Finally Headed North

After a late ice-out, spring flooding, and washed-out roads we are finally headed to our home for the summer! EFL or bust 2022

Due to heavier than usual snowfall, a late ice-out, and heavy rainfall Ontario has seen many washed-out roads, flooding, and numerous road closures due to standing water. 

Special shout out to Donnie Aikens and the entire Red Lake Marine crew for getting the barge prepared for this season, we truly appreciate all that you do to help make our season so successful! Please be sure and stop at the marina for all of your live bait and other supplies during your visit to the lodge.

Attention: Border Updates be sure and read!

Bait: In other changes, on January 1, 2022, Ontario‚Äôs Sustainable Bait Management Strategy came into effect to reduce environmental risks associated with the use and movement of bait in Ontario. CBSA plays an important role in Protecting Canada from invasive species (  Accordingly, personal importations of bait at ports in Northern Ontario (Sault Ste. Marie, Pigeon River, Fort Frances, and Rainy River) are NOT PERMITTED and will be refused entry.  

Importing Boats: Travellers towing or transporting boats at all border crossings in Canada must ensure that boats, trailers, vehicles, and water-related equipment are free of Zebra and Quagga mussels before entering Canada. All boats and equipment must be cleared of aquatic plants, animals, mud, debris, and be drained of water and dry. When boats, trailers, vehicles, and conveyances arriving at the border are suspected to be contaminated, enforcement authorities will be notified to inspect and/or decontaminate the equipment. If decontamination is not feasible at the time of importation, travelers’ equipment may be held and turned over to provincial authorities for a quarantine period, or refused entry by enforcement authorities and directed to a decontamination station in the U.S. before returning to Canada. Please view paragraphs 23-27 for more information. 

The good news is that we are leaving on May 18th and if all goes well, we should arrive at the lodge on the evening of May 20th to prepare the camp for our first guests who are scheduled to arrive on May 28th.  We will have the phone up and running that night and will be available if you need to call. Safe travels to all, we cannot wait to see your smiling faces!

Take care as always, 
The Holiski’s

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