Sailing Week Success!

Our sailing week at Day Camp was a huge success, and many thanks to those who helped make it possible!

The last day of sailing camp on Friday July 14 was highlighted with a couple of races. There were five boats racing four of which had three crew and one boat of only two sailors.

The winds were light which creates its own challenges. At the start of one race a boat got its rudder caught on the start line marker/buoy which added extra confusion and fun. Just at the start our skippers and crew did a great job by gybing away from the boat in trouble and then tacking back across the start line. This happens with the best of fleets and sailors.

During the week there were 25 different campers in the day camp with 20 of whom participated in the sailing program. Included in the picture are the two Ontario Sailing coaches Mitch (in Orange) with Cate in front wearing her PFD with Lauren the Camp Director beside Mitch giving the thumbs up for a great week.

This camp wouldn't happen without the generous support from our donors who contributed $6,000 so sailing could be part of our day camp experience at no extra costs for families.

- Al Will, HHA Sailing Coordinator

 2017 Sailing School

2017 Sailing School



Moonlight Madness


Join us on Saturday, August 19 from 8:30 pm - 1 am at The Schoolhouse for Moonlight Madness. BYOB and catch up with friends young and old. All are welcome!

Cut loose on the dance floor to the music of Straight Shooter! Win raffle prizes! Bring money for tickets, as the more tickets you buy, the better your chances of winning!

Tickets to the party are $15 in advance and are available at Thrive Foods, The Hive and through HH Tennis Club members. Tickets are $20 at the dance. 

All proceeds go to the Honey Harbour Tennis Club.



Georgian Bay Hardcover Book Now Available

All of us who spend time around Georgian Bay know how special it is, but chances are most of us don’t know the whole story. The Georgian Bay Land Trust set out to create a book that would tell that story, bringing together the environmental, historical, and cultural sides of Georgian Bay to fully explore what makes this area so remarkable.

Georgian Bay: Discovering A Unique North American Ecosystem contains chapters by archaeologists, ecologists, historians, geologists, and more, taking the reader on a journey from ancient geological history to present day communities. From the early peopling of the area during the last ice age, to the birds that call Georgian Bay home, to the landscape’s role in Canadian art and culture, there is something for everyone to learn about this special place. 

This beautifully photographed, hardcover book is on sale for $60. $10 from the sale of each book will support the Honey Harbour Association, with all remaining proceeds supporting the Georgian Bay Land Trust’s work conserving wilderness on Georgian Bay. Orders may be placed at for pickup at the 2017 HHA AGM on July 15th.

View book chapters, contributors and more information about the book.



Striking Balance Documentary Viewing

The Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve is excited to present the documentary Striking Balance at 4 different locations. 

Come to our AGM on July 15 and stay for a viewing of the documentary! Or catch one of the other viewings that will be going on this summer, from Honey Harbour to Point au Baril.

The afternoon matinees will include a product tasting with GBBR beverage sponsors, Georgian Bay Spirit Co. and Trestle Brewing. On July 31st, there is a cash bar at the Stockey Centre.

Tickets are FREE on Eventbrite or at 11 James St.

View a full list of viewing locations below:



2017 Hoots Pickup!

Pick Up Your Copy of 2017 Hoots!

2017 Hoots will be available for pickup Saturday, May 20th at The Schoolhouse from 10am-Noon.

View Map to Schoolhouse

If you are unable to pick up your Hoots on that date, you can drop by Remax Baywatch (across from Honey Harbour Town Centre) from May 21st - June 4th to pick up your copy.

Please contact Kathy Kay to make alternative arrangements at


Want to Purchase Additional Copies of Hoots?

Members and non-members can purchase copies of Hoots online now or by contacting Kathy Kay.

Additional Hoots

Order additional copies of the Honey Harbour Association's official magazine, Hoots.  Full members get one copy per membership.  Additional copies are $20 each.

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Enjoy Local Fresh Produce This Summer!

Eat fresh this summer and support local farmers doing great work to help us all (re)connect with the land.

ClearWater Farms is a local food producer that delivers vegetables, forested pork and mushrooms, free range eggs, prepared foods and more to the Honey Harbour and Cognashene area. 

From June 9th through Labour Day, ClearWater’s weekly food basket program will enable you to order and pick up your food basket each week at The Hive, Honey Harbour Boat Club or Georgian Bay Landing Marina.

To order your weekly food basket, go to Take advantage of their Early Bird Special when you sign up before May 31!

For questions, please contact



Pets of Honey Harbour



Is your four-legged family member pining for the cottage right now? Seven dog years is a long time to wait between seasons for those poor pooches. That’s why we’re commemorating our canine and feline friends with Pets of Honey Harbour, a compilation of photos submitted by you, our followers, that showcase the area’s sweetest furry faces. 

To see more photos, pick up a copy of HOOTS.

Have a pet photo you want to share? Visit us on Facebook.


Owner: Alan Waffle


Owner: Cary Ledingham

 Shaking off after diving for a very interesting rock. Submitted by Alex Marotta.

Shaking off after diving for a very interesting rock. Submitted by Alex Marotta.


Owner: Robert Longpré

 He may be a horse sized Great Dane, but Saul still gets sad when his daddy goes paddling without him. Submitted by India Stone.

He may be a horse sized Great Dane, but Saul still gets sad when his daddy goes paddling without him. Submitted by India Stone.

 With a mouth that big, Saul plays with logs instead of sticks. Submitted by Alex Marotta.

With a mouth that big, Saul plays with logs instead of sticks. Submitted by Alex Marotta.

Willie and Sasa

Owner: Deborah Walsh


Owner: Kathryn Davis

 Fishing... not sure.

Fishing... not sure.

 Frisbee? Now that's fun!

Frisbee? Now that's fun!

Ruger, Eva & Sadie

Owner: Kimberly Ledingham

 Ruger prefers to enjoy the water from his nice dry rock.

Ruger prefers to enjoy the water from his nice dry rock.

 Eva is one German Shepherd who enjoys the occasional swim.

Eva is one German Shepherd who enjoys the occasional swim.

 Rest in peace, Sadie.

Rest in peace, Sadie.


Owner: Kathy Kay

 Sunning in a chair ...

Sunning in a chair ...

 ... and sunning on a beach.

... and sunning on a beach.


Owner: Linda Gentile

 'Boat Dog Bella', submitted by Maggie Main.

'Boat Dog Bella', submitted by Maggie Main.

 Bella likes the feeling of the wind in her hair.

Bella likes the feeling of the wind in her hair.


Owners: Liz & Cam Stager

Molly, Sam & Sophie

Owner: Lori Funston


Owner: Peter Waffle

 Ilsa enjoys regular naps both inside ...

Ilsa enjoys regular naps both inside ...

 ... and outside.

... and outside.

Scooby & Maggie

Owners: Tim Heisler

 Work in the morning ...

Work in the morning ...

 ... nap in the afternoon.

... nap in the afternoon.


Owners: Marc & India Longpré

 Got to protect my pink belly from sunburn!

Got to protect my pink belly from sunburn!

 Fascinated with the woodland shore.

Fascinated with the woodland shore.

 Geordie Longpré, international dog of leisure.

Geordie Longpré, international dog of leisure.

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Join Us for Maple Fest in Honey Harbour!

Join us on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for Honey Harbour's first ever Maple Fest!  

There will be a fish fry, 50/50 draw and of course lots of amazing maple products for sale made by local producers of Canada's most famous condiment.  

View event poster.

About Maple Fest in Honey Harbour

The cruelly cold temperatures experienced on the Ontario Family Day long weekend for the past two years have forced the Honey Harbour Community Co-op to seek a more comfortable day to hold Winter Fest.  Asking volunteers to work outside for six hours without relief in temperatures reaching -50 wind-chilled Fahrenheit degrees was no longer acceptable. 

Saturday, March 4th has been chosen as the new date (historical temperature average is 32 degrees Fahrenheit, 0 degrees Celsius), and to go with the new date, a new name - Maple Fest!

The multi-million dollar maple syrup industry is growing quickly in the area and we even have residents in Honey Harbour who are tapping their Maple trees in March and bottling the liquid gold.  Maple syrup festivals run from late February through may in surrounding communities (loot to the web for “Maple Syrup Festivals in Ontario”) and have become a beneficial tourist attraction for local resorts.

The Co-op will retain the “Georgian Shore Lunch” tradition, with the Fish Fry and baked beans being featured, adding maple syrup to the mix and soliciting local producers to offer their maple products for sale.

The raffle and 50/50 draw will be held to raise funds in support of the Co-op’s community activities.  It is hoped that, with the help of local producers, a demonstration of the process of making maple syrup can be assembled and samples offered for tasting.

To be located in Honey Harbour Park at Honey Harbour Road and Blue Water Road, Maple Fest will take place on Saturday, March 4th, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

We hope to see you there!



Get Free Admission with Parks Canada's Discovery Pass

Get Free Admission to Canada’s National Parks, Historic Sites and Marine Conservation Areas

To celebrate Canada’s 150th year as a nation, get free admission to Canada’s National Parks, Historic Sites and Marine Conservation Areas. 

Enjoy free admission to Georgian Bay Islands National Park (this includes Beausoleil Island) and many more!

The pass isn’t limited to Ontario or specific to any province.  It applies to all of Canada’s national treasures from coast to coast.  

What it Covers

  • Admission to all national parks, national historic sites, national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada
  • Lockage at Parks Canada’s canal and historic waterways

What it Doesn’t Cover

  • Camping and other accommodations
  • Canadian Rockies Hot Springs
  • Mooring
  • Reservation fees
  • Guided tours and hikes and programs not usually included with admission
  • Firewood
  • Overnight backcountry use

When you stop to enjoy the natural beauty of our treasured parks, you can appreciate the extraordinary importance of protecting these lands and waters for the heath of our planet and for future generations to benefit from.   

To minimize your impact while visiting these environments, take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.

*Please contact the location you plan to visit to verify details regarding items not covered as these items may vary.



It's Time to Order Your Spring Trees!


Secure your tree saplings now so you'll be ready to plant in the Spring! 

Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) and several local municipalities are working together to provide residents with reasonably priced, native tree and shrub seedlings for planting in early spring 2017.

Seedling species, age, size and prices are listed below for landowners interested in purchasing and planting trees. Seedlings are bare-root plants (i.e., not potted) and are sold in bundles of 10.

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Take Action Now on Asian Carp Threat

 Image from  Healthy Wildlife

Image from Healthy Wildlife

In a letter to the Presidents of GBA cottagers' associations, John McMullen implores everyone to take action by voicing your concern about the threat posed by invasive Asian Carp.

"To the Presidents:

Following up on the recent Great Lakes Fisheries Conference we spoke with Becky Cudmore who is Canada’s expert on Asian Carp. Becky is a Senior Science Advisor at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Becky reports that there has been evidence of reproduction of Grass Carp in the Sandusky River that flows into Lake Erie. Carp eggs have been found three times in that River over the past few years.  It has not been determined if any of these eggs have produced fish and, if so, the fish have made it into Lake Erie. DNA testing showed that none of the few Grass Carp that were caught in Lakes Erie and Ontario in 2015 were from the Sandusky River. There were 11 Grass Carp caught in 2016, 10 in Lake Gibson which is attached to the Welland Canal and 1 west of Point Pelee.  DNA testing of these fish has yet to be completed. If the Grass Carp get established in the Great Lakes they will out compete the native species of plant eating fish and other wildlife.

The State of Ohio has the primary responsibility for managing the water in the Sandusky River. They are reluctant to spend the money that would be necessary to eradicate the Grass Carp in that River at least until more research has been completed on the threat posed by the Carp and the options to eradicate them should the threat be substantiated.  This seeming lack of urgency has created concern in the Great Lakes community. The eight Great Lakes States and Ontario and Quebec have an agreement to come to each other’s aid in situations like this to deal with Asian Carp. To date Ohio has not asked for any aid.

The most appropriate action that GBA members can take at this time is to write to key elected officials  to implore them to take action to prevent Grass Carp from breeding in the Sandusky River and entering the Great Lakes. We have drafted two sample letters (attached). One is meant to be used by Ohio residents and the other by Ontario residents. We have included the names and addresses of the appropriate elected officials in both jurisdictions to write. It would be helpful if you could circulate this to individuals in your Association who you think would be willing to write letters. GBA has sent our own letter to Ontario’s Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

John McMullen, President

The Georgian Bay Association

Ohio Representatives Contact Information and Letter

Governor John Kasich
Riffe Center, 30th Floor
77 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215-6117


Senator Sherrod Brown

801 West Superior Ave., Suite 1400

Cleveland, OH 44113 


Senator Rob Portman

1240 East 9th Street
Room 3061
Cleveland, OH 44199


Dear Sir,

I am writing to you as a voter in the State of Ohio to bring to your attention a matter that is of great concern to me and my family. It concerns Asian Carp. 

It has been reported that eggs from Grass Carp have been found in the Sandusky River. Scientists are trying to determine if these eggs are associated with the 11 Grass Carp that were found in Lake Erie and adjoining bodies of water this year. If so this could be the start of a devastating contamination of our Great Lakes by these invasive fish. We have been told that the State of Ohio and the Government of the United Sates are reluctant to take any measures to eradicate the Grass Carp population in the Sandusky River until further studies are complete. We think this is short sighted. We believe that the cost of eradicating a relatively small population of these Carp at this point in time would be prudent and could head off an enormous cost if Grass Carp get a foothold in the Great Lakes. We urge you to use the power of your office to encourage the appropriate departments to take action immediately to eradicate the Carp in the Sandusky River.


[Insert Your Name Here]

Ontario Representatives Contact Information and Letter


Hon. Kathryn McGarry

Minister Natural Resources and Forestry

Whitney Block 6th Flr Rm 6630, 99 Wellesley St W, Toronto, ON M7A 1W3


Dear Minister, 

I am writing to you to bring to your attention a matter that is of great concern to me and my family. It concerns Asian Carp. 

It has been reported that eggs from Grass Carp have been found in the Sandusky River in Ohio. Scientists are trying to determine if these eggs are associated with the 11 Grass Carp that were found in Lake Erie and adjoining bodies of water this year. If so this could be the start of a devastating contamination of our Great Lakes by these invasive fish. We have been told that the State of Ohio and the Government of the United Sates are reluctant to take any measures to eradicate the Grass Carp population in the Sandusky River until further studies are complete. We think this is short sighted. We believe that the cost of eradicating a relatively small population of these Carp at this point in time would be prudent and could head off an enormous cost if Grass Carp get a foothold in the Great Lakes. We understand that the Province of Ontario has an agreement with the eight Great Lake States to provide assistance to one another if and when action needs to be taken to prevent an Asian Carp outbreak in the Great Lakes. We think now is one of those times. We urge you to reach out to your Ohio and US counterparts to encourage them to take action immediately to eradicate the Carp in the Sandusky River and to provide whatever assistance they may require to do so. 


[Insert Your Name Here]



Possible School Closures in Honey Harbour

Both the Honey Harbour Public School and Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School could close in 2017. 

Watch CTV news clip.

The Honey Harbour Association (HHA) has supported the development of Honey Harbour since its founding in 1908. Our Association has demonstrated the need and spearheaded the implementation of regional schooling, postal and telephone services, hydro, roads, policing, fire protection, environmental stewardship, and better government. It was the Association, led by Colonel Duff, which saw the creation of the Public School on North Bay that served our community for some twenty years before moving ‘downtown’. Of course, that site later became our ‘Schoolhouse’.

There are over 12,000 residents and transient boaters that annually use Honey Harbour to access their water-based residences and moorings. Closing both our schools, rather than looking at local co-location,  will not only destroy the social fabric of the Honey Harbour community, but also the economic engine and well-being of the service providers such as marinas, contractors, grocery stores, lodgings, restaurants, outfitters, fishing guides, Libraries, boutiques, Beausoleil Island National Park, and our Church. Try to imagine Honey Harbour after many of the local families move closer to other schools.

The Honey Harbour and Port Severn area is slated for residential development of over 400 various types of housing units over the next few years. What attracts families to settle in a community is access to local education, employment opportunities and diverse recreational activities. What attracts retirees and seasonal residents, as well as visitors, is not only the wonderful geography, but also the services provided by the local businesses.

The HHA believes that the current School Boards’ Accommodation Review process is not reflective of the reality of our rural school and community life. They do not take into account all the educational, social and economic aspects of school closings on small rural communities. Further, our Association requests that the Minister of Education initiate an immediate moratorium on the Accommodation Review Process until such time as a review of the above-mentioned impacts on the community be studied, completed and the results and recommendations be considered.

The residents of the Township of Georgian Bay contribute over 5.2 million dollars for the education of their children, and yet the Ministry wants to close both of our Honey Harbour schools! Greater consideration and due diligence needs to be given to provide local schooling in exchange for the funding provided, rather than bussing the students many hours away daily and dismantling the social and economic fabric of the Honey Harbour Community.

We strongly encourage you to contact the individuals noted below, as well as your ‘away’ MPP, letting them know how strongly you oppose the closing of the Honey Harbour schools. Please feel free to use any portion of the above in your correspondence, and add your personal remarks. For example, do you believe that the 'better' education offered by bigger schools is worth spending two or three hours a day in a school bus? How will you be effected if the schools are closed?

Please help Save Our Schools.

Thank you.   Peter Koetsier, President, Honey Harbour Association

Carol Corriveau-Truchon, Trustee, Vice-Chair, Simcoe-Muskoka Catholic District School Board

Ab Falconi, Superintendent of Education, Elementary, Simcoe-Muskoka Catholic District School Board

Louise Clodd, Trustee, Chair, Trillium Lakelands District School Board            

Larry Hope, Director of Education, Trillium Lakelands District School Board  

Norm Miller, MPP, Parry Sound - Muskoka

Hon. Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education

Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Premier or

Hon. Tony Clement, MP, Parry Sound - Muskoka

Larry Braid, Mayor, Township of Georgian Bay

Kathy Kay, Area Councillor Ward 4, Township of Georgian Bay

Bob Duncanson, Executive Director, Georgian Bay Association

Bob Snider, President, Cognashene Cottagers Association

Peter Koetsier, President, Honey Harbour Association



Craft Beer & Comedy with Elvira Kurt

Join us for a night of craft beer tasting and comedy with The Debaters and Just for Laughs Elvira Kurt.  

Tickets are $60 and includes light dinner, craft beverage tasting and souvenir glass.

The event will be held at Sequin Valley Golf Club.  To purchase a ticket, visit or mail a cheque to the GBBR Office:  11 James Street, Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 1T4. 

View event location.




When you’re closing up the cottage, why lug all those cans and unopened food boxes home?

Please support the Cottage Cupboard Food Drive – it’s easy – just drop your donation off at a bin at one of the following locations!

Here is a list of participating marinas and stores for the Cottage Cupboard Food Drive:

The food bins will be collected following the Thanksgiving weekend; 

between October 11-14, 2016.




The following article was originally published in HOOTS, but has since been revised.  See below for the most up-to-date article.


The Honey Harbour area of Southern Georgian Bay is unique in many ways. The shoreline is rugged, and there are many small embayments, such as the upper portion of North Bay, that function more like inland lakes than open water. The Honey Harbour area is also more highly developed than the majority of the eastern Georgian Bay coastline. In this sensitive area, increased nutrient and sediment loading as well as introductions of invasive species can negatively impact water quality conditions without the implementation of sustainable management practices.

The Severn Sound Environmental Association has been monitoring water quality at three locations in the Honey Harbour area since 1998. Samples are collected every two weeks from ice out in late April/early May until fall turnover, which in upper North Bay can be as late as the end of November! Samples are analyzed for many water quality variables such as nutrients and basic chemistry, as well as algae and zooplankton communities. Water column profiles of temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity and algae pigments are also taken from the surface to just above the lakebed.

Basic Water Chemistry

We can use basic water chemistry variables to tell us something about the influence of geology and land cover at each location. Data for alkalinity and conductivity, which indicate ionic composition, show that Honey Harbour (HH) and upper North Bay (NB) have similar water chemistry which is typical of Canadian Shield lakes, while open Severn Sound (M5) has much higher concentrations of ions due to the influence of the moderately hard waters of Georgian Bay. South Bay (SB) is somewhere in between, due to the connection with the Severn River via Baxter Lake. High concentrations of dissolved organic carbon (DOC), which impart a tea colour to the water, show the influence of wetlands on NB and SB. 

Nutrient Enrichment Indicators

Several indicators are used to determine the level of nutrient enrichment, or trophic status, of a water body. Phosphorus and nitrogen are essential nutrients that, when present in high amounts, can lead to excessive algae and/or aquatic plant growth. Algae growth is measured by chlorophyll a concentration and by microscope counts. Water clarity, as measured by Secchi disk depth, can indicate the amount of algae present as well, but is also related to the concentration of DOC and sediment in the water.

Large quantities of algae can be problematic for aesthetic and health reasons, and can also contribute to low oxygen in the bottom waters. When algae cells die, they sink to the bottom where they are consumed by bacteria a process which uses oxygen. This oxygen cannot be replenished if strong temperature gradients are present, as they are in NB and SB, since the zone of rapid temperature decline acts as a lid, cutting off the cooler bottom waters from the atmosphere. Low bottom water oxygen can occur naturally under the right conditions of basin shape and temperature gradients, and does not always indicate impact from human-caused nutrient enrichment.  

Water Quality Trends in Honey Harbour

Based on Mann Kendall trend tests

Since monitoring began, total phosphorus (TP) and total nitrogen (TN) concentrations have held steady at a long term average [and 95% confidence interval] of 13 [± 0.8] μg/L TP and 365 [± 16] μg/L TN for NB, 15 [± 1.4] μg/L TP and 385 [± 19] μg/L TN for SB, and 10 [± 0.4] μg/L TP and 347 [± 17] μg/L TN for HH. Water clarity is decreasing at all locations monitored in the Honey Harbour area. The amount of algae measured by counts has increased at HH and SB in recent years. The bottom waters of NB and SB consistently go anoxic by mid-summer with the strengthening of temperature gradients. Minimum concentrations of bottom water (1 m off bottom) dissolved oxygen (DO) have remained steady at NB and SB and have increased at HH and M5.

Algae in Honey Harbour

Algae respond readily to changes in temperature, light, and nutrient concentration and availability. Most algae obtain all of their energy through photosynthesis and require high amounts of light and nutrients. Some groups, called mixotrophs, are able to ingest organic material and bacteria as a way to deal with low light or low nutrient concentrations. One particular mixotroph called Chrysosphaerella is present in large amounts at specific depth ranges in NB. 

The type of algae dominant in nearby South Bay, a mere 4.5 km away as the fish swims, is very different from North Bay. A low-light adapted species of blue-green algae called Planktothrix agardhii is dominant in August in a narrow depth range deep in the water column around 7 m. Another blue-green species called Aphanizomenon flos-aquae dominates over a wider depth range, peaking around 4 m. The photos below correspond with the algal taxa responsible for the peak in total chlorophyll a, as measured using a device that measures pigment called a fluorometer. 

Both blue-green species have the potential to produce cyanotoxins under the right conditions, which can be harmful to pets and can cause skin and gastrointestinal irritation in humans. Monitoring of the density and distribution of these various species is important. Fortunately the depth of the blue-green layers in SB do not generally correspond to where people swim.

For more information, check out the 2010-2012 Honey Harbour report on our website, To report a suspected algae bloom, or to learn more about our Shore Watch program, call our Midland office at (705) 527-5166. Funding from the

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change through
the Canada-Ontario Agreement is gratefully acknowledged. 




'Roots from the Hoots' Coffee Table Book is Now Available!

Roots from the Hoots, the HHA's Hoots anthology, is now available.  

Thank you to all those who attended the Dedication of Jackson Hall and Book Launch on Saturday, August 20th at the Schoolhouse.

If you were unable to pick up your book(s) on August 20th, the Books will also be available at Village Marina September 3rd from 10:00 – noon.

Return your empties at the same time!!

Diane will be at the Marina at other times, if you want to take a chance on an unscheduled day.

Please contact Kathy Kay at or 705 427-5277 to make alternative arrangements, if you are unable to get to Village Marina. 

The cost to mail each book will be $20 to Canada and $30 to the USA, if you are not able to pick up your book(s) in Honey Harbour in August. Please contact Kathy Kay – – 705-427-5277, to make arrangements.

PLEASE NOTE - the book is larger and better than originally envisioned, and therefore cost us more to produce than our earlier estimates. For those of you who paid $35, please consider paying an extra $10 to cover our actual costs. It would be most appreciated. Additional books will cost $45 until August 20th. After the Launch, they will be $55 if ordered from the HHA, and $65 at selected retail outlets.  

Roots from the Hoots is a hard back coffee table book with highlights from more than a century of the Honey Harbour Association and the cottagers who have been members and served on its board.  



BOOM Sailing Report

We had a fantastic week and produced some great sailors. One grandmother reported that Charlie came home on Thursday afternoon and said "This was the best day of my life - ever!"

First of all I'd like to thank our sponsors and donors who donated funds or services to make this week possible at no extra costs to the participants and their families: Rob Vandervelde (Woods Landing Marina), Armin & Annemarie Grigaitis of Re/Max Baywatch Realty, Heather Will, George & Helen Will, Al & Pam Will, Laurence Becker, Rob & Michelle Krizmanich. Peter & Wendy Koetsier, Terry & Jill Ukrainec, Leo & Marilyn Parwicki, David Wingfelder, Bill & Ethel Cooper, Larry & Charlene Enfield, Cathy and Cam Shaw. (I apologize if I missed anyone). I would also like to thank the Board of Directors for supporting the notion that sailing would be included at no premium costs to participants.

This program occurred during Week # 2 of the summer. In 2015 we only had 2 youth registered in day camp. During this sailing week we had a low attendance on one day of 13 and high attendance another day of 17. A total of 19 children experienced day camp & sailing in week 2 this year.

We had two amazing coaches. The Head Coach was Jordan Thompson (Camp Kitchi Alumni) with 9 years of coaching experience. He was teamed up with Brock who did a great job also.

We were lucky to have light winds on Monday and the wind strength grew each day as the sailors became more competent and comfortable. On day 2, the kids were taught how to capsize & upright a boat. On day 3 they learn how to upright a boat that had 'turtled' (completely upside down).  On hot afternoons if they didn't capsize naturally they could ask permission of the coaches and capsize on purpose. They learned how to rig and de-rig a boat, wind direction, sail trim on points of sail, how to sail a triangular course and knot tying. 

On Friday we had winds that were 'honking' as my friend would say 'it could blow big dogs off chains'! I was impressed and amazed how keen the kids were to get out on the water. In the pictures you see some sequences as they tip and upright themselves. I heard Coach Jordy say to Meredith, Pippa & Jordyn, "only 5 minutes left, if you want to capsize before you go in, you better do it now, but do it properly - pull in those sails & go!" And so they did.

Three youth passed their CanSail Level 1, Meredith Medlock, Travis Bean & McCoy - congratulations.

We were supported by great day camp staff of Jeff Hamilton (Director), Jessie and Morgan who fully embraced the sailing program (especially Jessie a talented sailor). Thank you to Board Director Jenny Roy who gives leadership to the day camp program all year long.

If you have any stories to tell or thoughts about what we could do with sailing in 2017 or if you would like some pictures, please feel free to contact me. Al Will, HHA Sailing Coordinator 905-869-8639 or



Special Offer for HHA Members Only!

Make Your Summer Historic

Get FREE ADMISSION for children 12 and under to both Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and Discovery Harbour this summer.

Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons

Bringing 17th century history to life with demonstrations of fire starting, historic clothing, music, storytelling, medicine and hands-on quill pen writing, First Nations crafts and games.

Discovery Harbour

Welcome aboard the majestic HMS Tecumseth and HMS Bee, our replica Tall Ships, and learn about life at this 19th century British Naval and Military base.

Each child 12 years and under receives FREE ADMISSION when accompanied by an adult.  That's a savings of $9.25 per child!  Limited to two complimentary children per paying adult. 

Simply mention that you belong to the Honey Harbour Association upon arrival.

Learn more about Huronia Historial Parks in Midland and Penetanguishene