May 31, 2019
2019 Lake of Bays Association Yearbook is in the mail!

The 2019 Yearbook has been mailed and many of you are already enjoying this latest fabulous edition with features on the Bigwin Island condominiums, Algonquin Park day trips, septic system maintenance and much, much more. As always there are association updates, news from around the lake and the membership directory. You will find the 2018 Photo Contest winners (WOW!) and you can see all 140+ entries here .

Many local businesses support the production of our Yearbook by advertising—thank you to all of them. Please support these businesses and let them know you saw their ad. You can see a full list of our 2019 advertisers here .

If you are a 2019 member and have not received your Yearbook  by the end of June , please contact us at .
Save the Date - Saturday July 6, 2019
Lake of Bays Association Annual General Meeting
Dwight Community Centre
9:00 a.m. Exhibits and Coffee
9:30 a.m. Meeting
A representative from the Muskoka Watershed Council will be speaking about the Muskoka Watershed Report Card—a science-based evaluation of the
health of Muskoka’s watersheds.
First Ash Drive TOMORROW (June 1, 2019)

The first ASH DRIVE will be held June 1, 2019. Bring your wood ash to the Rosewarne Landfill site, 1062 Rosewarne Drive, Bracebridge from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What is the ash for? Friends of the Muskoka Watershed have launched Canada’s first residential wood ash recycling program designed to solve the calcium decline problem in Muskoka’s forests and lakes. ASHMuskoka is a 3-year project during which the organization is working to recruit over 1000 area residents to collect 100 tonnes of wood ash. The wood ash will be applied to sugar bushes and forest soils in Muskoka.

Why? Because wood ash, with its high calcium content and other nutrients, is a valuable forest soil fertilizer. Through natural soil processes, some of the calcium and nutrients will make its way to Muskoka’s lakes.

For more information visit the ASHMuskoka website or follow them on Facebook .
Contact ASHMuskoka at 705-640-0948 or email
The  S.S. Bigwin  is hosting a
fundraising event for
Friends of the Muskoka Watershed

Tuesday, June 4th at 5:00 p.m. There are still a few tickets remaining.

Tickets are $50.00 which includes the 1-1/2 hour cruise, appetizers and a non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage (further beverages can be purchased).

Included also is a talk by Dr. Norman Yan about the history, health and welfare of Lake of Bays and its hopeful future 

If interested, please call  705-640-0948   or drop by the Friends of the Muskoka Watershed office at 126 Kimberley Ave, Bracebridge.
Drone legislation will come into effect tomorrow

Drones have opened up new and exciting ways to take pictures and videos of your cottage, nature and fun on the lake—amazing images can be found all over social media. With the increase in drone use, the government has enacted legislation that all drones over 250 grams and up to 25 kilograms must be registered by June 1, 2019 (that's tomorrow). You can register and view the new rules here .

In addition to registration, all operators of registered drones are required to obtain either their basic or advanced pilot certificate click here .

Pat Birnie, LOBA Safety Chair and Owner/Director of Arrowhead Camp on Ronville Road describes the process: " At Camp, we logged in (being a corporation we already had an account), recovered our password (well, because I forgot it) and registered our DJI Phantom 4 Drone. This process took 10 minutes. Then we logged back in and took the test which took one hour to complete. But it's not a simple test and I would recommend either taking a training course or doing some internet searches to bring yourself up to speed with legislation and best practices. "

Operating a drone without a pilot license, flying an unregistered drone and/or flying where it is not permitted can result in a $1000 fine. And there is a $3000 fine for flying a drone in an area that puts people or planes at risk. Additionally, if you are flying the drone for work these fines are multiplied threefold. It is illegal to fly a drone within 5.6 km of an airport listed in the Canada Flight Supplement and 1.9 km of a heliport or aerodrome. If they are not listed you are still required to reach out and contact the field to ensure there are not any safety risks or concerns.

It is also important to respect people’s privacy —don't fly drones over neighbours’ cottages to see what they are cooking for supper! But if you have a friend or neighbour with a drone, it might be worth your while to ask them to snap a picture of your property from the sky— think of having a picture of your cottage in the summer tucked away in your pocket on those cold winter days! Click here to check out some great drone footage Pat took of his Arrowhead Camp.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Pat at
Lost and Found
We continue to hear from residents about lost and found items on the lake. Check out the Lost and Found page on our website , and if you would like us to post an item, email with pictures, originating or found location, and contact information so that we can post the information.
Waste Disposal Vouchers and Fee Waivers
To assist Lake of Bays property owners with clean-up resulting from the 2019 flooding, the Township of Lake of Bays and the Town of Huntsville (depending on where your property is) will be issuing one (1) Waste Disposal Voucher per property to provide no-charge disposal of flood damaged waste at District Transfer Stations. The voucher is valid to dispose of up to one half-ton truck and single-axle trailer load (or equivalent) of flood-related debris. You can pick up your voucher at:

  • Township of Lake of Bays, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (statutory holidays excluded) from the Township office, 1012 Dwight Beach Road, Dwight. Click here for more details.
  • Town of Huntsville from the Town Hall, 37 Main Street East, 3rd Floor, Huntsville or the Canada Summit Centre, 20 Park Drive, Huntsville. Click here for more details.

At the Township of Lake of Bays Council meeting on Tuesday, councillors voted to waive or reduce fees for work to repair structures damaged by the 2019 flooding. Read the details here .

Town of Huntsville to provide dumpster June 8 and 9
The Town of Huntsville will place a dumpster at the South Portage boat launch on the weekend of June 8 and 9 to collect man-made, floating items retrieved from the lake.
  • Only man-made, floating items are to be retrieved from the lake and deposited in the dumpster
  • If floating items are too large to be placed in the dumpster, the item is to be placed beside the dumpster (the Town of Huntsville will ensure the items are placed in the dumpster)
  • No trees or natural vegetation, such as foliage or shrubbery shall be deposited in the dumpster
  • No debris collected from the land is to be deposited in the dumpster
  • No household garbage is to be deposited in the dumpster
The purpose of the Lake of Bays Association is to promote, sustain and enhance a clean and healthy natural environment, a well serviced community and a safe and peaceful Lake of Bays.

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