Monday January 27, 2020

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 […]

The science of our lakes – water quality analysis from our Lake Partner Program

Debbie Balika, a local biologist and former HHLPOA director, has done an analysis of water transparency and phosphorus content for us (see the attached slides).  Why are these important to cottagers?  Water transparency is monitored periodically throughout the spring, summer and fall as an early indicator of algal blooms or the presence of invasive species.  […]

Healthy Shorelines 2015 project

The team is working their way around Halls lake, making excellent progress assessing shoreline ecosystems and diversity around all properties.   Hopefully, they will be on the Hawk Lakes towards the end of June as planned.  Expect a report on the general results at our July 5th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Camp Kawabi.

Practical Lake Protector Tips from the CHA

We all care about the health of our lakes but who is looking after lake health?  Governments of all stripes are cutting back on the people and programs that used to protect our lakes and give us up to date data on lake health indicators. Lake associations can help fill this void but only if […]

Water Quality Working Group update

From Debbie Balika: This past weekend the Water Quality Working Group (WQWG) experienced a wet, but successful water quality data collection on each of our lakes. Our data collection included a dissolved oxygen depth profile on each lake.         We also collected plankton (free floating organisms within the water column) samples at 3 […]

Water quality and what we’re doing about it

Your HHLPOA Water Quality Working Group has been hard at work this summer. We have been able to organize data collection teams on all three lakes. We will continue our participation in the Lake Partner Program (, in addition to performing Dissolved Oxygen testing and implementing an Invasive Species monitoring program provided by the Ontario […]

Invasive species – what to do?

FOCA has some suggestions for prevention of the spread of invasive species in our lakes & in the woods: –       Report a suspected sighting of an invasive species to 1-800-563-7711. –       Participate in the FOCA Lake Association Invasive Species Monitoring Program. –       Use non-invasive plants in your cottage gardens and consult the Grow Me Instead […]

And some tips for those pestered by mosquitos

Environmental Defense has also published a terrific piece regarding insect repellents – see attached.  I’m testing out lavender oil – does anyone else have some tips for non-toxic products?InsectRepellentGuide

Wear sunscreen!

The informative attachment to this post is full of great recommendations for sunscreen use.  And use it we should!  Another great resource is the website SunscreenGuide-6