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  • FALL 2017 - ALMAGUIN COMMUNITY HATCHERY PROGRAM (ACHP) (formerly known as the Almaguin Fishing Improvement Association)
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  • Spring 2017 - Almaguin Community Hatchery Program

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  • Spring 2017 - THE BEST WAYS TO REMOVE A TREE STUMP
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  • Spring 2017 - Sounds are Magnified over Water
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  • Spring 2017 - Waterskiing or Tubing?
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  • FALL 2016 - WATER QUALITY IN LAKE CECEBE
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  • FALL 2016 - POWR MAG (PROTECTORS OF WETLANDS & RIVER MAGNETAWAN) INC. UPDATE
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  • SPRING 2016 - OH DEER! REDUCING YOUR RISK OF A COLLISION WITH WILDLIFE
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  • SPRING 2016 - LAND FILL SITES

    Here are the locations for Ryerson Township and the Municipality of Magnetawan . .read on
  • SPRING 2016 - MERCHANDISE REPORT
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  • SPRING 2016 - WHAT TO DO IF YOU SEE OR ENCOUNTER A BEAR ON YOUR PROPERTY
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  • SPRING 2016 - ALMAGUIN FISHING IMPROVEMEMT ASSOCIATION
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  • WINTER 2016 - Almaguin Fish Improvement Association (AFIA) Update
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  • winter 2016 - STUDY: CO2 BUBBLES HELP THWART ASIAN CARP INVASIONS
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  • WINTER 2016 - INVASIVE SPECIES UPDATE - PREVENTION IS THE INTENTION
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  • FALL 2015 - CECEBE WATER QUALITY MEASUREMENTS FOR 2015
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  • FALL 2015 - ALMAGUIN FISH IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION (AFIA)
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  • SPRING 2015 - ALMAGUIN FISH IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION (AFIA)
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  • WINTER 2015 - Health Unit Warns of Blue-Green Algae Bloom
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  • WINTER 2015 - New law should help Muskoka honey bees
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  • WINTER 2015 - Invasive Species Act for Ontario - OVERVIEW
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  • WINTER 2015 - EARTH IS WARMING - CANADA INVESTING IN MITIGATION
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  • WINTER 2015 - NORTHLAND POWER - SOLAR FARM WEST
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  • FALL 2014 - WATER CLARITY
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  • SPRING 2014 - HOW TO ATTRACT HUMMINGBIRDS TO YOUR FEEDER
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  • FALL 2013 - WATER QUALITY MEASUREMENTS 2013
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  • FALL 2013 - ENERGY - July 2013 Hydro Rate Consultation Underway
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  • SPRING 2013 - ALMAGUIN FISHING IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION
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  • SPRING 2013 - EXPERIMENTAL LAKES AREA - REPRIEVE?
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  • SPRING 2013 - WHO DO I CALL IF I ENCOUNTER A BEAR?
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  • WINTER 2013 - WATER CLARITY IN LAKE CECEBE, 2011 - 2012

    Here's some great information on our lake quality!read on
  • FALL 2012 - WATER QUALITY DATA FOR 2011-2012

    Water Quality - Temperature in the Hole Thanks to Clint Brooks and the Ahmic Lake Cottagers' Association, we in the CWA get an annual series of measurements of water quality in our lake system that can then be compared to measurements in Ahmic Lake as...read on
  • SPRING 2012 - SOUNDS ARE MAGNIFIED OVER WATER . . .

    All our sources say a person's voice echoes just like any other sound, especially on a quiet night on Lake Cecebe. An echo is caused by sound waves reflecting off a hard surface. Higher frequency sounds reflect better and create stronger echoes. Perhap...read on
  • spring 2012 - THE ALMAGUIN FISHING IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION

    The AFIA is forging ahead leaps and bounds planning for this year's spawn of pickerel and a successful hatchery. They have had two meetings with Ministry officials so far and others are planned. Their expectations are that the spawn will occur sometim...read on
  • FALL 2011 - CANADIAN WILDLIFE FEDERATION (WWW.CWF-FCF.ORG)

    What percentage of birds bond with just one mate? a) 40%; b) 70% or c) 90% Correct Answer: C. 90 per cent. Approximately 90 per cent of birds dedicate themselves to one another. They're partners! But that doesn't mean they're always sexually monogam...read on
  • FALL 2011 - "WEED FREE" COMMITTEE

    A new committee has been started to look into the encroaching weeds in Green Bay and other areas of the lake. If you are interested in becoming part of this committee would you please email Peggy Frederikse at pfrederikse@sympatico.ca or the committe...read on
  • FALL 2011 - HOW WILDLIFE FRIENDLY IS YOUR WATERFRONT PROPERTY?

    Question? Do you remove natural debris along the shoreline of your property (such as windfall, logs, rocks, old vegetation and other dead material), or remove aquatic plants along your waterfront property? Regularly (every chance I get) Weekly Monthly...read on
  • FALL 2011 - FIRST LOOK AT LAKE CECEBE WATER MEASUREMENTS

    Thanks to the generosity of Clint Brooks and the Ahmic Lake Cottagers Association, we have used their Genesis device to record two sets of measurements for Lake Cecebe and Midlothian (Goose) Lake: one for early spring (June 6) and another for late summ...read on
  • JUNE 2011 LAKE CECEBE OXYGEN REDUCTION POTENTIAL BY DEPTH and WATER TEMPERATURE PROFILE CHARTS

    With the help of Clint Brooks, President of the Ahmic Lake Cottager's Association, CWA has been fortunate to use their water testing equipment to do additional tests on our lake. The results give a baseline for where the lake stood this spring. The tes...read on
  • SPRING 2011 - S0UNDS CARRY . . . .

    Sounds carry . . . . Now that spring is here and summer is just around the corner, please remember that sound travels an amazing distance across water. Please be considerate of your lake neighbours, day or night! Don't make unnecessary noise that co...read on
  • APRIL 2011 - ALMAGUIN FISHING IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION (AFAI)

    AFAI Milking the Pickerel Eggs To the residents and cottagers around our two beautiful lakes of Cecebe and Ahmic: After a number of years of lobbying the Ministry of Natural Resources to improve our area lakes fishing opportunities, The Almaguin Fishi...read on
  • WINTER 2011 - THE ALMAGUIN FISH IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION

    The Almaguin Fish Improvement Association (AFIA) has submitted lengthy documentation to the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) this month endeavouring to obtain Pickerel Egg Collection Permits which will enable our group to operate the hatchery in Mag...read on
  • WINTER 2011 - WATER QUALITY UPDATE

    It is my pleasure to take over Water Quality Testing duties from Jack Bowman. These duties include measuring the phosphorus levels in our lake and taking measurements known as "Secchi Readings" to determine the clarity of the water. The Water Qualit...read on
  • SPRING 2010 - Get your Pleasure Craft card here

    April 29, 2010, PARRY SOUND - This summer, in order to take a boat on any Canadian lakes, operators are required to hold a Pleasure Craft Operator Card. The exam, a study guide and applications for the card are now all available through the cottagecoun...read on
  • SPRING 2010 - SEPTIC TANK PUMP OUT

    Like any ecosystem, your septic tank has limits. If it gets drowned with too much water -- or if it gets clogged up because of misuse or poor maintenance -- or if it is poisoned with contaminants it is not designed to handle -- a septic system can pres...read on
  • SPRING 2010 - LAKE PARTNER PROGRAM AND LAKE CECEBE'S REPORT

    Secchi Disc I have had the pleasure of monitoring water quality at the east end of Cecebe for the past two years. Unfortunately this is my last report because Pat and I are leaving the Lake to move to Vancouver where our daughter and her family (inclu...read on
  • WINTER 2010 - ELECTRONIC RECYCLING

    Don't know where to take your old electronics? Intyre Electronic Recycling in Huntsville (7 East Airport Road - 789-8142 - intyrerecycling@sympatico.ca) is an Ontario Electronic Stewardship approved collection depot. Items include TV's, computers (...read on
  • WINTER 2010 - FERTILIZER BAN IMPROVES WATER QUALITY

    Intuitively and logically it makes sense to keep fertilizers, with their phosphorus content, out of lakes and streams. Here is a research project clearly showing the benefits. In an effort to keep lakes and streams clean, municipalities around the cou...read on
  • SUMMER 2009 - FREE SEPTIC SYSTEM TEST

    We are being offered a potential win-win opportunity. Near North Laboratories in North Bay want to conduct a study to see how many septic systems in our area may be leaking. If you volunteer to participate in this, they will provide you a capsule wit...read on
  • SUMMER 2009 - FREE SEPTIC SYSTEM TEST

    We are being offered a potential win-win opportunity. Near North Laboratories in North Bay want to conduct a study to see how many septic systems in our area may be leaking. If you volunteer to participate in this, they will provide you a capsule wit...read on
  • SUMMER 2009 - LAKE PARTNER PROGRAM

    Secchi Disc The province of Ontario monitors recreational lakes in partnership with cottagers and residents. CWA has participated in this program since 1982. The program is operated by the Ministry of the Environment and includes sampling for phosph...read on
  • SPRING 2009 - EASTER INSPIRES FISH TALES COLUMNIST TO TALK TURKEY

    Wild Turkeys Since it is Easter and all, maybe we should have a chat about turkeys. Not the one that we had for supper the other night, but the ones that are showing up all over the area. Last spring we really started to notice them. Then over the sum...read on
  • SPRING 2009 - GIVE UP THE BOTTLE BUT NOT THE WATER

    (NC)-Can't bring a plastic water bottle into work anymore? You're not alone. According to the Polaris Institute, to date there are 27 municipalities from six provinces that have implemented restrictions on bottled water in city facilities. And that's o...read on
  • SPRING 2009 - HOW TO GREEN YOUR COTTAGE

    (NC)-Summer is here. This is the season when people go to the cottage to unwind and relax in the pleasures of nature. Making your cottage as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as possible is a great way to help ensure you can enjoy the great...read on
  • SPRING 2009 - BRACING FOR IMPACT: ASIAN BEETLE MOVES NORTH

    As a tiny beetle munches its way through Toronto's ash trees, local Ministry of Natural Resources staff are bracing for impact. Last month, Toronto's director of urban forestry, Richard Ubbens told Toronto media that the emerald ash borer beetle "will...read on
  • Spring 2009 - MNR Broad-Scale Monitoring Lake Summary, Cecebe Lake 2008

    MNR Table 1 Broad-scale monitoring, a component of the Ecological Framework for Fisheries Management, is a provincial program designed to collect fisheries information at the scale of a Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ). The purpose is to monitor on the...read on
  • WINTER 2009 - CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF FLIGHT

    J.A.D. McCurdy's Silver Dart, 1909 NC - Canadian Milestones. This year, 2009, marks a century of proud aviation moments in Canada. So when you take your family to neighbourhood events in tribute to this grand Centennial of Flight, do take a moment to...read on
  • WINTER 2009 - FLORA, FAUNA & FEATHERS

    Black Capped Chicadee's are very Friendly SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST IN WINTER: To survive the harshness of winter, many animals and birds have developed different behaviour patterns and adaptations. Migration is a common effect of winter, notably for bi...read on
  • WINTER 2009 - U.F.O.'s

    Flashing Lights It was on T.V. The British government was releasing their restricted U.F.O. files. No longer would people think Heather crazy, imagining flashing lights and weird cigar shaped spaceships flying through the sky. Heather had chosen...read on
  • SUMMER 2008 - HOW DO YOU KEEP WATERFOWL OFF DOCKS AND RAFTS? THEIR DROPPINGS MAKE THE SURFACES SLIPPERY . . . .

    ANSWER: We wish, not for the first time, we knew a simple way. The trouble is, docks and rafts are ideal hangouts for waterfowl, particularly mergansers, mallards, Canada geese, and gulls. "From the birds' point of view, these areas offer security,"...read on
  • SPRING 2008 - MNR WON'T PERMIT ALMAGUIN FISH IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION PROGRAM

    AFIA - Goerge Brooks and Jim Shaw MAGNETAWAN - They were close, but it looks like it's no fry again this year for the Almaguin Fish Improvement Association (AFIA). It appears that for the second year in a row the AFIA, a volunteer group based in Magn...read on
  • WINTER 2008 - ONTARIO MUNICIPAL APPEAL OF OAK BAY DEVELOPMENT

    Georgian Bay Land Trust assumes ownership of the adjoining wetlands Georgian Bay Land Trust assumes ownership of the adjoining wetlands Georgian Bay Association (GBA) has withdrawn its Ontario Municipal Board appeal against a proposed large condominiu...read on
  • WINTER 2008 - SPAR REPORT

    John McDonald and Jeff Baker bring in the qsouth endq spars Another great summer, as far as our spars were concerned. None were overturned during the season which was a bonus. With the exception of the red and green spar at the entrance to the Magne...read on
  • WINTER 2008 - NEW SPORT FISHING REGULATIONS IN EFFECT

    Fishing Ontario Regulations ALMAGUIN - Hundreds of thousands of Ontarians who enjoy ice fishing and snowmobiling will soon be trying their luck at their favourite fishing spot. The Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) wants to help ensure...read on
  • WINTER 2008 - FLORA, FAUNA & FEATHERS - THE PINE GROSBEAK

    Pine Grosbeak Pine Grosbeaks: It isn't often you can get this close to a Grosbeak. They like to eat the buds of many trees such as mountain ash, birch maple, poplar and willow. In the summer, Pine grosbeaks forage in trees and on the ground for falle...read on
  • TREE HEALTH AT YOUR COTTAGE

    Pine Sawyer Beetle Cottagers care about their trees and are often the first to notice when trees are affected by insects or disease. In Ontario, many cottage areas are surrounded by pine trees and there are a few common forest health issues observed o...read on
  • SHORELINES

    Log Rolling on a qsoggyq log! An ecologically healthy shoreline is critical to the health of any water body. The area within a few metres of where the water meets the land is a crucial life zone for up to 90% of the lake's plants and animals at some p...read on
  • COMING OUR WAY?

    Very quiet up until now, the quagga mussel is more and more in the spotlight. It is of the same family as the zebra mussel. Whereas the zebra comes from the Caspian Sea, the quagga is from the Dniepr valley, in Ukraine. Both species arrived around the...read on
  • SUMMER 2007 - "FLOATERS" SHOULD BE PULLED FROM THE LAKE!

    With water levels rising and falling as much as they have this year, and the fact that our lake is part of a river system, we should be more aware when boating that the number of partially sunken logs has increased in the system, which can do severe da...read on
  • SMELLY SUMMER COULD BE IN STORE FOR COTTAGERS, THANKS TO ZEBRA MUSSELS

    (CP) - Frank Borgatti still remembers a time he didn't have to wear shoes to go swimming. The longtime cottager recalls the days he used to spend with his two kids, playing barefoot in the shallow waters of their property on Kempenfelt Bay on Lake Sim...read on
  • MORE CANADIANS COMMITTED TO CLEANER SHORELINES

    (NC)-Last September, a record number of participants from communities across Canada rolled up their sleeves to make Canada cleaner during the 2006 TD Canada Trust Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. Over 40,000 registered participants joined forces acro...read on
  • BIRD COUNT TOTAL HIGHEST SINCE 1994

    BURK'S FALLS: Results of the 30th annual Burk's Falls Christmas Bird Count were released by compiler Martin Parker on December 21, one day after the count was held. A total of 19 participants searched five areas, including Burk's Falls, Lake Bernard,...read on
  • SPAR REPORT, JANUARY 2007

    Another great summer, as far as our spars were concerned. None were overturned during the season which was a bonus. With the exception of the red and green spar at the entrance to the Magnetawan Harbour, all lights have been replaced with solar light...read on
  • ALMAGUIN FISH IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION (AFIA)

    The A.F.I.A. is an informal association of interested people who have shown and developed a skill set regarding the egg collection and hatching of pickerel fry in the Magnetawan area. For about two decades this organization has been collecting data r...read on
  • SOMETIMES IT IS BETTER TO BE IN THE DARK

    Driving around with lighting expert James Solecki can be an enlightening experience. Solecki, the Muskoka Heritage Foundation and various other community members have been working industriously to bring the issue of light pollution to people's atten...read on
  • SUMMER 2006, DIRTY ENOUGH TO BE HAPPY

    Cottage wildlife is like many teenagers in that they don't mind living in a bit of a mess. Here are some tips from the Canadian Wildlife Federation on attracting and keeping wildlife (www.hww.ca/hww2.asp?id=234): When cleaning up your property, think...read on
  • LIGHTS OUT ON THE WATER - AUGUST 12, 2006

    Muskoka Star Party At first glance there may not seem to be a natural connection between the Antique and Classic Boat Society, Toronto (ACBS) and The Muskoka Star Party. The star party is an annual event that takes place on the second Saturday in Aug...read on
  • SPRING 2006 - OUR WATERWAY - THE MIGHTY MAGNETAWAN - CAN YOU HELP?

    Lake Cecebe and Ahmic Lake are about halfway along the Magnetawan River as it flows from Algonquin Park to Georgian Bay. What happens to water upstream from Lake Cecebe has a profound impact on our Lake's water quality. Over the years various members o...read on
  • CHANGES COMING FOR WATERFRONT ONTARIO

    A blizzard of activity is occurring on the Hydro front. Many of these activities will affect all customers in Ontario. Some will affect cottagers more directly. Generation: On the generation front, it is well known that much of Ontario's capacity is a...read on
  • NEW FIRE CODE AMENDMENT MAKES SMOKE ALARMS MANDATORY

    In December 2005, Ontario's Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Monte Kwinter announced a Fire Code amendment requiring smoke alarms on every level of Ontario homes, a move designed to save lives and reduce property damage. Bernard Moy...read on
  • SUMMER 2005 - DARK SKIES on the WEB

    Leslie Harvey of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada recommends these websites for those interested in the issue of night lighting at the cottage: *Effects of Artificial Light at Night on Wildlife: www.darksky.org/infoshts/pds/is187.pdf *Too Muc...read on
  • SUMMER 2005 - PRESSURE TREATED WOOD at the COTTAGE?

    In recent years there have been some questions as to the environmental effects, on both personal and global levels, of pressure treated wood. Despite recent changes to the legislation governing the processing and selling of PTW, there are still some q...read on
  • NO PHOSPHATES PLEASE WITH MY WATER!!!!!

    John McDonald lowering the Secchi Disc The Cecebe Waterways Association has participated in the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) Lake Partner Program since 1982. This Program collects and tracks the information submitted by the volunteers and provide...read on
  • CWA's TWO FIRE PUMPS

    The Executive regretfully announces that the Association's two fire pumps will be removed from service effective immediately and will no longer be available through the Cecebe Waterways Association. The insurance industry continues to enforce ever in...read on
  • CWA's TWO FIRE PUMPS

    The Executive regretfully announces that the Association's two fire pumps will be removed from service effective immediately and will no longer be available through the Cecebe Waterways Association. The insurance industry continues to enforce ever in...read on
  • Spring 2005 - FISH STOCKING SETS

    MAGNETAWAN: In our winter issue, we mentioned that the MNR had cancelled this year's Fish stocking program, however, talking with wildlife biologist Eric McIntyre, from the Parry Sound District Office of MNR recently, this decision has been reversed. ...read on
  • Magnetawan Calls on Province to Take Action

    Keith Hill along with the Magnetawan Council From left to right, Jack Crossman, Dick Smith, Mayor Dunnett, Keith Hill, Frank Tod and Sam Stewart One young man's dedication to studying the environment around him has raised awareness far enough that a m...read on
  • Native Plant Gardener's Guidelines

    Wildflower gardens are becoming increasingly popular. There can be a strong temptation to simply transplant wildflowers from naturally occurring sites to our garden. This can have a disastrous effect on the wild population, especially if the species is...read on
  • Restoring Hardened Shorelines

    Many shorelines have been hardened with concrete, steel, gabions or armour stone to prevent erosion. This usually results in the elimination of most of the shoreline vegetation and cover that is most important to fish and other wildlife. While the har...read on
  • Lake Quality and Alkali Rain

    As cottagers we have a natural concern for the quality of the one piece of environment that distinguishes our cottages from our other place: the lake. Reports of annual 'accidents' in sewage treatment lagoons upstream, weed beds appearing where none h...read on
  • What to do with our Waterways?

    Like all of you, we are counting down the days until the weather warms up and the ice retreats, revealing our most precious resource - the waterways. It probably would be cheaper and more convenient for all of us to spend our weekends and holidays som...read on
  • Almaguin Fishing Improvement Association

    On February 16, 2005 Eric McIntyre, a Fish Biologist with the MNR, facilitated a meeting in Magnetawan to discuss the rationale for the cessation of walleye stocking on Ahmic Lake, Cecebe Lake and Poverty Bay; future walleye culture for the Almaguin Fi...read on
  • How Smart is a Fish??

    Do fish learn? How smart is a fish? I've never spent much time thinking about the learning ability of fish, but with another open water fishing season just around the corner, the intelligence of my quarry becomes an interesting question. As I root thro...read on
  • Let's Control Purple Loosestrife!

    Cottagers have recently started to notice Purple Loosestrife in and around our waterways. The Cecebe Waterways Association (CWA) is actively monitoring the situation, but needs your cooperation in making this project a success. Please take a minute to ...read on
  • Nuisance Geese and your Shoreline Property

    For many cottagers, the thought of a flock of Canada Geese making a home out of their shoreline is not a desirable one. Goose droppings, safety hazards caused by flocks of geese, and damaged shorelines are just some of the negative results of problem ...read on
  • Did you know??

    Birds don't fall out of trees while they sleep because they have special muscles and tendons in their legs that act like built-in locks. Also when a bird is perching or sleeping, its toes automatically clamp around the branch firmly. Top 5 ways to att...read on
  • Protect Your Environment And You Are Protecting Your Investment

    Noticed more weeds in front of your cottage? - Then read on! By keeping track of the clarity of our lakes over time, we can tell how ecologically healthy and clean the water is. Clarity acts as an early warning system for changes in the lake's nutrient...read on
  • Bear Hot Line

    The Minister of Natural Resources, David Ramsay, has announced a toll free line to handle non-emergency nuisance bear problems. Call 1-866-514-BEAR (2327) to learn more about bear proofing as well as to leave a message about a nuisance bear. The CWA ...read on