Though last week’s good weather helped to dry things up, the fallout from the 2013 Minden Hills flooding is far from over.
In an effort to bring you up-to-the-minute, I’m devoting this post to the Minden Hills area in hopes that you will reach out and support them in any way you possibly can. Over 150 families are homeless and many will permanently lose their homes as they do not have the option to purchase flood insurance coverage since they live on a flood plain.
Please read above “Flood related Community Information” about the latest, streamlined way that anyone, anywhere can donate to the flood relief fund. This makes me so happy as I’m 700 miles away right now and want to help and now can do so on payday using PayPal. Since I’m spending a month and-a-half in the Algonquin Highlands this summer, I intend to do as much of my shopping at local Minden businesses as possible and I hope other folks follow suit this year.
The sun coming out also brought this snap of the Minden Bridge opening this week past:
Minden Bridge reopens (May 2013)
Coach’s Corner Minden Hills Flood Relief May 8th 2013
A huge thank you to Ron Maclean and Don Cherry for giving our town such needed national exposure as we work to raise donations for our devastated town. Over 150 families are homeless and many will permanently lose their homes as they do not have the option to purchase flood insurance coverage as they are in a flood plain. Please visit www.pinestone-resort.com and click on the “Donate Now” button to donate to the “Township of Minden Hills Flood Relief” Trust account or visit any CIBC Branch – All Donations so VERY MUCH APPRECIATED!
EVERY DOLLAR RAISED IS MATCHED WITH A $2 DONATION FROM THE PROVINCIAL GOVT, ESSENTIALLY TRIPLING THE FUNDS
CBC news report
More damage from high water in Minden Hills.
Fund raising efforts for the Minden Community After the Jump:
Calling all winter outdoor enthusiasts in the Haliburton Highlands and beyond! Read all about the ‘musher-style’ fundraiser coming up this Saturday at Sir Sam’s Ski Hill Lodge for theHaliburton Iditarod & Yukon Quest Team! This event promises to be a spectacularly entertaining evening capped off by a meet n’ greet with each of the incredible canines on the team!
If you attend, I’d love to hear about any part of your experience –the great food and camaraderie–the incredible, beautiful dogs–the stylish musher gear(!). Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or hop down to the comment section right on this page.
First, let me apologize that my video shooting skillz are not so “mad.” It’s been windy and rainy here and yesterday was the only day nice enough to be in the water. As you can see it is pretty churned up. Still beautiful, though.
This is the day of our arriving at 3:30 a.m. so despite my spouse’s working to get the huge rock ( a/k/a”my favourite rock”) that is the final step to the water in place, we took it pretty easy.
No one felt like grocery shopping and the store-shelves would have been pretty bare post- Labour Day weekend so we went to “That Place In Carnarvon” or simply, “That Place” for dinner. We were so glad we did. The service was outstanding, the waitstaff lovely and the food–just perfect. We were seated straight away at a table right at the wide windows which face Mirror Lake. Very pretty. We both had the Pork Schnitzel with Hunter sauce which came with one trip to the small in size but high in quality salad bar. I’ve missed Canadian-style potato salad and boy, what a treat to enjoy it again. Almost as good as mom’s. Dinner also came with garlic mashed potatoes or choice of three other selections as well as the veggie of the day. I left the veggies and most of my garlic mashed potato only because after the salad bar and the very generous, juicy pork schitzel I was stuffed.
“That Place” is “relaxed casual” as far as dress which was good because I dressed for grocery shopping, LOL!
There is a really nice selection whether you prefer meat, chicken or fish–plus the lunch menu which also looks quite tempting.
Keeping in mind that this was the day after the official end of summer season I must mention that though we arrived early (first dinner patrons) by the time we left the restaurant (which has a nice cottage/eclectic comfy decor and is quite roomy) was near capacity. Obviously local folks like the place not only because of the number that showed op on a Tuesday night but because it has a Cheers-like atmosphere with the server knowing various patrons by name and by drink choice. The small bar seemed a good place to meet friends too as there was the hum of familiar/ friendly banter in the background.
Just a note: “That Place,” which is near the corner of Hwy 35 and 118, has gluten-free pizza for take out which can be really nice if you arrive and are starving but want to wait ’till the next day to grocery shop. The main menu also refers to trying to accommodate various dietary needs. “That Place” has moved to the top spot on my list of restaurants in the Maple Lake Area.
"That Place" in Carnarvon Ontario (CLICK to enlarge)
Canadian sign: inuksuk or more correctly, inunnguaq (2011) at Buttermilk Falls, Ontario, Canada on 7.28.11
Aug 6, 2010/ July 28, 2011
Buttermilk Falls, Stanhope Township, Haliburton Highlands UPDATE: 7.28.11:
This is our last day at Maple Lake. We drove the 700 miles home–3 people, 2 cars, 2 dogs, the next day after nearly 2 weeks for the guys, 9 days for me. Buttermilk Falls was the absolute-best thing we did. We squeezed in a few other fun things, too. For my part, I worked way too much–on the computer (hangs head in shame). Not next time! Weather was much better this year though there was NO beach because Maple Lake was VERY high this summer (so far).
I hope to go over Labour Day week to another nearby spot, the “Five Points.” It’s on the map in the Picasa album that you click on. You enter at area “d” which is not much farther from our cottage than Buttermilk Falls. The actual 5 Points, are at what appears to be the south end of Little Hawk Lake, which is not very far north of Maple Lake. Yay! Double click for all the Buttermilk Falls info in the photo album.