January 22, 2016

2016 Wawa Ice Fishing Derby

The 2016 Wawa Ice Fishing Derby is March 4 - 6. It's not too early to register as it's limited to 1,400 registrants.

With over $100,000 in prizes, you'll want to be at this event. The registration prize is a 2016 Dodge Ram 1500 4x4 Quad Cab.

January 14, 2016

Parks Canada Celebrates 150th

Parks Canada is waiving all entrance fees in 2017 to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. Source: Notable.ca

December 20, 2015

Fishing License and Outdoor Card Reminder

It's that time of year again!
  • One year fishing license tags expire on December 31 of the year printed on the license tag.
  •  Three-year fishing license tags expire at the same time as the outdoor card, December 31 of their third year.
  • Outdoor cards expire on December 31 of the third year that the card was issued. You can find your card's expiry date right after the 15-digit card number. 
A valid fishing license includes 2 things:
  1. An Outdoor Card, valid for 3 calendar years.
  2. A fishing license tag (conservation or sport), valid for either 1 or 3 years.

November 30, 2015

Six Kinds of Fish this Winter

Walleye, Pike, Perch, Lake Trout, Brook Trout and Whitefish, oh my!

Here's an article on some of the top Northern Ontario ice-fishing spots for these delicious eaters. And some tips on how to catch them.

If you are planning to fish Brook Trout this winter, be sure to check with the MNR stocking program to find out which lakes are legal as not all Brook Trout fishing is legal during the winter months.

Source: TheStar.com

November 12, 2015

Ontario Takes Action Against Invasive Species

Ontario is taking further action to protect communities from the significant social, economic and ecological impacts of invasive species by passing the Invasive Species Act.

Northern Snakehead   Photo Credit: MSU
  • Globally, costs to the environment, agriculture and communities from invasive species are estimated to be $1.4 trillion — the equivalent of five per cent of the global economy and seven times the cost of natural disasters.
  • To report invasive species sightings, please call the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711, or email info@invadingspecies.com.
  • Download the free EDDMapS app to identify and report invasive species from your smartphone.

October 28, 2015

NO, NO, NO, NO but WHY?

CN says No, No, No, and No, to the October 6 plea for a short-term run of the Algoma passenger service to assist property owners in accessing cottages and camps that were abruptly abandoned when rail services ended on July 14, 2015 with no notice.

But the question that remains is why?

Linda Savory-Gordon (Co-Chair of the Coalition of Algoma Passenger Trains) said, "the response received by CN Railway reads that CN had said in July that it is permanently out of the passenger rail business and it is not a business interest to them."

I guess that answers why they will no longer run the passenger service on a permanent basis, but I'm left wondering why they won't help camp owners, their neighbors, in an emergency.

Savory-Gordon and CAPT are now asking CN to run a "special high rail vehicle" or bus that can travel on the rails to transport people to their properties. This would be for just a short time, allowing property owners to get in and winterize in order to prevent freezing water pipes, docks being damaged by lake ice, windows and screens being damaged because they were left unprotected and boats that are too close to the water disappearing during Spring flooding as lake ice breaks. And in some cases, boats are still in lakes.