Cottage Living

AED located at Catchacoma Marina

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) These days, you don’t have to be a doctor to save a life. New Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) make it possible for even non-medical personnel to restore heart rhythm and life. An AED is a machine that can monitor heart rhythms. It can tell if the heart has stopped beating effectively. If required, the machine can then advise the operator to deliver an electric shock to the heart. Most of the time, along with CPR, this shock will restart the heart. AEDs save lives About 45,000 Canadians experience cardiac arrest every year. The survival rate of victims for an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is less than five per cent. However, CPR with the use of an AED before the arrival of Emergency Medical Services can increase the chance of survival by up to 75 per cent. Getting trained in CPR and making defibrillators easily accessible has the potential to save thousands of lives.

How to use, maintain a defibrillator

Emergency Numbers

Police Emergency: 1-888-310-1122 Fire Department: 657-1283 Ambulance: 1-800-461-3898 Bear Hotline 1-866-514-2327

CCA Places Hazard Marker Buoys on the Lake

The CCA puts buoys out on the lake to mark the general location of most of the main boating hazards in the lake and the Narrows North of the First bridge. Our volunteer tries to maintain the buoys in place from just before the May 24th weekend until Thanksgiving. These buoys are placed with care but they are not intended to be exact navigation markers. They can shift over time and last year several buoys disappeared completely. Please let us know if you see a missing buoy or if you believe a buoy is in the wrong location. The CCA email address is While we do our best to properly locate the major hazards, changing water levels and storms can cause buoys to shift. Always stay well clear of all markers and report any buoys that seem to be out of place or missing. The smaller red buoys which CCA has used for many years mark hazards. When they are off land points it usually means there are rocks from the buoy position all the way to the shore. When there are several buoys in a row or in a loose grouping that indicates the general location of a line of rocks or a sunken island like structure. In the summer of 2011 your association needed to replace some of our old buoys. We decided to experiment with some new buoys and as a result you will have seen some pairs of red and green buoys marking channels. Most of the new channel buoys have reflective tape and are easily visible with a flashlight in the dark. The new markers in the Narrows, between the islands at the south end of the lake, and at the entrance to and in Baldwin Bay were well received as an addition to our hazard marker system. We continue to use our older small red buoys to mark hazards in our Lake and in 2012 we replaced and upgraded some of these buoys as well. In the 2011 season we lost two of our new yellow shoal marker buoys. We believe they broke loose and may still be in shallows somewhere around the lake or may have been taken in by a cottager. If you know the location of these buoys please let us know by email at


How to Read the Chart

Water levels are measured by the Trent Severn Waterway (TSW) using a gauge located at the Mississagua Dam. The water level is measured in metres (m) above the sill plate of the dam. Key reference points:

Sill plate level
Height of standard stop-log
Height of dam with all 8 logs in place
TSW Target level in Spring
TSW Winter set level – 2 logs in place
Nominal water level fluctuation Filler Filler

Current Water Level Data

To check the current water level on a reservoir lake you can use visit the TSW web site NOTE: While the water level of the lake is ‘controlled’ by the number of logs in the dam, it will rarely be exactly equal to the level of the topmost log in the dam. It is usual for there to be a ‘head’ of water of several centimeters above the top of the dam; it is also possible for the water level of the lake to drop below the level of the topmost log in the dam due to evaporation or the recent addition of a stop-log.

What to do if you encounter a black bear while enjoying the outdoors

Bears usually avoid humans. But if you do encounter one, it’s important to remember that they are powerful and potentially dangerous animals. If you are a hiker, cyclist, jogger, berry picker, or anyone who plans to spend some time in “bear country”, there are some things you should do if you encounter a bear. If you encounter a bear:

  • If the bear is not paying any attention to you, slowly and quietly back away while watching the bear to make sure it isn’t following you
  • Do not approach the bear to get a better look
  • If the bear obviously knows you are there, raise your arms to let the bear know you are a human. Make yourself look as big as possible. Speak in a firm but non-threatening voice while looking at the bear and backing away
  • Watch the bear to gauge its reaction to you. Generally, the noisier the bear is, the less dangerous it is, providing you don’t approach the bear. If a bear huffs, pops its jaw or stomps its paws on the ground, it wants you to back away and give it space
  • If a bear closely approaches you, drop any food you are carrying and continue backing up
  • If the bear continues to try to approach, stand your ground and be aggressive – use your whistle or air horn, yell, stand tall, wave your arms and throw objects
  • If a bear keeps advancing and is getting close, continue to stand your ground. Use your bear pepper spray and anything else to threaten or distract the bear – bears will often first test to see if it is safe to approach you
  • Do not run or climb a tree. Bears can run faster and climb better than you
  • If the bear makes contact, fight back with everything you have

Ontario is Bear Country

By following a few Bear Wise habits, people can discourage bears from visiting their homes, farms, businesses, cottages and property. However, it takes everybody working together to keep bears away from communities and neighbourhoods. Ontario is bear country. Chances are you live near bears. If you are not convinced that people can eliminate bear activity, think about this. In 2010 the leading causes of bear problems were the result of:

  • Residential garbage
  • Food smells (including dirty barbecues)
  • Fruit trees

Help keep people safe and bears wild. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Learn about bears and what can attract them to your property.
  • Know what you should do if you see or encounter a bear on your property.
  • Take steps to remove or control items known to attract bears.
  • Encourage your neighbours and your community to practice Bear Wise habits.

Cottage Watch

Cottage Watch is a partnership for cottage safety The Federation of Ontario Cottage Associations – this site includes information about Cottage Watch The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Federation of Ontario Cottage Associations Inc. (F.O.C.A.) and local cottage associations have grouped together to provide a crime prevention program with three main components.

  1. Target hardening
  2. Community patrols
  3. Police teams

What is Cottage Watch? A community crime prevention program that:

  • promotes cottage safety and security
  • develops a partnership involving the police, your association and corporate sponsors.

How Does Cottage Watch Work? As a member of the cottage community, you become a partner by simply reporting suspicious persons or activities to the police. You are encouraged to:

  • record license plate numbers and descriptions of any suspicious vehicles in your neighbourhood.
  • watch for strangers in your neighbourhood.
  • watch for persons taking “shortcuts” through your property.
  • watch for vehicles making repeat visits through your neighbourhood.

In an EMERGENCY ONLY, call 911 and ensure that all visitors, guests at your property know the 911 address, including the fire route number if you are located on a private road. When it comes to emergency situations, our fire department is there for us. The Galway-Cavendish-Harvey Fire Department responds to fires, extrications, medical and rescue calls. There are four stations:

  • Buckhorn Fire Hall #1 – 1723 Lakehurst Rd
  • Cavendish Fire Hall #2 and O.P.P. – 8 Community Complex Dr
  • Galway Fire Hall #3 – 569 Galway Rd
  • Oak Shores Fire Hall #4 – 1300 Northern Ave

Equipment consists of:

  • 4 Rescue Units
  • 3 Pumpers
  • 4 Pumper Tankers
  • 3 ATVs and Rescue Stretchers
  • 3 Boats

In addition, there is also seasonal rescue equipment. The fire deparment currently has 50 firefighters who are on call 24/7 to serve our community

Burn Permits

A Township Fire Permit is required for all open air burning. Permits are free of charge and must be annually renewed. In signing the Burn Permit you are agreeing to comply with all rules contained on the permit. Permits are available from the Township Administration Office or any of the landfill site locations

Outdoor Burning

The Township uses the Ontario Fire Code Regulation for “Open Air Burning” (Article and the Ministry of Natural Resources Forest Fire Prevention Act to control a potentially dangerous fire condition. There are no open air fires permitted between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. from April 1 to October 31 of any given year. Any fire cannot be any larger than 2 metres across and 2 metres high. A responsible adult MUST supervise and have adequate tools and water supply on hand to contain the fire. Incinerators must have a mesh size of no larger than ½ inch and cannot be within 2 metres of any flammable materials. These restrictions can be superceded by wind conditions and/or any FIRE BAN ORDER issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources or the Township of Galway Cavendish & Harvey Fire Department.

Fire Bans

When the Township or the Ministry of Natural Resources puts a fire ban in place we immediately place a notice on the Burn Telephone Line from your Burn Permit. We also inform the public through the local news media (radio, newspapers, TV). Always call the Burn Hotline before you do any burning.


Should you have any questions or require more information regarding outdoor burning or Township Fire and Rescue Services, please call Fire Services at 1-800-374-4009 ext. 230 or 705-738-3800 ext. 230.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Bobcaygen 8 – 4:30pm 8 – 4:30pm Closed Closed 8 – 4:30pm 8 – 4:30pm 12 – 8pm
Buckhorn Closed Closed 8 – 4:30pm 8 – 4:30pm Closed 8 – 4:30pm 12 – 8pm
Cavendish 7 – 12noon Closed 8 – 12noon Closed Closed 8 – 4pm 8 – 4pm
Crystal Lake 7 – 12noon Closed 8 – 12noon Closed Closed 8 – 4pm 12 – 8pm

Winter Hours

Thanksgiving Day to Victoria Day

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Bobcaygen Closed 8 – 4:30pm Closed Closed Closed 8 – 4:30pm 12 – 5pm
Buckhorn Closed Closed 8 – 4:30pm Closed Closed 8 – 4:30pm 12 – 5pm
Cavendish Closed Closed 8 – 12noon Closed Closed 8 – 4pm 12 – 5pm
Crystal Lake Closed Closed 8 – 12noon Closed Closed 8 – 4pm 12 – 5pm