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Our Beginnings and Leaders

Our Foundation was the brainchild of Robin Cumine, who, as Lake of Bays Association's President in 1982-84, called for volunteers to join him in making his idea of land and cultural conservancy a reality. George Daniels chaired the planning group which brought together Edwin Brezina, Robin Cumine, Jack Hanna, Douglas McTaggart, Simon Miles and Chris Yaneff. On 1 October 1985, the Foundation became a legal entity, and by 23 July 1986 we were granted charitable status. Our signatory Founding Directors were Henry Adamson, Edwin Brezina, Robin Cumine, Bill Daniel, Jack Hanna, Douglas McTaggart, Simon Miles, Roy Montgomery, William Paterson, Richard Roberts, Marion White and Chris Yaneff. Bill Daniel served as our founding President. He was followed by Simon Miles, Robin Cumine, Robert Blakely, Bruce MacLellan, Mark McLean, and again Bruce MacLellan. Many cottagers and full-time residents have served on the Board or on committees since 1985. We are indebted to every one of them for their valuable service in helping us get to where we are today.

Our Results
  • Acquired over 50 per cent of the Lower Oxtongue River for permanent protection, including 6.5 km of shoreline.
  • Preserved one mile of natural shoreline and 47-acres of forest at Port Cunnington.
  • Partnered with the Ontario Heritage Trust to be the steward of the 100-acre Pyke property near Brown's Brae.
  • Recognized more than 30 building owners with plaques for heritage property protection.
  • Encouraged the Township to create a Heritage Committee of Council to encourage protection.
  • Rescued the Bigwin ferry from a sunken mooring in 1991 and conducted feasibility studies to transfer to the current Navigation Society for restoration.
  • Established the Harriet T. Weaver Memorial Trust which funds two bursaries each year to assist one student from each of Bracebridge and Huntsville high schools to help pay for their first year of university or college.
Dr. Cathy Charles Stay-at-home Spring Bird Count, weekend of May 9
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The wherever-you-are butterfly, damselfly & dragonfly challenge, July 11 weekend
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Annual General Meeting of Members - by Zoom, Wednesday August 19 5:00pm
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Contact Us

Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation
P.O. Box 81
Baysville, Ontario
P0B 1A0