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Each year the KLCA publishes a yearbook for its members, complete with members’ photos, stories, letters, fiction, and poetry, along with KLCA reports, practical tips for life on the lake, information about local news and events and the results of the annual KLCA Regatta.  The yearbook also includes a membership directory, available only to members.  Members receive their yearbook by mail just before the Victoria Day weekend each year.

Reflections has been published for over thirty years and serves as an important record of the activities of the KLCA and an archive of the memories of its members. To find out more about the history of Reflections, download “Reflecting on Reflections by Bob O’Connell.

Contribute to Reflections
Many thanks to all members who contributed to Reflections 2017.  Look for your book in the mail in May.

KLCA members!  We always love to receive your original . . .

  • true stories
  • poems
  • fiction
  • recipes
  • lake history info
  • children’s artwork, writing, and activity ideas
  • PHOTOS! (Please send images that are as high resolution as possible, and include info about the photo if you wish.)


Please send all Reflections 2018 contributions to:
or mail to:

Box 98, Dorset ON  P0A 1E0

Reflections Cover Contest
Each year, one photo is chosen to grace the cover of Reflections. And each year we have a very difficult decision to make, because we get so many fantastic photos! When choosing the cover photo, we consider the image’s subject matter, its composition and its overall visual appeal. We are especially drawn to unusual subjects and perspectives and we look for photos that will be distinct from previous years’ covers.

Past Cover Contest Winners

Reflections 2015: “Morning Reflections,” submitted by Grant and Sue Knowlton

Why we chose it:
The early-fall colours are deep and crisp, with the empty red chairs creating a focal point and evoking a wistful sense of reflection on the summer that had just passed.
Although we always receive many beautiful shots of the lake featuring reflected scenery, this one stood out for the perfection of the reflection and the illusion it created of the dock and its upside-down twin jutting out into space.


Reflections 2014: “Moose on the Dock,” submitted by Kevin Pisters

Why we chose it:
  • The composition is striking. "Lucy" the moose appears as a sharply etched silhouette, her surprising presence contrasting with the peaceful lake scene, so typical of a summer day on Kawagama. She appears to be deep in reflection, gazing out over the water.
  • The image is a powerful reminder that we share this space with the moose, loons, dragonflies, bats, fish, trees, and all other plants and animals that live here. They were here first, and we owe it to them to do our very best to protect the health of their home. We strive to preserve the heritage not just for ourselves, but for them.


Reflections 2013:  “Autumn Glory,” submitted by Becky Reynolds

Why we chose it:

  • The bright oranges and yellows of the leaves against the blue sky evoke a classic crisp fall day up north.
  • The perspective is unusual and the stark black outlines of the trunks and branches make the image seem almost like an abstract painting.
  • The pattern of branches calls to mind the inside of a human lung — a particularly apt comparison since the trees are the lungs of our forest, producing oxygen for all of us to breathe.
  • Since 2013 was the year in which a new Algonquin Highlands bylaw was enacted that aimed to preserve shoreline trees, it seemed an appropriate year to feature a tree image.


Reflections 2012: “A Sparkling Moment,” submitted by Beverley Taylor

Why we chose it:

  • The image appeals strongly to the senses: you can feel the cold, clean water on your skin and the warm sun on your grinning face.
  • The reflections of the sun off the water are beautifully captured — they almost look like a galaxy of suns.
  • The young subject is almost totally immersed in the lake, making us think about how much we depend on the health of our lakes and rivers for our continuing enjoyment of cottage life.
  • The boy’s goggles give him a kind of universality; he could be anyone’s child — or the child in any of us — reveling in the pure joy of swimming in the lake.
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