In the fall of 1980, what is known as the second
bridge on the Beaver Lake Road was
constructed by the township and the
Peterborough county. In the summer of 1981,
a bridge dedication ceremony was held and it
officially opened as “the bridge to nowhere."
This was a significant milestone for what were
water access cottage owners on Beaver Lake,
Gold Lake, Little Gold and Anstruther Lake,
as it led to the immediate informal organization
of the Gold Lake Road Association. The purpose
of the Association at the time was to:
1. Organize and convince the majority of 58 property owners on Gold Lake and Little Gold to commit financial resources to build and maintain what is now the Gold Lake Road. The majority of this effort was completed in a short period of time through the fall of 1981.
2. Work with the government ministries to map out the route for the road and obtain approvals for construction of the road on crown lands.
3. Assist in the clearing of trees for the road
4. Manage the construction processes of the initial road, including identifying potential contractors, the bidding process, choosing the final contractor, and finally managing the construction of the road.
The original volunteer founders of the Gold Lake Road Association were Dale and Sue Goodfellow, Bill Latham, Paul Welsh and Doc Hill. We owe significant gratitude and appreciation to these individuals for all of their hours of hard work, dedication, and tireless efforts to see this project through.
Construction of our road commenced in the fall
of 1981 and was completed in the spring/summer
of 1982. Since this time, many improvements and
upgrades have been made to the road, giving us a
good quality cottage road that is now heavily
traveled year round.
As time progressed the Association has become
a formalized group with its incorporation in 1994
followed by amalgamation with the Anstruther
group in 2004. This brings the current number of
properties serviced by the road to 84.