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  • 18 Jul 2021 8:07 PM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    MacDermid roots are deep in our Raven Lake community, and none deeper than Jack’s. We lost Jack this past week, and while things just won’t be the same without him, we will all continue to benefit enormously from his 54 years on the lake. His legacy is everywhere.

    Jack was an RLCA director and the Association’s “buoy fairy” for many years. He knew every inch of the lake from years of discovering and marking shoals, and while out dropping buoys he was as likely to stop by for a chat as drive by. His kids and grandkids are the same way. Jack was up for everything: fishing, water-skiing into his 80s, regattas, jetskiing, snowmobiling, Ravenstocks, corn roasts, Jack was always there, smiling quietly… His big tinnie with Hilda in the bow announced that the family was back on the lake and everyone knew if a situation arose on the lake, they would be there to help. That family trait lives on today.

    Hilda and Jack built their cliff cottage in 1967 as a “Centennial Project”, erecting first the shed down at the shore so the family of four had some place to sleep while Jack built. No doubt John learned a great deal from that experience. Jack came by his pioneering spirit honestly; growing up on a farm near Cornwall where, if something needed fixing, you fixed it; if someone needed help, you helped them. A close friend and neighbour for 46 years describes Jack as the nicest man he ever met: “He never boasted. A true BFF. Always friendly, generous and welcoming, a man who left the fish he caught in the lake for someone else to catch tomorrow. The very model of the Raven Lake Spirit.” That spirit shines bright in so many that Jack touched, most strikingly in his kids and grandkids.

    We will all remember Jack in different ways, but for many his quick smile and concern for our community will come to mind every time they pass one of the yellow minion buoys wearing those silly goggles. “What a wonderful lake!” we muse, as an inescapable smile begins… and that’s exactly the way Jack would want it.

    –– Harry Wilson

  • 21 Jun 2021 2:15 PM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    Raven Lake has lost a true legend.

    Dunc Johnston was one of a kind, which we are not likely to see again. It is truly the end of an era on Raven.

    Dunc travelled the lake summer and winter since 1968; he was as familiar as the Raven Rock.

    With his beautiful wife Jean by his side, they added several additions to their cabin purchased from parents of a friend.

    They built a wonderful “home away from home” for their children Paul (Leslie) and Karen (Doug). As well as their 4 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Who love spending their time in his happy place.

    Dunc touched so many lives around Raven Lake. Always willing to lend a hand, fix cottages, build decks, docks, and outhouses. Or just run people down the lake to their cottage on a Friday night.

    We will remember him roaring down the lake in one of his three pontoon boats he built, with a home rolled cigarette burning in the wind.

    The Raven Lake Rum Runners will forever know him as our Grand Poobah (Wizard). His tireless spark would encourage all of us to follow his footsteps. With fundraisers, beach parties, Radar Runs, Triathlons, and everything else in between, he knew how to bring our group together. Just hanging out on his beach in the summer or late night winter hangouts in the boathouse. It was always lots of laughs and good times with Dunc leading the pack. The Rum Runners will forever keep his legacy alive.

    We are sure Dunc is together with the other Rum Runners who passed before him and they are sending cheers our way with a glass full. Please raise your glass to the sky and send cheers back to them!

    Rest easy Zip, you will be missed!

    – Love, Katie Van Pelt

  • 21 Jun 2021 9:13 AM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    We are organizing to have a barge on the lake from July 26 to August 6 to pump out septic systems. Several people have already expressed an interest. If you would also like to join in, please send an email to mgw@bell.net with your full name, phone number and lake lot number before June 24th. The contractor has quoted a price of $1,000 - $1,250 per tank, depending on total numbers. You’ll need to be sure you’ve had your septic inspection completed prior to the pump out date.

  • 20 Jun 2021 3:28 PM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    It's here and it's bigger and better than ever!

    Download your 2021 Raven Lake Cottagers' Association Newsletter here.

  • 27 May 2021 12:29 PM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    Due to the current Covid restrictions on event gatherings, the RLCA has to cancel the in person events again for this summer

    Unfortunately that means the Regatta will have to be postponed. Hope to see everyone in 2022!

    The AGM will be a virtual meeting again. Invites to come.

    There will also be a virtual Family Fishing Day on July 3. Keep your eye out for details to come for that event as well.

  • 30 Apr 2021 3:37 PM | Ross Lawrence (Administrator)

    Township of Algonquin Highlands COVID-19 Update - Dorset Tower and Township Boat Launches

    The Township of Algonquin Highlands remains under a declared State of Emergency.

    The Algonquin Highlands Emergency Control Group continues its assessment of the continually-evolving COVID-19 pandemic situation and its potential effects on Algonquin Highlands.

    This update includes information regarding the Dorset Tower and Township Boat Launches.

    Dorset Tower:

    It is anticipated the Dorset Tower will remain closed for the 2021 season; however all efforts will be made to open the property if the Township feels it can meet all the expectations of the HKPR Public Health Unit and can adequately and appropriately provide a safe experience for staff and the public.

    Township Boat Lauches:

    Public access to water including all Township boat launches and Haliburton Highlands Water Trails access points remain open for permitted uses. It is up to the user to ensure that they are following all provincially mandated COVID-19 regulations, which change frequently. For an update on current regulations please visit the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit website.

  • 30 Sep 2020 8:37 AM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    Dear Muskoka Seasonal Residents and Cottage Association Members:

    We are seeking your help to complete a short survey on your plans for the upcoming fall and winter seasons. Your feedback and input will help us and the business community better understand what we might expect going forward. The COVID pandemic has placed us all into very new circumstances and we realize travel, work locations and leisure activities are now very different. Please take a moment to complete our short survey (approx. 3 min to complete), it will be open until the end of day, Wednesday, October 7, 2020.


    Together we all share a common love for Muskoka and all of what it has to offer. It is our hope that you will consider spending more time here and we look forward to hearing from you. Should you or anyone have any questions or require any further information on this survey, please contact David Sword of the District Municipality of Muskoka as follows: david.sword@muskoka.on.ca. You can be assured of his interest and enthusiasm.

    Thank you in advance for your time.


    Terry Glover, Mayor, Lake of Bays
    Phil Harding, Mayor, Muskoka Lakes
    Paul Kelly, Mayor, Gravenhurst

  • 21 Sep 2020 5:12 PM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    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:  https://foca.on.ca/electricity-pricing/

  • 2 Sep 2020 4:11 PM | Graham Donald (Administrator)

    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 info@ravenlake.org 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 info@ravenlake.org.

    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 (Administrator)

    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: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9CAHufKIQQyKdNGvj2fy9A

    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!

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