Frequently Asked Questions

When is Bark Lake open?

Our Office Hours are Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Our programming is offered year round.

Does Bark Lake allow peanuts on site? Is Bark Lake nut free?

Bark Lake is a Nut Sensitive facility.  We do our best to keep peanuts and peanut-based products out of our facility.  However we cannot control what guests bring on site. Guests with life-threatening allergies are advised to keep their rescue medication with them at all times.  For more information about food allergies please contact our Guest Services Department.

What do I need to bring?

Download the Spring/Summer Packing List

Download the Fall Packing List

Download the Winter Packing List

Can I bring my pets with me?

Pets are not permitted on site.  Service animals are welcome with the appropriate paper work. If you are bringing a service animal, please contact our Guest Services Department ahead of time.

Can I go fishing at Bark Lake?

Fishing is allowed under the following guidelines;

No Live Bait – The effects of using live bait can harm a fishery very quickly.  Non-native organisms can be introduced to the lake through bait buckets.  Fish caught with live bait are often hooked deeply and have a much lower survival rate when released.

Catch and Release – To maintain the ecological balance within Bark Lake we practice catch and release.  We encourage guests to get a good photograph before releasing their fish.

Barbless Hooks – Large barbs on hooks cause excessive damage to fish that are being released.  For this reason barbless hooks or hooks with barbs crimped down are encouraged.

Boat restrictions – In order to maintain the serene wilderness and to avoid problems with zebra mussel, spiny water fleas and a host of aquatic plants transferred by boats and trailers, Bark Lake does not allow motorboats to be launched from our site.  Bark Lake motor boats are used only by Bark Lake staff.  Canoes and Kayaks are appropriate for the quiet natural surroundings found at Bark Lake.

Can I bring my motor boat or Personal Watercraft to Bark Lake?

In order to maintain the serene wilderness and to avoid problems with zebra mussel, spiny water fleas and a host of aquatic plants transferred by boats and trailers, Bark Lake does not allow outside motorboats to be launched from our site.

Can I check my email while at Bark Lake?

We are pleased to say that we do have a limited Wi-Fi service.  The Wi-Fi can be accessed from the Pavilion and the Dining Hall. When using the Wi-Fi, please remember that it is a shared connection.  We reserve the right to limit downloads.  Please talk with your Contact Person for the password and other important information.

Can I smoke while at Bark Lake?

Smoking is permitted at our two designated smoking areas at Bark Lake.  They are located by the Tuck Shop and next to the Oak Centre.  Smoking is not permitted anywhere else on site.

Can I use an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) while at Bark Lake?

E-cigarettes may only be used at one of our two designated smoking areas.  They are located by the Tuck Shop and next to the Oak Centre.  Use of e-cigarettes is not permitted anywhere else on site.

Why do I have to pay an additional charge for playing recorded music at Bark Lake?

Bark Lake is required to pay SOCAN and Re:Sound tariffs when we rent our facilities for events (e.g. weddings, conferences, races, etc) that play music.  These fees are sent directly to SOCAN and Re:Sound respectfully;  Bark Lake does not make a profit from this fee.

Tariffs

SOCAN (Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) requires users of music to obtain a licence to perform copyright music in public.  This fee has been approved by the Copyright Board of Canada.

The Bark Lake Leadership and Conference Centre falls under Tariff 8: Receptions, Conventions, Assemblies and Fashion Shows.  Here is a quick summary:

Room Capacity
(Seating and Standing)
Fee Per Event
Without Dancing With Dancing
1-100 $20.56 $41.13
101-300 $29.56 $59.17
301-500 $61.69 $123.38
>500 $87.40 $174.79

Re:Sound also requires users of music to obtain a licence to play recorded music in public.

The Bark Lake Leadership Centre falls under Tariff 5: Use of Recorded Music to Accompany Live Events.  Here is a quick summary:

Room Capacity
(Seating and Standing)
Fee Per Event
Without Dancing With Dancing
1-100 $30.84 $61.70
101-300 $44.34 $88.76
301-500 $92.54 $185.07
>500 $131.10 $262.19

Possible Exemptions

Educational institutions are not generally exempt from SOCAN and Re:Sound Tariffs.  There are some limited exceptions that may apply to schools.  Please contact SOCAN and Re:Sound for more details.

I'm having my wedding at Bark Lake. Am I allowed to serve alcohol?

You will have to obtain a Special Occasions Permit (SOP) from the LCBO in Haliburton.  For more information please contact the Haliburton LCBO at 705.457.2631.

Can I call my children while they are at Bark Lake?

While your children are here they will be engaged in programming.  Quite often this programming will be taking place a considerable distance from the office.  We have two Bell pay phones on site that can be accessed by your children. In most instances, you can get in contact with your child via their chaperone or group organizer.