2024 Photo Contest

Submit your summer fun photos for a chance to win an amazing prize. Show us how you’d have been spending your days at the cottage.


All photos must be original work, taken by the entrants. No third party may own or control any materials the photo contains, and the photo must not infringe upon the trademark, copyright, moral rights, intellectual rights, or rights of privacy of any entity or person.

  • The photo must be in its original state and cannot be altered in any way, including but not limited to removing, adding, reversing, or distorting subjects within the frame.
  • Violators will be removed from the contest, stripped of any prize(s), and banned from entering future contests.
  • Entries will not be accepted unless submitted via the official contest channel. Entries not submitted through the proper channel will be deleted.
  • Entries will be judged by the RLCA All decisions are final. The Company reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is deemed inappropriate or does not conform to stated contest rules.
  • By entering the contest, entrants agree that photos submitted can be used by the [Redstone Lake Cottagers Association] for advertising purposes.
  • Submissions will not be accepted once the deadline lapses.
  • The prize must be collected by the winner and is nontransferable.
  • The winner will be contacted via the email address provided during entry. If no response is received after [three] business days, a new winner will be selected and the previous winner will forfeit all rights to the prize.
  • The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

2023 Photo Contest Winner

Margie K. from Redstone Lake

Enjoy the Grand Prize of your winning photo on a special coffee mug to help you get through those long winter days back in the city.

What do warmer temperatures mean for the health of our lakes?

Author: Arunemathi Shanmugam, University of Waterloo

This July was the warmest on record and we expect to continue to see record-breaking weather in the near future. Warmer air temperatures will cause a variety of changes, including changing ice-covered periods, areas that experience ice cover, reducing snow cover, decreasing snowfall, and increasing water temperatures1. These changes are obviously bad news for our friends who enjoy snowmobiling and ice fishing, but what do they mean for the health of our lakes?

Climate change is expected to decrease dissolved oxygen (DO) concentrations in Ontario lakes. DO comes mainly from the atmosphere and supports aquatic animals2. In particular, increased water temperatures caused by climate change will likely have a significant impact on DO concentrations in the deepest parts of our lakes. Differences in shallow and deep water DO are influenced by water temperature. Cold water holds more DO than warm water because colder water temperatures increase the solubility of oxygen in water3. DO will decrease in shallow waters as water temperatures rise, due to rising air temperatures and reduced wind speeds4. DO concentrations throughout a lake are affected by the distinct layers of water that form due to temperature differences5. Water near the lake’s surface is warmed by the sun and becomes less dense than the colder water underneath it6. The differences in temperature between surface waters and deeper waters produce layers of water of different densities that do not easily mix7. So, this layering of water prevents water from circulating throughout the lake, so deep water DO is not readily replenished by atmospheric oxygen like the shallower layers.

Changes in DO concentrations can make it more difficult for lakes to support aquatic life. Most aquatic animals have a preferred range of water temperature and DO concentration. For instance, Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) prefer cold water habitats that are well oxygenated8. Decreases in DO in deep water can force deep-water fish up into warmer waters, where their survival is jeopardized9. Overtime these fish could die as they struggle to compete with fish that are more tolerant to low oxygen habitats10.

Loss of deep water DO also degrades water quality11. Really low levels of DO can cause chemical reactions that release nutrients from lake sediments. The release of nutrients, like phosphorous, can stimulate the growth of algae, which can produce harmful algal blooms12. These algal blooms can produce dangerous toxins that are harmful to humans and animals13.

Due to the importance of DO for healthy lake ecosystems, it is often used to measure the health of lakes and streams. The RLCA has purchased a DO data logger to monitor DO levels in our lakes. DO monitoring will help give us an early warning sign if climate change is harming our lake ecosystems. The RCLA is collaborating with the University of Waterloo this fall in a study looking at comparing DO concentrations across lakes to better understand if the deep locations currently monitored by the Lake Partner Program is sufficient as our only monitoring location.

1 United States Environmental Protection Agency, “Climate Change Indicators: Snow and Ice”, July 26, 2023, https://www.epa.gov/climate-indicators/snow-ice

2 Water Science School, “Dissolved Oxygen and Water,” last modified June 5, 2018, https://www.usgs.gov/special-topics/water-science-school/science/dissolved-oxygen-and-water#overview

3 United States Environmental Protection Agency, “Dissolved Oxygen”, May 18, 2023, https://www.epa.gov/caddis-vol2/dissolved-oxygen

4 Stephen F. Jane et al. “Widespread Deoxygenation of Temperate Lakes,” Nature 594 (2021): 66-70, doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-03550-y.

5 Paul Fafard, “How and Why Lakes Stratify and Turn Over: We explain the science behind the phenomena,” International Institute for Sustainable Development, May 16, 2018, https://www.iisd.org/ela/blog/commentary/lakes-stratify-turn-explain-science-behind-phenomena/

6 Ibid.

7 Ibid.

8 We Fish Canada, “Fish Species,” accessed August 11, 2023, https://www.wefishcanada.ca/fresh-water-fish-species/.

9 Emily Chung et al. “Bad news for fishing: Climate change is sucking the oxygen out of lakes, study suggests,” CBC News, June 10, 2021. https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/oxygen-climate-lakes-1.6059334.

10 Ibid.

11 Stephen F. Jane et al. “Widespread Deoxygenation of Temperate Lakes,” Nature 594 (2021): 66-70, doi: 10.1038/s41586-021-03550-y.

12 Ibid.

13 Ibid.

CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY Your Boat

Motors, boats, and Ontario’s ecosystems can be ruined by zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species. Take a few simple steps to preserve our lakes and fisheries: CLEAN off any plants or debris, DRAIN bilges and ballast water, and DRY any wet areas of your boat.

Exciting programs and events planned at Kennisis Lake Marina this summer!

With the installation of its new Event Tent, the Kennisis Lake Marina will be the go-to destination for music, events, and programs. Marina owners, Gary Bouwmeister, Jim Dale and Chad Burdon have installed a 40-foot by 60-foot tent,   The tent is located right next to the Pickle Ball Courts and can accommodate up to 200 people.   The tent is available to rent for community events and private functions.

The first musical event, “Sheer Heart Attack”- celebrating the music of Queen, was sold out in less than a day, with additional tickets being added for outdoor seating.

Sue Bin, a long-time Kennisis Lake cottager and teacher will be running Camp Kennisis, a day camp for kids 5-11 yrs. old.  The 3-day- a- week camp will be run for 6 sessions, beginning the week of July 11th. The programs will include crafts, activities, and pickleball. For information and registration, please contact Sue at suecampk@gmail.com

Art classes and workshops will take place every Friday during July and August. Joyce Sumara, artist and Kennisis Lake cottager, along with local artist Harvey Walker will host a variety of programs for all levels. For details go to http://artinthetent.corsizio.com/

Local Yoga instructor Lorrie McCauley will be offering yoga classes Sundays to Thursdays. Sessions are available at both the advanced level (with modifications offered) as well as beginner/relaxing yoga. Classes will be offered in 8 class packages or pay as you go.

Lorrie will also be offering Yoga for Kids and Self Defense/Karate for Kids.  For information and registration, please contact Lorrie directly at athleticmeditation@gmail.com.

How do I find out more?

Below is a list of programs and events planned which are confirmed as of time of writing.  For the most up to date information, visit the Marina Website at www.kennisislakemarina.com and click on “Events”.   

Events and Programs will be announced on social media. You can follow the Marina on Instagram or check out Facebook posts on Kennisis Lake is Better than Your Lake or Pickleball @The Lake.

Live music @ Smoke on the Water– Every Friday and Saturday
Camp Kennisis: Tuesday-Thursday, Weeks of July 11, 18, 25, August 1,8,15
Art- Open Studio and Classes – Fridays
Yoga – Sundays to Thursdays

June 24 – 9 am -noon:  Pickleball Open House*
July 1 – KLCOA Fireworks*
July 8 – Kennisis Courts Under 30 Pickleball Tournament**
– Sheer Heart Attack (Queen Tribute Band) –Sold Out
July 11 – Euchre Tournament*
July 22 – Poker Run*
July 29 – Halloween in July*
August 5 – KLCOA Regatta*
– Comedy Night*
August 6 – Storyteller- Bob Graham*
August 12 – Corn Hole Tournament
August 15 – Euchre Tournament*
August 19 – Kennisis Courts Annual Pickleball Tournament**
August 23 – Kennisis/Stanhope Pickleball Tournament**
August 26 – Rock on the Dock @ the Bouwmeisters
September 2 – Comedy Night*

* Details coming soon.

**Members only– Spectators and Cheerleaders welcomed! For Pickleball membership inquiries, please contact Lisa Dale at cottagecourts@gmail.com

How can I rent the tent?

For information on renting the Kennisis Event Tent, or if you are interested in  running a program, please contact Sheelagh Lawrance and Liz Austin at kennisiseventtent@gmail.com

Fire Ban & Fireworks

This summer has been off to a smoky start. Smoke from wildfires in Quebec is causing hazy conditions while dry weather conditions expose us to our own wildfire risks. We encourage our members to do everything possible to manage these risks while enjoying summer by the lake.

As of June 1st, Haliburton County has issued a complete fire ban that includes fireworks (https://www.dysartetal.ca/en/living-in-our-community/fire-and-emergency-services.aspx).

Regardless of the fire ban, the RLCA encourages its members to continue to avoid using fireworks to protect our lakes, wildlife, pets, and neighbours. Here, we share a recent article from The Conversation that details some of the harmful impacts of fireworks.

If fires should come to our area, watch out for waterbombers. Remember that waterbombers need room to scoop water from lakes. Boaters who venture too close can obstruct firefighting efforts and create a dangerous situation for themselves and pilots. 

Waterbombers will not scoop from a lake or river if encroaching watercraft pose a safety hazard. Help fight wildland fires by staying clear of waterbombers while out on the water. Download an information sheet about waterbombers and share this with others!

2023 Annual General Meeting

Welcome ALL members and residents of the greater Redstone Lake areas including Big & Little Redstone, Pelaw, Bitter, Burdock and Coleman lakes.

Our Annual General Meeting will take place July 8th 2023 from 9am – 11am with a FREE Concert and BBQ to follow.

Presentations Include:

  • New Bell Fiber Installations
  • Water Quality Study
  • Shoreline Protection
  • and More!

We hope to see you there!

Propane Group Buy – KLCOA/RLCA Video Conference

The KLCOA will host a video conference on Tuesday, May 30 from 7:30 to 8:30 pm to explain how the KLCOA/RLCA Propane Group Buy works and the process to join. Our lead contact at Superior Propane, Jeff Voyer, will lead the discussion.

The KLCOA/RLCA Superior Propane Group Buy Program has been active for ten years. It is generally agreed that this has resulted in more favourable rates/terms for participants (as well as for customers of other propane suppliers).

Last fall, Superior Propane bought Highlands Propane. Unfortunately, it was too late for the former Highlands Propane customers to join the KLCOA/RLCA Propane pricing group for the 2022-2023 season, but these customers will be eligible to participate for the coming year. The process to join the group for existing Superior Propane customers is relatively simple.

We will also explain the benefits and process to join for KLCOA/RLCA members installing propane for the first time, and those potentially interested in joining the group who are now with other propane suppliers (which entails switching out tanks and having a safety inspection performed).

Please email Propane Group Buy Coordinator Tayce Wakefield at taycewakefield@yahoo.ca to participate in this call.

Shoreline Restoration

For most people, when they think about their cottages or homes in Ontario’s “cottage country”, the first thing they think about is the lake! Campfires by the lakes, drinks on the dock, boating, fishing – so many things we love about this area revolve around being on or near the water. This is especially true in the Haliburton Highlands, home to over 500 lakes spread across a beautiful and rugged piece of the Canadian Shield, featuring sandy shores and breathtaking cliffs, and everything in between.

These lakes are not only a source of recreation and tourism, but also play a vital role in the region’s ecosystem. Development along these shorelines has increased over the years as more people invest in lakeside homes and subsequent urban landscaping methods are causing serious ecological impacts to the health of our lakes. To protect and preserve these valuable natural resources, shoreline naturalization is becoming an increasingly important initiative in the Haliburton Highlands. The ecological team at Abbey Gardens Community Trust is doing their part to educate and engage the community to participate in a better way to beautify their shores.

Abbey Gardens is a charitable organization with a mission to re-green a former gravel pit into a community destination that provides recreational, educational, ecological, and economic development opportunities to live more sustainably. When you visit Abbey Gardens you will find public trails, a disc golf course, a Food Hub and café specializing in local food, a market garden, a craft brewery, a wood fired pizza truck, an event space, and so much more. A big part of their mission is rooted – literally! – in restoring, rehabilitating, and reforesting areas that have suffered major ecological damage. The restoration team, led by Ecologist Cara Steele, works closely with organizations like Trent University and U-Links to study various soil remediation, cover cropping, and planting methods to examine what methods yield effective results for the unique ecosystems of the Haliburton Highlands.

In 2022, Steele partnered with Kennisis Lake Cottage Owners Association (KLCOA) in a pilot project to restore eleven shoreline properties across three lake systems, planting over 1,250 native plants and shrubs. The goal of the pilot was to educate lakeside property owners about how natural shorelines can still be beautiful, while protecting overall lake health.

75% of our shorelines should be in a natural state for a minimum of 30 m (100 feet) back from high water, otherwise water quality will degrade over time. Shoreline naturalization is the process of restoring a lake’s natural shoreline, typically by planting native species of vegetation along the water’s edge. Natural shorelines are vital to maintaining the overall health of a lake.  Shoreline plants protect from erosion, wave action and ice damage, moderate water temperature, flooding, and absorb nutrients from human activity.

Did you know that shorelines are called the Ribbon of Life? Eighty to ninety percent of species depend on shoreline habitat for nesting, shelter, travel, reproduction and feeding.

There are several benefits to shoreline naturalization:

  • Natural shoreline planting helps to prevent erosion and sediment buildup, which can harm water quality and wildlife habitat.
  • Native vegetation provides food and shelter for wildlife, improving the overall biodiversity of the lake.
  • Another key benefit of shoreline naturalization is that it helps to reduce the impact of human activities on the lake. Natural shorelines act as a buffer between the lake and the surrounding land, absorbing runoff and filtering pollutants before they reach the water. This helps to maintain water quality and protects the lake from potential harm caused by human activities such as agriculture, forestry, and development.

As shorelines along lakes and rivers are being developed, these areas are at greater risk to erosion and reduced water quality. Naturalizing shorelines by planting native flowers, trees and shrubs helps keep our lakes swimmable, drinkable, and fishable.

A major takeaway from the pilot program with KLOCA was that homeowners felt overwhelmed and unqualified to do their own native planting. Like any planting project, there are a lot of factors to take into account when thinking about naturalizing your shoreline, such as hours of sunlight, soil conditions, your personal property use, preferences, the amount of time you’re willing to invest in maintenance, and more. In response, Steele and her team are expanding the shoreline restoration outreach program to support more homeowners throughout Haliburton, Muskoka, and the Kawartha Lakes. Through site visits, planting plans, and hands-on planting, the team will address individual property needs and restoration goals from start to finish.

If you’re looking for a DIY option with a little help from the experts, Steele has curated shoreline plant kits that are uniquely tailored to the site conditions prevalent in our area:

  • The Pollinator Garden Kit is for sites with dry to normal soil that experience part shade to full sun. This kit includes a mix of wildflowers, grasses, shrubs and trees that will attract pollinators throughout the whole season.
  • The Open Shoreline Kit benefits sites with low lying areas that have moist soil and at least six hours of sunlight per day. The wildflowers can be planted right at the waters’ edge to create a beautiful display of colour.
  • The Forest Garden Kit is appropriate for shaded shorelines that have dry to normal soil. Alternatively, the plants can be used to naturalize and add plant diversity to shady upland areas.

This year, Abbey Gardens has partnered with Friends of Ecological and Environmental Learning (FEEL) to host their Native Plant Sale, featuring beautiful hand-picked native plants, trees, and shrubs, as well as Steele’s curated Planting Kits. All proceeds from the sale go directly to support the Haliburton-Muskoka-Kawartha Children’s Water Festival and restoration projects at Abbey Gardens.

To learn more about the shoreline planting outreach program, FEEL’s Native Plant Sale, shoreline kits, or more, visit abbeygardens.ca or email Cara Steele at cara@abbeygardens.ca!

It’s time to start thinking about planting

Planting natives, that is. Along your shoreline, most importantly. And Watersheds Canada is here to help. First of all, a bit of background reading to while away the final (we hope!) stormy days of winter: a guide to the science behind naturalized buffers, appropriately titled The Science Behind Vegetated Shoreland Buffers. And for some political background to the jurisdictional issues, you can check out The Future of Our Shores.

From a more practical perspective, check their  Guide to Preparing a Shoreline Naturalization Planting Plan, a step-by-step guide to help you in assessing, planning, buying plants for and maintaining a vegetated buffer.

And finally, if this all seems too daunting, check out their program called The Natural Edge. The program assists you with a plant database for selecting plants, and connect you to a local partner for a site visit (in Haliburton it’s The Land Between) and help with planning and even planting.

There is a wealth of other information available on the Watersheds Canada website, covering such topics as mitigating climate change, learning about your shore’s onland and underwater zones, and protecting wetlands. And a wonderful video to help the photographers among you capture fabulous wildlife images.  Check them out!

Haliburton Master Gardeners

Another source of possible assistance is the organization Haliburton Master Gardeners. They “specialize in all things green and growing in Zone 4”, with articles, consultations, and local sources for plant materials.

Friends of Ecological and Environmental Learning (FEEL)


When and where: For sale online, for pickup at Abbey Gardens on May 20, 10am-2pm.

What’s on offer:  individual plants (trees, shrubs, and wildflower perennials), or themed bundles: Climate Change Tree, Pollinator, Upland, Shoreline Plant, Shoreline Shrub and Forest Garden.

Abbey Gardens

Last year some of our members participated in a pilot program with the Kennisis Lake Cottage Owners Association and Abbey Gardens on naturalizing their shorelines.  If you missed out, Abbey Gardens is continuing the program this year.  See the attached for more information.

Five Reasons Climate Change Is Bad News for Pond Hockey Fans

Much like poutine, politeness, and Paul , pond hockey is a proud Canadian institution. From Bonavista to Bella Bella, Canadians grow up waiting for the ice to freeze and then gliding onto those newly formed ponds to play our favourite sport. Canadians often jump at the chance to get outside and enjoy the sunny, crisp winter days.

But as we have learned over 50 years tracking the health of lakes at IISD Experimental Lakes Area—the world’s freshwater laboratory—climate change is affecting Canada’s winter lakes and ponds. And the next 50 years are likely to see further change.

And that spells bad news for pond hockey fans.  Here are just five reasons why.

1) Winters Are Starting Later  IISD-ELA has been tracking the date lakes freeze over since 1969 in northwestern Ontario. We call this special day “ice-on.”  On average, this ice-on date has been getting later and later—in fact, by 1.66 days per decade.

That means pond hockey season has been starting later each year.

2) Lakes Are Frozen for Less Time  Guess what IISD-ELA found when we compared how long lakes were iced over during winter in 1969 versus now? Since 1969, lakes have been frozen over for an average of 18 days fewer (at a rate of 4.24 days per decade). And it is expected that the number of days of pond ice will continue to decrease if we don’t curb greenhouse gas emissions.  Future climate scenarios that consider backyard ice conditions show that the number of days you can skate outside will decline by 19% in Calgary alone from 2015 to 2090.  Yep, that means almost two and half weeks less of pond hockey per year in our kids’ lifetimes.

3) Winters Are Warmer  Remember those already vanished 16.7 days of ice? Well, according to the Climate Atlas, if emissions levels do not change, winters will get even shorter—by 10–20 days by 2050! This means in most people’s current lifetimes, no matter where you live the winters you experience will be milder than those of your parents and grandparents.  This spells terrible news for pond hockey fans, but also for flora, fauna, and millions of people who depend on lakes and cold weather for their lives and livelihoods.

4) More Rain, Rain, Rain  Thanks to climate change, we expect more winter rain than in decades past.  Less dependable snowfalls, or events where rain falls after snowing and freezes, may lead to fewer events where rain falls after snowing and freezes and the increased flow of water in streams and rivers—all contributing to poor quality or unsafe ice conditions. Good ice safety practices will become ever more important to practicing our traditions of pond skating, backyard rinks, and pond hockey.

5) Winter Weather Whiplash  As temperatures and precipitation levels swing between extremes throughout the winter, it may feel as if you have “weather whiplash”!  One minute, milder weather may risk melting ice, while the next minute, temperatures will be way colder than you expect.  Both extremes will affect your beloved pond hockey: warmer temperatures can cause thaws and slush, while below-normal temperatures bring increased risks of hypothermia and frostbite.

Adapted by Coalition of Haliburton Property Owners Associations (CHA) from an original article from IISD Experimental Lakes Area