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Logan Tree Experts
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Clean Water Systems
Let's welcome this new business to the neighbourhood. They're at the entrance to Catalina Bay. They can help you chose the right filter for your needs and select the correct water softener, reverse osmosis, U.V. light units, well pumps, and pressure tanks for your home.

A.J. Del Piero
Electrical Contractor & Generac Dealer

Your on the lake dealer for sales and service. Take advantage of Brian's fall generator service special for BBL residents.

Advertisers Wanted
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2021 BBLCA Events

Hoody Draw
On now!

Annual General Meeting
October 15th
Online information sharing and voting
Make sure you're subscribed to our newsletter!

Witches & Wizards Walkabout
Saunders Rd
Sunday, October 31st, 2 pm

Red Neck Santa Claus Parade
Saunders Rd
Sunday, December 26th, 2 pm

 

2022 BBLCA Events

Here's our plan for 2022. This doesn't include all the great contests you know we're going to have! Everything is subject to change at this point, but we're hoping to do lots.

If you'd like to host an event or donate a prize for a contest, please contact Sue.

Winter Carnival & Chili Cook-off
Family Day Weekend
Between Elbow Point and Irwin Drive
Thank you to Tabatha & Theresa for hosting!

BBL Beaver Ice Melting Contest
January & February

Full Moon Walks on the Lake
Full Moon Saturday nights in January & February

Kayak Water Polo
Weekends in July & August

Regatta
Sunday, July 31st

Movie Night
Labour Day Weekend
Thank you to Drew & Michelle for hosting!

Annual General Meeting
Virtual or in person
September or October

Witches & Wizards Walkabout
Saunders Rd
October 31st

Red Neck Santa Claus Parade
Saunders Rd
December 26th

 

 

Nature Activity Colouring Book

We produced an Activity Colouring Book for our Nature Walk in the spring of 2018. We have now created a version on our website.

Link to Nature Activity Colouring Book

Social Director & Committee Members Needed

Contact us if you'd like to join our Social Committee or even take over as Director. As you can see from our Calendar of Events, we have lots of things planned for 2021 despite COVID-19. It has encouraged us to approach things differently and we think change is good. Maybe you have some great ideas that we need to hear.
November 6\20

Past Contests

Mother's Day Draw

Congratulations to Kathy Mako, winner of our Mother's Day Draw. Kathy wins a facial sauna and curling iron. Thank you to Mike & Debbie Chapman for donating the prizes. April 5\21

Earth Month Road Clean-up Draw

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who participated in cleaning up our roads.

Our winners are:
Victoria Valius
Andrew Sisel
Angela Gill
Brenda Thomas
Margaret & Tom Cheung

We have 5 prize packages of natural products available for our winners that we purchasd from Country Cupboard Health Food Store in Fenelon Falls. They inspired us with their litter clean-up contest.

Green Beaver zinc sunscreen trio
Abeego beeswax food wraps
Green Beaver toothpaste and Flosspot biodegradable corn fibre dental floss
Now fractionated liquid coconut oil and Naka hand sanitizer
Green Beaver unscented deodorant and The Soap Works avocado & honey shampoo bar
May 1\21

Winter Scavenger Hunt Contest

We had great feedback on the Scavenger Hunt. Many participants, even those who weren't able to finish, told us that it really helped familiarize them with the lake and it gave them something fun to do this winter. We want to thank our organizers, participants and the residents who put items out for the hunt.

Congratulations to our grand prize winners Dean & Tracy Downing and to our other winners:

Lois Cole
Terry and Liz Mutton
Ria Whatman
Gary Graham
Marc Ventresca
Charmaine Melburn
Sofia & Isabela Beltran
Julie Bellissimo

Thank you to our prize sponsors:
Bobcaygeon Brewing Company
Garden of Eden
Cottage Country Connections
Sues Flanagan Creates
Barb Knill, Mary Kay
John & Nancy Boyce

And a big SHOUT OUT to Sue Flanagan for solicting and organizing all these great prizes.

Scavenger Hunt photos and map
March 2\21

Show Us Your Chili Contest Winner

We couldn't have our Chili Cook-off this year, so we asked residents to Show Us Your Chili to enter a random draw. Nancy Boyce was determined to win the chili contest after trying with various recipes since the first chili cook-off. Nancy has won a serving of Paul Flanagan's award winning chili and a pottery snowflake ornament made my Sue Flanagan. Let's hope we can have a real chili cook-off in 2022.
February 16\21

Name our Pirate Contest Winner

Nancy Boyce suggested that our Arr'some Pirate Regatta mascot be named Arr'fred. Nancy has won bragging rights only for her successful entry. Thank you to everyone who entered.
February 16\21

Where's the Beaver Contest Winner

Congratulations to our Where's the Beaver Contest Winner. Heather Birnie wins a gift basket. Thank you to everyone who entered. It was a random draw, but Heather actually had the correct answer. The Big Bald Lake Beaver will be spending his winter in Movie Night Bay. The change in bay will dramatically affect when the BBL Beaver goes swimming. The Big Bald Lake Beaver Ice Melting Contest starts this Friday and you'll have until February 28th to submit your answer. January 10\21

Thank you to our Where's the Beaver prize sponsors:
Bobcaygeon Brewing Company
Garden of Eden
Cottage Country Connections
Sues Flanagan Creates
Barb Knill, Mary Kay
John & Nancy Boyce
February 7\21

Do you have a Christmas tree to donate?



We are looking for a donation of a NEW Christmas tree that we can decorate and donate to the BUCKHORN COMMUNITY CENTRE’s Festival of Trees Fundraiser. We are going with a nature theme tree and anything else anyone has to donate as a decoration for the tree or a gift under the tree would be great too.
September 1\21

Past Events & Contests

Movie Night

Thank you to the Heming family for organizing and hosting, the Byles family for loan of Jumani and to the Crawford family for their movie equipment and operation.

Despite a few rain drops, everyone enjoyed the movies. The kids really had a great time watching Angry Birds 2 on comfy sofas in front of the outdoor tv while they ate cotton candy graciously donated by the Hemings. Everyone was able to watch the main attraction, Jumanji Next Level, on a big screen made by Pete. September 5\21

Regatta Scavenger Hunt

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this a really fun event. There were 33 children and many of them have been participating since our very first regatta and it was so great to see them paddling in the family canoe or on their own kayaks.

It was a lot of fun for all of us. There were goodies at 8 docks plus items over and in the water. Halloween in August!

Here's just a few photos from this morning.

See more photos in the BBLCA Facebook Album.

It takes a community to put on an event and we'd like to thank the following people:

    Hosts:
  • John & Nancy Boyce
  • Diane Gardner
  • Susan Ventresca
  • Katy Spiewak
  • Sue & Paul Flanagan
  • Bruce & Kathleen Wells
  • Lauma & Andy Toffelmire
  • Paul Ventresca
    Donations:
  • Sue Flanagan - Sue made the pottery fish!
  • John & Nancy Boyce - goody bag material, flags, cookies, tattoos
  • Diane Gardner - tattoos, goody bag twine
  • Susan & Paul Ventresca - candies, granola bars
  • Rod Ciccale & Kendra Fairs - juice packs & chips
  • Nick, Lily, Sofia & Bella Beltran - collected & painted the stones
  • Bashir Hajee - buffs
  • Lauma & Andy Toffelmire - markers & pencil crayons
  • Kathleen Wells, Anita Koch & Mary-Lou Quinn - sewed goody bags
  • Style Your Nest in Buckhorn - bath bombs & soaps
    Organizers:
  • Sue Flanagan & Nancy Boyce
  • August 1\21

BBQ Recipe Contest Winner

Sue Flanagan was our only entry, so winner of the BBQ Recipe Contest.

Sue's 3rd place winning recipe from Cottage Life Magazine May 2004 issue

Prizes

August 31\21

Past Contests & Events

BBL Hoody & T-shirt Orders

Thank you to everyone for our 43 orders - 147 garments! Items have been distributed.

Nish Tees supplied and printed the hoodies and t-shirts. They supplied our Regatta t-shirts and we were happy to work with this local indigenous business again. June 23\21

Pet Photo Contest Winners

Thank you to Village Pet Food & Supply for donating gift certificates which allowed us to have one of our most fun contests yet.

See all the entries in our Facebook album.

Village Pet Food & Supply
705-652-9494
3305 Lakefield Road, Lakefield - drive-thru
871 Ward Street, Bridgenorth - in-store shopping
http://www.villagepetfood.ca
villagepetfood@nexicom.net
June 1\21

Easter Gift Bag Winner


April 5\21

Pollinator Kits Draw

Thank you to everyone who entered our Native Perennial Pollinator Kits Draw courtesy of Grow Wild Native Plant Nursery in Omemee. We had 24 entries.

Kate MacIsaac has won the Sunny Kit

Charmaine Melburn has won the Wet/Shoreline Kit

Sandra & Scarlett Linton have won the Woodland/Shade Kit

Congratulations and happy planting to our winners.

Grow Wild Native Plant Nursery
Paul Heydon
http://www.nativeplantnursery.ca
info@grow-wild.com
416-735-7490 (cell)

Paul will be accepting wholesale orders only next year, so consider placing an order with some neighbours.

CATALOGUE - Grow Wild Native Plant Nursery

We very much appreciate Paul's support of our association and his commitment to naturalizing properties within our region. June 1\21

600 Likes!

Yay us! We have over 600 Likes on our Facebook page.

We drew a name to celebrate and our winner is Barb Knill. Congratulations Barb!

Sues Flanagan Creates has donated this pottery dish as the prize. Thanks so much Sue!


October 5\21

Big Bald Lake Hoodies Draw

Congratulations to our winners:

July - Pete Crawford
August - Brenda Thomas
September - Shayne Rheeder

Once you enter, we'll keep your name on the list and you'll be eligible for future draws until all the hoodies are gone. Good luck!

We're having regular draws throughout the year to give away Big Bald Lake Hoodies.

Go to the Draw Entry Form for your chance to win.


September 30\21

Hoody & T-shirt Orders for Big & Little Bald Lakes

Thank you to Sue Flanagan for organizing hoody & t‑shirt orders for both Big and Little Bald lakes. Items were available in black in the tree design. We had 18 separate orders for a total of 48 garments. The order has been placed and items can be picked up at Sue's on Thanksgiving Saturday. September 16\21

Welcome Baskets

Thank you to Sue Flanagan for putting together 30 welcome baskets! Sue and Nancy's delivery vehicle, Daisy, isn't too road worthy, so they found help to deliver the baskets. Thank you to Debbie, Tabatha, Ria, Pam, Andrew and Marney for delivering baskets all over the lake.

If you're new or you know someone who is new in the past two years, please let Sue know.

Thank you to our prize sponsors:
Pizza Alloro
Bobcaygeon Brewing Company
Garden of Eden
Sues Flanagan Creates
John & Nancy Boyce
September 18\21

Past Contests

Flag Scavenger Hunt Winners

Congratulations to our winners, Monika & Trevor, who won the $75 Huck's gift certificate. They were hosts as well as participants. Being new to the lake, they enjoyed doing the scavenger hunt and getting to know the lake better. Thank you to Huck's for their generous donation.

Jenna & Erin and Ria & Randy won full size Canadian flags courtesy of Dave Smith, our MPP.

We'd like to thank the 26 families who displayed flags for this contest.


July 13\21

Big Bald Lake Beaver Ice Melting Contest

Beaver Dunk Dates

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

March 19, 2021 - Sandra Linton

April 4, 2020 - Tom & Margaret Cheung

April 15, 2019 - Sue Flanagan

April 23, 2018 - Rod Ciccale

April 7, 2017 - Don Cuttell

March 27, 2016 - Sue Flanagan

April 13, 2015 - Brenda Thomas
March 20\21

Wildlife on Big Bald Lake

We're in that wonderful in-between season with no traffic on the lake except the wildlife.

Thank you to Harold Drew for the photo of the Bald Eagles on the Osprey nest and to Ron Lewis for the photo of the Trumpeter Swan (there are currently two on the lake).

We've been seeing River Otters, Beavers, Muskrats, Mergansers, Buffleheads, Mallards and, of course, Canada Geese.




April 1\21

Big Bald Lake Pathway

Thank you to Matt Logan for plowing a path that goes all around the lake. It's 4.75 km long. We encourage you to get out and explore and make the most of winter. Please observe social distancing with people outside your bubble and be careful of ice safety conditions.



February 07\21

2020 Year in Review