Are you New?
If you're a new lake resident, please let us know if we can publish your name and local address here. February 3/17
We have welcome packages for our new residents. Let us know if there's someone new on your road. December 13/16
Past 2017 News & Events
We Surpassed 300 Likes!
We surpassed 300 Likes on our Facebook page and we're celebrating!
Congratulations to Dave Stanyar, our highest bidder!
Dave's daughter, Sam, paddled the canoe back to their cottage. We hope you enjoy your canoe for many years. July 1\17
Cedar Strip Canoe Auction
Bob and Laura Saunders left Big Bald Lake on May 19th. They were always big supporters of the association and they donated a cedar strip canoe made by their daughter. It is a beautiful canoe and it was their wish to have the canoe remain on the lake and that any money raised be used for the association.
Pot Luck Lunch and Canada's 150th Birthday Celebration
Philrick Drive Road Clean-up
Thank you to Sue and Paul Flanagan, for helping with the road clean-up and hosting the gathering afterwards, and to John Boyce for gathering the garbage and recycling in his truck and taking it to the transfer station. Also thank you to our other helpers, Gary Graham, Lyn Corbin, Janie Zaitz and Bill Fowler.
Congratulations to Don Cuttell
The Beaver is down!
The Big Bald Lake Beaver is officially down.
Congratulations to Diane Gardner
Congratulations, Diane, you're the winner of the Find the Beaver Contest.
Winter Carnival and Chili Cookoff
Chili Cookoff Winner
Congratulations to our new reigning Chili Champion, Bruce Wells of Philrick Drive. Bruce's secret is out. He used bacon!
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.
New Directories in 2018
New printed directories will be available spring 2018. Make sure we have your current information. See our Membership page for the current directory and how you can advertise. December 5\17
We'd love to hear from you
Click on the image above to access the suggestion form. October 26\17
Send us your photos of the lake starting to freeze and we'll publish them here.
Historical Ice Stats
Thank you to Bob Saunders for sharing his observations on the freezing and thawing dates for Big Bald Lake.
Correctly guess when the Beaver goes through the ice in 2018 to win a prize.
Past 2017 Events
Arr'some Pirate Regatta
Congratulations to the Blue Team - Bluebeard's Buccaneers
The Blue Team had the most points overall plus the most points for kindness.
Random Acts of Kindness
This was our first year for the Random Acts of Kindness program at the Regatta. Children who got caught being kind (or honest or brave...) were given a star and asked to write their act of kindness and post it to our board to win points for their team.
Lynn Woodcroft, Royal Lepage
See our Environment page for a list of plants used for our demonstration site.
Demonstration Site Planting
Thank you to Leora Berman, The Land Between, for designing the demonstration site, ordering the plants and coordinating the planting today. Also, a big thank you to our volunteers who came out to help with the planting, to John Boyce for picking up and delivering the plants and to Sue & Paul Flanagan for providing lunch for everyone. It was a beautiful day for planting.
This project was funded by the RBC Blue Water Project.
Here's a before photo.
Most of the plants still have some growing to do. Here's some after photos.
Native Plant Starter Kit Distribution
Native Plant Starter Kits were distributed on May 27th to our workshop participants. Thank you to John Boyce for driving north of Minden to pick up the plants and for organizing them for distribution. John will be back on the road again this Friday to pick up the plants for our demonstration site. Stay tuned for photos of the planting this Saturday.
Shoreline Gardens Workshop
What a great way to celebrate Earth Day!
We had a large turnout (52 people/40 households) at the Shoreline Gardens Workshop on Saturday morning at the Buckhorn Community Centre. Leora Berman, The Land Between, gave a passionate presentation and lots of great advice.
Congratulations to Sue Flanagan who won our draw for the demonstration site. Leora will work with Sue to design her shoreline makeover. The RBC Blue Water Project is funding the design and plants for the demonstration site and we've lined up volunteers to do the planting on June 3rd at 9 am. until noon at 7 FR87. Sue and Paul are providing lunch.
Congratulations to the Crawford family who won a rain barrel courtesy of Kawartha Conservation.
We had such positive feedback and some people commented on how glad they were to attend the workshop before they start any work on their shoreline.
Everyone left with a workshop toolkit and informative brochures from The Land Between, FOCA and Kawartha Conservation.
We are getting native plants starter kits for Big Bald Lake participants. Distribution is Saturday, May 27th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. We received a grant for $480 from the Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network (BEAN) to fund 12 of our starter kits. The BBLCA is contributing $1,000 for 25 kits. See the plants here.
Thank you to Leora for all her time developing and presenting this workshop and to the RBC Blue Water Project for funding workshop development.
We would also like to thank the Buckhorn Community Centre for donating space for the workshop and to everyone who brought goodies. With the help of our sponsors and volunteers, we were able to offer this great program at no cost to our participants. May 12\17
Biodiversity and Water Quality
The goal for our shoreline project is to increase biodiversity and improve water quality.
- Our native plant starter kits contain a variety of plants. By increasing the diversity of the plants along our shorelines, we increase food sources and provide a buffer against species loss.
- By planting native species, we will attract pollinating birds and insects and will help the declining bee population.
- Natural shorelines provide filters that reduce the amount of nitrogen and toxins entering into the lake.
- Planting a variety of plants reduces pest issues, thereby reducing the need for pesticides.
- Planting a variety of plants prevents nutrient depletion and eliminates the need for fertilizers.
See our Environment page for more information on biodiversity. April 7\17
Santa Claus Parade
Join us for our 4th annual Santa Clause Parade on
Saturday, December 30th at 1:30 p.m.
Decorate your vehicle, ATV, yourselves, your dogs & join us at the 4-corners on Philrick at 1:30pm.
The wackier the better!
We will journey around the neighbourhood & end back at the Flanagan's (#7 FR87) to begin the new year celebrations with Hot Chocolate.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the BBLCA! December 5\17
2018 Photo Contest - Cottage Life
Our Photo Contest is on now.
Enter your favourite photos in one of our 2 categories.
- What photo represents what the cottage means to you?
- 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
Past 2017 Events
BBLCA Sponsors a Stone
Our cottage association has sponsored a red granite stone on Memory Lane for the new Cenotaph at the Buckhorn Community Centre. July 15\17
Annual General Meeting and Spaghetti Lunch Social
Thank you to everyone who came out to our AGM on Saturday, September 23rd and enjoyed a spaghetti lunch made by Paul Flanagan. Thank you to Paul and Sue for hosting the event. Also, thank you to those people who brought goodies and to Mike & Debbie Chapman who donated a couple of door prizes.
The spaghetti was a big hit!
We changed the AGM format this year. We had displays instead of a presentation.
We had some great door prizes including our first prize of a live edge cherry wood cheese board made by Brody Flanagan.
We were very pleased to get some new volunteers including Norm Maia who will be doing our Phosphorus testing starting next spring. Phosphorus and E.coli monitoring are critical to the health of our lake. We'd like to thank Rich Corbin, our E.coli tester, for his ongoing efforts. Also, a big thank you to David Stanyar who served on the board this past year and tested Phosphorus the past two years.
We'd like to welcome Mark Richardson, FR87, Robinson Court, to the BBLCA Board of Directors. Mark, along with Nancy Boyce, Sue Flanagan and Janie Zaitz, has been acclaimed for a two year term.
Congratulations to Margaret Cheung, winner of our 50/50 draw.
Also, congratulations to our Photo Contest winners. See details below.
All in all, a successful and fun event.
BBLCA AGM Minutes - 2017
BBLCA AGM Presentation Boards - 2017
2017 Photo Contest
This year the theme for our photo contest was the four seasons. Thank you to everyone for participating. The entries with the most likes on Facebook were declared finalists and we voted on the top photos in each category at the AGM.
Congratulations to our winners.
Fall Category Winner: Thorsten Koseck
Fall Finalist: Sue Flanagan
Winter Category Winner: John Boyce
Winter Finalist: Nancy Boyce
Spring Category Winner: Mark Ellens
Spring Finalist: John Boyce
Summer Category Winner: Alan Jiang
Summer Finalist: Sue Flanagan
Summer Finalist: Diane Gardner
Summer Finalist: Linda Spiewak
Summer Finalist: Rosie Dorrell
Season End Bash &
Outdoor Movie Night
Thank you to everyone who came out to share in the games, dinner and movie.
A special thank you to Kim Letto and Glenn Joray for hosting the event and to the Crawford family for running the movie for us with their projection equipment and for donating the popcorn. Also thank you to the many people who donated or lent items for the games, tattoos and special community art project.
Some of our games and movie screen setup
Community art project - What does the cottage mean to you?
Getting a tattoo
Us older kids had fun too:
Stand up Paddle Boarding
We had a great paddle boarding lesson on August 19th thanks to Pablo from SUPnorth.
Pablo taught us safety, tips and tricks and we spent 2 hours paddling about May Bay. Our boards, paddles and lifejackets were supplied by SUPnorth. For more photos, see our album on Facebook.