Welcome to Birch Island!

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Some notes:

Noise at the Marina

The folks at the marina ask that we remember that the docks and parking lot are surrounded by their homes, and ask that we avoid making excess noise, especially in the evening and overnight.

Boating Safety

Boat wakes damage shorelines, docks and the boats tied to them, and swamp smaller craft. Please remember that the speed limit is 10km/hour within 100 feet (30m) of shore. Please be on the lookout for swimmers, loons and their chicks.

Birch Island Branch Library

The Birch Island Branch Library, run on the honour system, is found along the trail at cottage #57. Your thoughtful donations of books, DVDs, complete puzzles and games are welcomed. Simply leave them on the counter with your name so that they can be reviewed, labeled and shelved. For more information contact Laura Davis, stewart.davis@sympatico.ca, cottage: 613-359-5461, lot#50

Garbage Collection / Recycling

Rideau Lakes Township is implementing changes to its recycling program. Each week you can recycle either plastics and metal (YELLOW) or paper and fibres (ORANGE). Weeks alternate throughout the year… get a full calendar from the Township’s web site ).

Garbage collection begins Sunday, May 15th at the Glover Road Public Boat Ramp from 4-8pm. Collection hours change to 4-6pm September 4th and collection ends Oct 16th. If the truck is not there, please leave your bagged waste (with a tag) and recycling at the location. Full details are to be found here:

Trail Maintenance

BIRPOA, with your help, ensures the main trails are kept clear and are marked for safe use. Should heavier mowing be required, equipment is barged to the island to cut back growth. We ask that residents mow public pathways attached to their property. Ry Weisiger oversees trail maintenance. Contact him at 613-359-6279, karykary@comcast.net, lot #55, if there is an issue on the trails that needs to be addressed.

Fire Safety

Permits are required for outdoor burning ($10) and are available at Gordanier's Hardware in Elgin, the Township Office in Chantry, the Portland Ultramar, Hearth and Home in Westport, Bennetts Bait and Tackle (Hwy 15/Lombardy Rd) and at the Delta Market. Follow the regulations and burn during the coolest, dampest time of day and not when it's windy. Make sure wood piles are stored 10 metres away from your cottage and that dead vegetation is cleared from around the cottage's foundation. Prune branches that overhang your roof and wires and keep gutters clean. Your chimney, smoke alarms and fire extinguishers should be in good working order. Your garden hose should be connected and buckets and shovels should be handy. Call 911 in any emergency, then call the marina.

Septic Systems

The Municipal Septic System Re-Inspection Program begins mandatory re-inspection in 2016. Go to the Township of Rideau Lakes web site www.twprideaulakes.on.ca and check the Development Services Department for septic tank information.

Use of Trails

Please keep in mind that the trails are maintained by BIRPOA for pedestrians at their own risk. Occasionally, service vehicles (e.g., Hydro) use the trail.


We need your membership to keep Birch Island an enjoyable and safe place for our families to escape to! Please take the time to fill out the online membership form or the paper version mailed to your home address and send it in today. Please leave a cheque in the BIRPOA ‘drop box’ at the Sand Lake Marine office OR mail your cheque to Alice Howarth OR use the PayPal option on the website.