Bob Lake Association

The Bob Lake History – Chapter 8

As we begin to put a wrap on the 2021 cottaging season, and reflect on Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, why not enjoy the next chapter in Greg Pyke’s series on The Bob Lake History! Check out Chapter 8 which covers the growth of Minden and area (1910-1930).

2021 Lake Stewards Newsletter

FOCA has just released its 2021 Lake Stewards Newsletter. This latest edition is packed with tips, tricks, and articles on protecting the health of our lakes – something we all care about deeply. Every one of us can do something to make a positive difference, but it starts with education and awareness. Why not begin your learning journey on how to protect Bob Lake by spending a little time checking out this great FOCA resource (here)!

The Bob Lake History – Chapter 7

What better way to enjoy summer (finally here!!) at the cottage than checking out Chapter 7 in Greg Pyke’s series on The Bob Lake History?!? This chapter covers the Minden area developments from 1885 to 1904 – a hundred years before the Y2K fret!!

The Bob Lake History – Chapter 6

It’s that time again!! Announcing Chapter 6 in Greg Pyke’s series on The Bob Lake History!! This chapter covers the growth of Minden from 1871 to 1884. Get your history on!!

Found Floating Things

We have a few items this spring that members have retrieved off the lake – a small floating dock, a ramp, and a sailboard (see pictures below). If you recognize any of these, or have any idea who the owner is, then please contact Dave Roberts by email ( or phone (647-278-0692).

Found Floater
Found Ramp
Found Sailboard

The Bob Lake History – Chapter 5

It’s spring, and the May long weekend is just around the corner! But wait no longer for Chapter 5 in Greg Pyke’s series on The Bob Lake History!! This chapter covers the logging and the fur trade era of our area (1870s~1900).

Hazard Buoys Deployed

It’s official – our Bob Lake Safe Boating season has started today with the launch of our hazard buoys! I’m also glad to report that our one errant buoy has been recovered, so we’re back to eight strong!! Refer to our Hazard Marking web page for more details and our Maps web page for exact locations. You can contact us using the form on our Safe Boating web page if you have any comments or questions.

BeShore Haliburton

For those that missed the full-page ad in last week’s Highlander, be sure to checkout BeShore Haliburton’s new website at BeShore Haliburton is “a growing Not-For-Profit coalition of Haliburton County residents, associations and businesses, dedicated to ensuring that future generations will enjoy the same priceless memories of life by our beautiful lakes as we do.“. Their website offers an excellent resource for understanding what drives the health of our lakes and what we can do to help that. Lots of facts and references around Haliburton’s Shoreline Preservation Bylaw, septic system health, blue-green algae, and more.

Also, Haliburton’s renowned Dr Norman Yan will be conducting a webinar entitled “All About the Smallest Critters in our Lake” on Tuesday May 18 at 7:30pm. Read more about this here and watch for registration at

The Bob Lake History – Chapter 4

I know you’ve been counting down the days, but wait no longer – Chapter 4 is here!! This next chapter in Greg Pyke’s series on The Bob Lake History covers the development of our Minden village – circa 1860 through 1870 (when I was minus 100ish :).

The Bob Lake History – Chapter 3

We’re pleased to announce the release of Chapter 3 in Greg Pyke’s series on The Bob Lake History. This chapter covers the genesis of Haliburton’s villages – circa 1848 through 1860.

For those needing more to satisfy their itch for local history, the CBC has released For Heaven’s Sake this week: an 8-part documentary about Harold Heaven who lived on Horseshoe Lake and mysteriously disappeared in 1934. It was filmed in and around the Minden area during the winter of 2020 by Harold’s great-great nephew trying to solve the family’s 86-year mystery. Pamela and I caught the first three episodes tonight and give it two big thumbs up!! You can stream it for free on CBC’s GEM (here).

BLA Town Hall Wraps!

Many thanks to everyone that joined us for our first virtual town hall on February 20th. We had 55 on the Zoom call plus another 25 watching on YouTube! For those who couldn’t join, you can watch the recording on YouTube (link here). The town hall slide material can be downloaded here, and Chris Johnston’s (MECP) presentation on blue-green algae blooms can be downloaded here.

The Bob Lake History – Chapter 2

It’s official and hot of the press – Greg Pyke’s Chapter 2 in his series on The Bob Lake History has been released! This chapter covers the early exploration days of The Highlands – circa 1800 through 1853. If you missed the launch last month then we encourage you to read Greg’s Introduction and Chapter 1 featuring First Nations of our region.

You can use the “Leave a Reply” form at the bottom of each page if you have a comment or words of encouragement for Greg. Have some stories to tell or other thoughts to share with Greg? Just complete the form on our History page to start the dialogue – you might even get published on our world famous website!!

Bob Lake Association Town Hall

The BLA would like to welcome all Bob Lake property owners to join our one-hour virtual “town hall” meeting on February 20th at 10AM. We’ll cover a number of important topics, including the boat launch, Shoreline Preservation Bylaw, blue-green algae, and more. You can attend using either Zoom video conferencing services or YouTube live streaming. For meeting logistics and helpful tips on joining, please see our website. If you have any questions you’d like us to address please send them to Laurent Joncas. Please register your intent to attend through our website.

BLAst – January 2021

Check out our January 2021 BLAst newsletter – Shoreline Preservation Bylaw, boat launch update, hold-the-date for a BLA Zoom meeting on February 20, and more!!

EH! EnviroCafé on Blue Green Algae

Environment Haliburton is hosting a virtual EnviroCafé on February 9th at 7:30pm that will feature Dr Elizabeth Favot, Assistant Lake Steward Coordinator for FOCA, speaking about blue-green algae blooms. Dr Norman Yan and Fleming College’s Barb Elliot will also be there and asking Dr Favot questions about her Master’s Thesis on blue-green algae blooms.

Register for the Zoom event through the EH! website @

Post event update: – a recording of this is now available on YouTube (here). Great presentation and panel Q&A – highly recommended that everyone get their science on and watch this!

The History and Stories of Bob Lake

Bob Lake and its surrounding area is rich with history and steeped with stories to be told. We want to share that history and ask others to contribute with their feedback and family tales. To kickoff the conversation we’d like to introduce resident historian and long-time Bob Lake cottager Greg Pyke. Greg has been researching the history of Bob Lake and how our area came to be. You can read Greg’s biography and follow each chapter as they are released in his The Bob Lake History series. Checkout Chapter 1 – First Nations now!

Have some stories to tell or thoughts to share with Greg? Just complete the form on our History page to start the dialogue – you might even get published on our world famous website!!