Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

The Splash Beach Bash this Saturday, Aug. 15, at De La Salle Park, Jackson's Point, Georgina, begins with the launch of a new book for children.

In the book, Ladies of the Lake have answered kids’ burning questions about water and Lake Simcoe with the publication of Do Fish Fart?

For the past two years the Ladies have been visiting schools and libraries throughout the Lake Simcoe watershed to find out what kids really want to know: “Why do I get thirsty?”  “When we go swimming are we swimming in fish pee?”  “Why is water wet?”  And, yes, “Do fish fart?”

This full-colour, 96-page book answers almost 200 questions that only kids could ask. Loaded with illustrations, photos and maps, the book is guaranteed to fascinate, amaze and inform as it tackles ecology, science, history, technical and social innovation, urban planning, plants, fish and animals, geography and lore.  It even tackles what it will take to help the lake meet goals for full recovery.  

The questions have been answered by scientists and other experts throughout Ontario and written for kids ages 7 to 12 by a former editor of Owl Magazine, Keltie Thomas. The incredible design and illustration are the work of artist Derek Ouseley. The concept for the book came from Ladies of the Lake Founder Annabel Slaight, who was also the founder of Owl Magazine.

Retailing at $14.95, Do Fish Fart?  will be on sale starting Aug. 17 at retail and NFP outlets throughout the Lake Simcoe watershed. 

All proceeds will benefit the health of Lake Simcoe.

Do Fish Fart? will launch on Saturday from 11am to noon. Guests will be treated to live music by Davey Jones and may have their books autographed by the creators. Kids will also receive wristbands to enjoy the water games at the SPLASH Festival, immediately following the book launch.

For more information about the festival, see

Ladies of the Lake has been a force for change on Lake Simcoe for the past 10 years.  Now a part of the Ontario Water Centre, an educational organization with charitable status, the Ladies continue to help people help water while benefitting the economy and community at the same time. 

For more information see www.ontariowatercentre.c 

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