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The John Pyke Property

In the fall of 2007 the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation entered into a Stewardship Agreement with the Ontario Heritage Trust for the John Pyke Property. This 100-acre lot is south of Hwy 117 near Brown's Brae Road. The generous donor, Mr. John Pyke, is a retired school teacher with experience in outdoor education. He purchased the land in order to have a piece of the Ontario wilderness. In the 20 years since he has been the owner he has visited the property several times a year in all seasons. His donation was made to protect this land for the future.

The Pyke property was one of two lots settled by William Booker in the 1870s. There are numerous stone fences and stone piles and the adjoining lot to the East has the remains of the Booker homestead. The property was cleared for farming at the time it was settled and the forest has regenerated since the fields were abandoned. There is a variety of habitats ranging from hardwood uplands and coniferous forest to a beaver marsh and a black spruce swamp.

In May of 2008 Paul Heaven, a wildlife biologist from Glenside Ecological Services, conducted a biological survey of the property for the Foundation. His report will serve as a guideline for the stewardship plan for the property.

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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 Spring Bird Count at Marsh's Falls - May 10, 8:00am - noon
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Dragonfly & Butterfly Count at Marsh's Falls - July 11, 9:00am
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Native Species Planting To Improve Songbird & Pollinator Habitat at Marsh's Falls - July 11, 10:30AM
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Silent Boat Rally - An Ecotour of the Lower Oxtongue River - August 1, 9:00am-1:00pm
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Annual General Meeting - August 15 11:00AM
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Mushroom Walk at Marsh's Falls - August 29, 9:00AM
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Mushroom Walk at Marsh's Falls - October 10, 9:00AM
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Native Species Planting To Improve Songbird & Pollinator Habitat at Marsh's Falls - October 10, 10:30AM
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Contact Us

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