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
  • 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.

October 07, 2015

Too Many Walleye = A $4,410 Fine

Seven were fined $630 each after pleading guilty to possessing more walleye than permitted under a Sport Fishing license. The party of seven were 22 Walleye over the limit.

Each is also prohibited from fishing in the Blanche River, it's tributaries and within one kilometer of the Blanche River for one year.

Source: Northern Life

For links to MNR information and the 2015 Ontario Fishing Regulations, click HERE

September 23, 2015

Operating Season for Three Ontario Parks Extended

Ivanhoe Lake, Fushimi Lake and René Brunelle Provincial Parks will continue operation through the 2019 camping season. The previous commitment was through the 2015 camping season.

Popular for wildlife, fishing and paddling, these 3 parks are stunning examples of the gems in Northern Ontario.

News Release HERE.

To learn more about each of these Provincial Parks...

August 24, 2015

Nipissing First Nation Council Moves to Close Commercial Walleye Fishery

"Nipissing First Nation (NFN) remains committed to the stewardship of Lake Nipissing and conserving the walleye fishery. On Monday, August 17th, NFN’s Chief and Council met to review reports and recommendations from NFN’s Natural Resources Department and decided to close the commercial walleye fishery effective at noon on August 22nd. This closure will remain in effect until the end of the 2016 Spring Fisheries moratorium."

Details Here
and Here 

August 12, 2015

Crown Land Camping

Is your next fishing trip going to include some Crown Land Camping? Here's what you need to know:

Canadian Residents:
  • Can camp for free up to 21 days at any one site in a calendar year.
  • Check if camping is allowed in a Conservation Reserve
Non-Residents 18 years and older:
  • Must be a non-resident camping permit to camp on Crown Land north of the French and Mattawa Rivers or in a Conservation Reserve anywhere in the province, unless otherwise prohibited.
  • Can camp up to 21 days at any one site in a calendar year.
  • Camping is NOT allowed in designated Green Zones 
  • Check if camping is allowed in a Conservation Reserve 
Non-Residents 18 years and older do NOT need a permit if you:
  • Rent a camping unit (tent, trailer, etc.) from a person who conducts business in Ontario
  • or your spouse owns property in Ontario
  • carry out duties as part of employment in Canada
  • stay on watercraft equipped for overnight accommodation, anchored over Provincial Crown Land covered by water. Stays are limited to 21 days.
  • are a charitable or non-profit group that is authorized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to camp. To confirm eligibility, call 1-855-613-4256 well in advance of your trip.
Camping Permits cost $9.35 + tax per person per night.
You can buy your permit online, from participating ServiceOntario centres or from an authorized license issuer.

For more information about camping at a Provincial Park, see the Ontario Parks website.

Before starting a campfire, check local fire warnings and restrictions in the area.

Find out what activities you can participate in in each Conservation Reserve. In some areas you cannot use motorized vehicles.

Crown Land Use Policy Atlas

Please act responsibly. Thanks!