Garage Sale

A huge garage sale on Saturday August 2nd and Sunday August 3 at 1333 Mink Lake Road.  There is something for everyone.


Thank You to Local Businesses

The second annual children’s fishing derby is this Saturday as previously announced.  The Mink Lake Property Owners Association would like to extend a huge thank you to the following local businesses for providing prizes for the kids at no cost to the association.  Without this kind of support from them, it would be much more difficult to hold this event.

Lock, Stock and Barrel, Bancroft

Canadian Tire, Bancroft

Home Hardware, Bancroft


Annual Fireworks Display

The annual fireworks display on the lake will take place this Saturday.  We will be firing them from Councilor Frank Hickey’s dock located on the east side of First Lake just south of Card Bay.  They will be visible from the boat launch as in previous years.  A big thank you to councilor Hickey for allowing us to use his dock this year.

Rain day for the fireworks if necessary:  Sat. Aug. 3.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Please be advised that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Mink Lake Property Owners’ Association will be held on Sunday, September 1, 2012, at the Lake St. Peter Community Centre at 10:00 AM. All members of the Association and residents of the lake who would like to join the Association are encouraged to attend.  If you would like a copy of last year’s AGM minutes of the meeting or our constitution, please email  Print copies of both will be available at the meeting.

We have several positions open on the Executive and are looking for volunteers.  If you are interested in joining the executive, please have someone nominate you at the meeting. A reminder that the membership fee increased to $20 this year.

Second Annual Fishing Derby is Right Around the Corner


On Saturday, August 3, The Association is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the second annual Mink Lake Children’s Fishing Derby.  Prizes will be awarded in several age categories for both the most fish caught and the largest.  Eligible fish include: Sun Fish, Perch and Rock Bass:

We ask that any lake trout or small mouth (green) bass caught are released back into the lake.  Our intent with this is to help remove some of the invasive species of fish from the lake.

Below is the schedule of events for the day:

8:00 am – 12:00 pm,  Fishing (from boat, dock or shore, it makes no difference)

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, bring your fish to the boat launch and enjoy a barbeque and prizes

Cost:  Free to members, or $5 per child up to a maximum of $15 per household

New members who pay their annual dues of $15 at the time of registration can have their children participate free of charge.

To register, please contact Val at 613-338-1142 or Linda at 613-338-1176.

Algonquin Land Claim Update

Attached are two documents recently sent to the MLPOA regarding the land claim settlement with the Algonquins of Ontario.  It is important to emphasize that no lands on Mink Lake or our access roads are affected by the land claim.

In addition to the letter and fact sheet from the chief negotiator for the Province, the association also received a request to draw attention to an online petition opposing the land claim deal.

The MLPOA has no official position on the Land Claim.  The information in this post is provided for the benefit of our members to keep everyone informed.

Cottage-Property Associations – 6-14-13

2013 Mar – Algonquin Fact Sheet

Update on the Lake Water Level and Flooding

It has been a very unusual Spring on the lake this year.  Currently, the lake is 2 – 3 feet higher than it was in the Fall.  Some residents who have been on the lake for over 40 years have never seen the lake this high.  Today, Bancroft declared a state of emergency as the York River overflowed its banks causing flooding in downtown and to homes and businesses along the river.  Yesterday, a section of Highway 62 north of Bancroft was washed away when a beaver dam burst.  On our lake we have had flooding and washouts on Dam Road (please pictures below courtesy of Valda Cormack).

The flooding appears to be caused by a sudden warming and several days of rain that compounded the Spring runoff into a shorter time frame.  As a result, The Mink Lake Property Owner’s Association would like to alert residents that:

1) Flooding might be an issue for your cottage if your property is not higher than 3 feet above the lake level last Fall.  Low lying properties have extensive water on them

2) Depending on your elevation, your lake front and any items such as firewood, furniture, boats, etc., that you stored near the lake in the Fall may not be where you left them when you next arrive at the lake

3) The potential for logs, trees and other debris floating in the lake for the remainder of the year is likely and all boaters should exercise caution looking for debris in the water at all times.

We are likely fortunate that 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th lakes are all mostly still frozen.  Hopefully, if the water level subsides before the ice melts, there will be minimal debris in the lake, however we caution all members strongly to be careful boating this year, especially in May and June.

Below are some photos of the lake level and damage to Dam road as a result of the flooding.  Thanks to Valda Cormack for taking them.

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