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If we don't save our lake for our grandchildren, who will? Protecting this treasure is our obligation to future generations.

We welcome and appreciate donations of any amount. LBHF is a registered charity.

Any questions regarding donations may be directed to info@lakeofbaysheritage.ca

Annual membership is $25.00 and is extended for any donation of that amount or greater. These amounts will receive a charitable tax receipt, which is mailed in February.

Life Membership is $1,000.00 per individual or couple.

Protector Supporter is an individual or couple who have given $5,000.00 or more.

Legacy Supporter is an individual or couple who have given $10,000.00 or more.

Heritage Advocate Supporter is an individual or couple giving $25,000 or more over 7 years.

Heritage Steward Supporter is an individual or couple giving $50,000 or more over 7 years.

Funds donated enable us to be prepared to acquire natural heritage properties that become available and to cover the management costs of land we already own.

Your gift can be directed to The Harriet T. Weaver Fund, an endowment that supports annual bursaries for local high school graduates attending college or university to study in a field related to the work of our Foundation.

Donating by Mail

To make a donation, please complete this form and mail your cheque to:

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

Donating by Paypal or Credit Card

Payment will be securely processed by PayPal with credit card, Visa debit or a PayPal balance. You do not need to have a PayPal account to make a donation.

If your donation is in memory of a person, please provide information for a notification from the Foundation. This section can also be used to identify donations to the Harriet T Weaver Trust or Langmaid's Protection Fund.

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As a member you will receive the LBHF e-newsletter advising of seasonal events. Contact information will NOT be shared outside of LBHF.

  • $25   Annual Membership per person
  • $1,000   Life Member per individual or couple
  • $5,000+   Protector Supporter
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All donations of $25 or more will receive a tax receipt. Life Membership in the LBHF will be given to people making donations of $1,000 or more.

In Memory Donations

Several families have identified LBHF as a charity for memorial donations when loved ones have died. It is a fitting way to remember someone who loved the lake. We appreciate families who think of our Foundation in these difficult times. The funds raised are valuable to our work, which is focused entirely on the legacy of our lake.

Often families or friends like to honour loved ones on a special occasion (birthday, anniversary etc). By making a donation to LBHF in their names, you acknowledge them and preserve the natural heritage of Lake of Bays for future generations.

By directing family and friends to our web site, they can make a donation and we respond quickly to notify the family of all donors and send thank you letters to them.

Including LBHF in Your Will

A commonly planned gift is a charitable bequest: a gift that is made through your will. You can choose to leave LBHF a pre-determined sum of money or a percentage of your estate. Planned today, a bequest is not realized by LBHF until you have passed on. We are a registered charity so your estate receives the tax credit to offset taxes owing.

If you are considering a bequest to LBHF, we recommend that you explore the various donation methods to ensure your future gift is tax effective and takes your family's needs into consideration. Please speak to your accountant or legal advisor about drafting or revising your will.

Life Insurance Policies

Giving through life insurance is a low cost way to give. You can give a new policy, an existing policy or simply name the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation as the beneficiary.

Publicly Traded Shares

Many donors may be interested in turning their appreciated stocks, bonds and mutual fund units into gifts for LBHF. Thanks to the 2006 Federal Budget, individuals will be exempted from capital gains taxes, making this the least expensive way to give. In addition, donors of securities will receive a tax receipt for income tax purposes for the full market value of the shares at the date of the transfer.

Donating Property

Landowners can consider donating land in return for a charitable tax receipt. This process requires a valuation process according to Canadian Revenue Agency standards. We would be pleased to discuss opportunities if you are interested in learning more.

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