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June 28, 2024

Annual General Meeting


Take notice that the Annual General Meeting of members of the Lake of Bays Association will be held at the Dwight Community Centre on, Saturday July 6, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. in order to:


  • Receive the financial statements and the auditor’s report.
  • Elect directors.
  • Appoint the auditor and authorize the directors to fix remuneration.
  • Transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournments thereof.


The minutes of the 2023 Annual and Special Meeting, and the audited financial statements for the year ending October 31, 2023 are available at loba.ca.


Guest Speaker: Dr. Norman Yan

Algal Blooms are Back … And the Reasons Why Might Surprise You!

Algal blooms have returned to threaten some lakes in Muskoka despite the generally effective management of phosphorus inputs. In his presentation, Dr. Norman Yan of Friends of the Muskoka Watershed will explain that these novel occurrences of algal blooms do require new research and may have lake-specific causes. They might be a complex response to multiple stressors including road salt, calcium decline and the arrival of invading predators during a time of changing climate.


Dr. Norman Yan completed his MSc and PhD dissertations on the effects of acid rain and metal pollution on Ontario lakes, then worked as a research scientist with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment for 25 years. In 2000, he negotiated a five-year partnership between the MOE and York University, accepting a position as Professor in York’s Biology Department, and conducting a body of research on the effects of multiple stressors on Ontario lakes, co-developed by Yan and collaborating government scientists. Given its success, this partnership was renewed twice, until Norman’s retirement in 2014. During this period, Norman taught in Toronto, but conducted most of his research in Muskoka.

Norman has co-authored over 200 publications on Canadian lakes, a body of work which is widely recognized. He is one of only four Canadians to receive both the K. Patalas Award for research excellence in applied limnology (the study of lakes), and the F.H. Rigler Memorial Award from the Society of Canadian Limnology for his contributions to fundamental understanding in limnology. Dr. Yan received a Premier’s Research Excellence Award from the Ontario government, and has received visiting fellowships from the Australian and Italian governments. For his contributions to the understanding and wise management of Canadian lakes, he was inducted as a Fellow by the Royal Society of Canada in 2014.

photo by: Sandra Whatley

2023 photo contest submission

Boating on the Canada Day Weekend

Please continue to exercise caution in the north end of Ten Mile Bay where debris and trees remain in the water after the washout on Highway 35 earlier this year. The Ministry of Transportation is hopeful the trees can be removed after July 1.

Before you head out on the water, take a moment to review LOBA's Safe Boating Brochure and make sure your family, friends and renters are familiar with the rules of safe and courteous boating.

Also note that the Ministry of Natural Resources has issued a Water Safety Bulletin for high water levels and river flow due to significant rainfall from June 21 to 23.

Muskoka's First Powwow

All are welcome to attend the first Annual Traditional Powwow in Muskoka! This event is happening at Annie Williams Park, Bracebridge, June 29-30.

There will be Traditional Powwow dancing and singing, Authentic Indigenous craft vendors, Traditional Indigenous food vendors and much more!

Listen to the knowledge sharing series occurring throughout the weekend.

The Powwow schedule and details are available through the Muskoka Powwow website.

From the Township of Lake of Bays:

Final Economic Development Strategy for Review and Comments>

Township Commences Review of the Official Plan>

Short Term Rental Web Map Launched>

Road Crews Take a Small Pause to Protect Snapping Turtle Nest>


photo by: Rosanna Fulford

photo by Ryan Bushell

2023 photo contest submission

Through education, advocacy and engagement, our mission is to foster a healthy natural environment, responsible waterfront development, a thriving community, and a Lake of Bays shared respectfully and safely by all.

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