BBL's Cottage Newsletter
for Manitoulin

Black's Bay Lodge   Providence Bay, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
http://www.blacksbay.com

Waterfront cottage on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
In this Issue

2006 Rentals have Started
New Fridge
More Power
Christmas Bird Count Success on Manitoulin
Winter Vacations
Ice Fishing Bonanza
Winter Logging
Canadian Geographic Magazine Comes to BBL
 

2006 Rentals have Started

BBL has already had a dozen of inquiries for the 2006 season.  It's time to get your bookings for this year.

For those who were BBL guests in 2005, you get a 10% discount from the 2006 rates if you make your reservation before the end of February 2006.

Remember, we only have 8 time slots available in summer prime-time vacation rentals in July-August.  You need to book early to avoid disappointment.

If you still don't have confirmed vacation dates, pay your security deposit before the end of February to get the discount.  You can choose your specific dates later.  To book, go here:   2006 Rental Application

If you're curious about pricing of cottage rentals at various regions of Ontario, check this out.  BBL's 2006 rates are still lower than most rates elsewhere in Ontario.

New Fridge

While it's new to us, it's a classic that has been around Manitoulin for a while.  The "new" fridge is much larger than our old one, and has been refurbished by the local propane technician.  Judy & I gave it a full bath in the driveway, including a toothbrush scrubbing of every nook and cranny.  Once a fresh coat of white enamel is applied to the outside, there will be lots more room for the milk & beer, keeping everything ice cold this summer.  The old fridge is slated for retirement to the Gardener's Cottage that's being built at the orchard.

More Power

Final designs are underway this winter for more cottage power.  As you know, BBL is powered 100% by solar & wind power; as green as you can get.  We will be adding two 110/220 Volt power inverters to the basement solar system.  The basement batteries are charged by the roof-top solar panel, and will be supplemented by the wind/solar power system at the waterfront.

This is another example of the renter's fees being re-invested back into BBL for the good of all.


Solar panels, battery boxes, and tower base for wind generator combine to provide green electric power for BBL
Christmas Bird Count Success on Manitoulin

Manitoulin is one of 1,800 locations in North America that participate in the Christmas bird count.  The count was done in circles 24 km in diameter, at both Gore Bay and Mindemoya.  There are 3 goals to the bird count; total number of birds found, total number of species found, and rare species.

This year found 164 different species in the "dead of winter".  Some of the more exciting species were numerous owl & hawk species, osprey, bald eagle, and many more.  More info on Manitoulin Birding.

If you're a birder looking for an excellent vacation, try BBL's  Week/Weekend Birding getaway packages

Birding is practiced by 5 times more people than fishing, which in turn is 5 times more popular than hunting.  No matter the inclination, they'll get you out into the beautiful and peaceful Manitoulin woods.

Photo courtesy of John Savage and Manitoulin Expositor (Dec. 14/05, P.7A).


Gold & purple finches at a Manitoulin feeder

Winter Vacations

BBL has put together a number of winter vacation packages.  Excellent for avoiding "cabin fever", you can do snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice fishing, and much more.

BBL is located right on the Manitoulin Snowmobile Trail system.  Our South-Central location puts you in the heart of the entire trail system.

Take a look at BBL's weekend or week snowmobile getaway package

The snow base is reported good on most trails.

Manitoulin is rated as having one of the best trail systems in Ontario.  Come judge for yourselves.

Ice Fishing Bonanza

The ice is still open in some fast moving waters at Manitoulin, but everybody is ice fishing, especially on the North channel.  A few hundred thousand rainbow trout recently escaped their fish farm pens that were destroyed in a winter storm.  Don't miss this fishing golden opportunity.

Photo courtesy of Manitoulin Expositor Feb. 1/06, P.1


Everybody's on the ice getting their rainbow trout fill

Winter Logging

With the snow, winter logging is underway.  While most use the more modern machinery method, there are distinct advantages of the old fashioned use of a horse team (with modern chainsaw) to get the big log out of the woods.  Few areas use these traditional methods, but some landowners on Manitoulin insist upon it for their sugar bush and other woodlots.  These make fantastic side trips to your winter vacation.

Photo courtesy of Jim Moodie and The Manitoulin Expositer (Jan 25/06, P.1A).

Winter logging with team of Belgians
Logging on Manitoulin

Canadian Geographic Magazine Comes to BBL

Ryan Carter, a professional photographer from Toronto was wanting to do a photo essay on Manitoulin Island and the annual community celebrations and activities surrounding the deer hunt.  Black's Bay was contacted, and agreed to work with Mr. Carter.  Acting as his tour guide and primary subject for the photo essay, Glenn Black introduced hunters, shop keepers, and whole communities (native and non-native alike) from all parts of Manitoulin for this project.  Ryan has placed a few of his Manitoulin deer hunt pictures on his website.


One of the many successful hunters on Manitoulin Island.
All Manitoulin participates, benefits, or is somehow affected by the annual deer hunt.  It is hoped that the project will be published in the Fall 2006 editions of Canadian Geographic Magazine.
Published Monthly by BBL for all those interested in news from Black's Bay Lodge (Ontario waterfront cottage fr rent), Manitoulin Island, or the cottage scene in general.  All recipients are free to print, forward, or store the newsletter provided that it remains intact.  If portions are extracted for derivative works, full credit must be given for this source.  BBL retains all rights and responsibility for the content of this Newsletter.

Black's Bay Lodge   http://www.blacksbay.com   Ontario Cottage for Rent, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada