Summer is coming but first we must open cottages and launch boats
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!
Feb. 27, 2023
The Canadian government just enacted a new tax on foreign-owned properties, designed to prevent speculation in vacant (or “underused”) Canadian housing. The UHT amounts to 1% of the property value, every year. However, if you own a seasonal cottage in Canada, i.e. one that you can’t use for over half the year, then it is EXEMPT from the new tax. But there's a catch: you still have to file with the Canadian government to claim the exemption, by April 30, 2023.
Read more about the tax and how to apply for the exemption here.
Jan. 1, 2023
You can save $5 off your BNIA full membership for 2023 by registering online by Feb. 14, 2023. Why not renew today? Just go here and login.
The early bird rate for full members who renew online is $75, but it will go up to the regular $80 rate on Feb 15. (Associate members can renew for $30 at any time.) You can pay your dues online (with a credit card, Visa debit, or PayPal) at bnia.ca. While you’re there, you can also update your contact and property information in our database if you have any changes. Mail-in renewals You can still renew by MAIL, although we encourage all members to use the online method — it's faster and more accurate. (Mail-in renewals do NOT qualify for the early bird rate.) Send your cheque, payable to the BNIA, along with your name and property number, to our new Treasurer:
Mike Major, BNIA, 11 First Avenue, Toronto, ON, M4M 1W7 Thanks for renewing your BNIA membership online!
Questions or problems? Contact me here.
— Nichola Martin, Membership Chair
Dec. 12, 2022
I’m asking for your immediate help on an important Bill that will affect all of us in Ontario and have long-lasting effects for cottagers: AMEND BILL 23
I'm talking about the currently proposed Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act 2022, which will overturn Ontario's land-use planning practices and override environmental protections as the government moves to promote building 1.5 million homes in the province over the next 10 years.
It doesn't have to be this way. I believe that changing land use to build new homes requires thoughtful and careful planning in order to preserve our natural heritage.
Instead, Bill 23 will amend the Planning Act, Development Charges Act, the Ontario Heritage Act, Ontario Land Tribunal Act, the Conservation Authorities Act, and others. In doing so, it will threaten greenbelts, conservation areas and have the potential to increase construction in cottage country!
Our Georgian Bay Association (GBA) provides a handy web tool (the button above) to email your MPP on this issue, with a pre-written letter you can send or modify very quickly More info from the GBA about this issue is here The consultation period for Bill 23 is still open — please act immediately!
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.