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Something for Everyone! Bigley Shoes & Clothing Locking Through The Kawarthas Daytripping in Cottage Country Living Through the Renovation Wine Tasting


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CONTENTS JULY/AUGUST 2022 Home & Cottage 12 15 17 18 26 33 37 40 43 45 47 49

- Bigley Shoes & Clothing - More Than Just Kitchens - Built to Perfection - Cottage Ambiance - Living Through the Renovation - Top 5 Ways to Manage Drought Conditions at the Cottage - Those Were the Days "Family" - KORMA / KATVA - Septic Systems - Work & Play - Recipes - Artist Profile - Susan Kehoe

12 50 - Daytripping

On The Water 22 - Locking Through the Kawarthas 31 - ShorePort Docks 39 - Jigging for Giants - Mike Williams



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- Peterborough Musicfest - Haliburton Sculpture Forest - Kawartha Arts Festival - Rustic Living - Nomi Resort - Design by Lockside - A Perfect Gataway - What I Did On My Summer Vacation - In 1967 67 - Wine Tasting 73 - Summer at Kawartha Settlers Village

76 - Pets & Vets 80 - Kids Corner 82 - In The News





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Welcome to the Summer Issue “Summertime is always the best of what might be” - Charles Bowden

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, we wake up to cool, calm, serene mornings and by noon the sun is beating down - giving life to all the growing things this season of nourishment offers us; we play, isn’t that what summer brings? Time to play, rejoice in the weather where a splash in the lake is welcomed and the watermelon and ice cream afternoons are looked forward to. Fireflies lighting our evening walks and bonfires welcoming friends and family to sit and relish in the events of the day. Sweet summer! Welcome to the summer issue Cottage Country Readers! In this issue we have compiled a great group of advertisers that we always give our utmost thanks to for keeping this publication free to readers. We humbly thank all of our supporters far and wide! On the cover of this issue is community fave Bigley’s Shoes and Clothing. If you are familiar with the Bobcaygeon area, chances are you’ve popped into their lovely shop to see what’s in store. This summer they have amazing finds for the whole family, so stop in and say hi – tell them Cottage Country Magazine sent you! Moving into the magazine, you will find articles about getting through the locks on the water with your PWC; fan favourite Cottage Living with Dani tells us about her go-to calm down item; and Otonabee Region Conservation talks about how to manage drought conditions. Both resident Fishing guru Mike Williams and friends Keep Canada Fishing have great tips for getting you out on the water with your fishing rod this season, and we share information on the KORMA group of riders and how you can get out on the trails with them. Todd Equipment invite you to get your new ride with them, and writer Susan Kehoe invites you into her magical world of historical fiction. Summer brings with it daytripping and our feature is full of ideas on how you can spend your days adventuring through our region. Musicfest brings back free concerts in Peterborough after 2 long years away; and we have great information about local wineries to visit. We also suggest you spend some time in the Haliburton Sculpture Forest this summer – it is rich with eye-catching inspiration. Wherever your adventures take you this summer – we hope you have the best, best, best time… Leaving you with lasting memories to cherish. “Cause a little bit of Summer is what the whole year is all about” – John Mayer


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Something for Everyone! Bigley Shoes & Clothing


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Bigley Shoes & Clothing has been a family run business since 1911! We feature one of the largest selections of shoes (over 40,000 pairs) in Eastern Ontario for men, women, and children but we are much more! You will find hundreds of brand names in clothing and footwear for both men and women, bathing suits, jewellery and accessories. A few of the top designer brands that we carry are Michael Kors, Birkenstock, Levi, Tommy Bahama, Sperry and so much more! We carry over 25,000 fabulous swimsuits in our amazing Beach House! One-pieces, tankinis, bikinis, chlorine resistant suits, cup-specific suits, from top brands such as Seafolly, Magicsuit, Body Glove, and much more. Over the years Bigley Shoes & Clothing has become a very unique and renowned shopping destination, with 10 stores located in the heart of Cottage Country. It is located right beside Lock 32 of the Trent-Severn Waterway, making it ideal to visit by land or water! Don’t forget to stop by Bigley’s Sweet Treats while you’re there! Bigley’s Sweet Treats serves local Kawartha Dairy ice cream, soft ice cream dipped in delicious Belgium chocolate, frozen yogurt, sundaes and much more! If you’re looking for a fun summer day for the whole family, be sure to stop by Bigley’s! There is something for everyone! Enjoy Big City Fashion in a Cottage Country Atmosphere. Bigley Shoes & Clothing 35-45 & 50 Bolton St. Bobcaygeon

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More Than Just Kitchens Harwood Kitchens

Over the past year, you may have noticed Harwood Kitchens has been doing some re-branding. With that come changes which start at the design and continue all the way through to the finishing touches. We have branched out and expanded our portfolio! We specialize in kitchens, but we also work on other rooms which require cabinetry. Closets, bathrooms, and pantries can be challenging. Typically, people are looking to maximize storage and functionality in small areas. There are many different options when choosing cabinet accessories. The most important part is figuring out how you want to use the space. Next, accessories must be selected, ensuring they fit the space, function properly, and are located to allow you to move around comfortably. In areas such as laundry rooms and mudrooms, there are frequently used pieces which see wear and tear over time. Choosing the right materials is key to creating long lasting and unique spaces that work for you and are both durable and functional. Many exciting elements and creativity can go into these areas to accentuate them and lend to a more enjoyable space. Offices, entertainment units, fireplace surrounds, and bars are usually more decorative pieces. However, they need to tie into the style of the existing space. Organization is key, and when everything has a place, you will discover you have created a space in which it is easier to work or relax. These spaces can be simple or incorporate hidden components, cables, in-cabinet lighting, and smart gadgets that open doors when you ask your smartphone or smart speaker. Each of these spaces is different and unique. They push our design limits and challenge us to create unique designs which fit your unique lifestyle requirements. When it comes down to it, we see a need for more functionality in people’s homes to create better flow while meeting every client’s needs and ticking the boxes on their wish list. At Harwood Kitchens, we strive to enjoy the creative process as much as you enjoy the result. Harwood Kitchens 705-742-6241 Since 1994

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Built to Perfection with Four Points Construction Four Points Construction continues to set itself apart by setting the bar high, not just in residential builds but also in larger commercial projects. When Cottage Toys needed a new, permanent location in Lakefield, they wanted to make a statement. Owner Donna Rork had a vision fifteen years ago when she bought the property and working with the Four Points team, she was finally able to achieve it. Matt Moore, from Four Points, describes the build:

“It’s a beautiful barn-style with wood exterior, timber detail on the entranceway, beam work inside to complement the rustic finishes, and lots of room for Donna to create great displays and really market the Cottage Toys brand.” He adds “They are at one of the main intersections in Lakefield, so they will get lots of exposure, especially with the great curb appeal of this new building. They now have an outdoor shopping area, and the wow factor of the building is a plus.” The project came together quickly – they put shovels in the ground in August 2021, and Cottage Toys opened their doors to the public Since 1994

in May 2022. Moore admits there were challenges, beginning with an old creek bed which ran through the footprint of the building, and which had to be contended with before work could begin on the basement. As Four Points look forward to celebrating their 10th year in business, Moore takes a moment to reflect on the early years when he and partner Tim Fosbery started out. “We began as subcontractors, doing small projects and building up our reputation as the company which always brings its A-game to every build. We knew we were contenders and once we began working the marketing angle, getting more exposure, things began to happen.” Happen indeed – the company has fifteen substantial builds to its credit, along with numerous projects like boathouses, additions, etc., and current projects are keeping its large crew busy year ‘round. As for the future, Moore says “We just keep on keepin’ on, doing our best. We get a lot of referrals from our customers as well as repeat business which speaks well of the service we provide and the level of customer satisfaction we are able to achieve." Four Points Construction 705-740-5740 Follow them on Facebook

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Cottage Ambiance Finally, the sweetness of summertime is upon us. There is nothing quite like the warmth of the sun on your face, and the sights, smells and sounds of nature in Canada. With the opulence of four beautiful seasons, we have learned how to make the most out of all aspects of the hottest one, and the places in which we choose to spend our time are no exception. Although an escape to a lake is lovely, a transformation of your city home can easily serve as the ultimate everyday oasis. Dreaming of creating your own unique haven? Read on for some inspiration, tips and tricks. Cottage Feel, City Convenience With the goal of creating a relaxing sanctuary at home, there are many ways to bring that lustrous lakeside feel to the heart of the city. Creating a list of what you love about a cottage getaway and also the conveniences you appreciate about being in the city will help you formulate a plan to recreate the sense of being on vacation…but, with all the conveniences of home.


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A Little Extra Space To Work With? What better way to create extra summer excitement (year after year) than with an area that is reserved for use only during the warmer months. With a well thought out design, you don’t need a lot of space to make a big impact! A charming summer kitchen is the perfect addition to provide you with everything you need for poolside hangs, BBQ dinners and movie nights projected under the stars.

Keep It Organized! As we are all eager to make the most out of summertime, it is inevitably one of the busiest times of the year. Keeping your home organized inside plays a crucial role in maximizing your time to spend outside, enjoying life! A mudroom at the entrance to your house provides the perfect “drop zone” for bags, sunscreen, pool toys, soccer balls and hiking shoes.

That Fresh Feel, All Year Long Layering in a variety of airy fabrics and textures will provide a fresh, organic feel to your home. A palette of neutrals with fun pops of colour, and natural elements such as wood, metal or stone accents collectively piece together to make a space feel homey. Opt for woven window blinds, and linen drapery for timeless accents and play off the natural light available to you with light reflecting tiles and paint. Fresh sprigs of greenery in porcelain or glass vases and indoor trees in baskets allow you to bring the freshness of outdoors in, regardless of the season. 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. Since 1994

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Home Reno? Pro Home Solutions

When it’s time to think about home renovations, you start by considering which company is the right one to take on your job. After all, this is your home – you need someone who is professional, trustworthy, and the best at what they do. There are many renovation businesses out there, but how many come fully equipped with a design centre completely set up with an interior designer ready to walk you through every tiny detail of the job, right down to the paint colour?

stonescaping, fireplaces and firepits, as well as pools, hot tubs and saunas. Talk to them about custom tile installation, including showers and surrounds.

Pro Home Solutions ticks all the boxes; founded on attention to detail, they believe every space – inside or out – has the potential to be functional, beautiful, and styled just for you and your family. Their showroom, located at 92 Dunsford Road, is your one-stop shop for everything from design and planning to completion of any project. Their inhouse interior designer, Chelsea, is ready to walk you through every step of your upcoming project, from design to plan to budget.

Pro Home also works with insulated concrete forms which result in a wall system of unmatched comfort, energy efficiency, strength and noise reduction – a very affordable, green option when you are looking to build.

Since their showroom opened four years ago, Pro Home is proud to have become the planning hub to make all your home and cottage dreams come true. The Pro Home team specializes in custom carpentry: decks, fences, gazebos, pergolas, pool houses, garden sheds and greenhouses to make your outdoors functional, welcoming and the place to kick back; sunrooms and screened-in porches to bring your indoors closer to the outside; and custom kitchens to create the perfect blend of function, style and hospitality in what is undoubtedly the heart of your home. They have the expertise to create beautiful landscaping and

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From demolition, flooring installations, drywall and painting, to concrete and specialty finishes, lighting and sound systems, and all exterior finishes, Pro Home is ready to make your renovation dreams become reality!

For the past five years Pro Home has specialized in renovations, house builds, kitchens and bathrooms. Their staff of 25 experienced professionals ensure the job is done right, and on time. The key element to Pro Home is that they employ a long list of experts who each play an important role in your project; and having licensed professionals like their own electrician, plumber, framers and carpenters means that no time is wasted on outsourcing these trades. Next time you are dreaming about that new kitchen, or budgeting for new siding on the house, call Pro Home Solutions – trusted builders with an eye for design. Pro Home Solutions 92 Dunsford Road, Dunsford 705-793-3000

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Locking Through The Kawar thas on Your PWC 101

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

Going through your first lock on a personal watercraft (PWC) can be intimidating. All those bigger boats. Huge gates. High concrete walls. Lock masters directing traffic. Sightseers watching from above. And you on your comparatively tiny PWC. About The Kawartha Locks A lock exists to raise and lower the water level where terrain changes height. This enables PWC riders to get around a place where the waterway isn’t navigable. Locking through is an art, but fortunately not difficult to master. Learning to lock through properly is also a necessity for PWC exploration of the Kawartha Lakes. That’s because these lakes are interconnected by 18 locks between Hastings and Kirkfield, part of the Trent Severn Waterway. These man-made marvels of engineering include several must-sees, like the canyonlike walls of the huge Burleigh Falls Lock 28, the swing bridge/lock combo through the heart of Bobcaygeon Lock 32 and the world’s highest lift lock at Peterborough Lock 21. But first, you’ll need a Parks Canada Lock Permit for craft under 12 feet. I recommend buying one in advance to avoid a possibly long wait at a lock station on a weekend. Purchase either online or by driving to your nearest lock station on a weekday. A lock permit is good for any lock operated by Parks Canada (Trent Severn, Rideau Canal and others) and is available for the season, for six days or one day.


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Approaching A Lock On Your PWC When approaching any lock, slow right down to no wake, watch for other boats and check out the lock traffic signal. If the red light is on, moor at the “blue line”, a waiting area designated with a blue strip (while you’re waiting for the gates to open, attach your PWC bumpers). The yellow light means get ready to approach the lock, but stay put. Green means to enter the lock cautiously. Proceed slowly with no wake and in total control of your PWC. Remember to give recreational boats exiting the lock right of way, and follow any voice instructions or hand signals from lock staff. Staff will direct PWCs to the front or back, left or right side of the lock. Or when it’s crowded, to raft between other recreational boats. Securing Your PWC Inside A Lock Once in place, loop (not tie) your mooring rope around the nearest wall cable to secure your PWC so it will move up or down with the water level. Or get a secure grip (preferably by

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mooring rope and hand) on the boat you’re rafting beside. In either case, also sit sideways to help brace your PWC with your feet to help stop drifting. Be prepared to hang on tightly, because some locks create a strong current that can rock your PWC as water rushes in and out to change the level. Once in place and secure, turn off your PWC and keep it off until the signal comes to exit. Exiting A Lock On Your PWC When it’s your turn to do so, retie your mooring rope securely to your PWC so it doesn’t get sucked into the PWC impellor, then steer slowly through the open gates. Maintain no wake speed until you are well beyond the blueline on that side of the lock. And don’t forget a quick “thank you” wave to the lock staff and remove your bumpers! My Two Final Tips When planning your PWC ride, check the lock operating hours to ensure you can make the last lock-through of the day before it closes. While every lock in the system keeps the same hours, operating hours varying slightly between weekdays and weekends, and also from early summer to mid-summer, and after Labour Day. My second tip is that “practise makes perfect”, so get ready for locking thru by becoming proficient at docking your PWC – the same manoeuvres will help you in a lock! Want to learn more? Find everything you need to know about PWC touring at For Trent Severn information, visit on/trentsevern/visit/posteeclusage-lockstation

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It was a rough day. A long day. Work deadlines and the constant stress of trying to please customers, juggle email replies, return phone calls and complete a slew of other tasks that just didn’t get done plagued me on this particular day. The kids had to be picked up, I was running late and then we had other household items to stop and purchase. By the time I found a lawnmower I liked, it was almost dinner time. We had to trek over to check on the in-laws who had an unexpected visit to the emergency room earlier in the day. Once we loaded the kids back up and headed home, dinnertime started at bedtime and bedtime was pushed back further. The kids were overtired, but finally found sleep. The weight of a busy day mixed with the need to be suddenly creative is sometimes hard to do. I like to start with a blank slate and have a clear mind when I begin to put pen to paper. On this particular evening the earlier chaos of the day was clouding the Zen of a needed clear mind. My writing flow was choppy and full of interruption until my dear husband walked downstairs and delivered me the perfect little cup of summertime.

childhood memories I have that connected to ice cream. Every summer we would drive for weeks and weeks of road trips, and the surprise of an ice cream cone mid-way through the day was always a welcome treat. I remember ice cream melting down my hands and arms from the summer heat and my lack of ice cream-eating vitesse. Summer days spent walking up dirt roads of a campground to go and grab an ice cream cone, or hopping out of the boat at the marina to run in and grab a cone are happy little memories I still carry. As a child I would always pick elaborate concoctions of flavours if my parents would let us get two scoops. Tiger tail and cotton candy were the frontrunners, and banana and chocolate were the runner-up. My little brother would always get bubble gum and my older brother would order something more grown up like pralines and cream or strawberry (clearly, he had a refined ice cream palette).

As he held out the little white cup to me, he said, “thought you could use this.” I smiled. The white cup, inked with blue drawings of pine trees, whimsical woodland creatures, lakes and names of Ontario cottage towns proudly boasts the Kawartha Dairy logo. The cup was full of my favourite new ice cream flavour, coconut. I sat, with feet up on my desk, enjoying every perfect little spoonful of the cold and creamy treat.

Nowadays as I take my kids for road trips and camping excursions, of course we stop for ice cream enroute. They love that little cupful of summertime just like I did. They don’t get as creative with flavours as I once did - they are purists through and through and they enjoy their little cup of cold and creamy summertime simply, with vanilla.

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h g u o r h T L iving n o i t a v o n e the R You’ve decided to renovate and you’re likely already feeling a flood of feelings, from excitement and anticipation to indecision and anxiety. And the work hasn’t even begun yet! Whether you’re renovating one room or the entire home, this emotional rollercoaster has the same ups and downs. Here are three simple tips to minimize the “downs” of the reno ride ahead.

your sanity - hanging in the balance. Set a timeline for every renovation milestone that needs to happen, and at which point in the process.

1.GET ORGANIZED. This is key to keeping your project on time and on budget. Start with a clear vision of what you want and need out of the renovation, and determine how you will finance it. This all happens long before any actual construction work begins, and is a great time to research and engage your professional resources to realize your reno vision. Once you know what you want and how much it will cost, work through the details. A professional designer will itemize the project details in your design plan. If you are acting as your own project manager you will soon learn that a renovation can be like a juggling act, with multiple time-sensitive elements up in the air, and with your home - and


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2. HAVE AN ESCAPE PLAN. What are your living arrangements during the renovation? If you can move out temporarily or go away on vacation, do it. However, if you’re planning to stay in your home through the renovation, designate some areas as “reno-free.” This gives you a place to escape when you need a break from the decisions and dust. If you’re renovating the kitchen or bathrooms, have a back-up plan, as these spaces will be largely unusable for a period of time. 3. ALWAYS OPT FOR QUALITY. A kitchen renovation needs to shine, from the inside out. Sometimes, this means choosing less-sexy upgrades, like correcting moisture issues or upgrading plumbing and electrical. Once the bones of the space are in good shape, you can then make cosmetic upgrades. When it comes to your products and materials, buy the best you can afford. An experienced designer can guide you on which upgrades are worth the investment and where you can save money. Lean into your designer, who has a roster of suppliers and manufacturers that they know and trust. Just remember, you usually get what you pay for. If you can’t afford the renovation you want, consider scaling back your project accordingly or delay it until you can cover the cost. While a home renovation can certainly be many things to many people, it usually can’t be all things to all people. With that said, have realistic expectations. What is it that makes the space feel like “home”? How can it be more functional and enjoyable? With the right planning, resources and budget, the right renovation can be life-changing. Stick to the plan and resist the urge to make changes mid-way, which can be costly and causes delays. A good designer and project manager will keep things on track. What seems like a simple renovation can sometimes spiral into something bigger. A home has a lot of elements, and each decision affects the others, as well as the final outcome. Many people choose to “do-it-yourself” but perhaps my most important tip is to be realistic about what you can handle. Your team of experienced professionals is there to shoulder the weight, from identifying your needs to determining a plan of action and executing it. This is a dance of coordination and patience that’s best left to a professional who can choreograph the project without missing a beat.

By Designer Patti Wilson Patti Wilson, Principal of award winning Patti Wilson Design, known for creating stylish, thoughtfully curated, livable interiors. The firm provides residential design services for discerning clientele focused on creating elevated interiors that are approachable and a reflection of their client's unique story. IG: patti_wilson_design JCL_20191122-3115-Edit Since 1994

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A Midsummer’s Tradition:

Celebrating the Solstice Midsummer or Litha, more commonly known as the Summer Solstice, marks the longest day and the shortest night of the year, thanks to our proximity to the life-giving sun. Since summer is more loose and free-flowing in our home, building in family traditions the way we do in the winter months gives us something to anticipate, even if we’re not destined for a getaway. Summer Solstice is one of those yearly things we’ve grown to love. We centre our Solstice around a bonfire as our ancestors would have done long ago. We prepare a meal that is easily cooked on the coals, and sometimes we include other families for a potluck, connecting with our small community over food, beautiful weather, and of course, a dessert of s’mores or brown sugar and cinnamon apples on the fire. As the sun begins to set, we play with sparklers, write a wish on a piece of flying wish paper and send it into the world, and pass out glow sticks to the kids. If we gather in a larger group, I pass each family the same colour glow stick so we can easily spot our own children in the dark. With the sinking of the sun, we’re pleasantly surprised by the magical ‘faeries’ (fireflies!), their

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flashing lights hovering in the grass. The kids and willing adults spend until bedtime catching those tiny blinking lights, letting them fly into the night while music and laughter is shared by the fire. Traditionally, our ancestors would have stayed up to see the sunrise, as they would have during the Winter Solstice. Our days of all-nighters lost their appeal upon the arrival of our children so we typically don’t indulge in that aspect of tradition, but we do take note of the placement of the sunset now versus where it sets in the winter. This yearly conversation helps to illustrate to ourselves and our children how omniscient and reliable the universe truly is. Each day the sun rises and falls. Each month the moon grows and shrinks. It’s these simple observations that can help to keep us rooted and connected to something beyond ourselves. Jacquelyn Toupin lives with her family in a heritage farmhouse that has been in her family for several generations. You can follow them on Instagram @raisinghay

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The faster, easier way to launch & park your Jet Ski Anstruther Marina is all about helping you make the most of your leisure time by dealing in top-of-the-line watersport and powersport equipment – boats, jet skis, ATVs, side-by-sides, etc. A big part of your enjoyment is how quickly you can be on your way to your next adventure. We all know about docks and docking systems for your boat – untie it, hop in, start it up and away you go. But what about your personal watercraft (PWC)? Mark Stoakes, of Anstruther Marina, explains, “There are three ways to park your jet ski: you can tie it up to your dock and hope it doesn’t suffer damage from high wind and waves; you can launch it from its trailer each and every time you Since 1994

use it – this gets tiresome, and takes the fun out of a quick jaunt on the lake; or, you can drive your jet ski onto your newly installed ShorePort, and simply back down into the water when it’s time to hit the lake.”

The ShorePort comes in tan or grey and is very easy to install. If you prefer to leave it to the professionals, call Anstruther Marina to place your order – delivery and installation of your new ShorePort can be arranged.

Simply put, a ShorePort is a ride-on deck for a jet ski; it makes it more convenient to get out on the water and so much easier and safer to park at the end of the ride. Compatible with most docking systems, your Shore Port can be installed either parallel or perpendicular to your dock, anchoring it safely and securely. Additional ShorePorts can be installed beside one another, and they can accommodate up to 3-seater jet skis.

Cheers to a great summer on the water and safe mooring for your jet ski! Anstruther Marina (Lakeside) 23 Fire Route 63, Apsley ON 705-655-5555 Watersports & Powersports showroom (Sales) 11 McFadden Road at Hwy 28, Apsley ON 705-656-4783 Follow them on Facebook

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Top 5 Ways

to Manage Drought Conditions at the Cottage Don’t let drought put a damper on your time at the cottage this summer. We depend on water, and we can take care to enjoy it responsibly. Here are some tips for dealing with drought and for helping you conserve water all year ‘round. 1. Manage your shoreline property naturally

Plant drought-tolerant, native trees and wildflowers along shorelines and in cottage gardens; they are adapted to local conditions including the fluctuations we experience during a hot, dry summer. They need very little watering or maintenance, giving you more time to sit back and enjoy the view!

3. Be water efficient

Did you know it is possible to reduce a household’s water consumption by more than 40% by changing some habits and updating fixtures? • •

A variety of native and drought-tolerant plants are available for purchase at GreenUP Ecology Park in Peterborough. Watch for the Otonabee Conservation Tree Seedling Sale starting each year in January; you can choose from over 50 native species.

2. Re-use the rain!

Collecting rainwater is a simple and effective way to reduce your water use at the cottage. Rain barrels or other containers that are placed under a downspout can collect rainwater for future use. By using rainwater, you will provide your flowers with what they prefer, and you’ll also save your well or drinking water for its intended use.

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Check to make sure your toilet’s flapper isn’t leaking, and the handle isn’t sticking in the flush position Install a shower head that has a trickle feature or turn off the water while soaping up Only wash full loads of laundry or dishes

4. Manage your water supply

Many cottages receive their water supply from a well. Water wells are naturally replenished with rainfall. During drought, the amount of water you use can impact your neighbours - water is a shared resource! Check with your local municipality for details about outdoor water use bylaws and watering restrictions. 5. Stay informed and aware Otonabee Conservation work with many partners as part of the Ontario Low Water

Response Program, analysing temperature and precipitation data along with stream flow and water demand observations to detect low water occurrences across the watershed. To find out if we are experiencing drought conditions, or to view low water alerts in the Otonabee Region watershed, visit Karen Halley, Otonabee Conservation

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The Best Fun,

Fitness Rowing Machine For The Cottage Pictured Adam Kreek, Olympic Gold Medal Rower

A new way to experience fun and fitness at the cottage this summer. Kids love it because it’s totally fun! Everybody else loves it for the fun and because it is incredibly stable, safe and offers a full body workout that’s double the calorie burn of jogging with no stress on the knees. It’s fast because both legs are used together to power the stroke.

Ryan Galloway, an NHL Referee, has adopted this board as a part of his rehabilitation regiment following knee surgery and says that its adaptability makes it perfect for outdoor fitness training. "Of all the pieces of fitness equipment I own, the Oar Board is by far the best addition I have ever made in support of my fitness goals." Ryan Galloway, NHL Referee Galloway says, "Thanks, Oar Board, for being an integral part of my off-season training and for providing a unique way to spend time on the water." Adam Kreek, 2008 Gold Medal Olympic Rower rows an Oar Board® to get out in nature while staying fit both mentally and physically.

"I love my Oar Board! It’s fun, it’s fast and I get a super workout." - Adam Kreek, Olympic Gold Medal Rower Learning to row is an experience that lasts a lifetime. Once limited to Rowing Club’s with long narrow tippy rowboats, the Oar Board Rower now offers a new way to enjoy all the benefits of rowing whether you are a teenager or a retired veteran of life.

There are free ‘How to Row’ videos available online so those that are new to the sport can teach themselves the basis quickly. Oar Board also offers a line of paddle boards called Fitness Row and Adventure Row that also includes a double so two people can go rowing together.

The Oar Board combines sliding rigger technology, two-part carbon sculling oars with a traditional paddle board that turns into a performance rowboat in less than 5 minutes. Another cool thing is that it’s totally portable and lightweight. The Oar Board fits into a wheelie bag along with the 2-part oars. Combined with an inflatable paddle board your two wheelie bags can be kept at the apartment or at the cottage, travel in the car and even fly with you as checked luggage.

Designer Harold Aune says, "This is a pro-built piece of rowing gear designed to handle heavy usage offering years of service in fresh or saltwater, it’s built to last! Our company is renowned for giving customers the best service ever.”

Rowing offers a full-body workout that uses 85% of the body’s muscles, it has become a staple workout routine for many athletes, whether on the water or on a stationary rowing machine in the gym. Since 1994

The Oar Board is manufactured in Canada by Whitehall Rowing & Sail located in Victoria, British Columbia. Whitehall sells direct to customers all over the world and has shipped the Oar Board to happy owners in over 60 countries in the past seven years. Customers can easily order online or call or email Diana at 1-800-663-7481 or for advice or to place an order.

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Catch & Release:

Being Part of the Natural Cycle Every angler should make their best effort to be a good conservationist. Knowing which fish to harvest for food, and which to release, helps us make wise use of a renewable resource. Here are a few simple tips! What Fish to Keep • Small-to-medium sized fish. Smaller fish are more numerous and often better tasting. • Fish which are injured or unlikely to survive if released. What Fish to Release • Large spawning-age fish. These fish are the survivors! Only a small percentage of fish live to reach spawning age, and their genetics are important to protect future generations. • Trophy fish. But don’t worry! You can still have your trophy. Measure the length and girth of the fish and take a few photos. Your taxidermist can use these to make an identical replica of your catch which will last longer and look better than the original! • Fish you don’t intend to use. • Any fish which are under the legal size limit. When you plan on releasing fish, there are a few things you can do to give them the best chance at surviving: • • • • • • •

Make sure you bring fish in quickly so they don’t become too exhausted. Don’t release fish in a strong current. Try to unhook fish when they’re still in the water – the less time they’re out of water, the better! Try pinching down barbs on hooks with pliers. Remember to wet your hands before handling fish to minimize damage to their protective slime coat. Don’t place your fingers in the gills of a fish, lift a fish by its tail, or squeeze a fish. Don’t keep fish on a stringer.

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“Family “

When we grow old, we may walk a little slower, bend down more gingerly and lose a few movements we took for granted when we were much younger; but as more numbers are added to our existence granted to walk this Earth, we gain the most valuable asset a man or woman can ever have, a miracle only seniors can enjoy, and that miracle is of course grandchildren and great grandkids, more fondly referred to as family. What does the word “family” mean and where did it originate? Actually, no one really knows. In the 15th century the English word was derived from Latin “famulus”, at that time used to describe a household which included servants. An ancient description is somewhat vague, “A married couple or other group of adult kinsfolk who co-operate economically and in the upbringing of children and all or most of whom share a common dwelling.” In 1689 Pierre Magnol was a famous botanist who recognized seventy-six different species of plants and referred to each group as a “family” of plants. More recent dictionary definitions state family is a group of persons related by birth, marriage or adoption who live together - all such related persons are considered members of one family. Nowhere in all of the references did I find the word love. To me, when I speak of family, my parents and my siblings or my wife and our children, we must include love or to me it is not family. My wife Kay and I have five grandsons, two granddaughters and four great-granddaughters, most of whom live many miles away, so we rarely get a chance to visit. Two of our granddaughters, Jennifer and Katy, decided to pack up our four great-granddaughters - Alyssa, Laurel, Julia and Emily - in their van and drive to Ennismore to spend the day with grandma and grandpa. Not only did they endure the long drive, they even brought dinner, enough scrumptious food to feed an army so grandma would not have to hurriedly cook a big meal. What a wonderful day. The warmth of togetherness filled every room and the word love, although used many times, could be physically felt in all of our hearts and minds. The visit ended with hugs and kisses all around and of course the promise to stay in touch by phone or computer. So, what is family? What is family including the word love? I think I just described it. By Russ Sanders Since 1994

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Jigging for Giants! With bass season upon us here in the Kawarthas I want to share with you my absolute favourite technique for catching big bass all season, and the main reason I have been a successful tournament angler flipping a jig. The flipping jig is basically a skirted jig with a weed guard and a nice stout hook which can be rigged with a trailer of choice - I prefer a chunk or a craw. It has long been a favourite bait for many serious tournament anglers because of its ability to catch giant bass and produce in the toughest of conditions. It is also very versatile, can be fished in various types of cover at different depths and usually produces bigger than average bites. Because of its weed guard It can be punched through heavy matted weeds, dunked on deep weed lines, skipped under docks and fished just about anywhere you can toss a bait with little worry of getting snagged or hung up. The technique of flipping is an underhand cast usually to a target, trying to get the jig to enter the water like a high diver - quiet, and with very little splash. This takes practice, patience and time to master. I used to practice pitching a jig to various targets around the yard; cans, buckets, under picnic tables, trying to get the bait precisely where I wanted. Because of this practice when I hit the water I was prepared Since 1994

and able to pick the spots I wanted to place the bait and cast without causing a big commotion so not to spook the fish. When you get the bait where you want it, let it sink, then you can jig it (deep weeds and heavy cover), swim it (open water), or shake it (heavy cover and pads) depending on which type of cover you are fishing. The bite can be so subtle you won’t even feel it, or it can be a furious strike - almost ripping the rod from your grasp. It takes time to get the feel of a jig bite and you will Inevitably miss fish when learning what a bite feels like, but when you get the hang of it the hook up ratio will be very high when compared to other baits. The equipment in which I am most confident and generally use is a 7’6” extra-heavy action Kistler KLX flipping stick with a Daiwa Pitch n Flip 8:1 ratio reel. You can get away with a medium-heavy to heavy rod, but I love the extra-heavy to horse big fish out of heavy cover. The line is dependent on the type of cover and water clarity I am fishing. In heavy cover I am throwing anywhere from 30-60lb Daiwa J-Braid. People always ask why such a heavy line when bass don’t weigh near that much; it’s because braid is abrasion resistant and has no stretch which results in better hook sets. Also, cover such as wood, rocks and weeds may have zebra mussels on them, and

you need that heavy line to get them out. In clearer open water I will usually throw on a fluorocarbon leader which is less visible to fish in those conditions. The jig itself is a Punisher mini jig 7/8 oz or 5/8 oz with a Prowater Baits Kick ‘n Chunk trailer; both of these baits are made locally here in Ontario. My two favourite jig colours are green pumpkin and black with an electric blue trailer. There you have it, all of my tournament secrets wrapped up in one article! So, if you want to catch bigger bass more consistently, learn to fish a flipping jig and jig for giants! I guarantee this technique will help you in your quest for your personal best. Good luck, happy fishing and tight lines! Mike Williams

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Introducing Kawartha Off Road Motorcycle Association (KORMA) Thinking of trying two wheels instead of four? We have exactly what you’re looking for right here in the Kawarthas. Whether you’re a seasoned dirt bike rider looking for some challenging single track or a little newer to the sport and want to learn on the double track trails, we have something for everyone.


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In 2019 Kawartha ATV Association(KATVA) saw an opportunity to officially share the ATV trails we manage with the off-road motorcycle enthusiasts. We noticed how many families have both ATVs and dirt bikes in their household and they were looking for places to ride together. Under the umbrella of Kawartha ATV Association we formed a new chapter club called the Kawartha Off Road Motorcycle Association(KORMA). This is the first time that the two sports have come together under one organization in Ontario but we see a bright future for this type of a partnership between the two sports. We knew right away that the best way to promote the sport of dirt biking would be to be a part of the Ontario Federation of Trail Riders (OFTR) so we formed a partnership with them and our members are now also members of the OFTR which allows them to ride all OFTR trails in Ontario. That’s over 2300 kms of trails for riders to enjoy throughout the province. Dirt bike riders come from all walks of life. I can honestly say that I’ve met everyone from 6 year olds who ride the trails with training wheels to CEOs of large corporations riding our trails. Regardless of who you are, we have something to offer everyone here in the Kawarthas. We have over 200 kms of double track multi use trails for those who are looking for an easier ride or to build their skill level. The Victoria Rail Trail from Burnt River north to Kinmount is open to dirt bikes and it’s a great place to begin your journey. There’s even a special parking area in Kinmount for recreational vehicles only so that you have a safe place to stop and park your bike while you grab some lunch in the village. If you want a little more adventure take a tour through the Somerville Forest. Most of these trails are again multi-use trails and riders have been known to see a moose or deer in their travels. Within the forest is some great single track trails for those who want to take that next step. The single track in the Somerville Forest has some of the most scenic views in the area. This is a great area for those newer to riding to push themselves and test their skills. For those of you who want a real challenge, head on over to our 5 Points trail system. The 5 Points is well known in the riding community as home of the Corduroy Enduro race that has run every September. This year will be its 68th year. The race starts in Gooderham and runs through areas of Haliburton County, the 5 Points and over to the Somerville Forest. The terrain in the 5 Point is a little more rock and in some areas there’s some water but they are some of the best trails you’ll find in southern Ontario. Every year we build new trails and reopen old abandoned trails that were once used for the Cord. There are lots of double track and single track and it’s worth the drive to check out what we have to offer - you won’t be disappointed. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at or check out our KORMA facebook page. See you on the trails! Since 1994

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Septic Systems

They may be out of sight, but they shouldn’t be out of mind! When you love your lake, you will want to make sure your septic system is functioning properly. Improperly treated wastewater may contain bacteria, viruses, phosphorus, and nitrogen. Inadequate treatment can result in an overabundance of weeds and algal blooms. This can make a lake unpleasant for swimming and boating, affect water quality, fish, wildlife, and their habitats, and it can cause health risks for people. Maintaining your septic system is your responsibility! Follow these helpful tips to make sure your septic system keeps functioning properly.

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Know where your tank and drain field are. Reduce your water use to keep solid sludge settled on the bottom of the tank. Have your septic system inspected and pumped regularly and keep a record of all maintenance work. Have this done by a licensed professional. Get the contractor to check the scum and sludge depth, inspect for any large cracks or deterioration and check the fit of access lids. How often you do this depends on the size of your tank, how many people are in your household and how much it is being used. A general rule of thumb is to have a septic tank inspected and pumped every three to five years. Holding tanks may have to be pumped as often as every week, depending on its size and usage. Check your tank regularly and have it pumped before it reaches its capacity. The best time to pump out your septic tank is summer and early fall. This ensures the tank will have time to refill and re-establish bacterial activity before winter. For systems that receive little to no use over winter, keep about one foot of liquid in the tank to support bacterial action and to reduce any damage from freezing. Keep your septic system accessible so it can be properly maintained.

some may harm your system. Don’t flush anything that you didn’t produce, except for toilet paper! That means no fats, grease, paints, cat litter, sanitary products, diapers, wipes, cigarette butts or kitchen waste. Don’t water your lawn over the drain field.

What to do if your septic system isn’t working properly It’s time to call for help from a professional if: • Your toilets or drains are backed up • You have foul smells inside and/or outside your house • You find soft or spongy ground over the drain field • Your drain field has patches of abnormally healthy-looking grass on it • There’s surface water leaking into the holding tank • You are requesting fewer than normal pump outs on your holding tank For more information on how you can show your lake some love, visit Love Your Lake is a shoreline naturalization program developed by the Canadian Wildlife Federation and Watersheds Canada.

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Don’t drive or park vehicles on top of your drain field; this can compact the soil and damage pipes. Don’t use cleaners, soaps and detergents with phosphates. Keep a perimeter around the edge of the drain field clear of trees and shrubs. How big of a perimeter depends on the species – be sure to do some research! Don’t use septic additives. They are not necessary or effective and

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Work & Play with Todd Equipment Ltd.

Searching for the perfect machine to add hours of fun to your life? Look no further than Todd Equipment Ltd. They are a full-service family operated equipment dealer that began selling out of Millbrook

meeting your needs is their top priority. Founded not only on excellent customer service, but also on the principles of hard work and a focused attitude, Todd Equipment Ltd. has a long list of satisfied customers. Todd Equipment Ltd. have a mission to offer its clients the latest in parts and products at the best prices. The service department is very knowledgeable, fully trained and informed on the nature of the work to be performed before going ahead. As a multi-line dealer, they have much more to offer for future purchases. As your needs grow, they’ll be there for your next big purchase, with everything you need from work to play. From summer fun on a four-wheeler or winter fun on a new sled, to both seasons on a tractor, Todd Equipment Ltd. have you covered.

and grew into their newer 12,000 square foot facility in Fraserville. In business since 1951, they know a lot about how to get you onto the perfect machine for your needs. Whether it is a new Polaris to hit the mud, or a Massey Ferguson to get all the big jobs done on your property, the team at Todd Equipment take great pride in getting you set with the machine of your dreams.

Give them a call or stop in and chat with one of their knowledgeable staff - you’ll be glad you did. Todd Equipment Ltd. 955 Syer Line, Fraserville 705-944-3333

Todd Equipment Ltd. have a mission to offer its clients the latest in outdoor power products to make your outdoor living more enjoyable. Their Gold Star technicians training annually to service what they offer, including the full line of Polaris snowmobiles, Polaris Ranger utility vehicles, Polaris RZR sport side-by- sides, Polaris ATVs and Polaris Power generators. If you need help with the big jobs they also carry a full line of Massey Ferguson equipment: tractors (from subcompact to compact tractors and farm equipment), full line Cub Cadet lawn mowers, tillers, wood splitters and lawn maintenance equipment. Combine this wide array of equipment with their friendly and knowledgeable staff, and we're convinced Todd Equipment Ltd. will become your only stop for all your outdoor work and recreation power needs. The team at Todd Equipment pay close attention to the interests of each customer. From the minute you walk through the door, Since 1994

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Add Some Herbal

Spice to Your Life What was commonplace and second nature to our ancestors has become a knowledge and understanding deeply desired by many now. Knowing herbs and their place in the apothecary and kitchen is an old wisdom being reborn, which brings with it uncertainty and potentially a lack of confidence in these realms. If you want to add more botanicals into your life but are unsure where to start, why not look to the kitchen? With warmer weather here we have lots of opportunities to add just a dash of herbal spice into our lives. Many of our favourite and beloved culinary herbs also boast some impressive medicinal properties as well. Take thyme for example. Delicious on potatoes and steak, but did you know it helps to support your digestive and respiratory systems while also fighting viruses? Rosemary is another culinary friend with an impressive medicinal tract record. Supportive of the adrenals, circulation, and digestion, we could all use a little more rosemary in our lives. From herbal salts and compound butters to infused cooking oils and vinegars, adding more culinary herbs into your life is a simple and effective way to get to know these plants on a deeper level. This summer venture out into the gardens, play with some simple kitchen remedies and stock those apothecaries with some herbal spice. Correne Omland, Clinical Herbalist & Reiki Practitioner

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8 meringues

FOR THE RASPBERRIES: • 4 cups fresh raspberries, rinsed • ¼ cup granulated sugar • 2 ounces orange juice FOR THE WHIPPED CREAM: • 1 cup 35% cream • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar • fresh mint for garnish DIRECTIONS 1. Prepare the raspberries: Reserve ½ cup of raspberries to use whole in the finished dessert. Place remaining raspberries into a medium-sized bowl and sprinkle with sugar and orange juice. Gently mash the berries. Set aside. 2. Prepare whipped cream: Place cream into a bowl or measure and whip on moderate speed until it begins to thicken. Increase speed and add sugar little by little until whipped cream holds stiff peaks. 3. Assemble dessert: Using small dessert bowls or cups, place a dollop of raspberry mixture into the centre. Gently crumble 1 meringue into larger pieces and place half the quantity into the dish. Add a small dollop of whipped cream followed by a few spoonfuls of the raspberry mixture. Add a few whole berries as well. Repeat. Garnish with a few whole berries and a sprig of mint.

BUTTER-AND-MILK-BOILED CORN INGREDIENTS For the corn: • 6 ears of corn, shucked • 8 cups water • 4 cups homogenized milk • 1 butter stick (8 tablespoons) • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

For the herbed garlic mayo: • ½ cup mayonnaise • 6 tablespoons butter, melted • 2 cloves garlic chopped • ½ teaspoon kosher salt • 1 tablespoon lemon juice • ¼ cup chopped chives

DIRECTIONS 1. Prepare the corn: Trim away the very end and tip of the corn cob. Cut into 1- or 1½-inch thick knobs. 2. Pour the water into a soup pot. Add the sugar and salt. On moderate-high heat add milk and butter when the liquid is steaming. When butter is melted, add the corn. Bring to a boil. Reduce to moderate heat and cook corn for 6 minutes. 3. Prepare the herbed garlic mayo: Place mayonnaise, melted butter, garlic, salt and lemon juice into a canister. Zip it up using a blender until light and emulsified. Stir in chives. 4. To serve the corn: Remove cob segments from liquid and transfer to a serving bowl. Brush lightly with herbed garlic mayo. 5. Serve immediately with remaining sauce presented on the side for additional brushing.

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Susan Kehoe

A trip to Ireland was all it took to reignite a lifelong passion for writing, and author Susan K. Kehoe hasn’t looked back. “I used to write when I was a kid,” the London, England native recalls. At age nine, her family moved to Canada, settling in Toronto, and eventually writing took a backseat to life. Retiring from a 40year career in nursing Kehoe moved to the Belleville area in 1995 and settled into a quiet lifestyle involving gardening, dabbling in painting, and introspection. In 2014 came the bus trip to Ireland which would change her world completely. The 14-day trip circumnavigated the entire island – the rich culture, the exquisite landscapes, the troubled history were laid before Kehoe like a grand invitation. And she discovered upon her return home that she had so many questions, and her solution was to begin to write. Her first book, “Ireland: Snapshots in Time” (2017), is a collection of ten short stories of historical fiction, each set in a different era, and tackling events

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spanning from 400 AD (“The Celtic Hero: The Making of a Warrior”), through 1651 and the siege by Oliver Cromwell (“The Last Violin”), 1837 (“The Famine: One More Day”), to present day (“The Bus”, which was inspired by her own trip). Each story is a testament to countless hours of research. “I wanted all the details to be correct – the era, the clothing, weather and geology. I wanted to set the scene for the reader to be right there, in the middle of the story,” Kehoe says as she describes her process. The process worked so well that she found herself writing three more books, novels based on completely different subject matter. “Nuggets” (2019) is a coming-of age tale set in the Caribou Gold Rush in 1860’s British Columbia, and was followed by the romance/ suspense “Tango” (2022), which takes the reader from Kentucky to Argentina. Her most recent offering, “Viking Storm” will be launched “when it’s ready”. These days, Kehoe enjoys attending speaker’s events, meeting new people, and likely working on her next book. To purchase any of Kehoe’s work, visit her website: Follow her on Facebook @susankkehoeauthor

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Daytripping Feature Its summertime in Cottage Country and area beaches and waterways are already bustling -- but for those looking for more than sun and sand this season, opportunities to step out of your comfort zone await. Whether you decide to take in a show alfresco or make friends with an alpaca, these unique adventures will spice up your summer holiday bucket list. If there’s a dinosaur-lover in your group, the Indian River Reptile Zoo is a must see. Not only is the sanctuary home to hundreds of live reptiles, it features Canada’s only Dinosaur Park. Visitors can drive or walk through a collection of life-sized, animatronic dinosaurs while learning about the different species and what life was like when they roamed the Earth. For more information visit Make the most out of more warm summer evenings by taking in a live show at 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook. Here, the stages are outdoors and the audience is encouraged to become completely immersed in the theatrical experience. Now celebrating its

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30th anniversary, the not-for-profit organization focuses on presenting Canadian themes written by Canadian playwrights. The theatre is part of the Winslow Farm, which is open to playgoers a couple of hours before show-time. Grab dinner before the show with 4th Line Theatre’s BBQ offerings or by pre-ordering a charcuterie snack box by Elegant Edged Catering. To check out this season’s selection of plays, visit Ever wonder what it’s like to make friends with an alpaca? Head to Wanderlight Alpaca Experience near Lakefield for a private, hourlong meet-and-greet with the gentle and curious animals. Start off by introducing yourself to the seven alpacas on-site. Then select a companion to walk the Wanderlight grounds with. The guided walk offers plenty of photo opportunities and is available to adults and children alike. Walks need to be pre-booked and will run in most weather conditions, excluding thunderstorms. For more information visit

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Peterborough Welcomes Back Musicfest 2022 Every spring since 1987, the City of Peterborough excitedly awaits the start of a summer festival like no other. A festival that offers eight weeks of free-admission concerts that showcase renowned musicians in a beautiful gathering place at the end of the rapids (Nogojiwanong) on the shores of picturesque Little Lake. After a two-year break, Peterborough Musicfest is back to celebrate its 35th year! This year Peterborough Musicfest is excited to welcome acts like The Spoons, Gowan, Sam Roberts Band, JJ Wilde and many more to the Fred Anderson Stage at Del Crary Park. Fred Anderson started this festival in 1987 with one guiding principle – all concerts would be free-admission. Fred sincerely believed everyone should have access to topquality music regardless of one’s ability to pay. Fred was on to something. The psychosocial benefits of music – to reduce stress and anxiety, aid learning, increase well-being, Since 1994

and more – are increasingly well studied and understood. So are the economic benefits. In a 2016 survey, Peterborough Musicfest was valued at $4.2 million to the Peterborough economy creating 44 jobs throughout the summer season. That’s a healthy boost to our local businesses and tax base. Music sales have fallen dramatically in recent years thanks to piracy and the ubiquity of low-paying streaming services. As a result, all but the biggest names in music have seen their income from recorded music plummet. Live performance now fills the void, seeing increases in concert tickets by 23% since 2015 to an average of $91.90 USD. Artist fees have increased for our non-for-profit festival just as much in that time. Every artist who sets foot on our stage is paid market rates for their work. We are funded by corporate sponsorships (most of whom are small locally owned businesses),

through multi-level government support, fundraising initiatives, and private donations and we remain steadfastly, and uniquely, free of charge for our audience. That’s right – it is absolutely FREE to see the likes of City & Colour, Walk Off the Earth, Serena Ryder, Gordon Lightfoot, 54.40, Tom Cochrane and so many others at Peterborough Musicfest because this feisty, industrious, creative city believes music should be enjoyed by all people, regardless of their ability to pay. We’re proud of what we’ve built and we invite you to be part of it. Please consider supporting us by donating online on our website and definitely come out to see a show! We look forward to an incredible 35th season starting on July 1, 2022 – we will see you at the park! #ptboloveslivemusic #investinmusicfest

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Magical Combination of Ar t & Nature Haliburton Sculpture Forest Art lovers looking for an immersive experience can skip the gallery and head to the woods this summer. The Haliburton Sculpture Forest is a magical combination of art and nature, with more than 30 art installations nestled amongst the trees in Glebe Park near the village of Haliburton. Each piece is unique – some striking in colour, popping against the forest backdrop, and others softer in shape, melting into the forest backdrop. The trails take 1-2 hours to walk in entirety but visitors are encouraged to pick their own speed. The trails are open to cyclists, and in the winter, can be enjoyed with a pair of snowshoes.


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By Sarah Frank The pieces have been constructed by both Canadian and international artists, each telling their own story. Around one trail corner, is “Beaver”, featuring the iconic Canadian animal staring up at a lamppost. The piece had artists working together with high school students to demonstrate nature taking back from the human race. Another piece, “Atmo-Sphere”, is a large sphere built with layers of granite pieces. From the front, the simplicity of the piece is striking. But artist John McKinnon built in a hidden entrance to give visitors a chance to sit within the dome and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. McKinnon spent four weeks creating the piece in 2013. In addition to various stones, the artists have used a variety of

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metals, wood and even glass to create intricate designs. One such installation is titled "Fire and and Ice: A Really Big Shoe". The piece is a largerthan-life stiletto crafted out of stainless steel wire, fire polished glass beads and faceted crystal glass beads. The sculpture forest opened in 2001 and began with just three pieces. It has since grown to 34 pieces and also features six one-of-a-kind benches. Admission to the forest is free, however donations are accepted. Free guided tours run each Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m. through July and August and last roughly 2 hours. Additionally, visitors can participate in Curator’s Selection tours running each Wednesday beginning at 12:10 p.m. through July and August. This tour covers a few sculptures selected by the curator and lasts roughly 40 minutes. For those who want to explore the forest on their own time, a self-guided tour is available through the PocketSights Tours app.

A Really Big Shoe Charles O'Neill Current - Peter Wehrspan

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Evolution - Don Dixon & Amy Doolittle Photo by Haliburton Sculpture Forest

The Beaver Atmo-Sphere - John McKinnon

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Nature offers us so many great natural defences to the things that bother us. There are few pests more bothersome than the hated mosquito. Luckily we have options that you can grow in your garden that will help make mosquitoes buzz off. Lemon Grass – The smell that is given off when burning citronella candles or lanterns is actually the oil that naturally comes from this herbal plant! Also effective are: Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Lemon Basil and Lemon Thyme. Citronella Plant (Citronella Geranium or Mosquito Plant) – Widely known as the plant for keeping those pesky bloodsuckers away, this geranium has the citronella gene embedded in it to give us that lovely smell. Beebalm (Monarda) – An adaptable perennial that acts like an invisible shield for you. This plant gives off a strong incense-like odor that confuses mosquitoes and masks your smell. Crush the leaves to let out the fragrant oils locked inside. Lavender – It’s not just easy on the eyes, this perennial herb has a scent we love to use in soaps and shampoos, but mosquitoes hate it. Marigold – You probably already know that most insects can’t stand the smell of marigolds, add mosquitoes to that list. The distinct scent of marigolds keeps mosquitoes at bay and is also great in your vegetable garden as a companion plant. Grow marigolds in containers that you can move around to your seating area or plant near your outdoor area. Peppermint – The strong scent that we love to infuse in our gum, toothpastes and drinks is not popular with mosquitoes. Grab a few leaves of mint, crush and rub on your body to give yourself a protective barrier. Rosemary – That’s right, the popular herb that adds big flavour to your food also keeps those little pests at bay too. It’s been used for hundreds of years for repelling mosquitoes. The oil of rosemary is also potent. By Vikki Whitney, Owner of Griffin’s Greenhouses 705-652-8638 or 1-877-647-4334


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Ar ts Festival After a two-year pandemic hiatus, “Art in the Country” returns to the Fenelon Fairgrounds Labour Day weekend with the 31st Kawartha Arts Festival. The two-day event, which attracts thousands of art lovers, will feature 100+ returning and new artists in an array of media – painting, sculpture, metal art, jewellery, pottery, ceramics, fibre & textiles and so much more. You will find fine art, functional art, the serious, and the whimsical. The Kawartha Arts Festival is the largest juried art festival in central Ontario and attracts artists from across the province. The Young at Art exhibit provides a valuable opportunity for 18-and-under artists to showcase and sell their work, and benefit from the mentorship of their adult counterparts while they experience the Festival atmosphere. Artists can be found in the Fenelon Ag Building, in one of two large marquees, and outside in rows of pop-up tents. Some artists offer demonstrations of their

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work, and all are eager to talk about their particular artistic offerings. The centre court offers seating space for patrons to grab a bite at the Fenelon Ag food booth, sit down and enjoy live music by North Country Express. Admission and parking are free, as is the shuttle which runs regularly between the fairgrounds and downtown Fenelon Falls all weekend, making it convenient for those coming by boat or who prefer to leave the car in one of the municipal parking lots. Donations are accepted at the entrance to the Festival, in exchange for a chance to win one of the hourly draws. Make KAF 2022 your Labour Day weekend destination: September 3, 10 am – 5 pm, September 4, 10 am – 4pm at the Fenelon Fairgrounds, 27 Veterans Way, Fenelon Falls. Check out their website:, or follow them on Facebook for updates.

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Nomi Resort Club

Rustic Luxury in the Haliburton Highlands

Nestled deep in the forests of Haliburton County near the south entrance to Algonquin Park, amid the rugged splendour of the Canadian Shield is Nomi Resort Club – a most elegant surprise, an oasis of fine dining, personal wellness and exclusive accommodations.

By Belinda Wilson

Elise Blouin, owner and developer at Nomi Resort Club, saw the potential of the 850-acre property as a destination back in 2016. The multi-phase plan is lofty but certainly achievable, given Blouin’s impressive track record in the corporate world. The key, Blouin says, is to “keep focused; perfect one aspect, then move on to the next thing.”

medical facials to body treatments, hydrotherapy, and botanical and apothecary treatments, everything is designed to help you achieve a higher level of harmony between body and mind. Even the specially designed spa lunch menu offers fresh, light food which is both healthful and appealing.

The first phase features Nomi’s main lodge – spacious accommodations await its guests, as do the Lands 8FIFTY restaurant, bar and lounge and the Spa Derma wellness spa.

Spend time in the outdoors at Nomi – relax and regroup or enjoy the endless trails where you can immerse yourself in Group of Seven landscapes and wash away the stress of everyday life.

Lands 8FIFTY offers the best in cuisine; high-end urban meets rustic elegance in the expertly curated menu. Fresh ingredients and sublime gastronomic creations are a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth.

1,800 feet of shoreline on Benoir Lake awaits you – grab a paddle boat, canoe or kayak and hit the water. Licensed anglers are welcome to fish the pristine waters, and whether on land or lake the surroundings are every photographer’s dream.

And oh, the views. Blouin says no matter where you are in the resort, you are in the forest. Windows and light and space bring the outdoors in, using to best advantage the healing effect of nature. Wellness is a vital part of the Nomi philosophy, as evidenced by the array of services and treatments available at Spa Derma: from massages by licensed RMTs, skin therapy, facial enhancements and


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Designed to take advantage of every season, Nomi Resort has access to snowmobile, snowshoe and cross-country ski trails which offer its guests the very best ways to embrace the Haliburton Highlands winter. Blouin is excited about expansion – partnership agreements with Yeti, Lululemon and Peloton will create new experiences for guests in the

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wellness centre. Look for an outdoor Nespresso bar, hot tubs, steam rooms, lakeside clubhouse, and a sports court in the near future. Upcoming food events will include wine and food pairings, outdoor food tastings, coffee pairings and tea ceremonies. Activity trail events will combine food, physical activity, and nature to create a holistic outdoor wellness experience. Nomi Resort Club also offers an investment opportunity – 51 detached recreational condo units are being built, allowing the discerning investor the opportunity to enjoy luxury in the heart of God’s country, or supplement their income by offering guest rentals the cottage country experience. Things continue to change and expand, but every carefully planned step is, as Blouin puts it, “designed to put the guest front and centre.” Nomi Resort Club 4727 Elephant Lake Road Township of Dysart, (Harcourt) County of Haliburton ON K0L 1X0 1-888-765-9951 Food Photo Credit David Chang

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Design by Lockside

Lockside Trading Company has three shopping locations to serve you; one in Young’s Point in the heart of the Kawarthas

offering over 7,000 square feet of shopping, the second location in downtown Haliburton with over 5,000 square feet, or if you prefer to do your shopping from the comfort of your home or cottage, Lockside’s third location – their online store - is there for your convenience, helping serve you from anywhere. No matter where you choose to shop, all three locations offer you a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, with a mix of home décor to help create a living space in which to sit back, relax, and entertain throughout the year. Selections are constantly

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changing throughout the seasons, offering a multitude of choices from indoor and outdoor furniture, lighting, giftware, bedding, and window treatments.

Canadian made has never been more important, especially during these times. By supporting your community and fellow Canadians we make where we live stronger.

As a multi-award-winning retailer Lockside sets itself apart with top-notch service from the beginning of your shopping experience to the end, from buying the right light to helping you with turnkey projects. They are renowned for their interior design service covering everything for your home, cottage, and commercial space. This service includes in-store, on-site and virtual consultations, working with customers, giving guidance and making dreams into reality. With qualified staff and quality products, Lockside caters to customers on any budget, in any location, with any look and style by helping with building floor plans, color, fabric selections and so much more. This service is complimentary with your purchase - a service worth hundreds of dollars for FREE!

Lockside has planned ahead, having a wide selection of floor models on hand for you to choose from. But with the pandemic affecting worldwide production, wait times have increased in all manufacturing areas. Most people start shopping for furniture a few weeks before they intend on having it in their home. Given current production delays, Lockside can help you with planning and ordering ahead, so you are more likely to receive your purchase by the time you need it.

Lockside is dedicated to supporting Canadians by offering Canadian-made products at great pricing and superior quality and specializing in custom Canadian-made furniture. Shopping locally and buying

Lockside Trading Company continues to be your one-stop year ‘round design and décor destination. A way of life since 1987, it’s the place where friends and family meet, making it the destination in Peterborough, the Kawarthas, and the Haliburton Highlands. For more information, upcoming events, and promotions, please visit www.lockside. com and find them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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A Perfect Getaway for All Occasions

Imagine a cozy cedar lodge nestled amongst towering majestic pines rising from pink granite, all at the water’s edge. This is Westwind Inn, a third-generation family-owned-and-operated business, open year ‘round, only 90 minutes from Toronto, via the 407 connection to Hwy 115, with COVID-safe protocols in place. Westwind Inn offers over one-quarter mile of scenic natural waterfront, an 80-foot lakefront deck, 200 feet of boardwalk, and 400 feet of docks and boat launch. Buoy #276 Trent Severn Waterway Lock 31, Buckhorn. It is ideal for quiet romantic getaways, small weddings, conferences, group retreats, or a family reunion. A total of 34 rooms are available for your exclusive use. The lobby/reception area greets you with soaring cathedral ceilings, a baby grand piano, and comfortable sofa and chairs, making it the perfect place to relax and read a book or plan your day’s adventures. The Inn has many new upgrades throughout the 30-room main lodge including hardwood floors and walk-in showers. A small swim spa is located on the 2nd floor of the chalet with a wall of windows overlooking Lower Buckhorn Lake, available for your private use in the colder seasons. The cozy lodge rooms also come with individual climate control, comfortable seating area, sofa, fireplace, a walk-out to your private balcony, and a large washroom, many with a two-person heart-shaped jet tub. The chalet, located on a private waterfront


point away from the main lodge features four upgraded honeymoon suites, all with a big plush sofa, winged back chair, fourposter bed, pine floors and cedar ceilings, an air jet tub, fireplace, coffee maker, kettle, and small fridge. All suites have a private balcony with a lake view. These are

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beautiful and secluded. Listen to the haunting call of the loon, take in the sunrise and sunset over the lake, explore private nature trails, cozy up in hammocks for two among the pines, and feel the sand between your toes on the

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beach. In winter, you can go crosscountry skiing and snowshoeing in a spectacular wilderness setting. Go skating or ice fishing and enjoy fireside dining. Westwind Inn offers complimentary seasonal activities—canoes, kayaks, rowboats, pedal boats, bikes, an outdoor swimming pool, putting green, driving net and sand trap, badminton, volleyball, horseshoes - and you can explore the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park located at our doorstep. Relax and do as little or as much as you wish. Meal packages include superb lakefront dining with a panoramic view of the lake. If you enjoy daytrips, Buckhorn and the surrounding area offer wonderful attractions. Explore quaint villages, galleries and shops. Enjoy lunch by the water’s edge at one the many restaurants or pubs. The quiet beauty of this lakeside setting offers the perfect atmosphere for guests. Book your stay today and experience the true peace and relaxation that nature and good food provide. Westwind Inn 1-800-387-8100

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What I Did on my Summer Vacation – In 1967

Do you recall what you did on your summer vacation fifty-five years ago? Maybe not, until I mention that 1967 was the summer of Canada’s Centennial – and of Expo ’67 in Montreal. Like millions of other Canadians, my family made the trip to “see the world” that had come to help celebrate Canada’s first hundred years. In July, the Willcock family took our truck-camper and stayed in the Expo Campground for a week; every day we rode the futuristic passenger monorail to and from the exhibition grounds – a cool experience for a country boy! We visited many of the 60 pavilions showcasing the 120 participating nations, saw Canadian and international performers, and met some very nice people from other provinces and countries. We each had an Expo “passport” that allowed us entry to pavilions, events, and activities – our Mom looked after my brother’s and mine, but we presented them for stamping. The 1967 World Exposition originally was to be in Moscow, but the Soviets withdrew and Montreal got it. The site was Île Sainte-Hélène, an island in the St Lawrence River connected to the mainland by the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Île Sainte-Hélène was expanded and a second island, Île Notre-Dame, was created using soil dredged from

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the river and also trucked in – much from Montreal’s newly-built subway. Site construction cost $40 million, with the same again for buildings. Participating nations paid for their pavilions, with several designed by world-renowned architects. The grounds were intended for 26 million visitors during the Fair’s run – 28 April to 27 October – excluding employees, performers, etc.; actual paid attendance was over 50 million. The total cost for building and operating Expo was $283 million, but the return was $480 million! There are a few remaining structures from Expo – notably the geodesic dome that housed the United States’ pavilion, today the Biosphere. Île Notre-Dame now is the location of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, site of the annual Canadian F1 Grand Prix. Expo ’67 was an exciting, perhaps overwhelming, experience for a child but as an adult I know it was an historic event – one that I have no need to read about because I have memories! By: Don Willcock, The Peterborough Museum & Archives, 300 Hunter St E, Peterborough, 705-743-5180

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Wine Tasting

Daytrippers heading to or from cottage country this summer can add wine tasting to their itinerary at five fan-favourite wineries across central Ontario. Not only are these destinations famous for their wine and cider selections, their food offerings aim to please. From merlot to chardonnay, and pasta to charcuterie, the possibilities are endless – and delicious. By Sarah Frank

Topping the list is Kawartha Country Wines, located along County Road 36 in Buckhorn. With more than 45 wine and cider varieties, a complimentary sampling bar and gourmet preserves to browse through, this winery is sure to satisfy both the wine buffs and foodies alike. The tasting room itself is a sight to behold, housed in a pioneer log cabin constructed in 1866 and a board and batton house constructed in 1889. The buildings were moved to the property and restored onsite. An orchard and two giant Inukshuks also call the winery home, providing a truly unique and Canadian experience for guests. Try a glass of their Sparkling Strawberry Rhubarb or pick up a bottle of their Garlic Infused Cooking Wine. Back in the gift shop, pick up a jar of Blueberry Habanero Jam. Insider Tip: Stop in on a Saturday or Sunday to sto snag a wood-fired, stone cooked pizza. Next up is Villa Conti Oak Heights Estate Winery and Restaurant along Covert Hill Road in Warkworth. The 100-acre estate boasts 35 acres of vines, a rustic Italian farmto-table restaurant and scenic pond views. The picturesque winery and restaurant is the brain-child of Bambina Giannitti and Tommaso Conti. Both born in Italy, the two share a passion for wine, food and recreating a true rural Italian experience. Try a glass of their house-made Cabernet Franc and settle in for a hand-made pasta dish. Insider Tip: Leave some time to visit with the farm residents, including cows, sheep, goats, horses, lamas, pigs and ducks. Next, head south to Rolling Grape Vineyard on County Road 2 in Bailieboro. Winemaker Jonathan Drew is a second-generation farmer who faced scepticism when he started planting grapes in the rolling hills of Bailieboro. While the area isn’t known as prime wine country, Drew persisted and has grown his operation to include more than 12 acres of vines. Charcuterie options feature local meat and produce as well as home-grown offerings. With a pet-friendly patio, the winery is the perfect afternoon pit-stop. Since 1994

Try a glass of the Marquette, their signature red. Be sure to ask for their charcuterie-style brunch board if you’re visiting on a Sunday. Insider Tip: Check out the winery's Facebook page to stay updated on various live music events. Hosting a special event? Let Cheeky Duck Vineyard out of Lakefield pour the drinks. This 5-acre vineyard has devised a way to let nature lend a helping hand in the winemaking process – and the results are delicious. From the Indian Runner Ducks who eat the pests off the plants to the South Down Sheep who graze the vineyard’s cover crop, this operation puts sustainability at the forefront of its operation. Luckily, their mobile bar is available to help make your next special event memorable. Their catering service provides a fully-stocked bar and takes care of everything from arrival drinks, to table wine, to a celebratory fizz. Cheeky Duck also provides food catering for events of all types and sizes, offering up charcuterie, wood-fired pizzas and wood-fired crumbles and cobblers for dessert. Insider Tip: If you’re not sure a mobile bar is right for your next event, have a chat with their in-house client assistant and executive chef to see how they can help. Finish off your wine tour at the Potter Settlement Artisan Winery just north of Tweed. With a rich history in its community, this 10-acre vineyard marries old world charm with modern techniques. Through organic farming and with the help of solar and geothermal energy, this family-run vineyard is producing a selection of award-winning wines. Those interested in learning more about the process and the family behind the vineyard are invited to join a tour, which includes a tasting led by Potter Settlement founder Sandor Johnson. Availability is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Try a glass of the 2020 Pinot Noir Rose, known for its Jolly Rancherlike flavour. Insider Tip: Check out the winery's Facebook page to follow their award-winning journey.

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Exceptional Shopping in Bancroft

There is nothing quite like a good road trip in the summer months. Windows down, arms out with hands floating in the air - warm sun beating down; good music on the radio and the cool wind blowing in your hair. My favourites are the stops along the way when you hit the road for the day - beaches for picnics packed with love, chip trucks for the best deep-fried eats Cottage Country has to offer, ice cream dripping in the hot sun, sun-kissed cheeks filled with big smiles. Exploring our region is always a day of excitement filled with interesting stops at one-of-a-kind shops which cater to locals and visitors alike, and have in time, become destinations. The Old Tin Shed is one of these destination locations! It is a country home décor store with new and interesting products arriving all the time. Located in beautiful Bancroft the store is surrounded by lush, beautiful gardens and offers a unique ambiance.

In the barn you will also find Santa’s Workshop, open year-round for you Christmas in July lovers. Inside there are lots of finds for the DIYer as well; The Old Tin Shed has a huge selection of metal and iron products like hooks, grates, brackets, and signs as well as drawer handles and pulls to complete your handmade furniture. Bancroft is rich with things to see and do, so after you have been to the Old Tin Shed keep the adventure going with local patios, walking trails, geocaching and the Princess Sodalite Mine. There is lots to fill your day in Bancroft and the scenery of the surrounding Canadian Shield will take your breath away with its soaring views.

The Old Tin Shed carries a huge selection of locally made honey, soaps, charcuterie boards, fun signs and so much more.

Find your next exceptional purchase in Bancroft at the Old Tin Shed, open 7 days a week 10AM-5PM, Sundays 10AM-4PM. Old Tin Shed also invites you to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for fresh new finds and décor inspiration daily.

There is the old antique barn out back offering an amazing place to explore for the DIY enthusiast – old windows, doors, barn beams and antiques are begging to be brought home for your next project. 25 Sherbourne St. N., Bancroft (613) 332-6565

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Extend Your Trip with Days Inn

Extend your trip in the Kawartha Lakes by booking a room at the #1 Days Inn property across Canada (7 years running)! This newly built, award-winning hotel offers 73 modern and spacious rooms and offers a FREE hot breakfast to all its guests. The hotel also features a heated indoor saltwater pool to relax in and an onsite gym. The hotel is pet friendly so if you are traveling with your pet don’t stress, the Days Inn has you covered. Be sure to make a reservation in advance as it is quite common for this hotel to sell out! The Days Inn & Suites Lindsay is located in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes in Lindsay, ON. The property is a 5-minute drive from Kent Street which is Lindsay’s main street offering many food and beverage options, a farmers’ market, water views and some unique shops. The hotel is located approximately 20 minutes from Fenelon Falls and 30 minutes from Bobcaygeon. If you are an avid golfer or theatre enthusiast, be sure to call the Days Inn & Suites Lindsay direct and ask about their special promotions with the Lindsay Golf and Country Club, Lindsay Academy Theatre, and The Grove Theatre in Fenelon Falls. This hotel keeps cleanliness top of mind - even before the pandemic - and is rated so high on cleanliness that they have been recognized multiple times by the brand and many third-party sites. The full hot breakfast offered to all hotel guests has been transformed since the pandemic and guests are now served the buffet options behind plexiglass to ensure safety and comfortability for all. Housekeepers work hard to ensure cleanliness and sanitation of all areas in the hotel. Check out some of the amazing reviews of this hotel on TripAdvisor to see why the Days Inn & Suites Lindsay continually are ranked as #1 across Canada. Days Inn & Suites Lindsay 134 Angeline St S Lindsay, ON 705-328-0100


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A 135 Year Tradition Empire Cheese

When visiting Campbellford most folks know the #1 stop while in town is the local cheese factory – Empire Cheese. Their delicious selection of cheese and mouth-watering curd is top shelf if you are a cheese connoisseur.

amalgamated forming the current Empire Cheese & Butter Coop. That same year, the current cheese factory was built with Les Shillinglaw as the lead cheese maker. Les was followed by Don Pollock and the current cheese maker is Mark Erwin. Today, the Empire Cheese Co-op is the only cheese manufacturing plant operating in Northumberland County and the first one east of Toronto. They are HACCP registered, a document given to food processors and manufacturers as recognition that its team has developed a comprehensive and complete food safety plan; the top of the heap in food quality standards! The majority of Empire Cheese is sold through their factory store and various outlets in the Peterborough, Lindsay, Oshawa, Cobourg, Stouffville, Orono, Port Perry, Markham, Merrickville, Uxbridge, Burlington Farmers’ Market and surrounding areas. It is a well known and much-loved brand here in Cottage Country! Empire Cheese is owned by local dairy farmers who hold an election each year to vote in a Board of Directors which run the factory.

The first Empire Cheese Factory was built in the late 1870s on the farm of John Haig, who was the first Empire cheesemaker. The second factory was built just to the east of the present factory and some of the historical cheese makers in that plant were Tom Naylor, Charles Stephens, Jack Kitchen, Bob Maybee, and Les Shillinglaw – together these gentlemen created the Empire Cheese legacy.

At Empire, cheese is made as tradition states, in open-style vats which is said to give the cheese and curd better flavour. There are no additives used to boost production, and there are no flavours added to their cheddar - it is all natural, with no preservatives added. The cheese is then vacuum-packed in Empire’s modern facility to preserve the special flavour. A true mix of tradition and modern technology gives customers the best product possible.

In the fall of 1952, the other local cheese factory - The Kimberley Cheese Factory - burned; and in 1953 Empire and Kimberley

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Riverview Park & Zoo's Animal Spotlight

Woodpeckers Did You Know?

Woodpeckers use their powerful beaks to drill into dead and dying trees, looking for insects or carving out a cavity for a nest. They can peck a tree up to 20 times per second with a force around 10 times greater than what would cause a concussion in humans! How do they do this? The unique structure of their beak and skull prevents injuries and their long tongue, which is used for collecting insects inside their bore holes, wraps around their brain case, acting as a cushion from all that heavy impact! Woodpeckers excavate trees for their nesting sites, but once they vacate, the holes and cavities they leave are used by hundreds of other species of birds and mammals. Woodpeckers are essential for the health of many other species and are considered the ‘ecosystem’ engineers of our forests in similar fashion to way beavers engineer aquatic environments.

Riverview Park and Zoo is home to a diverse group of animals including our archerfish. These aquatic animals, who have the ability to live in both salt and freshwater, are recognized for their unique behavioural characteristics and their black wedge markings. These primarily carnivorous fish use their ability to spit water to hunt prey such as insects. When pressing their tongues against the roof of their mouths, a specialized groove allows the archerfish to accurately shoot out water to a distance of up to one-and-a-half metres. Once knocking insects in the water, the fish are then able to submerge and eat their target. In addition to this technique, archerfish are able to jump out of the water to catch prey. As well as their unique ability to shoot water, archerfish also have binocular vision, which is an uncommon feature in fish species. Similar to the position of human eyes, the eyes of the Archerfish are specifically positioned to help in the feature of perception, especially while hunting. Like many other fish, archerfish live in groups called schools. However, these aquatic animals best live in groups of up to four. They typically live in estuaries around mangroves, occasionally visiting lakes and rivers for food rather than breeding, which differs from other fish species. Although there is no concerning International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) status for this species, there is a great threat to their habitat in natural waterways through pollution and destruction. Through various conservation efforts we can prevent the deterioration of these habitats ensuring both the archerfish and similar species do not have a change in IUCN status. Learn more about the conservation efforts here at Riverview Park and Zoo, the only free-admission accredited zoo in Canada, by visiting our website: By Carmyn Lake, Public Educator Riverview Park and Zoo

We are fortunate to see woodpeckers year-round - they don’t have to migrate because they have access to hibernating insects in winter and have the tools to get at them. However, like all insectivores, they are at risk for secondary insecticide poisoning when they consume poisoned insects. When this young Pileated Woodpecker was brought to Kawartha Wildlife Centre, he was underweight, uncoordinated, and lethargic, and riddled with insecticides. Without treatment he would have perished, but we were able to flush the pesticides out of his system for a full return to the wild! If you have a dying or standing dead tree (snag) that is not causing a fall-risk, please consider leaving this valuable habitat in place. Not only will you be able to enjoy beautiful woodpeckers year-round, but you are sustaining a critical resource for hundreds of species! For more information, please visit:


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at Kawartha Settlers Village What was once a thriving family farm, Kawartha Settlers’ Village is now home to a fascinating collection of over 20 historic homes and buildings. Experience what life was like for pioneers in the Kawarthas as you stroll leisurely through the Village and discover artifacts from 1830 – 1935. KSV is open daily from May to September from 10am - 4pm for general admission. Enjoy a self-guided tour, walk the discovery trail, and enjoy a variety of activities and enrichment programs. New this year is the "Working Village" pilot project; beginning mid-June on Wednesdays and Thursdays visitors can experience a variety of live demonstrations. See a blacksmith at work, a quilter creating a masterpiece, live restorations and more! Stay tuned for more information. Settlers’ Village is excited to be offering a Quilt Display and Makers’ Market August 20 - 21! Handmade quilts will be on display throughout KSV for your viewing pleasure. There will also be a variety of local makers showcasing and selling their goods. Admission is $10 for a full weekend pass, which includes entry to the Village, Quilt Exhibit and the Makers Market. This pass will allow you entry throughout the weekend, so feel free to come and go as you please. Browse Kawartha Settlers’ Village and all its historical glory, sprinkled with beautiful quilts and amazing local makers who will have amazing products for you to shop. The team at the KSV can’t wait for you to join them for this new and exciting event! Summer at Kawartha Settlers’ Village is filled with a variety of events with something for everyone! Check the website regularly for up-to-the-minute programming information. Kawartha Settlers Village, 85 Dunn Street, Bobcaygeon 705 738 6163 Since 1994

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Local Humane Societies Lakefield Animal Welfare Society

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

Humane Society Of Kawartha Lakes

111 McLaughlin Rd., Lindsay • 705-878-4618 •

Animal Rescue Krew (ARK)

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

Peterborough Humane Society

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

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Finding the Perfect K9 Par tner

Lakewood Ranch Doodles are a multigenerational family operation whose passion is creating amazing family dogs, personal support dogs and service dogs. Their goldendoodles have become popular with cottagers; they are water lovers, non-shedders and hypoallergenic, and they love having a crate as their own den space. Their funny personality lends itself to family life, as does their propensity to be calm, affectionate, and loyal. Owner Lin is always happy to talk about her Goldendoodles (a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle) and the benefits they provide as Emotional Support Animals (ESAs). “We are licensed, professional breeders, and have many years’ experience creating dogs with calm, graceful personalities,” she explains. “Mental health professionals note vast improvements in patients who suffer from PTSD, anxiety disorders, specific phobias, and depression, thanks to their animal’s emotional support - and the disposition of this breed lends itself naturally to fulfill the role as an ESA.” When Nev Kent chose Poppy to join the family she had no idea the Lakewood Ranch pup’s abilities would be called upon, and in short order. “When Poppy was about 12 weeks old, we were out for a walk when I got hit by a car at a crosswalk.” Since 1994

Since the accident about four years ago, Kent says she is “OK-ish” mobility-wise but suffers more from anxiety when out walking. Poppy anticipates this by stopping Kent, insisting on a pat or a kiss, something to direct her focus until she calms down. “If I push myself too hard working around the house my back will hurt. Poppy’s solution is to make me sit down, spend time with her – and I realize that’s exactly what I needed to give my back a rest.” Ironically, the Kents weren’t looking for an ESA when they chose Poppy, but her natural ability as such has been a lifesaver since the accident. Of Poppy, Kent says “Our bond is as it is because I consider her needs as much as she considers mine. It’s a very reciprocal relationship.” Lakewood Ranch Doodles, 1394 Pigeon Lake Road, Lindsay ON (705) 875-5195 Pictured: Nev Kent with Poppy (on the left) and Poppy's daughter, Peony, on the right at the Kent Cottage

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Proper Socialization What it is, and what it isn't! Whether you just got a new puppy, or you adopted an older dog, it’s important to keep in mind that their whole world has just been turned upside down. And while you may have the best of intentions, your dog/puppy needs more than just lots of love and affection to become the best canine companion he or she can be! Here are some basic tips:

Not everyone needs to pet your dog/puppy. It is much better for a dog/puppy to have calm relations with strangers than to have everyone pet him or her and behave in a way that may be seen as threatening or rude. Things like speaking in a high-pitched voice, petting roughly, crouching over them, can be scary for a little dog/puppy. This can lead to aggression later if the dog/puppy feels trapped and needs to defend itself.

Your dog/puppy doesn't need to say hi to every dog or person it sees. If you allow your dog/puppy to drag you over to every dog you encounter, they will come to expect it every time, regardless of what you or the other dog thinks. Not every dog is keen on having a rambunctious dog/puppy nipping at them – this can make them uncomfortable and can lead to serious consequences. It can also cause overexcitement while on leash, which can lead to hostile behavior while on leash. This is one of the reasons dogs become aggressive when on leash in the first place.

Your dog/puppy doesn't need to play with every dog or person it sees. Not all dogs like puppies, not all dogs like other dogs. To teach your dog/puppy how to behave around other dogs, he or she must first learn how to be calm when meeting new dogs. It is not playtime. Be sure to follow me on Social for more tips! @turnerandpoochtraining You can also email me at


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Aren’t Just for People… …our four-legged family members love to get to the cottage, too, and if you’ve been in the car awhile, chances are Fido needs a pit stop and a drink. Victoria Feeds Horse & Hound invite you to make use of their offleash dog park, situated on Hwy 35 just south of Hwy 7 on one of the popular cottage-bound routes into Kawartha Lakes, and just minutes from downtown Lindsay. Victoria Feeds have been supplying top equestrian apparel, quality tack, health supplies and animal nutrition support - including customized feeding programs - for over 30 years, starting at the mill in Dunsford, then moving to a couple of different spots in Lindsay before setting up shop twelve years ago at their current location. After working there for two decades owner Holly Porter bought the business a year ago and says “We aren’t a big-box store – more like a mom-and-pop business. We know the names of 95% of the folks who come through the door looking for personal service and advice suited to their specific needs.”

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For cottage-bound Fido, you will find toys, collars, leashes, tieouts and life jackets. Holly and her staff can offer you nutritional recommendations on the best type of pet food – wet, dry or raw – based on each pet’s specific situation. They can also show you how to check for ticks and advise on their selection of flea and tick control products which includes tick twisters, flea and tick shampoo and monthly treatments. Open Monday to Friday 8:00–6:00 and Saturday 8:00-5:00, Victoria Feeds Horse & Hound invites to make use of their dog park, and come inside to check out their giftware, men's and women's work and western footwear, and even garden and lawn supplies. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up a treat for Fido. Victoria County Horse & Hound 4 Willowdale Court, Lindsay ON 705-878-1337 | Facebook | Instagram

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Homemade Bubble Solution Every spring we buy a brand-new bottle of bubbles for each child in our home, and on that very same day all three bottles are emptied, sometimes on purpose, but usually by mistake. With a bit of trial and error, we’ve become pretty good at mixing up our own bubble solution with things we have around the house. The glycerin isn’t a required ingredient but can help if you’re in the business of making really huge bubbles. Keep in mind that these are rough measurements and that you’ll have different results depending on your soap. You’ll Need: - 2 parts dish soap - 1 part water - A container to hold your solution - Optional glycerin

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Add your soap to your container, and slowly mix in the water being careful not to make too many bubbles in the process. Add in 2 tablespoons of glycerin for every cup of water, if you’re making large bubbles. Add a little extra soap or water depending on your brand of soap. Homemade Bubble Wands You’ll Need: - Pipe cleaners - Beads Use 2 or 3 pipe cleaners to twist or braid a straight line to behave as your handle. Bend another pipe cleaner into a hoop. This will become your bubble maker. Now decide where you’d like to accessorize. Slide some beads and sparkly bits onto the pipe cleaners and secure the handle to the hoop for real this time. You could also use more than one pipe cleaner to form the circle on your wand and add a pipe cleaner on either side as the handle to make bigger bubbles. Pour your bubble solution onto a pie plate or shallow wide-base bowl and have fun! Fun Tip: Try taking your bubble-soaked wand, holding it in the air, and running to make a stream of bubbles. Bubble Fun You’ve used up all your bubble-blowing imagination and you still have bubbles left in your pie plate? Grab a straw, pop it into your bubble solution and blow. You’ll start to see the bubbles building up just like a bubble bath. Just be careful not to suck on the straw! Jacquelyn Toupin lives with her family in a heritage farmhouse that has been in her family for several generations. You can follow them on Instagram @raisinghay


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A Tapestry of Colour This is a part of a series of articles based on Jacob’s new book called The Book of Nature Connection – 70 Sensory Activities for all Ages, published by New Society Press and released on April 18th, 2022. Right now, move your head slowly from side to side. Look around you - all the way around. Notice the incredible shades of colours, the sheen of light reflecting off a table, the subtle texture on paper and the bold lines of ink on this text. Flick your eyes off into the distance and now to something very close by. Notice that you too, have the eyes of a predator - stereoscopic vision that is able to perceive objects in three dimensions. You can gauge both depth and position. But we need both eyes working together to see in 3D. Try this. Hold out your two hands straight in front of you with your index fingers of each hand pointed toward each other. Close one eye. Now slowly bring your fingers together and see if you can get them to touch each other. Now try with two eyes open. It’s easier with two eyes, isn’t it? Each eye gives slightly different information because of its angle to the object. Our brain processes this information and helps us judge distance. And we can see in glorious colour too! With help of special “cones” in the back of our eyes, you can distinguish between one million distinct shades of colour. Or if you are lucky enough to be one of those rare tetrachromats (having the ability to see four distinct primary colours instead of the normal three), you may be able to distinguish between 100 million different shades! Here are some activities to help you drink in the beauty of nature through your amazing sense of sight:

• Take one hand and extend it outward. Turn your hand inward with your thumb pointing down and your fingers pressed together. Extend your other hand and flip your hand with your thumb pointing upward. Joint your two hands together and you should have a frame that you can see through. • Close one eye and scan the natural world for an image that really captivates you. • Visit an area that has the potential for some eye-catching views. It could be where the edge of a lawn meets the woods, or perhaps a curving hill or a meandering pathway. • Take with you some rope, twine or string some empty frames and some clothes pins. To make and empty frame, you could simply take a cardboard box and using a utility knife and a ruler cut out the fame with a 1-inch border (a 12” x 12” frame seems to work nicely). Or go to your local paint store and ask for wooden paint stirrers. Simply glue or nail four of these together into a square - now you have reusable nature frames. Submitted by Jacob Rodenburg,Executive Director of Camp Kawartha, an award-winningoutdoor education centre and summer camp.

A Sheen of Green It is tempting to want to blend everything together in one colour. That forest may just look like a smear of green. But hold a leaf or a blade of grass next to a colour chip and you really become aware of how many shades of green there are. Can you find something in nature that precisely matches the colours below? How close can you get to a match? Framing Nature: Sometimes, just by isolating a small piece of the natural world, you see it in an entirely different way. Try an old photographer’s trick.

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Revisiting Your Household Budget Pyle Group After the last two years, all of us are rejoicing that summer has arrived. With summer comes getting together with our families and friends in the great outdoors that we are so blessed to have in this region. An early morning round of golf as the dew slowly evaporates, quiet paddling on a crystal-clear lake and sitting around the campfire listening to evening sounds of nature these activities will likely be even more popular this season, given the sharp rise in gasoline prices. The significantly higher rate of inflation over the last several months will put a dent in household budgets, coming on the heels of higher interest rates and stock market volatility. Higher cost for inputs will also put pressure on margins of resort owners, leading to higher prices for end users. The storm that ravaged this area in May also serves as a reminder of just how vulnerable we are to the whims of nature and our dependency on electricity.

It is especially important today to take stock of our finances and revisit the household budget. Does the higher outlay for things like food and energy mean that we need to trim back in other areas? What about travel, both within this beautiful province and beyond? Some of you may also be experiencing a different work situation and some may have brought forward retirement plans in the wake of the pandemic. Rather than trying to guess what kind of summer lifestyle you will have, the best practice is to revisit your financial plan and update it with all of the most recent information. Mind you, inflation is unlikely to remain as high as it has been recently, and a more positive market environment should return. Still, updating your planned spending numbers and seeing how your household budget is being impacted will allow you to make informed decisions this summer. The most important thing to remember is that time with family and friends is priceless.

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Our Summer Tourism Ambassadors are back in full force with awesome prizes and goodies, fun games and more! You can catch them at events and businesses across the district all summer long. Bring your furry friends and get a special treat just for them thanks to the HKPR Health Unit and the Yellow Ribbon Campaign.

As the gardens and trees burst into colour it’s time to start making summer plans, and we invite you to come and explore Fenelon Falls, located on the shores of Cameron Lake, just steps from Lock 34 in the Trent-Severn Waterway. From live music to an intimate dinner and cuisine from around the world there’s something for foodies and food lovers alike. Our outdoor patios offer views of the locks, the falls, downtown Colborne Street or one of our historic brick homes.

If you are an outdoor enthusiast, craft beer connoisseur or Farmer & Artisan Market lover you are going to enjoy HBM Township, where you can walk, bike, and explore the scenic forests and wetlands of Mathison Conservation Area and trail networks of Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance. Jump in and swim, float, boat, or fish our many scenic lakes and rivers. You can also slow it down and sip a locally crafted brew at Belmont Lake Brewery overlooking picturesque Belmont Lake. Perhaps savour mouth watering BBQ, or pick up locally sourced maple syrup, honey, or fresh produce at the Havelock Farmer & Artisan Market on Fridays from 1:00 – 7:00 pm. Enjoy an exceptional burger or pizza at the fun 50’s styled diner, Woody Burger & Pizzeria, or savour a fresh hand-crafted pastry at our local European style Wildflower Bakery and enjoy their incredible art gallery wall featuring local artisans. Be sure to stop and shop at The Cottage, located at the east end of Havelock where you can pick up clothing brands like Roxy, Billabong, Oakley, Tentree, and local favourite North of 7 Outfitters. Another fantastic place to shop is at High Spring Trading Post, located a few minutes east of Havelock, offering quality leather goods and a wide variety of gift and decor items. Visit the Havelock Visitor Centre for more local Play, Stay, Shop and Dine information; it is centrally located in Havelock along Hwy 7 and open seven days a week from July 1st to September 5th. Our Tourism & Commerce consultants are happy to provide visitor information services and recommendations to ensure your local HBM experience is authentic and exceptional. For more info contact or visit Since 1994

The 2022 Concerts in the Park series has returned! Every Sunday and Wednesday (weather permitting) this summer from July 3rd - August 28th. This summer will see Browning's Reptiles on the designated Family Days on July 10th and August 21st, in partnership with Lindsay Dodge and I Pinky Swear. Watch for more information on our 60th Anniversary celebration. Details will be coming soon; we can’t wait to celebrate with you! At the end of the summer Alex, our Social Media Strategist, will be leaving us. Alex was hired as part of the Y-Step Program supported by VCCS (Victoria County Career Services). This program provides youth aged 15-30 with 5 weeks of skills training, 17 weeks of hands-on experience with local employers and one-on-one support during the program. Interested youth and employers can find out more at We would like to thank Alex for all of their hard work and for being an awesome addition to our team!

Outdoor entertainment returns with the second season of The Grove Theatre, our new outdoor amphitheatre. This oasis in the forest is the perfect space to sit back, relax and enjoy top notch talent. The spring and summer lineups feature comedians, musicians from a variety of genres, performers and the Broadway hit The 39 Steps by John Buchan. Visit www. or the theatre box office at 2 Water Street for tickets and show info. Late night shopping and community fun are highlights of Moonlight Madness on Saturday, June 25th from 5:00 to 10:00 pm. Fireworks will once again light up the night on July 1st as we end a day full of Canada Day celebrations. There’s always something new happening in the little village by the falls and we can’t wait for you to come and see the changes. Fenelon Falls is accessible by boat through Lock 34, by car or motorcycle via the highways, and the multiuse Victoria Rail Trail for ATVs and cyclists. The team at the Tourism Info Centre at 15 Oak Street are here to help make your visit memorable. Stay up to date on everything Fenelon Falls at or follow us on Facebook and Instagram @Explore Fenelon Falls.

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