2018 BBLCA Events

Summer Events

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

Sunday, September 16th
AGM & Pizza Lunch Social
Buckhorn Community Centre

Winter Events

Santa Claus Parade
Sunday, December 30th

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

T-shirt orders have been placed, but you can still sign up for the regatta.

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.

Pirate Duties

Sunday, August 5th

9:30 am - Registration - 37 FR85
- kids get and sign their treasure bags and sign their team flags

10:00 am - Games begin
    - donut eating contest - 37 FR85
    - challenges on water (May Bay & Saunders Bay)
    - water hockey in Saunders Bay NEW
    - on land obstacle course - 22 FR85 NEW
    - more land challenges - 20 FR85
    - popcorn bucket group challenge - 14 FR85 NEW
    - walk the plank

11:45 am - award cookie medals to each child

12:00 pm - hot dog lunch and ice cream bars

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!

July 17\18

Our 2018 Regatta Sponsors

We are so thankful to have 15 sponsors this year! We really appreciate all the support we've received from the community.

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

Buckeye Marine

First Stop Swap Shop

Lock Stop Cafe

Logan Tree Experts

Lynn Woodcroft, Royal Lepage

Marley's Bar & Grill

Nortech Home Improvements

Pet Supply Warehouse

Pizza Alloro

P2 Realty Inc., Brokerage

Scott Concrete

Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Inc.

Wait Staff Temp Agency

Warren Steel Inc.

Weeds B' Gone

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

See the Letter from our BBLCA President


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
& Pizza Lunch Social

Our AGM will be held at the Buckhorn Community Centre on Sunday, September 16th at 11 a.m.

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.

The meeting will be followed by a pizza lunch from Pizza Alloro. July 12\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

Summer Nature Walk

Thank you to Tracy Logan for hosting and leading our nature walk. People of all ages learned a lot and had fun. Thank you also to our volunteers for organizing and setting up the displays and to everyone who came out. We were so happy to have children participate. We were fortunate that the weather held.

June 24\18

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