July News Blast

Tree and Seed Sale - 2022

We are looking for someone with a knowledge and love of trees and bushes to help us organize next year’s sale. In particular, we need someone who can help us choose which trees and bushes to sell and communicate with the nursery.

Safe Quiet Lakes Survey

The Safe Quiet Lakes organization has informed us that the number of people responding to their survey is up 80% compared to the 2017 survey. 5900 community members completed the 2021 Your Lakes, Your Views survey. Safe Quiet Lakes will be sharing the results of the survey later this summer. Special thanks go out to all of our members who participated in the survey.

Go to Safe Quiet Lakes to signup for their newsletter or to read previous newsletters.


MLCA member believes in naturalizing rural properties in order to combat climate change.

By: Karyn Klaire Koski

Note: Reliance on statements made in this letter is subject to our Disclaimer.

In mid summer, 2002, our family became the proud owners of a double lot in the township of McKellar. The majority of the acreage was well shorn to the water’s edge, void of amphibious life and overly manicured for a countryside retreat. The property had a simple bunkie, a dirt floor shed and an outhouse that was curiously fashioned out of salvaged tin and old door frames.

It was a wide open space with a large lawn that went from the road, down a hill and smack into a wooden lakeside board walk that you walked over to access a possibly, man made beach. There was no privacy. An elderly neighbour told us that there were truck load after truck load of sand brought in to level out the natural hills and valleys and much tree cutting and grass mowing. The first thing we did was remove the wooden board walk over the Canadian Shield Rock and scraped away a sizeable swath of thinly grassed sod that was regularly mowed over the stone outcrop. All the while, we allowed the rest of the shoreline to become reclaimed by native riparian. Washed ashore logs were allowed to decompose. Soon came a flourish of pickerel weed and wetland ferns. Within a decade the property no longer looked the same. Now, we get annual turtle hatchlings, a multitude of frogs and naturally, the predators they attract. The change has been so significant that this shoreline has been a registered submissions site for the Toronto Zoo’s Adopt a Pond Wetland Conservation Program.

Dozens and dozens of trees have been planted, open expanses have been allowed to become meadow like and a new, modest cottage has been built using passive solar strategies, interior up cycled building materials, green products, reclaimed finishes and believe or not, Feng Shui. It’s a modern Canadiana Cabin with vintage First Nation’s Art that is situated purposely to peak out at the entrance of a somewhat hidden bay. Our Family enjoys living within nature.

I’m your Manitouwabing Lake cottage neighbour and I am an Environmentalist. I have written articles about climate action plans how to plant more native plants and I champion for municipal composting on social media. I am also an Earth Hour Leader. My name is Karyn Klaire Koski, most friends call me KK.

As we wait for Government and Policy Makers to transition us away from fossil fuels, design biofuel or electric watercraft and make alternative building heating sources available, we as permanent & seasonal members of MLCA can also create our own climate action plans by being better environmental stewards.

Learn everything you can about sequestration. It’s often called draw down, Basically it’s the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by having healthy natural soil and lots and lots of trees. Climate Change Scientists promote draw down and encourage home owners to rethink property management and evolve from what gardening trends will look like in the future. Rural lakeside living is all about living in alignment with nature and in order to do so, we must all collectively adapt.

Here are a few tips:

  • Have pervious walkways and driveways so surface water flows through and nourishes the earth.
  • Leave your leaves. Just rake leaf litter from walkways. Have you ever seen a forest raked? Leaves naturally decompose, convert to a state of humus which births microbes, which makes soil viable.
  • Avoid barren lots, plant something, anything, soil needs roots from plants to prevent dust bowl erosion.
  • It’s okay to enjoy your existing beach, just allow the rest of your waterfront to naturalize. Never put sand into the water.
  • Eliminate or reduce lawns, at very least allow dandelion and such to attract pollinators through out the season. We only mow where people walk and around the campfire for access.
  • Plant more native plants especially those that attract pollinators and are a source of food for creatures big and small. Eliminate or control invasive species which displace native habitats for wildlife. If wildlife has no food source, they decrease in numbers and move away.
  • Increase the tree canopy. Trees are the lungs of the world, they provide a healthy carbon exchange which cleans the air from carbon gasses.
  • Think of your cottage as being carved out of the wilderness, not as a building in a clearing where nature has been removed.

Reminders and Tips

McKellar Market

The market is opening on July 3rd. For more information, check out the Market’s web page.


We will schedule and announce the date of our AGM when the province enters Phase 2 of its reopening plan. The AGM will be held in person and on Zoom on a Saturday morning. We are staying in touch with the Town in order to book the earliest date possible. The meeting will include water and financial reports, a discussion on proposed constitution updates and a presentation on the causes and prevention of Blue Green Algae. The Town’s Environmental Committee will make a presentation after our meeting concludes.

Previous Newsletters

Previous Newsletters are available on our website at Newsletters.

Superior Propane Purchasing Plan

Our plan with Superior continues to offer our members a great price and other features. For more information, check out our Propane page.


GBBR: The 7 Grandfather Gifts

The Georgian Bay Biosphere welcomes back Waabkaniikwe for a cultural learning experience about the 7 Grandfather Gifts. Register now for this August 13 Webinar.

Local News

2nd Annual Lake Cleanup

The McKellar Township Environment & Stewardship Committee, in collaboration with the MLCA, Volunteer Fire Department and Public Works Department, supported by the MNRF, are asking for YOUR HELP!! The event will take place August 21-23. Check out the Flyer for details.

White Stone and Area Nursing Station

A bake sale concurrent with a community yard sale will be held next Saturday July 31 and Sunday August 1 from 9 to 1 at the Dunchurch Self Storage at 1280 Highway 124.  The sale will also occur on the Labour Day weekend. All proceeds will go to the nursing station building expansion fund.

“The Whitestone Nurse Practitioner-led Clinic (NPLC) provides comprehensive primary care for residents and cottagers in Whitestone and the surrounding area. Services include health promotion, disease prevention, chronic disease management, and education for patients and families in the community.”

The White Stone Council in connection with the West Parry Sound Health Centre has decided to add an extension to their building in order to provide more service as a result of the increased demand from full-time and seasonal residents in the surrounding areas. The building expansion program will be funded through government grants, fundraising and contributions from area municipalities.

An anonymous donor has offered to match private donations up to a maximum of $80,000. The Township of McKellar has decided to contribute $60,000 to the expansion. Further information about the station’s operation and expansion can be found on the Nursing Station’s website.

Library News

The library is currently only open for curtsied pick-up and curtsied printing/faxing/copying services. Use their online catalogue to find available material. Check out their Facebook page for further information and announcements.

On July 29, the Library will be hosting Art By-The-Lake, a 2 hour class, for children 8 and above, teaching the basics of soft pastels while drawing trees. See Facebook for registration details or give them a call at 705 389 2611.

On August 12, the Library will be hosting a Birdhouse Building Event, for children 7 and above from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Al Last and Steve Bradley will lead the educational session. To register, call the library or send them an email at mckellarlib@vianet.ca.

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