August 9, 2017

Hold tight... the sun will shine!

Thank you to everyone who showed up and took part in our 59th Annual General Meeting held at the Tudor & Cashel Community Centre on Sunday August 6th. It was a great turnout, with some excellent reports and good input from the membership. We are still looking for volunteers to fill the following positions: Vice President, Lake Steward and Social Director. If you are interested or know anyone who might be, contact anyone on your Executive Commitee. Thank you to all who donated such wonderful door prizes.

A video of a 1939 Tour of Bass Lake which could not be shown at the time of the meeting, is now available online for your viewing pleasure. Try an identify as many locations as you can on the lake.

As stated at the meeting following a presentation by Tim Pidduck, General Manager of the Crowe Valley Conservation Authority, donations towards the development and improvement of the McGeachie Conservation Area and Trails are still being matched.

Don't forget that the 10th Annual Steenburg Lake Fun Run is scheduled for Saturday, Auguest 12th. Contact the Buttlers ASAP to reserve a special commemerative T-shirt. Orders are filling fast...

The Township of Limerick is holding a special Canada 150 and Limerick 130 Celebration at the Limerick Community Centre on August 12th and all are welcome, so why not head over after the Fun Run...?

And just a reminder that the 2017 Steenburg Lake Photo Contest is in full swing. Submissions have started to trickle in so send your entries to Remember, one entry per category, and please specify your category in your email. Check out the Events page of this website for full details. Those who have yet to pick up your prize from last year, please contact the Buttlers.

Also be advised that construction work to redevelopment the North Road is about to commence. Expect delays due to lane restrictions during the construction. Road closures will be minimized as much as possible. We are trying to get notice of any all-out road closures posted on the Limerick Township website. Please use extra caution while travelling along this road during the construction phase, and follow all instruction from flagmen while workers are present. More information is available in this letter from Dunford Construction Company.

Stay safe on and around the lake, and enjoy what is yet to be the best part of summer!

Pat Stallaert - SLCA President

July 6, 2017

What a great start to the summer!

Despite dire predictions for the weather, those of us lucky enough to be at the lake this past weekend will attest that it was a wonderful time. A little bit of rain here and there, and a few mosquitoes, but not enough to disrupt all the wonderful Canada 150 celebrations. Thank you to the Cochranes and friends for putting on another great evening of fireworks. And thank you to the Butlers for donating 150 red Canada 150 - Steenburg Lake commemerative cups, and making available all those awesome Canada Day T-shirts. If you missed out on either the cups or T-shrits, fear not, as they will be available for purchase at the Beach Regatta this Saturday.

Thank you also to the Coties and the Harveys and all their talented friends for putting on a great Have-a-dock Jamboree concert on July 2nd. Nothing like lively music sounding out over the water on a beautiful summer evening!

But there's lots more events coming your way... Come out to the Annual Beach Regatta and BBQ on Saturday, July 8th. Everyone who bought a red Canada 150 T-shirt should come wearing it so we can get an awesome group photo of Team Steenburg.

Then let's get out and make our commuinity even more beautiful by spending a little time together on Sunday July 9th to pick up that unsightly litter along our roads. Just one more way to really show how proud we are to be Canadian. Remember that this is a great way for highschool students to earn some of their essential community service hours. Just see any member of the SLCA Executive to have your participation recorded.

Don't forget that our new Geocahing event is already underway, as is our Annual Photo Contest. Check out the Events page of this website for full details.

And if any of you are holding on to old electronic devices at the cottage that you no longer want of need, Limerick Township is holding a free e-waste recycling campaign at the Limerick Community Waste Collection Centre, on the following days:




JULY 15TH 10:00AM UNTIL 5:00PM


Check out their poster here for more details...

Finally, your SLCA volunteer canvassers will be coming around in the next few weeks with your 2017 member information packages. Please show them your appreciation and courtesy by signing up, and having the right cash on hand. Thirty dollars is still an amazing value for all the wonderful events we hold throughout the year, and the good work so many volunteers do to protect and preserve the lake we so love.

Get involved, stay safe on and around the lake, respect your neighbours, and have a great summer!

See you soon! Don't be shy...

Pat Stallaert - SLCA President

May 28, 2017

Several key updates to share with you!:

Your SLCA is pleased to advise that the spring 2017 Shoreline News has been mailed out, and that a digital copy is available for download in the Lake News section. Please note that there were several updates and corrections to the newsletter from what was sent out in printed form. Specifically:

- We deeply regret that the ad for the Old Hastings Mercantile & Gallery was omitted from the printed copy of the newsletter. Gary Pattison and Lillian Oakley have been long-time valued supporters of the Steenburg Lake Community, and we apologize for this oversight.

- A number of changes and corrections have been made to the Summer Events schedule featured on the last page of the newsletter. You can also find these listed in the new links on the home page, and under the Events tab of this website.

The Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) approved at last year's AGM, has been purchased and deployed on the lake. Please click on the link above, to familiarize yourself with the use of this life saving device. Remember to always contact 9-1-1 first, and review the instructions and video on the use of this unit in advance and on a regular basis. We hope to demonstrate the device at events this summer.

Just a reminder that reports are available under the Reports Archive of this website, in the Lake News tab. Just added are the final minutes of the Fall 2016 SLCA Executive meeting minutes as well as A response from Erin MacDonald of the Bancroft MNRF on the subject of Lake Trout fisheries as referenced in the article by Dave Langman in the Spring 2017 newsletter.

The North Road reconstruction project tender has been awarded by Limerick Township. Construction is scheduled to commence after the August long weekend. Unconfirmed reports suggest that no new guide rails will be added to the road. Preliminary design plans including extensive sectings of these in areas where the roadway was too narrow to accomomdate full shoulders, presented serious safety concern for pedestrians as well as non-automobile traffic using the North Road. Check this website for updates and notifications of road closures as we receive them.

The SLCA is looking for someone interested in taking over responsibility for deploying, maintaining and retrieving Rock Markers as Peter Waywell will no longer be able to continue in this capacity due to other employment commitments this summer. Thank you Peter for a great job done! Those interested in this role should contact any member of the SLCA Executive, and remember, this is a paid position.

We are also looking for a new Lake Steward, as Don Mills will be completing his term and moving on at the end of this season. Thank you Don for a very capable job!

Finally, the position of Vice President still remains vacant, so if any of these three positions are of interest to you, please let us know.

And lastly, a reminder to all as summer traffic on and around the lake builds steadily... Please enjoy the water sensibly and responsibly. Watch out for other boaters and users of the lake, and keep in mind that water levels are still quite high for this time of year, though they are gradually decreasing. Avoid creating large wakes close to shore as the higher than normal water levels contribute even more to shoreline erosion and damage to our lake.

Everyone enjoy a great summer, and we hope to see you at the many events around the lake this summer. Stay safe!

Pat Stallaert - SLCA President

April 1, 2017


The SLCA has received an update from Limerick Township Councillor Michael Douglas-Hecker, regarding the plans for the redevelopment of Steenburg Lake North Road. The following three documents have been added to the website, in the Reports Archive, under the Lake News tab and Newsletter Index menu item:

Cover Letter from G.D. Jewell Engineering (2017-03-24)

1503794 - Limerick - Steenburg Lake North Road - MARCH 30 2017

Summary of Revisions to SLNR Project - M. Douglas-Hecker (2017-03-30)

These three documents along with discussions held with Councillor Douglas-Hecker are proof that the Township has heard the concerns raised by many of our members and the SLCA, and have acted upon them. We are very encourged with the changes that have been made to the preliminary plans first presented in January, and look forward to working with the Township to see that this project is completed with the least disruption to our members, and with the safefest possible outcome for all users of the North Road.

Your SLCA Executive would like to thank all our members who took the time to attend meetings, and to write to Limerick Council to express their concerns. But the job is not done yet!

To quote the great Yogi Berra, "It ain t over till it s over."

We need to see this matter to it's conclusion, so we are again urging all members who can, to attend the special Roads Committee meeting to April 3rd at 10:30 am, at the Limerick Community Centre.

Hope to see you there Monday,

Pat Stallaert - SLCA President

March 1, 2017

Limerick Roads Committee Meeting Rescheduled to April 3, 2017:

The SLCA has received notification from Limerick Township Councillor Michael Douglas-Hecker, that the special Roads Committee meeting scheduled for March 6th, is being rescheduled to April 3rd at 10:30 am, at the Limerick Community Centre.

Apparently, the Township needs more time to address the many concerns that have been raised regarding the Steenburg Lake North Road redevelopment project. Let's hope this means that the Township is taking all our concerns seriously, and are trying to get things right!

Members are strongly encouraged to attend this new meeting on April 3rd. We will do our best to keep you advised of any further developments with this and other issues we are tracking.

February 25, 2017


On February 11th, your SLCA Executive wrote to all of Limerick Council to express our concern and disappointment that we had not yet heard anything from either the Township or its Engineering consultants about how earlier concerns with the North Road redevelopment would be addressed.

That letter can be seen here.

An email response from Councillor Michael Douglas-Hecker, chairman of the Limerick Roads Committee was received soon after, assuring us that our concerns are in line with those of Council, and that a special Roads Committee meeting would be held on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 10:30 am, at the Limerick Community Centre.

That email can be seen here.

We strongly advise all members who can possibly attend this meeting on March 6th, to do so, and show Limerick Council that we are united in our desire to preserve the peaceful nature and relative safety of our community.

This and other related correspondences are available in the Reports Archive under the Lake News tab.
Click on the Reports Archive button.

February 05, 2017


Limerick Township's plans to redevelop Steenburg Lake North Road, stand to significantly impact the safety and enjoyment of the lake for generations to come. At issue is the liberal use of very expensive and obtrusive steel beam guiderails along much of the road's length. Concerns expressed to date relate to the lack of space for pedestrians, cyclists, and other recreational vehicle users at several points along the road. The roadway is too narrow to accommodate these railings and still leave adequate room to get out of harm's way. This problem will only be further accentuated in winter as the guiderails will make it more difficult to clear ice an snow from the already narrow shoulders of the road. Much of the proposed guiderails seem unwarranted and excessive given the low traffic volumes and relatively low posted speed limits.

Your SLCA Executive wrote to Council on Janury 15th, to confirm our concerns with the preliminary plans for the road's redevelopment. That letter can be seen here.

Please be advised that Limerick Council will be holding their next meeting on Monday, February 13th, 2017 at the Limerick Community Centre at 9:30 am. We stronly encourage all members who can attend in person to do so, to remind council that we are paying close attention to this matter, and expect them to make appropriate amendments to the preliminary plans for this project in order to ensure the safety of all users of this road.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, we urge you to write to Limerick Council to add your voice to the growing body of concerns surrounding this project.

This and other related correspondences are available in the Reports Archive under the Lake News tab.
Click on the Reports Archive button.


The Cochranes have again offered to host Family Day activities on February 18th. It should be a great time to come out and enjoy winter at the lake! Details are available on the the Steenburg Lake Facebook page and will be reflected in the Lake Talk section of this site. Stay tuned for more details and any last minute schedule changes.

December 30, 2016

Please be advised that the Reports Archive section of this website has been updatred to include the following documents:

Letter from F. Pinder - Comments on Steenburg Lake North Road Preliminary Design
G.D. Jewell Engineering - Steenburg Lake North Road Preliminary Design Drawings
SLCA Letter to Limerick Council - Steenburg Lake North Road Rehabilitation (Dec. 20, 2016)
SLCA - 2016 Fall Executive Metting Minutes (Draft)
SLCA - 2016 AGM Minutes (Draft)
SLCA - 2016 Spring Executive Meeting Minutes (Final)

The above documents are available in the Reports Archive under the Lake News tab.
Click on the Reports Archive button.

We have received numerous comments and concerns regarding Limerick Township's plans to redevelop the North Road. We stongly urge you to write to Jason Post - Roads Superintendent (see address in previous post's link) with your concerns prior to January 9th, and if at all possible, to attend the public meeting mentioned below. If you do do submit comments in writing, the SLCA would appreciate being copied on those comemnts so we can better gauge our members concerns, and ensure that your concerns are heard by Council. Please send a copy of your comments to

On behalf of the SLCA Executive, all the very best for 2017.

Happy New Year!

Pat Stallaert - SLCA President

December 23, 2016

Note: There will be a public hearing held at the Limerick Community Centre on January 9, 2017 to discuss and seek input to the proposed redevelopment of the Steenburg Lake Road North in 2017. The meeting is scheduled for 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Your SLCA has submitted a list of concerns as well as suggestions for improvement to Limerick Council which we hope they will take into consideration.

If you have questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact the Township(Click here)

The SLCA Executive wish all of our members a safe and joyous holiday season, and all the very best for a healthy and happy new year. If you are travelling up to our beloved lake this holiday, please exercise caution while out on or around the lake.

Merry Christmas!

Pat Stallaert - SLCA President

November 27, 2016

Fall is certainly upon us, and the lake has already had a taste of wintery weather. By now, you should have received your copy of the Fall 2016 Shoreline News, or for those of you who have opted for electronic notification, an email directing you to the website where you can view, print or download a copy of the newsletter. You can also find copies of all past newsletters in the Newsletter Archive which has also been updated. Hope you continue to enjoy your Shoreline News as much as we enjoy bringing them to you.

Have a safe winter and hope to see you around enjoying all the seasons the lake has to offer. Stay safe!

August 7, 2016

Turnout for the Artisans of Steenburg event was fantastic, and it was a great showcase of the talented people right here on our lake.
The SLCA would like to thank Lynn Rusaw for organizing the event, the Cochrane's for hosting it, and all the artists who shared with the community.

The Fun Run is scheduled for next Saturday, August 13th on the south road, and we hope to see you there.

June 27, 2016

The SLCA is happy to confirm that the 2016 Beach Regatta and BBQ will take place as originally scheduled at the North Road beach on Saturday, July 9th starting at 11am.

Jennifer Vanner has graciously stepped forward to host the events with the assitance of her brother Justin.
The events will be swimming, canoe, kayak and paddle boat races as well as a canoe relay race with age categories of 9 and under, 10-13, 14-17 and 18 +.

To make this event possible, the executive team is working together, and with the assistance of other members, to fill the void left by the absence of the Social Committee chairperson.

Notably, the Stallaert's have co-ordinated the necessary arrangements including the food supplies, and have recruited the assistance of the Schad & DeBoo families for the transporation of the BBQ. Medals and merchandise will be provided by the Butler's. All volunteers are sincerely appreciated.

It's a great day when members can come together in support of our community.
It remains a mystery why the Social and Municipal Affair positions remain vacant.

June 21, 2016

Please be advised that the annual Beach Regatta tentatively scheduled for July 9th, still has no volunteer(s) to help run the events.

The SLCA can be on hand to run the BBQ and the merchandise table, and we would be happy to provide guidance and assistance in preparing and executing the event.

But if we have no volunteers by this Friday, June 24th, then this event will be cancelled.

Contact Pat Stallaert or any member of the Executive if you need more information or wish to help. Names, and executive emails are provided below.

June 19, 2016

One Cam,
Two Cam,
We Want More.

South Cam,
Goat Cam,
Now There's Four.

June 1, 2016

The latest edition of Shoreline news is now online.

Make sure to check out the event calendar for 2016.

Members are also encouraged to pay their membership online.
$1 from every membership paid using PayPal will be donated to the Limerick Fire Department.

May 3, 2016

It is already spring and the May long weekend is just around the corner, marking the traditional kick-off of the Canadian cottage season.

This is also the time of year when many in our community begin to re-emerge and take interest in everything this association has to offer.

To this end, the SLCA executive team will be holding their spring meeting next weekend, and our members are encouraged to contact a team member if they have any questions or concerns.

Most importantly, we would like to REMIND everyone that KEY positions on our association remain vacant, including i) Social Director, ii) Municipal Affairs, and iii) Vice-President.

No experience required. You just need enthusiasm, and a desire to share some of your time to keep our community together.

January 7, 2016

We couldn't ask for better weather over the New Year, with a nice dusting of snow to keep us in the holiday spirit.

Temperatures have dropped significantly since then, and the lake even appears to have a thin layer of ice.

Please do not take any chances around this fresh ice, and be very careful as the ice thickens in the weeks ahead.
The climate has been somewhat unpredictable this year, and there is still rain in the forecast ahead.