January 20, 2019

South Road Update

Well folks, just a quick note to let you know that the January 8th Tudor & Cashel Council meeting went very well. The Township must have been prepared for this given the amount of attention their infamous draft By-law to restrict motor vehicle travel on seasonsonally maintained roads had caused late last year. The room where these meetings takes place was set up to accomodate a much larger audience than they are accustomed to seeing. We had a great showing of support with 26 of our members in attendance. Indeed, attendance eclipsed anything that councillors have seen at a Council meeting in many years, and for good cause.

Representatives of our community gave a number of well researched and passionate presentations to Council making it clear why the new by-law was a poor idea, and should not be passed. Notes of those presentations will soon be available under the Report Archive section of this website. Carl Stefanski, Reeve of Limerick Township, along with Glenn Locke, a Councillor from the same Township, were invited to the meeting. Carl gave a brief outline of a draft proposal they are working on for a new agreement between the two townships that would see winter maintenance extended to at least the end of the Limerick Township section of the South Road. In the end, no vote was taken on the new by-law, but instead, Council decided to send the draft by-law to the T&C Roads committee for further review and discussion.

Thank you to all our presenters for their work in preparing and delivering their excellent presentations, and thank you to all our members who attended the meeting. Let's keep the interest and momentum going by showing up at the the Limerick Council meeting at 12:30 pm January 21st.

Welcome New SLCA Sponsor

Your SLCA is please to introduce Creighton Boat Docks and Lifts Ltd. of Bancroft as our latest sponsor to join the Steenburg Lake Community. Craig and Sandy Creighton pride themselves in providing the local personal service and attention that the large manufacturers cannot or will not provide. And all this week, while the Toronto Boat Show is in effect, they will match any written competitor's offer, and charge no tax. They also offer full installation as well as spring dock deployment and fall removal services. If you are planning any major repairs or improvements to your dock this summer and would like to take advantage of some early bird savings, why not give them a call.

Creighton Docks and Boat Lifts

Family Day 2019 Event

Mike and Donna Cochrane have again offered to host another great Family Day event. This year's event will be held Saturday February 16th, or Sunday February 17th if weather conditions do not permit. Visit the Steenburg Lake Facebook Group for more details.

In the meantime keep warm and be safe whether on the roads travelling to the lake, on the ice or on neighbouring trails. Hope to see you on the lake soon,

Pat Stallaert - SLCA President

January 4, 2019

New Year Update

Happy new year to all our members and friends. 2019 is a year that holds great promise for us, if we actively pursue the oportunities that arise, and work to create new opportunities.

At the top of our list is the upcoming Tudor & Cashel Council meeting slated for Tuesday, January 8th, at the Community Centre on Weslemkoon Lake Road. The meeting start time is 1:00 pm. If you have been following all the recent posts on Facebook, as well as our Year End Update, you will know that the prior Tudor & Cashel Council attempted to introduce a new by-law that would prohibit access to seasonally maintained roads in the township by motor vehicles during the winter months. This matter has been deferred to the upcoming meeting on January 8th for further discussion, and Reeve Clarke has promised that this draft by-law will not be passed on that day. Members of your community will be making presentations to Council in the hopes that they will see the folly of this approach. We sincerely ask that you show your support by attending this meeting.

But this upcoming meeting is about much more than continued access to these roads and the Steenburg Lake South Road in particular. It's about assuring that democracy and fairness are achieved and maintained in our community. The people of our host townships voted clearly for change in the past election, and it's time to see that change take hold. We need to send a clear message to our newly elected representatives that we care about the decisions they make and how they affect all of us in our community. It doesn't matter if the issue is maintenance of our roads or threats from ill-conceived mining exploration, or any other matter big or small. It is critical that our elected representatives know that we are watching, and counting on them to make the right decisions.

Therefore I urge you to take a few minutes of your day, and join us at this meeting. The SLCA has offered to work with our Townships to help bring about positive change for all residents, not just seasonal ones, and not just waterfront property owners. Come learn-first hand whether these Townships take up our offer.

Best wishes for a safe and fulfilling new year. Hope to see you there.

Pat Stallaert - SLCA President

December 23, 2018

2018 Year End Update

So as another year draws to a close, it's worth reflecting on what we experienced this past year. It was certainly an unprecedented year for challenges to our community with news in late July of the McBride Mining Project being resurrected. Fortunately, our community and our friends all across the affected area rose to the occasion and put up a formidable opposition to this latest threat, which left the proponents of this project wondering what hit them. Though they left licking their wounds, make no mistake, this fight is far from over.

Pancontinental Resources have put all their exploration work on hold and reportedly cleaned up their mining exploration site just north of our lake. They have advised that no further exploration work will take place while they await the findings of an environmental baseline study from the Lindsay consulting firm they hired. In the meantime the Limerick Area Conservation Coalition (LACC) which your SLCA helped to establish is continuing their work to raise awareness of this threat and to communicate their concerns to all levels of government and media. If you haven’t signed the petition yet, now would be a great time to do so!

At this point, your SLCA, along with four other large area lake associations representing over 1000 members collectively, have come together to oppose this mining project, and more associations are seeking to join our initiative. Our ultimate goal is to defeat this ill-considered project while it is still in the exploratory and approval stages, and to have the subject lands reclassified as an environmentally sensitive and protected area.

The 2018 municipal election saw huge changes in both our host Townships, but the new Councils were left to deal with some messy issues which their predecessors failed to properly address. One such issue is the long unresolved matter of the maintenance of the South Road. At their first meeting in November, Tudor & Cashel Council tried to introduce a new by-law aimed at restricting motor vehicle access in winter along seven seasonally maintained roads in the township, Steenburg Lake South Road being one of them. A copy of that draft by-law can be seen here.

Thanks to significant pressure from some of our members, and to the intervention of MPP Daryl Kramp's office, a meeting was held on December 17th between the Reeves of both townships, along with a Councillor from each township, and the Roads Superintendents of both townships. Though we do not know exactly what was discussed at the meeting, we are told that discussions were very positive and that more talks between the two townships are planned for, but not yet scheduled, in the new year. One positive development from this meeting was the letter we received from Reeve Clarke of Tudor & Cashel explaining that the draft by-law will be reviewed and discussed at their January 8th meeting, but not finalized at that meeting.

Anthony Genovese provided a written response to Reeve Clarke's letter on behalf of the SLCA Executive Committee which you can read here.

In the meantime, Rick Burke and Keith Fletcher will be making presentations to Tudor & Cashel Council and Pat Schad will make a presentation on behalf of the SLCA at the January 8th meeting. We strongly encourage all members who can attend this meeting, to do so, regardless whether your home or cottage is on the south or north side of the lake. This is a critical community issue, and we stand together on this. I can assure you that your SLCA is doing everything possible promote and protect the interests of our members, and we will endeavour to keep you advised of any developments that affect our community.

On behalf of your Executive Committee, I wish a safe and happy holiday season to all our members and their families, and hopes for a healthy and prosperous new year.

Pat Stallaert - SLCA President

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December 04, 2018


BE ADVISED, the townships are making plans to impose restrictions on vehicular access across Steenburg Lake South Road.

Most of the SLCA members who have travelled Steenburg Lake South Road are very aware of the long standing issues relating to the maintenance provided by the townships.

This road is somewhat unique in that it travels within the boundaries of two townships (Tudor & Limerick), where these townships have joint responsibility to provide service.

Although the SLCA and its members, have often approached the township for assistance with the additional maintenance on Steenburg Lake South Road, currently these services have been provided only seasonally during the summer months, whereas a group of residents have worked together privately in order to facilitate winter access. This has been the arrangement that has been in place for decades.

Recently the SLCA became aware of a growing dispute between the townships, whereas one of them (Limerick Township) has provided a legal opinion to the other (Tudor/Cashel) recognizing that both townships have a legal responsibility to provide year round service across the full length of Steenburg Lake South road.

Regrettably, the township of Tudor/Cashel has not been receptive to providing winter maintenance, and as a result both townships are now threatening to impose significant restrictions on vehicular traffic across that road.

The most serious of these actions is a proposed new by-law by Tudor/Cashel, which was introduced to council on December 4th, 2018, but planned behind closed doors by the previous Council members. The passing of this by-law would make it an offense for motorized vehicles to use the Tudor/Cashel portion of the road between November 1st and April 30th.

Some of the township documents referenced in this letter can be found on the SLCA website’s Report Archive under the 2018 heading at http://info.steenburglake.com

The SLCA has always held the position that the townships have a responsibility for maintenance on this road, and your Executive are working diligently to prepare a response to this threat. We will not stand by while or members’ rights are trampled on!

This topic is scheduled to be discussed again at the next Tudor/Cashel council meeting on January 8th, 2019, and if not persuaded differently, could be passed into law that same day.

All concerned members are encouraged to attend this meeting, and to contact the township to make sure their voices are heard. Write to The Clerk of Tudor/Cashel, and copy all members of Council, to express your displeasure and concern with this proposed by-law.

Your SLCA Executive Committee

Tudor/Cashel Contact List

Township Clerk

Bernice Crocker


Libby Clarke
613-318-8201 ( council cell )
613-334-0620 ( home)


Ron Carroll
613-318-8237 (council cell)
613-473-4502 (home)


Bob Bridger
616-334-5619 (councillor cell)
613-474-1803 (home)

Roy Reeds
613-334-6994 (council cell)
613-474-3320 (home )

Noreen Reilly
613-318-8231 (councillor cell)
613-473-0626 (home )

October 03, 2018

Greetings to all our friends and members of the Steenburg Lake Community Association! Hard to believe that it is already October! As great a summer as we just had, it's hard to know where it slipped away to. As you may be aware, there are a number of key issues facing our community at this time. More details will be available in the days ahead, but for now, please allow me to give you this brief update...

2018 Municipal Elections

By now, every property owner and resident of our two townships should have received by mail, a voter information letter. If you have not, please contact your respective municipal office and speak to the Clerk ASAP.

For Tudor and Cashel: Bernice Crocker - clerk@tudorandcashel.com (613) 474-2583

For Limerick: Jennifer Trumble - clerk@township.limerick.on.ca (613) 474-2863

Please be aware that ballots in these two townships are by online or telephone voting only.

Your SLCA Executive has been requesting information from candidates, and will be meeting this weekend to discuss and review their responses as well as the past performance of candidates who are seeking re-election. We hope to be able to provide recommendations to you, but as always, it is up to every individual to express their own free democratic choice to representation. We only ask that you give us a bit more time to complete our review and prepare some recommendations.

Although voting starts October 9th, and runs until election day on October 22nd, we ask that you give us an opportunity to share these recommendations with you.

Because of changes in provincial regulations since the last election, namely, new Third Party Advertisers regulations, small organizations such as the SLCA will no longer be able to openly express an opinion on a candidate or subject during the election. Although we understand the reasons for these new regulations, it has presented some extra challenges for us. After consulting with the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, we have determined that a group like ours may use social media like Facebook to express opinions or concerns regarding candidates or issues during an election, providing that these are not paid advertisements through platforms like Facebook. We may also send out emails to members and individuals who have requested that they be kept advised of such issues. This is exactly what we intend to do!

But do not forget that you yourselves have an important part to play in the discussion. Please participate in the debate. Ask important questions and share what information or responses you receive from any candidate. All we ask is that we keep it civil and fair. Let's not stoop to rumours or insults...

If you are not a Facebook user, please ensure that we have your latest email address or sign up for our Newsflash email service. You may opt out at any time.

We will endeavour to provide you this information as soon as we can, and definitely in plenty of time for you to consider any recommendation and cast your vote.

Pancon's McBride Mining Project

Thank you to all who took the time to attend the crowded public information meeting held at the Limerick Community Centre on September 9th. As a result of this public outcry, and because of the lack of consultation with both First Nations people and members of our community, the proponents of this mining project have agreed to suspend their exploration operations in the area until these consultations can be had and an Environmental Baseline Study of the area can be performed. Though this can be seen as a small success, the threat of a nickel, copper and cobalt mine in the immediate area of our lake still remains.

A group of volunteers called Limerick Area Conservation Coalition (LACC) have organized and are working to protect this area from a mine. Please visit their website at www.MineStoppers.com There you will find links to the LACC Facebook page and an online petition. If you haven't already done so, we strongly encourage you to sign the petition and share it with your friend online! There is also a GoFundMe page set up to help with the costs of battling this threat.

Your SLCA have been working tirelessly with this group, and with Mining Watch Canada, and have formed a strong alliance with our neighbouring lake associations to combat this threat! Our friends at Shawano Ratepayers Inc.(Dickey Lake), WLHCA (Wollaston Lake), LWRA (Limerick Lake) and Tri-Lakes (Robinson, Brinklow and Spring Lakes) are working together with us to protect our communities and the environment.

Rock Markers

Please be advised that the regular buoys will soon be removed for the winter, and plastic jugs attached to the anchor points. Though this should provide some visibility to the hazards, extra caution on the water at this time of year is warranted. The SLCA would like to thank Keith Fletcher for his efforts to keep us all safer this past year. Great job Keith!

Fall Newsletter

Your SLCA is working on the next great edition of the Shoreline News. It is not too late to submit any stories or articles to Newsletter@steenburglake.com . If a postal delivery strike should happen to interfere with our regular delivery of the newsletter, remember that you can always view, download and even print a copy of the newsletter in full colour from the Newsletter Archive of this website.

SLCA Executive Vacancies

Keep in mind that there are still a number of important positions that remain vacant at this time, namely, Vice President, Newsletter and Social Director. If these are not filled soon, you may start to see a decrease in functions and activities that your SLCA can offer. That would be a real shame given that we are on the verge of celebrating our 65th anniversary next year, and we are facing such huge threats to our community. Please give serious consideration as to how you can help and get involved!

All the very best to all of you for a safe and happy Thanks Giving weekend.


Pat Stallaert - SLCA President

August 22, 2018

McBride Mining Project!!!

For all of you who attended our Annual General Meeting on August 5th, or received a hand delivered notice in the past couple of weeks, the issue of a nickel, cobalt and copper mine has again resurfaced and may prove to be the single largest threat that our community has ever faced! Dr. Derek McBride has recently partnered with Pancontinental Resources Inc of North Carolina, and is actively exploring an area of wetlands and forests just north west of Steenburg Lake, less than one township lot from our shores. According to Company reports, the total claim site in question encompasses an area of 1710 Hectares or 4224 Acres. A small group of hard working individuals have banded together, and are working tirelessly to understand the impacts of such a project and to raise awareness of it in our community.

The group, led by Ms Monica Nikopoulos, a nearby land owner on #62, just north of our lake, was able to convince the President and CEO of of Pancontinental (a TSE traded exploration company) to reschedule its planned information meeting. The meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, September 5th will now be held Sunday, September 9th at 4:00 pm in order to accomodate more of the many seasonal residents and land owners in the area. This meeting will be held at the Limerick Community Centre on highway 620, just west of highway 62. We strongly urge all our members and friends to be in attendance at this meeting!

Our friends at Shawano Ratepayers Inc.(Dickey Lake), WLHCA (Wollaston Lake), LWRA (Limerick Lake) and Tri-Lakes (Robinson, Brinklow and Spring Lakes) have all been notified and share our concerns for the impacts that such a mine could have on the entire area's ground water, surface water, wildlife, and vegetation, not to mention our roads and socio-economic well-being of our communities.

Don't let the dying days of summer distract you from this critical development. Come out and make your concerns known. Take a stand!

As always, please be safe on and around the water, and join me at this information meeting on September 9th.

Pat Stallaert - SLCA President

July 26, 2018

South Road Closure - July 30th

Tudor & Cashel Township will be performing emergency roadwork on the South Road on Monday, July 30th to replace a culvert in the vacinity of 676 the Steenburg Lake South Road. This will result in a complete clusure of the road for at least 4 hours begining around 8:00 am. Hopefully the repairs will complete on time with no unexpected delays, but residents and their guest to that end of the road should be aware and make alternate arrangements as required. Closure is expected to extend from around 602 the South Road.

Total Fire Ban still in Effect!!!

There remains a Total Fire Ban for all of North Hastings as it does in many parts of Ontario. Many forest fires are still burning out of control in parts of Ontario during these abnormally dry and hot conditions. There was a large fire in Tudor Township this past week that was right on our doorstep, helping to emphasize the danger! Total Fire Ban means just that... No burning watsoever outdoors at any time of day. NO EXCEPTIONS! That includes fireworks! Fines can be quite high, but the risks and consequences can be far greater! So please, heed the warnings!

Municipal Election - URGENT!!!

Although the elections are not until October 22nd, the deadline for candidate registration is Friday, July 27 at 2:00 pm. Tomorrow!!! Local Municipal offices will be open tomorrow from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm to receive last minute applications for the positions on Council. Your SLCA are very concerned with the lack of representation we are facing, particularly in the case of Tudor & Cashel Township. If anyone has the slightest interest or desire to try to help make our community a better place to live and recreate in, we urge you to act quickly and exercise your democratic right to represent your community.

More great summer events!

Well, we're off to a great start this summer with our Canada Day Fireworks, the Have-a-Dock Jamboree, the Beach Regatta and BBQ, and the Roadside Clean-up all having successful turn-outs. Thank you to all who helped organize and make these events possible, and thank you to all who came out to take part. This Saturday, will be the Artisans of Steenburg Exhibition between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Location is the same as last year, the Sabotka's at 944 the North Road. Come out and see the amazing passions and talents this community has to offer!

Our AGM will be held Sunday, August 5th at the Tudor & Cashel Community Centre on Weslemkoon Lake Road. Continental breakfast will be available at 9:30. Meeting will start at 10:00. Come out to meet your friends and neighbours from around the lake, learn about important issues that face our community, have your say and raise your concerns, and have a chance to win some great prizes. Come out and find out what you've been missing!

Be safe on and around the water, respect other boaters and cottagers by keeping your speed and your wake in check, and hope to see you about the lake and at our great events!

Pat Stallaert - SLCA President

March 31, 2018

Happy Easter and Welcome Spring!

Well, it's officially spring, and then some... The days are getting warmer and longer. The snow is gradually melting and the ice on the lake is getting softer and starting to recede. It won't be long now before the majority of us begin our regular pilgrimages up to the lake. For those who live at the lake year round, the change of seasons must bring a welcomed change from dealing with all the snow and cold.

This is also the Easter long weekend, and we hope all our friends and neighbours have a safe and pleasant time with family and friends however you choose to enjoy it. If you are travelling, please do so safely.

Your SLCA Executive will soon be meeting to finalize another year of great events and initiatives for the year. Keep an eye out for your spring 2018 edition of Shoreline News.

60th Anniversary of the SLCA

Once again, please be reminded that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the Steenbuirg Lake Community Association. As mentioned in our fall 2017 Shoreline News, we are holding a two-part contest for a new logo for our SLCA merchandize to commemorate our 60th anniversary as a lake association. We are also looking for submissions for a new slogan. Help complete the phrase: Steenburg Lake Community Association - 60 years of...

Hope to see you all around the lake this summer and at our events.

All the best!

Pat Stallaert - SLCA President

December 24, 2017

Season's Greatings!!!

Photo of Walsh Island in winter

As this year draws to a close, and we rapidly approach the start of a new year, it's worth reflecting on all the great events we enjoyed at the lake in 2017, and to look forward to all that 2018 has in store for us. On behalf of all your SLCA Executive, best wishes to all our members and friends of the Steenburg Lake community for a safe and happy holiday.

Be careful while travelling whether it's to and from the lake, or elsewhere to visit friends and relatives, and remember that there is never an excuse to drink and drive.

If you do visit the lake, use extra caution near and on the lake. Ice thickness and quality can vary greatly early in the season.

60th Anniversary of the SLCA

As mentioned in our fall 2017 Shoreline News, we are holding a two-part contest for a new logo for our SLCA merchandize to commemorate our 60th anniversary as a lake association. We are also looking for submissions for a new slogan. Help complete the phrase: Steenburg Lake Community Association - 60 years of...

Hope to see many of you around the lake this winter.

All the best!

Pat Stallaert - SLCA President

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 PhotoContest@steenburglake.com. 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 Steenburglake.com 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.
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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.
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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.
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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 president@steenburglake.com

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 Steenburglake.com 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.