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Treat your sweetie to an early St Valentine’s evening of dinner, music and dancing with the Russell de Carle Trio at The Ranch Resort , Saturday February 10th.

As lead vocalist and bassist of iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster, Russell de Carle is no stranger to awards and accolades.

The 2008 CCMA Hall of Honour inductees have racked up an impressive list of JUNO and Canadian Country Music Awards, gold and platinum selling records and number one singles.

As a songwriter, Russell has also received two SOCAN Song of the Year Awards.

The Russell de Carle represents a new beginning, and it’s a natural extension of Russell’s talents as both a songwriter and interpreter of song.

Held together by equal measures of heartbreak and hope, and featuring performances from some of Canada’s most accomplished instrumentalists, the Russell de Carle music uniquely blends blues, jazz and R&B with a country swing.

We’re thrilled to have such incredible talent on stage warming up a chilly February evening and infusing the room with romantic ballads and toe-tapping two step dance tunes.

Tickets for the February 10th dinner and show are on sale now for $55 per person or $100 per couple.

To order tickets or for more information please contact The Ranch Resort at 705-277-1942  or email us at info@theranchresort.ca





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Family Drop-In Activities take place the last Saturday of every month at The Canadian Canoe Museum.  And on Saturday, January 27th you can stay one step ahead of winter by making a hand warmer sachet. The size of the palm of your hands, a hand warmer can take the chill off while you are enjoying the winter outdoors. You’ll have a variety of choices including a hand warmer owl or canoe.


Source: https://www.canoemuseum.ca/upcoming-events

Once you are done with the family drop-in activities there will still be plenty to do and see. In fact, save the link to the website to be sure you don’t miss any upcoming events.

The site https://www.canoemuseum.ca/family-visits outlines the “Family-friendly! Interactive! Educational!” activities to keep everyone engaged:

  • Puppet Theatre complete with Canada’s wildlife creatures.
  • Craft Station where kids can decorate, cut out, and shape their own cardboard canoes.
  • Canoe Drum is a full size 16’ canoe turned into a drum that just screams ‘play me’.
  • Building Table includes Roy Toy building sets and little wooden canoes on a play table where kids can spend time building boat houses, boat sheds, or…
  • Voyageur Encampment invites the whole family to climb under an overturned 36’ birch bark canoe, where it is possible to imagine oneself falling asleep along the bank of the French River.
  • Kids can also try a true to life 90lb canoe pack or pick up a paddle and try to paddle 50-60 strokes per minute just like the voyageurs.
  • Dress-up is for the whole family. Everyone can try on woolen Hudson Bay Company capotes, mittens and booties and try weaving a snowshoe, or learn to finger weave the iconic Voyageur belt, the ceinture flechee.
  • Experience a modern day canoe (on industrial springs) that kids can get into to rock and roll their way through the whitewater. The canoe is even equipped with paddles.
  • Relax and read in the reading nook with canoe and nature-themed children’s books.
  • Experience the fur trade with real beaver pelts to encourage kids to contemplate how this country depended on the beaver fur trade.
  • Sit in a birch bark winter wigwam and gather around the faux fire, listening to a recorded story being told by a Mi’kmaq elder.


Source: https://www.canoemuseum.ca/family-visits  

Family Drop-in Activities are the last Saturday of the month. Admission is free with Museum admission or Family Membership.

Family membership is only $50/year and includes free admission, discounts on kids’ workshops, March Break, Summer Camp and the store, and special events throughout the year.

Address:       910 Monaghan Road Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada

Phone:          (705) 748-9153

Website:      https://www.canoemuseum.ca/




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Here is a link to a recent article published in The Star. Oshawa has reinvented itself as a health, sciences and education hub.

Click Here To Read The Star Article.

Oshawa pinned on a map of Canada



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I always love the opportunity to share information on a local business – and it’s even better when the successful business is managed by a young entrepreneur.


 Erica Flak manages the family run business – Sky Haven Equestrian Centre right here in the rolling hills of Bethany, Ontario. Erika has over 18 years of riding experience, including dressage, coaching, jumping and natural horsemanship. Now I have to admit, I had to double check on what ‘dressage’ actually referred to… 

Dressage is an equestrian sport as defined by the International Equestrian Federation. It is the highest level of horse training. Dressage is an art, ensuring the rider can read the horse’s mood, energy level and basically be in harmony with one another.  Putting it very simply, Dressage is teaching a horse to be supple, balanced and responsive. 

Erica continues to train in dressage, with a goal of competing internationally at the highest levels possible.  


 Six years ago she began providing horse riding lessons to children and adults at her family farm outside Bethany. She is certified by both CHA and Equine Canada and focuses on hunter-jumper riding with her students. But that is not all! She is also trained to provide various types of therapy and work with horses including laser therapy, massage, and T-touch. Erica has also started Monty Roberts ‘horse whispering’ training in California.

I was very happy to see that Erica was recently featured in the Millbrook Times, “Turning a Passion into a Business in Bethany.”  She is currently busy offering her third year of summer day camp programs for children aged 6 to 14.  She also offers a week of camp open to girls and boys ages 12 to 16 that can currently walk and trot without assistance.   Campers are welcome to bring their own horses if they choose, but the stable has plenty of their own animals to suit all rider levels.


If you need to board your horses look no further than Sky Haven Equestrian Centre. You can be assured of a high level of care and cleanliness. And finally, do you have a horse that needs needs some extra training – just give Erica a call!

You can learn more http://www.skyhavenstables.ca/

(705) 277-9456 email: ericaflak@skyhavenstables.ca

Address: 184 Ski Hill Rd Bethany, ON L0A 1A0



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I challenge you to find a more unique camping experience in the Kawarthas! In fact, if you know of something that can compete with this experience, let me know and I will write about it.

What am I referring to? Camping in beautiful Sandaraska Park, amid 200 acres and 219 campsites, in scenic Ganaraska Forest…with your horse!


The surrounding forest includes 11,000 acres with access to hundreds of trails. You can explore the Ganaraska Forest on horseback and both of you can return to your private campsite. Most sites are fully serviced with hydro and water and offer pens of 10’ by 10’ or 12’ by 12’.


Options range from 2 people / 2 horses + 2 pens, 3 persons / 3 horses + 3 pens, to 4 persons / 4 horses and 4 pens.

“Pack up the RV or tent, the family and your four-legged friend(s) and a spend a few days or a week in beautiful Sandaraska Park!” 

And there is more! Check out the special events happening every weekend including horse clinics with topics such as de spooking, and fun for the family including drama clubs, kid’s crafts, kids and adult’s karaoke.

Facilities include:

  • Daily, weekly or seasonal sites
  • Clean washrooms, hot showers and flush toilets
  • Two playgrounds and playhouse; large recreational hall, basketball and park library
  • Laundry facilities
  • Dumping station
  • New heated salt water pool; pool open from 9am to dusk
  • Hiking trails; nightly patrols
  • Fire pits, firewood and ice
  • Park store

…And fresh air, peace, tranquility and the opportunity to make new friends who love all of things that you do.


For more information:

Sandaraska Park 156 Sandaraska Road Pontypool, ON  L0A 1K0

Phone: 705.277.2000


Email:  sandaraskapark@live.ca

 Please note: Atv’s and dirt bikes are not to be ridden on Sandaraska Park property


Ganaraska Forest Centre 10585 Cold Springs Camp Road Campbellcroft ON L0A 1B0 Phone: 905.797.2721


Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority 2216 County Road 28 Port Hope ON L1A 3V8 Phone: 905.885.8173 Fax: 905.885.9824 info@grca.on.ca


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Bethany.Ontario.Blog.Kawartha.TubingThis picture says it all!

Details can be found at: http://www.kawarthatubing.ca/


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The long May weekend has passed and for many it’s time to travel to the family cottage. Great diners and restaurants can be found along the way – but how about taking a new route – The Chip Truck Trail through the Kawartha’s.

You can find Chip Trucks in every corner of the Kawartha’s. And there is good reason. French fries are a simple comfort food.

History is a bit vague on the origin of the French fry, but most votes are cast for the Belgians as being the first to fry up thin strips of potatoes. It may have been as early as the late 17th century. The story goes that adding potatoes was the next step to compliment the daily frying of small fish for dinner. When the rivers were frozen and the fish were not accessible, the potato was still available for frying.

Now Poutine is another story. It is said to have originated in Quebec. A customer asked to have cheese curds added to his fires. The Chef replied, “Ça va faire une maudite poutine,” or, “That’s going to make a dreadful mess.” Although that story may not be 100% confirmed, it is felt that the origins were in rural Quebec in the mid-century.

CottageLife.com (http://cottagelife.com/canadiana/10-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-poutine) has created a list of the “10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Poutine.” Two of the items on the list are great trivia topics.

  1. Poutine is one of Canada’s greatest inventions. “It’s number 10 on a list put together by CBC in 2007, with input from such Canadian luminaries as Margaret Atwood, Mike Holmes, and Preston Manning. Poutine beat out standard time, the Bloody Caesar, and the BlackBerry, but was defeated by insulin, the telephone, and five-pin bowling, among others.”
  2. And are you ready for this fact? It’s in the Guinness Book of World Records. Joe Beeverz broke the record for the world’s largest poutine in 2014 in Brandon, Manitoba. His poutine weighed in at 1,949 pounds, 800 pounds heavier than the original Saguenay, Quebec creation.

If you have a craving for French fries or poutine, do you know where you can find the Kawartha’s famous chip trucks and wagons? Well, there is actually a map!



The map highlights the following locations to help you get your comfort food fix:

  • Sullivan’s General Store/ 4Corners Chip Truck: 472 Ennis Road, Ennismore
  • Fergie’s Fries: 3295 County Rd 36, Bobcaygeon
  • The Cabin:1384 Armour Road, Peterborough / 2011 Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough
  • Country Bob’s Chip Truck: 3192 Buckhorn Road, Buckhorn
  • Pirate Shack: RR. 36, Bobcaygeon
  • Homer’s Chip Trailer: 4454 Highway 7, Norwood
  • Kiss Chip Truck: 989 Ward Street, Bridgenorth
  • Reggie’s Hot Grill: 89 Hunter St. E., Peterborough
  • The Brown Eyed Susan: 200 County Road 28, Bailieboro
  • Terry’s Taters and Treats:2550 Lansdowne St. West, Cavan Monaghan  

But I did a little digging and there are a couple of other chip wagons even closer to home!  

Visit the Sizzle Wagon at 1265 Hwy 35 in Bethany. “Friendly staff, great service with a delicious menu. More than your average chip truck has to offer. Definitely  worth the drive south on Hwy 35 @ Hwy 7A.”

Or how about Vicki’s Chips on 1482 Ontario Hwy 7A right in Bethany!

Whether you are staying home for the weekend or traveling throughout the Kawartha’s, your craving for fresh French fries and other Chip Truck food is just a short drive away.



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