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Waterskiing with Jay Poole

Waterskiing with Jay Poole

The summer is here and now is the time to get everyone in the water excited and enjoying time behind the boat. Learning to waterski and wakeboard can sometimes be a challenging task however with the right pointers and proper body positioning and a couple tricks, you can be the superstar at the cottage that

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Incorporating Naturalistic Elements in Landscaping

If you’re looking to redo your landscape or add some improvements this year, now is the perfect time to begin. Whether you have a landscape design in mind or need some new ideas, the following naturalistic elements can inspire you to change up your usual routine. Create a journey Adding a garden, or improving upon

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Discovery Days – Explore Natural Environment Conservation

Otonabee Conservation is excited to offer the 2017 Discovery Days series of family-friendly explorations and activities featuring the natural environment of the watershed region during the celebratory year of Ontario’s 150th birthday. The Discovery Days series will be held at various conservation areas including the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area and Campground, the historic Hope Mill,

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Canoeing & Portaging in Cottage Country

Candians have been canoeing and portaging for thousands of years. Canada’s native citizens used birch bark canoes to traverse this land’s lakes and rivers, and the first European explorers did the same. In this, Canada’s 150th year as a country, what would be more fitting than taking out a canoe and doing a little paddling

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Tips on Hiking in Cottage Country

One of the best ways to get out to see our beautiful cottage country is to go for a hike on any of the numerous hiking and walking trails in the area. In addition to being a great physical work out, hiking can be a perfect stress reliever, and can recharge the spirit as well.

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The Trent Severn Waterway Free Lock Passage for Canada 150

With free lock passage this year from Parks Canada celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday, you have 44 more great reasons to get out on the water this summer! The Trent Severn Waterway web site offers maps, lock locations, GPS coordinates, hours of operation, history of The Trent Severn Waterway, links to Parks Canada who are responsible

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Good Times & Camping Memories

Some of the best memories of my childhood are from family camping trips. Recollections of tent collapses, camp fire marshmallow roasts with my whole family, and playing endless badminton games on the dusty dirt roads between campsites with my brother; these memories are what have stuck with me into adulthood. Camping can take you away

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WATER WEEDS AWAY – A Weed Free Shoreline Solution!

Water Weeds Away is a simple system that can be attached to your dock and keep weeds from rooting, it also removes muck, silt, debris and algae effortlessly. Water Weeds Away has a powerful motor that blows away all the unwanted “stuff” and makes your shoreline clear and swimmable in an environmentally friendly way. The

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