Sunday March 18, 2018

Roxburgh – The Halls Lake Shoreline Cottage with Three Lives

Built originally on the wrong lot in 1950. Almost destroyed by badly-planned and executed blasting by the Township in 1971. Burned to the ground on the same weekend rebuilding was finally completed in 1982. Clearly this cottage has a history! Buying a cottage before you own a home was not the usual way couples operated […]

The HOLLOWS at Big Hawk Lake

It all started for myself and my parents in August-September 1949 when we trucked in and out of what seemed like every lake in Haliburton County. We had vacationed at Royal View Lodge on Kashagawigamog Lake for several years and my dad didn’t want to return to Toronto in the height of hayfever season so […]

June 2017 Cottage Tale: Big Hawk Bridge Collapse – Sunday May 23, 1976

Joan Hamilton, HHLPOA’s Cottage Tale Editor, wrote the following piece on the bridge collapse.  She notes: This story could not have been written without the many letters and official correspondence that are a part of the Bell archive. With thanks to Barb Bell, Bruce Harris as well as John Hollows. The full piece complete with […]

Shoreline Advisors Available on Halls Lake June 10/11 2017 Weekend

Want to know how to create a healthier shoreline on your waterfront? Are Canada Geese fouling your grassed areas? Concerned about stormwater runoff or septic system nutrients undermining lake water quality? The HHLPOA can help you find some reasonably priced solutions! We’re hosting a visit to Halls Lake by “Natural Edge” Shoreline Advisors from Watersheds […]

What, My Parents Bought a Cottage? by Ken Warden

My parents never intended to own a cottage! Too much work they said. Too much like living in the city they said. (We had rented one at Wasaga Beach.) Why live in the wilderness when we have all of the comforts of home right here in the city? How they changed! In the summer of […]

“Most of the cottagers were once tourists”… except for Garth Mole’s family

Garth Mole is so much a “local” of the Hawk and Hall’s Lake area that he goes back three generations. The family were some of the first property owners in the area. His great grandfather purchased, sight-unseen, 1500 acres of land for $1500.00. This property included a mile of shoreline on Hall’s Lake. His great-grandmother Sarah Welch […]

Big Hawk Lake Road

It was in the late 1940’s that land was made available for sale to the general public on Big Hawk Lake following the earlier 40’s and 30’s release of land on Little Hawk Lake.   With the exception of a handful of properties on Little Hawk Lake, all properties on the Hawks were water access. The […]

As you’re opening the cottage, check & report damage due to high water levels to the CEWF

The spring runoff of 2016 resulted in reservoir levels higher than normal on many lakes in the Gull and Southeast reservoir drainage basins.  In most cases, ice was still on the lakes at the time water levels were at their maximum.  This was the result of March rainfall which was more than double the monthly […]

Government House, Big Hawk Lake

Contributor: Joan Hamilton If you have ever paddled from Sherbourne Lake or even Little Hawk Lake towards the landing at Big Hawk, you may have had the same thought as John Logan did in 1972, wondering who owned the big old house at the end of the lake. He was on a canoe trip with […]

Your shoreline evaluation report will arrive soon!

Did you know that the spring cottage season started in 2015 with one of the largest initiatives every undertaken by your Association?   A shoreline evaluation study was undertaken of our three lakes and the Kennisis river. During June 2015, trained staff traveled by boat to evaluate each property and prepared shoreline property reports tailored for each shoreline property […]