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Where can you go to enjoy farm events such as farmhouse feasts and full moon suppers; workshops in cooking, crafting, bread making and floral arranging; trails for hiking and skiing; roasting delicious pastries over a winter fire; and plan your country wedding or host a private event?

The answer is South Pond Farms. They deliver  “Experiences that connect you to agriculture, enjoyment, learning, and inspiration.” 

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 Source: https://www.facebook.com/southpondfarms/photos/a.330021410382100/1972867652764126/?type=3&theater 

Danielle French is the founder and owner. It all started just 10 years ago, as a small food delivery business and has grown into a culinary destination – plus lots more!

The property is over 60 acres of land tucked into Bethany Hills. While there you can enjoy a farm fresh lunch and baked goods – proof of the strong connection between the land and the food that is grown.  Take your purchase to go, sit and enjoy it in the kitchen or by the fire. Reservations are recommended though!

News of a good thing usually spreads by word of mouth or social media – and it certainly did in the case of South Pond Farms. But there is one more way that people are discovering everything the farm has to offer – South Pond Farm was discovered by Netflix. The creator of a new DIY channel, Makeful, was looking for a unique location to build a series around – South Pond Farms was perfect.

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Source https://southpondfarms.ca/about/media/our-show/ 

The series is called “Taste of the Country .” Special event planner Danielle French hosts memorable moments at her idyllic farm, where guests enjoy fresh local ingredients and handcrafted décor.”  

I peaked at the trailers for some of the episodes. If Episode 2 is an example, you will want to watch the whole series. The Trailer opens with Danielle showing first-hand how they will prepare for 80 guests for a Texas Barbecue Supper Club. Check out the trailers of each show at https://southpondfarms.ca/about/media/

And don’t miss any of the upcoming workshops, such as this one for flower arranging. They sell out fast!

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Source: https://www.facebook.com/southpondfarms/photos/a.330021410382100/2101478709903019/?type=3&theater

South Pond Farm is open now for the Fall and Winter from Thursday to Sundays, 11 – 3.

1020 Gray Rd,

Pontypool, ON L0A 1K0

Phone 705-277-1649

Email connect@southpondfarms.ca.

 

 

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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

 

 

 

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It never fails to amaze me – living in the Bethany area provides unlimited opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding us. And the month of June is a perfect time to get out and enjoy the local conservation areas.

CPRA celebrates the month of June as Parks and Recreation Month.  We take this opportunity to recognize the benefits of parks and recreation, encouraging Canadians to get out and be active in their communities.  This initiative raises awareness about the importance of parks and recreation and the role it plays in the quality of life for all Canadians.”   (Canadian Parks and Recreation Association)

There are 2 conservation areas within 10 km of Bethany: Fleetwood Creek Natural Area and Squirrel Creek Conservation Area.

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Source: https://ontarioconservationareas.ca/component/geocode_factory/?view=mapcb&idMap=1&Itemid=538 

Fleetwood Creek Natural Area is a river valley system located within the Oak Ridges Moraine. Visitors can discover and experience a distinctive part of Ontario’s natural heritage including lowland forests, hardwood bush, meadows and steep valleys. You will also find over 250 kinds of plants and 44 types of birds, including wild turkey that were reintroduced into the region during the 1980s.

And if geology is a hobby of yours, you will find a variety of geological formations caused by the past glacial period including kames, kettles, eskers and ice-contact ridges.

Squirrel Creek Conservation Area sits along the Otonabee River. In addition to the natural vegation it includes a beach, picnic shelters, baseball diamonds, boat launch and small dock. If you have an event, you can rent the picnic shelters and ball diamonds.

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Source: https://ontarioconservationareas.ca/ 

Travel a little further. Within a 25 km radius there are 9 more conservation areas.

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Source: https://ontarioconservationareas.ca/component/geocode_factory/?view=mapcb&idMap=1&Itemid=538

CPRA is encouraging followers on Twitter and Facebook to help spread the word about what ‘June is Parks and Recreation Month’ means to you.

Post pictures to @CPRA_ACPL or to Canadian Parks and Recreation Association on Facebook, using #JPRM2018 over the month of June.

All participants will be entered into a draw for the chance to win 1 of 3 – $50 Mountain Equipment Co-op gift cards to start your summer off right with new recreation gear.

You can post your pictures all month long!

 

 

 

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The Grand Daddy Fair of all time – the Bobcaygeon Fair!

The origin of fall fairs in Ontario goes back to the Bobcaygeon Fall Fair in Kawartha Lakes. It has truly earned the reputation of being the Grand Daddy of all fairs as it celebrates 157 years of tradition. You will not want to miss it September 29th to October 1st.

What can you expect to see at the Fair? Plenty!

  • Horse shows including a miniature horse show
  • Tractor and Truck Pull
  • Demolition Derby

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  • Pony rides
  • A parade
  • Talent Show
  • Horse Pull

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  • Dog Show, Sheep Show and a Goat Show
  • What fair would be complete without a Midway?
  • A talent show! You can register for children 5 and under, Juniors 6 to 12 years and Youth from 13 to 21 years old. But no lip syncing allowed!
  • Lots of music including the James Barker Band on Saturday night – and this is an all ages event!

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An Interesting History

Bobcaygeon was incorporated as a village in 1876, and became known as the “Hub of the Kawarthas”. There is some mystery to where the name originated from however. History records 4 versions for the origin of the name:

It may be from the Mississauga Ojibway words

  • Baabaagwaajiwanaangmeaning “at the very shallow currents”,
  • giishkaabikojiwanaang meaning “at the cliffed cascades”,
  • obaabikojiwanaang” meaning at the currented rocky narrows”,

Or from the French beau bocage “beautiful hedged farmland”.

There are lots of other celebrations in Bobcaygeon including:

Unlock the summer event. The first lock in the Trent-Severn Waterway was built in Bobcaygeon in 1833. During the last weekend in May or first weekend in June, Bobcaygeon hosts the “Unlock The Summer” Event, as a kick off for summer, and the first opening of the locks of the season.

Ontario Open Fiddle & Step dance Competition. Bobcaygeon also hosts the annual Ontario Open Fiddle & Step dance Competition during the last weekend of July – an event that has been going on since 1970. The annual Bobcaygeon Fall Fair takes place during the last weekend of September. The first was held in 1858.

But with the end of summer upon us, the focus is on the Bobcaygeon Fall Fair.

We hope you will enjoy your visit to the “Daddy of ’em All” and appreciate the many samplings of Entertainment and Agricultural displays we have assembled.

Bobcaygeon Fall Fair President, Pieter VanOudenaren

 

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Your pets will probably be spending more time outdoors with the warmer weather approaching.  Spring is the time to think about some proactive health care for your dog or cat including prevention for flees and heart worm disease. Cavan Hills Veterinary Clinic is here to help make this a healthy spring and summer for your pets.

Cavan Hills Veterinary Clinic is a 24/7 Animal Hospital providing veterinary services to Kawartha Lakes and the surrounding areas – just a short drive from downtown Bethany.

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Founded in 1995 by Dr. Richard Maser, the lead veterinary doctor and practice owner of the clinic, Cavan Hills employs a team of over 30 highly qualified doctors, registered veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants. The team of professionals is trained to provide the best possible medical attention to their pet patients.

Some of the services available at Cavan Hills Veterinary Clinic include emergency care, preventative medicine, diagnostic and therapeutic services, radiology services, surgical and anaesthesia services, dentistry, laboratory, bathing and individualized flea control programs, permanent identification, pharmacy, dietary counselling, behavioural counselling and boarding.

One of the main features that set Cavan Hills apart from other veterinary clinics is their unique approach to disease treatment. They always stress the importance of preventative care and encourage pet owners to ask questions and express their concerns. This ensures the staff is able to assist their pet owning clients in better understanding the needs of their pets. At Cavan Hills they conveniently have all their medical amenities and services under one roof.

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Senior pets have many unique challenges: obesity, arthritis, dental disease, cancer, incontinence, cognitive issues, renal disease, heart problems, diabetes, hearing and vision loss – alas, they are some of the same challenges many of us encounter as we age!

Dr. Maser notes, “As dogs are living longer, we are seeing more ailments that we tend to associate with older humans.”  A strong focus on preventive care, an emphasis on dogs as family members, improved nutrition, and spaying and neutering have all contributed to canine longevity.

Cavan Hills hopes Kawartha Lake pet owners will consider them when choosing the best possible care for their pet. They have an informative website (www.cavanhillsvet.com) which provides visitors with a clear sense of their services and offers health care information that will support them in caring for their pets.

If you happen to have a situation that requires emergency veterinary services, you can call local 705-944-5776 or toll free 1-800-501-5967.  You will have the peace of mind knowing Cavan Hills charges no additional fees for emergencies or after hours care. They are there to help!

Call them anytime day or night, 24/7.

Cavan Hills Veterinary Services

http://www.cavanhillsvet.com/

303 Hwy 7A,Cavan, ON, L0A 1C0 – Phone : (705) 944-5776

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