October 8, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving to all Lake of Bays Association members and friends!

photo by Yolanda Fitzpatrick
Drain Your Hot Tub the Right Way

If you have a hot tub, you will likely be draining it before you close up your cottage for the season.  Here are a few ways you can do this in a more eco-friendly manner:
  • Do not use clarifiers and other additives to remove the chlorine or phosphates from the tub before draining it. You will only be replacing existing toxic chemicals with new ones. These additives are not as safe as advertised.
  • Try to stop chlorination three or four days before draining your hot tub to allow the chlorine time to dissipate somewhat. You can check the chlorine levels with a chlorine test kit before draining.
  • Drain your hot tub water as far away as possible from the lake and nearby streams or wetland areas. Even residual chlorine is toxic to fish and crustaceans. Phosphates in your hot tub water can contribute to algal blooms in the lake.
News from the Township of Lake of Bays

Short-Term Rentals By-Law
The Township of Lake of Bays adopted a Short-Term Rentals Licencing By-law at the Council meeting held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. STR Regulation in the Township will be implemented in January 2022.

Community Planning Permit By-Law
The Township of Lake of Bays is reviewing and consolidating its two existing zoning by-laws (Development Permit By-law 2004-180 and Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2004-181) and creating a new Community Planning Permit (CPP) By-law to implement the policies of the Township’s Official Plan. This system will clearly identify development rules and requirements applicable throughout the entire Township. The new Community Planning Permit By-law applies to all lands within the Township.

There will be a public meeting on Tuesday October 26, starting at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom to give the public an opportunity to provide comments to Council (Planning Matters) about the proposed new Community Planning Permit By-law.

Township Hires New CAO
The Township has hired Bryan Brown as Chief Administrative Officer. 

2021 LOBA Photo Contest
Keep 'em Coming!
LIFE at the LAKE: people, pets and dwellings
NATURE: wild plants and animals
LANDSCAPE: land, water and sky
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 Photos must be previously unpublished and taken in the current year--limit of 5 per category.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, subject line Lake of Bays Association photo contest. Deadline December 30, 2021.
And while you are snapping shots for the contest, remember LOBA is on Instagram. Follow and tag us in your favourite Lake of Bays memories. @lakeofbaysassociation
photo by Merilee Chisholm
2020 Photo Contest Entrant
Reading, interesting links and events

Fall Photographic Perspectives on the Lower Oxtongue River

Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations

Huntsville Doppler

October Blood Drives
photo by Paul Madder
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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