Blueberries!

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At last!  The blueberries are ready!

Well, lets start off with some fun facts about blueberries:

Blueberries are perennial flowering plants that have either blue– or purple–colored berries when matured. They are in the same class as cranberries, bilberries, huckleberries and Madeira blueberries. There are generally two types of blueberry bushes; the wild (‘lowbush’) and cultivated (‘highbush’) blueberries and all are found in North America.

Blueberries usually grow close to that ground, with a woody stem system, and a plant can vary in size from 10 centimeters to 4 meters in height.

The leaves can be either deciduous or evergreen, and 1–8 cm long and 0.5–3.5 cm broad. The flowers are bell-shaped, white, pale pink or red, sometimes tinged greenish. The fruit is a berry 5–16 mm in diameter with a flared crown at the end; they are pale greenish at first, then reddish-purple, and finally dark purple when ripe. They have a sweet taste when mature, with variable acidity. Blueberry bushes typically bear fruit (and are fruit for the bear!) in the middle of the growing season: fruiting times are affected by local conditions such as altitude and latitude, so the peak of the crop, in the northern hemisphere, can vary from May to August.

Getting Some: 

Blueberries are one of the easiest berries to find.  July to August is typically blueberry season, but that can vary based on the weather. According to Northern Ontario Tourism, when hunting for your perfect spot, look in high, sunny areas. Check barren areas, rocks and cliffs, trails and hills, and if you find some crunchy, dried out moss, there’s likely blueberries nearby.

But remember, picking wild, lowbush blueberries is hard work. According to the team at Northern Ontario Tourism, bringing some key gear along makes for better picking. Be sure to bring:

  • Long pants
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen (blueberries like high, sunny spots)
  • Insect repellant (blueberry season is also mosquito season!)
  • Water
  • Bucket/basket for berries (bags can damage your haul)

Great Eating:

And of course the best part is eating the blueberries!  Whether you eat them raw (I have a hard time filling my container, because I eat faster than I pick!), or in your favorite pie, the blueberries are delicious.

Here is some nutrition info:

Top seven health benefits of blueberries:

  1. High in Antioxidants
  2. Help Fight Cancer
  3. Amp Up Weight Loss
  4. Boost Brain Health
  5. Alleviate Inflammation
  6. Support Digestion
  7. Promote Heart Health

A 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving of raw blueberries has:

  • Calories: 57
  • Water: 84%
  • Protein: 0.7 grams
  • Carbs: 14.5 grams
  • Sugar: 10 grams
  • Fiber: 2.4 grams
  • Fat: 0.3 grams

And finally, here are 10 delicious blueberry recipes from Northern Ontario Travel (just click the link):

Blueberry Recipes

Blueberry Pie

ATV Rollovers – rare, but sometimes serious- what do you think?

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Here is an article from CBC, this July, which discusses the possible future regulatory impacts on the ATV community related to ATV rollovers and possible mandatory safety devices.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/atv-rollover-safety-1.5197959

The article discusses one type of device.  Here’s a link to another which is also interesting.

ATV Lifeguard Rollover Bar

and yet another called a Quadbar….

Quadbar

What do you think?  Are rollovers really only due to irresponsible riders?  Should such safety devices be mandated?  Or, should the devices simply be an add-on option available to riders?

Some interesting material for discussion on our rides!

 

Some Hot Summer ATV Events in Ontario

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Summer is hot, and so is the ATV season!  In addtion to our WNATV Club rides, there are other ATV events planned through the summer. Here a listing of events from the www.northernontario.travel website.  Please ensure you verify the event is still on by checking with their particular website before travelling!

If for some reason you are not going to our own Club ride, Tilden Lake, on July 27th, but find yourself south of West Nipissing, I would recommend the July 27th event in Kearney.  I have had the opportunity to ride some of the trails in this area, and it is a beautiful place. This is put on the the West Algonquin ATV Club.  They are just south of us, and some of their members have joined us in the WNATV Club for rides.

July 2019 ATV Events

5-7, Mattawa Road Trip, Mattawa, ON

Join the Central Ontario ATV Club on our annual road trip to Mattawa, Ontario on July 5-6-7, 2019. Spend the weekend in a cottage and ride from there on the Voyageur Multi Use Trail System,  OFATV passes are required.
Registration: You must pre-register ASAP as we have limited space available, and we sell out every year. Cost is $220 per person (2 per room) for the cottage rental and all meals from Friday dinner to lunch Sunday. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required ASAP.
To participate please contact: Rhonda Broderick, rhonda@coatv.ca, or call her at 705-429-3822

6, KATVA Five Points Ride, Kinmount, ON
A beginner to intermediate level ride. Meet at 9:30 am at the Superior Propane Parking Lot, County Road 121. Ride leaves at 10 am sharp.
Registration: Click here to register. Non-members will be able to purchase their trail permit upon arriving for the event ride.

13-23, KATVA Camping and Ride, Stonecliffe, ON
An intermediate level ride starting from the Morning Mist Resort in Stonecliffe. Space may be limited so people need to contact the resort, www.MorningMistResort.ca for information.
Registration: Click here to register. Non-members will be able to purchase their trail permit upon arriving for the event ride.

20, COATVC Saturday Fun Ride, Wasaga Beach, ON
Central Ontario ATV Club, is having a Saturday fun ride from the clubhouse to the Anten Mills/Phelpston Trail. Meet at the COATV clubhouse in the Wasaga Beach Sports Park, 1888 Klondike Park Road, Wasaga Beach. Drive in and turn left to parking area by the clubhouse.
Registration: $20 event permit for those who don’t have an OFATV annual pass will be available before the ride.

20, 21, TIATVC Demo Daze 2019, Lansdowne, ON
Our annual Demo Daze is held in conjunction with the Lansdowne Fair. Come out and try new ATVs and Side X Sides from various manufacturers on our 3-kilometre trail.

27, AWATVC Trail Ride, Kearney, ON
All Algonquin West ATV Club rides leave the Kearney Legion ball diamonds at 9 am sharp.
Lunch provided with a permit. Day passes will be available for purchase on the morning of the ride. Ride dates and times subject to change, updates will be posted in advance as much as reasonably possible.
Registration: If you could please reply to customerservice@algonquinwestatv.com to verify registration.

August 2019 ATV Events

3, 4, Opeongo ATV Trail Fest, Barry’s Bay, ON
Our annual Loggers Loop and Opeongo ATV Trail Fest will be held August 3 and August 4. Leaving from the Paul J Yakabuski Arena. Lunch provided at Spectacle Lake Lodge – hamburger, salad, dessert, drink. Supper: back at the Arena after the Saturday ride. Accommodations available: overflow dry camping will be available at the Paul J Yakabuski Arena.
Registration: Cost is $40 for the weekend (includes Saturday lunch & supper, and door prizes). Registration begins at 8 am at the Paul J Yakabuski Arena on Saturday morning.

4, Sunday Fun Ride, Wasaga Beach, ON
Central Ontario ATV Club, is having a fun ride from the clubhouse to the Anten Mills/Phelpston Trail. Meet at the COATV clubhouse in the Wasaga Beach Sports Park, 1888 Klondike Park Road, Wasaga Beach. Drive in and turn left to parking area by the clubhouse.
Registration: $20 event permit for those who don’t have an OFATV annual pass will be available before the ride.

10, KATVA Pot Luck BBQ & Ride, Fenelon Falls, ON
Hosted at Log Chateau Park, 1691 Cty Rd 121, Fenelon Falls. Call 705-887-3960 to reserve your campsite. Riding from park at 10 am. BBQ roasts and pop provided. Everyone to bring a side dish, salad or dessert.
Registration: Click here to register. KATVA permit required. Non-members will be able to purchase their trail permit upon arriving for the event ride.

11, DGATV Sunday Fun Ride, Markdale, ON
A Sunday fun ride leaving from Markdale trail parking lot, 199-151 Grey County Rd 12, Markdale, ON.
Registration: Starts at 9:30 am. Ride leaves at 10 am. OFATV pass required or day passes for $20 available at registration.

17, Offroad I Like Dirt Roads, Elliot Lake, ON
The Elliot Lake ATV Club and Royal LePage will be hosting a charity ATV run to raise money for the Elliot Lake St. Joseph’s General Hospital CT Scanner and the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.

17, Lunch by the Lake, Lansdowne, ON
Travel the Thousand Islands ATV Club trails to Charleston Lake for a barbecue, go for a swim or just put your feet in the lake.
Registration: Cost of the ride is $15/machine and $5 for additional riders. OFATV Trail Pass or Day pass required and can be purchased the day of the ride.

17, KATVA Five Points Ride, Kinmount, ON
Meet at Superior Propane, Cty Rd 121 at 9 am. Bring a lunch.
Registration: Click here to register. KATVA permit required. Non-members will be able to purchase their trail permit upon arriving for the event ride.

18, 7th Annual Trip to Kearney, Emsdale, ON
Join the Central Ontario ATV Club for the 7th annual ride on Algonquin West ATV Club trails in beautiful Kearney area. Bring your lunch to eat on the trail.
Registration: A $15 day pass is required and will be available on site. Meet at 8:30 am and park across from Rickward’s Polaris Small Motors, 1914 Hwy 518 E, Kearney.

18, Adam Wicks Memorial Ride, South Mountain, ON
The Nation Valley ATV Club will host the Adam Wicks Memorial Ride again this year. Location, timings and lunch details will be provided closer to the event date.

24, Goats Trail Ride, TBA, ON
All riders must pre-register. Limited to 20 expert riders. No 2-up riders. SxS allowed only if rules change. Riders will be notified by email of where and when to meet.
Registration: Click here to register.

Silver Lake Ride Report

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The WNATV Club held a ride on June 22nd in the Silver Lake and Deschamps Lake area. There was practically no dust on the 805 and mosquitoes were not a problem on that amazing sunny day.

There were thirteen signatures on the attendance sheet.

We stopped at many lakes including Silver Lake, Tee Lake, the Spiank Stream and Deschamps Lake. This region is rich in history in the lumber, mining and fishing industries. The group was very dynamic and the riders were quite receptive and interested in learning about the area’s historical facts. In the photos, people are smiling a lot, which is a good sign.

The WNATV Club provided a surprise treat of pie and beverage at the pavilion of the private Club de chasse et pêche de Verner at Brightwater Lake.

Thank you to Club de chasse et pêche members, Yves and Serge, for the warm reception. I also wish to thank Jacques Lachance and Art Constantineau for helping me make this ride a memorable one.

The Silver Lake ride was sponsored by TGP Power Sports. Thank you, Rock Gagné.

Ride leader,
Claude Patenaude

June 8, 2019 Kukagami Lake Ride Report

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The Kukagami To Murray Lake Ride was the Second ride of the season for the West Nipissing ATV Club.

There were 18 ATVs and 4 Side-by-Sides with a total of 27 riders in attendance.

Under a sunny sky and a cool 12 degrees C, we left from the parking lot at 9.15 a.m.

We headed down to a trail that led to an abandoned track bridge where we stopped for a quick break.

From there we proceeded through Red Pine plantations and on to the end of Ashagami Lake Road.

Next we continued on a old mine road to Washagami Lake and then proceeded to Pine Falls Lodge at Murray Lake Dam and Bridge where we stopped for a lunch break.

After lunch we traveled on camp roads to a trail that were a bit rougher. We took a well deserved break at Murray River before proceeding on to the Murray River Bridge, then onward along the trail to Knowles Lake.  After heading to Murray Lake, we stopped for a break.

Leaving Murray Lake we traveled over a trail to Dwyer Lake.

We left Dwyer Lake and drove down the trail to the old mine road and to Ashagami Lake Road.

The group continued on down the Ashagami Lake Road leading us back to our vehicles.  We arrived back at the parking area at 4:35 p.m.

The total ride was rated as a difficulty of 3 on our scale,  and everyone had a good day.  All returned satisfied and  really dusty from the dry roads.

We couldn’t have asked for a better day weather wise at 26C and I’m sure fun was had by all who attended.

A great ride for all.

 

Art Constantineau – Ride Lead

Mike Labelle- Ride Tail

The Common Loon

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Did you know that the Common Loon is the provincial bird of Ontario?  Most of you know that is the namesake of our $1 coin…..the “loonie”, which sports an image of the common loon.  But do you also remember that the loon was also proudly displayed on a previous series of $20 bills?

The loon is also known as “the great northern diver”, and anyone who has spent time on the local waters in the evening will most likely have seen this bird diving and staying submerged for quite some time.

To read more about this crazy laughing bird, check out the link to Bio Expeditions discussion here:  Common Loon

Or perhaps Audubon’s site at Common Loon

And here’s their “haunting” sound of the loon that you just might hear in the evening while out paddling your canoe, (or from your ATV if you turn it off at the edge of a lake!)

 

 

Tilden Lake Ride Report

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The Tilden Lake Ride was the first ride of the season for the West Nipissing ATV Club.
There were 19 ATVs and 5 Side-by-Sides with a total of 33 riders in attendance.
Under a cloudy sky and a cool 4 degrees C, we left from the parking lot at 10. a.m.
The trails had lots of water and were covered with a little bit of snow and a lot of mud that made for a little bit of a challenge.
We arrived at the Restaurant at 12.40 pm for a WNATV Members lunch
The group continued on down the trail leading back to our vehicles. We arrived back at the parking area by 4.30 p.m.
The total ride was rated as a 3. and everyone had a good day. All returned satisfied and smiling!
A great ride for all!

Art Constantineau

NOTICES

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Hello WNATV Club members, and guests visting our webpages.  Below are some ATV events happening in our Region.  Please note that these are not WNATV Club events, but they may be other ATV related rides you may wish to look into.  If you have any questions, you will have to contact them.  (Try the websites attached below for details).

 

April 27th, St-Charles Big Bear Rally  https://www.stcharleson.ca/st.-charles-big-bear-rally.html

May 11th, Bonfield Lion ATV Rally  https://www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/bonfield/page-9.php

May 25th, VMUTS Spring Poker Run https://www.facebook.com/RideVMUTS/

September 28th, Pembroke Ride for Dad September 28   http://www.ridefordad.ca/pembroke/

 

And finally, (I couldn’t find a link, so speak with someone from the Knights of Columbus to confirm!)

August 31st, Field Knight of Columbus ATV Rally

Rockin’ Robin

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“He rocks in the tree tops all day long
Hoppin’ and a-boppin’ and singing his song
All the little birdies on Jaybird Street
Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet
Rockin’ robin, rock rock
Rockin’ robin’
Blow rockin’ robin”   
Rockin’ Robin -Bobbie Day 1958

 

Four feet of snow in the front yard.

Three feet of snow in the back.

Flurries today bringing more snow (albeit, wet and melting).

…..and what to my wondering eyes should appear? (not St. Nick)

I nice, colourful, plump looking Robin, in the one patch of grass where the neighbour’s sump pump is draining.

Yes…….It’s official, Spring has arrived.

Our friends at All About Birds tells us……

The quintessential early bird, American Robins are common sights on lawns across North America, where you often see them tugging earthworms out of the ground. Robins are popular birds for their warm orange breast, cheery song, and early appearance at the end of winter. Though they’re familiar town and city birds, American Robins are at home in wilder areas, too, including mountain forests and Alaskan wilderness.

Look for American Robins running across lawns or stalking earthworms in your yard or a nearby park. Since robins sing frequently, you can find them by listening for their clear, lilting musical whistles. In winter they may disappear from your lawn but could still be around. Look for flocks of them in treetops and around fruiting trees, and listen for their low cuck notes.

Well, I know at my place, it’ll be another month or more before we see worms being pulled out of the ground by robins!  Until they can get their own food you might want to consider feeding them.  To attract these birds to your feeder, put out some chopped apples, maybe some berries or mealworms (get these at the pet shops). But remember that robins don’t eat birdseed.  Also putting out some  water might be important for a week or so until we get back to melting snow.

Find out more about Robins at Audubon or All About Birds.