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Weekend Georgina ice fishing event ‘definitely a go’: organizer

A move in location and a good cold snap this week means organizers of the first Lake Simcoe Championship Ice Fishing Derby are good to go this Saturday in Georgina.
February 10, 2016 | Source: YorkRegion.com

Go Ice Fishing For Free This Family Day Weekend

Ontario encourages families to enjoy the outdoors - safely.
February 10, 2016 | Source: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry News

Winterfest Polar Dip always a hit in Barrie

What better way to cool off on a beautiful afternoon than a little dip in Lake Simcoe? Except that it's in the middle of winter and the water at Centennial Beach is just above freezing.
February 7, 2016 | Source: The Barrie Examiner

Huts break through thin ice

Ice hut operators on Cooks Bay in Gilford and Lefroy are warning anglers to stay off the lake, after some huts have fallen through thin ice.
February 5, 2016 | Source: Barrie Today

Warm spell creates unpredictable, unstable, dangerous ice conditions on Lake Simcoe

A recent warm spell is playing havoc with already unpredictable and unstable ice conditions on Lake Simcoe, according to emergency personnel and fish hut operators.
February 4, 2016 | Source: YorkRegion.com

Record-breaking temperatures across the province

According to Environment Canada, previous record highs were shattered Wednesday and the sudden blast of mild weather made it feel like mid-April.
February 3, 2016 | Source: CTV News

Please Do Not Feed Deer

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry reminds people not to feed deer this winter.
February 1, 2016 | Source: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry News

Please Do Not Feed Foxes

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry reminds people not to feed wild mammals, such as the red fox.
February 1, 2016 | Source: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry News

Ministry Reminds Owners to Prevent Dogs from Chasing Deer

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry reminds dog owners that it is illegal to allow dogs to run loose and chase deer during the non-hunting season.
February 1, 2016 | Source: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry News

Boathouse beautified: This old shoreline structure puts off on a new tack

Boathouses can be much more than just a place to house boats, of course. But what’s remarkable about this transformed (and still functional) boathouse on the shoreline of Ontario’s Lake Simcoe isn’t just its shipshape interior and breathtaking views.
February 1, 2016 | Source: National Post

Lake Simcoe ice fishing offers cure for cabin fever

How do you cure a case of severe fever? Not the physical ailment. We're talking about the strain known as cabin fever. If you enjoy the outdoors, you probably have a good idea what that entails.
February 1, 2016 | Source: YorkRegion.com

LSRCA urges everyone to ease up on salt

Winter also means it’s salt season in Ontario. We are not talking about salty stews or crunchy bacon, but that salt that is tossed liberally on roads, parking lots and sidewalks to keep us safe.
January 28, 2016 | Source: YorkRegion.com

Conservation Authorities elect Chairs, Vice Chairs

The Town of Innisfil is well represented on local Conservation Authorities. The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority held its AGM on January 22, and re-elected Aurora Mayor Geoffrey Dawe as Chair – but the Vice Chairmanship went to Innisfil Councillor Richard Simpson.
January 26, 2016 | Source: Bradford Times

Ice thickness still a concern for emergency crews, fishermen

Anglers have been waiting all season for a chance to get out on the ice, but varying degrees of thickness has proven difficult in some areas.
January 24, 2016 | Source: CTV News

Lakeside trail proposal gets another look at Orillia council

A proposal to build a trail alongside the city’s lakefront landfill garnered an early show of support.
January 24, 2016 | Source: Simcoe.com

Lakes unsafe: Orillia snowmobile club

Snowmobilers are being warned to stay off local lakes due to unsafe conditions.
January 20, 2016 | Source: Simcoe.com

Fishing Lake Simcoe, then and now...

There are records of fishing on Lake Simcoe dating back to the earliest European contact. When Samuel de Champlain arrived in 1615, he found Aboriginal people fishing with nets at the fish weirs of the Narrows, between Lakes Simcoe and Couchiching - and in 1815, early settler observed First Nations fishing with spears, through holes cut in the ice.
January 19, 2016 | Source: Bradford Times

Time to chill out with Innisfil’s Polar Bear Dip

Ever been told to go jump in the lake? Well, here’s your chance. It’s time to sign up for the annual ICECorp Polar Bea Dip.
January 19, 2016 | Source: Simcoe.com

Police warn of unpredictable ice conditions on Lake Simcoe

Environment Canada may have issued a special weather statement for York Region today, but York Regional Police is warning residents early season ice formation still means unpredictable conditions on Lake Simcoe.
January 18, 2016 | Source: YorkRegion.com

Oro-Medonte resident says conservation authority should penalize township over wetland situation

An Oro-Medonte resident who sounded the alarm over the township's decision to turn a protected wetland into a parking lot wants the local conservation authority to employ “full, active and transparent justice.
January 18, 2016 | Source: The Barrie Examiner

Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo returns to Conference & Event Center

The third annual Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo is set for Jan. 22-24 at The Conference and Event Center Niagara Falls, 101 Old Falls St. The event focuses on fishing and outdoor education and features the Western New York Fishing Academy, a series of more than 120 seminars given by regional experts in their fields.
January 15, 2016 | Source: Niagara Frontier Publications

Wait until the ice is safe

With the deep dip in temperatures, ice has begun to form on local waterways – but it's still a long way from being safe, warns the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
January 13, 2016 | Source: Bradford Times

Break the ice with fishing this winter

Although it’s been slow coming, ice fishing season is upon us.
January 12, 2016 | Source: Kawartha Media Group

Anglers confident good ice coming soon to Lake Simcoe

Unseasonably warm temperatures may have many wondering if this year’s entire ice fishing season will be the one that got away.
January 7, 2016 | Source: YorkRegion.com

Photo Essay: Portraits of Canada’s Ice Fishing Huts

As with any fishing trip, trolling the Great White North for char, smelt, and salmon requires a pole, bait, and enough beer to keep your buddies in good spirits. But given the potential for -40° temperatures and howling winds, Canadian anglers insist on shelter, too.
January 7, 2016 | Source: Modern Farmer

Keswick ice fishing seminar will have you ready to head out on lake when it's safe

Despite the poor start to the 2015-16 winter ice fishing season, HT Pro Staffers Big Jim McLaughlin, Dave Chong, Rob Jackson and Wil Wegman are reeling out their annual ice fishing seminars starting at Keswick's Canadian Tire store Jan. 6.
January 5, 2016 | Source: YorkRegion.com

Ice Hut Registration Required on Area Lakes

To protect the environment and ensure safety, anglers must register new or previously unregistered ice-fishing huts on area lakes.
January 4, 2016 | Source: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry News

Anglers Encouraged to Stay Safe on the Ice

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is reminding anglers to check local ice conditions before heading onto the ice to fish.
January 4, 2016 | Source: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry News

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