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The RCMP Musical Ride

If you have never seen the Musical Ride of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police make sure you have tickets for the event to take place at Peterborough’s Morrow Park on September 7th

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The Musical Ride is a formal event showcasing the equestrian skills performed by 32 cavalry who are regular members of the RCMP. You will witness an amazing performance, consisting of intricate figures and drills – all choreographed to music. These movements demand the utmost control, timing and coordination…a spectacular accomplishment for the riders let alone the 32 horses.

The event is held in Canada and worldwide to promote the RCMP. The first official ride was held in 1887 in Regina, District of Assiniboia. Members of the North-West Mounted Police were able to display their riding ability and entertain the local community. It has evolved over the decades into a uniquely Canadian performance enjoyed by tens of thousands of spectators every year.

It is now performed in up to 50 communities across Canada between the months of May and October.

The special event helps to raise thousands of dollars for local charities and non-profit organizations. The show in Peterborough will benefit the PARD Therapeutic Riding program – not only as a fundraising opportunity – but also as a way to raise awareness about PARD. Horses are the core of PARD’s program, providing the physical, emotional and psychological benefits of therapeutic riding to individuals regardless of age, ability, or financial means. 

“The show is something every Canadian should see in their lifetime,” says PARD president Angie Muir. “For me, the RCMP Musical Ride is a symbol of patriotic pride and this is a rare opportunity to see them.  The tour brings them to Ontario every four years, and it’s been almost 30 years since they were in Peterborough. I think it is a tremendous honour to welcome them to our beautiful city again.”

Members of the Musical Ride are first and foremost police officers. They all have at least two years’ experience in active police work before volunteering for duty with the Musical Ride. Surprisingly, most have no prior riding experience. The riders act as ambassadors of goodwill, promoting the RCMP’s image, heritage and traditions throughout Canada and all over the world.

Queen Elizabeth II takes a keen and highly knowledgeable interest in horses. As the Honorary Commissioner of the RCMP she has been presented with four horses as gifts from the Force.

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In addition to the show on Sept. 7, area residents will have an opportunity to see the RCMP horses up close while they are housed in Peterborough for six days in the fairground barns. Ryan Moore, President of the Peterborough Agricultural Society, is excited to extend a warm welcome to everyone to visit the barns and see the horses.

 

Get your tickets today!

PARD Therapeutic Riding

Email: info@pard.ca

Phone: (705) 742-6441

Website: Click Here!

 

 

What better way to enjoy the great September weather we’re experiencing than on this beautiful semi-private facility complete with 18 manicured holes.  The par 72 facility is situated near the shorelines of Lake Scugog.

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It features:

  • 4 sets of bent grass tees ranging in length from 5029 to 6716 yards.
  • a gently rolling fairway.
  • impeccably groomed bent grass greens.
  • tightly fashioned holes cut through the natural beauty of the Kawarthas.
  • a practice facility, putting green and a fully stocked golf shop with a complete range of clubs, demo clubs, fitting carts, clothing and accessories.

Want to relax after your game? There are a variety of choices including “Duffer’s Den”, the “McGill Lounge”, and the outdoor patio overlooking the golf course.

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The course Marshals and scheduled tee times help to keep everyone moving at an enjoyable pace of play.

Need a few lessons? No problem. The CPGA professionals on staff offer both lessons and clinics to ensure you enjoy your “Wolf” experience.

Planning a special event? The Clubhouse offers an enjoyable setting for Banquets, Weddings and Tournaments.

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Check out the Wolf Run Golf Club website for more information on the course, rates, memberships, facilities and events. Wolf Run Website

Book your Tee Times Online!

Wolf Run Tee Times

Contact the staff or visit the course and facilities:

Wolf Run Golf Club,  51 Golf Course Rd., RR #1, Janetville, ON, L0B 1K0

Proshop: 705-328-3949 ext. 22

Toll Free: 1-888-321-WOLF (9653)

Course Email: info@wolfrungolfcourse.com

 

 

The Curve Lake Indian Reserve is part of the beautiful Kawarthas region.

The Reserve has a very rich history from generations of the Whetung family.  Over the years, the Whetungs have conducted steamboat cruises on the lakes around their peninsula, traded in furs, guided fishermen, catered banquets and operated a grocery store, postal station and taxi service. The Whetung Ojibwa Center evolved from a fishing lodge opened in the early 1900’s.

When unemployment was very high on the Reserve in the early 1960s, the Whetungs encouraged their fellow band members to produce crafts. Eleanor Whetung, her five children, and women from the reserve and their children were the core of the cottage industry in the Whetung living room that gradually extended to hundreds of band members.

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They made canoes, pipes, birch bark and sweet-grass baskets, feather headdresses, dolls and moccasins. With the assistance of a loan, the first craft shop was built and opened in 1966 in the same location where Clifford Whetung’s great-grandfather had his grocery store, only a stone’s throw from the small, wooden cottage where Clifford was born. Business flourished and three years later an old barn was renovated to handle the expansion of craft production and storage.

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Today the main building displays handcrafts from all parts of Canada, as well as those still produced within the community. The area downstairs offers a selection of arctic parkas, Cowichan sweaters, leather garments, souvenir apparel, gloves and various bead accessories. Adjacent to that is the museum. It features the Whetungs’ private collection, the work of artists and craftspeople from the Curve Lake Reserve and outstanding native craft work from across Canada.

Two special events to plan on attending:  

Sept 17 & 18, 2016 – Curve Lake Pow Wow

The Pow Wow is a two-day celebration of song, dance, stories and food! Pow Wow time is the Native American people’s way of coming together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships and making new ones.

The Curve Lake Pow Wow is just down the road from Whetung Gallery. It is an annual event that draws visitors from across North America. Don’t miss this one!

Oct 8 & 9, 2016– Thanksgiving Art Show 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bring the whole family to meet the artists and see them in action at this interesting event suitable for the whole family. Plan a day trip and enjoy the beautiful fall colours on your way to the Whetung Gallery.

The Centre is open every day and admission is free. If you are travelling from Peterborough, take Water Street North to Buckhorn Road to Curve Lake Road.

Travelling by boat?  From Buckhorn Lake, dock on Coppaway Point, only a few minutes’ walk from the Gallery.

Phone 9am -5pm, EST  705-657-3661

Whetung Website

Email: info@whetung.com

 

 

 

If you are a boater you will be hard pressed to find any area as good as the Kawartha’s. The reasons are simple: dozens of lakes, beautiful scenery, marinas and outfitter stores, restaurants – and the heart of the Trent-Severn Waterway – Canada’s longest chain of locks and canals, connecting the lakes and rivers to the Great Lake system.

The variety of water activities is almost endless. If you want some physical activity you can try watersports such as kayaking, canoeing, wakeboarding, or water skiing followed by a leisurely tube ride. Or catch your supper fishing. Others simply cruise in their boats or enjoy sightseeing from a pontoon boat.

Or, you can rent a houseboat! 

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You can fish along the way for Bass, Muskie and Pickerel. If you want to cook your fish, you can pair it with local fruits and vegetables from the variety of farmer’s markets. Or if you prefer, you can try the ‘catch of the day’ at one of the many dining options on the shores.

If you want to try house boating but don’t know where to start, no problem. You can choose from one of the House boating Itineraries:

  • 3 – 5 Day Journey, a one day trip from Pigeon Lake to Hastings.
  • 1 – 2 days from Hastings to Peterborough
  • Day Trip from Burleigh Falls to Peterborough
  • Day Trip from Bobcaygeon to Burleigh Falls

The following map shows the route from Bobcaygeon to Hastings.

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You can start your research by downloading the 2016 Peterborough and The Kawarthas Experience Directory. Over 40 pages of information on:

  • Places to stay
  • Attractions
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Shopping
  • Retreats

And if that were not enough, there is a special section on “Building Your Bucket List.” The information helps you choose all of the activities you have always wanted to do but have not gotten around to yet! You can choose from detailed itineraries…

  • If you are culture and history buff,
  • If you love to be entertained,
  • If you’re a foodie who also enjoys craft wines, beers and spirits,
  • Or if you love the great outdoors.

To get all of the details and more ideas visit http://thekawarthas.ca/build-bucket-list-peterborough-kawarthas/.

Request more information by calling 1-800-461-6424or email info@thekawarthas.ca.
 

 

 

Communities open the doors to some of Ontario’s most intriguing and charming heritage sites between April and October 2016. Do some planning in advance to be sure you don’t miss any of the free events in the area.

Doors Open Ontario showcases the buildings, natural spaces, infrastructure and cultural centres that shape and define our communities including historical houses to modern architecture.

Pictured below is the log home known as Five Gables, built in the 1870’s on Lake Dalrymple.

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The theme for 2016 is focused on our rich medical legacy. Many people do not know that Ontario can boast an amazing number of innovations in medical science, procedures and technology. Each destination has a fascinating story to tell. Featured sites include hospitals, medical schools and laboratories that showcase Ontario’s and Canada’s achievements in medicine. Learn more about ingenious innovators and remarkable discoveries while you uncover the places that made medical history.

Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

“Since it began, Doors Open Ontario has allowed millions of people to glimpse into some of our province’s most fascinating cultural sites. Not only does the program boost local economies, but it also raises awareness of and interest in heritage conservation. I encourage Ontarians and visitors to get out and discover the unique story and experience waiting behind every door.”                                                 

Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

For a full list of over 40 Doors Open events, visit the Doors Open Website at http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca

Be sure to mark off September 11, 2016 on your calendar – the day that will feature Kawartha Lakes!  You can take a drive back in time and experience the lives of the pioneers who settled the northwest corner of the county of Victoria.

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You will see how the logging trade supported families through the first quarter of the 20th century. Gain an appreciation of how challenging farming must have been as residents had to clear rocks from the land before they could even think about farming. In fact, the area is known as “The Land Between” as it is the spot where the limestone plains and the Canadian Shield converged.

The link below highlights the locations of the Kawartha Lakes events:

Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

The Doors Open website also has a Photo Gallery.

Remember, September 11th in the Kawartha Lakes!

Contact the Ontario Heritage Trust Telephone: 416-325-5000

Email: doorsopenontario@heritagetrust.on.ca

Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca

 

 

 

Kawartha Choice FarmFresh was created to help consumers easily identify nutritious, great-tasting local agricultural products grown and produced in the local Kawartha Region.

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The Kawartha Choice Farm Fresh members provide residents and visitors with an amazing array of choices when it comes to locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other products.

Members include:

  • 36 Farms
  • 3 ‘Agri-tainment’ venues
  • 9 Restaurants
  • 5 Retailers
  • 6 Farmers’ Markets
  • 3 Food Service Providers

Now you might wonder about the Agri-tainment venues. They include:

  • Heaven’s Gait – trail pony rides daily;
  • Kawartha Country Wines – offering over 45 varieties of wine, complimentary wine tasting and tours;
  • Salem Alpacas – visit the alpacas or shop for clothing, collectables and gifts.

And if you are wondering what types of products you can find, the selection is almost endless!

  • Baked Goods
  • Beef
  • Berries
  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Eggs
  • Fibre
  • Fruit
  • Goat meat
  • Goat Milk/cheese
  • Grain
  • Herbs
  • Honey
  • Lamb
  • Maple Syrup
  • Plants/Flowers
  • Pork
  • Preserves
  • Pumpkins
  • Sheep Milk/Cheese
  • Specialty Meats
  • Turkey
  • Vegetables
  • Wine
  • Wool and Wool Products

Support your local agricultural community and the farm families who produce the food. This helps to preserve our local farmland, helps the environment by reducing “food miles”, and expands the local food market. And an additional benefit – you will be building relationships with the farmers that grow your food; you will get to experience agriculture up close!

“Our region is filled with unique products and food experiences,” says Jamey Coughlin, Peterborough Economic Development’s Business Development Lead – Agriculture and Rural. “The Kawartha Choice FarmFresh Guide is a great way to connect consumers with local growers and producers.”

Print your Kawartha Choice FarmFresh Guide which includes a detailed description and map to local food, products, and agri-tainment at:

Kawartha Farm Fresh Guide

And if you have some local turkey sausage, onions, herbs, rice and beans on hand, why not cook up a batch of Red Beans and Rice for supper. Red Beans and Rice Recipe

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Ingredients

2 Tbsp (30mL) canola oil, divided

6 oz (170g) smoked turkey sausage, thinly sliced

1 ½ cups (375mL) diced onions

4 medium garlic cloves, minced

2 cans (15oz/ 443mL each) no-salt-added red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 tsp (5mL) dried thyme leaves

2 dried bay leaves

1Tbsp (15mL) Louisiana hot sauce

¼ tsp (1mL) salt

3 cups (750mL) hot cooked brown rice

Instructions

In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat 1 Tbsp canola oil over medium-high heat. Sauté sausage 2-3 minutes or until richly browned on edges, stirring frequently. Set aside on separate plate. Reduce heat to medium.

Add onions and cook 4 minutes or until beginning to lightly brown. Stir in garlic and cook 15 seconds, stirring constantly.

Add beans, thyme and bay leaves. Stir in cooked sausages, hot sauce, salt and remaining 1 Tbsp canola oil. Heat until cooked through. Serve over cooked rice.

Find more recipes at http://www.kawarthachoice.com/.

 

Want to do something different for a night out near Bethany? Maybe shake up your usual going out for dinner routine?

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Why not try the Kawartha Downs Grandstand Dining Room? The popular dining spot sells out on most race nights, so plan ahead.

You can watch all of the excitement of Harness Racing while dining on the famous buffet including aged prime rib, mashed potatoes, pasta, seafood, pork, chicken, vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, a delicious variety of salads and desserts. And the best part? The price has remained at $29.95 ($12.95 for children 2 to 12 years of age).

Going out with a group? No problem. Groups of 10 or more receive a reduced rate of $28.47. Each adult in the group receives a $2 betting voucher, and a $5 Shorelines Casino voucher. Groups of 6-9 will receive a $5 voucher for Shorelines Casino at Kawartha Downs.

Reserve your seats by calling 705-940-0237.

And for something totally unique, if you are planning a party for a birthday, anniversary, or any other milestone, just call the marketing director at 905-259-3889 to arrange a race named after your group, winner’s circle presentations or group photo.

Please note that the dining room is six levels of tiered seating and there is no elevator available and several sets of stairs to access the dining room. 

A great dining event paired with the excitement of harness racing is the perfect way to spend a summer evening.

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In addition to the fact that horse racing is an exciting sport, it is also a dynamic business and a major contributor to the agricultural economy in Ontario. Kawartha Downs features harness or Standardbred racing where the horses are attached to a race bike (called a sulky) and are steered by drivers through a one mile race.

Kawartha Downs is a five-eighths mile track which means the races start on the far side (away from the grandstand) of the racetrack, pass by the grandstand and race once more around the track with the exciting finish right in front of the fans and grandstand.

The horses competing in harness racing have two distinct gaits.

Pacers

Pacers are the most common. They move with both legs on the same side operating together. The front and hind legs on the right and left side move together.

The majority of pacers wear equipment called hopples which help them maintain their gait.

Trotters

When a trotter races their opposite legs work together – the front right and left rear come forward at the same time and vice versa.

The Standardbred horse is noted for its versatility and even temperament.

Visit the website at http://www.kawarthadowns.com/ for updates to the August and September calendar.

Kawartha Downs & Speedway 1382 County Rd. #28 Fraserville, Ontario K0L 1V0

Phone: (705) 939-6316 Fax: (705) 939-6276 Email: race@kawarthadowns.com