Monthly Archives: May, 2013

Selling your Kawartha Lakes Home

painting your home for saleOne of the first questions asked by real estate clients in the Kawartha Lakes is: “What can we do to  make it more marketable?”.

A fresh coat coat of paint is an inexpensive way to give your home a new look and improve its resale value – especially if you do the work yourself.

A poor paint job can be a deterrent to potential buyers, poor edges, colours running together, and other painting faux pas can leave a lasting negative impression on buyers. Buyers think “if they were that sloppy painting, how can I have confidence in what I cant see?” They become concerned about things like any electric work, plumbing work or other mechanical and structural work the home seller may have done.

50 Anne Street Bobcaygeon, Town and country Decorating

Town and Country Decorating

Be realistic, if you can do the job yourself, great, if not hire a professional for best results and less inconvenience.

Unsure whats best for you, visit a paint and decorating store like Town and Country Decorating in Bobcaygeon at 50 Anne St. (Corner of Anne St. and Hwy 36, near the bypass bridge), Scott and the crew at Town and Country have everything you need to do the job correctly. They also supply many local painters, they can recommend the right contractor for any painting project.preparing kawartha lakes home for sale

For those ready to do it themselves, here are some helpful tips, to make the job easier, be happier with the results, and avoid accidents along the way.

Painting Pointers

  • Choose your paint wisely. Cheap paints use inferior pigments and binders, meaning their hiding capabilities are lesser, they fade and wear faster, don’t adhere as well, and are more difficult to apply, which means working harder and having to paint more often. If that matters to you, by the best paint you can afford.
  • Use quality tools appropriate for the job. Good rollers have metal cages, plastic (not cardboard) cover cores, and dense fibers. Good paintbrushes have tightly packed bristles of varying lengths that are split at the ends. For oil-based paints, use rollers and brushes with natural covers and bristles, for latex paint, opt for synthetics.
  • If you cant remove furniture entirely, gather it in the middle of the room, and cover it and the floor with drop cloths. Fabric cloths are preferable to plastic ones, which are slippery underfoot (human or ladder) and stay wet when spilled on. Whatever type of cloth you use, tape it down.
  • Remove hardware: switch and outlet plates, doorknobs, light fixtures, hinges, handles, etc. Professionals may be able to paint around such items, buy you probably dont want to take the risk. Keep screws and such with the items they belong to and label things as needed to avoid confusion when its time to put them back.preparing your kawaartha lakes home for sale
  • Smooth walls are critical, so surface preparation is important. Remove loose, peeling of flaking paint;repair popped nails; and patch up cracks and holes. If you’re painting over a glossy surface, light sanding will be necessary so that the paint can better adhere to the wall. Allow patched ares to dry completely before painting.
  • Make sure walls are clean. They might not look dirty, but chalk, dust, hair, oil, and even cobwebs may be clinging to them, which can make it harder for paint to adhere and even show through the finished job. Use a sponge to wash walls with a mixture of water and mild detergent, rinse with plain water, and let them dry completely.
  • Mask the room. Tempting as it may be to skip it, masking will likely save you even more work later. Choose the right painter’s tape for the job – not all tapes can be use on or cleanly removed from every surface. Overlap section by a couple of inches and make sure there are no bubbles or folds that could allow paint to seep in.
  • Don’t skip the primer, particularly if you’re painting a lighter shade over a darker one, if the walls are stained (use a primer designed for stain blocking), or if you’re paint walls that have been repaired (in fact, if you prime nothing else, spot prime areas you’ve patched or they’ll appear as shiny spots when you are done).

Parks Canada | Harper Government freezes recreational lockage fees for three years

Trent-Severn Waterway - Burleigh Falls - Lock 28

Lock 28 Burleigh Falls

Harper Government freezes recreational lockage fees for three years

Parks Canada to work with stakeholders to identify long term sustainability solutions for the historic canals

OTTAWA, May 14, 2013 /CNW/ – The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced that recreational lockage fees along Canada’s historic canals will remain frozen for the next three years at 2008 levels.

“Since the beginning of our consultation process on canal fees, we have been committed to listening and acting in the best interests of the residents who live, work and visit our canals,” said Minister Kent. “We recognize the importance of canals to Canada’s heritage, the tourism industry and the thousands of people who use them each year. That is why following consultations with Government Members of Caucus who live along the canals, I am pleased to announce that Parks Canada will freeze lockage fees for three years.”

Lock Station on Trent Canal

Lock Station

“During this time, Parks Canada and I will work with local Members of Parliament, community leaders and the tourism industry to develop and implement an improved operating model to ensure the long term financial sustainability of the canals operations. These long term solutions will need to address all aspects of the canals operations.”

As part of the long-term financial sustainability of the canals operations, Parks Canada is already considering new visitor opportunities that will benefit a broad range of canals users, and create new sources of revenue, all while maintaining support for our tourism operators and industry.

SOURCE: Parks Canada

via Parks Canada | Harper Government freezes recreational lockage fees for three years.

City claiming $3.8 million in flood damage | Local | News | The Lindsay Post

KAWARTHA LAKES – The City of Kawartha Lakes has claimed $3.8 million in damages in its application for the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) .

The application is being filed in hopes of receiving aid from the provincial government in the wake of flooding in a number of areas in the municipality, namely the Burnt River three weeks ago.

City council passed a resolution regarding the application at a special council meeting held on Tuesday, May 7.

Director of corporate services Mary-Anne Dempster said the success of the application hinges directly on whether the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing will declare specified-locations as “disaster areas.”

The city named the Burnt River corridor, Mitchell Lake, Pigeon Lake (including the Pigeon River), Emily Creek, Balsam Lake, Cameron Lake, Sturgeon Lake, the Shadow Lake and Gull River corridor as well as the Black River corridor as the effected areas in the application. Continue reading →

New Bobcaygeon park offers eight acres | Local | News | The Lindsay Post

John Bush and Richard Fedy, left to right at front, hold a visual of what the new Wilderness Park in Bobcaygeon will look like with volunteers in the background. LISA GERVAIS/The Lindsay Post

BOBCAYGEON – Residents of the Bobcaygeon area will soon have a new eight-acre park to hike, bike, cross country ski and snowshoe in.

Environmental Action Bobcaygeon Inc. is behind the initiative in partnership with the City of Kawartha Lakes and the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF.)

The park is on city-owned land. Environmental Action Bobcaygeon Inc. has been granted stewardship and the OTF has provided an $87,800 grant.

It will be called Wilderness Park and is located in the northeast of Bobcaygeon, just past Caygeon Lanes at the end of Wilderness Park Rd.

“We approached the city and said we’re an environmental group that would like to put hiking and walking trails in there,” said spokesman Richard Fedy.

They are contemplating one trail near the perimeter and a couple of interior trails with some disabled accessibility so even people in wheelchairs can enjoy the forest. They said there would be a mix of easier and more challenging trails.

They are also keen to combine education and recreation, getting a helping hand from environmental study students at Sir Sanford Fleming College and Trent University and hope local schools will make use of it.

A parking area is being established as well as a bee pollinator in conjunction with the Bobcaygeon Horticultural Society. The goal is to finish the park this summer, with construction commencing in July.

Another spokesman, John Bush, said the Kawartha Field Naturalist Club has volunteered its time to do a biophysical inventory “so we’re not running over sensitive plants and habitat.” They have also had a survey completed.

Fedy added that there are already about 60 members of ‘the Friends of the Wilderness Park’ who have donated money and committed time, including hauling out truckloads of garbage last summer.

Environmental Action Bobcaygeon Inc. is the group behind the placement of nine community gardens and the Bobcaygeon Farmers Market.

via New Bobcaygeon park offers eight acres | Local | News | The Lindsay Post.

Trent Severn Waterway 2013 Hours of Operation

Trent Canal Swing Bridge Bobcaygeon

Bobcaygeon Swing Bridge and Lock Station 32

2013 Hours of Operation

May 17 to June 20
Monday to Thursday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday to Sunday; and Victoria Day 9:00am – 5:00pm

June 21 to Sept 2
Monday to Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday to Sunday; and Canada Day, August Civic Holiday and Labour Day 9:00am – 6:00pm

Sept 3 to Oct 14
Monday to Thursday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday to Sunday; and Thanksgiving 9:00am–5:00pm

The 2013 season will offer a mobile crew service at the following locations. This service will begin at the beginning of each day. The mobile crew will complete as many lockages as possible within the scheduled hours of operation. Boaters can contact mobile crew staff by telephone upon their on-site arrival to seek the next estimated lockage time.

Bridge 44 and LOCKS 37, 38 AND 39
LOCKS 10 AND 11/12
LOCKS 15 AND 16/17
LOCKS 40, 41 AND Bridge 50


Follow these guidelines to maximize chances of being locked through at the end of the day:

  1. All vessels must arrive at the designated blue zone at least 30 minutes before closing time.
  2. At swing bridges, the last bridge swing will be 20 minutes prior to closing time.

NOTE: station opening and closing times, as well as first and last lockage, are not guaranteed and may be affected by water management duties, maintenance activities or other types of navigation interruptions.

Lock Station 33 Trent Canal Lindsay

Lock 33 Trent Canal Lindsay

Mobile Crews: This is a service that has been utilized on weekdays in the spring and fall at the Trent-Severn Waterway since 1997. In a mobile crew, lock staff travel and conduct lockages at multiple lock stations in a series. Mobile crews will travel with groups of boats within a “grouping”. This has been referred to as “flying crews” or “roaming crews”.

Groupings: This term describes the number of lock and bridge stations that a mobile crew are operating. The largest grouping operated by a single mobile crew will be 3 lock stations. This size grouping has been implemented at the Trent-Severn Waterway since 1997.

Phone Number Service: This is a new service that will be provided for boaters during the 2013 season. Each lock and bridge station that is operated with a mobile crew will have informational signage on the lock station including contact information for the responsible mobile crew. The lock staff will provide estimated lockage times for that boater.

Travel Time: Is the estimated time it will take for a boat to travel through a series of locks. There are two considerations for travel time:

  1. The average time it takes to pass a boat through a lock and;
  2. The boating speed of 10 km/h.

It is important to note that travel time does not factor in potential wait times at the entry points of groupings.

Trent-Severn Waterway - Burleigh Falls - Lock 28

Lock 28 Burleigh Falls

Upon Arrival Lockage: Lockages will occur at most locations on an “upon arrival” basis. This means that lockages will be conducted continually throughout the day by staff stationed at that site.

Mobile crews on the Trent-Severn Waterway were first utilized in 1997. Mobile crews operate multiple lock stations, conducting lockages within a grouping. Each lock station operated by mobile crews will be equipped with a phone number that will connect the boater to the lock staff, in order to be provided with an estimated lockage time.

Trent Canal Lock Station 22 Nassau Mills

Trent Canal Lock Station 22 Nassau Mills

LOCKS 1,2 AND 3 (1 hr 45 mins)
LOCKS 4,5 AND 6 (1 hr 50 mins)
LOCKS 8 AND 9 (1 hour)
LOCKS 10 AND 11/12 (1 hr 25 mins)
LOCKS 13 AND 14 (1 hr 10 mins)
LOCKS 15 AND 16/17 (1 hr 10 Mins)
LOCKS 22 AND 23 (1 hour)
LOCKS 24 AND 25 (1 hour)
Bridge 44 and LOCKS 37, 38 AND 39 (1 hr 45 mins)
LOCKS 40, 41 AND Bridge 50 (1 hr 10 mins)

  • Travel times are calculated with a boat speed of 10 km/hr.
  • Estimated travel times do not reflect possible wait times.
  • Accurate wait times can be provided by lock staff by using the phone number service.

Victoria Place, Kawartha Lakes, ON K0M 1A0, Canada

Some of the numerous common facilities and park land in Victoria Place, Kawartha Lakes, Bobcaygeon

Beautiful Greens Lake

municipality of trent lakes, Greens lake,

Boating on Greens Lake – beautiful unspoiled crown land surrounds the lake – May 8, 2013

The hidden Gem of the Central Kawarthas – Greens Lake.

Leave the hustle and bustle of the GTA behind and escape to the natural beauty of Greens Lake.

Kawarthabrad – Brad Nelson’s office is located only 1.5 hour’s drive from Toronto, in Bobcaygeon, the Hub of the Kawartha Lakes area. Greens Lake is located in the Municipality of Trent Lakes just north of Bobcaygeon and Buckhorn. Greens Lake boasts the best features of cottage country. With its sweeping bedrock, windswept pines and sparkling blue water, it is reminiscent of many places five hours further north! Call Bradat (705) 738-2110 or toll-free at 1-886-445-4440 to learn more about cottages for sale in the area. You can also contact Kawarthabrad using the form below.

The Kawartha Lakes Cleans up after flood

Pigeon Lake at Walmac Shores Road, South of Bobcaygeon - Hunt for Bobcaygeon Real Estate

Pigeon Lake at Walmac Shores Road, South of Bobcaygeon

Water levels are receding on the lakes in the upper Trent-Severn and property owners are face with clean up after high water levels.

I set out this morning to clean up at the public access spot just off Walmac Shores Road south of Bobcaygeon. Some may recognize this spot from my early post “Hunt for Bobcaygeon Real Estate“.

With the assistance of a friend, we were able to collect a bag of waste and a bag of recycle material which we have disposed of properly.

It was great way to spend a beautiful spring morning in the Kawartha Lakes enjoying the beauty of Pigeon Lake.  We collected $1.30 in returnable bottles and together with the bottles from last week’s clean up on Bass Lake in the Municipality of Trent Lakes (Harvey Township ) we have $1.60 for the donation box at Gamiing Nature Centre.

Pigeon Lake at Walmac Shores Road, South of Bobcaygeon, Hunt for Bobcaygeon Waterfront Real Estate

Fifty Fifty split between “waste” and recyclable material. Plastic water bottles rule the day. The Gamiing Nature Center benefits from the returnables.

Gamiing Nature Centre (pronounced gaa’-min-j) is a nature centre located on the western shore of Pigeon Lake, Ontario, Canada. The word Gamiing is Ojibwa and translates into ‘At the Shore’ and was chosen by Gamiing to honour the land’s first inhabitants and their lakeshore location. The 100 acre property is located in the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Gamiing’s mandate includes education and hands-on demonstrations of ecologically sound practices related to lakes and lakeshores. Gamiing works with individuals, community groups and other interested parties to further understanding of and participation in practices that balance human needs with the needs of wildlife and natural lake ecosystems.

The organization also dedicates itself to conserving wildlife along the shores of Pigeon Lake, and in association with the Trent Severn Waterway, Gamiing helped restore habitat for the threatened Blanding’s turtle.

Gamiing Nature Center a beautiful slice of the Kawartha Lakes, stop in for a visit – locate at  1884 County Road 17.

Living and working in the Kawartha Lakes – it’s more than home – it’s a lifestyle.

P.S. Here’s Your Sign – found during clean up.

Pigeon Lake at Walmac Shores Road, South of Bobcaygeon, Hunt for Bobcaygeon Waterfront Real Estate

Here’s Your Sign!

Welcome to the Lapointes

Come after Breakfast

Bring Your Own Lunch

Leave Before Supper


I have your sign – you might want to make an exception to the house rules. 

Mississauga River at County Road 36 east of Buckhorn a short paddle to Lower Buckhorn Lake

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Mississauga River at County Road 36 east of Buckhorn – a short paddle to Lower Buckhorn Lake

Bobcaygeon Real Estate – Real Estate Open House Tips

Bobcaygeon Open House

Bobcaygeon Open House

Protect your valuables during an open house

Just how comfortable would you feel opening your home to a complete stranger? Imagine walking away,knowing that someone you’ve never met is wandering from room to room, eyeing up and down the one place you feel most safe.

Well it does happen. A traditional ‘open house’ is a very popular tool for home sellers. And what buyer wouldn’t want to inspect it closely before making the biggest purchase in their life. But it’s up to you – the owner – to protect your valuables when it comes time to schedule your open house.

That’s why it is important to take advantage of all the resources available – including your registered real estate professional – who can offer you tips and advice on how to plan for an open house. Visit the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) website at to view the Preparing for an Open House bulletin. RECO administers the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act 2002 on behalf of the Ontario

Police will tell you that thefts from open houses do happen. Just last year, Durham region police say they recovered property worth half a million dollars after a couple from Oshawa was charged with stealing during open houses.

Your best approach is to ask your salesperson as many questions as possible about what you need to do to prepare. Will they limit the number of people allowed into the home during each showing? Will potential buyers be escorted during their visit to your home? Make sure you understand what occurs during an open house.

Other tips include:
• Remove or safely store small items such as jewelry, MP3 players
• Keep your bills, credit card receipts, and bank statements out of view.
• Remove medications from all rooms in the home including your medicine cabinet.
• Take inventory – and possibly photos – ahead of time so you know quickly if anything is missing.

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