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A message to our Cottage Neighbours & Friends,

Spring has finally arrived and the Ice in Big Bald lake is finally gone!  We hope you are enjoying this special family time we are all getting and not going too stir crazy! There is lots happening in our area and we just wanted to take the time to update you on a few things;
Big Bald Lake Beaver Melting Contest
Our Beaver went swimming on April 4th this year.  Congratulations to Tom & Marget Cheung for guesiing the right date!

Lots of things are happening in our area due to COVID – 19, Please read all items below.

1.) Request from Mayor Clarkson


It is strongly recommended that you remain in your principal residence until this crisis is over. If you decide to come to the cottage or summer home from anywhere else please:
  • Bring all your groceries and supplies with you
  • Self isolate for 14 days
This is in effort to try to control the spread of this virus and not in any way meant to minimize your importance to this community. Resources are limited in the rural areas and access to emergency services is not as plentiful as the more urban areas.

We thank you for your attention, if we all follow the guidelines we then become part of the solution, not part of the problem. Please distribute to all interested parties.

Mayor Janet Clarkson
Municipality of Trent Lakes


2.) Municipality Office Update -

The Trent Lakes Municipal Office is closed to the public. The municipality declared a state of emergency on March 24th. Go to the Trent Lakes COVID-19 website for details on the closure and other affected services.

3.) The pandemic has forced a rentals ban in Ontario.
On April 4, the Ontario government amended the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, banning short-term rentals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the amendment states that “Every person who provides short term rentals in rental accommodations shall ensure that any rentals booked after April 4, 2020 are only provided to individuals who are in need of housing during the emergency period.”
Airbnb has also curbed their policies, banning all units that allow a party to take place during the pandemic and nixing any listing that tries to exploit the situation by marketing itself as a safe haven.
If you are a cottager who rents, Please make sure you know the facts to protect yourself!
4.) Transfer Station – Is accepting only garbage and recycling at this time
5.) Fire Ban
Due to impacts of COVID-19, we are now under a fire ban until further notice.  This includes any fires including camp fires.  Please see the full announcment on our website. 

Let’s all stay safe and healthy thorugh this COVID-19 crisis together.
Contact your primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario at  1-866-797-0000 if you’re experiencing symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus. Please do not visit an assessment centre unless you have been referred by a health care professional. Do not call 911 unless it is an emergency

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