Love Your Lake Program

We were on beautiful #BrandyLake in #MuskokaLakes this morning for another #LoveYourLake shoreline re-naturalization! Canadian Wildlife Federation Watersheds Canada #Muskoka

Christine M. property in “The Lagoon” bay on Brandy Lake

Pictures from Muskoka Water Shed Post


Municipal Elections 2018

Advance polls open Friday, October 12th at 10 a.m.  and remain open through to 8 p.m. on Monday, October 22nd, 2018 (Voting Day).

New this year, internet and telephone voting are your only two voting options.

Voter Information Letters have been mailed to eligible electors at the address on the voters’ list. If you have not received your Voter Information Letter by October 9, 2018 or would like additional information please contact your local Muskoka municipal office.


To be able to vote, you will need 3 pieces of information: your voter ID and your PIN (both provided in your voter information letter) and your date of birth which has to have been registered with the Township

We have been informed by the township that 700 of 16,000 TML voters (4%) do not have their birth dates on file and are ineligible to vote until that issue is rectified. To ensure your birth date has been registered, the Township has offered the following helpful information taken directly from their website.

To confirm your date of birth, please check the Voter Registration Portal :

Complete the required fields on the portal, including your date of birth, and if correct your information will be confirmed.  It is not necessary to contact the Voter Help Line if the information is correct in the portal. If you require any assistance, you can call the municipal office at 705-765-3156 ext. 211 or email

More information can be found at the following link : 
Municipal election information for voting in Muskoka Lakes


Brandy Lake’s First Little Library

Brandy Lake’s First Little Library at 1013 Phyllimar Lane, Brandy Lake

Several years ago I saw this initiative and thought it was great. Since then it has grown to thousands around the world although primarily in USA and Canada.

This was built with left over building material.

Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. This library has been registered with the Charter no. is 56310 and should be listed on their website within several days.

Through Little Free Libraries, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.

So please come by, take a book out to read or bring one for others to read , appropriate for all age groups.

This library will remain throughout the year. However, there will be limited accessibility in the winter due to the high snow. We do not come up in the winter and will not be clearing the path for the Library.


Andrea von Moeller

Important Short Survey For Brandy Lake

Dear Brandy Lakers 

Love Your Lakes Shoreline Assessment of Brandy lake is nearly completed but we need your help.  One step is left.

Please take 2 or 3 minutes to complete the Love Your Lake  survey and share what is important to you about our lake.

Click on this link:

Your response on what we value about Brandy Lake will help the Canadian Wildlife Federation incorporate our data to generate their report. Please take a moment in the next 48 hours to help us reach our goal. Your input is important to us all.

BLA Executive and the Love your Lakes Program Team

ROW for a Reason


Muskoka Watershed Council is excited to be working with the organizers of Muskoka River X and Algonquin Outfitters to raise awareness and support for MWC’s ongoing efforts to evaluate and report on the health of our watersheds and educate citizens on how to make informed decisions that benefit our natural environment.

In honour of the 5th anniversary of the Muskoka River X paddling events, everyone who makes a donation to Muskoka Watershed Council until June 18, 2017 will be entered into a draw for some great prizes donated by Algonquin Outfitters. Donate today for your chance to win one of these great prizes:

  • $250 gift certificate
  • Whitewater rafting lesson in Minden
  • Canoe/Kayak/SUP rental

Water Testing

For the past few decades a team of Brandy Lake volunteers take water samples then analyse it and send the results to Beacon Environmental for processing and recording.    The results are then posted by the MLA.   A second test, usually done by Peter Sale will continue as well..mostly for phosphorous.    This is a free analysis where Beacon has a fee.

Water Test Volunteers Fred Kelsey; Jon Deveth; Bob Hogg

Peter Sale who has moved off the lake.

Contact us if you would like to be involved….the training date is:

Saturday, May 20 at 8:30 a.m. Port Carling Community Centre – 3 Bailey St, Port Carling

Test dates are on weekends with a window of Friday morning until Monday afternoon

  • May 20-22                           Sample 1
  • June 23-26                           Sample 2
  • July 28-31                            Sample 3
  • August 25-28                      Sample 4
  • TBD                                        Volunteer Appreciation Celebration

To take the training session please contact:

Claire Danès

Administrative Coordinator

Muskoka Lakes Association

65 Joseph Street, Box 298, Port Carling, P0B 1J0

(705) 765-5723 – phone

(705) 765-3203 – fax






Spring Thaw

Well almost.

Just over a week ago the ice was a about 18″ thick however this week it is melting around the shore line.   Don’t kid yourself with how it looks… will probably (will)  drown if you ventured out.

We didn’t have the usual high water in the fall..however the town cleaned out the dams under Falkenburg Road and that got some water in for our flush in the fall..   Today…we haven’t reached our average high spring level but it seems to be coming up, fast.   Brandy Lake is a head water lake so our level is not controlled the same way as the big lakes in Muskoka.

We had plenty of snowmobiles, deer, skiers, snowshoeing and walking on the lake this winter

We won’t have full newsletter this spring.  So…

Here is a report from our president:

BLA Spring News Letter 2017

A Report From our Treasure:

Brandy Lake Treasurer’s report Dec 2016

Love Your Lakes Program (in the works) 

Love Your Lakes Program for 2017.

And last ..a spring picture from Moira Innes 









Brandy Lake Study

Brandy Lake, as well as other lakes,  will be in a study controlled by the District Of Muskoka.   Please see the information below and the full version in the attached file

August 20, 2016 9:00-11:00 a.m. Muskoka Lakes Port Carling Community Centre (Meeting Space AB), 3 Bailey St, Port Carling

2016 08 08 Notice of Open House OPA 45 FOR MAIL

ANY PERSON OR AGENCY may attend the Open Houses and/or make written representation prior to
the decision of Muskoka District Council, either in support of, or in opposition to, the proposed

The purpose of the proposed Official Plan Amendment would be to provide an updated, simplified
and scientifically defensible policy set for the continued protection of Muskoka’s recreational water

In this regard, the effect of the Amendment would be to revise and update the existing
planning policies to guide development around lakes and rivers in a holistic manner by responding
to the findings of the Revised Water Quality Model and Lake System Health Program Final Report
by Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Limited (HESL) dated April, 2016.

This report provides
evidence based and outcome driven recommendations on how to protect water quality in the
watersheds of Muskoka in consideration of multiple environmental stressors and using the data
from the District’s water quality monitoring program.

Brandy Lake AGM

Hello Brandy Lakers

This is to remind you about our Annual General Meeting to be held on Saturday August 27, 2016.

Please take note of the topic of our guest speaker this year below:


Hope to see you all at the AGM!

Johanna Geuzebroek

Brandy Lake Association


Annual General Meeting
9:30 A.M. sharp, Saturday, August 27, 2016
Port Carling Community Centre


8:45 – 9:15 am Registration
9:30 am Speaker: Rebecca Wilson, District of Muskoka
“Protect your Property Investment”
Love your Lake is a shoreline assessment and stewardship
program to help improve the health of your shoreline and
your lake, developed by the Canadian Wildlife Federation
and Watersheds Canada, delivered by the District of

10:00 am 1. Welcome and President’s Opening Remarks
2. Approval of the Minutes of the 2015 Annual General meeting
3. Nomination and Election of New Executive members
4. Treasurer’s Report, consisting of the reviewed financial statements for
financial year 2015
5. Environmental Report
6. Receiving any New Business from the Floor
7. Receiving a Motion to Close the Annual Meeting