Planning Your Trip

Non-Resident Outdoors Card Info and Fishing Licenses

Outdoors Cards and renewals may be purchased online.  Please visit the following site http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/LetsFish/2ColumnSubPage/STEL02_164832.html

If you prefer not to purchase online there are plenty of locations (OntarioTourismBuildingwhen you cross the border, Dryden, Ignace, Sioux Lookout) along the way where they can be purchased.  For specific vendors you can ask us.  Please remember your Fishing or Hunting outdoors card is valid for 3 years and is required in order to purchase your fishing or hunting license.  If it has expired please bring it with you as it makes renewing easier and faster.

If you have ever been arrested or charged with any offence throughout your life this could affect your entry into Canada.  Stricter border crossing regulations are in effect.  There are new border guidelines for DUI offences.  Come prepared, please check the following website for the facts http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/manuals/bulletins/2012/ob389.asp#se

Boater Certificate

There is now a requirement in Canadafor boat operators to have a certificate indicating proof of competency to operate a boat.  See http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/debs-obs-paperwork-paperwork_operator-360.htm . This is available in a few ways.

Option 1:
A Canadian Boater’s certificate can be acquired online.  It takes a few hours and depending on the site is $50-$60.  This certificate does not expire.  See http://www.boaterexam.com/canada/

Option 2:
Have a boater’s certificate issued in a US jurisdiction such as your home state or coast guard.  Many already have this as some states have mandatory boater’s regulations.  See United States Power Squadrons http://www.americasboatingcourse.com/index.cf

Option 3:
This may be the easiest option for you if you don’t already hold a certificate.  We can issue you a temporary certificate, at no cost, and only takes a few minutes.  This certificate is only valid for the duration of your stay.

What to Bring

Here is a list of some items you may want to bring:

  • Groceries (unless you are on the American Plan)
  • Ice (available for purchase at Airbase)
  • Bait
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Clothing
  • Rain gear, extra shoes, rubber boots
  • Fishing tackle, fishing rod, line (10 lb test), lures, rapalas etc
  • Personal towel, facecloth, personal hygiene items
  • Gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Dish towels, paper towels, zip lock bags
  • Ontariooutdoors card – even if it is expired
  • Stringer, nets, depth finder (one per boat), boat seat
  • Scale – so you can prove your trophy!
  • Camera
  • Cooler for the boat, beveridge holders
  • Lifejacket
  • Water filtering device (a suggestion for cutting down weight)
  • Medications
  • Flashlight or lantern

Additional Items for Hunters:

  • Firearms, case and soft rifle cover for use during hunt
  • Ammo
  • Day pack
  • Compass
  • Solid blaze orange clothing
  • Warm clothing, long underwear
  • Insulated gloves
  • Slipper for cabin use
  • Knives
  • Lantern
  • 50’or more of rope
  • Binoculars
  • Chainsaw
  • Flagging tape
  • Packaging for meat

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