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  • 21 Sep 2020 5:12 PM | Graham Donald

    The Federation of Ontario Cottagers' Associations (FOCA – of which RLCA is a member), has been campaigning to keep seasonal cottagers' electricity rates down. An update was issued by FOCA recently in response to a recent Ontario Energy Board ruling. Details are here:

  • 2 Sep 2020 4:11 PM | Graham Donald

    We're pleased to say that our first-ever Annual General Meeting via Zoom went very smoothly on Wednesday, August 19th. 

    In fact, there was a lot of interaction and opportunity for members to ask questions and discuss answers and ideas.

    Draft minutes of the meeting can be found below. 

    Not surprisingly, there was a lot of interest and discussion about the Raven Lake Landing at Hwy. 35. 

    Out-going President and Landing Committee Chairperson, Scott Lewis, provided an in-depth update on our progress to securing legal access to docking. You will find attached a summary of his presentation. 

    We have begun compiling a list of all those water access property owners who are interested in securing a boat slip at the landing when they become available. If you would like to be added to the list, please email with your request and include your municipal (blue sign) lot address. 

    This AGM marked the completion of Scott Lewis's 3-year term as RLCA president. Scott invested a tremendous amount of time and energy in the Association over the past 3 years (and before), and we are very grateful for his contribution. He will remain on the board in the position of immediate Past President and continue to lead our efforts to secure landing access.

    The new RLCA president is Sean Hungerford. He'll chair his first board meeting on September 9th.  

    Please don't hesitate to be in touch with any comments or questions to

    Best wishes for a warm and colourful fall,

    – Raven Lake Cottagers' Association

    Minutes AGM August 19 2020.pdf

    2020 RLCA AGM LANDING ACCESS REPORT 8-19-2020.pdf

  • 13 Aug 2020 12:16 PM | Graham Donald

    We hope this email finds you healthy and safe and enjoying this summer that has been like no other in so many ways.

    We are writing to inform you that your Raven Lake Cottagers Association has been active and working on your behalf throughout the Covid19 crisis, meeting virtually via online to discuss issues that are important to us all. It has been disappointing not to have our annual Regatta and corn roast, but keeping us all healthy and safe is our top priority. And we have been keeping you informed on issues through email, our Facebook page, and newsletter.

    The RLCA Annual General Meeting will be held Wednesday August 19th 7-9pm via Zoom.

    The meeting agenda, minutes from last year’s AGM, and other relevant documents will be distributed via email prior to the meeting.

    For those who are unfamiliar with Zoom, this is an online program which allows for multiple users to “attend” a meeting. If you have Internet access, you can join via computer to watch the meeting and participate via online chat. You will not be seen on video; therefore, you may not need a fast Internet connection. If you cannot join via computer, you will be able to join via telephone (however, please note that telephone attendees will only be able to listen to the meeting and not be able to pose questions or vote).

    Attendance at this virtual meeting requires that you register with your name and email address. You can register now, here:

    After you register, you will receive details via email for how to join the Zoom meeting via Internet or telephone.

    As is our practice, all cottagers are welcome to attend. Should there be an issue that requires a vote, participants who have paid their membership fee and are joining online (not via telephone) are eligible to participate in that vote.

    We encourage you to attend the Annual Meeting as there is important information to share with you. Until then, we send you all the best for your summer!

  • 25 Jun 2020 2:53 PM | Graham Donald

    As Raven Lakers we really love being on the water. Since many of us have water access cottages, we depend on boating to access our properties. We also use our boats for sports and leisure activities. It is important to all of us that we are able to use Raven Lake with the expectation of safe and responsible behaviour from ourselves, our family, friends and neighbours that we share the water with. 

    With summer now officially here, we would like to remind everyone to be safe and courteous on the water. There have been several close calls with boaters not following the "rules of the road" recently and none of us want to have a tragedy on Raven Lake. A few tips for safe boating on the water:

    • Have sufficient life jackets for every passenger onboard 
    • Always use proper navigation lights between dusk and dawn (red/green on the bow, white on the stern)
    • Don't drink and drive
    • Pay attention to your speed, noise and wake
    • Watch for and take proper care around swimmers, kayakers, paddle boarders and canoers 
    • Try to avoid using the same part of the lake for towed sports all day
    • Take care around boats towing a skier, wakeboarder, tuber, etc

    Some helpful guides for boating in Canada:

  • 5 May 2020 2:06 PM | Graham Donald

    As cases of COVID-19 continue to arise in Simcoe and Muskoka and elsewhere in the province, I ask your assistance in supporting and sharing the Ontario government’s and Chief Medical Officer of Health’s message (most recently communicated in correspondence to Medical Officers of Health on May 1, 2020) to stay safe and stay home at your primary residence. I know that normally at this time of year many people begin spending time at their cottages, enjoying the natural beauty of Ontario’s lake-lands. However this is a year like no other, in which we have all been managing pandemic COVID-19, which is still circulating in our communities, particularly in larger urban centres.

    With the arrival of the seasonal residents to Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka we would also expect to see the potential for COVID-19 to affect more people in our rural and small urban areas. It is also important to know that health care services, though not strained at this time, could become overwhelmed with the arrival of many people to cottages who may be incubating the virus as they arrive. Having a case of COVID-19 begin in a more remote location would make it more difficult for people to obtain the timely medical care that they would need.

    For these reasons I ask that you inform your association members of my concerns by sharing this message with them and ask that they postpone going to their cottages, even for a day trip, until a later time when the leadership within the public health system communicates that the rate of COVID-19 transmission is truly under control and sufficiently low to not pose these hazards.

    I am aware that despite my message to stay home, there will still be some people who will make the decision to go to their cottage. If that is what they choose to do despite the request to not do so, they need to ensure that they follow public health measures, including: physical distancing of at least 2 metres from other people; staying at their cottage as much as possible; purchasing food and medications in their own community before arriving at their cottage and limiting their visits to the local community for essential shopping only; no gatherings of more than five people unless they are all from the same household; practicing proper hand washing and cough hygiene, including frequent handwashing; and self-isolating if they develop symptoms.

    For more information on COVID-19 please view the information that we have provided on our website at, contact us on our Health Connection Line at 1-877-721-7520 or by email, or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

    Please be safe and be well this spring and summer.


    Dr. Charles Gardner, MD, CCFP, MHSc, FRCPC

    Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

    t: 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 x: 7219


    Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, 15 Sperling Dr, Barrie ON L4M 6K9

  • 15 Apr 2020 7:43 AM | Graham Donald

    On April 3, 2020, the province of Ontario updated its list of "essential services" to include marinas, "but only to the extent that the marina is necessary to enable individuals to access their primary place of residence."

    Details Are Here.

  • 15 Apr 2020 7:37 AM | Graham Donald

    “Stop being selfish”: Should Torontonians head to cottage country during the pandemic? We asked the mayor of Muskoka Lakes – Toronto Life Article

    Read Full Article Here

  • 10 Apr 2020 12:45 PM | Graham Donald

    Algonquin Highlands COVID-19 UPDATE – Boat Launches, Enforcement and Event Cancellation

    Haliburton County currently has two confirmed cases of COVID-19. With early spring weather and Easter weekend quickly approaching, local medical professionals continue to remind us that this is a critical period in the advancement of the virus.

    Read Full Press Release Here

  • 20 Sep 2019 1:53 PM | Graham Donald

    May 22, 1931 - September 18, 2019

    Peacefully, at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness in her 89th year. Barbara had a long and joyful life filled with love, laughter and family. Mother of Pat (Hugh Middleton), Sandy (Mike Fitzgibbon), Cathryn (Steve Mantione), and Scott (Marilou Roth). Grandmother of nine: Alex, Torey (Marc Hersh), and Jake Middleton, Caitlin (Chris Dewar), Hilary (Matt Van Dyck) FitzGibbon, Andrew (Alannah Bruns), Carly and Jane Mantione and Jack Lewis.

    Barbara was born in Mississauga and grew up in Toronto and Guelph, Ontario. She graduated from St. Clements School and married the love of her life, Jim Lewis in 1952. Following his death in 1984, Barbara lived independently and was actively involved with the IODE (she was a founding member of the Dr. Healy Willan Chapter), the Canadian Club, French lessons and her walking and bridge group friends. Her stroke in 2012 left her with profound aphasia and apraxia, the inability to speak, read or write coherently as well as the loss of her driving license. She met these challenges with optimism and grace and amazingly overall good cheer, often overlooking that all she was saying was “yesterday”, “today” or “absolutely wonderful.” Her favourite place on earth was the cottage on Raven Lake where she summered with family, friends and dogs since 1963. She will be sorely missed.

    Friends may call at the Turner & Porter “Peel” Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy 10 N. of Q.E.W) on Monday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at St. Peter’s Erindale Anglican Church, 3141 Mississauga Rd. (at Dundas St. W., on the hill) on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 11 a.m. Following the service a Celebration of Life will follow at the Toronto Golf Club, 1305 Dixie Road, Mississauga, from 1 - 4 p.m. Private Interment. For those who wish, donations may be made to IODE, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, or the Humane Society. Online condolences may be made through

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