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Toronto International Boat Show

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 13, 2014 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday, my wife Jane and I, attended the 2014 Toronto International Boat Show. It was a wonderful day looking at all the new models and meeting fellow boaters that we dont see throughout the winter. The show was well attended and the weather, unlike previous years, was more cooperative i.e. milder.

Merry Christmas

Posted by Gary Pickering on December 25, 2013 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Stop the Drop

Posted by Gary Pickering on August 26, 2013 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)




Last Monday, we appealed to all of our members to get their family and friends - who hadn't gotten around to it - to register at www.stopthedrop.ca. We were concerned that we might not reach our 20,000 member target by Labour Day.


We've been blown away by the frenzy of activity our members exhibited this past week. And it is paying off. Over and above our regular canvassing activities, member referrals alone produced ove...

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Franz Streiter has his photo selected for Richardson Charts

Posted by Gary Pickering on July 16, 2013 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

One of our LGB members and a prolific photographer who has posted hundreds of great pictures on our website had one of his photos of the Benjamin Islands chosen as a cover for Richardsons Boating Chart Book & Cruising Guide 2013 of Georgian Bay. Congrat ulations Franz and well done!

OPP and Search and Rescue Honey Harbour

Posted by Gary Pickering on July 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)



(GEORGIAN BAY TOWNSHIP, On)- Members of Marine Unit attached the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police along with members of the Canadian Coast Guard and Canadian Military are currently searching the Honey Harbour area under the direction of Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in Trenton.


An investigation was commenced to ascertain if there were any pers...

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Flooring For Boats

Posted by Gary Pickering on June 14, 2013 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Want to make your boat look better? Try putting new flooring in. Steve from Suptex.ca is now installing this flooring in boats, dinghes, and swim platforms and it is fantastic. And about half the price marinas charge. 16 different colours to choose from

Video Replay of TVO Program on Low Water Levels in Great Lakes

Posted by Gary Pickering on March 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

If you missed the program last night on TVO here is a link to replay.




For more details on this critical topic please visit http/restoreourwater.com/

TVO Program on Low Water Level Great Lakes

Posted by Gary Pickering on March 21, 2013 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The topic on TVO's The Agenda with Steve Pakin this THURSDAY Mar 21, 2013 will be Great Lakes water levels with a panel discussion that includes Paul Cowley (President of FoTTSA), an environmental lawyer, Mary Muter (Chair of the Sierra Club Great Lakes Section) and Gail Krantzberg, a NOAA climatologist. It will be filmed late Thursday afternoon and airs at 8pm and 11pm on the same day. You can also watch it on the internet.

For more details on this critical topic please visit http://r...

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Low Water Levels in Georgian Bay a Growing Concern

Posted by Gary Pickering on March 16, 2013 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

On Thursday March 14, 2013 I attended a public meeting in the Midland Recreation Centre hosted by Mayor Gord Mckay. Also in attendance were a number of other Georgian Bay Mayors as well as the Federal MP Gord Stanton and Provincial MPP Garfield Dunlop.


There were about 100 people there.


The mayors are keenly aware of the urgency of this matter and are pressing for immediate action by the feds and province. Their focus is on the economic negative impact on...

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International Womens Day

Posted by Gary Pickering on March 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Lets Go Boating wishes all ladies Happy Women's Day

Thunder Bay Coast Guard radio station's closure raises concerns

Posted by Gary Pickering on March 7, 2013 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Thunder Bay Coast Guard radio station's closure raises concerns


3/2 - Thunder Bay, Ont. – A federal plan to close Thunder Bay's Coast Guard radio station and monitor Lake Superior waters out of Sarnia is raising concerns among mariners and volunteer rescuers.


The Thunder Bay Coast Guard marine communications and traffic centre, which keeps a listening watch over the Canadian waters of Lake Superior, is one of 10 centres across the country slated to ...

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Boater Assist

Posted by Gary Pickering on March 4, 2013 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

This is a good option to consider for boaters

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Propane Powered Outboards

Posted by Gary Pickering on February 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Parks Canada Seasonal Pass Increse

Posted by Gary Pickering on February 8, 2013 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Per article today in Midland Free Press.

Seasonal permits $ 20.00 per foot versus $ 9.80 in 2012.

Over night $1.25 per foot.

Reason given to match Marina rates.

Question with the lowest water level since 1918 when records were kept

how many docks will be available.

At least 25% at Cedar Springs will be to shallow if you can even get near.

Other dockage location probably fair no better.

Will not buy permit until I know availability.


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Boating in the Bahamas

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 23, 2013 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)
Yesterday I rented a 17 ft boat in Georgetown Bahamas and went snorkelling. Beautiful fish and beaches. Lot of Canadians anchored off Stocking Island. Great hamburger at Chat n Chill. Bit nerve wracking boating here though. Water is so clear looks like you might hit bottom.

Countdown to Spring Launch 2013

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 18, 2013 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Are you getting the boating itch again? Check out the countdown clock on our website.

While your'e there, check out the hundreds of stunning photos posted last Fall by Skipper Franz Streiter of Polar Bear!

And have a look at the Lets Go Boating Gift Shop for all kinds of boating apparel and gifts for those you love.

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LGB Update

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I want to remind you about your Lets Go Boating website and bring you up to speed on some things that you can expect this year.


All boaters should be concerned about water levels in the Great Lakes. Those of us on Georgian Bay have already seen evidence of low water levels. Not only does this affect us as boaters, it also has a serious negative impact on the environment. Check out Restore Our Water Website at www.restoreourwater.com

There is a draft ...

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Water Levels

Posted by Gary Pickering on January 6, 2013 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

August 25th, 2012

WAUBAUSHENE, ONT. — From The Globe and Mail

Published Saturday, Aug. 25 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

Last updated Friday, Aug. 24 2012, 11:17 PM EDT

Jim Thomas has given up on using the 15-foot sailboats he keeps propped against the dock behind his cottage. In the 12 years since he and his wife, Pat, bought a bungalow on the edge of Georgian Bay, they’ve watched their shoreline slowly recede, creating a grassy patch behind their home and making it im...

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Posted by Gary Pickering on December 5, 2012 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)



Another good day to contact your MP (listing attached)! Do not let this issue ice over during the winter months. Your safety on the water is being put at risk by your Government. Tell them you are opposed to the closure of Thunder Bay Coast Guard Radio!

Carol Hughes, MP for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing will be raising the issue of the closure of Thunder Bay Coast Guard Radio in the House of Commons today (December 5th) during Adjournment Proceedings. This ...

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