Glenn Vickery is about to take the plunge into Lake of Bays on May 19thto raise awareness of the importance of preserving the natural shoreline of Lake of Bays and preserving its water quality. He also hopes to help raise awareness of three organizations who are trying to do the same in Muskoka, Andrew Daniels Fish Stewardship Foundation, Friends of the Muskoka Watershed and the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation.
The mission and purpose of the Andrew Daniels Fish Stewardship Foundation is to help protect fish habitat, fish regeneration and components of the Lake of Bays and Muskoka aquatic system including, but not limited to, water quality and shoreline stabilization.
The Friends of the Muskoka Watershed vision is to foster the understanding, choices, actions and wise management necessary to ensure the protection of our freshwater resources forever. Their focus is on improving the quality and resistance to stress of freshwater lakes, rivers, and watersheds in Muskoka.
The vision of the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation is of a Lake of Bays community that is engaged in the protection of its natural, built and cultural legacy for the enjoyment and benefit of current and future generations.
To pledge, donate or participate in the swim in support of these three organizations please contact Arlee at 905-926-7959.
Captain Bruce from Lake of Bays Boat Tours has graciously offered to escort and provide boat support for the first two swims.Captain Bruce has also designed and ordered 200 tee shirts for the swim and they will be sold for $20.00.
Glenn’s swim around the lake begins on May 19th at 10 am. from the South Portage Public Boat Launch where he will swim frigid waters to Britannia Beach. More details will be posted about planned events around the swim. Volunteers will be collecting donations at various locations around the lake commencing May 19th. All cheques made payable to the Andrew Daniels Fish Stewardship Foundation. At the end of Glenn’s swim in late August all proceeds raised will be shared three ways with the three organizations.
The route is: South Portage to Baysville and will be done in 5 -6 stages. Baysville to Dorset which will be done in 5 stages. Glenn plans to do an organized swim on Canada Day, Sunday July 1st around Little Trading Bay. He will invite fellow swimmers starting the loop in Dorset and end up back in Dorset. Dorset to Dwight Beach will be done in 9 stages and plans to arrive in Dwight on Sunday July 29th. From there it is into the home stretch and Glenn will be swimming from Dwight Beach to Rat Bay and then Rat Bay to the finish at South Portage.
Follow Glenn on his Facebook page Lake of Bays Shoreline Preservation Project and on Instagram @ glenn.vickery.