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Notices & Releases

Notices will be posted on a regular basis outlining details of upcoming items to be discussed at Council or Committee of the Whole that have notice requirements under the Municipal Act 2001 or Section 34 of the Planning and Development Act of Ontario.

The types of notices appearing on this page will include but, are not limited to, Public Meetings, Public Hearings, Information, Open Houses.

Chief Administration Officer Position

Date Posted: June 21, 2018

The Council of the Municipality of Trent Lakes is seeking a qualified, experienced Chief Administrative Officer to provide professional leadership and direction for the Municipality. More information regarding this position is provided on our Human Resources Job Postings page.

Notice of a Special Meeting

Date Posted:


The Council of the Municipality of Trent Lakes will hold a Special Meeting of Council on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. to consider by-laws and to go into Closed Session to consider an Integrity Commissioner Report under Section 239(2)(b) of the Municipal Act, 2001, as amended.

The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers at 760 County Road 36, Trent Lakes.

Dated this 20th day of June, 2018.

Kari Stevenson, Clerk
Municipality of Trent Lakes
760 Peterborough County Road 36
Trent Lakes, ON  K0M 1A0
Tel: 705-738-3800 ext. 240
Fax: 705-738-3801

Bridge Construction: Gannons Narrows, Gifford Causeway and Buckhorn Bridge

Date Posted: June 18, 2018

Trent Lakes has received notice from the County of Peterborough regarding repairs to three local bridges/causeways that could impact upon our residents and visitors. The three affected areas the area of Buckhorn bridges that span the Trent-Severn Lock 31 canal and the Buckhorn dam. The others are the Gannon’s Narrows Causeway and connecting Lakehurst to Ennismore and the James A. Gifford Causeway that connects Ennismore to Bridgenorth.

Please see the information below for more details of each of the affected areas:

James A. Gifford Causeway and Gannon’s Narrows Causeway

The County of Peterborough will be conducting repairs to the embankments of the James A. Gifford Causeway (between Ennismore and Bridgenorth) and the Gannon’s Narrows Causeway (between Lakehurst and Ennismore), with repairs to commence during the week of June 25, 2018. The repairs are anticipated to extend for a period of up to 4 weeks.

Both of the Causeway’s were subjected to extreme weather conditions during the wind storm event of May 4, 2018, that resulted in erosion of the embankments above the waterline of the adjacent waterways.

Repairs will involve excavation of the embankment above the waterline, benching of the area of damage and installation of large rip rap rock rubble in order to restore the embankments of the roadways.

The areas to be repaired will be designated as construction zones for the duration of the repairs and public access will be restricted during this period.

Due to the nature of the work, the roadways will be subject to daily single traffic lane restrictions with both traffic lanes planned to be reopened to all traffic at the end of each day.

Map showing location the location of the Gannon's Narrows Causeway
Gannon’s Narrows Causeway
Map showing location of the James Gifford Causeway
James Gifford Causeway

Trent Canal Bridge

The County of Peterborough will be conducting repairs to the underside of the Trent Canal Bridge (between the two sections of Buckhorn), which is located on County Road 23 in the hamlet of Buckhorn.

The scheduled date for the work is Sunday June 24th, 2018, from 7:00 pm to Monday June 25th, 2018, 8:00 am.

Repairs will involve the installation of galvanized wire mesh on the soffit of the bridge along the east side of this structure.

Due to the nature of the work, the northbound traffic lane of County Road 23 will be subject to a single traffic lane restriction with both traffic lanes planned to be reopened to all traffic at the end of the construction.

Map showing the Trent Canal Bridge and Lower Buckhorn Bridge

Please note that the timelines are approximate and will vary dependent upon weather and other factors. We apologize for any inconvenience during construction and thank you for your patience.

Please contact the undersigned for any additional information:

Peter Nielsen, C.E.T.
Manager, Engineering & Design
County of Peterborough, Public Works
310 Armour Road
Peterborough, Ontario, K9H 1Y6
(705) 775-2737 ext. 3200
Date of Issuance: June 18, 2018

Peterborough County 2017 Waste Diversion Figures for Trent Lakes

Date Posted: June 13, 2018

We have been advised by the Waste Management Division of Peterborough County that the Trent Lakes mandatory clear bag program has reduced household garbage and increased diversion, particularly blue box in Trent Lakes for 2017. They congratulated Trent Lakes on a 61% diversion.

Graphed comparison of Trent Lakes waste composition and future goals.

You Are In Black Bear Country

Date Posted: June 1, 2018

Photo of close up of a black bear's faceResident and visitors are reminded that the Municipality of Trent Lakes is black bear country. Seeing a black bear in its natural habitat can be a thrill or a cause for alarm. Most black bears are shy of humans and keep a distance. Often a bear is searching for food and if it doesn’t find a source it passes through to other territory where it can feed.

Never feed bears or any other wildlife. As more people live and frequent bear country, an abundance of unnatural food sources can become available to bears. Bears are attracted to anything scented and/or edible. Improperly stored food and garbage are temptations few bears can resist. They become less cautious of people and may display bold behavior when trying to get to human food. Bears that have become indifferent to the presence of people and have access to human food sources may cause property damage and threaten public safety. Every year in Ontario law enforcement and Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry personnel respond to hundreds of calls in which bears have become a nuisance and may pose a public safety threat and/or are damaging property. In some cases, the animals are euthanized.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has a wealth of information available on their website at:

Who to contact


Call 911 or your local police, if you feel a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety and:

  • enters a school yard when school is in session
  • enters or tries to enter a residence
  • wanders into a public gathering
  • kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site
  • stalks people and lingers at the site

Generally, bears want to avoid humans. Most encounters are not aggressive and attacks are rare.


Call the Bear Wise reporting line at 1-866-514-2327 (*between April 1-November 30) if a bear is:

  • roaming around, checking garbage cans
  • breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored
  • in a tree
  • pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue
  • moving through a backyard or field but is not lingering

* From Dec 1-March 31, please contact: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Southern Region
Phone: 1-800-667-1940, Address: Robinson Place South Tower 4th Floor S, 300 Water St, Peterborough, ON K9J 8M5

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Bear Info Sheets



4th Annual Discover Trent Lakes Is Underway

Date Posted: May 30, 2018

The 4th Annual Discover Trent Lakes passports are now available at the Trent Lakes Municipal Office, the Trent Lakes Public Library Buckhorn and Cavendish Branches, the Waste Transfer Stations and various other local locations.

We’ve launched the event every Labour Day weekend with some unusual and lesser known places in our beautiful municipality. You can do them all in a day or one at a time over the summer, the pace is yours to set.

Visit at least six passport locations to enter for a chance to win awesome prizes! Don’t forget to #DiscoverTL on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to share your journey with others.

We are looking for future locations and prizes! If you have a suggestion or if you are a local business that would like to become a location, sponsor a location or provide a prize please send an email to or call the municipal office at 705-738-3800.

Photo of two Discover Trent Lakes passports

Mississagua Lake Dam Update on Construction

Date Posted: May 29, 2018

The newly constructed Mississagua Lake Dam was commissioned in December 2017 and has been managing water levels on Mississagua Lake since that time.

The contractor has now indicated to Parks Canada that they will be returning to site the week of May 28th, 2018 in order to complete the restoration of the site. While construction trailers, equipment, fencing, and so forth was removed from site, additional steps are required in order to complete the transition from a construction site.

Earthworks will be undertaken to remove the temporary dirt and protective textiles used as a surface beneath the construction trailers and entry road. The area below the overflow weir will also see some re-grading and the addition of organic materials to encourage and enable regrowth. The construction site and surrounding area will also be inspected to remove all materials brought to site during construction including curtains, hoses, rebar, and general refuse.

While people should always exercise caution around dams, Parks Canada advises that people should continue to use extra caution in the area around Mississagua Lake Dam until site remediation is complete.

Additionally, while the elevated walkway over top of the weir is complete the ground beneath the access steps settled more than anticipated leaving a very large first step. As such, extra care should be taken if it is being used. The pedestrian walkway across the new dam is also accessible from a staircase adjacent to the west wall of the new dam, but again, due to settlement there is a very large first step to access it.

Parks Canada thanks residents for their continued interest and patience as we complete the project to replace the Mississagua Lake dam.

Background: The current dam at Mississagua Lake dates to 2018 and replaced a concrete dam that had been in place since the 1930s. Earlier dams built in this area were constructed using timber cribs. Remnants of the timber crib dams can still be seen in the water upstream of the dam site.

The replacement of the Mississagua Lake Dam is part of Parks Canada’s unprecedented $3 billion dollar investment over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

For further information about infrastructure work along the Trent Severn Waterway, please visit our website: If you have questions about the project to replace the Mississagua Lake Dam or if you would like to be added to our community engagement list and receive updates on this project, please contact us at: and include Mississagua Lake Dam in the subject heading.

Photo of the new Mississagua Dam showing water flowing through the system.

Recycling Milk Cartons and Paper Coffee Cups

Date Posted: May 24, 2018

Helpful Recycling Tips:

    • Milk cartons and paper coffee cups belong in the container box, not the paper box. Confused? Here’s a trick: if it can contain liquid, it goes in the container box!
    • Please do not put containers or paper in bags for recycling. The facility that sorts the recycling is not equipped to remove material from bags. Please sort your materials into at least two boxes (paper and containers) for collection. If you have been using bags for collection and you need boxes, please contact Peterborough County.

We are able to  accept car seats and media (CDs, DVDs, records, VHS tapes, cassettes, etc.) at our Hazardous Waste Depot again this year, during depot operating hours.

Image of empty containers for tetra pack soup, Almond milk, , 1% milk, small chocolate milk, Minute Maid fruit juice tetra drink and a paper Tim Horton coffee cups.

John Earle Chase Memorial Park Upcoming Events

Date Posted: May 16, 2018

Cleanup and Tree Planting

Kawartha Land Trust is partnering with Parks Canada and the Municipality of Trent Lakes to protect and enhance 400 acres of forest and lakefront near Gannons Narrows. We need your help planting trees and shrubs and cleaning up trash to make this nature reserve really shine! Get a sneak peak of the trails while you’re out and see for yourself what makes this nature reserve special.

When: Saturday, May 19th  @ 10 AM
Where: John Earle Chase Memorial Park
Please click to RSVP 

Trail Grand Opening

Celebrate International Trails Day by exploring 9 km of new trails open to the public. With beautiful views overlooking Pigeon Lake, mature maple forests and wetlands bursting with life, this protected place is too beautiful not to share!

When:  Saturday, June 2nd @ 1 p.m.
Where: John Earle Chase Memorial Park
Please click to RSVP

Learn more about the collaborative between Kawartha Land Trust, Municipality of Trent Lakes and Parks Canada: John Earle Chase Memorial Park

Map showing the John Earle Chase Memorial Park boundary and 3 different loop trails in 3 different colors, yellow is 1.6 km, red is 2.7 km, and blue is 3.1.

Victoria Day Office Hours

Date Posted: May 14, 2018

The Municipal office will be closed on Monday, May 21st, 2018, for Victoria Day.

Normal hours of business resume on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018.

All Waste Transfer Sites will be open the holiday Monday, Victoria Day and operating under Sunday hours.

Council and Staff wish everyone a Safe and Happy Victoria Day long weekend.

Black and white photo of Queen Victoria imposed over a waving red and white Canadian flag

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