Please pay your membership by August 31st. Thank you!

We're at 102 members. Help us make it to 140.

Stand up Paddle Boarding



We had a great lesson today thanks to Pablo from SUPnorth.

For more details see article on this page.

For photos, see our album on Facebook.
August 19\17

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.

Thank you to our participant / volunteer spotters, Dennis and Serena.

Click on the image below to see a larger version
August 16\17

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.

Read more about this project on the BCC website.

Click on the image below to read the sponsor poster.


Click here to access the Sponsor Stone Pledge Sheet.
June 22\17

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



Submission deadline was August 10th, but you can still vote.

On-line Facebook Voting Deadline is September 10th 2017

Voting on Top 5 in each category is at the AGM

One entry per person per category. Photos must be of the Big Bald Lake area. Contest open to Big Bald Lake residents and their families.

Click on the photos below to access the BBLCA Facebook photo albums

Fall Photo Ideas

Winter Photo Ideas

Spring Photo Ideas

Summer Photo Ideas


October 8\16

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

Please Welcome ...

Bill & Sarah Buck, 1 FR34 (Hall Dr)

John & Paige Cowan, 9 FR34 (Hall Dr)

Drew & Michelle, 451 Philrick Drive

Thorsten & Helen Koseck and their children, Emily, Ethan & Ben, 156 Hall Drive

Nella & Lee Condari, 32 FR84 (May Bay Rd)

Barb & Gavin Willoughby and their sons, Turner & Anson, 7 FR85 (Walsh Rd)

Anita Koch & Ron Price, 47 Saunders Road

David & Merry Gibson and their beautiful big dogs, Storm & Siren, 4 FR86

Mark & Sandra, 6 FR87 (Robinson Court)

Mike & Nina Bouchard, 405 Philrick Drive

Margaret & Tom Cheung, 433 Philrick Drive

2017 BBLCA Events

2017 Photo Contest - on now
Submission Deadline - August 10th
On-line Voting Deadline - September 10th
Final Voting at AGM - September 23rd

Stand-up Paddleboarding
Saturday, August 19th

Season End Bash & Outdoor Movie Night
Labour Day weekend
Saturday, September 2nd
Bouncy castle * Tattoos * Fun Games for the whole family * Hot Dog Dinner * Movie - The Great Outdoors * Popcorn & Ice Cream

Annual General Meeting and
Spaghetti Lunch Social

Saturday, September 23rd

Santa Claus Parade
New Year's Eve Day
Sunday, December 31st

 

Calendar of Local Events

Tell us about a local event and we'll publish it here.

Bobcaygeon Farmers Market
Bobcaygeon Fairgrounds on Mansfield Street, Bobcaygeon
Saturdays, 8 a.m. 1 p.m.
May 20th to October 7th

Buckhorn Farmers Market
Buckhorn Community Centre
Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
June 27th to August 29

Movies in the Barn
Kawartha Settlers' Village
Every Wednesday Night in July & August
7pm

Story Time

Trent Lakes Library - Buckhorn Branch
Every Wednesday 11 am
Drop-in Program
Saturdays in July & August
11 am to 3 pm

We Surpassed 300 Likes!

We surpassed 300 Likes on our Facebook page and we're celebrating!

Congratulations to Catherine Selinger who is the winner of this beautiful moose on wood.

Logan Tree Experts has donated wood cookies to be used as bases for our welcome packages. Brody Flanagan has spent countless hours sanding and decorating each cookie with his wood burning tool.

We all loved this particular design so much that we decided it would make a great prize for our Facebook contest.


July 16\17

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.

Thank you, Bob & Laura. We wish you all the best!

We held an on-line auction for the canoe. The final bid was for $2,500. Thank you, Dave Stanyar, for your generous bid. We know the canoe has found a good home with you. June 30\17

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

    What we'll be doing
  • SUP Safety and Intro to SUP on land
  • basics in the water
  • small tour
  • tricks, races and fun games
    SUPnorth is providing
  • paddle boards
  • paddles
  • life jackets
  • instructors
  • July 23\17

 

Watch your wake!

Water levels have dropped considerably, but are above normal levels still. Please watch your wake as it can cause damage to docks and properties.

Always be considerate when driving your boat close to shore. Wake can cause property damage, stir up E.coli and disturb wildlife.
May 16\17

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.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered in the planning of this event, making props, sewing treasure bags, baking and decorating the cookie medals, helping the day of the regatta and everything else that went into making the day a big success. Also, thank you to everyone who came out and participated in this fun community event.

Click on the images below for full size images. Visit our Facebook page for more photos.

Arriving at our first location - Hangman's Hideout

First challenge - donut eating - 66 donuts!

First water challenge - follow the arrows & grab a flag to win points for your team

Twister balloon toss

Sailboat races - Our volunteer prepared everything the kids needed to make their sailboats and another volunteer built the structure for sailing.

Other challenges were Captain Hook's ring toss, Pool Noodle Ring Toss and the Bean Bag Throw.

Kids received stars and won points for their teams by being kind and wrote their acts of kindness on a board. We'll be displaying quotes here later.

Fishing

Walk-the-plank (with alligators in the lagoon below)

Our final challenge - water bucket

Get your photo taken with our oldest pirate. Lots of work went into building this wheel stand, clothing and wood burned compass.

Hot dogs - courtesy of Marley's Bar & Grill


Treasure bags - sewn, stamped and stuffed by volunteers

Cooler bags stuffed with water bottles and granola bars - courtesy of Kim Letto, Century 21


Pirate tattoos


Cookies - baked, decorated and strung by volunteers for our medals August 16\17

Regatta T-shirts Available

We have spare regatta t-shirts. They are available for a minimum $10 donation.

Medium Youth - Orange
Large Youth - Orange
XL Youth - Orange & Blue
Small Adult - Orange & Blue
Medium Adult - Green


Available at our Season End Bash and the AGM while quantities last or
August 8\17

Regatta Sponsors

Thank you!

August 7\17

T-shirt Sponsors

Lynn Woodcroft, Royal Lepage
www.lynnwoodcroft.com

Logan Tree Experts
logantreeexperts.com

Pet Supply Warehouse
www.petsupplywarehouse.ca

Buckeye Marine
www.buckeyemarine.com

Nortech   windows º doors ° sunrooms
www.nortechwindows.com

P2 Realty Inc., Brokerage
www.p2realty.com

Trent Lakes Complete Plumbing Inc.
www.trentlakesplumbing.ca

Weeds B' Gone
www.weedsbgone.com

Marley's Bar & Grill

Scott Concrete
www.scottsconcreteproductsltd.com

Ship Shape Service
www.shipshapeservice.ca

Pizza Alloro

Bertram Insurance & Financial Services
www.bertraminsurance.ca


Other Regatta Donations

Marley's Bar & Grill donated hot dogs and buns for lunch at the regatta.

Kim Letto, Century 21, donated mini cooler bags with water bottles and granola bars for our participants.
www.kimlettosells.ca

Rocky Ridge donated drinking water for our last location.
www.rockyridgewater.com

Please visit our sponsors and thank them for their support.

See our Sponsor page for details on these companies. July 23\17

Past 2017 Events

Philrick Drive Road Clean-up

Thank you to Sue and Paul Flanagan, for helping with the road clean-up and hosting the gathering afterwards, and to John Boyce for gathering the garbage and recycling in his truck and taking it to the transfer station. Also thank you to our other helpers, Gary Graham, Lyn Corbin, Janie Zaitz and Bill Fowler.

As you can see from the photo, we got less garbage this time. We may be keeping on top of it better or we're discouraging littering by setting a good example.

If you'd like to organize a road clean-up in your area, please contact us. May 2\17

Congratulations to Don Cuttell

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!
April 9\17

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.

April 7\17

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
  • Tattoos
  • 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!
August 12\17

 

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.


June 2\17

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.
June 25\17

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.




June 3\17

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.

May 29\17

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

Winter Carnival

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