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Upper Rideau Lake Association

Box 67, Westport, ON, K0G 1X0
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Great canal journeysGreat canal journeys – Rideau canal

Here’s a short clip of the BBC show “Great canal journeys – Rideau canal” a very special piece of our planet from Fiona McKean! You may recognize some of the cottages.

This is the Le Boat tour



Proposal to establish a hunting season for double-crested cormorants in Ontario

Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO) Number:  013-4124

Comment period:  November 19, 2018 – January 3, 2019

FYI The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is proposing to create a hunting season for double-crested cormorants in response to concerns that double-crested cormorants have been detrimental to fish stocks and natural habitats.  The proposed approach

would allow persons who hold a small game licence to hunt these birds and provide a new tool for the management of double-crested cormorants.  The rules for hunting double-crested cormorants would be generally consistent with regulations related to migratory birds.

If a hunting season is created, MNRF will implement a monitoring program to further assess the status of double-crested cormorants in Ontario.

This proposal will be posted on the Environmental Registry (https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4124) with comments accepted until January 3, 2019.


Ice thickness

Be safe this winter! Especially when on ice!

Ice Thickness Guidelines – For new, clear ice only:
2″ or less – STAY OFF
4″ – Ice fishing or other activities on foot
5″ – Snowmobile or ATV
8″ – 12″ – Car or small pickup
12″ – 15″ – Medium truck

Many factors other than thickness can cause ice to be unsafe. White ice or “snow ice” is only about half as strong as new clear ice


Precedent-Setting Ruling on the Canoe

image: Kirk Doughty

On the one hand, FOCA was unsurprised by an Ontario court ruling on November 15, 2018 that a canoe is, indeed, a vessel. (In fact, we suspect our members would say it is one of the BEST vessels from which to enjoy Ontario’s inland lakes and rivers…)  However, in this case the question arose because of a lack of clarity in the Criminal Code of Canada about which water vessels are subject to impaired driving laws.  Read more online, from Muskoka Region News, by clicking here .


1CF673FD-A7F5-43A6-8DA9-0C3B83A34F38Jack Cook

Jack Cook, the first president of the Upper Rideau Lake Association (URLA) passed away on Tuesday Nov. 20, 2018.  In 1990 Jack, together with Westport Mayor Bill Thake identified a zero-discharge solution to the problem with the village’s sewage treatment system which had been releasing effluent into the lake.  Under his leadership, the lake association grew and thrived and the health of our precious lake regenerated.  Jack and his wife Bea will be remembered as tireless advocates for Upper Rideau Lake – through their many years of service on the lake association, and afterwards, as strong supporters.

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