Covid-19 Updates

As updates come available we will continue to post links in the Latest News. Our approach is to use links to point you to information in external sites, rather than directly publishing information, unless it is specific to Loon Call Lake.

North Kawartha has published a Covid-19 Newsletter, it can be found here:

FOCA has sent Covid-19 updates, they can be found here:

Road Association News – 58F

The 58F Road Committee met and John McGrath has sent the road association newsletter out. Road fees for the 2020 year are due now.  The committee has decided to collect the same fees as in 2018. Please send a cheque made out to Loon Call Lake Road Association 58F (LCLRA for short) to John or you can e-transfer (contact John for the email address).

(The full newsletter with financial information is available from John).

Road Association Presidents: If you would like a synopsis of your Road Association to be included in Latest News, use the Contact Us page to reach us and we will let you know where to send your information.

Kawartha Lakes Climate Change Report

A message from the Kawartha Lakes Steward Association Chair.

KLSA has compiled the projections on changes to the physical and biological environment here in the Kawarthas, as a result of climate change.

The report can be found on our website. To review the Climate Change report, click on the following link Climate Change and the Kawarthas 2020 or check out the KLSA website home page post  here .  

Also, we have cancelled our spring meeting.  The fall meeting is scheduled for Saturday Oct 3rd, Lakehurst.  Dr. Brian Gin will be the keynote speaker.

FOCA Covid-19 Update

There were many items of discussion on the April 14th webinar. They can be found on the FOCA website Covid-19.

Some highlights (which are in constant flux) include:

  • Some jurisdictions, including North Kawartha are providing tax relief. See North Kawartha website
  • MPAC assessment will not be done in 2020 meaning we will pay taxes on the same valuation as this year
  • Electricity pricing: time of use pricing is on hold for now and we pay lowest price all day
  • There are fewer hydro employees out on the road and repairs to power lines after storms will take longer
  • The province has a blanket fire ban in place
  • Marinas and boat launches are not considered essential and are closed at this time

As everyone is aware news changes daily and there are many ways to keep informed.

I will be having a Zoom Executive meeting and we will discuss the 2020 AGM.

Keep Well!


Loon Call Lake – Early Spring Newsletter – 2020

April 13, 2020

Margi Colquhoun

The ice is out. The snow is gone. Birds are calling.Things are awakening at Loon Call Lake.

Since cottagers are beginning to think about cottages we thought it a good time to reconnect. We are in the 5th week of “physical distancing” and restrictions imposed by the Covid 19 pandemic, and nothing is normal. Even the thought of going to the cottage is fraught – should we? shouldn’t we? are we allowed? Information changes regularly and we will attempt to keep you updated on the website.

Updated Website

This letter introduces you to our wonderful restructured website where current information is located and updated regularly.

A huge thanks to Vickie Hartog and her daughter Kathryn Hartog who revised the website! Our thanks also go to Erin Billinghurst and her dad Bruce, who started the website and continued it until recently

Our website: Loon Call Lake includes a link to a video by our Mayor Carolyn Amyotte regarding Covid-19 and visits to the cottage. Although our local mayor is encouraging, our premier and local and federal health officials suggest that cottagers stay home in order to reduce the potential for spread of Covid19 to local residents and to reduce the potential impact on cottage country healthcare resources.

I will be attending a FOCA webinar about cottage country considerations and COVID-19 on Tuesday April 14 and will post and send highlights after the webinar.

Loon Call Lake Welcome Book

You will note on the website that we have a new Welcome Book! It is going to be valuable for newcomers and oldtimers alike. Please have a look!

Again our thanks go to Vickie Hartog’s leadership in creating our new welcome book! A small group including Jim Hartog, Syd Bowcott, Henry DeCock and Margi, led by Vickie Hartog, developed this book late last summer

Welcome Book

FOCA Spring Meeting

You can read or even watch the presentations of the spring 2020 FOCA meeting I attended in March. FOCA Event Summary Spring 2020, invasive species presentation by Andrea Kirkwood and FOCA spring seminar site.

Planting Trees and Shrubs

At the 2019 AGM information was provided about the value of planting trees and shrubs on waterfront properties/shorelines.  If you are up to the cottage this spring and staying close to home rather than visiting with friends, please consider planting!!! Trees and shrubs are easily accessible and it is difficult to overemphasize their value.

The province of Quebec has legislated that there must be several metres of natural vegetation on shorelines. (not grass!)

This resource from the Ontario Government states that shorelines are protected by law. Ontario Natural Shorelines

Watersheds Canada provides resources natural shorelines

Loon Call Lake Cottage Executive

As you were told a couple of months ago, Syd Bowcott is finished his long term as secretary in May.  I asked for volunteers then and received none.

I urge anyone who is recently retired to consider offering their support to the Executive!  The association cannot function without volunteers and if it is your time, we would appreciate the help.

On behalf of your Executive, please stay well and we look forward to seeing you as soon as possible.