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At this time of year, we often yearn for the colours of spring. Snow, rain and the general greyness of March provides the perfect time to daydream of colour. And that daydream can lead you to a special event called Blocks & Blooms.  

Visualize the combination of colorful gardens in bloom and the beauty of handmade quilts… all adorning the front porches of heritage properties. This one-day event gives local residents and visitors the chance to see the private gardens plus the colourful landscape of quilts as they showcase some of Millbrook’s architectural treasures.  



Source: http://themillbrooktimes.ca/blocks-and-blooms-event-showcased-gardens-quilts-and-heritage-prope/ 

Photo: by Celia Hunter, June 2, 2015, featuring Blocks and Blooms Host Judy Gooch. 

The day long event is a partnership between the Millbrook & Cavan Historical Society, The Millbrook Needlers’ Quilt Guild and the Downtown BIA. In fact, there has been months of work to enlist the participation of gardeners and property owners. Blocks & Blooms will be a featured topic at the BIA Breakfast on March 28th at the Millbrook Legion.  

Mark Saturday, June 23, 10 am-4pm on your calendar. This will be a special fundraiser for the Historical Society with tickets going on sale in May.






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Spring must be on its way. When the maple syrup starts running you know tulips and crocuses can’t be far behind.

Between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm on April 8th, your family can walk through a sugar bush and watch the process to turn maple sap into delicious maple syrup. Maple Day is all happening thanks to a group of local Maple Syrup producers.

You will find Johnson’s Sugar Bush on the Oak Ridge Moraine on County Rd. 28. The family now has 1000 sugar maples – an accomplishment that has evolved over 25 years. Craig and Marissa Johnson will give you a tour of their sugar house and show you all the ins and outs of maple production.

Puddleduck Farms is relatively new in the maple production business – just 8 years. Visit them at the Kentucky Sugar Bush, south of the village of Millbrook on County Rd. 10. You can buy syrup, maple butter and maple candies from their farm on Glamorgan Rd or at the Millbrook Farmers’ Market.


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J & K Sugar Shack now share their maple syrup products with the public – their efforts for their own consumption have grown into a small business. You can find them on Challice Line South in the village of Millbrook. You can sample maple syrup products and baked goods.

You can find Siblings who produce Squirrel Creek Farm’s Syrup on Brackenridge Dr. west of Bailiboro. If the weather cooperates you can see sap turned into syrup using traditional wood heat. And be sure to bring your appetite to enjoy the pancakes and sausage that will be available for sale.

Sugar Rush Maple Bush is a new operation on Deyell Line. See the sap running and enjoy the sweet smells – the aroma of spring!


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Staples Maple Syrup has been making syrup since 1813! They harvest sap from 3600 taps on their family farm on Hwy 7A between Cavan and Bethany. But the equipment is all new including an industrial sized oil-fired steel evaporator and a state of the art reverse osmosis system.

The Winslow family has been operating Woodleigh Farms for 4 generations. You will find them on Sharpe Line in Cavan where maple syrup has been part of the operation since 1988.

MT Wilson family farm is a hobby operation but their roots go back more than a century. You will find them on Bland Line in Mount Pleasant.

Now Maple Day is dependent on the weather, so fingers crossed. The producers need mild days and cool nights to ensure a good harvest and fast flowing sap. Fingers crossed for April 8th!



Jeffrey Kerr enjoying maple syrup!


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The March Break can sneak up on you and you’re left wondering what to do with the kids. Here are a few ideas to quell the boredom March 12th to March 16th.

Canadian Canoe Museum 

There is a variety of options to choose from including half day workshops or a full day or even multiple days. Mix and match to build the perfect schedule.

You can check out all of the details and workshop descriptions at https://www.canoemuseum.ca/marchbreak but how do these options sound to you?

  • Mini Paddle Painting
  • Artic Adventure
  • Woodworking with Wanigans
  • Souvenir Paddle Carving
  • Souvenir Paddle Arts
  • Canoe Paper Arts
  • Blanket Mittens and Needle Felting
  • Woodworking Build a Beading Loom
  • Beading Bracelets on a Loom


Source: https://www.canoemuseum.ca/marchbreak

Register by calling 705 748 9153 x 218 or email victoria.veenstra@canoemuseum.ca.

Camp Kawartha March Break Day Camp

Kids will participate in active and engaging outdoor experiences. Campers will use the Environment Centre as a home base from which to explore the Trent Nature Area and participate in a variety of nature themed activities.

  • Traditional skills (fire making, outdoor cooking, shelter building) •  Nature based games and crafts •  Animal tracking •  And generally, exploring the wonders of nature!

For more information visit the webpage at https://campkawartha.ca/event/march-break-camp/.

All the fun takes place at Camp Kawartha Environment Centre

2505 Pioneer Road  Peterborough, Ontario Canada

Phone: 705-652-3860

March Break Art Camp at the Art School of Peterborough.

Young artists will participate in an exciting week of creativity. Activities include drawing and painting, sculpture and pottery projects.

There is also a March Break Art Camp just for Girls! Girl Power will be the theme as campers explore and celebrate all things girly!

For more information visit http://artschoolptbo.org/marchbreak/


Source: http://artschoolptbo.org/marchbreak

The fun takes place at:

174A Charlotte Street Peterborough ON K9J 2T8

Phone: 705-742-3221

March Break Madness at Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority

The camp is designed, planned and delivered by OCT-qualified teachers. Each day has a dedicated theme where campers will experience a variety of hands-on activities, active outdoor games, group challenges, crazy crafts and good natured fun.

Get all the details at.. http://www.ganaraskaforestcentre.ca/2018/01/16/march-break-madness-grca/

The fun takes place at…

Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) 2216 County Road 28 Port Hope, Ontario L1A 3V8 Phone: (905) 885-8173

Other Options

There are a number of other activities offered on a daily basis. Visit the Kawartha Now website for complete details: https://kawarthanow.com/column/21/childrens-events/




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Join Bethany Village this weekend at the Oshawa Home Show! Print the ticket below for free admission!


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Yes, 7 out of 8 turtle species are actually at risk for extinction. But the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (OTCC) is doing something about that.

The Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre (home of Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre) work to protect and conserve Ontario’s native turtles and their habitat.

The efforts of the OTCC are focused on:

  • operating a turtle hospital that treats, rehabilitates, and releases injured turtles
  • performing extensive research in the field to further conservation initiatives
  • running a comprehensive education and outreach program.

Kids as young as 3 to 10, known as Kids 4 Turtles, were the original inspiration for the creation of the Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre. The boys and girls raised $5,000 to purchase turtle crossing signs – and worked to get permission to erect the signs across the Peterborough area.


Source: https://ontarioturtle.ca/kid-heroes/kids-4-turtles/

The height of turtle nesting season is in June. Females are often found crossing roads to reach traditional nesting sites or laying eggs in the gravel along roads…and this is why signage is so important during nesting season. Turtle nests are laid in soil that is easy to dig and provides the correct amount of moisture so the eggs do not get too dry or too moist during incubation.

Unfortunately, the eggs are incubated by the sun’s warmth. Nests are therefore usually laid in a spot where there is not much vegetation to shade the ground, leaving the eggs vulnerable.


Source: Photo by S. Stick, https://ontarioturtle.ca/get-involved/roads/

According to the OTCC , “less than 1 in a hundred turtle eggs laid will hatch and grow into an adult turtle. Once the female has finished laying her eggs she never sees them again. Nests are easily found and destroyed by predators such as raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes looking for an early summer meal. The babies that do hatch are vulnerable to predators on land and in the water and few ever reach maturity (8-25 years of age depending on the species).”

Seven of the eight species of turtle in Ontario have been designated as “species at risk”. Habitat destruction has played a major role in the decline of turtles. Many of the marshes, swamps, bogs, and wetlands that turtles once called home have been drained, filled, or otherwise altered.

As a result, conservation and education are critical. There is so much to see and learn. You can start with tuning in to Kawartha Turtle TV at https://ontarioturtle.ca/ourmission/kawartha-turtle-tv/.

And then plan to visit. The OTCC’s Education Centre which is open to the public year round.

The OTCC is located at:

1434 Chemong Rd,

Peterborough, ON

K9J 6X2

The Turtle Hospital is only open to the public during the Open House events throughout the year.

Sign up to receive email  news and stay up to date with all of the happenings!  And shop at the OTCC e-store! 100% of the proceeds go toward the medical care and conservation of Ontario’s Turtles.



Source: https://ontarioturtle.ca/shop/



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Let’s face it. Some winters are just not winter wonderlands – they are more like a wet rainy season. The result – winter sports take a beating.

But not this winter. Temperatures are well below zero and snow is plentiful. Tobogganing has never been better.


Source: https://childslife.ca/tobogganing-tubing-hills-york-durham-gta-ontario/ 

You don’t have to wonder where the best tobogganing hills are any longer. You can simply refer to a new Google map, “The Great Canadian Tobogganing Map.”

The map was created by a tobogganing enthusiast from Edmonton. It features over 200 hills from the West of Canada to the East.

The map is ever expanding since you can add new toboggan hills in your area. Have a favourite hill? Add it to the map. Simply sign in to Google Maps using a Gmail account. Then search for the location in the search bar at the top of the page. Users then click the marker that appears in neon green, and click “Add to map.”

Once a location has been added, users can edit the listing by clicking the name on the list, then clicking the pencil in the box that pops up on the map. Charles Heard, the creator of the map,  encourages Canadians to add tips, comments and stories.



Source: http://www.ptbocanada.com/journal/2013/1/28/the-great-canadian-tobogganing-map-includes-peterborough-hil.html

There are a variety of Kawartha Lakes area hills included on the map:

  • Armour Hill
  • The Old Ski Run Hill at Trent University
  • Jackson’s Park
  • Corrigan’s Hill
  • Prince of Wales Public School

Canada’s First Nations Peoples used handcrafted toboggans to transport people and goods across Canada’s Far North. Eventually using the toboggan for recreation was a natural development. Today we enjoy the evolution of tobogganing in the Winter Olympics – bobsledding, luging and skeleton racing.


Source: https://www.canadianicons.ca/pages/the-toboggan

Remember, with any sport, safety is a major concern. Health Canada reminds parents that helmets can help to prevent head injuries.




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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Sweetheart Public Skate

Looking for something fun to do on Valentine’s Day with that special someone? The City of Kawartha Lakes invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a public skate at one of their Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Public Skates on Wednesday February 14.

Beautiful senior couple ice skating in city centre. Winter

Sweetheart Skate schedule:

  • Lindsay Recreation Complex from 10:15am to 1pm
  • Emily/Omemee Community Centre from 4pm to 5pm
  • Oakwood Community Centre from 4pm to 5pm
  • Ops Community Centre from 4pm to 5pm

Everyone is encouraged to wear red and/or pink and all public skate participants will receive a special treat. Regular admission fees apply.

A complete listing of all Public Skating times and locations is available on the City’s website. The schedule is subject to change, please contact the facility to confirm.

For more information, please call 705-324-9411 extension 1306 or email communitydevelopment@kawarthalakes.ca




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