The weekend snow storm was later in arriving than predicted, and has dropped only a small amount of snow in these parts. The story of the weekend is the cold and even colder north wind. With an afternoon high around -5F on Saturday it was a chilly day to stand outside and chat with the neighbors, but that is what was happening several times through the day. As close as Belleville has had quite a bit more snow, and with the temperature so cold, road treatments are having little to no effect. Highway 62 south of around Ivanhoe is more like a curling rink than a roadway. Once the storm passes by, guess what? It will get even colder with the low for Sunday night in the -25F range. Statistically this should be the coldest part of the winter with January 21st being the coldest day of the year based on historical data.
The snowmobile trail conditions map on the TRAILS page of this website is being updated as warranted. The big news for this weekend is that the 950 Limerick Trail is now open. Always be careful on the ice and stay on the groomed trail. There are also a lot more trails showing yellow (limited) or green (open) in the area. Guess we can say the season is officially underway. Please stay off those trail segments that are still closed.
We recently had a cancellation of a reservation for the 3 campsites for opening weekend of bass. As of now there are campsites and cabins available for opening weekend. (June 22) The following weekend, Canada Day, is booked pretty much full.
One of the conversations with the neighbors on Saturday was about the proposed mine west of 62 and north of Steenburg Lake. It appears that it may not be as dead of a project as thought. There is a local coalition of homeowners groups (as well as the LWRA) keeping an eye on things for us.
And, it appears that JM Longyear has sold its holdings in the area. They are the logging company that came to own the Domtar property and had been active with logging around the lakes. The buyer is unknown, but the 5 local logging companies have been temporarily ordered off the lands.
Information about a very popular spring event. (Note, this is not the Dungannon Mud Bog but is a family friendly guided ride)Annual Backwoods ATV Tour, Saturday, May 4, 2019
Registration will open SOON!! Stay tuned! Supporting Non-Profit BCT (Bancroft Community Transportation) 613-318-5455 or 613-334-2807
Lake trout season began on January 1st. The 2019 Ontario fishing regulations book is now posted on the MNR website. Zone 15 has no significant changes. Bass season remains the 4th Saturday of June through Nov. 30, and lake trout remains Jan. 1 thorough Sept. 30. The slot size (16 to 21 inch trout must be returned to the lake) and one line restriction for ice fishing remain in effect. Not sure if this is new or not, but non-resident children (under 18) now must have a license "somewhere" in the family. They do not need their own, but a parent must have one. (not grandpa or an uncle, but a parent) Also new is a paper print out called a license summary that you will have to carry with you when fishing. You will be able to print replacements as needed. Family Day, Mothers Day, Fathers Day and the week of June 29 to July 5th are free fishing periods for Ontario residents.
The real estate market is coming to life. This from Merv Carrol this week:
Seasonal road access to this ultra private, older 3 bedroom cottage on Limerick Lake. 375 feet of frontage on a level 1.3 acre lot. Geography has been very kind and you cannot see your neighbor. Lots of mature maple trees and many outbuildings. There is a 25 foot trailer (in good shape) for overflow and in-laws. Tool shed, workshop shed, boat shed, shower house, lakeside shed for life jackets, woodshed and outside privy. The large level area in front is ideal for kids playing and there is a horseshoe pit for older kids. The key attraction here is PRIVACY! PRIVACY! PRIVACY! Asking $249,900