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4/25/2020 10:43 am  #103

Re: To paddle....or not.

DW, Really? I don't know where you live, but around here the truck stops all went bankrupt years ago, the LAST one in the area is the Husky up near HWY 88, several miles from the thousands of drivers using the 401, and you try going a week on nothing but stale sandwiches and pop!

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4/25/2020 9:37 pm  #104

Re: To paddle....or not.

Probably useful to look at what Saskatchewan is doing to predict when things will be happening here:

So on May 4 Saskatchewan will allow day boating, including canoes, but campgrounds won’t open until June 1. (If they aren’t allowing boating at the moment I would suggest we shouldn’t be either) I haven’t delved too deeply into the rules they are laying out but they probably don’t want people travelling very far for their daily boating fix.

They have been very clear that the dates are fluid and will change with any resurgence of the virus.

Saskatchewan is ahead of ontario but I don’t know how much that will translate to in days/weeks but if they aren’t opening camping until June, I really don’t see ontario doing so before mid June or probably later.

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4/25/2020 10:23 pm  #105

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Thanks for the edit John. I saw what you did there. Very clever.

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5/07/2020 8:44 am  #106

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Announcement this morning that people can socially distance themselves to their cottages for the Victoria Day weekend. Hopefully that means camping will be not far behind.

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5/07/2020 11:16 am  #107

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So not sure what is actually happening with cottages

This article says you can go.

This one says don’t go

Good luck everyone.

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5/07/2020 11:57 am  #108

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BlogTO just has a bad headline but when you read the quotes from Ford it says the same thing.

If you read between the lines Ford is basically saying we don't want anyone going to their cottages, but we know that's not going to happen, so please at least be smart about it and practice proper social distancing. And only for 'seasonal residents', not 'visitors' or 'tourists'. 

The general public is ready for restrictions to start easing up, not the opposite, so instead of making it illegal to travel to cottages, he's making an unwilling compromise.

"I know Ontarians are eager to enjoy the great outdoors, but there will be plenty of long weekends to come"

^ in other words, "we really prefer if everyone just stays home still".

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5/08/2020 12:48 pm  #109

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I mostly agree with Trippy's phrasing, but different publications use the same quotes to emphasize different biases. Some of those articles emphasize the "go ahead but be responsible" messaging, while others emphasize the "don't go unless you need to" while completely failing to address what defines 'need' which can be anything from checking for break ins, making sure docks are still secured after the ice is out, clearing a tree that came down on a building, etc, etc, etc to the folks who just need some fresh air.

There never has been an outright 'ban' on going to your cottage. No emergency order has been put in place in Ontario prohibiting going to a cottage, or anywhere else for that matter. There are business closures such as marinas that physically block access to water access cottages, but nothing that legally physically blocks access to any cottage with direct road access.

There continues to be ambiguous and confusing messaging about staying home but we won't stop you from going. 



5/08/2020 2:18 pm  #110

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I live on Sturgeon Lake near Bobcaygeon and seasonal cottages have been going strong on the weekends since Easter.  I've had to remind a few people that we still have a total fire ban in place though they are planning to lift this weekend I think.  If anything some cottages have actually been busier than normal as owners began arriving sooner than the May long weekend which is often when things usually kick into high gear.  Boat traffic on the other hand is certainly down.  Many boats stuck in the marinas I suppose.  In general I am fine with people using their properties, they own them.  But they should come fully stocked with everything they need to have limited local impact (the same thing i would do if and when i can head to Algonquin).  The ones that do bug me are the 4 cars that roll up on Friday night for the weekend.   


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