Haliburton Highlands June Happenings – Weekend Weather – Fundraising Events #haliburtonhighlands #algonquinhighlands

Ξ June 15th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, community, community services, cottage country, Education, entertainment, events, family, film, Food and/or Drink, government/politics, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, home and garden, maplelakeontario.com, Minden Hills Township, nature, Photography, summertime, Trails, video, weather, webcam |

Summer is in full swing in the Algonquin and Haliburton Highlands! 

Looking south-west along the chain of lakes that's known as the Chapleau River  (Cr: Weather Network)

Looking south-west along the chain of lakes that’s known as the Chapleau River (Cr: Weather Network)

If you are planning on enjoying outdoor activities this weekend, Saturday is your bet bet, with moderate temperatures and a partly sunny/cloudy day:

Weekend Weather - Haliburton Highlands

Weekend Weather – Haliburton Highlands

By Sunday, there will be a chance of thundershowers, though temperatures will feel seasonably warm. (Personally, I don’t mind getting wet if it’s a summer rain shower–and there is a fluffy towel at the end of my journey.):

Haliburton Highlands weather Sat. June 15 - Thurs.June 20

Haliburton Highlands weather Sat. June 15 – Thurs. June 20

There will be isolated showers on Monday but the temperature will again feel much warmer than your thermostat might  indicate.

There will be cloudy periods on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday but temperatures should feel more seasonably inline with what they usually are.

Kawagama Lake, Dorset (Cr: Weather Network)

Kawagama Lake, Dorset
(Cr: Weather Network)

There are an abundant number of fun, charitable, and fun charitable events going on this weekend like joining NHL stars Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche, Cody Hodgson of the Buffalo Sabres and their friends for an unforgettable Charity Golf Tournament to benefit flood-ravaged Minden Hills.

Or, if you are a cyclist with leanings towards natural and cultural attractions why not check in to a fully-guided 65km bicycle tour taking you on a breathtaking adventure along the scenic and hilly Harburn Road to visit a variety of art studios and natural and cultural attractions?

And, make sure not to miss the kick-off event of the summer, Rails End Treasures N Trash!
This is Haliburton’s Summer Starter – the biggest and best community yard sale ever! Antiques, collectables, vintage stuff, jewelry, gourmet preserves and other great stuff!

Scroll below and click the thumbnails to get full-size viewing about events this weekend and through June in both the Haliburton Highlands and Algonquin Highlands!


Minden Hills Flood – How To Help (PHOTOS) (VIDEO) What’s Happening in the Ontario Highlands #haliburtonhighlands

Ξ May 11th, 2013 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, community, community services, cottage country, events, government/politics, Haliburton Highlands, home, Minden Hills Township, nature, Ontario, spring, video, weather |

 How to Help the Flood-Ravaged Minden Hills

IMMEDIATE NEED TO HELP people who have been displaced by the Minden Flood: We need items like hand soap, tooth paste, deodorant, toilet paper, shampoo.

SOURCE: Minden Food Bank


Aerial View of Minden, April 2013

Aerial View of Minden, April 2013


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

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!


 CBC news report

More damage from high water in Minden Hills.

Fund raising efforts for the Minden Community After the Jump:



ONTARIO Snow & Lake PHOTOS (1.03.12 ) – Dog Sledding – SIR SAM’S Ski & Bike 2011 VIDEO #haliburtonhighlands #trails #ontariolakes

Ξ January 3rd, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Photography, sunsets, Trails, video, webcam, winter |

Chapleau River, Ontario, Canada - 01.03.12


Snow enthusiasts: it is time to head to the Great White North! Details on dog-sledding in the Haliburton Highlands coming right up!



Haliburton Highlands Readies For Winter Fun – Get Started with ‘Bootie Call’

Ξ November 16th, 2010 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, community, cottage country, entertainment, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, Trails, video, winter |

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 the Haliburton 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 maplelakeontario@gmail.com or hop down to the comment section right on this page.

Cheers!– Cyn


Maple Lake Ontario Video – “That Place In Carnarvon” Restaurant

Ξ September 7th, 2010 | → 1 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, cottage country, family, Food and/or Drink, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Travel/Vacation, video, weather |

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)


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