Rewilding at our Cottage

We have published a lot this year about naturalizing your property, preventing lawn chemicals from going into the lake, making a place for wildlife and giving yourself a break from the lawnmower, the weed whacker, the leaf blower etc.  We need to ask ourselves “how do we live with the land, not just on the land?”.  Don Downer and Adrienne Perry of Waubaushene asked themselves that question, formulated some answers and took action. 

You can access our full journey here.  We can all make a difference – whether you have a large flat property like Don and Adrienne, a steep drop to the lake or a short piece of shoreline, everything matters.  And once it is done, you can sit back and enjoy.

Sirch Community Services

There is a charitable organization in Haliburton County that you may not have heard of, but that impacts hundreds of residents every day. SIRCH Community Services is an innovative and fluid organization that focuses on reducing poverty, creating resilience and encouraging connection.

Starting in 1989, SIRCH incubated and divested several services that county residents now take for
granted, (such as adult mental health services and community hospice). Then it turned its attention to how it could level the playing field for residents who were struggling with food security, unemployment, isolation, and other factors that influence general health and wellbeing.

Today, SIRCH provides free nutritious meals (47,000 portions just since the pandemic) through its
Community Kitchen program. It offers training, also free, in basic carpentry, food service and other skills that are needed by employers in Haliburton County. It provides low cost furniture, clothing, electronics and more through the Thrift Warehouses in Haliburton and Bancroft, and also donates household items to families who have been homeless, burned out or have fled an abusive relationship and are starting over.

This summer, SIRCH created resilience in over 80 children who were entering or were in junior
kindergarten. School’s Cool, a program created by SIRCH, increases critical developmental skills that aid in the chances of those children being successful in school.

SIRCH encourages moms who are feeling the pressure of raising young children to join their peer
support and parenting groups. Seniors feel less isolated through SIRCH programs like Memories to Life and The Community Table. The Bistro and Bakery offer affordable food and a welcoming place to connect, with any profits going back into SIRCH programs.

You can help SIRCH and help your community!

  • Volunteer for one of our programs.
  • Renovating or updating your space? Donate the things you no longer need (in good condition) to the Thrift Warehouse.
  • Visit the Bistro & Bakery and dine in or take home some delicious meals and treats.
  • Sponsor a program (we would love to hear your ideas!)
  • Contribute generously to SIRCH’s Gifts from the Heart campaign this fall or visit our website to donate monthly.

Two Cell Towers

While we have not done any formal surveys, anecdotally many of our members are concerned with the cellular and internet connectivity around our lakes.   This is more than about convenience – there are safety concerns because of the lack of cellular connectivity in some areas, including the inability to reach 911 when required.

RLCA has been in touch with Forbes Brothers, who are managing consultants for Rogers, and have shared our concerns with coverage.  Two new towers are being proposed closer to Kennisis Lake, one of which appears to create some moderate improvement around Little Redstone. Forbes Bros. have shared propagation maps that outline the before and after coverage for the two tower sites.  See below for explanation and link to maps.

There will be ONLINE public consultation meetings conducted by Forbes Bros Ltd on behalf of Rogers on November 23 and 24, 2022.  See the links below, provided by our colleagues at KLCOA for pre-registration info.

We will continue to share information on this process as it becomes available and encourage property owners to provide their input directly to the consultation mechanisms as they are identified. 

For more details, maps and pre-registration info see:

Tower Proposal – Wilkinson Road
Tower Proposal – North Shore

For coverage maps see below:

The colour coded maps show the measurements of Reference Signal Received Power (“RSRP”), a measure of signal strength in decibels (“dBm) from strongest -78dBm) to weakest/no signal (-200dbm). 

On these maps the strongest RSRP is dark purple, weakest is red and no signal is white.

The water overlay on the maps hid the colour coding for signal strength but please be assured the signal continues over this surface.

Please note these coverage maps have the proposed tower at C4385 at 90m which has been reduced to 85m.  This reduced height will not significantly affect coverage.  Revised coverage maps will also be presented at the virtual public meeting.

Coverage Maps

2023 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.

2022 Photo Contest Winner

Charlie Q. from Burdock 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.

Vote for your Future – Municipal Elections

The next Ontario municipal elections will be held on Monday, October 24, 2022. The term of office for elected representatives is December 1st, 2022 to November 30th, 2026 (a four year term). Learn who in your community best represents your position on the issues that mean the most to you and your family!

Where can you vote?

In Ontario Municipal elections, you are entitled to vote where you own or rent property. Therefore, plan to vote at your cottage riding as well as your permanent residence.

FAQ: “My family owns a cottage. Can I vote in that municipality?” In order to qualify as a non-resident elector, you (or your spouse) must be the owner or tenant of the property. If a family member who is not your spouse is the owner, even if you have use of the cottage you would not qualify as a non-resident elector. If the cottage is owned by a trust, you would not qualify as a non-resident elector.

Who can vote?

Anyone can vote in a municipal election who, on the day of the election, is:

  • 18 years of age or older;
  • a Canadian citizen; and
  • either a resident of the municipality or a property owner or tenant, or the spouse or same sex partner of an owner or tenant in the municipality, during a specified time just before the election.

To be able to vote, your name must be on the list of eligible voters. If you are on the voters list, you should receive a card in later October of the election year, telling you that you are eligible to vote.

What can you do?

  1. Ensure you are on the voter’s list! Visit
  2. Get on FOCA’s Elert list for cottage country updates on election issues.
  3. Attend a local candidates’ event prior to the election. Ask your questions!
  4. Vote in your Municipal Election.

Want to Restore Your Shoreline but Don’t Know Where to Start?

This year we are happy to announce that we have received a grant from HCDC (Haliburton County Development Corporation) to help develop Shoreline Restoration Capability in Haliburton County with a focus on protecting the water in our lakes and the natural environment in our region. The Redstone Lake Cottagers Association is partnering with the Kennisis Lake Cottager Owners Association (KLCOA) and the Lipsy Lake Cottage Owners’ Association (LLCOA) as participant organizations for shoreline restoration projects. The focus of this initiative is on developing a local, sustainable shoreline restoration capability in Haliburton County at Abbey Gardens.

Between 10 and 15 properties will be eligible to participate in this program. If you choose to participate in a shoreline restoration for your property, the following will be provided:

  • Shoreline restoration site visit and planning including plant selection and planting locations
  • Approximately 50 native trees and shrubs. Additional plants can be purchased if desired.
  • Planting support during the shoreline restoration work.
  • Advice on care and watering for your plants to ensure a high survival rate. You will receive a site assessment and planting plan, acquisition of planting materials, site planting and site planting report.

Cost for the shoreline restoration program will be approximately $400 per site. There will be a requirement for the participants to take part in the planning activities as well as the planting activities. If you are interested in this option, please contact Only the first 5 sites in the RLCA lakes that apply for the program and are eligible to participate will be selected.

Criteria for eligible site selection will include:

  1. Your Shoreline is needy! – Shoreline could benefit from renaturalization – Shoreline is damaged, natural vegetation removed, too much grass, Goose reduction by renaturalization
  2. Commitment to Naturalization – Shoreline naturalization will be maintained by owner
  3. Promote as RLCA demo site – Owners would engage and welcome follow-up
  4. Shared Effort and Cost – Owner contribution ~$400 and some sweat equity – Planning, planting, site preparation, care.

Abbey Gardens is committed to supporting community effort to improve shorelines on local lakes through education about shoreline naturalization and the provision of appropriate plants. To participate in the Shoreline Restoration Program If you are interested in a site plan and planting, please do not order your plants. Contact and your plants will be ordered, delivered and planted based on a plan agreed to by you.


The Greenest, The Meanest and The Wiliest

I am Blue Green Algae. I am the meanest and most of all wiliest algae in your lake

Test your knowledge by ticking off all you already know.

I can do things no other algae can do such as:

When the conditions are right, I can bloom – magnificent and sometimes massive blooms!
The toxins I produce in a bloom can detach from the bloom and can travel through the water
My blooms and my toxins can be in one place at breakfast and be a kilometer away by supper
My toxins are invisible to the naked eye
I am almost the only algae that can move up and down in the water to different depths
When the oxygen level in your lake gets too low and phosphorus is released from the sediment at the bottom of the lake, I can move down to feed on that Phosphorous
I use that Phosphorous to create my blooms
My blooms can keep people and pets away from the lakes
I can make people sick and even kill pets
I poison fish and get right into their muscles
If you boil the water with my toxins in it, I go airborne
No domestic water treatment will eliminate my toxins

How did you score?

  • 1-6 Points – Congratulations you made the effort! (Hint: Now that you know all answers take the test again and then tell your friends the new score)
  • 7-9 points – You have been paying attention!
  • 10- 12 points – Wow you are a Science Rock Star!

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