KLSA Spring Meeting 2018

This Saturday morning!

Hosted by Kawartha Lake Stewards Association
Saturday, May 5 at 10 AM - 12 PM
Bobcaygeon-Verulam Community Centre
51 Mansfield, Bobcaygeon, Ontario

These meetings are really interesting and we recommend you attend.

Their theme is focusing on Youth and the Environment: Teaching and Learning: an ecosystem approach.

See the full agenda on the KLSA website.

Jacob Rosenberg will be speaking at the KLSA meeting and he is co-author of The Big Book of Nature Activities which we received as a gift when Sue and Nancy presented at the FOCA conference, November 2016. Sue's using this book to add to our ideas for the summer nature walk because we'll be gearing lots of activities to kids.

In addition to leading the spring and summer nature walks, Tracy Logan will be speaking at the KLSA meeting about our association and will mention our walks, which will tie in well with Jacob Rosenburg's presentation.
April 7/18

The BBLCA is sponsoring a hole for the BCC Golf Tournament. We challenge other cottage associations to do the same. See sponsorship information below. April 7\18


2018 BBLCA Events

Spring Events

Spring Nature Walk
195 Philrick Drive
Hosted by Matt & Tracy Logan
Logan Tree Experts
Saturday, May 5th, 2 pm

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

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

Workshops and Business Networking Sessions

Presented by Trent Lakes Economic Development Committee

Wednesday, May 9
7 - 9 p.m.
Municipal Office
Obtaining & Retaining the Right Employees
April 14/18

GreenUP Ecology Park
Annual Plant Sale

Sunday, May 20th | noon-4pm
Don't miss the official start of the growing season!
April 7/18

BCC Golf Tournament

May 31st

BCC Golf Tournament Registration form

BCC Golf Tournament Sponsorship form

April 7\18

Environment Day in Buckhorn

The Buckhorn Transfer Site, 37 Dump Road (off County Road 36 to Burleigh Falls) will host a County of Peterborough Environment Day on Sunday, June 10th, 2018.

Accepted items:

  • Hard cover books
  • Polystyrene (packing, not food trays)
  • media (dvd,cd,tapes)
  • Child safety restraints (car seats)
  • Mattresses

Hazardous waste will be collected using the on-site depot.

Hang onto your hard plastic as we may be able to dispose of it free-of-charge again this summer.
April 7/18

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

Docks are starting to submerge!

Water Levels are up - check your property

The lake is completely defrosted and water levels are at or above normal summer levels. Please check your property and ensure everything is secure or call a neighbour to do so for you. We're already getting reports of docks floating away. May 2/18

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

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

Calling all Artists

Artists needed - all ages, all abilities

We're developing an activity/colouring book for our Summer Nature Walk and we need your help.

People of all ages are encouraged to submit drawings for the book that our participants can colour. Drawings should be of native wildlife or plants. You may include your name and young artists may include their age or grade if they wish. Please name the drawing so that everyone will know what it is. Free hand sketches or tracings are acceptable.

Here's a list of what we'd like to include. Don't fret about your skill level, this is meant to be a community project.

Deadline for submissions is May 5th. You can bring your drawing to the May 5th Spring Nature Walk or scan and email your drawing to us.

April 21/18

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

New Directories in 2018

New printed directories will be available in 2018. Make sure we have your current information. See our Membership page for the current directory and how you can advertise. December 5\17


Facebook Likes Contest

We're at 339 Likes! April 25\18

Like us on Facebook for your chance to win.

When we get to 350 Likes, we'll draw a name for a prize.

Like us now!

In honour of Dolores O’Riordan, we'll be giving away her final CD album. The album cover photo is of Dolores on Big Bald Lake.
January 26\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

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

Spring Nature Walk

This Saturday afternoon!

Saturday, May 5th, 2 pm

Join us on Saturday, May 5th, 2 pm at 195 Philrick Drive for a fun and educational nature walk hosted by Matt & Tracy Logan, Logan Tree Experts. This is an event for all ages.

We'll see and learn about native ephemeral flowers (short lived spring flowers) and trees and observe wildlife. Every day can be different in the forest, so there could be some surprises along the way.

Don't forget to bring binoculars and you may need rubber boots.

If you're adventurous, you can try some coniferous teas. Common Juniper needle tea is sweet and delicious. We'll have hot chocolate as well.

You can pick up a sample of natural soap made with pine and spruce from the Rocky Mountain Soap Company. With rosemary and patchouli, it'll make a good natural bug repellent this spring.

We have Ontario wildflower seeds for each family, perfect for attracting butterflies and increasing biodiversity. We purchased the seeds from the David Suzuki Foundation.

  • Lanceleaf coreopsis
    A drought-tolerant perennial native to eastern North America. Nectar attracts pollinators. Grows to 90 centimetres.
  • Mountain mint
    Perennial native to Ontario and New Brunswick. Hardy to Zone 3. Attracts beneficial insects. Blooms July through September. Grows to 90 centimetres.
  • Bee balm
    Also known as wild bergamot. Highly attractive to pollinators. Flowers vary from pink to lavender. Grows to 60-90 centimetres.
  • Nodding onion
    Deer-resistant perennial. Provides food for short-tongued bees. Grows in sun or partial shade. Great for containers.
  • Black-eyed Susan
    An annual used by Indigenous Peoples for medicinal purposes. Flowers are five to eight centimetres wide. Attractive to butterflies.

We have a dozen nature inspired note cards from Peterborough GreenUP to give away. These cards were purchased as part of a fundraiser for GreenUP.

We'll be holding draws for other gifts as well.

Parking is available in the Logan's shop yard off their driveway. April 6\18

Summer Events

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.

We're currently collecting drawings for the book. If you have a favourite plant or animal, please send us a drawing or tracing and include some interesting facts you'd like to share or even tell us why you like it. Don't worry about your artistic skill, participation is more important. We'd like for this to be a real community project.

You shouldn't need rubber boots for this walk, but sturdy shoes are recommended and don't forget your binoculars.

Parking is available in the Logan's shop yard off their driveway. March 31\18

Arr'some Pirate 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.

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!
April 16\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 is still to be decided.

43 Saunders Road, home of Kim Letto & Glenn Joray.
April 16\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

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