Sunday, August 30, 2009

Four lane Highway 17

A 10-kilometre stretch of the TransCanada Highway at the Manitoba-Ontario border, a route taken by many Clearwater Bay cottagers all summer long will be expanded from two to four lanes. In the summer, traffic almost doubles from 4,000 vehicles a day to 7,000. Twinning the highway will create a safer roadway for both area residents and holiday travellers to the Kenora tourist region.

The construction of the passing lanes approved earlier, will be halted until new plans are drawn up for the twinning of the highway. However, paving will be completed on the section of highway from the border to the Rush Bay turn off. The $100-million upgrade to twin the highway is scheduled to begin next year, pending environmental assessment.

A route planning and design study is now underway to expand an additional 30 kilometres between the border and Kenora. Clearwater Bay cottagers and other area residents should be sure to watch the local papers and radio stations for information on public information sessions to be held on the progress of the plans for the highway. More information is available at:


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Lake of the Woods Resort and Cottage Rentals

A new service has been launched in the Lake of the Woods for cottage owners. Lake Life Property Management is a full service cottage rental service that makes renting your cottage hassle free. The new company handles bookings, advertising and screening cliental.

In today's economy, many cottage owners are looking for ways to keep or upkeep their camps. Renting out the cottage for even a few weeks only, could also allow an owner and family to take a well deserved winter holiday, pay taxes or help with renovations.

If you are an owner or a renter and are looking for more information, visit:


Friday, April 10, 2009

Fishing Lake of the Woods : fishing tips for kids

Lake of the Woods is renowned for it's fishing. We generally hear more often about those great Ontario fishing trips from the adult's point of view. Once kids get the fishing bug, they too will have great fishing stories to tell. Perhaps their fish stories may be more believable than those we might hear from an adult.

Fishing with your kids can be a relatively inexpensive activity.. no boat required. Fishing from shore allows kids to run and play when they need to, and gives them the option of fishing on their own when family and or friends are busy. What cottage parent wouldn't mind enjoying a cup of coffee on the dock while their youngsters dabble with a fishing rod.

Fishing gets the kids, and you away from everyday distractions. The relaxed atmosphere fishing provides is great way to create long lasting memories for both you and your kids. Be sure to keep a camera close by to capture that "big fish" moment.

Tips on fishing with kids:

Relax! Leave problems behind, and take along a smile, an open mind, and a lot of patience.

Do the basics first. Simple equipment in good working order will help avoid frustration. An inexpensive rod and reel, with live bait and a bobber, will get you off to a good start.

Fish for little fish. Catching fish is important; the size of the fish isn’t. Sunfish and other pan-sized fish are often plentiful and easily caught by beginners.

Make it fun. A fun, safe time is more important than the size or number of fish caught. Praise children for their patience, their cooperation, and simply for trying.

Teach skills... patiently. One challenge of fishing is mastering skills. Help kids learn rather than do everything for them. As they develop skills, their self-esteem will increase.

Help solve problems. Lines tangle. Hooks get snagged. Fish stop biting. By working with you to identify and solve these problems, children will be learning what they can try in the future.

Be flexible. If your child is just too excited to sit still with a bobber and live bait, change tactics. Try a lure they can cast and retrieve. Move up and down the shore looking for good spots.

Be responsible. You are a role model, so set a good example.

Share an awareness of, and respect for, the environment, private property and other anglers.
Don’t litter – leave the area as clean or cleaner than you found it.
Discuss the rules and regulations with your child, and follow them.
Properly release fish you aren’t planning to keep, and make good use of those that you do keep.

Don’t stay too long. How much time you spend will depend on the age of your child and whether the fish are biting. Be alert to signs of restlessness and don’t be afraid to cut your trip short.

Don’t make the first trip your last. Plan another trip. Talk together about what was fun and rewarding, or bad and boring, so you can make the trip even better next time.

Keep those promises. A promise to take a child fishing is as important as any other commitment that you make. Keeping that promise will strengthen your relationship.

Each child is different, and will respond differently to the fishing experience. Keep an open mind, go with the flow and, above all, have a good time!

If you don’t feel confident about teaching your kids to fish, a booklet called, Take A Kid Fishing – How to Have Fun and Catch Something, Too! , can be downloaded from the MNR website.

resource: Fishing tips MNR website


Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Lake of the Woods - cottage remodelling

Our cabins and cottages are more than places to gather with family and friends to enjoy the outdoors. They are also some of our biggest investments. When considering remodeling projects for your place, it makes sense to enhance its overall value.

In today's vacation home market, the greatest payback from remodeling investments (and the least bump from the tax assessor) is not inside your cottage or cabin. It's outside. The hottest home improvement trend is that area without walls: the outdoor room.

Outdoor living is something those who vacation at their cabins and cottages have known about for a long time, but several years ago – when the concept spread to primary homes – it became a trend. With all the energy and resources that a trend can pack, vacation home makeovers now mean that owners are getting creative with back yards, decks and covered patios. And by making these areas feel like an extension of the home, owners are making cozy cottages and cabins feel much bigger.

And here's a plus: Improved outdoor spaces don't necessarily trigger a visit from the tax assessor. Those assessors – who appraise real property based on such factors as the home's size, number of bedrooms, zoning, location, view and geo-graphic features – are hard-pressed to increase the value of a home based on the ambiance of its outdoor dining space or its stunning wicker furniture.

What exactly is this outdoor living movement all about? People are designing and decorating their outdoor spaces, not just moving their living activities outdoors, according to Gary McCray, vice president of marketing at Laneventure, one of the largest manufacturers of indoor-outdoor furnishings in the United States. Homeowners are "going beyond the typical grilling and gardening to create venues for entertainment and retreats for relaxation."

Cabin and cottage owners are dividing their outdoor areas into zones – for cooking, relaxing, dining and intimate conversation – and extending the versatility of their outdoor space. Some are even gathering around outdoor fireplaces, using these areas day and night and all year round in many parts of the country.

In the process of enjoying their new outdoor rooms, homeowners are creating value. Laneventure surveyed 105 realtors, 50 interior designers and 50 landscape architects/garden designers across the country and found that exterior improvements increased the resale value of a home by up to 30 percent in 2004.

This trend is echoed in Remodeling Magazine's annual survey of 300 real estate agents in 60 nationwide markets. The survey results revealed that investment in deck space exceeds the return in resale value of more traditional interior improvements, such as a sunroom, a major kitchen remodel or a family room. In a quarter of the 60 markets, new decks returned greater than 100 percent, in some markets paying back nearly twice their cost.

It is not just the owners of vacation homes who have fallen in love with outdoor living. Buyers often are willing to pay a premium for a home that "speaks" to the romantic notion of the perfect getaway.

What could be better than investing in an indulgent, exterior space that captures the beauty of your cabin or cottage setting and actually improves your investment portfolio?

This is a great article I found relevant to investing in your Lake of the Woods cabin or cottage. The original article can be found at Cabin Life Magazine


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