Posts Tagged ‘Bethany Ontario’

If you are a boater you will be hard pressed to find any area as good as the Kawartha’s. The reasons are simple: dozens of lakes, beautiful scenery, marinas and outfitter stores, restaurants – and the heart of the Trent-Severn Waterway – Canada’s longest chain of locks and canals, connecting the lakes and rivers to the Great Lake system.

The variety of water activities is almost endless. If you want some physical activity you can try watersports such as kayaking, canoeing, wakeboarding, or water skiing followed by a leisurely tube ride. Or catch your supper fishing. Others simply cruise in their boats or enjoy sightseeing from a pontoon boat.

Or, you can rent a houseboat! 


You can fish along the way for Bass, Muskie and Pickerel. If you want to cook your fish, you can pair it with local fruits and vegetables from the variety of farmer’s markets. Or if you prefer, you can try the ‘catch of the day’ at one of the many dining options on the shores.

If you want to try house boating but don’t know where to start, no problem. You can choose from one of the House boating Itineraries:

  • 3 – 5 Day Journey, a one day trip from Pigeon Lake to Hastings.
  • 1 – 2 days from Hastings to Peterborough
  • Day Trip from Burleigh Falls to Peterborough
  • Day Trip from Bobcaygeon to Burleigh Falls

The following map shows the route from Bobcaygeon to Hastings.


You can start your research by downloading the 2016 Peterborough and The Kawarthas Experience Directory. Over 40 pages of information on:

  • Places to stay
  • Attractions
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Shopping
  • Retreats

And if that were not enough, there is a special section on “Building Your Bucket List.” The information helps you choose all of the activities you have always wanted to do but have not gotten around to yet! You can choose from detailed itineraries…

  • If you are culture and history buff,
  • If you love to be entertained,
  • If you’re a foodie who also enjoys craft wines, beers and spirits,
  • Or if you love the great outdoors.

To get all of the details and more ideas visit http://thekawarthas.ca/build-bucket-list-peterborough-kawarthas/.

Request more information by calling 1-800-461-6424or email info@thekawarthas.ca.



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Communities open the doors to some of Ontario’s most intriguing and charming heritage sites between April and October 2016. Do some planning in advance to be sure you don’t miss any of the free events in the area.

Doors Open Ontario showcases the buildings, natural spaces, infrastructure and cultural centres that shape and define our communities including historical houses to modern architecture.

Pictured below is the log home known as Five Gables, built in the 1870’s on Lake Dalrymple.


The theme for 2016 is focused on our rich medical legacy. Many people do not know that Ontario can boast an amazing number of innovations in medical science, procedures and technology. Each destination has a fascinating story to tell. Featured sites include hospitals, medical schools and laboratories that showcase Ontario’s and Canada’s achievements in medicine. Learn more about ingenious innovators and remarkable discoveries while you uncover the places that made medical history.

Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

“Since it began, Doors Open Ontario has allowed millions of people to glimpse into some of our province’s most fascinating cultural sites. Not only does the program boost local economies, but it also raises awareness of and interest in heritage conservation. I encourage Ontarians and visitors to get out and discover the unique story and experience waiting behind every door.”                                                 

Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

For a full list of over 40 Doors Open events, visit the Doors Open Website at http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca

Be sure to mark off September 11, 2016 on your calendar – the day that will feature Kawartha Lakes!  You can take a drive back in time and experience the lives of the pioneers who settled the northwest corner of the county of Victoria.


You will see how the logging trade supported families through the first quarter of the 20th century. Gain an appreciation of how challenging farming must have been as residents had to clear rocks from the land before they could even think about farming. In fact, the area is known as “The Land Between” as it is the spot where the limestone plains and the Canadian Shield converged.

The link below highlights the locations of the Kawartha Lakes events:

Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

The Doors Open website also has a Photo Gallery.

Remember, September 11th in the Kawartha Lakes!

Contact the Ontario Heritage Trust Telephone: 416-325-5000

Email: doorsopenontario@heritagetrust.on.ca

Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca




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Kawartha Choice FarmFresh was created to help consumers easily identify nutritious, great-tasting local agricultural products grown and produced in the local Kawartha Region.


The Kawartha Choice Farm Fresh members provide residents and visitors with an amazing array of choices when it comes to locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other products.

Members include:

  • 36 Farms
  • 3 ‘Agri-tainment’ venues
  • 9 Restaurants
  • 5 Retailers
  • 6 Farmers’ Markets
  • 3 Food Service Providers

Now you might wonder about the Agri-tainment venues. They include:

  • Heaven’s Gait – trail pony rides daily;
  • Kawartha Country Wines – offering over 45 varieties of wine, complimentary wine tasting and tours;
  • Salem Alpacas – visit the alpacas or shop for clothing, collectables and gifts.

And if you are wondering what types of products you can find, the selection is almost endless!

  • Baked Goods
  • Beef
  • Berries
  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Eggs
  • Fibre
  • Fruit
  • Goat meat
  • Goat Milk/cheese
  • Grain
  • Herbs
  • Honey
  • Lamb
  • Maple Syrup
  • Plants/Flowers
  • Pork
  • Preserves
  • Pumpkins
  • Sheep Milk/Cheese
  • Specialty Meats
  • Turkey
  • Vegetables
  • Wine
  • Wool and Wool Products

Support your local agricultural community and the farm families who produce the food. This helps to preserve our local farmland, helps the environment by reducing “food miles”, and expands the local food market. And an additional benefit – you will be building relationships with the farmers that grow your food; you will get to experience agriculture up close!

“Our region is filled with unique products and food experiences,” says Jamey Coughlin, Peterborough Economic Development’s Business Development Lead – Agriculture and Rural. “The Kawartha Choice FarmFresh Guide is a great way to connect consumers with local growers and producers.”

Print your Kawartha Choice FarmFresh Guide which includes a detailed description and map to local food, products, and agri-tainment at:

Kawartha Farm Fresh Guide

And if you have some local turkey sausage, onions, herbs, rice and beans on hand, why not cook up a batch of Red Beans and Rice for supper. Red Beans and Rice Recipe



2 Tbsp (30mL) canola oil, divided

6 oz (170g) smoked turkey sausage, thinly sliced

1 ½ cups (375mL) diced onions

4 medium garlic cloves, minced

2 cans (15oz/ 443mL each) no-salt-added red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 tsp (5mL) dried thyme leaves

2 dried bay leaves

1Tbsp (15mL) Louisiana hot sauce

¼ tsp (1mL) salt

3 cups (750mL) hot cooked brown rice


In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat 1 Tbsp canola oil over medium-high heat. Sauté sausage 2-3 minutes or until richly browned on edges, stirring frequently. Set aside on separate plate. Reduce heat to medium.

Add onions and cook 4 minutes or until beginning to lightly brown. Stir in garlic and cook 15 seconds, stirring constantly.

Add beans, thyme and bay leaves. Stir in cooked sausages, hot sauce, salt and remaining 1 Tbsp canola oil. Heat until cooked through. Serve over cooked rice.

Find more recipes at http://www.kawarthachoice.com/.


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Even if you miss the actual Grand Opening of the new Cavan Art Gallery and Academy, you can still check out the newest addition to the local art scene.

After five decades in art, Valerie Kent is fulfilling her dream of launching an art gallery and studio. She’s been an artist for 50 years, has a bachelor of fine arts from Concordia University, a masters of fine arts from University of Iowa, and was an art teacher with the Toronto School Board for 21 years. She retired in 2012.

Kent fell in love with the area when she show cased some of her work in Galerie Q: http://www.galerie-q.com/galerie-artists/valerie-kent

“I’d love to see this part of the world become a real art hub, a real place where people congregate to see art and do art.” The new Cavan Art Gallery and Academy is certainly helping to do just that.

The ground floor houses the actual gallery with local and national art works on display. The studio on the second floor is used for teaching art workshops, courses, painting evenings, summer camps for kids and even corporate team building events.

If you have always wanted to uncover your artistic side, this is your opportunity. Classes are designed for all levels from beginners to experienced artists including a variety of mediums from watercolors to acrylics to oils.

Young Artists Creative Art Camp – Summer 2016


If you have a child between the ages of 6 and 13, the Gallery has a new and exciting camp starting the first week of July and running all summer long.

Kids can draw, paint, sculpt, print or work on a collage. They can work in watercolour, pastels, acrylics, pencil crayons, inks… Camp will also include weekly themes, singing, story time, games, face painting and more. Art supplies are included.

There are morning sessions, Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 12:30 or afternoon sessions from 1:30 to 4:30 – all for $150 a week.

For teens 15 and up, the academy offers evening classes geared towards helping the teen develop their portfolio.

They’ll do printmaking, sketching, drawing, painting, and sculpting and prepare portfolios for post-secondary art programs.

Retired Lakefield College School art teacher Linda Warren is leading the teen program.

For more information on the gallery, courses, workshops, corporate team building, camps and even birthday parties, visit the website at http://cavanarts.ca

Address: 1535 Peterborough County Rd 10, Cavan, ON L0A 1C0

 Phone: 705-944-9444

And don’t forget the grand opening on July 1, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.



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We talked about all of the summer activity at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, near Bethany, in one of our April Blogs, but it is time to remind you about the BIG event July 7 to 10, 2016.
Get ready for Canada’s biggest sports car race of the year, the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.
This event will be the ONLY ‘north of the border’ stop for these drivers and their amazing vehicles.
The weekend will feature the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for exotic prototype and GT race cars. You will witness all of the excitement including a world-class field of drivers in a variety of cars including the Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Corvette, Delta Wing, Ferrari, Ford, Honda, Mazda and Porsche.
You will also see:
• The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
• Mazda Prototype Lites presented by Cooper Tires
• IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama
• SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich
• The Nissan Micra Cup
And if racing was not enough, there is lots more for avid fans to see and do including team tech talks and an autograph session with WeatherTech SportsCar Championship drivers and teams. There will also be a variety of vendors selling authentic race-related merchandise.
Get Your Tickets Early!
Early Bird tickets and camping are available until June 23rd:
• $65 for Weekend SuperTickets,
• $50 for General Camping
• $70 for RV camping.
Advanced discount tickets are available until July 6th:
• $70 per person.
• General camping is just $55 (tent or pop-up trailer)
• $75 for RV’s.
• If you wait and pay at the gate, general camping is $60 and $80 for RV’s.
Weekend SuperTickets are available at the gate for $80.
Single day tickets are also available, $35 for Friday, $40 for Saturday and $50 for Sunday.
And new for 2016, children 16 and under are free with paid adult admission.
Get the complete schedule of the events, including the track stats on the website at http://canadiantiremotorsportpark.com/mobil-1-sportscar-grand-prix/
You can also:
Call: 1-800-866-1072
Email: info@ctmpark.com
Follow the news and highlights on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CanadianTireMotorsportPark
The track is located at 3233 Concession Road #10, Clarington, Ontario L1C3K6

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I briefly mentioned the Fleetwood Creek Natural Area last month as part of the overview on Kawartha Conservation but it deserves a more in-depth overview.


Fleetwood Creek Natural Area is located within the Oak Ridges Moraine, an area characterized by steep valleys, sandy soil and many cold water streams. These streams form the headwaters of Fleetwood Creek, a major watercourse within the City of Kawartha Lakes and the Kawartha Region watershed.

The area is comprised of a 900-acre (380-hectare) tract of land managed by Kawartha Conservation for the Ontario Heritage Trust.


You will find lowland forests, hardwood bush, meadows and steep valleys. There are over 250 kinds of plants and 44 types of birds. Wild turkeys were reintroduced into the region during the 1980s.

If you are a geological buff, this area has a variety of geological formations caused by the past glacial period including:

  • Kames – steep-sided mounds of sand and gravel deposited by a melting ice sheet.
  • Kettles – depressions in a glacial outwash drift made by the melting of a detached mass of glacial ice that became wholly or partly buried.
  • Eskers – a long ridge of gravel and other sediment, typically having a winding course, deposited by meltwater from a retreating glacier or ice sheet.
  • Ice-contact ridges – a ridge produced on floating ice by buckling or crushing under pressure of wind or ice.

A large part of the Fleetwood Creek property is designated as a Provincially Significant Earth and Life Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI). Such a long name for a significant piece of our environment! An ANSI is an official designation by the provincial Government of Ontario applied to neighbouring geographical regions within the province that have geological or ecological features which are significantly representative – and this is all within an easy drive if you live in Bethany.

As a result of the delicate nature of the area, visitors are asked to stay on the trails so that the most environmentally sensitive sections of the property are protected.


Dogtooth  Violets

The Trails


  • The Valley Trail is a 2.2 km loop which includes an observation platform offering a spectacular view of the surrounding land, as well as the opportunity to travel down into the valley (if you are more adventuresome.)
  • The Forest Trail is divided into two branches.
  • The West branch, a 3 km loop, consists of a twisting path on a gradual slope leading through open meadows and forests of giant beech, maple, and hemlock trees.
  • The East trail, a 3 km loop, leads through a dense cedar forest, then climbs up the valley slope. The trail continues through an open meadow, then winds back through the forest to the parking area.

Address and Directions

902 Ballyduff Road, Kawartha Lakes, ON

From Highway 35, turn east onto Ballyduff Road for 2.9 km

Destination is on the right at 902 Ballyduff Road, Kawartha Lakes, ON

Fleetwood Creek Natural Area is open May to October from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

For more information visit the website at http://kawarthaconservation.com/conservation-areas/fleetwood-creek-natural-area

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The ‘Story’ of how Treetop Trekking came to be will warm any entrepreneur’s heart. In 2001 Jean-Marie Bévillard arrived in Quebec from France and enrolled in an entrepreneurial course. One of the assignments was to prepare a business plan for a dream business that the student would one day love to own. Jean-Marie modeled her plan on a successful treetop adventure park from her hometown in Grenoble France.
The assignment was a success! Jean-Marie partnered with the instructor, Stéphane Vachon, and the rest is history!
The company is now over 10 years old and is a leader in treetop aerial game and zip line adventures in Eastern Canada. And there is not only one location – there are 5 in Ontario alone, in addition to the original parks in Quebec. The park near Bethany is in the  Ganaraska Forest located just a bit east of Kirby along Durham Road 9.

Zip Line Aerial Game Treks – yes, trek from tree to tree on suspended bridges, Tarzan swings, cable traverses and zip lines. You have to be at least 9 years old and 4 ft. 7 inches to join the fun. After your safety orientation, you’ll have up to 3 hours of thrills. 

Night Treks – yes, that means trekking under the stars! You must be at least 14 years old and with a group of at least 8 people. 

Team Building Exercises – there are lots of options – including the Survival Challenge – to build a customized team building program for your group.


Check out the website at http://treetoptrekking.com/ for rates, seasonal schedule, packages, information for groups and even fundraising ideas.

And for some great photos and a video, check out the action at http://treetoptrekking.com/en/ganaraska/about-us/photos-videos/.

Now if you’re a teacher or a lover of the great outdoors, you have to visit the trekking location at the Ganaraska Forest Centre.

The Ganaraska Forest Centre is a multi-use facility located in the heart of the 11,000-acre Ganaraska Forest.

It features:

  • Overnight accommodations for over 80 people,
  • A large Great Hall, with four break-out classrooms, a commercial kitchen and expert culinary staff to look after any group’s dietary needs.
  • Certified teachers who offer over 25 Ontario curriculum-linked outdoor educational opportunities to students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 through day-use programming and residential stay options of 2 to 5 days.
  • Outdoor education programs that meet or exceed the criteria of the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association’s (OPHEA) Safety Guidelines.
  • Options for private and corporate events and community and non-profit groups.

Visit the Centre’s website at http://www.ganaraskaforestcentre.ca/ for full details and lots of great photos!


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There is lots happening in Bethany on the Victoria Day Long Weekend – May 20th – 23rd, 2016.

Bethany Park May Long Weekend Details – Click Here!


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Kawartha ATV Association – Get Ready to Ride!


Kawartha ATV Association (KATVA) is a community advocate for safe and responsible use of ATVs and trails by all users.

KATVA members enjoy dense forest tracts, natural vistas, historic stops, wildlife viewing, and majestic outlooks. A network of scenic routes, on natural trails throughout the Kawartha region offers trail riders more than they generally expect.

The Club’s roots go back to the spring of 1998 when three Kawartha Lakes residents were discussing their recent ATV rides. During the course of that conversation the idea for a club was born. Over the past 18 years KATVA has evolved. They promote safe riding practices, trail maintenance, and tourism promotion. The club is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization.

The Victoria Rail Trail Corridor (VRTC) is an 85 km rail trail, linking Kinmount to Bethany, through Fenelon Falls and Lindsay.

The annual clean up day was last weekend.


Now that the trails are clean, the 2016 Ride Schedule will be launched.

  • May 7, 14 and 21st.
  • June 4, 11 and 18th.
  • July 11-17 for the Madawaska Camping and Ride.
  • August 6 and 20th.
  • September 10th.
  • October 1st and 15th.

Want to join the club? Membership benefits include:

  • KATVA Trail Permit
  • KATVA Trail Map
  • Entry to all KATVA Rides and Events
  • Access to all KATVA and HATVA Sanctioned Trails
  • Road Access through Fenelon Falls
  • Municipal Road Access in Galway and Cavendish Township
  • Access to Municipal Roads North of Pigeon Lake in Harvey Township


Check out the Clubs website for more details and great photos!


Kawartha ATV Association PO Box 21, Lindsay, ON  K9V 4R8705-328-0931   info@katva.ca




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