February 17th is a perfect family fun day. Start off at the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Family Ice Fishing Event and end the day at the Hunting & Fishing Heritage Centre.

The 9th Annual Family Ice Fishing Day is your opportunity to try your hand at ice fishing without needing a license. It is a free event, all equipment and bait is provided and there is a prize for every child!

All the fun takes place on Chemong Lake in Bel Rotary Park. Dress warmly; pack a lunch and some snacks. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your toboggan to enjoy the hills after fishing.

Ontario Family Fishing Events offer an opportunity for families to fish Ontario waters without the usual paperwork. The Ontario Government designates two periods throughout the year as license-free ­– the Family Day Weekend in February and a full nine days in July that coincides with National Fishing Week.

What a great way to introduce your family to fishing. Plan to attend on February 17th or watch for other fishing festivals, clinics, derbies and workshops hosted across the province throughout the year. To find an event near you, visit  www.ontariofamilyfishing.com.


Source: https://www.ofah.org/familyfishing/

…And After Ice Fishing 

After Ice fishing, or if ice fishing is not for you, be sure to visit the OFAH Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre in Peterborough.

Activities for the whole family will include:

  • Excalibur Archery Range
  • Stoeger Airgun Range
  • Lure making, 2D fly tying and casting challenge
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Crafts and games
  • Unique wildlife displays
  • Movie in the amphitheater
  • Fish feeding frenzy in the giant fish aquarium.
  • Free BBQ (12-2) with hot chocolate

Admission and all activities are FREE on February 17th, 2018.  All the fun takes place between 10 am and 4 pm at the Centre at 4601 Guthrie Drive, Peterborough.


Source: https://www.ofah.org/familyfishing/








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




February 17 to the 18th, 2018, you can witness the thrill of this exciting sport thanks to the Canadian Snowcross Racing Association (CSRA).

CSRA was created in 1994 to oversee, organize, promote and regulate snowmobile competitions in Canada, primarily within Ontario and Quebec.

Race fans include the young and old – all enthusiasts for the rapidly expanding sport of professional snowmobile racing.


Source: Photo from the CSRA’s Facebook Post https://www.facebook.com/snowcross/posts/1797084920310982 (Timeline Photos)

Snowcross is actually the most popular form of snowmobile racing. Imagine high-flying aerial displays in addition to all of the activity on the compact race track. The race tracks feature tight turns and banked corners – designed for the fast pace of the race.


Source: Photo from the CSRA’s Facebook Post

https://www.facebook.com/snowcross/photos/pcb.1797084920310982/1797084250311049/?type=3&theater (Timeline Photos)

Lindsay is one of the key Powersports markets on the Snowcross race circuit. The series attracts hundreds of racers and thousands of spectators at each event – over 50,000 spectators for the season.

CSRA racers, spectators and recreational snowmobile users love the great outdoors and the excitement of the race. In fact, loving winter is a must!  The season started January 13th in Quebec. The first day of races included rain; by the second day the temperature was -20*C; the next day it was down to -38 C with the windchill. But the race went on!

For more information on Snowcross, contact the Canadian Snowcross Racing Association: E-Mail: info@snowcross.com Phone: (905) 722-7771

Plan to be at the Snowcross Kawartha Cup – either as a competitor or spectator – on February 17/18. All the excitement takes place at the Lindsay Exhibition Centre.




Chances are you know someone who has been skating, skiing or snowmobiling lately, but how about snowshoeing.

Bethany is close to the Victoria Recreation Corridor – a 55 km trail, stretching from Lindsay to Kinmount. The trail is used year-round for over a dozen types of sport – including trails perfect for snow shoeing. Maybe this winter is the time to try something new.

The trail follows the former CN rail line and will take you from Lindsay along Sturgeon Lake to Fenelon Falls and onto Kinmount.

Snowshoeing has been gaining in popularity in Ontario. Consider the benefits:

  • Minimal equipment
  • Easy to learn
  • Fun for the whole family
  • Provides an incredible physical workout

In fact, you can burn more calories snowshoeing than you can walking, running or cross country skiing at the same pace. It provides a cardio workout while also building strength, agility, balance and endurance.


Source: https://www.facebook.com/snowshoekawartha/photos/a.539076519637001.1073741827.539015876309732/539162099628443/?type=3&theater 

You can walk over the deepest snow, making it easier to get around on any trail. The snowshoes distribute your weight, leaving you with an experience of floating on the snow. While some people are content to walk on their snowshoes, there are others who sprint up hills for that bit of extra exercise.

Canada’s first snowshoes varied in shape, size and materials depending upon the choice of trees and animals available. Many were carved from birch or hard ash. Today most snowshoes are made of lightweight aluminum frames with steal cleats.

In the Bethany area you can access the trail through access points in the South Corridor and Central Corridor.

The South Corridor is the old CP Rail line that extends 30 km from Lindsay to Bethany. The recommended access points:

  • Bethany at the intersection of Ski Hill Road and Jackson Street
  • Pigeon River (limited parking) at Mount Horeb Road (Arterial Road 31)
  • Lindsay off of King Street

The Central Corridor begins in the north end of Lindsay at Thunder Bridge Road and takes you north to Fenelon Falls. The recommended access points:

  • Lindsay (Non-motorized), William Street North – Victoria Junction between Eglington Avenue and Orchard Park Road
  • Lindsay (Motorized) at Thunder Bridge Road, Ken Reid Conservation Area
  • Cameron on Long Beach Rd. (Arterial Road 34) East of Highway 35
  • Fenelon Falls (South) at the Old Railway Station

And the timing is perfect! You can take part in the second annual Snowshoe Kawartha races…5k or 10K.


Source: http://snowshoekawartha.com/


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/




In all of the comic books you may have read years ago, or all of the super heroes movies you have seen, have you ever watched Superman, Batman, Spiderman and SuperWoman take a chilly plunge in a polar bear dip? Chances are the answer is no.


Photo Source: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/191/Stories/polar-plunge-2018

Well this year you can either witness this special event… or be in costume yourself. The Rotary Club of Bridgenorth-Ennismore-Lakefield sponsors the Rotary Polar Plunge which will take plance February 4th between 2 and 3 pm. All Super Heroes Welcome!

The BEL Rotary Club’s goal is to raise $15,000. Each participant is required to  have at least $200 in pledges in order to take the plunge. Both your own charity of choice and Rotary’s charities will benefit from your efforts. 50% of the funds you raise will be allocated to your favourite cause; 50% of the funds will go to the Rotary Club’s many projects.

Registration is easy. Registration information, on-line registration forms and pledge sheets are available on the Polar Plunge site page https://www.easypledge.ca/bel-rotary/.

On-site registration and check-in begin at 12:00 noon, on the west side of the Bridgenorth Ennismore Causeway.  All plungers under the age of 16 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.  The action begins at 2:00 p.m. sharp so don’t be late!

The BEL Rotary Club is a “service club with approximately 20 members, who actively work in the local and international community to better the lives of people and our environment.”

One of the  charities that Rotary partners with is called Shelter Box. It is supported by members who believe shelter is a basic human right – shelter from chaos of disaster and conflict is vital.

ShelterBox is an international relief charity  that provides immediate assistance to people affected by disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic activity, flooding, hurricanes, cyclones, tsunamis, or conflict. With 18 international affiliates, ShelterBox provides shelter, lifesaving equipment, and educational materials to hard-hit communities worldwide. Since its founding in 2000, ShelterBox has responded to more than 200 natural disasters and humanitarian crises in almost 90 countries, providing vital aid for well over 1 million people.”

The BEL Rotary Club meets on Monday nights at 6:30 PM at the Chemong Lodge, 764 Hunter Street, Bridgenorth, ON  K0L1H0.

Help Rotary support such international projects like Shelter Box and many local projects by taking the plunge on February 4th.



Chances are you have been at least once to the annual Peterborough Snofest. But did you know the history?

Snofest goes all the way back to 1976 when the province of Ontario had a big push on to encourage everyone to get more active – the promotion was called ParticipACTION!

ParticipACTION came to Peterborough to support a pilot project to help get people more active in the wintertime. And the first Peterborough Snofest was created!  The Festival started off as a one day Carnival and has now evolved into a whole month of events.


So if you have been to Snofest once, twice or never…2018 is your year to enjoy all the fun! You can download the whole calendar at http://www.peterboroughsnofest.ca/Assets/Snofest/Documents/Snofest+Brochure.pdf.

There are activities almost every day in January. How about enjoying Snofest…

  • Bingo
  • Youth Night
  • Planetarium Day
  • Youth Rocks & Rings
  • Discovery Day
  • Just Plain Country Jamboree
  • Pictures with Snofest Pete
  • Pool Tournament
  • PJ Magic Show and Storytime
  • Family Swim
  • Family Skate
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Chili Contest
  • Sleigh Rides
  • Spaghetti Dinner
  • Euchre and Lunch
  • Dart Tournament
  • Musical Afternoon
  • Adult Art Afternoon
  • Warm Your Soul Soup Contest
  • Music by Jake
  • Puppet Show
  • Turtle Flakes and Facts



…but mark this date down! Saturday January 20th is CARNIVAL DAY!

Carnival Day starts with the Mayor’s Pancake Breakfast. Then get active with the Outdoor Children’s Activities and Face Painting. Warm up at the museum with hands on craft activities. Experience the thrill of the Birds of Prey display, followed by a sleigh ride. Hungry? How about testing a bowl or two of chili at that Snofest Chili Contest. With a full tummy you can head over to the Amazing Race Youth, followed by a Spaghetti Supper!


The brochure  has all the times and locations for everything happening during Snofest 2018. Events are spread over 27 locations in the city. Remember Carnival Day is January 20th, but Snofest takes place almost every day in January, all the way until January 29th.

And the best part, besides all of the family friendly activities? It’s free! See  you there!

Source of all images used in this blog are from the SnoFest Brochure http://www.peterboroughsnofest.ca/Assets/Snofest/Documents/Snofest+Brochure.pdf