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Bracebridge Fire is Recruiting for our Vankoughnet Station!

posted Jan 5, 2021, 4:54 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated Jan 5, 2021, 4:55 PM ]

Do you live in the Vankoughnet area? East of Hawn Road on Highway 118? Our Vankoughnet station needs community minded individuals to serve in the role of volunteer firefighter. If you are a resident of the area, we encourage you to contact us to inquire about becoming a part of our dynamic team!
Call: Deputy Fire Chief Jared Cayley – 705-645-8258
Or email:

Jan. 5 2021


posted Jan 4, 2021, 8:02 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated Jan 4, 2021, 8:03 PM ]

2020 was a challenging year, but 2021 brings new hope. and this page was created waaaay back in 2008 with the goal of connecting, sharing and celebrating all the great things this community has to offer. This is needed now more than ever. Do you have any community related news or information, an event or activity to promote or share? How about a local business you wish to promote? Send submissions to

Volunteers are needed to help with the Village Rink

posted Dec 10, 2020, 7:27 AM by Van koughnet   [ updated Dec 10, 2020, 7:30 AM ]

We have received the "Green Light" to go ahead

with building our "Outdoor Rink"


Volunteers are needed to help with the Village Rink.  

Without your help, the rink won’t be available for continued use by the community. 

Help is needed for shoveling, snow blowing and flooding. 

If you can spare an hour or 2, please contact Barb McMurray at 705-645-3706. 

Thanking you in advance.

Blazing fast internet could be on the Horizon

posted Oct 13, 2020, 5:19 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated Oct 13, 2020, 5:20 PM ]

Dear Vankoughnet Residents. We have all struggled with poor internet service. However, hope is literally on the horizon! Starlink has created actual high-speed satellite internet (non-geostationary low-orbiting) and is trying to provide services in Canada to areas that have poor/no high-speed. There is currently an online petition for the CRTC to grant SpaceX's license for Starlink in Canada. If you are interested in supporting the initiative, here is a link to the petition:
FYI: This is not a paid advertisement. The information comes from a fellow community member who just wanted to share the information. You can also learn more about this and Starlink by simply doing a web search.

Flood Watch 2020

posted Apr 1, 2020, 6:23 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated Apr 1, 2020, 6:24 PM ]

This post marks the start of the 2020 Vankoughnet Flood Watch.  We have been tracking the spring water levels of the Black River since the "Great Flood" of 2013 and hope we never see flooding as bad as that again. 

This is the CoVid19 Virus spring.  Fortunately it appears that this years flooding is on track to be not so bad.   We certainly don't need any more challenges this year.

Over the next few weeks "we" will do our best to post river level updates, photos and videos.  You can also follow the story on Facebook and Twitter.   Just click on either in this article to go to the corresponding pages.

Check out our new Instagram account for more pictures at @vankoughnetnet!
Google Photos:

April 1st 2020:

How fitting is the this! The first 2020 flood watch post on April fools day!!!

It appears we are on track for a very mild flood year, but it sure has been unusual in other ways. Very minimal snow pack this year and the ice left the river at least 3 weeks sooner than last year and perhaps sooner than it ever has. Looks like we might get an early spring....or more weird weather.....or both. :)

Of course we have to mention that it's the CoVid19 spring. Hopefully we don't have severe flooding on top of this already unprecedented natural disaster.

Due to some technical difficulties, we can't upload any photos or video at the moment, but you can find pics and video if you like and follow us on Facebook or instagram. Lots of ways to follow us listed at the top of the page.

Fortunately no flooding to report yet. There was a lot of rain over the past weekend and the river started to rise about a foot per day, but with cool temperatures and no precipitation in the forecast, it's not looking to dangerous.

The following statistics show the distance from the river height to the driving surface of McCutcheon Bridge. The lower the number equals the higher the water level.

March 28th. 11 a.m.     8 ft 5 in
March 29th 7 p.m.       7 ft 7 in
March 30th 11 a.m.     6 ft 7 in
April 1st 12:30 p.m.     5 ft 9 in.


posted Nov 14, 2019, 6:36 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated Nov 14, 2019, 6:36 PM ]




1198 Vankoughnet Rd.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

7:00 p.m. – 8:30p.m.


Ken Veitch, author of BRACEBRIDGE, MUSKOKA – Things that have made it great!, My Early Days in UFFORD . . . and stories people tell me! and Bracebridge! – A MUSKOKA HERITAGE, will do his power point presentation on local history.  The Q & A period will be followed by light refreshments.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.  Entrance:  $2.00 (shared between the Library and The Square)


The Annual Christmas Dinner at The Village Square!

posted Nov 4, 2019, 4:15 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated Nov 4, 2019, 4:18 PM ]

The Annual Christmas Dinner at The Village Square!

Sat. Dec. 14, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
A very well attended event - Photo by Chris Varga

We will be serving: Turkey, mashed potatoes, turnip, peas & carrots, coleslaw, stuffing, cranberries, gravy and dessert.
Please contact: Hilda at 705-645-2939 or email to reserve. Also, advise as to how many children and ages will be attending as there will be a visit from “Santa Claus”.  Volunteers would be appreciated! Students earn your community credits.
A free will donation would be gratefully accepted.

Local Christmas Shopping Party

posted Nov 4, 2019, 4:01 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated Nov 4, 2019, 4:02 PM ]

November 23 2019 from 2-5 pm Michelle Conway is having a gathering for drinks, snacks and some shopping!! There is going to be a few people that have pretties they’ve made, have a peek, have a snack and if something tickles your fancy, shop away! Maybe some early Christmas shopping!
If you make pretty things(crafts, baking, whatever! You make it, bring it over!), shoot me a message and I will add you to the list of people that need a table!!
If you have a friend, invite them, if you have a friend that makes pretty things- let me know!
Hope to see some faces for a afternoon of chatting, eating, drinking and shopping!
This will be held in her home- for more information please contact Michelle Conway- 705-644-2377


posted Oct 27, 2019, 8:02 AM by Van koughnet   [ updated Oct 30, 2019, 4:41 PM ]

Annual Community Pot Luck

posted Oct 19, 2019, 7:48 PM by Van koughnet   [ updated Oct 19, 2019, 7:49 PM ]

Annual Community

 Pot Luck

You are invited to join friends and neighbours at the

Vankoughnet Village Square

1198 Vankoughnet Rd.

October 25, 6:00 p.m.

Bring a favorite dish to share.

Patrick Boyer will be the guest speaker on Muskoka history.

Small silent auction as well.

Sponsored by

St. David’s Missionary Society annual fundraiser for local and overseas mission.

Please call Irene Boyes for reservations by October 18th,


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