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Blue Canoe – Coming to a shoreline near you!

Blue Canoe – Coming to a shoreline near you!

Bobcaygeon Homes for sale - Bobcaygeon Real Estate

Sturgeon Lake Bobcaygeon

Landowners along the shorelines of lakes within the City of Kawartha Lakes should keep an eye on the waters for the Blue Canoe team again this year, out for our third season!

Stewardship staff are traveling by canoe from dock to dock when weather permits, or door to door by foot, and attending local events and lake association meetings. They will be out on Balsam, Cameron, Pigeon, and Sturgeon lakes again this year, along with three new lakes that include Canal, Four Mile, and Mitchell lakes.

As the Blue Canoe team paddles across the Kawartha Lakes they are taking an important message; that you can protect water quality and contribute to the long-term health of your lake by following some easy property maintenance practices. During the visit, they will help you identify opportunities for preventing shoreline erosion, limiting aquatic weed and blue-green algae growth in the water, deterring Canada geese, and reducing E.coli in the nearshore water, among other issues you may be experiencing. They will also offer information about lake management planning.

“Meeting with our team is an opportunity to talk about the issues that are important to you, and get information on what you can do on your own property to help protect the lake!”

Since the launch of the program in 2012, the Blue Canoe Program has connected with more than 2,500 shoreline residents and cottagers in the Kawarthas through property visits, dock talks, and community events. This summer, they will visit many more, while following up with some of the people contacted during the previous seasons to provide further suggestions and technical support where needed.

To find out where the Blue Canoe is going next, go to the calendar at Approximate dates and locations are posted two weeks ahead of time. If the timing is not convenient, an appointment can be made by contacting Kawartha Conservation at 705.328.2271 ext. 238 or

Kawartha Lakes Real Estate Market Conditions – BRAD NELSON

Kawartha Lakes Real Estate Market Conditions

Kawartha Lakes Real Estate Market Place

Kawartha Lakes Real Estate Market Place

Why the Kawartha Lakes Real Estate market heats up as the weather cools.

No one wants summer to end but the up side is that the busy fall Kawartha Lakes real estate market heats up.

July and August are busy in the Kawartha Lakes with visitors from all over the world making the Kawartha Lakes their holiday destination. With the hectic nature of unplanned summer activities and even planned activities, the search for real estate gets put on the back burner in favour of family fun.

All that is about to change: Every year, on the day after Labour Day, the Kawartha Lakes real-estate market explodes like clockwork. Home Buyers revisit the Kawartha Lakes to view the communities at a more relaxed pace. The fall colours, cooler temperatures and relaxed pace of life enjoyed by Kawartha Lakes Residents can be seen and enjoyed by those considering retiring to the Kawartha Lakes.

The fall boom is very much a chicken-egg situation: Buyers don’t get down to business until the listings are in abundance, but sellers don’t list their properties until the buyers start looking.

So what does this mean for the fall market? There’s more choice, for one. Buyers could come across multiple suitable properties that satisfy their search criteria. In some instances “deals” can be found as properties that have not been picked up in-season are reduced in the quest to find a buyer. Cottage owners may have decided to use the cottage for one last summer and enter the fall market new and fresh. Prepare to be in a competitive market place for these first time listed family gems. Fall price reductions on older inventory can spark competition from the many potential buyers that saw the property over the summer but did not feel it was priced competitively at the time.

You’d be naive to think that when a Kawartha Lakes home or cottage within your price range hits the market, that you’re the only person who’s going to stumble on the deal and submit an offer. By readying yourself for a competitive market now, you won’t be disappointed later.

Doing your property homework in advance and learning about the Kawartha Lakes is the first step towards making your cottage or retirement dreams come true. Many of my past clients began exploring the villages and towns in the area with day trips to the area. Checking out the neighbourhoods like Victoria Place and Port 32. Making note of the styles of homes you like, the locations of parks and points of interest, proximity to retail, and other important family and health considerations is essential to making an informed decision.

Market predictions for the fall: The fall will be the same as this past spring—we’ll see competition for quality family homes, and waterfront properties. I expect that prices will continue to rise. I wish climbing costs weren’t the case, but they will be as long as the Kawartha Lakes continues to be a preferred retirement and recreational area with-in easy reach of the GTA..

The fall market moves quickly. We get two harried months in September and October before the market slows in November, then dies out almost completely in December.

Finding your ideal retirement or recreational property in the Kawartha Lakes is made easier when you work with a local Realtor who knows the area and knows the market place and trends. This requires the commitment of both the buyer and the buyer’s agent. Finding the perfect Kawartha Lakes home or recreational property is a huge commitment, if you plan on spending 10 to 15 years or longer in the property you buy, then choosing the right buyer’s agent is the place to start.

For additional information about the Kawartha Lakes Real Estate Market place and the advantages of Life in the Kawartha’s contact Brad Nelson – Broker and Kelli Lovell- Sales representative and let’s get started

via Kawartha Lakes Real Estate Market Conditions – BRAD NELSON.

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 →

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.

I Help You Hunt for Bobcaygeon Real Estate.

I Help You Hunt for Bobcaygeon Real Estate.

To properly represent buyers, on the hunt for waterfront in the Central Kawartha Lakes Region,  a Realtor that knows the lakes, rivers, towns and villages of the Kawartha Lakes is essential to as successful search.

I have that knowledge:  it comes from years of working, and living in the Kawartha Lakes region.

Summers working at King’s Marina on Cameron Lake, (now Fenelon Falls Marina), was a great experience. As a teen, raised in Fenelon Falls, working at the local marina was a sought after job. Both local kids and the city kids who summered at the family cottage, wanted to work at the marina.  Fortunately I had an in, my father was the owner.

Those years spent delivering boats to cottagers, exploring the lakes, and being sent down many small cottage roads with a truck and trailer was an education in and of itself.  Often times with directions such as “follow the road until you see the farmer in his field and turn left” it was never much fun  needing to back up a 1/4 mile with a boat and trailer behind the truck.

When I returned to the Kawartha Lakes as a Realtor in 1999, this past experience was a tremendous asset while rediscovering the lakes and rivers.

14 years later, previewing waterfront homes and cottages, is still a pleasurable way to spend an afternoon.  The many small parks, un-opened road allowances and other public access spots that are available to all, are great places to stop and enjoy a coffee or send a text.

The Central Kawartha Lakes is my office.  Making your hunt for Kawartha Lakes Water Front a smooth and trouble free experience is what I do.

Lets Talk – Send me an email or call 1-866-445-4440

These pictures are from an unopened road allowance near Bobcaygeon on Pigeon Lake. The effects of the cool spring are obvious. Check back for additional pictures as I watch the spring thaw on Pigeon Lake.

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Pigeon Lake - March 21 2012 Bobcaygeon Real Estate

Pigeon Lake – March 21, 2012

Pigeon Lake - March 27 2013 Bobcaygeon real estate

Pigeon Lake – March 27, 2013

Ice melting on Pigeon Lake - April 9, 2013 - Hunt for Bobcaygeon Real Estate

Ice melting on Pigeon Lake – April 9, 2013

Bobcaygeon Waterfront real estate - Ice melting on Pigeon Lake – April 9, 2013

Ice melting on Pigeon Lake – April 9, 2013

Pigeon Lake Waterfront April 16 2013

Pigeon Lake Waterfront April 16 2013

Brad Nelson – Real Estate Broker

42a Bolton Street

Phone: 705-738-2110

History of Fenelon Falls from the ice age to 1983

Maryboro Lodge - the Fenelon Falls Museum

Maryboro Lodge – Fenelon Falls Museum

I believe this essay originally came from an old tourist guide circa 1983 – I do not recall the original source – it is an interesting read.

Fenelon Falls is home to Maryboro Lodge – The Fenelon Museum – visit their site and read about pioneer days in the area, and the men and women that shaped the development of Victoria County – The City of Kawartha Lakes

Just at the close of the last glacial epoch, this region assumed considerable importance. A great barrier of ice, slowly melting northward, lay across the granite highlands from the Adirondacks to North Bay and to Lake Superior. To the west of Fenelon Falls was Lake Algonquin, comprising an enlarged Lake Ontario known as Lake Iroquois.

Through Fenelon Falls, for a long time, passed all the waters of the upper lakes system, on its way to Lake Iroquois. But change came gradually and inevitably. As the great ice barrier to the north melted away and removed its weight, this whole region tilted up towards the south, so that Fenelon Falls, which was formerly lower than Sarnia, is now 260′ above it. As a result, lake Algonquin was poured back to the present Georgian Bay shore line and found a new, longer outlet by way of St. Clair, Erie and the Niagara River.

There is little doubt that this area has always been recognized for its natural beauty. As early as the seventeenth century a French Missionary, of noble descent, by the name of FENELON, visited the waters and being struck with the particular beauty of the Falls between lakes Sturgeon and Cameron, allowed his party to name the falls after him. Samuel de Champlain mentioned “THE FALLS” in his journals of 1615. At that time the falls was not the meek, tamed waterways of to-day, but a virgin wild cataract foaming down 23’x130′ into a rocky gorge.

Early settlers came to Fenelon Falls by way of Peterborough, then six miles by trail to Bridgenorth, on Chemong Lake and the rest of the way by rowboat or canoe across Chemong, Pigeon and Sturgeon Lakes and after viewing the Falls described it “horseshoe form, a very miniture Niagara”.

About the year 1841, Lord Montcastle, who owned the site of the present village, exchanged that property for a tract on Boyce’s Bay, Cameron lake. The exchange being made with Messrs. Wallis and Jamieson, who immediately commenced the construction of the first grist mill in the Township. This mill was fitted with stones brought from Toronto on sleighs, and stood on the bank of the river. In 1851 Wallis and Jamieson demolished the original mill building and erected in its stead separate gist and sall mills. The site of the village was still covered with forest with the exception indicated. As late as the 1850’s the only semblance of a road, being a tract cut along the main street.

Historical representation of Fenelon Falls, waterfront in Fenelon Falls

Fenelon Falls

In early years a log sluice over the Falls provided a runway for logs coming from the north; once over this sluice, the logs were run down the river to a sorting-jack at the mouth of the river and then on their way down Sturgeon lake. “At first, lumbering consisted of square-timber trade with most of the white pine and oak going to Britain for spars and masts. This required the establishment of large sawmills and elaborate means of transport.”

Fenelon Falls, view over real estate in Fenelon Falls

Fenelon Falls

An 1854 map of our village shows the hamlet had only a small scattering of people. There was a gist mill, a tavern, a saw mill, an Anglican Church and some half dozen houses. However, in the early 1860’s R.C. Smith and Mr. Waddell purchased land (now Heritage House property) and constructed a new grist mill. Mr. Smith departed from the village in 1876 and our magnificent water-power was utilized only slightly and the business of the village fell off greatly.

The water-power was considered one of the finest in Ontario and was 3000h.p. strong. One fifth of the power rights were sold to Messrs. Brandon, McDougall and Austin, who utilized it for running of their flour mill, and also supplied the power for lighting our village with electricity. Another fifth was purchased by D. Sandford and by it the Sandford Flour Mill was operated; also the expensive works owned and operated by Sandford Furniture and Woodenware Co, Ltd. Three fifths of the power was procured by the Lindsay Light, Hear and Power Co. and from here electric power was transmitted over 16 miles of wire to the Town of Lindsay. To-day, 1983, the Fenelon Falls Board of Water, Light and Power Commission consisting of Fred Elder, Chairman, Ben Jowitt and Marina McLennan, are investigating the possibility of once more producing our own power. The Provincial Government is undertaking a study to ascertain the feasibility of reinstating a new micro hydro plant in our Village.

In 1874 the village entered upon an independent municipal existence. Mr. J.D. Smith was the first Reeve of Fenelon Falls, and the first council consisted of Messrs. J.W. Fitzgerald, J. McArthur, Wm. Jordan, and R Jackson. Present council: (Mrs.) M. McLennan, Reeve; G. Goddard, Deputy-Reeve; and council members, S. Carroll, W. Hutchinson, Dr. D. Warren.

Until the 1880’s steamboats travelled up the Fenelon River to our falls but were unable to travel the waterways further, due to the fact there was no canal and therefore, no way of travelling over the falls.

View of Sturgeon Lake waterfront from Fenelon Falls

View of Sturgeon Lake From Fenelon Falls

In 1882 specifications for the construction of two lift locks at Fenelon Falls were drawn up, with provision for placing a swing bridge on the chamber wall of the upper lock in line with Colborne Street. The contract was let to A.P. Mc Donald and his brother-in-law Alex Manning, and the work was completed in 1885, now providing a steamboat navigation through a chain of lakes.

Logs, steamboats and ice cutting (for refrigeration) were familiar sights on our waters in days gone by. The new steamboats in the 1890’s were much larger than before to accommodate more tourists and excursions. These steamboats were often aided by palace scows, which could hold 100-5400 people plus bands for dancing. Mr. Chas. Burgoyne of Fenelon Falls owned and operated two of these steamboats, the S.S. Kawartha, and the S.S. Wascouta. During the winter months, our waterways provided not only a shorter road system for settlers travelling by horse and sleigh, but a source of refrigeration was also provided in the name of “ice”. Large blocks of ice were cut locally by men using cross cut saws, with one handle removed.

Prior to the 1880’s drinking water was obtained from an open spring or dug wells. In 1894, Mr. R. Jackett took the matter of serving people in the village with piped water, into his own hands and piped water from a large spring source at the head of Colbourne Street. Four hundred tamarac logs, each ten feet long were delivered to the Fenelon Pump Factory, and Mr. S. Brokenshire fabricated the wooden pipes by boring each log with a four inch auger. To-day our safe drinking water is taken from Cameron lake and through a filtration system before reaching our homes.

Fenelon Falls in 1983 lies in Feneln Township in Victoria County, with rich agricultural and wooded areas, and provides excellent tourist accommodation and attractions. The beautiful Fenelon River, connects Sturgeon and Cameron lakes and runs directly through the center of our village. These lakes and the Fenelon River are part of the now famous Kawartha lakes forming a Water Highway for pleasure craft passing through the Trent Severn Waterway System. Clean water, excellent fishing, good boating and the beauty of the lakes spotted with islands, attracts visitors from all over the world.

Winter in Fenelon Falls and district provides an abundance of cross-country skiing, tobogganing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and winter sports of all kinds. Autumn paints or woods and hills with colour, a picture of splendour.

The Falls at Fenelon Falls

Fenelon River looking towards the falls from a small park high above the river

Our village is concerned with the heritage of our area and the quality of live being preserved for future generations. Fenelon Falls is a beautiful bustling Village, with a superb Main Street Shopping Area, adjacent to the waterway, and although our existing manufacturing and industrial base is complimented by approximately 75 existing businesses, we wish to encourage more.

Our Falls of which we are justly proud, is a picture of unique beauty. The dam above the falls controls water rushing over the natural limestone and dropping over a falls of 7 metres in depth. Our man-made canal and natural limestone “Gorge” are also places of beauty. We are thankful to the Pioneers who have struggled through the years to provide us with a spot of Historical Beauty today.

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