Kawartha Waterfront Blog
News and Articles in the Kawartha Lakes

Cottage Life

Here, we'll share with you many of our experiences of life in the Kawarthas. Indeed, for twenty years, we spent virtually every weekend here. And now, having left Toronto, we live on Balsam Lake year-round. As full-time residents, we will share our stories about our experiences and experiments in the Kawarthas, from organic vegetable gardening and chicken coop construction - to building a backyard skating rink, barbecuing, canning local produce, and finding interesting spots to shop in the best part of Ontario cottage country.

10 tips to make the most of your deck this summer

Finally, the warm weather has arrived! Time to spend some quality time on the deck barbecuing, sipping a cold beer,...
07/04/2018
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Hey Kawartha Lakes, strawberry season is early and excellent

Strawberry season has arrived early this year and growers are describing this year’s crop as excellent.  Pickers and strawberry lovers...
07/03/2018
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Take the Kawartha Lakes Public Library’s Summer Reading Challenge

The Kawartha Lakes Public Library wants to challenge you this summer. Can you complete at least two of these tasks before...
06/29/2018
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Recipes Everyone Is Making this Summer, According to Pinterest

It feels safe to say that we've finally made it to summer. And now that the dark clouds and cool days...
06/26/2018
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DIY dream: 4 cedar project ideas for your home or cottage

Americans love their do-it-yourself home improvement projects, and the warmer months can be an excellent time to brush up on...
06/20/2018
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5 tips for recycling at the cottage

There’s nothing quite like ending a summer day on the dock, the sun nestled into the tree line, water quietly...
06/15/2018
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Star gazing: No PhD required

Have you ever stepped outside on a clear moonless night and looked up? A couple dozen of the brightest stars...
05/30/2018
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Parks Ontario warns against baiting, harassing wildlife for Instagram worthy photos

While some wildlife photographers dream of that perfect shot of a majestic moose or a swooping snowy owl, some observers...
05/29/2018
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McAllister and Justin Ryan have tips to spruce up your cottage

As we all know by now, buying a home in Toronto or almost any city in Ontario is well beyond...
05/28/2018
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Show off your goodies with this DIY mountain shelf

Whether you’re looking for a little extra storage space or a fun way to display your stuff, this adorable mountain...
05/23/2018
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Coming across a mink in Kawartha Lakes is always a treat

The mink, properly called the American mink, is one of the cutest animals in our area. It is always a...
05/14/2018
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A cottage without clichés

The building was on the ragged end of rustic, but Brett van Sickle could see beyond the cobwebs. "It was...
05/09/2018
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Our 20 Best Outdoor Decorating Tips Ever

Here’s a little-known designer secret: When you think you’ve gone bright enough with your shades outdoors, go brighter. Why? The...
04/30/2018
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PHOTOS: Cottage life

Summer is coming -- we promise! And with summer, comes cottage season.  Here are some photos to get you thinking...
04/30/2018
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Get the cottage sparkling for summer

There’s little doubt Calgarians are anxious to open up the cottage for the summer and that means cleaning comes first....
04/30/2018
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Elegant cottage formerly home to renowned poet, A.E Housman, now for sale in Highgate Village

Housman wrote his most famous work, A Shropshire Lad, while a resident at Byron Cottage on North Road, which is now...
04/30/2018
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At a Lake Winnipesaukee getaway, a ‘barn’ designed for fun

Family time is a priority for Amy and Jeff Glass. The couple and their three kids, who live in Brookline,...
04/12/2018
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21 SIMPLE FARMHOUSE COTTAGE EASTER SPRING DECOR IDEAS

While not the all-out decorating extravaganza of Christmas, Spring decorating has it’s own sweet spot, doesn’t it? Adding some touches...
04/03/2018
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Past perfect: Cloverdale Cottage has traditional charm with all the modern conveniences

The family’s iconic Rockcliffe home was designed in 1902 by prominent architect Allan Keefer (1883-1952), who also designed Stornoway, the...
03/19/2018
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Small design moves can have a big impact and they don’t have to cost a lot of money

Holiday decorating season is long over, yet still a wait for spring. It’s cold and dreary in much of the...
03/05/2018
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The time is now to incorporate Scandinavian style into decor

Brandpoint (BPT) (BPT) - As homeowners look for ways to refresh their spaces, Scandinavian style has become ever more prominent...
02/26/2018
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