Hello Neighbours,

We are proud to share with you our 5th and last newsletter prior to the AGM.  As you know, we have tried our best to take care of the health of Lake Bernard and to build community during a year which had some hurdles – the global pandemic has tested all of us in many ways. We hope you felt a connection to us, to the lake and to your community through these newsletters and our educational webinars.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the AGM this coming Saturday.  As always, please do not hesitate reaching out should you have any questions or concerns.  On behalf of the Board, it’s been a pleasure serving you this year. Thanks very much for trusting us to lead our Association. It’s been an honour and a lot of fun!

Sherrie Berdusco


We look forward to “seeing” you virtually again this year. The details are as follows:

Please find below for the login information for the annual meeting:
Time: Saturday, July 10, 2021 08:30 AM (meeting start 9:00 AM)
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4194436722?pwd=N2phdHg1TFFTQ0hYNUxnaWJsazdlZz09
Meeting ID: 419 443 6722
Passcode: 705384
Dial-in number: +1 647 374 4685
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdE4eBdTjm

It’s been a productive and enjoyable year on the Board. We are excited to share with you our progress to date and we look forward to discussing our upcoming plans for this summer and the coming year.


Further to your membership, please consider being part of the LBPOA Board.  The LBPOA needs a board to ensure that lake health initiatives continue.  The LBPOA Board has been able to encourage membership growth and retention, and foster a sense of community around the lake through newsletters, educational seminars and social events, among other things.  The role of Director is a short term commitment that can have positive, long lasting impacts.  It can be rewarding not only in the work you do for the lake but in the friendships formed with fellow Directors and of course, the members.

This year we are looking for 4 people to join the Board.

It would be extremely helpful if anyone with an interest notifies Deb Booth (Deb@lakebernard.ca) by 5:00pm this Friday so that we can present this at the meeting to facilitate this order of business. People are still welcome to nominate themselves or others during the meeting, however, given the format of our meeting is via zoom it would be helpful to know ahead of time..


Thank you to the 71 members who have paid their membership dues for the year.  For those of you who have not yet paid, memberships can be renewed using the registration form on our website at https://lakebernard.ca/membership/.  You can also pay by e-transfer to treasurer@lakebernard.ca, or by mail to LBPOA, Box 428, Sundridge, P0A 1ZO.  The cost is $30 per year.


The LBPOA has completed the 2021 Lake Partnership Program (LPP) lake water quality sampling, with samples shipped to the Dorset Lab for analysis.  Plans are in place to conduct water sampling for Total Phosphorus (TP) and flow as part of the TP budget for the lake.  This is related to the upcoming Septic System survey that you will be receiving. The LBPOA will be getting involved in a wider range of sampling on the lake. Details will be provided at the AGM.


Your Social Committee is thrilled to share with you some of the events we’re working on. We hope you can join us! And, yes, CHEERS TO SUMMER IS BACK!


It’s happening!  Thanks to the Northridge Inn for hosting us again!

When:  Thursday, July 29th with two sessions of which you may attend one: 1:00-2:30PM or 3:00-4:30PM.
Where:  Northridge Inn.
Note:  This event will follow all Provincial reopening guidelines. We will do everything we can to ensure a safe and enjoyable event.
Reminder:  Please be sure your membership is up to date.  Please go to www.lakebernard.ca to complete your membership registration.

Questions?  Please contact Sherrie at sherrie@lakebernard.ca or call 647-300-7732.


Come join us for some friendship and fitness!

When:  Saturday August 14th
When/ Where:  7:30am start for 2km Swim from Checkerboard Beach
8:00am start for 1km Swim from Union Street Beach
Both swims finish at the Town Dock

Special Notes:  Each swimmer will need an accompanying paddler in a kayak or canoe (Sorry – no motorized boats/jet skis!).  All are welcome to swim –  who have open water swimming experience – it’s about fitness and fun!  More details to come and please email if you have any questions in the meantime.
Weekly Group Swims:  If you’d like to get some practice in before the big event, there will be informal swims for interested participants who have some open water swimming experience.  First one will be held on Sunday July 11th; 8:00am at Checkerboard Beach.  Additional dates / locations between the AGM and the Swim Date will be confirmed amongst the group of swimmers.

Need an accompanying paddler?  If you are interested in swimming and need an accompanying paddler, please email us and we can help you find one.

Interested in helping?  Please contact Annie at annie.snow@icloud.com.

Questions?  Please contact Annie at annie.snow@icloud.com.  Thanks!


Looking for a good summer read? Look no further! Your Social Committee has chosen two entertaining and interesting books to read for July and August.

July book:  Alone Against the North by Adam Shoalts (autobiographical adventure)
Book discussion:  Saturday July 24th (rain date will be the next day)
August book:  Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Book discussion:  Saturday, August 21st (again, rain date the next day)
Where:  The Centennial Children’s Park.
Time:  10:00am

Questions?  Please contact Louise at lbrisbois@yahoo.ca

Bring your own coffee and let’s chat!


The pancake breakfast during the Sunflower Festival is usually a fundraiser for the Sundridge-Strong Firefighters. Like we did last year, let’s have our pancakes “together apart” and, if you like, send in a donation to our first responders.  Make your pancakes, make a donation to our volunteer Fire Department (just like we traditionally do), take a photo (send it in to info@lakebernard.ca or post on our Facebook Group) and ENJOY!

When:  Saturday August 14th
Notes:  Suggested donation: $8/adult; $5/child;

Please e-transfer directly to sundridgestrongfirefighters@gmail.com.  The Fire Department uses these donations to buy lifesaving equipment.


Back by popular demand…LBPOA’s 2nd Annual “Shanks for the Memories” Open & Social!

When:  Sunday, August 29th, 10AM – 2PM
Time:  10:00am Registration
10:30am Shotgun Start
12:00pm Social/Food
Where:  The Ridge Golf Course
Format:  Shot Gun, Scramble, 9 Holes
Cost:    Golf/Social/Food            $30
Social/Food                                   $10
Youth Golfers (U11)                      $10
Youth Golfers (11-14)                    Pay Age + $10
Golf Carts:                                      $23
Registration:  For Golf/Social/Food AND Social/Food please email names & phone number to wendy@lakebernard.ca.
Payment:  For Golf/Social/Food AND Social/Food please e-transfer to wendy@lakebernard.ca.
RSVP:  Wednesday August 25th

Questions?  Please contact Wendy at wendy@lakebernard.ca.


Want to get to know your surroundings better? Need something to do on a rainy day or to entertain the children?  The LBPOA is running a summer long Scavenger Hunt!  Take selfies at the places/with the items listed below.  You have until August 31st.  Once completed, let us know and we’ll ask for some of your photos at random as proof.   Alternatively, let us know how many you were able to complete by August 31st.  Winners will be announced in our fall newsletter.   Good luck..and of course, HAVE FUN!

  1. High Rock monument with poem/song by Mary S. Edgar

  2. First tee at the Ridge (preferably when you’re starting a round of 9-holes;)

  3. Vacationland sign

  4. Pioneer House

  5. NHL Players sign

  6. Sitting on the bench in front of The Village bins (enjoying a treat from the store!)

  7. Splash Pad

  8. Lion’s Park Playground

  9. “World’s Largest Lake…” sign

  10. Town Well

  11. Town Clock

  12. Children’s Garden

  13. NNEEC

  14. Bear Carving in Legion Park

  15. Checker-board beach

  16. GBC sign

  17. Firetruck (or better yet, playing mini golf) at Lake Bernard Park

  18. Northridge Inn sign (or maybe having a meal on their patio)

  19. A sunflower

  20. Hubbards Maple Syrup


Has there been a “Canadian Idol” hiding inside of you?  Well this is your moment!  The LBPOA is having a Lake Bernard Song Contest (literally!).  We’d like you to take a favourite song or create a new one, and rewrite or write the lyrics to be about your favourite lake, Lake Bernard!  Songs can be from any genre, long or short.  Then, gather family/friends and record your song … perhaps around the campfire?!

Share your video with us: Through your Google Drive (Create a shared folder and then share it with info@lakebernard.ca),  your Apple iCloud photo/video share or send a link from any other service you use (Dropbox, Box, or Microsoft OneDrive). Please send the link to download the document to info@lakebernard.ca, and also provide us with some information about your video.  Not sure what to do? Contact us at info@lakebernard.ca and we can walk you through it.

The submitted videos will be posted on the Lake Bernard Youtube channel and the link will be shared with members in a future newsletter.


Calling all photographers!

Send in your best and/or favourite photos taken at Lake Bernard and you could see them featured on our website and/or in our newsletters. You can drop them into our Facebook Group at Facebook group or email them to info@lakebernard.ca.  The winner will be announced in our Fall Newsletter.


The LBPOA has been diligently working with the Village of Sundridge, the Township of Strong, the Near North Enviro-Education Centre, the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority and the Almaguin Chamber of Commerce on lake health issues. The health of Lake Bernard affects us all and in turn, we all have a responsibility towards it. As you know, the first initiative is healthy septics. We’ve hosted 2 educational webinars.

The next step is a survey. Please keep a lookout for the survey which will be arriving in your mailbox. Thanks to the Village and the Township for mailing these out to all property owners since all addresses are held confidentially. Please return your survey to the NNEEC via email or mail by August 30th. Also in the mailout, please look for the one page flyer on healthy septics we hope you’ll enjoy!


The Phragmites Working Group Lake Bernard cuts invasive phragmites australis out of the lake and around the lake shore of Lake Bernard and needs skilled saw people to run our saws. The work is tedious /you get wet – but usually the summer days are pleasant. We cut if it rains but not in electrical storms of any kind. Usually we work in small groups of 8 – 10 on each site. We can pay for your time and provide the saws. Please contact: Marilee.koenderink@gmail.com.


There are some basic infrastructure projects going on around town. Here are some of the projects the Village has been working on:

  • Mill Street fully resurfaced,

  • Greenwood Dr drainage and storm water flow fixes,

  • Queen St drainage and storm water flow fixes,

  • A new town half-ton truck, suitable to assist with winter road maintenance,

  • Municipal Office front door wheelchair access fix,

  • Office expansion and improvements for access and efficiencies,

  • Money is set aside, and tenders received for the new Edgar St park and playground.

  • EXCITING NEWS! The Provincial government has granted the combined municipalities of Sundridge, Strong and Joly $200,000 to get third party recommendations for improving our joint service delivery. This will include the Fire Department, Library, Arena, Medical Centre and Recreation Committee.

LBPOA members are welcome to give ideas on what they think could be done to upgrade any of these shared services. Please note Sundridge LBPOA members and Township LBPOA members can forward their suggestions to their respective administration.

The Village has also asked to get some input on the Children’s Park art structure.

Please note that both Mayor Hall and Mayor Elik, mayors of Sundridge and Strong respectively, will be attending our AGM this Saturday.  They will be giving an update and will be available for questions.

And, the Town Hall meeting for the Village of Sundridge is coming up on Wednesday, July 21st at 6:00pm. To find the zoom link, please click here https://calendar.sundridge.ca/meetings


The LBPOA is fundraising with Mabel’s Labels! If you’re not familiar with Mabel’s Labels, they are personalized, durable, waterproof labels. They are great for everything from paddles, life jackets, kayaks, towels, to water skis…even your new Lake Bernard clothing! Mabel’s Labels also offers clothing stamps, silicone bands for water bottles and face masks for both adults and children. You can customize them with your name and a design, and they are dishwasher, laundry and microwave safe. This is a great way to ensure your items don’t end up lost or mixed up AND to support the LBPOA. Please visit campaigns.mabelslabels.com and select Lake Bernard Property Owners’ Association (LBPOA) (Almaguin Highlands). Labels will ship for free directly to your home or cottage!


Finally, the LBPOA board is greatly appreciative to the Northridge Inn for hosting our Cheers to Summer! Please consider enjoying a meal on their patio during the following dates (current at time of publication). Call or text the reservation line (705-303-4329) to confirm availability.

July 1-11        Breakfast, lunch and dinner
July 15           Lunch and dinner
July 18           Lunch and dinner
July 19-22     Breakfast, lunch and dinner
July 23-25     Pride party – more details to come
July 25           Dinner
July 30           Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Current August dates available for breakfast, lunch and dinner: Aug 5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 29

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