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.

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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Spring into action: A brief guide to starting your own seeds

The bookmark I have been using since Halloween came from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and includes a list...
02/19/2018
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Even Kate Middleton and Prince William Shop at Ikea

It turns out that even the royal family isn’t immune to the simple allure of Ikea. While visiting the ArkDes museum in Stockholm...
02/12/2018
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Old-school charm in downtown Addington

Behind a picture-perfect white picket fence, an elegant garden of white roses perfectly sets off the cutest of old cottages....
02/12/2018
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Cozy, Country Cottage Style—England’s Top Designers on How to Get the Look

As evenings shorten and a chill cuts through the air, summer days have been replaced with the urge to hunker...
02/12/2018
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Ontario Provincial Police urge pet owners to take precautions in cold weather

As frigid temperatures continue to sweep the province, the Ontario Provincial Police are reminding people to take precautions to protect...
01/08/2018
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Reminders to keep your pet safe and warm this Winter

Toledo, OH (WNWO)-- It's winter time and snow, ice, even the salt lurking outside of your driveway can be a...
12/27/2017
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Ice safety critical for skating and fishing during winter months

LATHAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) - Ice skating and fishing this time of year is hard to resist, but fire departments in...
12/18/2017
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10 reasons to host Christmas at the cottage

Sure, hosting Christmas at the cottage can involve some logistical challenges. Simply fitting food, family, and furry friends into the...
12/13/2017
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Getaways Just 2 Hours From Toronto

On The Go Toronto Magazine | Featured | Getaways Just 2 Hours From Toronto Getaways Just 2 Hours From Toronto...
12/11/2017
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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS COTTAGE DECOR IDEAS

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS COTTAGE DECOR IDEAS NOVEMBER 30, 2015 BY DAGMAR BLEASDALE 16 COMMENTS   I started decorating for the holidays, but...
12/04/2017
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