Please pay your membership by August 31st. Thank you!
We're at 102 members. Help us make it to 140.
Stand up Paddle Boarding
Random Acts of Kindness
This was our first year for the Random Acts of Kindness program at the Regatta. Children who got caught being kind (or honest or brave...) were given a star and asked to write their act of kindness and post it to our board to win points for their team.
Heroes of Yesterday Military Monument
Sponsor Order Deadline - August 15th
A Heroes of Yesterday military monument is being installed at the Buckhorn Community Centre. You can support this project by purchasing a granite stone on Memory Lane with your family name on behalf of a loved one or a
relative who served in the Military. Stones may also be purchased in your name or by a business or association.
BBLCA Sponsors a Stone
Our cottage association has sponsored a red granite stone on Memory Lane for the new Cenotaph at the Buckhorn Community Centre. See below for more information on the project and how you can become a sponsor. July 15\17
2017 Photo Contest
Click on the photos below to access the BBLCA Facebook photo albums
Fall Photo Ideas
Winter Photo Ideas
Spring Photo Ideas
Summer Photo Ideas
Are you New?
If you're a new lake resident, please let us know if we can publish your name and local address here. February 3/17
We have welcome packages for our new residents. Let us know if there's someone new on your road. December 13/16
We Surpassed 300 Likes!
We surpassed 300 Likes on our Facebook page and we're celebrating!
Congratulations to Dave Stanyar, our highest bidder!
Dave's daughter, Sam, paddled the canoe back to their cottage. We hope you enjoy your canoe for many years. July 1\17
Cedar Strip Canoe Auction
Bob and Laura Saunders left Big Bald Lake on May 19th. They were always big supporters of the association and they donated a cedar strip canoe made by their daughter. It is a beautiful canoe and it was their wish to have the canoe remain on the lake and that any money raised be used for the association.
Stand-up Paddle Boarding
Saturday, August 19th
We'll be trying Stand-up Paddle Boarding (SUP) on Saturday, August 19th from 10 am until noon.
Location: 12 Fire Route 85
Watch your wake!
Arr'some Pirate Regatta
Congratulations to the Blue Team - Bluebeard's Buccaneers
The Blue Team had the most points overall plus the most points for kindness.
Lynn Woodcroft, Royal Lepage
Don Cuttell, winner of this year's Big Bald Lake Beaver Contest with his prizes, gift certificates for Home Hardware and Pizza Alloro. Enjoy, Don!
The Beaver is down!
The Big Bald Lake Beaver is officially down.
Don Cuttell chose today, Friday April 7, 2017, as the day the beaver would go through the ice. Don made his guess while attending our Winter Carnival in February.
Don & Doreen will receive a $50 gift certificate for Buckhorn Home Hardware and a $30 gift certificate for Pizza Alloro, courtesy of the BBLCA.
Both Buckhorn Home Hardware and Pizza Alloro are big supporters of our association. They are advertisers in our directory and have sponsored us many times.
We'd like to thank Glenn Joray for putting the Big Bald Lake Beaver out and for retrieving him each spring. Also thank you to Bob Saunders, our contest officiator.
Congratulations to Diane Gardner
Congratulations, Diane, you're the winner of the Find the Beaver Contest.
Enjoy your $50 gift certificate donated by Marley's Bar and Grill.
Diane found the Big Bald Lake Beaver on our Documents page. January 6/17
Season End Bash &
Outdoor Movie Night
Saturday, September 2nd
3 pm - games
6 pm - dinner
8 pm - main attraction movie
43 Saunders Road
Join us for our Season End Bash and our 3rd annual Outdoor Movie Night on
Saturday, September 2nd.
New location! More activities!
- Bouncy Castle in the afternoon
- Fun Games for the whole family
- Hot Dog Dinner
- Movie at dusk: The Great Outdoors
- Popcorn and Ice Cream bars
43 Saunders Road, home of Kim Letto & Glenn Joray
Stay tuned for more details!
Annual General Meeting and Spaghetti Lunch Social
Join us on Saturday, September 23rd for our AGM and spaghetti lunch social.
We're changing the AGM format this year. We'll have displays instead of a presentation and the meeting will cover the basic necessities such as approving minutes and financials and election of board members. There will be time to socialize before and after the meeting. A spaghetti lunch will follow the meeting.
Sue & Paul Flanagan will be hosting the event. If you've ever tried Paul's chili, you'll want to try his spaghetti! May 29\17
Santa Claus Parade
Join us for our 4th annual Santa Clause Parade on New Year's Eve Day,
Sunday, December 31st.
Past 2017 Events
Pot Luck Lunch and Canada's 150th Birthday Celebration
Thank you to everyone who came out for the potluck social on June 24th. We put on quite the spread and everyone went home with a Canada 150 door prize.
See our Environment page for a list of plants used for our demonstration site.
Demonstration Site Planting
Thank you to Leora Berman, The Land Between, for designing the demonstration site, ordering the plants and coordinating the planting today. Also, a big thank you to our volunteers who came out to help with the planting, to John Boyce for picking up and delivering the plants and to Sue & Paul Flanagan for providing lunch for everyone. It was a beautiful day for planting.
This project was funded by the RBC Blue Water Project.
Here's a before photo.
Most of the plants still have some growing to do. Here's some after photos.
Native Plant Starter Kit Distribution
Native Plant Starter Kits were distributed on May 27th to our workshop participants. Thank you to John Boyce for driving north of Minden to pick up the plants and for organizing them for distribution. John will be back on the road again this Friday to pick up the plants for our demonstration site. Stay tuned for photos of the planting this Saturday.
Shoreline Gardens Workshop
What a great way to celebrate Earth Day!
We had a large turnout (52 people/40 households) at the Shoreline Gardens Workshop on Saturday morning at the Buckhorn Community Centre. Leora Berman, The Land Between, gave a passionate presentation and lots of great advice.
Congratulations to Sue Flanagan who won our draw for the demonstration site. Leora will work with Sue to design her shoreline makeover. The RBC Blue Water Project is funding the design and plants for the demonstration site and we've lined up volunteers to do the planting on June 3rd at 9 am. until noon at 7 FR87. Sue and Paul are providing lunch.
Congratulations to the Crawford family who won a rain barrel courtesy of Kawartha Conservation.
We had such positive feedback and some people commented on how glad they were to attend the workshop before they start any work on their shoreline.
Everyone left with a workshop toolkit and informative brochures from The Land Between, FOCA and Kawartha Conservation.
We are getting native plants starter kits for Big Bald Lake participants. Distribution is Saturday, May 27th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. We received a grant for $480 from the Biodiversity Education and Awareness Network (BEAN) to fund 12 of our starter kits. The BBLCA is contributing $1,000 for 25 kits. See the plants here.
Thank you to Leora for all her time developing and presenting this workshop and to the RBC Blue Water Project for funding workshop development.
We would also like to thank the Buckhorn Community Centre for donating space for the workshop and to everyone who brought goodies. With the help of our sponsors and volunteers, we were able to offer this great program at no cost to our participants. May 12\17
Biodiversity and Water Quality
The goal for our shoreline project is to increase biodiversity and improve water quality.
- Our native plant starter kits contain a variety of plants. By increasing the diversity of the plants along our shorelines, we increase food sources and provide a buffer against species loss.
- By planting native species, we will attract pollinating birds and insects and will help the declining bee population.
- Natural shorelines provide filters that reduce the amount of nitrogen and toxins entering into the lake.
- Planting a variety of plants reduces pest issues, thereby reducing the need for pesticides.
- Planting a variety of plants prevents nutrient depletion and eliminates the need for fertilizers.
See our Environment page for more information on biodiversity. April 7\17
Winter Carnival and Chili Cookoff
Chili Cookoff Winner
Congratulations to our new reigning Chili Champion, Bruce Wells of Philrick Drive. Bruce's secret is out. He used bacon!
Paul Flanagan, winner of the contest for the past two years, came in 2nd and passed the award to Bruce, but it looks like he tried to take it back! We have to warn you, Bruce, there's a lot of pressure at the top!
Thank you to everyone who brought chili (6 entries!), salad and desserts. February 20\17
Thank you to Kim Letto and Glenn Joray for hosting again! Also, a special thank you to Glenn for clearing the ice and for putting out the BBL Beaver.
A lot of organization went into this event and we really appreciate it. The sunny weather may have made the ice rather mushy, but it brought out people in droves. It was nice to see so much of our community on a beautiful day. February 20\17