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

Please Welcome ...

Bill & Sarah Buck, 1 FR34 (Hall Dr)

John & Paige Cowan, 9 FR34 (Hall Dr)

Drew & Michelle, 451 Philrick Drive

Thorsten & Helen Koseck and their children, Emily, Ethan & Ben, 156 Hall Drive

Nella & Lee Condari, 32 FR84 (May Bay Rd)

Barb & Gavin Willoughby and their sons, Turner & Anson, 7 FR85 (Walsh Rd)

Anita Koch & Ron Price, 47 Saunders Road

David & Merry Gibson and their beautiful big dogs, Storm & Siren, 4 FR86

Mark & Sandra, 6 FR87 (Robinson Court)

Mike & Nina Bouchard, 405 Philrick Drive

Margaret & Tom Cheung, 433 Philrick Drive

 

2017 BBLCA Events

Santa Claus Parade
New Year's Eve Day
Saturday, December 30th, 1:30 p.m.

 

2018 BBLCA Events

Moonlit Walk on the Lake
Wednesday, January 31st (full moon)

Winter Carnival and Chili Cooking Contest
Family Day Weekend
Saturday, February 17th

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

Outdoor Movie Night
Labour Day Weekend
Saturday, September 1st

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

Santa Claus Parade
New Year's Eve Day
Sunday, December 30th

 

2018 Contests

Photo Contest
on now!
Entry Deadline: August 15, 2018

Big Bald Lake Beaver Contest
ends February 28th

 

Calendar of Local Events

Tell us about a local event and we'll publish it here.

 

Past 2017 News & Events

We Surpassed 300 Likes!

We surpassed 300 Likes on our Facebook page and we're celebrating!

Congratulations to Catherine Selinger who is the winner of this beautiful moose on wood.

Logan Tree Experts has donated wood cookies to be used as bases for our welcome packages. Brody Flanagan has spent countless hours sanding and decorating each cookie with his wood burning tool.

We all loved this particular design so much that we decided it would make a great prize for our Facebook contest.


July 16\17

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.

Thank you, Bob & Laura. We wish you all the best!

We held an on-line auction for the canoe. The final bid was for $2,500. Thank you, Dave Stanyar, for your generous bid. We know the canoe has found a good home with you. June 30\17

Pot Luck Lunch and Canada's 150th Birthday Celebration


Thank you to everyone who came out for the potluck social on June 24th. We put on quite the spread and everyone went home with a Canada 150 door prize.
June 25\17

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.

As you can see from the photo, we got less garbage this time. We may be keeping on top of it better or we're discouraging littering by setting a good example.

If you'd like to organize a road clean-up in your area, please contact us. May 2\17

Congratulations to Don Cuttell

Don Cuttell, winner of this year's Big Bald Lake Beaver Contest with his prizes, gift certificates for Home Hardware and Pizza Alloro. Enjoy, Don!
April 9\17

The Beaver is down!

The Big Bald Lake Beaver is officially down.

Don Cuttell chose today, Friday April 7, 2017, as the day the beaver would go through the ice. Don made his guess while attending our Winter Carnival in February.

Don & Doreen will receive a $50 gift certificate for Buckhorn Home Hardware and a $30 gift certificate for Pizza Alloro, courtesy of the BBLCA.

Both Buckhorn Home Hardware and Pizza Alloro are big supporters of our association. They are advertisers in our directory and have sponsored us many times.

We'd like to thank Glenn Joray for putting the Big Bald Lake Beaver out and for retrieving him each spring. Also thank you to Bob Saunders, our contest officiator.

April 7\17

Congratulations to Diane Gardner

Congratulations, Diane, you're the winner of the Find the Beaver Contest.

Enjoy your $50 gift certificate for Marley's Bar and Grill.

Diane found the Big Bald Lake Beaver on our Documents page. January 6/17

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!

Paul Flanagan, winner of the contest for the past two years, came in 2nd and passed the award to Bruce, but it looks like he tried to take it back! We have to warn you, Bruce, there's a lot of pressure at the top!



Thank you to everyone who brought chili (6 entries!), salad and desserts. February 20\17

Winter Carnival

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.



A lot of organization went into this event and we really appreciate it. The sunny weather may have made the ice rather mushy, but it brought out people in droves. It was nice to see so much of our community on a beautiful day. February 20\17

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

Ice Watch

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.

Freeze
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? Jan?
December 2, 2017

Thaw
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
Mar? Apr? 2018

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.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered in the planning of this event, making props, sewing treasure bags, baking and decorating the cookie medals, helping the day of the regatta and everything else that went into making the day a big success. Also, thank you to everyone who came out and participated in this fun community event.

Click on the images below for full size images. Visit our Facebook page for more photos.

Arriving at our first location - Hangman's Hideout

First challenge - donut eating - 66 donuts!

First water challenge - follow the arrows & grab a flag to win points for your team

Twister balloon toss

Sailboat races - Our volunteer prepared everything the kids needed to make their sailboats and another volunteer built the structure for sailing.

Other challenges were Captain Hook's ring toss, Pool Noodle Ring Toss and the Bean Bag Throw.

Kids received stars and won points for their teams by being kind and wrote their acts of kindness on a board. We'll be displaying quotes here later.

Fishing

Walk-the-plank (with alligators in the lagoon below)

Our final challenge - water bucket

Get your photo taken with our oldest pirate. Lots of work went into building this wheel stand, clothing and wood burned compass.

Hot dogs - courtesy of Marley's Bar & Grill


Treasure bags - sewn, stamped and stuffed by volunteers

Cooler bags stuffed with water bottles and granola bars - courtesy of Kim Letto, Century 21


Pirate tattoos


Cookies - baked, decorated and strung by volunteers for our medals August 16\17

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.

Thank you to our participant / volunteer spotters, Dennis and Serena.

Click on the image below to see a larger version
August 16\17

Regatta Sponsors

Thank you!

August 7\17

T-shirt Sponsors

Lynn Woodcroft, Royal Lepage
www.lynnwoodcroft.com

Logan Tree Experts
logantreeexperts.com

Pet Supply Warehouse
www.petsupplywarehouse.ca

Buckeye Marine
www.buckeyemarine.com

Nortech   windows º doors ° sunrooms
www.nortechwindows.com

P2 Realty Inc., Brokerage
www.p2realty.com

Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Inc.
www.trentlakesplumbing.ca

Weeds B' Gone
www.weedsbgone.com

Marley's Bar & Grill

Scott Concrete
www.scottsconcreteproductsltd.com

Ship Shape Service
www.shipshapeservice.ca

Pizza Alloro

Bertram Insurance & Financial Services
www.bertraminsurance.ca


Other Regatta Donations

Marley's Bar & Grill donated hot dogs and buns for lunch at the regatta.

Kim Letto, Century 21, donated mini cooler bags with water bottles and granola bars for our participants.
www.kimlettosells.ca

Rocky Ridge donated drinking water for our last location.
www.rockyridgewater.com

Please visit our sponsors and thank them for their support.

See our Sponsor page for details on these companies. July 23\17

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.




June 3\17

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.

May 29\17

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 Yearfrom the BBLCA! December 5\17

2018 Photo Contest - Cottage Life

Our Photo Contest is on now.

Enter your favourite photos in one ofour 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

 

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

September 27\17

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

September 27\17

 

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:
September 5\17

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.



August 29\17