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Beekeepers in Ontario are facing a serious problem – the number of honey bees are declining drastically – and that is a serious challenge for farmers who grow your fruits and vegetables. But local high school students have partnered with the GreenUp program to help tackle the problem.

Twelve students from The Holy Cross Bee Club at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in Peterborough were responsible for three hives.

A group of 12 students – led by their teacher Mike Halloran – have been busy:

  • suiting up in protective bee suits
  • conducting hive checks
  • treating the hives for mites
  • learning about the honey bee life cycle.

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Source: https://kawarthanow.com/2018/09/20/peterborough-high-school-student-beekeepers-achieve-sweet-success/

The students are learning important lessons, considering there has been a high loss of the bee population. In fact, Global News  recently reported, “In Ontario, which has the largest number of beekeepers in Canada, the situation is being described as serious. A survey of almost 900 Ontario beekeepers indicated that 70 per cent suffered unsustainable losses.” 

Programs such as The Holy Cross Bee Club are important to help young people appreciate the importance of the project they undertook. Students were fully involved including going right into the hive in the spring, seeing exactly how the bees interact and studying the actual bee comb.

And the program was a success from a production standpoint. The students, with the help of GreenUp Community Beekeepers harvested 86 jars of honey from three hives in Peterborough. And considering it takes 12 bees their entire lives to make only one teaspoon of honey, harvesting 86 jars is a huge accomplishment!

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Source: https://kawarthanow.com/2018/09/20/peterborough-high-school-student-beekeepers-achieve-sweet-success/

For more information visit on the Beekeeping Program visit GreenUp’s website at https://www.greenup.on.ca/program/greenup-community-bee-keeping-program.

 

 

 

 

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The Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour features the work of over 30 artists from Peterborough and County.

The Art Gallery of Peterborough joins forces with local artists, inviting you to explore the visual arts and crafts including visiting where the artists live and work.

Studios and galleries will be open Saturday September 22 and Sunday September 23, from 10 am to 5 pm to display a wide range of arts and crafts, including fine art, ceramics, glass, jewellery, sculpture, wood, fibre, metal and printmaking. This is a self-drive tour and admission is free to all locations.

The tour is broken into 3 geographical areas including the City of Peterborough, the County of Peterborough and Lakefield.

There are too many artists to outline individually here – and getting to see all of them may also be challenging – but no matter who you choose to see, you will not be disappointed.

Here are just a few highlights:

Christy Haldane combines glass with other common building materials, such as stone, concrete and steel enhancing the fragility and strength of the glass components. She melts and fuses reclaimed window glass to create simple forms that highlight the fundamental qualities of the glass.

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Source: https://agp.on.ca/artists/christy-haldane/ 

David Hickey is best known for his metal work depicting the landscape of the Kawarthas. He manipulates rigid hardened metal into a fluid form, similar to how nature transforms the harshness of landscapes.

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Source: https://agp.on.ca/artists/david-hickey/ 

Stephanie Ford Forrester works in silks, batiks and hand dyed or painted textiles. Her travels in Europe, Afghanistan, and India, combined with unusual living experiences have all contributed to her artistic practice.

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Source: https://agp.on.ca/artists/stephanie-ford-forrester/

You can view all of the artists and see a sample of their work at https://agp.on.ca/events/kawartha-autumn-studio-tour/.

A map of all of the locations can be found at https://agp.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/47744_AGP_KAST-2018_maps_prf1.pdf.

A number of locations are wheelchair accessible including:

  • Studio 3 featuring Bill Reddick
  • Studio 10, Leanne Baird
  • Studio 17a, Gail West
  • Studio 17b, Frank DiDomizio
  • Studio 19, Peter Rotter
  • Studio 23, David Hickey
  • Studio 29, Lucy Manley

For more information contact the Art Gallery of Peterborough:

Phone: 705 743 9179
Toll Free: 1 855 738 3755

 

 

 

 

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Known to many as a recreation paradise, the Trent-Severn Waterway spans 386 kilometers of rivers, channels and lakes. The waterway travels through Central Ontario, joining the Bay of Quinte wth Georgian Bay. It is divided into 5 regions: Trent, Otonabee, Kawartha, Talbot and Severn.

Rich with history, the Trent-Severn Waterway now bustles with boating and other tourist activity year round.

An easy way to take a tour is with Liftlock and River Boat Cruises.

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Source:

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Liftlock and The Riverboat Cruises offer a variety of different cruise options. You can choose to go sightseeing with your tour group over the world’s highest hydraulic liftlock, or spend an afternoon on a luncheon cruise, or have dinner featuring live entertainment in the evening. Get all the details at https://www.liftlockcruises.com/yacht-charter.

And if  you miss the summer season, don’t miss out on the Triple Crown Fall Colours Cruise . Starting on September 24rth until the end of the cruising season, you can enjoy a unique water experience. The cruise departs from Little Lake,  travels Northbound up the Trent Severn Waterway to Lock 20, then cruises over the famous, world’s largest hydraulic Liftlock, a 65 foot lift.

There are five Trent-Severn Waterway Locks in Kawartha Lakes:

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Source: https://www.explorekawarthalakes.com/en/explore/trent-severn-waterway.aspx

  • Bobcaygeon Lock 32
  • Lindsay Lock 33
  • Fenelon Falls Lock 34
  • Rosedale Lock 35
  • Kirkfield Lock 36

Each one offers boat services ranging from  mooring to boater camping, picnic areas and access to groceries. Check  to see what each Lock offers before you head out.

And in case you didn’t know, Kawartha Lakes is the Houseboat Capital of Ontario! Discover all of the details including how each houseboat operator will train and license you for your family’s trip at http://www.houseboatcapital.com/

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Source: http://www.rrhouseboats.com/

For more information contact Kawartha Lakes Tourism:

Kawartha Lakes Tourism
180 Kent Street West
Lindsay, Ontario, Canada K9V 2Y6
Telephone: 1-866-397-6673

 

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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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