We represent the residents of Bayfield & Nares Inlets in Georgian Bay
Our corner of Georgian Bay is a spartan and sometimes wild place
We seek to protect and enhance our shared natural environment
This has the power to slow us down and rejuvenate our souls
Many of the cottager-pioneers in our archipelago were women
A place where the whole family can play, learn, explore and grow
Portage Bay in Nares is the location of this community court!
Explore the beauty of our archipelago with a BNIA summer outing
We take fire seriously — the Key River fire of 2018 was devastating
The eastern Massassauga rattlesnake is right at home here!
June 27, 2022
After two years of virtual annual meetings we can meet together again, on our traditional weekend (before the August long weekend). Please come, both for the business and for the company! The meeting is followed by a light lunch. More details about the Annual Meeting here, and note the info about nominations for the Board of Directors, which must be submitted by July 10.
JUNE 28, 2022
No open fires (with exceptions for campers), no fireworks. The township raised the fire rating to High again in late June. Here's a reminder of what it means:
HIGH means the risk of forest fire is "serious"No open fires allowed except campfires for cooking and warmth (for campers only, 6 pm to 2 am, not for cottagers)No fireworks whatsoever The upcoming July long weekend is often one where people like to use fireworks, and they are permitted under a LOW or MODERATE Fire Rating. That won't be possible this year.
Here's a summary of our township's fire rating system.
July 1, 2022
During the summer, the BNIA communicates almost weekly with members via an email newsletter. It's the best way to get reminders and last-minute updates.
All members are subscribed to the list when they join the BNIA. But sometimes this fails, because emails change or perhaps a member clicks "unsubscribe".
March 28, 2022
You may have a surprise when you first visit your cottage this spring. Our local contractors say that water levels fell throughout the fall and winter. And the Georgian Bay Association confirms this trend.
Their latest report (Mar. 20) says Lake Huron is down 17 inches from this time last year.
Water levels fluctuate seasonally. Spring is the low point of the year and levels will likely rise a few inches from April to August. But right now, the Lake Huron levels are tracking just slightly above the long-term average. Expect that when you go north again, your dock and shoreline will look … around normal! Not as swamped as we were 2–3 years ago, but also not as low as we were 5–10 years ago.
You can always check water levels yourself at this GBA web page. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the current report.
January 14, 2022
Our larger association, the Georgian Bay Association, is supporting two MPPs who have proposed Bill 279, which will require new clothes washing machines to have filters installed.
This is the result of Georgian Bay Forever’s successful research projects in Parry Sound and Collingwood, which clearly demonstrated that installing these filters reduces microplastics pollution, helps protect the water, environment and ultimately anyone in the area consuming the water.
Time is of the essence! Bill 279 received unanimous approval at First Reading and we are asking for your support on a letter writing campaign to MPPs to ask them to get this Bill passed before Queens Park rises in June for the election. Go to this link to write directly to your representative. It includes a sample letter, or you can write your own.
Jan. 1, 2022
You can renew your 2022 BNIA membership today, and pay your dues online. Here's a handy guide.
A few additional guidelines:
Do NOT renew your membership by sending us a direct payment via PayPal (the old method). Instead, go to our website and login to your member account first (see link above). This transfers your dues payment AND updates our records in one step.If you DIDN'T renew last year, your membership is expired and you will no longer belong to the BNIA or receive our services by March of 2022. (Hint: renew for 2022 today!)You can also pay by mail (although we encourage you to renew online because it's faster and more accurate. Send your cheque (payable to the BNIA) to our Treasurer: Mike Major, 11 First Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4M 1W7. Include your primary member name and property number. Membership rates are $80 for full members and $30 for Associate Members.Problems? Questions? Email the Membership Chair Nichola Martin.
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
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
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.
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