29th Annual Gilmour Street Garage Sale Is This Weekend

It's the 29th Annual Gilmour Street Garage Sale this year—one of the can't miss community events in the city.

As per tradition, the Gilmour Street Garage Sale falls on the Saturday after the long weekend. This year, it's Saturday, May 25th starting at 9 a.m.—although people have been known to show up as early as 7 a.m. in the hunt for a good bargain! The event runs until about 1 p.m.

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The biggest street sale in all of Peterborough, it extends out to many other streets in the neighbourhood, and there are also many sales for charitable organizations in town.

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Peterborough Musicfest Announces 2019 Lineup, Includes The Sheepdogs And Dallas Green

Peterborough Musicfest unveiled their Season 33 lineup on Wednesday (May 22nd) at the Silver Bean Café in front of a big crowd of sponsors and supporters, and it’s another great one.

It includes the likes of City & Colour Dallas Green (solo), K-OS with Five Alarm Funk, The Sheepdogs, 54.40, Crash Test Dummies, Jayde, Chad Brownlee and more!

Here is the full lineup (with a few “TBAs”)…

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Musicfest, which is free to the public and takes place at Del Crary Park, is one of the summer bucket list experiences to have in Peterborough and the Kawarthas for locals and tourists alike, with Little Lake as a backdrop.

Read our
30 Super Cool Tidbits About Peterborough Musicfest first published in 2016 to learn more about the festival’s storied history.

Visit ptbomusicfest.ca for more info.

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Riverview Park & Zoo Welcomes Two New Otters, Boldt & Lawrence

The Riverview Park & Zoo has announced new additions to the zoo family in the form of two new otters, Boldt and Lawrence, who come to the zoo from the Aquatarium in Brockville, Ontario.

Photo courtesy Riverview Park & Zoo

Photo courtesy Riverview Park & Zoo

Boldt and Lawrence, both young males, join fellow otters Melissa and Splish in the exhibit.

Make sure to say Hi to the new fellas next time you drop by the zoo, which is free to the public.

Photo courtesy Riverview Park & Zoo

Photo courtesy Riverview Park & Zoo

Keep in mind that the zoo train is not slated to open until mid-June this season due to delays.

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Wild Water & Wheels Pipeline Express Coaster (Last Remaining Bailey Auto Sled Coaster In World) Has Closed Down

The amusement and theme park related news site Coaster Nerd reports that Wild Water & Wheels Pipeline Express Coaster has closed down. It was the last remaining Bailey "Auto Sled" coaster in the world.

Photo by Bria Pigeon

Photo by Bria Pigeon

Many people have fond memories of going down that coaster at Wild Water & Wheels over the years—it even made our list of 57 Signs You’re From Peterborough—and many a parent has taken their kids there.

The long walk up the stairs to get to the platform overlooking Chemong Road could be as harrowing as the ride depending on the wind on any given day.

Photo by Bria Pigeon

Photo by Bria Pigeon

Wild Water & Wheels says a new attraction is slated open in 2020, but no word yet on what that will be.

Share your memories of this coaster on our Facebook page.

Take a final virtual spin (or two) here…

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Canoe Museum's Campfires & Cocktails Flannel Event Raises Over $40,000 To Support Educational Programming

More than 200 people attended the Canadian Canoe Museum’s first-ever “Campfires and Cocktails” event on May 4th, enjoying local food and drink, live music and an amazing auction.

The event raised $40,250 to support educational programming and will return next year, offering community members another opportunity to “channel their flannel”.

Photo by Bryan Reid for Canadian Canoe Museum

Photo by Bryan Reid for Canadian Canoe Museum

The museum’s galleries were brimming thanks to the support of many, including the volunteer organizing committee, sponsors, food providers, and the 15 local artists and distinguished Canadians who painted paddles for the live auction.

The evening was set to music by local country-folk-pop trio the Dixie Hicks and complemented by artisans at work in the Preserving Skills Gallery.

Dixie Hicks, photo by Bryan Reid for Canadian Canoe Museum

Dixie Hicks, photo by Bryan Reid for Canadian Canoe Museum

“This first-of-its-kind event was embraced by the community, and we are so grateful for all the support the museum received,” says Caroline Anderson, Annual Giving Co-ordinator with the museum.

Photo by Bryan Reid for Canadian Canoe Museum

Photo by Bryan Reid for Canadian Canoe Museum

“From the organizing committee led by Jane Ulrich, to the local businesses who brought such incredible creativity to the table, we were amazed by the initiative and interest,” adds Anderson.

To learn more about the Canoe Museum, paddle over here.

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How It Works: Centennial Fountain

UPDATE: We were at Little Lake on Friday, May 17th, when Centennial Fountain kicked on for the season. Daryl Stevenson, Supervisor of Wastewater Treatment at City of Peterborough, explained to us how it works. Watch this video below produced by StudioPTBO

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The iconic Centennial Fountain in Peterborough is a huge attraction for locals and tourists alike to view from many different vantage points around the city.

The fountain is the highest jet fountain in the country. Installed in 1967, the water shoots up 76m (250 feet).

Photo courtesy City of Peterborough

Photo courtesy City of Peterborough

The Centennial Fountain will turn on for the 2019 season at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 17th.

Check out historical footage of construction of the fountain here.

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Peterborough Airport Celebrating Its 50th Anniversary With Epic Air Show

Peterborough Airport is celebrating its 50th anniversary with an Air Show featuring the most exciting lineup of aerial demonstrations that Peterborough has seen in decades. The show takes place on Saturday, September 21th and Sunday, September 22th.

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Headlining the show are the Canadian Forces Snowbirds aerial demonstration team and the SkyHawks Canadian Armed Forces parachute team. The Air Show will also feature aerial demonstrations by Rick Volker, Todd Farrell, MKT Aerobatics and the Great War Flying Museum. Static aircraft displays, local food vendors and activities for kids will round out the show.

“We are thrilled with the line-up of performances we have assembled to celebrate the Airport’s 50th anniversary,” says Airport General Manager Trent Gervais. “There really is something for everyone—from heart-stopping excitement to graceful manoeuvres and everything in between.”

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A variety of ticket options are available. Adult tickets are $30, a family pass is $70 and a VIP Experience is $200, plus applicable taxes and fees. Ticket pricing is also available for children, youth/students, seniors and veterans.

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For more info on the show and tickets, go here.

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Due To Unsafe Boating Conditions Parks Canada Is Delaying Start Of Navigation Season

Due to unsafe boating conditions, Parks Canada is delaying the start of the 2019 navigation season for the Trent-Severn Waterway until Friday, May 24th.

Above normal snowpack in some areas and significant precipitation system-wide have resulted in extreme high water levels and flows throughout the Trent-Severn Waterway, which causes unsafe boating conditions.

Picture courtesy parks canada

Picture courtesy parks canada

Until then, the Trent-Severn Waterway will remain closed to all boat traffic and all forms of water-based activities are discouraged. This closure will ensure boater safety, and help to mitigate shoreline erosion and property damage experienced by local residents and businesses.

During this week, Parks Canada will diligently continue to make adjustments to water flows in order to restore safe conditions in preparation for the navigation season.

The public are welcome to continue to enjoy the canals' lock stations, which will be fully open to land-based visitors starting May 17th, and lock staff will be on hand to welcome them. 

Visitors are encouraged to always exercise caution around water. This is especially important now with elevated water levels and flows.

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Government of Canada Contributes To Flood Mitigation Projects In Kawartha Lakes

Flooding is Canada’s costliest and most frequent natural disaster. As such, on Wednesday (May 15th), MP Maryam Monsef announced more than $100,150 in federal funding to the Province of Ontario to support work on two projects under the National Disaster Mitigation Program to better plan for and protect against the effects of flooding.

Kawartha Conservation is leading delivery of these two projects that will contribute to updating and establishing floodplain mapping in the Fenelon Falls South and McLaren’s Creek areas. The maps will help protect these communities from flooding events and will guide future land use decisions. As well, the City of Kawartha Lakes has contributed $87,086 for these projects.

photo courtesy Government of Canada

photo courtesy Government of Canada

“Canadians are increasingly experiencing the costly effects of climate change through extreme weather events,” says Monsef.

“We need to act purposefully and responsibly to prepare our communities with the supports needed to mitigate this damage. Investing in climate resilience infrastructure is part of our climate plan and part of our plan to grow our economy. Today’s announcement will provide Kawartha Conservation with some of the tools required to protect communities in our region from flooding.”

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PRHC Opens Doors To 4,300-Square-Foot Martin & Denise Pick Learning Centre

On Tuesday (May 14th), Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) announced the opening and dedication of the hospital’s new, purpose-built Martin & Denise Pick Learning Centre.

Using flexible design principles, the 4,300-square-foot Learning Centre is the largest available meeting space in the hospital, offering a 100-person-capacity area that can be converted into two smaller spaces.

It also has a dedicated clinical training area providing a wide range of state-of-the-art training tools and equipment in a simulated patient care environment, and comes equipped with sophisticated Information Technology (IT) tools and services to fulfill the organization’s clinical and support service training needs.

Members of the Pick Family pose at the entrance to the new Martin and Denise Pick Learning Centre that now bears their name.  From left:  Dr.Rardi van Heest, Denise Pick, Martin Pick and Charles Pick.

Members of the Pick Family pose at the entrance to the new Martin and Denise Pick Learning Centre that now bears their name. From left: Dr.Rardi van Heest, Denise Pick, Martin Pick and Charles Pick.

The dedicated educational space was made possible by the generous support of the PRHC Foundation donors who funded the $3.1 million project, and support of the Pick family was essential to the Foundation’s fundraising efforts.

Otto and Marie Pick Charitable Foundation representative and former PRHC Foundation Board Member Martin Pick said the choice to support the Learning Centre and the hospital was a very personal one for his family:

“My father, Otto Pick, died from his third heart attack in 1959 at the age of 54, but in his short life, he and his amazing wife Marie laid the foundation for a seed enterprise that’s now a global presence in the industry,” says Pick. “The last years of his life, however, lacked any quality. Had he lived today in the period of bypasses and stents, his life would likely have been much longer and a great deal more comfortable. We chose the PRHC Foundation and the Martin and Denise Pick Learning Centre to honour our parents’ hard work and imaginative foresight, and because advances and innovation need the support of the community to become possible.”

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