Blog Tag: Curve Lake

Informative Business After Hours at The Canadian Canoe Museum

We hosted our March Business After Hours at The Canadian Canoe Museum on March 26th, and had an amazing time networking with our Chamber members, learning about some of the non-profits in our area and exploring The Canadian Canoe Museum.

The Canadian Canoe Museum

910 Monaghan Rd., PeterboroughON, 705-748-9153
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Carolyn Hyslop, Executive Director of The Canadian Canoe Museum, welcoming our members to the museum

The museum was founded in 1997, and seeks to highlight and explore the canoe’s significance to the peoples of Canada. It boasts an extensive collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft – there’s over 100 on display at the museum and over 600 in holding!

The museum is family friendly and offers its visitors interactive, hands-on galleries, a scavenger hunt, model canoe building, various adult workshops and puppet theatre for children.

Currently, The Canadian Canoe Museum is looking to build a new museum and hopes the new location will serve as a major cultural and recreational destination. The new museum will be located next to the Peterborough Lift Lock and the Trent-Severn Waterway, both of which are National Historic Sites.

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Our Event

For our Business After Hours events, we typically do “hops” in our member areas (Douro-Dummer, Selwyn, Trent Lakes, North Kawartha and Curve Lake), where we visit 4 or 5 member businesses in one area. These “hop” formats are a great opportunity for our attendees to network with our Chamber members as well as get to know some of the businesses in the area and see what they have to offer.

For our first Business After Hours of 2019, we decided to hold a “non-profit hop”. So, we invited our non-profit members to set up displays in at The Canadian Canoe Museum. It was a great opportunity for our members to get to know some of the local non-profits in our area. At the event, we had Abbeyfield House Society of LakefieldCamp KawarthaCommunity CareHabitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha RegionIndian River Reptile ZooPeterborough Humane Society and Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation set up displays.

Thank you to the museum for hosting us, to all our guests for coming out, to all the non-profits who set up awesome displays, to Molly’s Acres and Indian River Reptile Zoo for donating door prizes, and to our 2019-20 Networking Event Sponsor, Blue Diamond Window Cleaning!

Abbeyfield House Society of Lakefield

12 Charles Court, LakefieldON, 705-652-3856
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Dewi Jones, Abbeyfield House Society of Lakefield

Abbeyfield provides warm, family-style housing for seniors that offers a balance between privacy and companionship as well as security and independence. They have a team of dedicated volunteers and a supportive House Coordinator. Typically, twelve to fifteen residents of retirement age live in their own private bed-sitting rooms furnished with their personal things. The residents share lunch and dinner, and enjoy a self-serve breakfast from a well-stocked breakfast bar. Snacks and drinks are also available throughout the day. The House Coordinator tends to the daily running of the house, including the shopping, preparation and serving of meals. With Abbeyfield, seniors’ privacy and independence are preserved in a gentle, supportive atmosphere that provides companionship and freedom from worries and chores. abbeyfield.ca

Camp Kawartha

1010 Birchview Rd., Douro-DummerON, (705) 652-3860
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Camp Kawartha’s display – Karen Copson attended the event on behalf of Camp Kawartha

Camp Kawartha is a year-round learning centre dedicated to promoting environmental awareness, sustainability, and leadership to children, youth and adults.  From September to mid-June, Camp Kawartha provides groups with exclusive use of their site for weekend facility rentals. Amenities include fully-winterized cabins, central washroom building with private showers, a large meeting hall with a wood stove, a dining hall with stone fireplace, in-house catering using fresh local ingredients, two meeting rooms with tables & chairs, WIFI, outdoor amphitheater / campfire circle overlooking the lake, outdoor activity areas, and 186 acres of beautiful land to explore. During the school year, they provide curriculum-linked outdoor education programs for students in grades K-12. During the summer, they offer day camps for ages 4-8 and overnight camps for ages 6-17. campkawartha.ca

 Community Care

Offices in Apsley (705-656-4589), Buckhorn (705-657-2171), Chemung (705-292-8708), Lakefield (705-652-8655) and more!
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Community Care volunteer, Wendy Love, at our Business After Hours event.

Through a network of community offices throughout the City and County of Peterborough, Community Care staff and volunteers provide a variety of essential services to seniors (60+) and adults with physical challenges (18+) empowering them to live at home. As a non-profit charitable organization, Community Care relies on the generosity and support of individuals and community groups. Every dollar is used in the community and goes towards empowering people to live at home. commcareptbo.org

Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region

300 Milroy Drive, PeterboroughON, 705-750-1456
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Brittany Price from Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region talking to fellow Chamber members

Since 2002, Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region has been helping low-income families with affordable home ownership. They offer 0% interest mortgages with no down payments. Families who buy a Habitat home pay monthly installments towards their mortgage, and must put in 500 sweat-equity hours before they can move in. To gain the required hours, families can 1) help build their home, 2) help build other Habitat homes, and/or 3) work in the Habitat ReStore. So far, Habitat has partnered with 32 families in Peterborough, Peterborough County and the City of Kawartha Lakes! habitatpeterborough.ca

 Indian River Reptile Zoo

2206 County Rd. 38, Indian RiverON, (705) 639-1443
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Edward and Dianne Loyst by their display – they brought an array of animatronic dinosaurs to the event!

The Indian River Reptile Zoo was established in 1999 and since then has grown to be the largest and only indoor/outdoor zoo, sanctuary and dinosaur park that is a not-for-profit registered charity. The zoo has gained international recognition for its high safety standards, cleanliness and quality animal husbandry. It has rescued hundreds of alligators, crocodiles, caiman, turtles, snakes and lizards, and focuses its efforts on the protection of the world’s reptile species. Today, it is the leader in its field, actively participating in internationally regulated conservation programs and is primarily devoted to education. The Indian River Reptile Zoo is located on 44 acres of unique landscape and offers activities for all ages, including a dinosaur trail with life-size animatronic dinosaurs, a croc-walk (over 6 ponds of alligators, crocodiles and caiman), a fossils and bone yard, indoor and outdoor exhibits, standing stones, a monster slide, mini golf and much more. reptilezoo.org

Peterborough Humane Society

385 Lansdowne St. East, PeterboroughON, (705) 745-4722
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Alex Tindale and Susan Dunkley from the Peterborough Humane Society set up a booth at our event.

The Peterborough Humane Society was established in 1941, and promotes responsible pet ownership. Approximately 3,000 animals are received at the shelter each year, many of which are lost, injured or abandoned. While in the care of the Peterborough Humane Society, the animals are provided with food, medical care, shelter and love and attention. The Peterborough Humane Society also receives injured wildlife which are transferred to rehabilitation centres for care and future release into their natural habitat. As an Affiliated Society of the Ontario SPCA, with the mandate to facilitate and provide for the prevention of cruelty to animals and their relief therefrom, the Humane Society offers a wide range of vital services to the community.  peterboroughhumanesociety.ca

Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation 

1 Hospital Drive, Peterborough, ON, 705-876-5000
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Jane Lovett set up a booth on behalf of Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation!

For almost 40 years, the PRHC Foundation has supported the outstanding patient care at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. They work with the community to invest in the state-of-the-art equipment and technology necessary for PRHC’s healthcare professionals. Donor investment in the PRHC Foundation bridges the gap between adequate and world-class healthcare for hundreds of thousands of patients from across Peterborough County and beyond. Donations not only fund the technology that forms the backbone of patient care, they bring new life-saving services to our region. By securing the best equipment, PRHC is able to attract and retain the best and brightest healthcare professionals. prhcfoundation.ca

Join us at our Next Business After Hours!

Our next Business After Hours will be a Young’s Point Hop on April 24th from 5-7pm. We’ll be visiting with  Old Bridge InnYoung’s Point Personal Training ServicesClearview Cottage Resort and Kinetic Therapeutics!

Photos from the Event

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Jane Lovett, PRHC Foundation and Brittany Price, Habitat for Humanity
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Rees and Jay Hamblin, BALL Real Estate with Cindy Windover, Windover Plumbing and Chamber Board Director
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Brian Bulger, The Life Insurance Guy and Chamber Group Insurance rep, talking with Dewi Jones, Abbeyfield House Society of Lakefield
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Door prize draws!
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Mike Walker, Board President, presenting some Chamber announcements
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Refreshments provided by The Canadian Canoe Museum
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The Chamber’s Women’s Build Team Took Part in Habitat for Humanity’s Curve Lake Build

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The Kawartha Chamber’s Women’s Build Team took part in the Habitat for Humanity build on Curve Lake First Nation yesterday morning (October 22nd).  The Chamber was represented by Chamber staff and members, and we had a great time helping out on the build site.

Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region

Since 2002, Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region has been helping low-income families with affordable home ownership. The not-for-profit organization offers 0% interest mortgages with no down payments.

Families who buy a Habitat home pay monthly installments towards their mortgage, and must put in 500 sweat-equity hours before they can move in. To gain the required hours, families can 1) help build their home, 2) help build other Habitat homes, and/or 3) work in the Habitat ReStore.

Earlier this year, Habitat announced that it has teamed up with Curve Lake to build two homes. On Monday, we took part in their build for the Jacobs family. This home will be the first build on a reserve for Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region.

Big thank you to everyone who took part in our build day yesterday. Enjoy our photos below of the build site and our Women’s Build Team in action.

habitat_groupL-R: Sherry Boyce-Found, Kawartha Chamber; Michele Kennedy, Kenwood Drafting & Design; Penny Wilson, The Cozy Home; Tonya Kraan, Strexer Harrop & Associates; Tiffany Alton-Froggatt, Peterborough Appliances; Cindy Windover, Windover Plumbing; Kim Whynot, CIBC Bridgenorth; Stacey Sullivan, Kawartha Chamber; Lynn Woodcroft, Royal LePage Frank Real Estate; Jenis Kempt & Kim Armstrong, Whelan’s Flooring Centre; Sam Carmichael, Kawartha Chamber

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We would also like to extend our thanks to all of the individuals and businesses who supported our fundraising efforts! For the past two months, we’ve been ‘selling square feet’ for the Curve Lake Build Home. For every dollar you donate, your name or business name will appear on a ‘square foot’ of our Curve Lake home blueprint. We are just $126 away from our fundraising goal, which closes October 31st. If you’d like to help us reach our goal, donate here.

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Explore Curve Lake this Weekend with the Annual Curve Lake Pow Wow

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At the end of every summer, Curve Lake First Nation holds their annual Pow Wow. This year, the Pow Wow is taking place September 15th and 16th (this weekend!) at Lance Woods Park. The weather for this weekend is shaping up to be warm and summer-y, perfect for spending the day outdoors at Lance Woods Park in Curve Lake!

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Lance Woods Park – Curve Lake First Nation

The Pow Wow is a great opportunity to try traditional foods and dances, listen to traditional songs and stories and get to know the Indigenous peoples in our area.

On both Saturday and Sunday, there is a Sunrise Ceremony taking place at 6AM as well as a Grand Entry at 12PM. There is going to be lots of dancing, contests and presentations to re-establish old friendships and meet new people!

There will also be many vendors and performers attending. You’ll find a great selection of crafts, artwork, jewelry, food and more.

Admissions Fees:

13 to 59-years-old – $8 each

6 to 12-year-olds – $5 each

5-years-old and under – Free

The Safe Travels Program will also be running this weekend for the Pow Wow. The free shuttle will be travelling from the Curve Lake Church to the Peterborough Bus Terminal only.

Check out the schedule below:

Departure from Curve Lake Church
10:00 am
12:00 pm
2:00 pm
4:00 pm

Arrives at Peterborough Bus Terminal
10:45 am
12:45 pm
2:45 pm
4:45 pm

Departure from Peterborough Bus Terminal back to Curve Lake Church
10:55 am
12:55 pm
2:55 pm
4:55 pm

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Photo from the 2007 Curve Lake Pow Wow – Curve Lake Cultural Centre

Some Tips for Attending the Pow Wow

If it is your first time attending the Curve Lake Pow Wow, here are some helpful tips:

1. During Grand Entry, everyone stands as the Eagle Staff, flags and dancers enter. The Master of Ceremonies will announce other events that require standing as a gesture of respect.

2. Consider the privacy of the participants by always asking permission before you photograph or record them. This includes spectators, craftspeople, dancers and singers.

3. Certain dances and ceremonies are not permitted to be recorded or photographed. The Master of Ceremonies will announce when such activities are not allowed.

4. Please do not touch the dancers’ regalia, as they hold special meaning. Handmade regalia, which can cost upwards of a thousand dollars, are cherished and often made by respected family members.

5. Feel free to join in the inter-tribal dancing. The Master of Ceremonies will announce these dances and invite all to join.

6. Drugs or alcohol are not permitted.

7. Pets are not allowed.

8. Bring lawn chairs, sunscreen, water and a good appetite.

A Little About Curve Lake

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Curve Lake First Nation

Curve Lake is located ~25 km northeast of Peterborough, Ontario. The territory includes a mainland peninsula and large island (Fox Island) on Buckhorn and Chemong Lake. Those living on Curve Lake First Nation are Ojibwa and belong to the “Mississaugas of the great Anishnaabeg (uhnish-nahbe)” nation.

For all the history lovers out there,  Curve Lake used to be called Mud Lake Reserve #35. It was called “Mud Lake”  because the territory fell along Mud Lake, also known as Wabuskummug, meaning “place of clay earth.” In 1913, the community changed its name to Curve Lake First Nation (officially in 1964).  The community is named Wshkiigomang (Curve Lake) because of its location on a peninsula. Its name is inspired by the wshkii , referring to the curve of the land hitting the edge of the water. You can learn more about Curve Lake First Nation and its history here.

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60th Annual Curve Lake First Nation Pow Wow

The 60th Annual Curve Lake First Nation Pow Wow is taking place Saturday, September 17th & Sunday, 18th at Lance Wood Park in Curve Lake. The 2016 them is, Eshkiniigjig Ezhi-mina-noojimoowaad, “Youth and Mental Health.” Everyone is welcome to come and experience the valued traditions. (more…)