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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.

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 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.  

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 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.

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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!

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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’.

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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.

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For more information:

Sandaraska Park 156 Sandaraska Road Pontypool, ON  L0A 1K0

Phone: 705.277.2000

http://sandaraskapark.ca/our-park/

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

gfc@grca.on.ca

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!

 

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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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The Mother’s Day weekend is fast approaching. I wanted to highlight two more studios that are on the Rolling Hills Studio Tour.  

I have written about the Williams Design Studio Gallery in a previous blog. Their gallery is featured as ‘Studio C’ this year and warrants our attention again!  

Paul and Beverley Williams have been creating fine crafts for over 40 years. The variety of work they create is quite amazing. Their studio includes a secret garden, fountains, gourd art, wall sculptures, murals, leather sculpture, tree sculpture, ponds, coracles, weaving…  

Obviously, the Williams Design Studio Gallery has to be on your weekend agenda! 

The photo below is just one example of the beauty in the Secret Garden – A stacked Rock Waterfall on a dry river bed.

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Paul and Beverley will be featuring the following artists:

 Walpeg Studio – Photography 

Through their photography, Walter and Peggy’s work highlights the fundamental building blocks of nature. As you can see from the photo below, “they bring uniqueness to the ordinary.”

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 Sandy Cline – Sculpture

Sandy’s website covers so much detail on soap stone culture and his own history, it is hard to know what to focus on! His art, which has found its way to collections around the world, including that of Prince Phillip will certainly be a focal point for the Mother’s Day Tour.

 

William Boyd Fraser – Multimedia  

William is a sculptor and a self proclaimed ‘unconventional thinker’! You can find a detailed description of his projects at his website https://williamboydfraser.wordpress.com/.

 

Studio D features the Photographic art of Tim Bellhouse. He began taking photographs in the 1970’s and he has studied biology for over 35 years. His work has taken him from the shores of Lake Ontario to the coast of James Bay. It is easy to see the connection of his two passions – biology and photography – in the photographic art he has created. 

The photos below certainly accomplish a goal for him as an artist – they cause the viewer to take a closer look at the world in which we live.  

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See you on Rolling Hills Studio Tour!

 

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May 13 -14 is Mother’s Day weekend and what better way to spend time with Mom than on the annual tour featuring a wide range of artists and crafts people.  

The setting is perfect – the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges region of the City of Kawartha Lakes. Admission is free. Travel along the Rolling Hills Studio Tour path to create your own self-guided tour. There are 7 Studios along the way, featuring the work of 11 artisans.  

There are a number of reasons why you should make plans to attend this unique event.  

First, the variety of art work includes copper and silver jewellery, pottery, soapstone carvings, leather sculpture, brass & copper fountains, wildlife art in oils, acrylics or beautiful watercolours, photography, amazing paintings on feathers, wood sculpture, and even decorative gourd art.   

Second, there will be demonstrations at some of the studios. You will get a first hand look at the amazing artists in action. Many of these artists have their work in collections around the world.  

Third, you will be purchasing unique one-of-a kind items, all made in Canada!

And fourth, you can visit one of the many restaurants along the way, or even stay in a local Bed and Breakfast.

Let’s take a look at two of the Studios you will find.

Studio A is at “From the Heart Quilts” on Hwy 7A in Bethany. I have featured From the Heart Quilts in an earlier Blog. Since then, the variety of new fabrics has grown, including Japanese fabrics, hand dyed wool, organic cotton, unique patterns – and of course the friendly staff continue to offer classes and answer your questions.

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Studio B is the home of Clayworks Pottery and will feature Jodie Hames and Holly McClellan.

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Clayworks Pottery was created by Jodie Hames. The studio originally opened in 1997 at the entrance of Kilbear Provincial Park. Lucky for us, Bethany has been her home since 2012. You can find Clayworks Pottery on Mothers Day weekend – or any other time of the year at 112 Weston Rd. The studio offers hand made original designs including functional pottery as well as sculptured pieces of art. Examples of unique pieces such as the Dragonfly plate can be found on Jodie’s website at clayworkspottery.ca

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 Holly McClellan is a photographer whose art has been shown in public galleries, arts festivals and events across Ontario, Quebec and the USA. Holly’s work will also be featured at Clayworks Pottery studio. 

I will highlight features from the remaining studios featured on the tour in the weeks coming up to Mother’s Day. In the meantime you can download a map of the tour area at http://www.rollinghillsstudiotour.com

 

 

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