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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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As the warm weather starts many of us begin thinking of day trips to ensure we get out and enjoy the features and attractions around us. There are museums, farmers markets, arts and craft shows…the list is almost endless.

But have you ever been on the Butter Tart Tour? Yes, you can take The Kawartha’s Northumberland Butter Tart Tour where you will have the opportunity to stop at dozens of locations, all offering the best butter tarts in Ontario. And what is even better, if you don’t get to take the tour this summer, you can visit the vendors 365 days a year!

The idea for the tour started in 2011 and has grown to include over 50 locations.

If you are counting calories, you can skip this paragraph. But if you are due for some sweet treats, then you will accept that a butter tart is pretty basic: butter, sugar, syrup and eggs. And then the additional ingredients are added to appeal to every sweet tooth. Consider raisins, pecans, walnuts, currants… and even cream fillings. Of course, times have changed, and you can even find gluten free versions.

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Source: http://buttertarttour.ca/

Not sure where to start? Then pick one of the suggested mini tours – with over 50 locations, you have to focus your driving and eating efforts!

Tour #1: “It Gets Butter” is the Sturgeon & Balsam Lake Route, taking you through Lindsay, Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls and Kirkfield.

Tour #2: “We’ll Butter You Up” is the Kawartha Route and will take you through Rice Lake to Peterborough and Stoney Lake.

Tour #3: “A Tart of Gold” is the 401 Route and will take you along Highway 401 to Port Hope, Cobourg, Grafton and Warkworth.

Tour #4: “A Change of Tart” is the Northumberland East route and will take you along country roads in Port Hope, Cobourg, Grafton, Warkworth and Campbellford.

The following map shows the complete picture of the locations of the bakers and vendors.

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Source: http://buttertarttour.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017-010-Buttertart-Tour-Map-WEB.pdf

We are waiting for the 2018 results of the Butter Tart Taste-Off but in 2017 there were winners in the following categories:

  • Best Plain Butter Tart
  • Best Canadian Collection Butter Tart
  • Best Gluten Free Butter Tart
  • Best Emerging Baker
  • Best of the Best

You can see the 2017 winners at http://buttertarttour.ca/

The first recorded recipe for a butter tart appeared in the early 1900’s in the Royal Victoria Cookbook by the Women’s Auxiliary to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie Ontario. Now it is a staple of Canadian Cuisine.

You can follow all the fun on…

Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/buttertarttour/?hl=en

Twitter at https://twitter.com/buttertarttour

Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ButterTartTour/

Enjoy your own tour!

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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/

https://www.canoemuseum.ca/family-visits

 

 

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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.

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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

 

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…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!

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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

 

 

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Love to sing but not sure you are ‘good enough’? Well, Shout Sister thinks you are! In fact, you can join the Shout Sister choir even if you can’t read music and have no musical training.

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Photo source: https://shoutsisterchoir.ca/

The new Peterborough Director, Kim Doolittle, is an accomplished singer/songwriter. She will direct you and the other members in a fun and unorthodox approach to choral singing. Learn everything you need to know to sing with the choir by studying recorded tracks of music including music from pop and Motown, to folk, to a touch of country and blues.

Everyone from those with no singing experience to others who have sung for years enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. After all, singing is a powerful activity that makes you simply feel good.

The first Shout Sister choir was started by Georgette Fry in Kingston in 2002. She opened chapters in Brockville and Picton in 2006. There are now 24 Chapters in Ontario under the direction of 13 Directors.

Georgette’s efforts were rewarded this past year when she was chosen to be a recipient of the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal – Civil Division. The award recognizes Canadians for a “deed or an activity that has been performed in a highly professional manner, or according to a very high standard: often innovative, this deed or activity sets an example for others to follow, improves the quality of life of a community and brings benefit or honour to Canada.”

You can join the ranks of the Shout Sister members to ensure Georgette’s efforts continue – and to have fun! Director Kim Doolittle is accepting new members and would love to meet you on December 18th in Peterborough.

If the 18th does not work for you, you are welcome to attend another practice with no obligation at any time. Joining Shout Sister could be the perfect Christmas gift to yourself!

Details:

Greenwood United Church- Peterborough

737 Donwood Drive, Peterborough ON, K9L 1G6

705-930-3061

Email:members@shoutsisterchoir.ca

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