Cottage Owners' Association and Lake Plan


First Aid Training Course - June 24 & 25

Saturday, June 4, 2016

KLCOA Sponsored a Red Cross Certified First Aid Last June with 12 participants. The course was a huge success. Kate O’Connor made it fun and interactive, and her 10 years of teaching experience shone through. Kate is excited to offer the course again this year!

The 2-day course prepares you to use an AED and offers many other valuable first aid skills. See below for a comprehensive list of the skills covered in the course. The course is being offered to a limited number of participants on a cost-recovery basis if there is sufficient interest.

When: Sat June 24 & Sun 25th 9am-5pm Fee: $125.00 (Email money transfer to Kate or cash or cheque on the day of the course. Cash best.)

Where: 1975 Watts Rd. in the loft above the garage (Tayce Wakefield's & Roy Campbell's - which is at the far end of Little Kennisis Lake, near the old Kennisis Lake Lodge).

Who: Open to anyone interested. No experience or prior certification necessary. A maximum of 18 spaces available. We will run the course with a minimum of 10 people. Registration is on a first-to-reserve basis.

Instructor: Kate O'Connor (daughter of KLCOA Board member, Terry O'Connor), is an employee of Diamond Medical First Aid. Kate is a certified Red Cross First Aid Instructor, retired lifeguard, and Advanced First Aider. She has taught First Aid for 10 years. She is also a certified Yoga Teacher with 15 years in that field, thus her knowledge of anatomy and injuries is quite comprehensive.

Course Name: Standard First Aid Governing Body: Canadian Red Cross and Red Crescent Society

Length: 16 Hours Course Content: Resuscitation steps for unconscious, non-breathing adults, children, & infants. This includes unblocking blocked airways and choking skills. Recognizing heart attacks and strokes and their risk factors. Operation of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). Legalities of doing first aid. Limitations of your training EMS/9-1-1 system. Treating shock. Bandaging life threatening bleeds (arterial bleeds, amputations, impaled objects, chest injuries). Internal bleeding signs and concussion (prevention, signs and symptoms, treatment) Secondary surveys (questions we ask ill and injured people). Minor bleeds Medications (what not to do, questions to ask, how to assist people with their own medications). Epi Pen training (signs of severe allergic reactions, use of an Epi Pen). Seizures & Epilepsy Burns (chemical, electrical, thermal, frost bite) Hypothermia & heat stroke. Diabetic emergencies. Bones & joints (splinting fractures, sprains, strains and dislocations.) Poisonings (ingested, inhaled, injected, absorbed) including alcohol overdoses. Bites & stings. Facial wounds (nosebleeds, knocked out teeth). Spinal injuries (how to recognize and immobilize). Emergency childbirth Contents of a well-stocked first aid kit (A well-stocked Red Cross First Aid Kit can be purchased for $49 incl HST. ) PLUS: Scenario practice and First Aid Jeopardy complete with a buzz-in system! Course includes 250-pg first aid book *

This certification meets the requirements for: contractors, students entering healthcare-related fields at post-secondary institutions, camp counsellors, swim instructors, lifeguards, and coaches & trainers of community sports activities.

To register: Email We will confirm with you once we reach the minimum number of participants required. Once confirmed, you may pay in advance, or on the day of the course. To pay in advance, email money transfer $125 to: If paying on the day of the course, cash is preferred. Cheques accepted also. Sorry, no credit cards.

*Every participant will receive a Red Cross Certificate when they leave.

Participants are asked to bring their own brown-bag lunches and beverages/snacks. If you have a yoga mat or garden kneeling pad, please bring. You will be kneeling on the floor for the CPR portion of the course. There is parking for about 10 cars and 2 boats, so carpooling is suggested.

If you are unavailable on this weekend but interested in taking First Aid Training in a future year, please email If there is sufficient interest, we may run another course. If you have course-related questions, please email Kate O'Connor at Remember, you never know when first aid skills can save a life!

emember, you never know when first aid skills can save a life!


BOOM Sailing Lessons July 24-28

Monday, July 4, 2016

We still have openings for the BOOM Sailing Program.  This is a great way for your kids to learn how to sail!
•July 24 – 28, Monday to Friday
•OSA BOOM - 16 Participants – 8 to 14 yrs
•CYA Sail Program Basics
•Location - Windermere Lodge - location is ideal because of the easy access and large beach.
–Thanks to Doug & Pat Lewis!!
•Adult Sailing Lessons available Tue-Thurs 4:30-7:30

 The KLCOA will again be hosting the Ontario Sailing Association BOOM Sailing Program in 2017.  This is a unique opportunity for children 8 -15 years old to learn to sail.  The OSA provides the fleet of boats and qualified instructors.  The OSA BOOM program is fully insured. We would encourage you to sign-up as soon as possible to secure available spots.

 Here is a short summary of the BOOM Program:

  • 5 days of lessons learning to sail on Kennisis Lake 
  • In water and in class sessions- all sail boats are provided 
  • Professional instructors from the Ontario Sailing Association (BOOM completion leads to OSA certification) 
  • Target age is 8 years to 15 years  
  • Limited to 16 students 
  • This is a cost recovery program sponsored by the KLCOA

 Please visit the OSA BOOM Program website for more information:



Fishing/Rock Bass Tournament - Sat July 8

Saturday, July 9, 2016

The annual Kennisis Lake Rock Bass Fishing Derby will be taking place on Saturday July 8th 2017.  Anyone interested in taking part can register by email at , or by cell at 905-626-2463 or 905-626-7076.  

You can register in pairs, in one of two following categories: 12 and under, or 13 and over. 

Final weigh-in is at the bridge between Big and Little Kennisis Lake at 5:00 pm on Saturday evening.




KLCOA Sailing Regatta - Sun Aug 6 1 pm

Sunday, July 31, 2016

1PM START TIME @ Bullfrog Bay

All sailing craft Welcome!
 For more details contact Jim Prince 416-528-1739  


2017 Events Calendar

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Click here to see that KLCOA Events calendar for 2017.


"Ladies of the Lake" Potluck Luncheon - Sat July 1

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday at the 3rd Annual Ladies of the Lake Luncheon

 Saturday, July 1, 2017- 11:30-1:30

Wear your red and white!


RSVP Deadline is Friday, June 23rd


Join us for the 3rd Annual Ladies of the Lake Luncheon on Canada Day, hosted by KLCOA's female Board Members - Tina Fagg, Sheelagh Lawrance, Joan Middleton, Janis Parker, Tayce Wakefield, Cathy Whittaker and Deb Wratschko.   The event, which is organized by Liz Austin and Sheelagh Lawrance, will be held at the home of Karen Harper, who has graciously offered to host the luncheon.  She is located next to the Kennisis Lake Marina. 

This will be a great opportunity to meet new people and connect with old friends and to learn more about the various activities going on the lake.  Sign-up sheets will be available. 

 The event is open to KLCOA members and family members (e.g. moms, daughters, sisters) who are frequently at the Lake and feel part of the Lake community.  You (or your cottage owner) must be a member to attend.  Not renewed your membership yet?  You will have to chance to do so at the Spring meeting on May 20th, or at the luncheon.  

 Last year, we had nearly 130 attendees!   As there was just so much food, we are changing it up a bit.   Participants who have a first name beginning with the letters A through L will be asked to bring either an appetizer, sandwiches, salad or a dessert. (Please avoid bringing anything that requires a knife for eating and if you’re bringing an appetizer, please bring something other than chips and dip, as we always have way too much of that!)  Those whose first names begin with M through Z are being asked to bring a contribution to the Haliburton 4Cs Food Bank.  Everyone is asked to bring a toonie to help cover the cost of coffee etc. 

Again this year, we will feature a silent auction of items donated by Art on the Dock exhibitors so you can get an early peek at what’s on offer at Art on the Dock weekend on July 8 and 9.  All proceeds will be donated to the Arts Council ‘s “Haliburton Highlands Artists in the Schools” program.  Plan to bring cash or your chequebook so you can bid – click on this link to see a detailed listing of the silent auction items.

To RSVP for the potluck luncheon, volunteer at the event, and/or promote your activity/group, please register with the following information:

  •  Name:
  • Cottage address:
  • Email address:
  • If your first name begins with A through L, your contribution for the lunch (appetizer, sandwiches, salad or dessert)
  • If your first name begins with M to Z, please bring a contribution for the Haliburton 4Cs Food Bank


Registrations can be sent to Sheelagh Lawrance, KLCOA Secretary at:


RSVP Deadline is Friday, June 23rd.

KLCOA wishes to thank the Art on the Dock Exhibitors who have donated items for their generosity and Parker Pad & Printing and Viper Marketing for their sponsorship of Art on the Dock.


Fireworks - Sat July 1

Saturday, July 1, 2017

A long-standing event on the lake, KLCOA sponsors one community fireworks each year.  

Come and celebrate Canada150! scheduled for Sat July 1at about 9:30 pm at the Kennisis Marina.  The rain date is Sunday, July 2nd.

We hope that members will come out to enjoy the community fireworks - and discourage you from setting off fireworks privately.  A number of residents have been contacting the municipality about noise caused by fireworks disturbing their tranquility at the lake.  Dysart has requested that we remind residents that they should respect their neighbours, and be considerate of their privacy and peace and quiet, please avoid the use of fireworks.   Fireworks may also be a fire hazard during dry spells and have been banned during such times.

Also please ensure that when renting your cottage, there is a clause in your rental contract notifying renters that you do not allow the use of fireworks.  This may prevent issues with your neighbours and protect your property.


Art on the Dock - Sat, July 8th & Sun, July 9th

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Art on the Dock - Saturday, July 8th and Sunday, July 9th - Limited Edition Prints & T-shirts for Sale!

Excitement is building for our 3rd annual "Art on the Dock", a studio-type tour featuring 40 artists and artisans at 20 locations around the Kennisis Lakes.  Exhibitors will be showing and selling their fine arts and crafts on their docks, decks and in their cottages, lofts and garages.  Visitors are welcome to tour the lake by boat or by road - Art on the Dock signs will designate the locations.

As a new and exciting initiative this year to increase our donation to Artists in the Schools, we will be selling limited edition prints and t-shirts depicting the “Bringing Home a Moosterpiece” graphic.  Please click here to place an order online before June 16th.


A brochure detailing a complete list of exhibitors is now available by clicking on this link: AOTD Brochure 2017.

 Phil and Donna Healey Win AOTD Draw at Spring Meeting

Phil (left) and Donna (right) Healey were the lucky winners of the draw at the Spring Meeting for a limited edition print of “Bringing Home a Mooseterpiece”, a painting specially created by Wilf McOstrich (center) who is one of our exhibitors on Art on the Dock.  Phil and Donna Healey cottage on Kennisis Lake.

Many AOTD exhibitors have generously contributed works which were on display at the Spring Meeting. 

A second early bird draw will be held at the Ladies of the Lake Luncheon on July 1st for a “Canada 150” quilted bag hand-crafted by Shirlee Weeks who is one of the exhibitors on Art on the Dock - it seems like the perfect prize since the Ladies of the Lake Luncheon is being held on Canada's 150th Birthday. 


AOTD LLL Door Prize Shirlee Weeks 150 Bag

 Canada 150 Bag

Thank you to Janis Parker of Parker Pad and Printing for helping us with the promotional materials and to Bev & Gary Pike of Viper Marketing for their sponsorship of the event.



Swimming Lessons July 10 - Aug 25

Monday, July 10, 2017

Swimming lessons will once again be held at the Kennisis Lake Marina over seven weeks. The last week will only be offered if we can get enough registration to support it.  We are pleased to once again have Avondale Nixon as our instructor.  As in the past, students must complete any two weeks to be eligible for a badge, but participation does not guarantee the student will pass the level. All participants will be contacted the weekend prior to lessons to confirm times. Payment will be due by cheque or cash at the first day of lessons. Register now to guarantee your child a spot.     Click here to Register for 2017 lessons!



Septic Inspection Open House - Sat July 15

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Attend the Septic Inspection Open House on July 15th and have a chance to win one of three half price septic packages!

Due to popular demand the KLCOA is hosting a second Septic Inspection Open House and again will give away three half price septic packages to lucky attendees.

Dysart et al Reeve Murray Fearrey attended the KLCOA Spring Meeting and signalled that he expected Dysart to implement a mandatory septic re-inspection program as has been encouraged by the KLCOA. 

Since that meeting Reeve Fearrey has reported back that based on further discussion at the May 23rd meeting of Dysart Council he expects that Dysart will be implementing this program within the next year or two.  He said that Dysart Council has agreed that septic systems that were installed within the past five years will be exempt and that property owners who voluntarily proceed with a comprehensive inspection will receive a five year “pass” assuming they complete any repairs required based on that inspection.

Completing a septic re-inspection and pumping regularly may be the most important steps that property owners can take to help preserve the quality of water in the Kennisis Lakes.

In order to allow property owners on the Kennisis Lakes to learn more about the septic re-inspection process and encourage the completion of voluntary re-inspections this summer, the KLCOA is hosting a Septic Inspection Open House on Saturday July 15th beginning at 9 am at 1975 Watts Road (on Little Kennisis).  Every property owner on the Kennisis Lakes is encouraged to attend.

A certified septic inspector will be performing a comprehensive inspection of the system on this property.  As part of the inspection a pump out will be performed.  Both the inspector and the pumper will be available to answer any questions attendees may have.  This is a terrific opportunity to learn about the process, understand why you should consider an inspection of your system and ask the experts any questions you may have related to septic systems.

Based on a random draw at least two lucky attendees will win a 50% discount on a pump out and inspection of their own system.  That is better than getting the soon to be required septic system re-inspection completed at absolutely no cost!  If more than 30 property owners are in attendance on July 15th then a third 50% discount prize will be awarded.  Although all property owners are invited to attend this open house only members of the KLCOA are eligible to win one of the prizes (so if you have yet to renew your membership, be sure to do so before July 15th).    


KLCOA Regatta - Sat Aug 5

Saturday, August 5, 2017


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