Kawartha Lakes Incentive Grant Program

June 13, 2019 – A new program has launched in the City of Kawartha Lakes to provide incentive funding for landowners and community groups who undertake projects that will improve the quality of surface water across the municipality.

The Kawartha Lakes Incentive Grant Program will assist with implementing best management practices on private land within the municipality. Up to $30,000 is available for landowner incentives with an additional $10,000 available for community groups.

“What we have heard repeatedly is the need for an incentive-based program to assist with projects,” explained Holly Shipclark, Stewardship Coordinator at Kawartha Conservation. “Through extensive community consultation, we developed the Implementation Action Plan, which in conjunction with our lake management plans and implementation plans, outline how we can support our lakes and the actions homeowners can take to be part of ensuringthe health of our lake today and in the future.”

The newly-launched Kawartha Lakes Incentive Grant Program will further support efforts to protect and enhance lake quality and health through a variety of stewardship projects.

“This new fund it a great opportunity for landowners and community groups who want to get involved with helping the environment and getting incentive grants to do part of thework,” said Ms. Shipclark. “The landowner wins, the community wins, and the health and quality of our lakes win.”

The new program will have an initial single intake, with completed community grant proposals due by July 31. All initial site visits for the landowner grants must be completedby July 19 with the complete application submitted by July 31.

“It is a quick turn-around time for applications, but we know there is a number of property owners and community groups who have some great ideas and great projects that thisincentive program would be ideal for,” said Ms. Shipclark. “We look forward to working with landowners and community groups to help bring their projects to fruition.”

To learn more about the Kawartha Lakes Incentive Grant Program visit Kawartha Conservation online at http://kawarthaconservation.com/stewardship/landowner-incentive-grants or contact Holly Shipclark by email at [email protected] or call 705.328.2271 ext. 240.

SPA President Message – 2019 Memberships

After a long winter and dreary spring, it feels like summer is on the way!

We had a taste of some nice weather on the May long weekend and it was great to see members of the community out and about. With the beginning of summer, comes lots of fun and community activities in the Point. The Sturgeon Point Association board has been busy making sure all our properties are in tip top shape and have some fun activities planned. 

Since the Sturgeon Point Association was formed in 2001, the SPA board has kept the membership fee as low as possible and has worked within a tight budget. As our membership numbers are fairly consistent each year, increasing our membership fees is our only way to increase our revenue. Each year, our expenses increase due to inflation, maintenance fees, event cost, general upkeep, etc. Last year we only ended up just covering our expenses and moving forward we need to rebuild our small reserve to pay for the capital improvement projects (such as the new raft at the beach) or emergency repairs (such as ice damage to the Upper Wharf that has happened in the past). For this reason, the board has decided to increase membership fees to $50 per adult. The last time membership fees were increased was 2013.

We hope you plan on enjoying our lovely properties we maintain (park, beach, upper wharf or leaf dump), or coming to one of our free events (Canada Day BBQ, Civic Holiday BBQ and Dance, Civic Holiday Races, or Halloween party) or continuing to support us to keep Sturgeon Point a beautiful historic village.

Find out more  information about what SPA does and pay your membership online

Patricia Aspinwall
SPA President

Upholsterer realizes a dream with shop in Fenelon Falls


Lisa Vehrs says it makes sense to re-upholster treasured pieces of furniture because of the quality of materials and construction, especially those made decades ago. She grew up cottaging in Sturgeon Point and opened in Fenelon Falls about a year ago. – Image and story courtesy of Mary Riley/Metroland

Lisa Vehrs says cottaging all her life in Sturgeon Point she never dreamed she would one day have a shop in Fenelon Falls.

But, when her childhood friends Chris Van Lierop and Tim Wisener (who also cottaged for years in Sturgeon Point) decided to open Home by Tim+Chris and the Colborne Street Gallery in the village they told her, “You’re coming with us.”

Read the rest of this article featured in the March 7, 2019 edition of Kawartha Lakes This Week.

Visit the Recovered Treasures site for more information.