Blue Canoe – Coming to a shoreline near you!
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 KawarthaConservation.com/bluecanoe. 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 BlueCanoe@KawarthaConservation.com.
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.”
“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
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 →
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.
LOCKS 8 AND 9
LOCKS 13 AND 14
LOCKS 22 AND 23
Bridge 44 and LOCKS 37, 38 AND 39
LOCKS 10 AND 11/12
LOCKS 15 AND 16/17
LOCKS 24 AND 25
LOCKS 40, 41 AND Bridge 50
LAST LOCKAGE – IMPORTANT
- All vessels must arrive at the designated blue zone at least 30 minutes before closing time.
- 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.
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:
- The average time it takes to pass a boat through a lock and;
- 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.
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.
MULTIPLE LOCK STATION GROUPINGS AND ESTIMATED TRAVEL TIMES ARE AS FOLLOWS*
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.
Parks Canada and the Trent-Severn waterway with the assistance of their partners, including the Bobcaygeon and Area Chamber of Commerce, Industry Canada, and the Kawartha Lakes Community Futures Development Corporation have co-operated in the establishment of additional transit boat docking at Lock 32 In Bobcaygeon.
The additional dock space allows for 2 hour parking during the day for boaters to stop and enjoy all Bobcaygeon has to offer, and serves as additional overnight space. Either way that is good news for the downtown core.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.