Seguin Township, Biosphere to tackle blue-green algae

At a regular meeting of council on Monday evening, manager of community services Dominique O’Brien informed council that a partnership had been established with the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve to naturalize the shoreline at Horseshoe Lake Beach

Early in August, a blue-green algae bloom was confirmed at the Horseshoe Lake Beach, resulting in the closure of the beach from August 7 to September 3. The sample of the bloom, taken by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, was found not to be toxic. The first time the ministry confirmed a blue-green algae bloom on Horseshoe Lake was in late August of 2010.

“We’re always trying to find different ways to promote Seguin stewardship and put our guidelines into action and especially after the recent issues on Horseshoe Lake,” said O’Brien. “I contacted the Georgian Bay Biosphere to see if they would be willing to partner with us to naturalize the shoreline at that area and they were very receptive.”

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4th Annual Brew Ha Ha: Tickets on Sale Now!

Brew Poster 2015Excited for Brew Ha-Ha on October 3rd, but wondering about how to get there? Don’t fret, a by donation shuttle service will be available to get you home safely!

Doors to Brew Ha-Ha open at 6pm

Shuttle Pick ups at…

Parry Sound Mall 5:10pm
BOCC at 5:20pm
Farmer’s Tent at 5:30pm

Shuttle Leaves Seguin Valley Golf Course at …

10:30pm and drops off to all three pick-up locations
12:00am and drops off to all three pick-up locations

Charter Member Profile: Georgian Oasis Spa

044Georgian Oasis Spa has been a proud Biosphere Charter Member since the membership program began in 2012. Accredited aesthetician Renee Daleman will welcome you to a full range of aesthetic services including, manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing and tinting with the use of quality, all natural products. The perfect place to relax in a peaceful and tranquil rustic setting. Find Georgian Oasis Spa just ten minutes north of Parry Sound off Highway 124, 7 Bell Lake Road. View the website for services, specials and more!

Charter Member Profile: Pioneer Handcraft Furniture

phfPioneer Handcraft Furniture has been a Biosphere Charter Member since 2012. Looking for unique pieces of furniture to make your cottage comfortable and unique? Established in 1938, Pioneer Handcraft Furniture is the ideal place to find handmade furniture and designs to fit your lifestyle. One showroom is located on Highway 400 just north of Waubaushene, the main showroom and workshop is located on Highway 11 at Severn Bridge nestled in white pines and granite.

The Community Stewardship Program – Funding is Available

Grant opportunities are now available to residents in the eastern Georgian Bay region for stewardship projects that improve or preserve water quality and environmental health. The grants are available through the Lake Simcoe Eastern Georgian Bay Community Stewardship Program which is delivered by the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.

The Community Stewardship Program provides a holistic approach toward achieving water quality and environmental improvements in Georgian Bay and Lake Simcoe. Education, support and grant opportunities are available for residents, cottagers, shoreline owners, businesses, municipalities, community groups and others living within the program area. The eligible program area is the Georgian Bay region west of the Highway 400/Highway 69 corridor to the Georgian Bay shoreline, including islands, extending north to the French River.

The types of projects eligible for funding include: shoreline erosion control and restoration; replacing failed septic systems; wetland restoration and improvement; stream and fisheries improvements; planting native species and re-naturalization; and other projects which consider water quality protection

To apply for funding, landowners must first register and attend a free Stewardship Workshop. These three hour workshops provide a program overview, project ideas, and types of funding available, as well as other resources. Participating landowners then develop an action plan using the free Stewardship Guide, host a site visit, and submit an application form, permits, and financial documents. The site visit is completed by the program Extension Specialists, and only serves to verify project need and eligibility. Technical support is available at no cost throughout the entire process. Applicants will be advised of eligible funding levels prior to project commencement and grants will be issued after receipt of all eligible paid invoices upon project completion.

Upcoming Stewardship Workshops will be held:

  • Aug. 12th, 6-9pm Senior Citizen Centre, Britt
  • Aug. 18th, 6-8pm, Wasauksing Community Centre, 1508 Geewadin Rd. Lane G, Parry Sound
  • Sept. 19th, 9:30-11:30, Museum on Tower Hill, 17 George St., Parry Sound

Early Stewardship Workshop registration is advised as space in the program is limited and applications will be processed in the order they are submitted. To register for a Stewardship Workshop or for more information on the program visit You may also contact Extension Specialist, Delaina Arnold at or (705) 774.0978 for direct inquires or if you are interested in hosting a Stewardship Workshop in your area.

The Community Stewardship Program is made possible through the Environment Canada Lake Simcoe South Eastern Georgian Bay Clean Up Fund. The GBBR is grateful to all partners including the Dufferin Simcoe Land Stewardship Network.

Charter Member Profile: Seguin Valley

Featuring one of the most topographically diverse and spectacular settings for golf in Canada, Seguin Valley is situated among the regions signature mixed forest, crosses lakes, streams and lush wetlands, and skirts granite cliffs and rock outcroppings. 7th hole overhead
In this environment you may hear the distinct notes of songbirds, the gobble of wild turkeys or the screech of eagles overhead. You might witness the silent swoop of Great Blue Herons, the quiet patter of foxes and wolves, or the majesty of moose, black bears and deer.
Seguin’s layout covers nearly 400 acres of an 890-acre slice of Central Ontario wilderness just south of Parry Sound. Each of the 18 holes provides a unique, purposely secluded setting, with no parallel fairways, ensuring golfers a private, pristine domain on every hole.Through it all, there are some of Ontario’s most jaw-dropping and spell-bounding holes. It could be the stirring but intimidating carry across McRae Lake to a tree-framed green at the par-3 7th. Or it might be the arresting downward view over a serpentine creek and marshland at the drivable par-4 15th. Or perhaps it will be the daunting par-5 5th—600 yards from the tips—to a well bunkered green that arcs into the water.Dramatic, challenging, eminently memorable, Seguin Valley is a marriage of nature and golf.

Popular Filmmaker and Recording Artist Plans Parry Sound Concert

On Sunday, June 7th, Parry Sound will host to a uniquely Canadian journey/music tour/film this summer featuring well known Canadian musical talent, Peirson Ross along with award winning filmmaker Frank Wolf. The duo will be embarking on a 950 km canoe trip through Ontario/Quebec combined with a concert tour in support of Pierson’s new Album ‘Wild Ones’.  Wild Ones celebrates Canadian Wilderness, with each song representing a different animal and province in Canada.  The tour will be highlighted by a concert in Ottawa on Canada Day. The entire journey will be filmed and turned into a documentary to be released later next year.

“We’d like to not only have a great tour but want to promote the preservation of Canadian Wilderness as well- something both Peirson and I are passionate about.  For example, our concerts at Wilderness Tours and Esprit Rafting will raise money for the Ottawa Riverkeepers environmental group while this one in Parry Sound will support the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.  I’ll be the filmmaker/roadie/tour manager/MC while Peirson will be the performer/tripping grunt.” explained Wolf.

Tickets for the concert at $15 each and only a limited number will be sold since the venue is intimate. All tickets will be sold in advance and can be purchased at the Museum on Tower Hill or at White Squall in downtown Parry Sound or by contacting the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve. This is a unique opportunity to meet both an internationally acclaimed filmmaker and musician at the same venue so the event is expected to sell out quickly.

Peirson Ross is no run of the mill artist and has been described as a cross between Dave Mathews, Jeff Buckley and Nick Drake and he has won acclaim from across Canada and the United States. Reviews of his music and samples of his most recent album can be found at

Both Pierson Ross and Frank Wolf were excited to kick off the tour in Parry Sound since our unique and world renowned Biosphere Reserve is the epitome of the vibe that both the musician an filmmaker attempt to feature in their respective work.

More information on the concert can be found at the GBBR or by emailing

Honeybees, Plants, & Food Workshop Huge Success!

Organizers who hosted approximately 120 people taking part in one of two Honeybees, Plants and Food sessions at Canadore College last weekend hope everyone left knowing  they can help all pollinators.  unnamed

“Wild bees are pollinators too,” said local beekeeper John Warner. “They pollinate 70 to 80 per cent of commercial agriculture. Honeybees are just the canary in the coal mine; the chemicals we use are killing insects, affecting bird populations …”

The workshops, funded through a $2,500 TD Friends of the Environment Foundation grant matched by local Crofter’s Organic jam manufacturer, focused on raising bees, planting bee-friendly flowers and eating food that supports local and pesticide-free agriculture.

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Biosphere Charter Member Profile: Kropf Industrial

Located in Seguin, ON, Kropf Industrial has been serving the marine industry around the Great Lakes and beyond since the early 1980s. Kropf is a family-owned and operated company, and the majority employees and shareholders are avid boaters, kayakers, and anglers. They are focused on innovation and quality, to ensure that the best product is brought to market that will satisfy all  stakeholders, including the broader community in the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve.

Kropf manufactures the Conolift line of hydraulic boat handling equipment, including boat trailers and mobile lifts up to 100 ton capacity. Kropf also supplies built to order steel tube floating docks, which are designed to be left in place year around while minimizing any impact on the shoreline environment. These docks feature an all-steel sub-frame, which means there is no foam or plastic that breaks down and drifts away from the dock. The docks are all floating, with a minimal anchor footprint on the lake bottom. No wood materials, treated or otherwise, are in contact with the water once the dock is installed. The steel frame of the dock is not foam filled, so it is easily recyclable without any material having to be landfilled.

Healthy living, food skills taught through Community Kitchen Program

A plethora of smells wafted out of the kitchen at the Salvation Army on Monday afternoon.


The Mix, Measure, and Mingle community kitchen group made easy vegetable coleslaw, sweet potato fries, vegetarian burgers, and apple crisp for their weekly Monday afternoon meal.

Earlier this year, the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve was graced with a $57,500 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to expand community kitchen opportunities at the Salvation Army and the Parry Sound Friendship Centre.

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