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The Victoria County Historical Society (VCHS) is a non-profit organization designed to increase community awareness and appreciation of the local heritage. And the area has so much history to share!

Victoria County was formed in 1854 as The United Counties of Peterborough and Victoria. It was separated from Peterborough in 1863. In 2001 the county was dissolved and reformed as the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Today the VCHS celebrates and shares local stories focusing on the area’s connection to Canada’s history.

There are a number of upcoming events to highlight the area’s rich history.

Consider the Victoria County Historical Creative Writing Competition. You have to be 18 years old or older and submit an unpublished story of any genre, to a maximum of 2500 words. Deadline for submissions is midnight on September 9th, 2018. Visit the Olde  Gaol Museum website for all of the details.

Trunks to Treasure: Bringing history to life from Souvenir to Artifact is open for public viewing from August 9th to the 31st.

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Source: https://www.facebook.com/OldeGaolMuseum.VCHS/photos/a.430679293753585.1073741835.430622200425961/1083926851762156/?type=3&theater

And for something different – and exciting – why not visit the Olde Gaol Museum on Sunday August 19th and meet with Jennifer  – The Medium. Jennifer has a regular monthly spot on the “Morning Den” radio show on 105.5 Hits FM with Dan Pollard. She has been connecting with spirit from the age of three. Her talents include spiritual healing, teaching and inspirational speaking. Her services include one on one readings, reading parties, past life regression parties, meditation, and mediumship development classes.

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Source: https://twitter.com/jenthemedium

On August 19th the VCHS will be hosting three one-hour group readings with Jennifer  at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each group is limited to 25 guests and tickets are $30 each.

For more information contact the Olde Gaol Museum at 705 – 324 – 3404 email info@oldegaolmuseum.ca.

 

 

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It will be a summer you will never forget when you sign up for Ontario’s original zip line aerial park experience. A breath taking experience, exploring the trees on zip lines, swinging bridges, monkey cables, Tarzan swings and much more during a 3-hour tour.

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Source: https://thekawarthas.ca/what-to-do/treetop-trekking-ganaraska/

Treetop Trekking is the perfect adventure for families, groups of friends and couples… and everyone can learn – from beginner to expert. And the fun is just not for the adults!

How about Discovery Kids Courses? You must be at least 5 years old and 45 inches tall. Kids can make their way through the courses filled with wood bridges, balance logs, net walkways, zip lines and more… all while wearing a climbing harness and helmet.

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Source: https://treetoptrekking.com/parks/barrie/

Of course there are options for adults too. The local Treetop Trekking park is located at the Ganaraska Forest Centre between  Port Hope and Peterborough, Ontario. Along with a number of easier courses, the Ganaraska park is home to Timberwolf, the most challenging aerial course in Ontario.

The Ganaraska Forest Centre is the perfect location for tree top trekking. The Park boasts over 12,000 acres – making it one of the largest blocks of forested land in southern Ontario.

There are a number of Treetop Trekking locations throughout the province, and activities vary among the parks. Ganaraska offers Zip Line and Aerial Game Treks, plus a team building program.

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Source: https://treetoptrekking.com/parks/barrie/

Treetop Trekking will make this a summer to remember!

Contact them for more information:

ganaraska@treetoptrekking.com

Toll-Free: 1-855-280-0900

Phone: 1-905-797-2000

 

 

Known to many as a recreation paradise, the Trent-Severn Waterway spans 386 kilometers of rivers, channels and lakes. The waterway travels through Central Ontario, joining the Bay of Quinte wth Georgian Bay. It is divided into 5 regions: Trent, Otonabee, Kawartha, Talbot and Severn.

Rich with history, the Trent-Severn Waterway now bustles with boating and other tourist activity year round.

An easy way to take a tour is with Liftlock and River Boat Cruises.

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Liftlock and The Riverboat Cruises offer a variety of different cruise options. You can choose to go sightseeing with your tour group over the world’s highest hydraulic liftlock, or spend an afternoon on a luncheon cruise, or have dinner featuring live entertainment in the evening. Get all the details at https://www.liftlockcruises.com/yacht-charter.

And if  you miss the summer season, don’t miss out on the Triple Crown Fall Colours Cruise . Starting on September 24rth until the end of the cruising season, you can enjoy a unique water experience. The cruise departs from Little Lake,  travels Northbound up the Trent Severn Waterway to Lock 20, then cruises over the famous, world’s largest hydraulic Liftlock, a 65 foot lift.

There are five Trent-Severn Waterway Locks in Kawartha Lakes:

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Source: https://www.explorekawarthalakes.com/en/explore/trent-severn-waterway.aspx

  • Bobcaygeon Lock 32
  • Lindsay Lock 33
  • Fenelon Falls Lock 34
  • Rosedale Lock 35
  • Kirkfield Lock 36

Each one offers boat services ranging from  mooring to boater camping, picnic areas and access to groceries. Check  to see what each Lock offers before you head out.

And in case you didn’t know, Kawartha Lakes is the Houseboat Capital of Ontario! Discover all of the details including how each houseboat operator will train and license you for your family’s trip at http://www.houseboatcapital.com/

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Source: http://www.rrhouseboats.com/

For more information contact Kawartha Lakes Tourism:

Kawartha Lakes Tourism
180 Kent Street West
Lindsay, Ontario, Canada K9V 2Y6
Telephone: 1-866-397-6673

 

The Kawartha Lakes Arts and Heritage Trail is a new cultural tourism attraction in Kawartha Lakes, opened in February 2017.  The ‘trail’ is virtual, allowing visitors to choose from a wide range of destinations on the Trail Map. The result: your own custom tour, focused on your arts and heritage interests.

Trail members are identified by the official “Arts and Heritage Trail” sign.

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Source: https://kawarthanow.com/2017/02/20/arts-heritage-trail-kawartha-lakes/

The Trail has grown significantly over the past year and now includes over 40 destinations for the 2018 season.

Local artists, museums and cultural destinations that would like to increase awareness about their work can fill out an application to become a part of the Trail.

Participants include:

  • Artists or artisans working in any medium
  • Galleries or museums that are open for public viewing with hours of operation posted
  • Heritage sites that are managed or cared for by local organizations and are publicly accessible for visitors
  • Historic buildings
  • Walking trails

 

The trail will help you discover the area’s rich heritage and artistic talent. Use the interactive map to discover lesser-known places and local legends, visit galleries, artisan studios and craft shops, or take in a concert or festival. The Arts and Heritage Trail website and interactive map provide s information about each Trail destination so that you can create your own weekend tour.

Example:

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Source: http://kawartha.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=92177e060b8b4cdda0e6ce53093f387c

Members include Kinmount Artisans Marketplace, Ballyduff Trails, Your Dreams in Wood, Doube’s Trestle Bridge, the Olde Gaol Museum, Kawartha Settlers’ Village, the Austin Sawmill, and  Miskwaa Studio & Outdoor Art Gallery…and many more.

Two new destinations include bird and wildlife photography in the Carden Alvar and Wall Together Now, a restoration project for the historic Balsam Lake Dry-stone Wall.

Plan your trip today!

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Source: http://kawartha.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=92177e060b8b4cdda0e6ce53093f387c 

For more information contact Debra Soule, economic development officer of Arts, Culture and Heritage at dsoule@kawarthalakes.ca or 705 324 9411, ext. 1498.

 

 

The 4th Line Theatre is unique in many ways as outlined in the theatre company’s tag line… “Bringing history to life on the outdoor stages of the Winslow Farm.”

4th Line Theatre has been bringing history to life on the barnyard stages of a 5th generation farm in Millbrook Ontario for 27 seasons.  The Theatre was founded in 1992 by Creative Director Robert Winslow. The company continues to be passionate about preserving Canada’s cultural heritage through the development and presentation of historical drama.

The group has developed over 30 plays based on regional history and culture and this season is no different. The first summer production, Crow Hill: The Telephone Play demonstrates the vast technological changes we have witnessed going all the way back to the first telephone service in the local area, opened by the local family doctor. Fifteen-year-old Alice takes on the job of switchboard operator… a decision that dictates the course of her life for the next thirty years. The research for the play includes interviews with local residents.

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Source: https://www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca/summer-season

Photo by Wayne Eardley, Brookside Studio http://www.wayneeardley.com/

The second production, Who Killed Snow White? follows a typical 15-year old girl whose life is shattered after an act of violence. It is based in part on interviews with local teens, parents and educators. The story explores social media and cyberbullying and is a powerful commentator on the life of today’s youth. “Playwright Judith Thompson dives deep into the heart of our culture to examine the roots of sexual violence and the culture of toxic masculinity we struggle to understand.” 

Who Killed Snow White?

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Source: https://www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca/summer-season

 The setting for the plays is enhanced with the opportunity to bring your own picnic or to buy from their excellent menu. The concession is licensed and the picnic area opens at 4:00 pm on performance days.

 

https://www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca/picnics-dining-options

Performance Details

Crow Hill: The Telephone Play

By Ian McLachlan and Robert Winslow

Directed by Deb Williams

July 3 – July 28

Previews: July 3, 4

Opening Night: Thursday, July 5

Tuesday to Saturday at 6 pm

Additional performance Monday, July 23, 2018

 

Who Killed Snow White?

World Premiere – Canadian Pulse Series

By Judith Thompson

Directed by Kim Blackwell

August 6 – August 25

Previews: August 6, 7

Opening Night: Wednesday, August 8

Monday to Saturday at 6 pm

Trigger Warning: Mature Content. 14+

 

For more information about tickets, performances and the dining options visit https://www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca/.

 

 

 

If the reviews are any indication, you have to book some time this summer at the Trail Tours Dirt bike/ATV School.

  • “Dirt bike and forest tour…awesome!” 
  • “Best family event we have done to date!” 
  • “Such a great time!”

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Source: https://www.facebook.com/TrailTours/photos/rpp.207362329282823/2004891986196506/?type=3&theater

With over 25 years of experience, Trailtours is the largest and oldest off road training operation in Canada. It doesn’t matter what your experience or abilities are, they cater to everyone…conservative, average, above average or technical…everyone gets training that fits their comfort level.

Trailtours staff also guide experienced riders and groups on tours through the Ganaraska…all on modern Honda Bikes and ATVs.

Many consider off road motorcycling to be one of the most exhilarating things you will ever experience. Even the many customers who have never ridden before. The excellent training facility, experienced staff and a supply of Honda bikes will ensure everyone has fun.

Here are a few of the summer options.

TRIALS/DIRTBIKE PACKAGE: Spend the morning on a TRIALS bike and the afternoon on a Dirt Bike.

STREET RIDER PACKAGE This package caters to the street rider who is just starting out and to the seasoned veteran. Training will be customized and the curriculum will turn you into a better, more confident street rider! You will be introduced to traction control, brake control, accident avoidance, clutch control, etc.

BEGINNER PACKAGE Training for beginners is offered everyday but this package gives you an opportunity to get your friends together in one group.

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Source: https://www.facebook.com/TrailTours/photos/rpp.207362329282823/2041479512537753/?type=3&theater

COUPLES PACKAGE Staff will teach you both at the level required and customize the day so that you both have a great time.

There are also packages for large groups including corporate groups or bachelor parties. And of course, packages to meet all budgets.

And there is a Kids/Teens Camp for ages 7 to 12 and Teen Camp for ages 13 to 19! Pick two, three, four or five days in a row. Learn how to climb hills, ride through mud and even wash and maintain a bike. You’ll ride different trails every day.

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Source: https://www.facebook.com/TrailTours/photos/rpp.207362329282823/2041479505871087/?type=3&theater

Trailtours is open between May 1 and October 31.

They are located one hour east of Toronto, just 25 minutes south of Peterborough. Customers will be met by Trail Tours staff at a carpool located at Porter Road and the 115 Highway at the time agreed upon in the booking confirmation package.  The facility is located nearby.

Contact Steve Weykamp via email steve@trailtour.com or telephone 705-875-2980.

https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g796992-d3315485-r313417846-Trail_Tours_Dirtbike_ATV_School-Bethany_Kawartha_Lakes_Ontario.html

 

If you are new to the Bethany area or are interested in exploring the local attractions, you might be surprised to learn where an 18 minute/26 km drive can take you…straight to Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park.

Jungle Cat World Wildlife Park provides a unique opportunity to see and experience wild species, many threatened with extinction, in an up-close and personal environment. Around the world, accredited zoo’s take a leading role to protect and conserve the animals we share our living space with. They offer a unique service to the public by engaging in wildlife education programs and experiences – teaching us to live in an environmentally responsible way.

The programs offered are the perfect strategy to help children, teens and adults experience the animals in ways that you might not even imagine!

Safari Zoo Camp is an experiential education program where participants will get hands on experience. Campers get involved doing a little of everything including watering and feeding the animals, cleaning cages and learning about the animal’s behaviour. Camp also includes outdoor excursions and working on special projects. Campers will be challenged…and exhausted.

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Source: http://www.junglecatworld.com/zoo_camp.html 

Behind the Scenes and Safari Adventure lets participants meet the animals under the safe supervision of staff. What an experience to meet a young wolf cub or play with a group of long tailed lemurs. The hour-long program is available every day, rain or shine. And there is an education feeding tour every day. Fees include all day admission to the zoo.

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Source: http://www.junglecatworld.com/index.html

And don’t forget your camera and fresh batteries! Just look at the photo opportunities you will have. This is Delilah, the zoo’s Transvaal lion (Panthera leo krugeri). She is not camera-shy!

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Source: https://www.facebook.com/JungleCatWorld/photos/p.1652627061485760/1652627061485760/?type=1&theater 

Check out all of the details at http://www.junglecatworld.com/index.html

Be sure to book some time this summer for Safari Zoo Camp, meeting animals Behind the Scenes, or even taking a Night Safari. And of course, you can just spend the day at the Zoo!

Location

3667 Concession Road 6 P.O. Box 370  Orono, Ontario L0B 1M0 Canada P: (905) 983-5016 F: (905) 983-9858 info@junglecatworld.com