Close call for man after boat catches fire on Georgian Bay

Two people in a canoe went out to save a man after his boat caught fire in Georgian Bay Wednesday.

At 10:32 a.m. members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a 911 call about a vessel on fire between Beausoliel Island and Midland Bay.

Penetanguishene Fire department, Simcoe County Paramedics, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) and the OPP helicopter also attended to assist.

Further investigation revealed that the 60 year old Penetanguishene man was transporting his boat to be stored for the winter when it caught fire. The male was forced to enter the water but was wearing a floater suit at the time. Two workers at a nearby residence went out in a canoe and an aluminum boat to assist the male to shore.

The boat drifted to a residence on McArthur Drive in Penetanguishene where the fire was extinguished by firefighters. The male was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries but has since been released.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Body of 61 yr old Toronto man recovered from Georgian Bay

Today at 7am the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of a missing person from the Thunder Beach area of Georgian Bay in Tiny Township.

A search of the area was commenced by The Southern Georgian Bay Marine Unit along with Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) and the OPP1 helicopter.

The 61 year old male from Toronto was last seen at his cottage in Thunder Beach at approximately 12:00 a.m. on September 12, 2016.

At 9:30 a.m. the Southern Georgian Bay OPP Marine Unit and JRCC recovered a body from the waters of Georgian Bay near Thunder Beach in Tiny Township, ON.

The deceased is the 61 year old male from Toronto who went missing earlier this date. The Southern Georgian Bay OPP along with the OPP Identification Unit is continuing the investigation.


$1.5 million for infrastructure at Georgian Bay Islands National Park

Parks Canada places belong to all Canadians. They represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are, including the history, culture and contributions of Indigenous peoples. Just 90 minutes north of Toronto, Georgian Bay Islands National Park offers a wide variety of activities, whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway or an active adventure.

Today, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, announced infrastructure investments of $1.5 million in Georgian Bay Islands National Park.

These investments will enhance visitor facilities, such as with renewed visitor shelters that will ensure welcoming areas for guests to gather for picnics or rainy day activities. The park is also investing in its summer staff accommodations and the maintenance building, both important facilities for ensuring the park continues to offer safe and high-quality visitor experiences in this remote setting.

Investments in visitor infrastructure – such as trails, visitor centres and campgrounds, as well as highways, parkways and bridges – will ensure the quality and reliability of visitor facilities and continue to allow Canadians to connect with nature.

“Parks Canada manages one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected natural and cultural heritage areas in the world. This investment of $1.5 million in Georgian Bay Islands National Park will help ensure high-quality visitor experiences for years to come, while benefitting the local economy. We look forward to continuing to offer Canadians, including youth and newcomers, exceptional and meaningful opportunities to discover nature and learn about our environment and heritage at Georgian Bay Islands National Park.”

The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

Quick Facts

· Georgian Bay Islands National Park is an incredible destination that is easily accessible by boat, especially by the park’s visitor shuttle, DayTripper, which you can hop on and explore the park’s largest island, Beausoleil Island. Visitors looking to spend the night have a range of accommodation choices; equipped Island Safari Tents, family and couple cabins, and 5 brand new Parks Canada oTENTik’s.

· There is a total of 120 campsites and 10 rustic cabins on Beausoleil Island. Cedar Spring Campground has 45 sites, 6 rustic cabins, 5 oTENTiks and 2 Island Safari Tents available by reservation.

· Non boaters visiting Georgian Bay Islands National Park can reserve the Daytripper shuttle service by calling 705-526-8907.

· Parks Canada is investing an unprecedented $3 billion dollars over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, tourism, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. This investment will ensure these cherished places are protected and secured for the future.

Nick Popovitch leaving Township of Muskoka Lakes for Georgian Bay

Senior Muskoka Lakes Township Planner takes job in Georgian Bay

Published July 20, 4.30pm: It’s upward and westward for the Senior Planner of the Township of Muskoka Lakes. Nick Popovitch will start work with the Township of Georgian Bay next month.

The first official day for Popovitch will be August 26 as Georgian Bay’s Director of Development Services, overseeing planning and building. He gave Muskoka Lakes Township a month’s notice of his departure.

Laurie Kennard, Chief Administrative Officer for Georgian Bay, says they’re looking forward to his arrival. “We looked for the right person over a period of about two or three months and interviewed several candidates,” says Kennard. She adds with his experience in Muskoka and credentials, Popovitch was the right person for the job.

Popovitch had worked in a similar role (Director of Development Services) in Gravenhurst and became Senior Planner for Muskoka Lakes on August 6, 2013 after coming from a senior planning position in Owen Sound. His last day at Muskoka Lakes will be August 15.  “I would thank all of Staff and Council for their support over the past year,” says Popovitch. “I’ve enjoyed my time here. It’s been a challenge, but a good one, of learning new rules and more.”

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Sled driver suffers serious injuries after Tiny Township crash

Man thrown from sled after hitting rock near Michaud Point, says OPP

Posted Feb. 2, 7:30pm: A 56-year-old Tiny Township man is being treated for serious but non life threatening injuries at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto after a sledding accident this morning near Penetanguishene.

The South Georgian Bay OPP, Tiny Fire and Simcoe County Paramedics responded to a 911 call around 10:30 am. The caller reported a sled driver had been thrown from his snowmobile and was laying on the ice just off shore in the Michaud Point area (on Penetang Bay near Champlain Road and Peek A Boo Trail).

Police say the man struck a large rock which threw him from his sled on a section of ice offshore. The investigation into the incident is ongoing. There have been five fatal snowmobile accidents so far this season.