Kawarthas Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Age Friendly Peterborough.

With over 27,000 senior residents calling Peterborough home, it's no surprise that this city is recognized as one of the most dynamic hubs for seniors in the country. And what better way to celebrate this thriving community than by bringing together over 100 exhibitors offering an extensive array of products and services tailored specifically for seniors and their families?

From health and wellness to leisure and lifestyle, the Living Well Senior Showcase boasts a diverse range of exhibitors, ensuring there's something for everyone under one roof. Whether you're exploring innovative healthcare solutions, seeking retirement planning advice, or simply looking for ways to enhance your quality of life, this trade show has you covered.

But that's not all – the Living Well Senior Showcase goes beyond just exhibits. Dive deeper into topics that matter to you with two dozen workshops conducted throughout the day, all absolutely free for seniors and their families. From educational seminars to interactive demonstrations, these workshops provide invaluable insights and resources to help you live your best life.

And here's the best part – admission to the Living Well Senior Showcase is completely free, as is parking and refreshments! So why wait? Mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and join us for a day filled with discovery, empowerment, and community spirit.

Don't miss out on this unparalleled opportunity to connect with experts, discover new products and services, and gain valuable knowledge to enhance your senior living experience. Join us at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre, located at 775 Brealey Drive, Peterborough, on Wednesday, June 19th, 2024. We can't wait to see you there!

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Make a Visit to Lang Pioneer Village This Summer!

Take your travels in a new direction this summer by travelling 200 years back in time! At Lang Pioneer Village Museum, you can relive history and experience life in the 1800s in Peterborough County.

The 25-acre site is host to over 30 historic buildings and recreates a 19th century hamlet. Costumed interpreters introduce you to the people, trades and events that have helped shape local history as you visit homes and businesses from 1800 to 1910. Learn about the history and culture of the Michi Saagiig Anishnaabeg who first occupied the land and were impacted by settlement. Watch the Blacksmith as he shapes metal into a horseshoe on the anvil. Smell the sweet scent of cookies baking in the woodstove. Hear the school bell ring signalling the start of classes. Try your hand at carrying water with a yoke and bucket. You will feel like a time traveler visiting the 1800s!

Lang Pioneer Village Museum also offers a variety of special events throughout the summer and fall. Kicking off the Museum’s event schedule is the 27th Annual Father’s Day Smoke & Steam Show on June 16. On July 14, the historic village will be filled with antique and classic cars and vintage motorcycles for the 27th Annual Transportation Day Car & Motorcycle Show. Celebrate the heart of the summer harvest season with some fresh fire-cooked corn during Corn Roast on August 18. The harvest celebration continues with the Museum’s sweetest event, Applefest, taking place October 6. Enjoy an evening of fun and games as you are introduced to the origins of some favourite Halloween traditions with Spooky All Hallows’ Eve on October 25 & 26. Get a head start on your holiday shopping with an indoor/outdoor Christmas Bazaar on November 16. Finally, delight in the sights, sounds, and smells of the holiday season with Christmas by Candlelight on December 7 & 8.

Step back 200 years in time this season at Lang Pioneer Village Museum and relive an era gone by. The Museum is open from 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday from Father’s Day to Labour Day. For more information, visit

Photo Credit - Elizabeth King (Top)

Photo Credit - Heather Doughty Photography (Bottom 2)

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Weekend Bonfire

Weekends in Cottage Country always call for a bonfire. Whether it is a quick sticky marshmallow snack before bed for sleepy little ones, or a night time gathering of friends that will last into the early hours, there is something ultimately comfy cozy about sitting around a crackling fire.

Here are a few thoughts to mull over before you get your fire blazing:

• Be sure there are no fire bans in your area. Bans can be common in the dry days at the height of summer. A quick call to the local township will get you the answer.

• If it is an unusually windy day, cancel the plans for an evening fire. Wind can cause even the most well-tended fires to get out of hand.

• Keep your fire a safe distance away from all outbuildings, surrounding trees and always have a waiting source of water incase of emergency.

• Keep your fire a manageable size. There is no need for massive blistering bonfires. Keep the blaze surrounded by rocks or in a designated fire pit. Make it big enough to cook your hotdogs on, but small enough that you can comfortably handle the heat.

• Supervise your kids! Little hands and bodies are quick moving and burns happen very fast. Talk to your little ones about the fire safety rules before the fire has even been started.

• Stop Drop and Roll is still the best method for putting out clothing that has caught on fire. Flying sparks can be a real threat.

• Choose your designated fire supervisor. This should be someone who is remaining sober and will be responsible for feeding and maintaining the fire throughout the evening.

• Don’t leave your fire to burn off into the night when you are done. Extinguish all coals with a pail of water, stir the water into the mixture thoroughly. Keep adding water until there is no more steam rising when the water hits the coals. Unsupervised smouldering fires can quickly spread.

• Don’t forget the S’mores!

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Visit Coboconk This Summer!

It’s finally here! Good weather, relaxing times by the lake, and long evenings full of family and friends. The Coboconk, Norland and Area Chamber of Commerce are once again excited to be hosting the Fresh Water Summit Festival in Coboconk’s Lions Park on June 15th. A free family event with paddle boarding, face painting, music, vendors and lots more! Mark your calendar and come have a blast at this year’s festival!

The Coboconk, Norland and Area Chamber of Commerce are extending the search for new members. If you are looking for a way to make a meaningful impact in the community where you live or vacation, consider joining the Chamber to help support all of our amazing community events and initiatives.

With the lovely weather also comes the return to life on the water, the Warf in Coboconk has gone through a transformation and will be the best place to swim or park your boat this summer!

With so much going on in the Coboconk, Norland area, it’s worth coming for a visit!

Remember to like and follow the Coboconk, Norland & Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook for updates on initiatives, projects, workshops, and more. You can also visit

Tourism in Bobcaygeon

to our waterfront restaurant. Come by boat and stay over at Lock 32 on the Trent Severn Waterway. June 8th is a great time to visit for the Welcome Back Summer Celebration. Lots of fun for the whole family and so many sights to enjoy.

Bobcaygeon is also a great "jumping off point" for day trips to Buckhorn, Haliburton, Algonquin or Bancroft. Now is the time to plan your vacation and make sure it includes a stop in this lovely town where summer time memories are made.

The Bobcaygeon Chamber is a great resource for tourists in the area.

If you need information or are interested in joining the Chamber please call 705-738-2202 or email us at or visit our website at

54th Ontario Open Fiddle & Step Dance Contest

Come to beautiful Bobcaygeon, Ontario on July 26th - 27th to experience a traditional form of entertainment!

It may be new to you, but fiddling and step dancing have been part of our Canadian musical heritage and they both still exist today!

The competition will be held at the Bobcaygeon Curling Club, 49 Mansfield Street. There are 3 program events to choose from: Friday evening starting at 6:30pm, Saturday morning starting at 9:30am and Saturday evening starting at 6:30pm. Last year’s competitors ranged in age from 4 years to 84 years! A cash bar and food booth are on-site as well as a silent auction. Come for an hour or come for four hours!

If you want to make a week or weekend of it, camping is available on-site at the Bobcaygeon Agricultural Fairgrounds starting Sunday, July 21st – Sunday, July 28th. A Wednesday night Fiddle Park Jam will take place in the Barn on July 24th starting at 7:00pm, and The Bobcaygeon Music Council Concerts in the Park will host a musical evening of Fiddling & Step Dancing at the Locks starting at 5:30pm with a Children’s Show and at 6:30pm with an Adult’s Show.

Visit for more info or email with any questions.

Get ready for a toe-tapping, hand clapping, family friendly experience!

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With the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, Canadians joined Britain’s Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) because Canada had had no air force. By war’s end, approximately 23,000 had flown with those arms, and another 13,000 had served as aircrew. About 14,000 Canadian flyers died during the Great War, including Peterborough’s Lt. Frederick Arthur Huycke (RNAS). Several Canadians became top-scoring Allied “aces”, including Roy Brown (credited with shooting down Germany’s “Red Baron”). Three Canadian fliers – Wallace Algie, Billy Bishop, and Alan McLeod –were awarded Victoria Crosses.

The beginning of a “Canadian Air Force” (CAF) was formed in Britain by the transfer of personnel to two all-Canadian Royal Air Force (RAF) squadrons – but the armistice came before they saw action. In 1919, this fledgling organization was expanded via a British gift of aircraft, vehicles, and other equipment. Camp Borden (now CFB Borden) was re-established as the CAF’s training centre. On 1 April 1924, the CAF became the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), with a blue-grey uniform and air force ranks replacing CAF’s Army ones.

By 1945, the RCAF had 37 home defense squadrons, 48 squadrons overseas, and an international training programme – the Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Also recruited was a 17,000-strong wartime Women’s Division, of which my aunt was a member. At

war’s end, Canada had the world’s fourth largest air force with 215,000 uniformed personnel. Over 18,000 RCAF members died in service during this war.

RCAF units served in the Korean War, and were an important component of NATO and NORAD during the Cold War. In 1968, the Canadian military was unified and the RCAF became “Air Command” of the Canadian Armed Forces. In 2011, the RCAF’s name, ranks, and (blue) uniform colour were reinstated. The CAF motto, “Sic itur ad astra” (“Such is the pathway to the stars”) replaced the RCAF’s previous motto “Per ardua ad astra” (“Through adversity to the stars”).

Whether through adversity (“ardua”) or on a pathway (“itur”), the RCAF continues to reach for the stars.

Note: The National Air Force Museum of Canada (, at CFB Trenton, is a great place to experience the RCAF’s history.

The Peterborough Museum & Archives, 300 Hunter St E, Peterborough 705-743-5180

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Step into The Past

Tucked away in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes, the Kawartha Settlers' Village opens a charming window to bygone days, welcoming visitors to a world where 19th-century pioneers' stories are preserved.

Open from May to September, 10 am to 4 pm, this treasure trove of history invites you to step through its gates and into a space brimming with over 20 historical buildings and countless stories.

Stroll down the village paths, and let the collection of carefully restored buildings and artifacts whisk you away to the early days of Canada. Every corner, from the cozy schoolhouse to the stately Murphy barn, holds a story eager to be discovered.

Mark your calendars for Wednesdays and Thursdays in July and August because that's when the village truly comes alive during Working Village days! These are the moments when history isn't just seen but felt and experienced, with live demonstrations bringing the old-world crafts and daily chores of the settlers to life right before your eyes.

And there's more to the village than just quiet reflection—festivities abound! Get ready for Settlers' Day, a tribute to the village's roots filled with historical

merrymaking, or raise a glass at the Beer Festival, celebrating local brewing traditions. When the leaves start to turn, the Festival of Trees offers a whimsical prelude to the holiday season.

Forever evolving, the village constantly adds new workshops and events to its schedule. Whether it's mastering the anvil in blacksmithing or stirring up flavours in a heritage cooking class, there's always something new to pique your curiosity. Keep an eye on the website for the latest happenings; we're always cooking up

ways to enrich your next visit.

In the fast-paced modern world, the Kawartha Settlers' Village stands as a peaceful haven, a living classroom where history is not just told but shown and shared. This isn't just any outing—it's an opportunity to intertwine the threads of yesterday into the tapestry of today. Come join us, and take a piece of history home with you.

For event dates, workshops, news and info follow along at

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Easy Homemade Playdough

Kids Corner With Kenz

One of my personal favourite things to make when I'm bored and feeling crafty is this easy homemade playdough recipe that my grandma taught me when I was younger. Let's make sure we ask our  parents for help with this craft, as you will need to use the stove.

To make this playdough you're going to need 2 cups of water and ½ of a cup of salt, bring your water and salt mixture to a boil. Once it's boiled, add in two tablespoons of alum and two tablespoons of vegetable oil, as well as your food colouring of choice. Let that mixture sit while you measure out two cups of flour in a bowl. Pour your mixture onto the flour and mix with a wooden spoon until you get a thick dough texture. Now you're going to want to put a sheet of parchment paper on your counter, and then dump your mixture out and knead it with your hands. Keep in mind you just boiled your water so this will be very hot!

Now your playdough is ready to play with! Remember you just made this using all kitchen ingredients so unfortunately it will not last forever, but you can always make more!

This homemade playdough will last for two weeks kept in the refrigerator.


• Large Mixing Bowl

• Medium Pot

• Measuring Cups

• Measuring Spoons

• Parchment Paper

• Wooden Spoon


• 2 Cups Flour

• 2 Cups Water

• ½ Cup Salt

• 2 TBSP Alum

• 1 TBSP Cooking Oil

• Food Colouring

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THOSE GLOWING EYES The Story of Eye Shine

You are driving after dark and there just in the bushes at the side of the road are a pair of eyes, glowing in the darkness, looking for all the world like two floating alien orbs. What on earth (or not of this earth), causes eyes to shine like this? Many nocturnal animals have a mirror-like layer in the retina that reflects light. It is called the tapetum lucidum (meaning "bright carpet"). This layer gives the visual pigments a second chance to absorb the light and serves to improve vision in low light. When a flashlight or a car’s headlights shine light on the tapetum, it is mirrored back to our eyes in a variety of interesting colours.

Humans don’t have a tapetum lucidum. But you may have noticed that red-eye effect in some photographs. This can happen when a bright flash from a camera, lights up the vessels in the back of the eye which are rich in blood vessels.

If you want to see these mysterious glowing eyes of animals, take

a leisurely drive along back roads that wind through different habitat types such as wetlands, fields and woods. Remember to watch for animals that may be crossing the road well ahead of the car. It can also be worthwhile to stop the vehicle and sit quietly in an area where two habitat types come together, such as a field and a woodlot. Use the binoculars to scan distant field edges. Watch especially for the luminous eye reflections of mammals along the roadside, where some species scavenge for roadkill. Try to identify the animal by noting the colour of its eye shine. The colour varies from species to species and on the angle at which the eyes are seen. Here is a quick field guide to eye shine colour.

Submitted by Jacob Rodenburg, Author & Executive Director of Camp Kawartha, an award-winning outdoor education centre and summer camp.

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Sun Conure

Riverview Park and Zoo

Sun conures are known for their bright colours, friendly demeanor, and intelligence! Also known as the sun parakeet, these small birds in the parrot species are one of many aviaries that call Riverview Park & Zoo home.

Both adult females and adult male sun conures have similar coloration. The top half of their wings are yellow with orange on their face and abdomen. The bottom half of their wings are green, when extended to fly the blue feathers underneath are exposed. Each time the birds molt, their feathers get more colourful, reaching full adult colouration between 18 months and two years old.

The sun conure feeds on fruit, berries, and nuts using their curved beaks, characteristic of parrot species. They are typically found in northeastern Brazil and neighbouring Guyana, as they prefer mountainous, forest habitats and usually live in small flocks. Sun conures have a loud call which can carry for miles, this often helps them locate each other in the wild while out foraging for food. Although commonly heard throughout the day, they can most notably be heard at sunrise and sunset.

The sun conure is listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Their decline is mainly attributed to illegal poaching for the pet trade. Practice responsible pet ownership by doing thorough background research into the biology, life history, needs and source of any pet you may be considering.

This year our annual Fun Run, happening on June 29th, 2024, will support our birds here at the Park and Zoo, including sun conures, emus, peafowl, golden pheasants and more! Register for the Fun Run at www. or visit our website to support the only free admission accredited zoo in Canada:

Local Humane Societies

Lakefield Animal Welfare Society 2887 Lakefield Rd., Lakefield • 705-652-0588 Peterborough Humane Society 1999 Technology Drive, Peterborough • 705-745-4722

Rescue Krew (ARK) 3307 Lakefield Rd., Lakefield • 705-651-0069

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Again Bancroft 613-474-3450 • Humane Society Of Kawartha Lakes 705-878-4618 •


10 Years Later

Samara’s Story was first told in the September/October 2016 edition of Cottage Country Connection … now ten years later there is more to be shared! In that 2016 story, we shared that it may be no surprise if “Cowboy Jim’s” special line of Redford horses continue with this pretty black mare named Samara. And now, ten years later, Zoie Boaz, granddaughter of “Cowboy Jim”, shares with us the continuation of Samara’s story, and her grandfather’s dream, which also became her dream.

As an overview for those who did not read the story in 2016, Samara came to Inukshuk Farm during “Cowboy Jim’s” illness and his time at PRHC in palliative care. Samara was an unbroken three year old but Zoie, “Cowboy Jim’s” granddaughter, fell in love with her, started to handle her, saddle her, and ride her. After Jim’s passing, Samara was trailered to Texas to join up with Zoie , her new best friend.

Many changes happened in Zoie’s life during those ten years, but the constant was always Samara, her love for the mare and the bond they shared. Zoie married

the love of her life, who luckily also enjoys Zoie’s passion for horses and for Samara! Covid interrupted travel back home to visit her family at Inukshuk Farm & Equestrian, but visits were scheduled in other ways; and pictures continued to be shared of this beautiful mare - as well as other horses that she acquired along the way!

Samara is a lucky horse. Not handled much until she met Zoie, and then being prepared for her long trailer journey from Lakefield, to Texas. The years were good to Samara. A little work, galloping across the meadows, being used on a ranch, swimming in creeks and eventually just grazing and getting

fat. The dream of continuing the Redford bloodline continued for Zoie and then one day, Zoie decided, it was time!

As a cutting horse rider, and everything ranch enthusiast, she chose the perfect stallion , “Mr. Canyon Cat” an own son of “Metallic Cat”. If you are “Yellowstone” fans you may remember a very short clip of “Metallic Cat” on one episode of Yellowstone where he travelled to Fort Worth, TX to be in a film shoot in 2020. The sighting was brief but still thrilled Quarter Horse lovers across the country.

And now, in 2024, Zoie and Samara are enjoying the newest addition to their horse family, a filly “Metallic Redford” aka Tilly; the name is still pending approval from American Quarter Horse Association.

To summarize, we are now not surprised, that the special line of “Cowboy Jim’s” Redford horses will continue with this pretty black mare named Samara and her filly, Tilly!

Submitted by Janice Ecclestone,  Inukshuk Farm

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