Events

(Note: Specific dates are added on the ‘Announcements & Annual Events‘ page, each year, once confirmed.)

January

Time to renew your annual membership!

Like to cross-country ski &/or go snowshoeing? Check out Nakkertok Val-des-Monts a few minutes from the lake for great trails maintained by volunteers. Get your membership or day pass to access!

February

Great time for skating, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling on the lake, but make sure the ice is safe & thick enough.

March

Do you have large maple trees on your property? Why not try your hand at making your own maple syrup?

April

Into growing your own vegetables? Time to get those seedlings started.

Fishing season starts – Check the fishing periods, limits and exceptions for zone 10 for McGregor Lake! Visit this link for information on permits & where you can buy your permit.

Bee-kind! Wait until the temperatures are consistently over 10C to rake your leaves. Our bees & other pollinators will thank you.

May

Boat Ramp at Pélissier opens! Date is set by the Municipality. Generally based on water levels, so may be as early as late April some years.

Marker buoys are placed on the lake by MLA volunteers to ensure boaters avoid rock shoals.

June

MLA’s Annual General Assembly (may take place in July-August).

1st Loon Watch of the season.

July

Our Annual Regatta takes place!

You can buy McGregor Lake swag at the Regatta.

Water testing for e-Coli conducted by MLA Volunteers. The Municipality of Val-des-Monts also conducts water testing for the Rivière Blanche watershed, including McGregor Lake.

August

2nd Loon Watch of the season.

Fewer bugs means it’s a great time to go for a hike on the Nakkertok trails! The lovely trails are free to access for hikes & birdwatching during the summer & fall months.

September

Nights are getting cooler, school starts, time to get your dock ready for winter!

October

October 31st – Pélissier boat ramp closes for the season.

Great time to go see the fall colours at Nakkertok!

November

Time to get your residence ready for winter.

December

Christmas Bird Count takes place. As date is set for the whole region, it may slip into early new year.

Key Info

Association Membership

Members can renew their annual membership via Interac e-Transfer, PayPal, or by cheque. More details at this link.

Not yet a member? You can simply click here to become a member. The Association counts on members’ annual fee to help pay for the annual water quality testing, for the placement of some shoal markers on the lake, for the annual regatta, as well as to advocate on lake stewardship issues on behalf of residents with the municipality. The Association also helps share information on environmental, boating and septic tank regulations with residents.

Boat Ramp

The Boat Launch is open from April/May (date confirmed by the Municipality annually) until October 31. Details on safety precautions required when arriving at the Boat Launch are available here (FR) (EN).

Once open, the ramp is open daily during the following hours:
– From 6am to 8pm (opening day until June 23)
– From 6am to 9pm (June 24 until Labour Day)
– From 7am to 7pm (Labour Day until September 30)
– From 7am to 5pm (October 1 until October 12)
– From 9am to 5pm – Saturdays & Sundays only (October 13 until October 31)

Click here for a useful bilingual Safe-Boating Guide (which includes details on the fees), and here for the regulations related to the Public-access Ramp at Pélissier beach on McGregor Lake (available in French only).

Fees for Residents and Tax payers:

– Non-motorized boats: FREE
– Motorized boats: Fee ranges from $5 to $60 for the season (based on motor power/size)

Fees for Non-Residents:

– Non-motorized boats: FREE
– Motorized boats: Fee ranges from $10 to $120 per day (based on motor power/size)

Eurasian Watermilfoil

In summer 2019, the MLA advised members of the growing threat of Eurasian Watermilfoil. The AVB7 was commissioned to update their 2012 study of McGregor Lake to get a better picture of the progress of Eurasian Watermilfoil in the lake as well as to identify priority areas of concern & provide recommendations for managing this issue. The study was completed in the Fall of 2019, and the full report (in French only) along with a summary report (in English and French) are available on the Eurasian Watermilfoil page.

In 2020, the MLA held two (2) information sessions to discuss our three (3) year plan to confront the threat of Eurasian Watermilfoil in our lake. Residents in proximity to the most severely affected areas were invited to join via Zoom. The residents expressed their concerns and shared their ideas on how best to achieve our common goal of keeping McGregor Lake healthy and free of invasive species.

Challenges of critical funding and Covid19 notwithstanding, the MLA has managed to prepare anchors and buoys to be placed in the affected sites, and to move forward with our plan. Looking ahead, through various fundraising and educational activities, the main focus will be on raising increased awareness of this threat, and building a larger membership base amongst residents and users of the lake to raise much needed revenue to continue our fight against this invasive species.

We look forward to welcoming many more members and supporters of our mission to protect this beautiful natural wonder that is MGregor Lake for today and many years to come.

Management of Waste & Composting

Since May 1, 2018, home composting has become mandatory and garbage is now collected every two weeks, alternating with recyclables, throughout the year.

The Municipality of Val-des-Monts has issued this bilingual Communiqué – Press release on July 13, 2018 concerning the environmental management of our waste. In summary, acceptable containers must have a maximum capacity of 360 liters, be rectangular, have wheels, not be ‘blue’ in color, and have the ability/handles etc. to be used by automated system. You can purchase it at home hardware stores or from the municipality for 80$ (tax and delivery included). Only one container is allowed per home. This is to help meet environmental targets set by the Government of Québec.

In addition, one week per month, the municipality will be collecting bulky waste. For more information, including dates, you can click this link (available in French only).

Did you know that compostables account for 35-40% of our waste? Composting is a natural method to transform our kitchen and garden organic waste into rich fertile compost that can then be used to provide essential nutrients to our flower beds, gardens, vegetable gardens, indoor plants, etc. The Municipality of Val-des-Monts has distributed some 5,600 domestic compostors to residents. This includes a compost bin, the kitchen pan, the aerator and the door for the compost bin. A small guide is also included. For more information, as well as a video explaining home composting, please visit this link  (available in French only at this time).

Forest Fire Risk? Check restrictions in place

Did you know there are about 460 forest fires in Quebec each year? Human activity is responsible for 70% of these fires. We’ve added a new widget at the bottom of the page that provides the level of risk of forest fires in the region. To stay informed of restrictions in place (such as fireworks & open fires bans, etc.), please visit the Société de la prévention des feux website (add “Val-des-Monts” in maps to get more specific updates for McGregor Lake).

Get Involved!

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS & BOARD MEMBERS

The Association is always seeking Individuals who are interested in joining the Board. Interested individuals are invited to review the Association mandate and consider the following obligations:

  • to act for the benefit of membership in furthering the mandate
  • to actively participate in Board meetings
  • to contribute to Association and Board responsibilities through: committee membership, executive positions (treasurer, membership, water quality testing, Milfoil, etc.), representation at municipal meetings including regular council meeting monitoring or attendance, representation at Federation of Lakes meetings, organization of events such as the regatta or AGM, etc.

If you are interested in this volunteer work – or in participating in or helping to organize other Association events – please contact us (lacmcgregorlake@gmail.com). Only active members in good standing may be nominated for the Board.

LOST AND FOUND

A reminder that you can post lost and found items (such as docks!), as well as other articles of interest for McGregor Lake residents on our Facebook page. If you aren’t a member of our Facebook page, please send us a request via the Facebook group page.

HAVE ITEMS TO BUY, SELL OR TRADE?

As the main Facebook McGregor Lake Association page should not be used for any commercial purposes, a separate Facebook group has been set up where you can post products or services to buy, sell or trade with others, on or near the lake: McGregor Lake Buy & Sell Group. This is a closed group. To view items, or to post an item, you must have a Facebook account and send a request to join the group. This is a great way to save folks a long drive to buy something that someone may not need anymore… and hopefully help the environment at the same time.

SHARE YOUR PHOTOS!

Have some great photos of the lake? You can send your high resolution photos to lacmcgregorlake@gmail.com. Please note that by sending these photos, you agree that these may be shared on the public McGregor Lake Association Website. Your name will be attributed to your photo (initial of first name, full last name). You can also submit them to the Facebook group page (Note: You must have Facebook account and be a member of the McGregor Lake Association Facebook group to post on this page).

Updated January 2022