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Gathering your Memories of the Lake of Bays Area

The Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation (LBHF) is looking for people with memories and experiences from the early 20th century about the lake and surrounding communities. The LBHF has enlisted the services of Andrew Watson, a local historical and environmental PhD student, who will conduct interviews and create a permanent record of memories, recollections and events of past times. The work has just begun and we hope to hear about people to contact. Depending on responses, interviews will take place throughout the summer of 2013. We also welcome pre-written memoirs and recollections of past and present residents. Without a system to identify residents and visitors and collect their stories, we risk losing this history forever.

If you, your parents, grandparents or others have a history at Lake of Bays, you have a role to play in building our personal history bank. Please send your suggestions to info@lakeofbaysheritage.ca or call (416) 284-0389.

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