Saturday, July 24, 2021

Happy Trails!


Getting out for a walk in nature can be so beneficial. It eases the mind and body of stress and can be a great way to spend quality time on your own or with family and friends. Plus, you get to observe wildlife and explore wild spaces along the journey. Below are some tips and tricks for hiking, as well as links to hiking trail locations in Kawartha Lakes, Muskoka and Haliburton Highlands.

What a View!


10 Hiking Trails Kawartha Lakes:

9 Best All-Season Hikes in Muskoka:

Haliburton Highlands Trails:


Exploring with Family


WHAT TO PACK – Packing for a short hike does not require too much, here are a few essential items if you plan on hiking all day:

Navigation Tools: Make sure to bring a map, compass or GPS for your hiking trip.

Adequate Water: Hydrate before the hiking trip and sip water throughout the day.

Adequate Food: Bring along extra snacks so you and your hiking companions can enjoy the whole hike.

Clothing and Rain Protection: Pack a lightweight rain jacket or dress in layers so you can adjust to temperature changes easily.

Safety Items: If you are hiking an easy, well-maintained trail that sees a lot of foot traffic, you may not be worried about safety. No matter what you anticipate, you will want to include a firestarter, a flashlight and a whistle, so you are prepared for any situation.

First-Aid Kit: Build a first-aid kit, which might include blister treatment, bandages, tape, antibiotic ointment, gauze pads and any medications that you or your companions may need.

Beautiful Trail

Multi-Purpose Tool or Knife 

Sun Protection: Bring along sunscreen and sunglasses. If possible, aim to hike on shaded trails between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun shines strong, and use mornings for open-area hikes. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or more if you’re sweating a lot.

Backpack: Choose a pack that feels comfortable for you and that won’t put excess strain on your back and shoulders.

Trash Bag: Pack a trash bag to keep the trails you trek beautiful, clean and free of garbage. A zippered plastic bag is perfect for containing wrappers and other trash until you get back. Be sure to help younger hikers dispose of their trash properly.

Bug Spray: Ticks, bees, spiders and mosquitoes are some of the insects. In buggy areas, you can use DEET insect repellent. Be sure to reapply frequently.

Toiletries: If you plan to hike far away from public restrooms, prepare for bathroom breaks by bringing toilet paper, hand sanitizer, waste bags and any other necessities.


  • Dress in layers (tuck shirt into pants to avoid ticks or other bugs getting onto skin)

    Hiking Buddy

  • Bring a hat
  • Wear tall socks for extra protection (tuck pant legs into socks)
  • Avoid cotton because it holds moisture
  • Opt for light-colored clothing, which helps you see ticks and other bugs more easily


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Saturday, July 17, 2021

About: Pigeon Lake in the Kawarthas

Pigeon Lake and Area


Pigeon Lake is located in the Kawarthas bordered by two counties, County of Peterborough and the City of Kawartha Lakes. There are many settlements along Pigeon, but Bobcaygeon is the largest town located on the northwest shores of the lake. In Bobcaygeon, you will find lockage from Pigeon Lake to Sturgeon Lake. (see pictures below).

Bobcaygeon, City of Kawartha LakesBoating into Bobcaygeon

BobcaygeonMarina services in Bobcaygeon

Bobcaygeon Real Estate SalesBoat dockage to visit and shop Bobcaygeon. Lockage into Sturgeon Lake

Pigeon Lake landmarks and sister lakes

Pigeon Lake is part of a three primary lake system in the Trent Severn Waterway system called the Tri-lake water system. This includes Chemong Lake and Buckhorn Lake. To enter the other two lakes accessed can be found through Gannon’s Narrows. The major landmark is the Gannon’s Narrows Bridge. (see pictures below). Although Pigeon is referred to as the Tri-lake system, you can enter two more lakes on the northeast area of the lake called Big and Little Bald Lakes.

Gannons Narrows BridgeGannon's Narrows Bridge from Pigeon Lake heading to Buckhorn Lake

Pigeon Lake through Gannon's Narrows showing Ennismore (Township Of Selwyn, County of Peterborough)

Pigeon Lake Fishing

Pigeon lake is 13,205 acres in size, with an average depth of 9.8 feet. The deepest area on the lake located on the north end of the lake has the depths of 57 feet. Pigeon holds many species of fish, including large and smallmouth bass, Muskie, Crappie, Walleye. I have been told you can find Northern Pike on the lake, but I have never seen any.

Muskellunge chasing Bass, Muskie Smallmouth BassMuskellunge chasing Bass

Pigeon Lake North and South

I titled this the majestic north Pigeon Lake as I think north Pigeon Lake is one of the nicest, most naturally beautiful areas in the Kawarthas. Once you go south of Gannon’s Narrows on Pigeon you enter a whole new ecological system. The waters are much more shallow, plant growth is abundant, and there is a wild rice dispute with local property owners and Curve Lake First Nations. Find out more about the wild rice dispute watch “Cottagers and Indians” documentary aired by CBC.

[caption id="attachment_5654" align="aligncenter" width="804"]Sunset from Trent Lakes looking toward Bobcaygeon

Pigeon Lake and Kawartha Land Trust

Also found in north Pigeon Lake is Boyd Island. This island is a 1085 acre island that is owned and protected by Kawartha Land Trust. Also known as Big Island or Chiminis Island this property was donated by Mike and Terry Wilson for all to enjoy in 2015. Activities that are encouraged on the island are fishing, hiking, day camping, and research. No hunting, night camping, or alcohol is allowed.

Selling Pigeon Lake

As a Realtor, I usually sell north Pigeon Lake as a recreational property or very high-end residential properties. South Pigeon Lake is also known for a mixture of usage properties but I would say most properties are used as residential because of the proximity and the quick drive to significant center's Lindsay and Peterborough.

Pigeon Lake offers so much to so many. Fishing, boating, sandbars for swimming, shallow and deep waters, towns, and settlements. You will also find campgrounds, overnight facilities, and many easy access boat launches.

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