Spring started with a very nice spring-like day on Wednesday. Plenty of sunshine and the temperature climbed well above the freezing mark. Lots of melting going on everywhere. The only downside is that as the frost begins to come out of the ground, the mud starts. By late afternoon it was pretty mushy around here. Thursday is starting out just above freezing and may add some precipitation (rain or snow) to the soggy conditions. All part of normal spring weather that erases the snow and ice of winter. Please keep an eye on the OFSC trails chart as it is changing daily as the snow pack melts. Do not ride on closed trails.
Spring edition of ATV World magazine arrived Tuesday. Starting on page 70 is an 8 page article about the adventure the editorial crew had here last summer. A big THANK YOU to the editors and crew for their support.
The "ice-out" contest pole is in view of the webcam at the end of the boat house. Enter by sending an e-mail with your guess of the date and time that the pole will tip over as the ice melts under it. Entries will be accepted through March 25th. The prize is $100 cash for the closest guess. Statistically, the average is April 14th at 2PM, but has been as early as March 25 and as late as May 3.
Heads up to those have been parking in the lot or driving vehicles on the ice through the property. Depending upon the temperature each day, the driveway into the resort will be chained closed soon. Have to do this each year to prevent damage to the road and parking lot while the ground thaws. The chain will be loose enough to snowmobile or ATV under it.
We recently had a cancellation of a reservation for the 3 campsites for opening weekend of bass. As of now there are campsites and cabins available for opening weekend. (June 22) The following weekend, Canada Day, is booked pretty much full.
The Subway in Bancroft is closed for roughly a month for remodeling. The Tim Hortons just north of the 401, (near the Lowes) in Belleville is also closed for one of those major renovations.
Many of you attended the Tweed and Company performance of "Hastings the Musical" in Bancroft last summer. Limerick Lodge was one of the major corporate sponsors who made the production possible. I have been working with their business manager to bring them right here to the lodge to perform a musical comedy on the night of July 6th. Stay tuned for more details as we get it set up.
Information about a very popular spring event. (Note, this is not the Dungannon Mud Bog but is a family friendly guided ride)Annual Backwoods ATV/UTV Tour, Saturday, May 4, 2019. Registration is now open. https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/backwoods-atv-utv-tour-tickets-… Supporting Non-Profit BCT (Bancroft Community Transportation)
613-318-5455 or 613-334-2807 This event will sell out quickly.
Time to start thinking about boats too. I have 2 customers looking to buy family runabout/ski boats. In both cases the perfect boat would be a 17 foot Bayliner/Glastron/Four Winns type boat with a 120hp Merc/Yamaha/Evinrude outboard. If you are thinking about selling or trading in the family boat and it matches this description, please drop me a line and I will put you in touch with the potential buyers. And, I have an almost new 21 foot Princecraft pontoon boat with 60 Merc here in the yard for sale. The owner has sold their cottage and needs to sell the boat.
The real estate market is fairly active. I have buyers who were unsuccessful in buying a cottage earlier this spring looking on this lake. Water or road access. Fixer or not. They are being really flexible. Also informed of an older cottage that will be listed for sale soon in the upper $300 range. It has undergone extensive renovation and now has a complete, permitted septic system.