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Take Part in PolarFest This Winter!

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For the 13th year, PolarFest is taking place in Selwyn Township this winter. If you don’t know, PolarFest is a 3-day festival filled with lots of fun winter activities, all of which are perfect for the whole family. All the events for PolarFest take place in Selwyn Township (Bridgenorth, Ennismore and Lakefield).

The Kawartha Chamber is a proud Community Sponsor!

Friday, February 1st (PA Day)

Snowman Challenge Begins 

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If you think you can build the best snowman in Selwyn Township, then there is a contest for you! Make sure your snowman is ready for PolarFest weekend and take a picture of your awesome snowman and upload to Facebook, be sure add #snowmanchallenge #polarfest to your post. Don’t have Facebook? No problem, email photo to tjacobs@selwyntownship.ca A prize will be awarded for the best, most creative snowman! Taking place from February 1st-3rd.

Youth Shinny – 9am-12pm, February 1st

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With February 1st being a PA Day, get your kids involved in PolarFest! A Youth Shinny will be taking place from 9am – 12pm at the Ennismore Community Centre. The entry fee is $5 per person and full equipment is mandatory.

There are three games taking place:

  • 9 am -10 am for ages 8 & under (Novice & Tyke)
  • 10 am -11 am ages 9 to 11 (Atom & Peewee)
  • 11 am -12 noon ages 12 & over (Bantam & Midget)

Opening Ceremonies – 6:30pm, February 1st

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The opening ceremony for 2019 PolarFest is taking place at 6:30pm at the Marshland Centre in Lakefield. Stop by to see some fireworks and help kick off the 13th Annual PolarFest!

Lakefield Trail Night Hike – 7:20pm, February 1st

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After the Opening Ceremony, join the Lakefield Trail Stewardship Committee for the ‘Nature in Winter’ Guided Night Hike on the Lakefield Trail!

The hike begins at 7:20pm at the Marshland Centre with Derek & Sheila Potter leading the hike and exploring local wildlife. There will be lots of educational fun, stories and games. The hike will return to the beach for a toasty campfire with campfire songs with the Girl Guides, roasting marshmallows and hot apple cider. Be sure to dress warmly and bring a flashlight.

Guns and Hoses Charity Hockey Game – 7pm, February 1st

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If a night hike isn’t what you’re after, a charity hockey game (Guns and Hoses) will also be taking place at 7pm at the Ennismore Community Centre. The game is between the police (‘Guns’) and Selwyn Firefighters (‘Hoses’).

Entry is $2 at the gate. There will also be a 50/50 draw. Funds raised will go to Victims Services of Peterborough Northumberland.

Saturday, February 2nd

Causeway Christian Assembly Free Pancake Breakfast – 9am, February 2nd

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Start your Saturday off with a Free Pancake Breakfast at 9am at the Causeway Christian Assembly (1307 Yankee Line) in Ennismore.

Ice Sculpture Competition – 10am-4pm, February 2nd

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Lakefield is celebrating its 15th anniversary of spectacular ice sculptures with a Ice Sculpture Competition from 10am – 4pm at Cenotaph Park in Lakefield. This years theme is Mythical Woodland Creatures! You can bring your children out to the event to enjoy crafting statues out of ice provided in the ice garden.

There will also be an opportunity for you to cast a ballot for the People’s Choice Awards, which will be taking place at 5pm at the Thirsty Loon. If you hang on to your ballot stub, it’s a valuable discount coupon.

There will also be face painting offered from 12-4pm at Cenotaph Park, which is brought to you by the students at Oxford College!

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Some of the Ice Carvings from PolarFest 2017

RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon Rides – 11am, February 2nd

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PolarFest has it all – even hot air balloon rides! Stop by Isabel Morris Park in Lakefield at around 11:00am to view the area from the sky in a hot air balloon. The air balloon will be tethered and the event is conditional on the weather (must be a calm day with no wind). If there is any wind, the balloon will not be onsite.

Ice Sculptures – 11am to 3pm, February 2nd

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Stop by Heritage Park in Bridgenorth from 11am – 3pm to see some chainsaw ice carvings by the Ice People. Carvings will be on display at Heritage Park.

Polar Run – 11am, February 2nd

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If you enjoy running, consider taking part in the 5k Polar RUN. The run starts and finishes at The Village Inn in Lakefield. Sign in for the run at 10:30am. The run starts at 11am.

The run will take you through the village, out and back on the Lakefield Trail for a total of 5km. Runners and walkers of all abilities are welcome. The Polar Run is an old fashioned 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall for men and women (no chip timing). Awards ceremony and free post-race refreshments will follow.

Proceeds from the Polar RUN will support Athletics Ontario and Legion Track Club: Peterborough Legion Track.

Little Chippers – 11am to 3pm, February 2nd

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If you have kids who love to get creative, stop by Heritage Park in Bridgenorth from 11am – 3pm for some ice sculpture building! Little Chippers gives kids the opportunity to get creative with ice and can build their own ice sculptures. Ice People will be on hand to offer instructions.

Free Public Skating – 12pm to 1pm, February 2nd

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Stop by the Lakefield-Smith Community Centre for some public skating from 12 – 1 pm. This public skating is sponsored by Craftworks at the Barn!

Nordic Day – 12pm to 3pm, February 2nd

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Stop by the Ontario Speed Skating Oval Lakefield from 12pm – 3pm to take in the great outdoors and experience a day of Nordic sports! Adventure Outfitters will be at the Speed Skating Oval with a selection of cross country skis and snowshoes. It’ll be a great opportunity to try some speed skating or take a trip around the oval property on groomed trails!

Library Lego Play – 1pm to 4pm, February 2nd

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Planning on stopping by Cenotaph Park in Lakefield to see the ice sculptures? Stop by the Lakefield Library in the Centennial Room from 1-4pm to warm up! There will be LEGO and colouring for kids ages 4+.

Polar Paddle – 1pm, February 2nd

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Ever wanted to see a canoe paddled down the middle of a downtown street? Don’t miss the annual Polar Paddle in Lakefield. The annual event is taking place at 1pm on Queen Street!

Take part in the Polar Paddle by registering a team or watch as teams of six push or pull canoes down Queen Street. The canoes will be on wheels and participants will be dressed in costumes.

The Polar Paddle is sponsored by the Lakefield Pantry and Township of Selwyn. For more information or to register call Jennie MacKenzie at 705-652-6062 or email: lakefieldpantry@cogeco.ca

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Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides – 1pm to 4pm, February 2nd

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What winter festival would be complete without horse drawn sleigh rides? Stop by the Ennismore Community Centre from 1-4pm to enjoy sleigh rides & free hot chocolate.

Bridgenorth United Church Spaghetti Dinner – 5pm to 8pm, February 2nd

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Having spent the day checking out all the fun PolarFest activities offered in the township, you’ll probably have built up quite the appetite. So, make sure to stop by Bridgenorth United Church for their Spaghetti Dinner from 5pm – 8pm! Not only will there be delicious spaghetti to eat, there will also be musical entertainment with guest musicians and singers. Entry is $10 for adults and $5 for children 7 and under.

Candlelight Skate – 6pm to 9pm, February 2nd

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Finish of the second day of PolarFest with a candlelight skate from 6-9pm at the Ontario Speed Skating Oval (next to the water tower in Lakefield). The 400m oval will be lite with hundreds of candles to guide you.

The skating is free. Rental speed skates will be available. You’ll want to bring a flashlight to guide you from the parking lot to the Oval rink.

Sunday, February 3rd

Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Show – 10am to 3pm, February 3rd

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For the 12th year, the Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Club of Canada will be hosting an Antique and Vintage Snowmobile Show at Rotary Park in Ennismore from 10am – 3pm. Stop by to see some cool snowmobiles! All vintage snowmobile enthusiasts are welcome to come out and display their snowmobiles. All snowmobiles welcome.

The display is sponsored in part by R.J. Brown Insurance Brokers. For more information, contact Alex Lamore at alamore@bell.net or call 705-775-0141.

Ice Sculptures on Display – 11am to 3pm, February 3rd

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Some of the 2015 Polarfest Ice Sculptures on Display

Stop by either Cenotaph Park in Lakefield or Heritage Park in Bridgenorth from 11am-3pm to see the ice sculptures on display from the weekend’s festivities.

RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon Rides – 11am, February 3rd

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Balloon Rides are back at Rotary Park in Ennismore. Stop by around 11am to view the area from the sky in a tethered hot air balloon. Event is weather permitting (must be a calm day with no wind).

Outdoor IP Exhibition Game – LDMHA versus EMHA – 1pm to 2pm, February 3rd

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Come out and cheer on Ennismore Minor Hockey and Lakefield Minor Hockey as they host an outdoor exhibition game at the BEL Rotary Plunge site! Hockey game is taking place from 12pm-1pm at Rotary Park in Ennismore.

Lake Curling at Plunge Site – 12pm to 2pm, February 3rd

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Want to try curling? Join the Ennismore Curling Club at Rotary Park in Ennismore from 12-2pm to try some curling on Chemong Lake. There will be curling stones ready for use. Take part in a competition to see who can get their curling stone the closest for a chance to win a prize.

Free Public Skating – 1 pm to 2pm, February 3rd

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Free public skating will be offered at the Ennismore Community Centre from 1-2pm.

Polar Plunge – 2pm, February 3rd

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To close of the weekend’s festivities, stop by Chemong Lake at Rotary Park in Ennismore for BEL Rotary’s 39th Annual Polar Plunge! This year’s theme is Hockey Plunge in Canada, so grab your mouth guard and your favorite jersey and get ready to plunge! The Polar Plunge will be taking place at 2pm.

If you come early to the park this day, you can take a RE/MAX tethered hot air balloon ride, try lake curling or cheer on the IP’s in an exhibition pond hockey game!

 

For more info on PolarFest, visit the Township of Selwyn’s website HERE.

Get in the Christmas Spirit in the Kawarthas this Holiday Season!

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To help you get into the spirit of Christmas, we’ve compiled a list of events happening in the Kawarthas this holiday season. From Santa Claus parades to Christmas shopping events to tree lighting ceremonies (and more!), you won’t be disappointed. Check out the events below and get into the spirit of Christmas in the Kawarthas this winter!

1. Christmas in Lakefield

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Get into the Christmas spirit with the chance to win a $1000 shopping spree. This amazing prize is sure to come in handy for some of your Christmas gift shopping. All you have to do is fill out a ballot at a participating business and you could win!

The draw is on December 8th at 5:30pm at the Lakefield Legion. The winner will be receive $50 gift certificates to be redeemed at the following participating merchants:

Lakefield PantrySunblockersTrinkets & Treasures, Stuff, Stuff’d, Canoe & Paddle, The Chocolate RabbitLakefield HeraldLakefield IDA PharmacyHappenstance Books & YarnsM & M Food MarketVillage Pet Food & SupplyLakefield FoodlandAdventure OutfittersVillage PharmacyKawartha Home Hardware, Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, The Cozy Home, Paulmac’s Pet Food, Salon Sorella & Day Spa!

2. One Stop Christmas Shop

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Doing some Christmas shopping is a great way to get in the Christmas mood this holiday season. One of the stops on your list should be the One Stop Christmas Shop! It’s taking place on Saturday, November 17th from 10am – 2pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 77 – Lakefield.

Shop for holiday gifts from local vendors. Non-perishable food donations at admission welcome. All donations support the Lakefield Food Bank.

3. A Very Classy Christmas

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Celebrate the start of the holiday season with Classy Chassis & Cycles on Saturday, November 17th from 11am-2pm at their A Very Classy Christmas event.

Enjoy hot & cold beverages, Christmas treats, get your picture with Santa, and get a jump on your Christmas shopping with some unbelievable discounts. They will also be giving our a free gift to the first 36 ladies & 24 men,

4. Christmas at the Marshland Centre

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Another awesome shopping event to get you into the Christmas spirit is Christmas at the Marshland Centre! It’s taking place on Saturday & Sunday, November 17th & November 18th from 10am-4pm.

The Marshland Centre will be decked out for their 13th Annual Christmas Artisan show and sale and will feature works by local and regional artisans. You’ll find original handcrafted items including pottery, gourd art, jewellery, metal sculptures, textiles, paper art, wood turning, herbal products, jams, jellies, honey and more!

5. Annual Curve Lake Craft Sale

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If the previous two shopping events haven’t satisfied your Christmas shopping bug, you can also join Curve Lake First Nation on Sunday, November 18th for their annual Curve Lake Christmas Craft Sale!

It’s taking place from 10am-4pm at the Curve Lake Community Centre, and there will be Christmas homemade crafts, baked goods, jewelry and more! Admission is $3 per person. Half of funds raised will be going to the Curve Lake First Nation Food Bank.

6. Lakefield Santa Claus Parade

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There are three Santa Claus parades happening in the Kawarthas this year in Lakefield, Warsaw & Apsley. Santa Claus parades are great for getting in the Christmas spirit & catching a glimpse of Santa!

The first of the three parades is the  Lakefield Santa Claus Parade , organized by the Lakefield Lions Club. It’s taking place on Sunday, November 18th from 1pm – 3pm in Lakefield. After the parade, you can stop by the Lakefield Legion to meet Santa and enjoy some treats. Registration will take place at the Lakefield Legion from 12pm to 12:45pm.

7. Santa Claus & his Live Reindeer

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Stop by Village Dental Centre on Friday, November 23rd from 11am-2pm to meet Santa & his reindeer Comet & get a FREE photo.

There will also be cookies, hot chocolate and live music, and Village Dental Centre elves will be raffling off prizes and giving out goodie bags!

8. Buckhorn Holiday Home Tour

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Christmas home tours are a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. You can even get some ideas for decorating your own home for the holidays! There are two home tour events taking place in the Kawarthas this winter – one in Buckhorn and one in Lakefield.

The first holiday home tour is the Buckhorn Community Centre’s 8th Annual Buckhorn Holiday Home Tour on Sunday, November 25th from 11am to 4pm. You can tour five homes in the area that are all dressed up inside for the Christmas season.

Tickets for the event are $20 (limited tickets available!). Call the BCC at 705-657-8833 for more information.

9. Festival of Trees at the BCC

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The Buckhorn Community Centre’s Festival of Trees opens on Sunday, November 25th and runs until Thursday, December 6th. Attend the opening on Sunday, November 25th from 11am to 5pm to view & purchase tickets on a number of sponsored decorated trees. There will be also be 10-12 vendors selling items to help you fill your Christmas list. Admission is free.

The trees will be set up until December 6th so you can drop by anytime during the week to purchase tickets for the trees or to get into the Christmas spirit!

10. Warsaw Santa Claus Parade

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The second of three Santa Claus parades taking place in the Kawarthas this winter is the Warsaw Santa Claus Parade! It’s taking place on Saturday, November 24th at 5pm in Warsaw. The theme for this year is “A Pioneer Christmas.” The parade will begin at the Warsaw Public Works garage and will continue through the village.

A Tree Lighting Ceremony will then take place after the parade at 6pm on the lawn next to the Town Hall/Municipal Building. If you stay after the tree lighting, you can visit with Santa, drop off letters, enjoy hot chocolate and other treats, and sing carols!

Tickets will be available after the parade for the chance to win a decorated gingerbread house from Jeremy Riel. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go directly to the Nutrition Programs at Warsaw Public School and St. Joseph’s Catholic Elementary School.

11. Apsley Santa Claus Parade

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The third Santa Claus Parade taking place in the Kawartha region this year is in Apsley! Join Apsley & District Lions Club for their Santa Claus Parade and Celebrations on Saturday, November 24th at 6pm along Burleigh Street. The festivities will continue on after the parade at the North Kawartha Community Centre.

12. Lakefield Christmas in the Village & Holiday House Tour

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This is the second of two holiday home tours taking place in the Kawarthas this year. Attending this annual charitable event is another great way to celebrate the holiday season.

Get into the Christmas spirit by touring 6 lovely homes in the Lakefield area all decorated for the Christmas season! All ticket holders will also receive special offers & discounts at participating stores in Lakefield. Ticket’s range from day passes ($25/each) to a Friday Special Weekend Pass ($55/each).

If you opt for the Friday Special Weekend Pass, you can enjoy seeing the houses at night in a horse and wagon ride (sleigh if it has snowed) around Lakefield College School’s campus with mulled apple cider and cookies. Friday ticket holders can revisit any time on the Saturday or Sunday, too.

This annual event is in support of 3 local charities. This year’s recipients are Lakefield Youth UnlimitedCommunity Care Lakefield & Canadian Mental Health Association Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge.

Tickets are available online at Eventbrite as well as in-store at Stuff and BALL Real Estate Inc., Brokerage in Peterborough. Friday night’s festivities starts at 5pm. The Saturday & Sunday home tours start at 11am.

13. Christmas by Candlelight

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Get into the holiday spirit & experience a traditional Pioneer Christmas with Lang Pioneer Village Museum’s Christmas by Candlelight on Saturday and Sunday, December 1st and 2nd from 5pm-9pm.

Sing carols, shop in the Christmas market, enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, take in “A Lumber Camp Christmas” production performed by Glen Caradus & Friends, meet Father Christmas & more. On Sunday only, there will be a live nativity at 7pm.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students & seniors (60+), $7 for youths (ages 5-14), free for children under 5, & $40 for a family (2 adults and up to 4 youths ages 5-14).

14. Santa Claus at Lockside Trading Co.

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Meet Santa Claus this holiday season at Lockside Trading Co. on Sunday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 9th from 11am-3pm. There will be pictures and wishes!

There is a minimum $10 per child/person donation. All proceeds are going to Jacks Journey and MPSII Research Fund.

Bring your letters to Santa and they will be mailed out to Santa through Canada Posts Santa program that replies back. Photos taken will be emailed.

15. Christmas Craft & Bake Sale

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Community Care is hosting their Christmas Craft & Bake Sale on December 5th from 9:30am until 12pm at 40 Rabbit St. in Lakefield.

Attending this event is the perfect opportunity to buy some baked Christmas goods as well as support Community Care. Call (705) 652-8655 for more details.

16. Storefront Decorating Contest in Lakefield 

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If the chance to win a $1000 shopping spree isn’t enough of a reason to stop by Lakefield this holiday season, the village is also going to look very Christmas-y this holiday season.

The Lakefield Lioness Lions Club are hosting a storefront decorating contest for all businesses in Lakefield. That means most of the storefronts in the village are going to be decked out for the holiday season with Christmas lights & decor!  Adding to the Christmas atmosphere in Lakefield, the Lakefield Lioness Lions are also going to be hanging Christmas lanterns on the lamp posts in the village.

17. Late Night Shopping in Lakefield

Celebrate the holiday season on Friday evening, December 7th from 5pm-8pm in the village of Lakefield with their Late Night Shopping event!

Shop along Queen Street (stores will have all kinds of special things in store for shoppers!), enjoy music, horse and wagon rides, as well as hot chocolate and cookies. There will also be a live nativity scene, warming stations and Santa Claus.

18. Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Each year, Christ Church Community Museum in Lakefield holds a special Tree Lighting Ceremony on the front lawn of their property at 6:30pm on December 7th. The entire community is invited to help celebrate Christmas!

After the tree lighting, there will be carol singing in the church with Jessica Ross and Noah Abrahamse, some baked goods and apple cider.

 19. Business After Hours: Holiday Social

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The Kawartha Chamber’s Business After Hours: Holiday Social is taking place on Wednesday, December 12th at Kawartha Lakes Construction (3359 Lakefield Rd.) from 5-7pm.

Kawartha Lakes Construction will be running their employee DIY Christmas tree contest, where they challenge their team to come up with creative Christmas trees & have guests vote on their favourite! KLC will also be collecting toys for the Lioness Club Toy Drive as well as non-perishable food items for the Lakefield Food Bank this evening.

Celebrate the holidays with us & Kawartha Lakes Construction! There will be refreshments and networking. Register here.

20. Christmas High Tea & Luncheon 

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Join Cuddles for Cancer at the Lakefield Legion on Saturday, December 15th from 11am to 1pm for a Christmas High Tea & Luncheon in support of Cuddles for Cancer! There will be high tea, a presentation, and live & silent auctions.

Tickets are $20/each and are available at the Kawartha Chamber, Cuddles for Cancer Drop-In Centre and Century 21 in Lakefield.

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.

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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.

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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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4 Reasons Why You Should Explore Lakefield Trail this Fall!

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1) Fall is one of the most enjoyable seasons for being outdoors

The fall seasons in Canada, especially September and October, are awesome for spending time outside. With the start of September, 30+ degree days become few and far between and the weather is crisper and cooler. With cool weather also comes changing and falling leaves (a personal fav!). Technicolour leaves are so picturesque and the sound of crunching leaves is music to the ears. So take advantage of the fall weather and go explore Lakefield Trail this fall!

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2) The location cannot be beat

The Otonabee river runs right through Lakefield, making for a picturesque trail walking experience. Walking along the western side of Lakefield Trail, you’ll see the Otonabee River as well as Lake Katchewanooka.

Lakefield is home to a vibrant business sector, too. During your walk along the Lakefield Trail, you can take some time to explore Lakefield and its many great shops and restaurants. Walking the eastern side of the trail will take you through this part of town! If you are a history buff,  stop at the Christ Church Museum (marked on the map below). You will find signs and plaques throughout your walk that will provide you with some history of Lakefield, too.

There are also great events happening in the village from time to time. For instance, until October 4th, the Lakefield Farmers’ Market will be on every Thursday from 9AM-2PM at the Lakefield-Smith Community Centre. Why not stop by during or after your walk along the trail and meet some local vendors and artisans! Check out our events page for a list of upcoming events in the area.

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Image Source: Selwyn Township

3) It is an awesome form of exercise

The Lakefield Trail is 5.5 KM long so taking a walk along the trail is a great way to get some exercise. You can choose how much exercise you want to do; whether you choose to walk, cycle, run or jog is completely up to you. Any form of exercise is great! Getting active is not only great for your physical health but also your mental health.

Lakefield Trail also connects with the Peterborough County Rotary Trail, which then connects to the Trans Canada Trail. So, if you are up for more exercise after walking the Lakefield Trail, the option to continue on is there!

4) It will give you a much needed break from technology

Taking a walk along the Lakefield Trail allows you to disconnect from the internet for a bit, which is important to do in today’s digital age, where we are constantly using our phones, tablets, TVs and computers. On average, Canadians spend 24.5 hours online per week, with those 18-34 years old spending up to 34 hours per week (nearly 5 hours per day!). So why not disconnect for an hour or two to explore Lakefield Trail and see what Lakefield has to offer!