Special FOCA Elert ~ early October 2023

Pictures from the 60th Anniversary Event

We're thrilled to share images from our 60th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023 at the Market Hall in Peterborough! Thank you to everyone who joined us. We hope you'll enjoy perusing the photos: https://foca.on.ca/60th-event-photos/

Thank you again to our Special Guest Speaker Michelle Kelly, our Speaker Sponsor Travelers Canada, our musical entertainer Rob Phillips, our reception (and s'mores cake!) caterer Black Honey, our event photographer Jordan Lyall, and to all our attendees, artists and silent auction donors who made the event such a success!

Register Now: FOCA Fall Seminar for Associations

FOCA Fall Seminar for Associations

Saturday, November 4, 2023 by webinar (9am-noon) - register to join us for our next member event, titled "Understanding the Changing State of our Lakes".

The event includes a range of environmental topics, including:

  • an overview of the recent Ontario Climate Change Impact Assessment Technical Report by the President of the Climate Risk Institute
  • the nature of our lakes and how they're changing over time by our feature speaker Dr. John Smol, the Canadian Research Chair in Environmental Change
  • the state of our loons - an indicator species for waterfront health by Bird Studies Canada
  • updates from partners on the top aquatic invasive plants threatening our waters, and the most recent news about recent Grass carp sightings in Ontario
  • an update on our longstanding citizen science program, the Lake Partner Program

among other topics.

Register now for this webinar!

Register Now: FOCA Cottage Succession Webinars

FOCA Cottage Succession Seminars

Register for one of our remaining 2023 Cottage Succession Planning Seminars with estate lawyer Peter Lillico!

Remember to indicate your FOCA affiliation when you register to be confirmed for an event, as FOCA members attend for FREE (non-members can request to register for $10 each). Click the dates for upcoming webinars:

  • Wed. Oct. 18th at 7pm by webinar for all FOCA members – “It’s All About the Kids.” This session provides a "deeper dive" into considerations around which kids to include in the ownership plan, how to protect them, and how to secure your family cottage legacy. Register using this link.
  • Wed. Oct. 25th at 7pm by webinar for all FOCA members, hosted by the Lake Weslemkoon Conservation Association – “Cottage Succession A to Z” – this is the introductory session with an overview of the topic including cottage sharing agreements, capital gains tax, trusts and more. Register using this link.

Registrants will receive a copy of the slides, but NOT a recording, so please plan to attend during the webinar times: 7:00 to 8:30pm. Bring your questions for the lawyer!

Final Thoughts

Happy Thanksgiving!

We wish you the very best for the Canadian Thanksgiving Long Weekend, and hope you get to spend time with family and friends in nature.


The FOCA office will be closed on Monday, October 9th for the holiday.

image: Terry Rees

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