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July 27, 2023

Annual and Special Meeting - Thanks for Joining Us!

The Lake of Bays Association Annual and Special Meeting was held on Saturday July 8 with more than 100 members and guests attending. It was a busy meeting that included:

  • An overview from the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Association’s about their current activities and member benefits – REVIEW: the presentation>

  • Passing a motion to reduce the number of directors of the Association from 18 to 13

  • Welcoming two new directors to the Board – Ann Morrison and Glenn Vickery

  • Recognition of retiring director Caroline Konarzewski with the Betty Day Award

  • Recognition of retiring director Fraser Govan with an Honourary Lifetime Membership

Mark your Calendars

There's Lots Happening Around the Lake

Lake of Bays Regatta

Saturday August 5

Events start at 1 p.m.

Glenmount Dock, 1111 Glenmount Rd

Swimmers, paddlers and tilters of all ages are welcome. If getting into the water isn't your thing, come for the BBQ or the Sailing Club swag table.

Also looking for volunteers - judges, BBQers and more.

Rain or shine!

Contact Peri Wiseman at periwiseman@gmail.com for more information.

Silent Boat Rally

Sneak up on Nature on Saturday July 29

Starting at Dwight Beach at 9:00am, paddle 1 km along the Dwight Bay shore to the mouth of the lower Oxtongue. From the lake it's 4.5 km up the winding river to Marsh's Falls. Take your time and explore the meanders and bays along the way. Each boat will have a list of 36 plants and animals to look for. Prizes are awarded for the most species found when you reach the falls land at the Marsh's Falls Nature Reserve. Stretch your legs, explore our walking trails and enjoy a catered lunch by the falls. Return to Dwight Beach by 2:00pm. Cost $20 per person. 

Register by July 23 at registration@lakeofbaysheritage.ca

Baysville Arts & Crafts Festival

Saturday August 12 & 13

Come out and enjoy the Baysville Arts & Crafts Festival 2023! Over 70 vendors, live music and delicious barbeque sponsored by the Lions Club! August 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and August 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission by donation to Baysville Horticultural Society. Located in the Grist Mill Park, Hwy 117 and Bridge Street! A popular event since 1987!!

Learn More >

Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation AGM

Saturday August 12

Dwight Community Centre

1014 Dwight Beach Road

Coffee 10 a.m., Meeting 10:30 a.m.

Lunch to follow

At every AGM, after the business portion of the meeting, the Heritage Foundation presents the history of a selected community in the Lake of Bays area along with a video and printed guide. This year we focus on Ronville Road. The community originated in 1879 with a 200 acre land grant to Joseph D. and Isabella McCutcheon. They established a hunting and fishing lodge, then sold it in 1897 to the Crump brothers who expanded the operation and renamed it Ronville Lodge. Five heritage cottage owners will receive commemorative plaques.

Enliven Muskoka Summer Fundraising Event

Sunday August 20

Grandview Golf Club, 2:00 p.m.

Art Walk, silent and live auction. Gather with friends and family, cheers with a glass in hand, all while supporting Enliven Cancer Care.

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It's never too early to start submitting your photos for the 2023 contest

Open to all Lake of Bays Association members and families. Photos must be previously unpublished and taken in the current year--limit of 5 per category. They must be in high-resolution, digital format and sent to info@loba.ca, subject line Lake of Bays Association photo contest. Deadline December 30, 2023.

LIFE at the LAKE: people, pets and dwellings

NATURE: wild plants and animals

LANDSCAPE: land, water and sky

First Place Nature

2022 Photo Contest

Jane Surerus

First Place Life at the Lake

2022 Photo Contest

Jacqueline Paterson

First Place Landscape

2022 Photo Contest

Caroline Konarzewski

Can you imagine, for a moment, a life without lakes here in cottage country? So fundamental to our experience are lakes, you can scarcely imagine an activity that doesn’t in some way involve them! However, much of what we do on land and on the water has the ability to impact the health and integrity of our lakes, the effect of which may not be fully visible to or understood by us until it’s too late. Without healthy and intact lakes, we’ll lose not only a major source of our enjoyment in cottage country but also water for drinking and household needs, habitat for common and disappearing species, as well as a substantial driver of economic prosperity and property values.

The largest threats to lake health and integrity include runoff from pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals, denaturalization of shorelands, pollution and wave action from boating, and the introduction of harmful invasive species. It can be intimidating and hard to understand, however, exactly what we can do to reduce these threats. This is why local conservation organization, The Land Between, has developed the Blue Lakes Project! The Blue Lakes Project is a voluntary program for lakeside property owners in cottage country who want to protect and conserve their lake. Under the program, participants select a subset of activities that are geared at promoting lake health and integrity, like planting native species on their property, committing to regular cleaning of their boat to reduce the spread of invasive species, and more! The Land Between provides all knowledge and resources needed so that property owners can undertake guided and informed but independent action on their property. The program is free to join and runs in one year cycles, with successful participants able to purchase an optional Blue Lakes flag that they can fly to signify their ongoing commitment to their lake’s health and integrity! You can learn more about the program here or jump start the process of joining here!

A project of national registered charity, The Land Between.

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2022 Photo Contest submission

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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