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What We Do

The LBHF is a community-based non-profit organization protecting the natural, built and cultural heritage of Lake of Bays, including the Township area and watershed. Founded by permanent and seasonal residents in 1985, we are also a certified member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance. We are a registered charity and issue tax receipts for donations.

Operated by a volunteer Board, the Foundation encourages the protection of our heritage through education, voluntary stewardship, conservation easements, land donations and land acquisitions. We focus on the long-term preservation of heritage for future generations and maintain a close working relationship with the Township, the Lake of Bays Association and other conservation groups.

In 2014 and early 2015, the Board developed and approved a five-year strategic plan to guide our activities. This Vision 2020 work included creating the following vision and mission statements, which were approved unanimously.

Our VISION is of a Lake of Bays community that is engaged in the protection of its natural, built and cultural legacy for the enjoyment and benefit of current and future generations. 

Our MISSION is to provide the leadership and to mobilize the necessary resources to deliver the conservation, stewardship and education programmes needed to protect the natural, built and cultural heritage of the Lake of Bays region.

Our Results
  • Acquired over 50 per cent of the Lower Oxtongue River for permanent protection, including 6.5 km of shoreline.
  • Preserved one mile of natural shoreline and 47-acres of forest at Port Cunnington.
  • Partnered with the Ontario Heritage Trust to be the steward of the 100-acre Pyke property near Brown's Brae.
  • Recognized more than 30 building owners with plaques for heritage property protection.
  • Encouraged the Township to create a Heritage Committee of Council to encourage protection.
  • Rescued the Bigwin ferry from a sunken mooring in 1991 and conducted feasibility studies to transfer to the current Navigation Society for restoration.
  • Established the Harriet T. Weaver Memorial Trust which funds two bursaries each year to assist one student from each of Bracebridge and Huntsville high schools to help pay for their first year of university or college.
Events
06.04.17
Bird Count at Marsh's Falls
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07.02.17
Butterfly, Dragonfly & Damselfly Count at Marsh's Falls
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07.23.17
Forest & Climate Change Walk at Marsh's Falls
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07.29.17
Silent Boat Rally
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08.12.17
Bees & Pollinators at Marsh's Falls
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08.19.17
2017 Annual General Meeting
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08.26.17
Nature Walk at Marsh's Falls
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Contact Us

Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation
P.O. Box 81
Baysville, Ontario
P0B 1A0

416-284-0389
info@lakeofbaysheritage.ca