The Birch Islander

A Winter Newsletter by President Rory Gooderham birchisland@gmail.com; www.birchisland.info  December 10th, 2022  Another Beautiful Season  Greetings to all BIRPOA Members and Birch Islanders:  As the cold temperatures and snow sets in and our boats, lawnchairs and umbrellas are  safely stowed away, it might be a good time start thinking about how we did in 2022 … Continue reading The Birch Islander

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Birch Island: The traditional Canoe (and paddle) Race will take place September 4

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August Updates

MEGA kudos to Dave and Sherry for their magnificent site preparation and hosting of our 2022 Reunion/AGM! It was a great success this year, with burgers and hot dogs being served up by Rob Jackett, with salads, cookies, cakes, and Kit’s bountiful and popular shortcake! We congratulate Rory Gooderham on his election to the Presidency for the … Continue reading August Updates

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Hi Birch Islanders. It’s time for our Second Annual All-Island Reunion

You are invited to the Second Annual ALL ISLAND REUNION on July 31, 2022. The fun begins at 11 am, at #33 in Limekiln Bay. Grills and burgers, hot dogs, sausages, soft drinks and water will be provided, as well as plates and cutlery. Feel free to bring a dish to share: salad, dessert, etc. (Susan will bring her … Continue reading Hi Birch Islanders. It’s time for our Second Annual All-Island Reunion

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The Season Begins

The 2022 cottage season is beginning. The marina has most of our boats in the water–but call to check about yours. And if you are contemplating a new boat, be sure to check with them to make sure it actually will fit in your slip. (613-359-5612) Tree-damaging Gypsy/LDD moths are also in season. A number of islanders have signed up for aerial spraying and … Continue reading The Season Begins

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Memberships: We all want to keep Birch Island an enjoyable and safe place for our families to escape to! The Association has a long history of representing the cottagers with the township and of creating and maintaining island features (such as trails and signage and boat battery chargers), and we need both your input and $$ to do all this effectively. Please take the time to fill out the online membership form and send it in today. Leave a cheque in the BIRPOA ‘drop box’ at the Sand Lake Marine office OR mail your cheque to Vipool Desai.

Burn Ban: Just a reminder that if you want to have an outdoor fire, other than a cooking fire or small evening campfire, you need to purchase a permit (available for $10 at Gordanier’s Freshmart in Elgin, ON). Campfires and cooking fires must be no larger than 0.6m x 0.6m x 0.6m (2’x2’x2′), and can only be used between the hours of 8 pm and 11pm. When it is particularly dry, the Township often has a burn ban. Please check for this before you buy your permit/light your fires. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=522532037763803&id=111971482153196 Follow the regulations and burn during the coolest, dampest time of day and not when it’s windy. 

Waste and Recycling: For 2018, the township has changed the Sunday service depot from Glover Road to Battams Rd Boat Launch (at the end of Battams Rd) on Sand Lake. The Township has rather complicated rules about sorting and packaging their waste and recyclables. Please read the Township rules carefully. Tags can be purchased for $2.50 at several locations, including Gordanier’s grocery store in Elgin. All bags must be tagged. Larger items must be taken to the dump (also known as the Portland Transfer Station).
Get a full calendar and other info from the Township’s web sites:

All of these Rideau Lakes Township links and more, can be found under the Contact/Links section of this site.

Septic Systems: The Municipal Septic System Re-Inspection Program was slated to begin mandatory re-inspection, starting in 2016. Go to the Township of Rideau Lakes web site www.twprideaulakes.on.ca and check the Development Services Department for septic tank information.

Numerous cottagers had their systems pumped out in 2016 by Docks Are Us. If you missed out on this service last year and are interested in having your system pumped, you can give Docks are Us as call at 613-888-9200.
Butternut recovery program: The Eastern Ontario Butternut recovery effort is being led by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA). An RVCA site visit took place this fall and the forestry people were excited to find some live butternut trees on the island. They have promised to donate a number of saplings and a big bag of butternuts for planting in the spring 2017. If you have questions or would like a sapling to ‘foster’, contact Laura Davis (stewart.davis@sympatico.ca). Further details are included in the “latest news” section of the site. Lots more information on the RVCA website: http://www.rvca.ca/programs/green_acres/butternut/index.html

Municipal Councillors: If you have concerns that you would like to bring up with our elected councillors for the Township of Rideau Lakes Ward 3, South Crosby, feel free to contact them (whether or not you voted for them!):
Linda Carr Phone: 613-272-2227 email: councillorlinda@gmail.com
Claire Gunnewiek Phone: 613-359-5324 email: claire.gunnewiek@hotmail.com
The full list is here: http://www.twprideaulakes.on.ca/councillors.html

Discover with us one of the most beautiful islands on the Rideau Canal system. Take a stroll in woods and meadows, wander in only a few minutes from dockside to the depths of island, let island foliage plants enchant you and feel the warmth of long Summer days by the dock and cottage living with all your senses.

Plunge in the fresh waters surrounding the island and take off for a trip far away from the fuss of the city. As many people say, time will run slower here. And after the water play, deepen your impressions in our astounding wild life on a cross island trail adventure. Admire extraordinary giant pine trees, rare geological formations, and deep forest wonders, let yourself be fascinated.

Several pairs of Loons call Birch Island home, and it is common to hear them calling each other through out the day and evenings

Looking to Own a Cottage on the Rideau System at an Affordable Price? Check out Birch Island located on Sand Lake. Kelly Blair Real Estate Group is the #1 Selling Team on the Island year after year!

You can always find turtles bathing in the warm summer months around the island

This year, make a resolution to engage with nature on the island trails. Follow a scenic path on a calm summer day and take in the beauty of the rugged surroundings.

Stroll to the far end of the island and discover our own Birch Island Library where you will find reading for all tastes, and puzzles for the young at heart. Don’t miss out on Jelly Roll rock – a rare geological find.

Sand Lake, on the Rideau Canal Elgin, Ontario