Biosphere Member Profile: Ritchie Insurance

Donald T. Ritchie Insurance Broker Ltd has been a locally owned and family operated business since 1969 with roots back in the Parry Sound community to 1912. We sell Property & Casualty Insurance for Personal, Commercial and Recreational products such as home, auto, cottage, business, marine, snowmobiles and more.
Ritchie Insurance has been a Charter Member of the GBBR since 2012. Our community and business depends and thrives on the environment we live in. People come from all parts of the globe to experience and enjoy the Georgian Bay Area, something that we live and breathe on a daily basis. We take great pride in helping protect this jewel!

Biosphere Member Profile: Carling Township

Perched on the edge of the Sweetwater Sea in the heart of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, the Township of Carling is a rural-recreational municipality committed to preserving, enhancing and promoting sound development in harmony with the natural environment.  Carling’s leadership and residents recognize the inter-relationship of ecological, biological, economic and social systems and the importance of minimizing interference with the complex and precarious balance of our ecosystems.

With more than 75 kilometres of shoreline along Georgian Bay, thousands of islands, popular Killbear Provincial Park, 30,000+ acres of Crown Land and many businesses dedicated to supporting recreational tourism, the opportunities for exploration and excitement in Carling are endless in any season.   It’s no wonder our residents are so fiercely Carling Proud!

The Township of Carling is a proud supporter of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve and the important work they undertake on behalf of all who live and play here.

Biosphere Member Profile: Otter Lake Ratepayers’ Association

Otter Lake Ratepayers’ Association (OLRA) was established in 1962 as the Otter Lake Cottagers’ Association, and in 1965 it changed to name. OLRA has been a Biosphere Member since 2012.
OLRA is a dedicated group of individuals whose interests are in protecting all the natural attributes of Otter Lake. In 2016, OLRA completed a survey of its members and the top 4 priorities were: lake water quality; ecology of Otter Lake and area; maintaining property values; and safety when boating and swimming.
In 2017 OLRA has launched a water quality testing program to obtain better data on our complex lake system. OLRA objectives are to:
  1. Work to promote and preserve water quality and water levels through monitoring and by taking appropriate actions to maintain the ecological integrity of the Otter Lake watershed;
  2. Inform and educate Otter Lake residents, and where possible, their guests and transient users of the lake, about the ecology of the area and ways to protect and sustain it;
  3. Advocate on behalf of Otter Lake residents and inform them of issues that concern them. We do this by working with the relevant levels of government and non-government agencies wherever possible to voice the concerns of Otter Lake residents on issues affecting them and the lake environment; and
  4. Promote a friendly, social and considerate Otter Lake community.
OLRA is also a member of FOCA and supports the efforts of Safe Quiet Lakes.