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Regatta cancelled this year, AGM postponed to fall

June 10, 2021 The BNIA board has decided that it would be prudent to postpone the Annual General Meeting, normally held the last weekend in July, and instead hold it virtually, as we did last year, in mid-October at a date and time to be determined.

Furthermore, given what we know – or don’t know – at this point in time, we have also decided that it is best that we cancel this summer’s Regatta.These are very regrettable decisions; however, we trust you understand that they were made after much thought and with the health and safety of everyone in mind.But all is not lost.

Your BNIA Boating Committee will be launching an exciting summer-long Safe Boating messaging campaign and contest. Stay tuned for details. We are also exploring some fun outdoor activities that can be staged and enjoyed, all while observing social distancing and other protocols in affect.

More information will follow by way of Facebook, Instagram, our web site, and further eblasts such as this.Whatever the summer may bring, please stay safe and stay well.

— BNIA President John McMullen

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Water levels have dropped

May 10, 2021 If you head up to your Georgian Bay cottage later this month, you may get a pleasant surprise in the water levels department. A relatively dry winter without much ice cover on Lake Huron has led to a noticeable decline in water levels. 

BNIA members and local marinas are reporting a drop of one to two feet from this time last year! That's good news for most cottagers.

Of course, this is the low point of the annual cycle and levels typically rise during the spring and early summer. However, if you were inconvenienced with last year's near-record high levels, you may see some new shoreline when you get to your cottage this year!

For really up-to-date data on water levels, see this dedicated page at the Georgian Bay Association website.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for the latest update. The most recent one (May 2) says that Lakes Michigan and Huron are 15 inches below their level they were at this time last year. However, they are still 22 inches above their long-term average.

Photo: Robert Stephenson

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Follow the BNIA on Instagram

May 10, 2021 Hi, I'm Katie Pointner and I'm the new face behind the BNIA Instagram account this year, as well as a serving on the boating committee. I am based in Toronto and grew up spending my summers in Bayfield Inlet, exploring and adventuring around our beloved Georgian Bay.

Follow @thebnia Be sure to follow us on our re-activated Instagram account — @thebnia — for all things Bayfield-Nares related, including events and safety info. You can view it on the web here.

Our content comes from you — from our photo contest entrants each year, from our Facebook posts, and from the BNIA archives. Got a photo you want to share with us? Just tag your Instagram post with @thebnia on Instagram and we’ll see it, or send it to me here.

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Let’s make Georgian Bay plastic-free!

Jan. 29, 2021 Georgian Bay Forever has a multi-pronged project that builds on their Divert and Capture Program, called Diversion 2.0.

The program aims to change behaviour around waste and plastic pollution and to reduce the amount getting into the environment. An exciting component includes bringing even more pollution-capturing devices to Georgian Bay.  

GBF is also aiming to recruit volunteers (and leaders!) to join Plastic-Free Georgian Bay to help them characterize and sort the litter from the litter-trapping devices, and provide information to the public to help them reduce waste in their lives and communities.  (for example of the device, go here.)

GBF needs your help! If you can assist or would like further information about this program please contact Nicole Dimond, new project coordinator of Diversion 2.0, or Heather Sargeant, Communications Director,

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Renew your BNIA membership for 2021

January 1, 2021 Membership fees for 2021 are now due and should be paid as soon as possible: $80 for full members or $30 for associate members.

NEW: Membership renewal is now self-serve on our website — see the detailed instructions here. You can pay your dues online (with a credit card, Visa debit, or PayPal) here. And while you’re there, you can also update your contact and property information in our database if you have any changes!

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The guy who disposes of old docks in Bayfield

July 8, 2020 Ted Simmonds has removed 15 abandoned docks in Bayfield Inlet this summer, with five more still to come, plus any others that we learn about. That’s an astounding amount of volunteer work, with great benefit to our local environment because of Styrofoam that is properly disposed of, instead of lingering like ghosts in the back channels of our archipelago, slowly leaking micro particles into our waterways. Read more about Ted's work here.

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