Three or four more unusually cold days to go until what might feel like spring arrives. Wednesday felt colder than it really was with the sun somewhat obscured by clouds, and a very brisk north wind blowing down the lake. Thursday should feel a little bit warmer. The big snowstorm totally missed us this time. From the looks of the trail map, we might get in one more weekend of riding on some of the trails north and east of here.
5 ton per axle load restrictions by the municipality are in place through May 1.
A test hole drilled in the ice Sunday afternoon about 500 yards out from the marina showed 26 inches of hard, clear ice. The most there has been all winter. However, the creek leading in from Steenburg Lake to the south of the marina is starting to show open water in spite of the cold temperatures.
I have a customer looking for a runabout style boat suitable for pulling teenagers on a tube or wakeboard. If you are thinking about selling or trading in one, drop me a line and I will put you in touch with the prospective buyers. On a related subject, I also have a customer looking to sell an older pontoon boat. The boat is in decent condition but it needs a new engine.
Limerick Lodge is again sponsoring an "Operation Clean Sweep" event for the municipality. It is scheduled for the weekend of June 9-10. That should be after black-fly season. Southern parts of the province do litter pick up in late April, but mid-June works better here. This is a great way for teens to get some community service hours toward graduation.
My compliments to the local snowmobile club for removing the orange plastic stakes that had marked the 950 trail on the lake. In two previous years the stakes were left to end up floating in the lake to be picked up by boaters during the spring.
Save the Date: 2nd annual Backwoods ATV / UTV tour, Bancroft, Saturday, May 5th. 70km ride. Entrance fee is $85 + $35 for a passenger. Register by phone: 613-332-9999. Includes ride, dinner and prizes. This event was a quick sell out last year.
Another up coming spring event:
The first annual Turtle Walk will be taking place during Saturday May 26th – Saturday June 2nd. This is the Strawberry Moon and considered to be the most active times for turtle nesting in Ontario. As part of the first annual Turtle Walk to raise money for the Turtle Trauma and Tunnel Campaign The Land Between has chosen the Bancroft area as one of the scheduled walk locations. Information about the selected route, date, time and additional details will be available in the coming weeks. You can pre-register online at www.thelandbetween.ca and www.turtleguardians.com. Turtle Walk packages will be sent to participants and will include pledge sheets and posters. The websites will be updated with more information as well. The Turtle Walk and Turtle Trauma/Tunnel Campaign is organized by The Land Between in partnership with the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre, Ontario Nature, Toronto Zoo and Eco-Kare International.
Real estate activity is coming to life: #310, water access in Greens Bay is still listed as well as #316 Greens Bay that was listed late last summer. Both are lovely places in that bay.