Local Links

The following links have been selected because they may be of interest of the members of the Peninsula Lake Community Association.

Town of Huntsville

Huntsville Forester Newspaper

Township of Lake of Bays

District of Muskoka

Muskoka Heritage Foundation

Federation of Ontario Cottagers Associations

Deerhurst Resort

Tally Ho Inn

Cedar Grove Lodge

Colonial Bay

Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area

Hidden Valley Resort

Portage Inn

Pow Wow Point Lodge

Muskoka on the Rocks

Edwards Electri

 

Boating Information

As of September 15, 2009 all boaters are required to have the Pleasure Craft Operator Card in order to operate a powered watercraft. The card must be in your possession when you operate your powerboat. There is no grandfather clause or age exemption – this law applies to all boaters. Powered watercraft includes watercraft fitted with any size motor – even a trolling motor.

You can obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator Card by passing a boating safety test, which can be completed online. Please visit the Government of Canada “Proof of competency for recreational boaters” page for full instructions on how and where to obtain your Pleasure Craft Operator Card. If you have further questions, please visit their FAQs.

Please review Transport Canada’s Safe Boating Guide, which includes minimum equipment requirements you must have when operating power boats and other self-propelled vessels (sailboats, canoes, rowboats, etc.).

Penalties for Common Boating Offenses: 
[* Source: Transport Canada]

  • Operating a power-driven pleasure craft without the required Pleasure Craft Operator Card - $250

  • Operating a vessel in a careless manner - $250

  • Speeding - $100

  • Underage operation of a personal watercraft - $100

  • Insufficient number of approved, appropriately sized flotation devices - $200 for each absent device 

The law will be enforced by peace officers. The law requires that the operator of a powered watercraft carry their Pleasure Craft Operator Card, as well as proof of age, with them at all times.

Horsepower Restrictions for Children:
(Pleasure Craft Operator Card required) 

Can operate vessels with under 10 hp

Can operate vessels with under 40 hp

Not allowed to operate a PWC

No power restrictions

Under 12 years of age, not directly supervised

Between 12 years and under 16 years of age, not directly supervised

Under 16 years of age

16 years of age and over

 

Local Numbers

Below are some important numbers and resources within Lake of Bays. Click here for a downloadable version.

  1. IMMEDIATE DANGER TO LIFE, HEALTH OR PROPERTY from PERSON, FIRE or WILDLIFE:

    • EMS, FIRE, POLICE – Dial 911.  Be sure to give name, your location and your contact number

  2. WILDLIFE CONCERNS

    • Ministry of Natural Resources TIPS LINE at 1-877-TIPS-MNR (1-877-847-7667)

  3. POLLUTION TO WATERS

    • Ministry of Ontario Environment, Conservation and Parks - SPILLS ACTION CENTRE at 1-866-MOE-TIPS (1-866-663-8477)

  4. PITS & QUARRIES

    • Ministry of Natural Resources TIPS LINE at 1-877-TIPS-MNR (1-877-847-7667)

  5. WATERWAYS & BOATING

    • Marine Safety Services – Ministry of Transport – 1-416-952-1018

    • Office of Boating Safety – Ministry of Transport – 1-800-267-6687

    • General inquiries – marinesafety-securitemaritime@tc.gc.ca or 1-855-859-3123

  6. OPEN AIR BURNING

    • Immediate danger to person or property – dial 911

    • By-law concern of open air burning – By-law services or Huntsville / LOB Fire Department

    • Lake of Bays By-law – 705-635-2272, ext. 256

    • Huntsville / LOB Fire Department – 705-789-5201, email – fire.admin@huntsville.ca

    • Forest Fire Rating – 1-877-847-1577

  7. BY-LAW CONCERN OR COMPLAINT

        • IN PERSON at Township offices

        • BY PHONE – 705-635-2272, ext. 246

Examples of common concerns – PARKING, NOISE, OPEN AIR BURNING

  • After hours, emergency situation would require contact with Huntsville OPP or use website REPORT IT page

  • During business hours, simply complete a request for service and By-law Services will respond to your concern

  • PARKING violations are address first with a courtesy warning, and second offences can be towed to impound yard

  • NOISE and OPEN AIR BURNING complaints are addressed with education and warning, notices or orders will be issued if necessary, along with Provincial Offences Notice available for enforcement

  • FIRE BAN – any burning during a fire ban will be addressed with enforcement and/or Provincial Offences Notice