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 watershed icon white bg 74x74 editorial | Watershed’s award-winning editorial takes readers to the heart of our community with insightful stories and articles.


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circulation | With a regional circulation of 25,000 magazines per issue, Watershed is the largest publication in the region.






Green wood coalition understands the art of building community, and its April event Imaginate challenges us all to take action to help the hungry, homeless and hurting.

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author: Denise Rudnicki 

Songbirds in a Nosedive


Tree swallows, grosbeaks, Baltimore orioles, bobolinks – many of our beloved songbirds are in serious decline due to habitat destruction.

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author: Tom Cruickshank 


The Battle of Vimy Ridge


A special supplement honouring the men who fought on Easter weekend in April 1917, defeating German forces and in so doing defining our young nation.

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author: Orland French 

When the Well Runs Dry


Last summer’s drought was a wake-up call about the state of our vital water resource, challenging us all to consider a new culture of conservation.

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author: Paul Dalby



FENCE POSTS: Grounding Experiences

author: Dan Needles / illustrator: Shelagh Armstrong

The turmoil south of the border has morphed into a freeway chase that just won’t stop. We stare wide-eyed as the Trump machine takes out lampposts and climbs the sidewalk, wondering how and where this will all end. But at some point, for our sanity, we must find a way to tear ourselves away from the screen and return to our lives


MUST, MUST, MUST: A Selection of Events Across our Region to Tempt Every Sense


Our Must, Must, Must section highlights a broad range of events, festivals, activities and galleries that contribute to the diverse character of the Watershed region


BEYOND THE GARDEN GATE: Gardening Books To Inspire

author: Denny Manchee

It’s coming, honest it is. Gardening season is about to burst upon us, with nurseries and big box stores loaded with seed packets, plants, soil and mulch. Of course, there is winter cleanup to tackle first: all those downed branches, the gravel that’s migrated from the driveway onto the lawn, the beds, leaves and weeds begging for attention


CULTURAL CURRENTS: Harry Shooshinoff

author: Denny Manchee

Harry Stooshinoff comes from Kamsack, Saskatchewan – farm country, vistas, sweeping land and sky. “Growing up on the Prairie is what all of these are about,” says the animated 60-year-old, describing the array of 9” x 12” paintings stacked against the wall


HABITAT: Water Rescue

author: Norm Wagenaar

Pea soup. That’s what the Bay of Quinte looked like back in the ‘70s. The bay is a body of shallow water along Lake Ontario’s north shore that almost makes Prince Edward County an island. It’s a fecund environment, rich in aquatic, avian and terrestrial life that has been profoundly affected by human activity



author: Denny Manchee

They guide the blind and deaf, help people in wheelchairs open drawers and doors, calm autistic children, alert diabetics to drops in blood sugar, respond to seizures in their owners – and take eight months and $25,000 to train


INNOVATION: Going to the Mat

author: Janet Davies

For centuries, goats have grazed on little rooftop meadows while occupants below stayed warm or cool. Today we call them green roofs and there’s increasing demand for this passive yet powerful form of insulation and rain absorption. Smart Green Technologies is thriving in Prince Edward County and aims to revolutionize Canada’s green roof industry


GEORGE’S POND: Sartorial Insouciance

author: George Smith / illustrator: Lee Rapp

No one would ever accuse me of being a clotheshorse. Of course, I’m not oblivious to my appearance, but it’s just not a big deal. In the privacy of my own home, my style could best be described as extreme casual.


PAM’S POINT: Keep on Rockin’

author: Pam Patchet / illustrator: Trish York

My husband of thirty-one years has joined a band. Many people are surprised when they first hear him play keyboard and sing. Wait, he’s a dentist and a gifted crooner? His singing voice is warm and melodic, his pitch spot on, and he knows how to give and take direction (at least as far as the band is concerned.) And if you crack a tooth on a mic, he can fix that too.


IN THE ’HOOD: Brian Finley and Donna Bennett

author: Tom Cruickshank

Not long ago, it was announced that Donna Bennett and Brian Finley – the couple at the heart of Westben Arts Festival in Campbellford – were awarded the Order of Canada, joining the likes of Michael Ondaatje, Don McKellar, Eric Peterson, Lawrence Hill and other recent inductees honoured for their contribution to their craft



author: Jeff Bray

Welcome to the local Food & Wine scene where Watershed shares its secrets and discoveries. Our region is blessed with creative chefs, restaurateurs, vintners and purveyors. Watershed’s Food & Wine Scene trumpets their accomplishments and celebrates their innovation.

Current Issue - Spring 2017

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BY THE TIME THIS MAGAZINE REACHES YOUR HANDS, I’LL BE IN FRANCE, standing with thousands of others who are paying their respect to the Canadian soldiers who fought in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.…... read more


In the fall of 2015, we reported on the opening of the Ontario Agri-Food Venture Centre in Colborne. Business is booming...



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trish york

contributors trish yorkTrish York has thoroughly enjoyed illustrating for Watershed for the past 12 years…

tom cruickshank

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In “Songbirds in a Nosedive,” Tom recounts the plight of some of our favourite backyard...

janet davies

Janet DaviesFreelance writer and occasional poet Jan Davies has been writing about the people...