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You Say Cabin, I Say Cottage
What’s the difference between a cabin and a cottage?
Some friends of mine can’t agree on what to call their summer property at the lake. She always refers to it as “the cottage” while he calls it “the cabin”.
Sea to Sea cycling tour crosses Canada to battle poverty
LINDSAY — Cyclists riding for a special cause wheeled into Lindsay hoping to raise money in the battle against global poverty.
The Sea to Sea ride website states the ride began when, in 2002 a missionary nurse described a fundraiser that spanned...
Toronto’s falling house prices signal a return to sanity
House prices have been falling in Toronto. Yes, falling.
To many people, that comes as a rude shock. Prices rose for so long that it seemed as if it were the natural state of affairs. The idea took hold that Toronto was somehow unique, its housing...
Lake Safety with Small Kids
I often get asked about living near water with small children. We didn’t have children when we moved to the lake, but as soon as Hailey arrived, considering what factors we needed to focus on became a top priority. I believe lake safety with small...
The City of Kawartha Lakes is now a Bee City
Bee City Canada has designated the City of Kawartha Lakes as a “Bee City” — the third in Ontario and the seventh in Canada.
At the June 27th meeting of City of Kawartha Lakes Council, council resolved to submit an application to become...
Books can complement everyday summer activities
Pieces of chalk and a driveway, a cardboard box in the grass, flour and sugar in the kitchen, or a stick on a sandy beach — children only need common, everyday items, a long summer day, and your encouragement to have fun.
Cool & classic cottage
A newly built cottage on the Big Rideau Lake was infused with a family’s love of design when a young interior designer teamed up with her stylish aunt to combine contemporary creativity with years of home renovation and decorating experience.
The Annual Home Maintenance Checklist
Given the option, few of us would volunteer to spend a Sunday on a ladder pulling leaves out of a gutter. But when your home is your biggest investment, as it is for most Americans, maintaining it is a must. Home maintenance can feel like a daunting chore...
The Kawarthan: Where to paddle in the Kawarthas?
Canoeing and kayaking are among some of the favourite pastimes for locals and cottagers in the Kawarthas, with more than 250 nearby lakes and rivers offering opportunities for varied paddling experiences for beginners and seasoned paddlers alike.
Debbie Travis house to home: Theme decorating
Spring and summertime festivities always bring to mind planning around a theme. Whether you are inside or out, it's fun and easy to pump up your décor with accessories that match the celebration. Everything from balloons and strings of lights...
Why the family cottage may prove hard to hold onto
As Ontario’s cottage country ages, its largest generation of owners faces challenges in handing down their properties.
Cottages in communities such as Muskoka and Haliburton may no longer be passed down, because the children of baby boomers may...
Celebrate Canada 150 at Kawartha Lakes libraries
Many activities have been planned at Kawartha Lakes Public Library branches to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
Drums will be beating at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Fenelon Falls library. Contact the libraries to save a spot to...
Kawartha Lakes wants to become Canada’s next Bee City
At yesterday’s meeting (June 27) of City of Kawartha Lakes Council, council resolved to submit an application to become the next “Bee City” designated by Bee City Canada.
Bee City Canada encourages municipalities and their residents...
A simple guide to estate planning
Planning your estate matters is first and foremost about having a will. But it can also be much more. A well-thought-out estate plan ensures that your family is cared for should something happen to you, and that your money goes where you want it to. It’s...
What to Consider Before You Buy a Vacation Home
It’s that time of year, when legions of vacationers decide they want to take the plunge and buy a second home. And this year, perhaps, it may be especially true: The economy is firming up, interest rates are still relatively low and investment accounts...
LAKE GAMES FOR ADULTS
There are plenty of lake activities and games that are made for children, but what about adults? We have compiled a list of fun things adults can do at the lake that don’t revolve around just beer pong.
Planting Design Basics, Part 2 of 4
In Part One, What Can I Give My Plants, you were encouraged to analyze your planting site, and to determine the existing conditions in your garden space. With site map in hand, the fun begins as you explore our second guiding question, What garden style...
In cottage country, sellers see a rising tide
Potential buyers may be hesitant about investing in the Toronto area real estate market but those jitters have not spread to the luxury cottage market; listings are down in Muskoka just as sales appear to be on an upswing.
13 Closet Organization Ideas to Get You Ready for Summer
Summer is nearly here, which means it’s time to start prepping your closet for the warm days ahead. Beyond stocking up on sundresses and swimsuits, rethinking your organization is a must-do. Not sure where to start? We’re here...
Protecting Ontario’s Waterways for 20 years
The Ontario-developed Clean Marine Eco-Rating Program is an environmental program that allows marine businesses to follow best practices to reduce and prevent water, air and land pollution from recreational boating activities in Ontario.
Be prepared. Everyone in Ontario is encouraged to be prepared — by creating a plan, assembling an emergency survival kit and by staying informed.
Safety and Regulations
All boaters should be familiar with boating safety and regulations before heading out on to the lakes.
Transport Canada provides a full on-line version of The Safe Boating Guide.
Benefiting from Your Chamber Membership
It’s obvious to mention that you’re losing money if you’re not using your chamber membership, but it’s more than just being out the membership dues. If you’re not using your membership to its fullest, you are losing potential...
Ontario’s Houseboat Capital
Deep in the heart of Kawarthas Northumberland is Kawartha Lakes, Ontario’s Houseboat Capital. With over 50 rental houseboats in close geographical proximity on the Trent Severn Waterway, there exists a unique opportunity for people from around...
Take a Road Trip to Kawartha Lakes
The First Nations people named the Kawarthas after an Ojibwa term meaning “The Land of Shining Waters.” Uniquely Canadian, the Kawartha Lakes offer a rich mix of picturesque farmlands, unspoiled scenery and historic towns.
Canadian real estate market outlook 2017
For homeowners the great, big, unanswered question is whether or not the Canadian real estate market will finally crash in 2017.
Turns out, all reports and analysis lean towards a flattening out of property prices in most Canadian markets, with...
4 Signs Toronto's Housing Bubble Has Started To Deflate
It’s been more than a few years since Greater Toronto’s real estate professionals have felt disappointed with a spring selling season; in recent years the reaction has been closer to astonishment as the region hit one new record after another.
Peterborough centre helps turtles at risk on roads
My passion for nature began with turtles. Catching these wary reptiles was one of my favourite pastimes as a child. I was especially proud whenever I managed to bring home a snapping turtle, keep it for a day or two and show it off to my friends and family.
Citizen scientists needed for Sturgeon Lake project
KAWARTHA LAKES – Kawartha Conservation is looking for a dedicated group of volunteers who would like to take part in a water quality initiative on Sturgeon Lake.
The project will involve collecting water samples and taking water temperature...
Vote for your favorite cottage region in Canada!
One of Canada's most popular summer pastimes is planning a trip to a lakeside cottage for a bit of R&R. While the province of Ontario is most closely associated with cottage country, stunning cottage regions have...
Perfectly Grilled Summer Corn on the Cob
Let’s be honest- in Texas, it’s BBQ season YEAR round. I always laugh because when Mathew and I first met, his family would always ask me, “Oh, so what does your family do on ___ holiday?” (fill in the blank with Easter, New Years,...
What to Do in the First 24 Hours After a Flood
Whether a flood is caused by ground water, falling water, or home water system malfunction, there are some best practices you’ll need to employ within the first 24 hours after the flood to ensure the safety of your home and family and give you the...
Haliburton dragon boaters competing in New Zealand
Excitement is growing for seven members of the Haliburton Highlands Paddlers dragon boating club who will compete in the largest multi-sport event in the world – the 2017 World Masters Games in Auckland, New Zealand this week. - See more at:...
12 Reasons Why Everyone Should Live On A Lake
There's nothing we love more than a lake house. In fact, we think that everyone should be living on lake front property. Not only is it beautiful, but it provides you will endless recreational opportunities, property value, and plenty of entertainment,...
Garage Storage Organization Ideas
Hello everyone! It’s Christine again, from First Home Love Life, and today we’re going to discuss some different ways on how we can organize and make better use of our garages!
Keeping Your Kayak Hull in Tip-top Condition
In a perfect world, your new kayak would glide through the years without a scratch or dent on its smooth polyethylene - or Royalex, or Kevlar, or urethane, or industrial nylon - hull. But we all know that, in reality, things happen, boats take a beating,...
Jackson Park gets much greener on Earth Day
When Benjamin Stabler’s grandfather was his age, his parents used to send him to play in Jackson Park. Now the 11-year old is cleaning up the park for Earth Day while showing his little brother how to do it.
Beaver refuses to budge, shuts down Ontario highway
CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — Some things, it seems, only happen in Canada.
Exhibit A: A wandering beaver shut down part of a highway in southern Ontario on Wednesday as police worked to get the animal back to its natural habitat.
Film shines focus on folk artist
FENELON FALLS, ON — The biography of one of Canada’s best-known folk artists hits the big screen at Fenelon Falls Secondary School, Tuesday, April 25.
Welcome to Fenelon Falls…
Fenelon Falls is a village within the City of Kawartha Lakes. Known as the “Jewel of the Kawarthas,” it has a population of 1,800 permanent residents, which swells in the summer due to tourism and cottagers. The people are friendly, warm and...
How to keep the cottage in the family
With cottage season around the corner, many owners will start thinking again about the value of their recreational property, whether to hand it over to their kids – and when.
One-Tank Trips: Cottage show caters to doers, dreamers
There’s something about “cottaging” that gets into your blood and you just can’t shake it.
Take it from a veteran cottager whose grandfather bought an isolated property on Raven Lake, near Coboconk, and built a modest cabin years ago....
Which piggy bank’s the best for your money? | Toronto Star
The annual fight for your coin during RRSP season has noticeably tamed in recent years. It used to be at that at this point in the calendar, big banks would push customers toward RRSPs. Then they’d get a receipt in the mail and do their taxes. Pretty...
Check your cottage, trailer, OPP warn after rash of break-ins
There has been a rash of break-ins in cottages in Turkey Point, prompting police to warn those who own vacation homes to make a mid-winter check.
Const. Ed Sanchuk of Norfolk County OPP said in the past week alone, there have been four break and enters...
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The Land Between: Part 1 | Peterborough Examiner
Life OUR CHANGING SEASONS The Land Between: Part 1 of a look at this unique slice of Ontario, passing right through Peterborough County
By Drew Monkman Thursday, March 2, 2017 8:35:29 EST AM A typical rock barren habitat of The Land Between, which extends...
Municipalities required to pay 2% Health Unit increase
By Valerie MacDonald , Northumberland Today Monday, February 20, 2017 8:11:26 EST PM Change text size for the story Print
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The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit board has supported increasing the 2017 budget to $16.2-million...
Yukon Quest: The toughest dog sled race in the world begins
T he Yukon Quest is an expedition through the frozen gates of hell. Half in the Yukon and half in Alaska, the 1,600-kilometre dogsled race has earned a reputation for being the toughest in the world.
The distance between checkpoints is longer than the...
What You Need to Know About Changing Your Shoreline
Home 9 mins ago For many this time of year is spent dreaming of the sunny days of summer spent on the lake and perhaps this gets you starting to prepare your spring cottage or waterfront home projects. Whether it’s landscaping, building a new structure...
The best way to Prepare for any Loan From a Tough Revenue Lender
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Borrowing from really hard dollars lenders is often a lot easier than you might count on. If you have the collateral inside the type of real estate, house, or assets, most lenders...
Capital Voices: Doug Crump, the nostalgic cottager
Published on: February 3, 2017 | Last Updated: February 3, 2017 5:50 PM EST
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In anticipation of Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations, the Citizen’s Bruce Deachman has been out in search of Ottawans...
Curling and crokinole collide to create uniquely Canadian game
Are there two games more inherently Canadian than curling and crokinole? Perhaps a combination of the two, which is debuting this weekend at The Forks in Winnipeg. The game, which incorporates elements of curling with a life-sized crokinole board, has...
Timing is everything
T. CHANDLER HALIBURTON | BUYING AND SELLING Published February 25, 2017 - 2:56pm Trends point toward the spring and early summer as the most active times of the year
When is the best time to buy/sell?
I’m asked this question probably as much as any...
Selling own home takes long hours and specialized knowledge
I’m selling my home. Is there a way I can list it on realtor.ca, but still do most of the selling work myself? What you are asking for is a limited services agreement, or “mere posting.” This is when a real-estate brokerage agrees to list the home on...
CCI Wolves win Kawartha junior girls volleyball title
By Jeff Gard , Northumberland Today Monday, February 20, 2017 8:06:38 EST PM Kylie Ferguson of the Cobourg Collegiate Institute Wolves goes up for a big hit as twin sisten Sydney Ferguson looks on during a match against the St. Mary Thunder at the Kawartha...