Haliburton County: take daily for a better life

There’s no better prescription right now than a permanent dose of Haliburton County. A life in our rural Highlands is a healthy, fulfilling antidote to the frustrations and annoyances of life in the city.

Up here in cottage country we genuinely appreciate the role that Physicians play in the health and wellbeing of our communities. Not just as dedicated carers and healers, but as leaders when we need them most.

The good news is that our County currently has multiple full-time Physician, Nurse Practitioner and Nurse positions available…and we know these coveted roles will be in high demand from medical professionals looking for that perfect work/life balance.

For Physicians looking to choose how and when they want to work (and play), we also have flexible opportunities to work part-time as a summer locum or just a few shifts in our ER.

What’s more, our Physician Recruitment Program offers a Return of Service incentive of up to a maximum of $150,000 over 6 years for Physicians moving to our area to practice Family and/or Emergency Medicine.

And we have a truly wonderful team of allied professionals who are ready to welcome you.

Ready to move to cottage country? Then please email our Physician Recruitment Co-ordinator, Wendy Welch, at wwelch@haliburtoncounty.ca or call her on 705 935 0314 to start planning your new life in the Haliburton Highlands.

Haliburton County: side effects may include job satisfaction and a healthier lifestyle.

Get those *!@# geese off your lawn!

Let’s face it, they’re a nuisance. They deplete the grass, make a lot of noise, can be quite vicious – especially if there are goslings to protect – and leave behind toxic presents that you have to pick up quickly, before they end up in your toddler’s mouth, or the lake.

But how to discourage them from lunching on your lawn?

Here are 3 ideas:

Solution 1: Create a 3′ or wider strip of high grasses, plants and shrubs along your shoreline. From the water, the geese won’t be able to see that there’s a restaurant on the other side. And even if they find your lawn, they won’t like it as much: they prefer an environment where they can constantly scan for dangers to them or their vulnerable young ones. Your shoreline barrier potentially hosts stalkers who fancy fresh geese for their dinner.

This needn’t involve much work: just stop mowing, and let nature do its thing. Tall grasses, flowers and bushes will happily flourish, especially given the proximity to water. Or you can take matters into your own hands and select plants that you find in nurseries, on roadsides, or on your neighbour’s property. (No, strike that last suggestion.) Just make sure that what you’re planting has some height and heft to it and isn’t invasive. Phragmites, for example, are a no-go. And you’ll want to avoid blocking your own view of the lake.

As a bonus, the barrier will soak up extra nutrients from your septic and gardens, before they make it to the lake and promote algae growth.

Solution 2: Let most of your lawn grow. Keep some areas trimmed for lawn chairs, play sets, and paths, but allow it otherwise to develop some height. Geese won’t be interested.

Solution 3: Get a pet alligator.

In case you missed them

The CBC recently ran a couple of articles of interest to property owners, especially if that property is lakeside.

Dandelions! Bees (and other pollinators) depend on them in the early spring. You should probably be eating them too. And without mowing or herbicides (which we know you’re not using, for your lake’s health, right?) you really can’t beat them. So why not learn to love them?

Bad news for fishing. It seems that climate change, among its other devastations, is raising the temperature of our lakes, which lowers the oxygen content, which, among other things, makes them less fish-friendly. Whether you want to catch fish, or just join them for a companionable swim, we can all agree that more is better. The problem is made worse by run-off from faulty or failing septic systems, or fertilizers (but you really aren’t using those, are you?), or a denuded shoreline that doesn’t capture excess nutrients before they enter the water. So get your septic checked regularly and naturalize your shoreline: your finny neighbours will be grateful.

Watch your wake to protect our shorelines

Did you know that boat wakes can erode our shorelines? The wave action created by boats moving at high speeds can wash away shoreline soils. Shoreline erosion damages waterfront properties and adds sediment to our lake, which can harm fish and their habitat. Please remind your friends and family to reduce their boat speed within 30 m of any shoreline. Learn more here


FOCA is very proud to launch the new Be #WakeAware campaign, together with our partners at the Muskoka Lakes Association and Safe Quiet Lakes. Boaters need to be #WakeAware to ensure ALL lake or river users are able to enjoy the water safely and sustainably. Any wake near shore can cause issues for loons, docks, shorelines, swimmers, and other small craft users. Large wake users are encouraged to take their fun to the middle of large lakes. Avoid narrow, shallow, or near-shore areas, and watch behind you to understand your wake impact. All small powerboat users can help, too, by always reducing speed to 10 km/hr or less within 30m of shore, and by getting up to plane quickly when transitioning from slow to high speed. We all have a role to play in being #WakeAware.

Do your part: Please visit the campaign webpage, share the link and #WakeAware hashtag on your own social networks, websites, and community groups, and circulate this message to everyone you know who loves the waterfront in Ontario: www.BeWakeAware.com

Learn more about boating safety

Download our informative (PDF) documents below. Your knowledge about boat safety makes our cottage community a better one.

Watching your Wake

Those of us with our pleasure craft licence studied specific rules of the water geared to safe & responsible boating; most of us are familiar with general boat safety & etiquette. We may not be as familiar with the impact of boat wake. Click here to download or view the PDF online.

Private Buoy – Signage Guide

Private Buoy – Signage Guide. Click here to download or view the PDF online.

RLCA Safe Boating Guide

RLCA Safe Boating Guide cira 2009 – Click here to download or view the PDF online.

An Owners Guide to Private Buoys

An Owners Guide to Private Buoys. Click here to download or view the PDF online.