2018 BBLCA Events

Summer Events

Summer Nature Walk
This event will have lots of fun and educational activities for children, but all ages are welcome.
Free colouring/activity book for each child.
195 Philrick Drive
Hosted by Matt & Tracy Logan
Logan Tree Experts
Sunday, June 24th, 10:30 am

Regatta Planning Meeting
Saturday, July 7th 10:30 a.m.

37 Fire Route 85

Arr'some Pirate Regatta
Civic Holiday Weekend
Sunday, August 5th

Outdoor Movie Night and Year End Bash
Labour Day Weekend
Saturday, September 1st

Fall Events

Saturday, September 15th or 22nd
(to be confirmed)

Winter Events

Santa Claus Parade
Sunday, December 30th

Community Care Fundraiser - July 21st

"Blowin' in the Wind" at Buckhorn Community Centre

6:30 pm Buffet dinner then entertainment
Advance Tickets $40
Available at:
Community Care Buckhorn office
1937 Lakehurst road, 705-657-2171
Buckhorn Community Centre
1872 Lakehurst Road, 705-657-8833
June 5/18

An Evening with Laurence Hill

July 17th

This is Laurence Hill's only public speaking engagement in Ontario this summer, so don't miss it. Tickets are selling out quickly.

March 23\18

Tick Season has begun

Ticks are already active here on Big Bald Lake.

Be sure to check your animals regularly. Ticks can attach themselves to people as well, so be careful.
April 30/18

BBLCA Sign Boards

Thank you to John Boyce for refurbishing our four sign boards. There is now room below to post notices. No advertising, please. April 21\18

Arr'some Pirate Regatta

Deadline to order t-shirts and sponsor us:
Monday, July 2nd

Join us for our 4th annual regatta. It will be a pirate theme again this year, because let's face it, pirates have so much fun! It will be held on the Civic Holiday weekend.

Sunday, August 5th
9:30 am - registration
10:00 am - games begin
noon - hot dog lunch

If you'd like to help with the planning and preparation,

We still have lots of details to plan, but you can be sure there will be lots of fun challenges on water and on land plus lots of great giveaways for the kids and t-shirts for everyone.

You'll have an arr'some good time!

June 5\18

Our 2018 Regatta Sponsors

See our Sponsors & Advertisers page for more information our sponsors. Please visit them and let them know you saw their ad on our website.

Logan Tree Experts

Lynn Woodcroft, Royal Lepage

Nortech Home Improvements

Pet Supply Warehouse

Pizza Alloro

P2 Realty Inc., Brokerage

Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Inc.

Online Boating Safety Program

We like to promote safe boating practices at our Regatta and throughout the boating season. The following information is important for our Regatta participants, but also for everyone on the lake.

The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) in partnership with the Lifesaving Society Ontario has launched an online boating safety program targeting new boaters. STARTBoating is a comprehensive program designed to teach basic boating and water safety skills.

The program consists of a series of online, interactive videos, which guide the user through the basic skills needed to safely enjoy a day on the water.

We highly recommend that you read the following brochures. We'll post the cold water brochure again this winter. There are some interesting life saving tips in that brochure.


Cold Water

Call For Help

Boat Notes - Your Guide to Boating Safety

STARTBoating website

CSBC’s website
June 7\18


2018 Photo Contest - Cottage Life

Our Photo Contest is on now.

Enter your favourite photos in one of our 2 categories.

  1. What photo represents what the cottage means to you?
  2. Funny things happening at the lake.

Include a word or two about how that image makes you feel.

Entry Deadline: August 15, 2018

Open to all Big Bald Lake residents, membership not required.

One entry per person per category.

Voting is on our Facebook page. Final voting is at the AGM. December 5\17

Facebook Likes - Winner

We made it to 350 Likes! Thank you to everyone who Liked our Facebook page.

Congratulations to Yvonne Allan, FR87, our 350 Likes winner.

It's not too late for you to win a prize. We'll be drawing another name when we get to 400 Likes.

Like us now!

Our winner will receive Dolores O’Riordan's final CD album. The album cover photo is of Dolores on Big Bald Lake.

June 9\18

Beaver Down!

We're declaring the Beaver down as of today, Monday, April 23rd.

Congratulations to our contest winner, Rod Ciccale. Rod has won a $100 gift certificate for Frederick's at Beachwood. April 23/18

Big Bald Lake Beaver - Swimming Dates

This is a list of the dates when the Beaver went swimming and our lucky past winners:

April 13, 2015 - Brenda Thomas

March 27, 2016 - Sue Flanagan

April 7, 2017 - Don Cuttell

April 23, 2018 - Rod Ciccale
April 25\18

Officially Thawed!

We're declaring Big Bald Lake officially thawed as of April 29, 2018. April 30\18

Historical Ice Stats

Thank you to Bob Saunders for sharing his observations on the freezing and thawing dates for Big Bald Lake.

Dec 5, 2006
Dec 10, 2007
Nov 22, 2008
Dec 6, 2009
Dec 6, 2010
Dec 23, 2011
Dec 24, 2012
Nov 23, 2013
Dec 6, 2014
Jan 4, 2016
Dec 11, 2016
Dec 12, 2017
April 30, 2018

Apr 14, 2007
Apr 18, 2008
Apr 6, 2009
Mar 28, 2010
Apr 12, 2011
Mar 22, 2012
Apr 19, 2013
Apr 24, 2014
Apr 16, 2015
Mar 31, 2016
Apr 11, 2017
Apr 29, 2018

Summer Nature Walk

Sunday, June 24, 10:30 am

Join us on Sunday, June 24, 10:30 am at 195 Philrick Drive for a nature walk hosted by Matt & Tracy Logan, Logan Tree Experts. We're planning many activities for children, but this event will appeal to all ages.

Each child will receive a nature activity/colouring book. They'll be able to record plants and wildlife that they see during the walk and back at the cottage.

Activies will include a scavenger hunt, looking for fossils, observing plants in the forest, looking for wildlife and we hope to see many butterflies thanks to our special butterfly gloop. There are other fun activities that we'll keep a secret until that day.

You shouldn't need rubber boots for this walk, but sturdy shoes are recommended and you may want to bring binoculars.

Parking is available in the Logan's shop yard off their driveway. June 7\18

Outdoor Movie Night and
Year End Bash

Join us for our 4th annual Outdoor Movie Night and Year End Bash on Saturday, September 1st.

Games and entertainment - 5 pm
Hot dog dinner - 6 pm
Kid's movie - 7:30 pm
Main attraction - 8 pm

Main attraction movie - Princess Bride

43 Saunders Road, home of Kim Letto & Glenn Joray.
June 5\18

Fall Events

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will be held at the Buckhorn Community Centre on September 15th or 22nd, date to be confirmed.

We'll continue with our simplified format with displays instead of a presentation and the meeting will cover the basic necessities such as approving minutes and financials and election of board members. There will be time to socialize before and after the meeting. Details to follow.
April 16\18

Winter Events

Santa Claus Parade

Join us for our 4th annual Santa Claus Parade on Sunday, December 30th.

Decorate your ATV, pickup truck, yourself, your dog and ride, walk or ski along the route.
April 16\18

Past 2018 Events

Spring Nature Walk

Thank you to Tracy Logan, Logan Tree Experts, for hosting and leading our nature walk on May 5th. We saw Coltsfoot, Hepatica and Trout Lilies, which are all early spring flowers plus the Trilliums are just about to bloom. There were wild leeks with a strong onion aroma and Black Cohosh. Tracy also pointed out various trees including the Butternut, which is a species at risk. We didn't see much wildlife, maybe because the dogs joined us or we were too noisy. We did see last year's nest for a raven, but close by was a new nest for the Sharp-shinned Hawk and we did see the hawk flying overhead earlier. It was so great to have kids on our walk and we hope to have many more children on our summer nature walk.
May 31\18

Winter Carnival and Chili Cooking Contest

We had the best weather we've ever had for this event.

Thank you to Kim Letto and Glenn Joray for hosting again! Also, a special thank you to Glenn for clearing the ice and for putting out the BBL Beaver.

Congratulations to Paul Flanagan for winning the chili cooking contest. There were 6 unique chilis. Paul (champion for the 3rd time) took back the trophy from last year's winner, Bruce Wells.

February 23\18