Custom made, hand crafted fire rings with text/lake of Anstruther, Chandos or Jacks Lake. Fire pit is also available with lake name.
Limited number available, reserve yours now to avoid disappointment, these sold out very early last year.
Accessories such as spark suppressor and steel poker are available.
Call 705-656-4783 to reserve.
Christmas is now over but it's hard to lose that song. It sooo fits today.
The new website design includes a few neat features including a local weather update. If you haven't seen it yet, click on the 'about us' tab on the menu and there is a weather option. As you can see, the weather option currently says -19 but that must be in town because the temp here at the marina is -21 and that doesn't factor in the wind chill.
There have been a few lake crossings and we will report on the ice thickness a little later. A reminder that we always include is that there is no consistency and even though there have been crossings is no indication of safety as it could be thinner ice on other parts of the lake.
It is December 25th, Merry Christmas. Snow fell overnight adding another few inches to our accumulation.
NOT an indication of safety but the first crossing was yesterday, a few people walked across the lake.
So far, as of mid-day today, December 23rd, we found 4" when measured about 10' from the boat launch. We also measured at the dock area and there are significant inconsistencies in the several areas measured so be aware that there will be a variation of thickness in different areas of the lake.
We provide this information as we typically get a lot of calls asking but it is not an indication of safety.
The lake is coming close to freezing fully, two days ago it was almost there but then it opened up completely again yesterday. With the -20 temp this morning, it really should have froze but only partially. The winds were strong all day so as of now, there is a significant area of ice flats and if the wind dies down and the temps stay as cold as now, it should freeze overnight.
We all love to pick up the free publications we find at the grocery store, here at the marina and other local retailers. Technology now offers a broader selection but these are local and they are tradition, cottagers are disappointed when we run out.
Cottage Country Connection is one of the free publications cottagers enjoy reading. Managed by Donna Matthews, this publication has transformed from a local tabloid into an impressive magazine in just a few short years. While the physical presentation has become very polished, the inside has as well. While there are still ads, the content has matured in terms of substance separating it apart from the other 'free' publications that are primarily ads with a smattering of entertaining fluff to read on the dock.
The November/December issue of Cottage Country Connection was released a few weeks ago and the message in Letters from the Publishers on page 4 are worth repeating. Unfortunately the crowd of cottagers are away right now and may not read it.
While this issue highlights local retailers and holiday shopping, the content speaks to the whole year, not just the holidays.
This commentary says;
"Before you spend your holiday dollars this year, we encourage you to consider the cost to yuor community when you do not place your business here in the region. As the saying goes - Use it or Lose It! Keep Cottage Country prosperous and shop local this holiday season.
This goes for the full year. We own a restaurant but make sure that we go to Standard 28, the Swiss Bear and Uncle Georges, not only to 'get out occasionally' but to support local. We have our own gas pumps but go to Kemp's for our road vehicles to refill and say hello to Charlie. We buy much of our hardware items at Home Hardware -- while amazon and home depot might have wider selection or better prices -- we value having Home Hardware here and support them by way of giving them our business. Sometimes saving a few pennies/dollars will be our downfall.
As residents, we appreciate having local shops. We have purchased gifts from Wellington Street, the local gift shop, no more though, it's gone now.
You may be here only part time but you are still a 'resident'. We all have to spend money at the local businesses or lose them. Shop at the local grocery store, the local gas station, home hardware, and the restaurants. Please consider spending dollars for your cottage items in cottage country. Rather than hauling in fuel from a highway gas station, buy it here. Aside from the environmental risks, you are showing support to your marina. We need your purchases and you need us. Yes, our fuel is more costly. We are a 'little guy', not part of a large chain. We pay a lot more for our fuel than the highway gas station. We also sell the correct product for your boat which also makes it more costly.
This message may be self serving but it does apply to the marina as well. Your slip fee alone will not sustain the marina. You need us but we need you too.
Need a christmas gift for someone? How about a tube for the kids? Wakeboard? For your spouse...one of the new fire-pits or adirondack chairs we now have available? Or how about one of the inflatable PFDs that perhaps you know someone wants but finds it too much of a splurge for themself?
Town Council needs to focus on economic development in North Kawartha - it is a priority. In a matter of a year, we've lost Kawartha Cottage Wear, Wellington Street and soon RBC.
The businesses in Cottage Country are here for you when you need us. Be there for us. Spend your shopping dollars at your local businesses.
To see the full content of Letters From the Publisher at Cottage Country Connection, click on this link; www.cottagecountryconnection.com/
The lake was not fully frozen this morning but there is a thin skimming of ice and several huge 'ice flats'. A repeat of this morning's minus 14 that we woke up will probably seal the deal on the winter season.
Hello from the lake. Missing it yet?
This is the first progress update on the 2017 winter freeze.
We woke up this morning to find a thin skim of ice on the little bay to the right of the shop. It's 11am now and it's still looking the same as it was earlier, it hasn't melted. When looking out at the larger lake, in the distance there is a stretch of water that is darker at the lake horizon between Found's Island and shore and to the left of the other island beyond reaching shore.
It's snowing now, big fluffy snow and we have an accumulation of about 4" from the past few days.
All boathouses have now been disengaged from shore and are no longer available for use.
One day last week, we had to go over to Jack Lake. This fella approached the road so we slowed to a stop so he wouldn't get hurt, he was very friendly and came right up to the window. Not as exotic as the giraffes at African Lion Safari but very 'Canadiana' and only 20 minutes away.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.