Finding joy in ice fishing

repaired a 100-year-old out-house that had been left on the property. “I dragged them down here to the water and fixed them up,” explained Wilson. The property is now all set up for quiet days fishing or enjoying the great outdoors. The cabin has a few chairs, a futon, and a heater along with a large pic- ture frame with a series of photos of how the property has changed since he purchased it in June. Wilson currently lives in Rigaud, but is thinking how nice a house might be on the land he purchased. “The view would be incredible from up there,” said Wilson. “I like the water. There is something about the soli- tude of the area that is just so incredible. You can hear a pin drop. It’s so peaceful.” Get the blue one Mullins told Wilson what equipment to get and what to expect. “He told me I nee- ded an auger tomake a hole in the ice,”quip- pedWilson. “He told me to get the blue one. He said it was better.”Wilson was quite sur- prised at how thick the ice was, exclaiming it was about 18 inches thick. When asked if he would eat what he caught, he wasn’t sure if he could. “I don’t know if I can eat the fish in this lake,” pondered Wilson. “I supposed if I catch a big walleye, I’d probably eat it.” “There is an excitement when the flag starts to shake and the light goes off that is just awesome,” exclaimed Mullins. “It can be -10 out and you can spend the whole day outside, in & out of a heated hut mind you. I haven’t spent that many hours outside during the winter since I was a kid playing


CHUTE-À-BLONDEAU | Bryon Wilson was so excited to get started he could hardly contain himself. He was going ice fishing for the very first time. Wilson had never been ice fishing before January 11. “This is my first day ever ice fishing,” chuckled Wilson. “My good friend Mike (Mullins) is an experienced ice fisherman. He’s coming to teach me a few things later on. I’m very excited to get started.” Mullins started ice fishing about four years ago. “My neighbour and close friend at the cottage who I fish with all summer got me into it,”said Mullins. “Since we started, we’ve evolved from sitting on buckets freezing our butts off to getting all set-up with a 6’x12’ hut with a heater. We also have pretty sweet gear, and have our lines set-up so when a fish bites a flag goes up and an alarm sounds with an LED light that glows, which enables dusk and night fishing.” Mullins love for ice fishing gotWilson inte- rested, and thus he started his journey to the ice.“There is something to be said about the solitude when you’re out on the ice and its quiet,”explainedMullins.“You really connect with nature.” When Wilson retired in June, he bought a piece of property in Chute-à-Blondeau, right by the water, and a bulldozer. Wilson cleared some trees and made a small road to get to the river’s edge. He then started making a cabin out of an old shack and

Photo Diane Hunter

Mike Mullins and BryonWilson are finding peace, serentiy and joy ice fishing at the cabin by the Ottawa river in Chute a Blondeau. peace, serenity, and joy.

hockey on the outdoor rinks.” Wilson was enjoying the day and looking forward to Mullins arriving to start his very first ice-fishing excursion. He explained that the lake had a 30-foot drop just a few feet from shore. “This is where the chute used to be,” explained Wilson. “That’s why it’s called Chute-à-Blondeau. When Hydro put their fa- cility up in Pointe-Fortune, this area flooded. It’s a great place for fishing.” Wilson thought he wouldn’t like retire- ment. But, after 35 years of working for Interfax Systems Inc., a company he built along with a few colleagues, it was time. “It was a super challenging and very rewarding job,” said Wilson. “I thought I would miss the

daily hustle, but I don’t, I really just don’t.” Mullins said that people should be careful when out on the ice. Falling in could be life threatening and it can happen very quickly. “Both my friend and I fell through the ice last March. Three dogs fell through and he fell through trying to save them., he got two out, then I pulled him out, and I fell through trying to save the last dog. Long story short, all the dogs were saved and we were OK. We ended up having the best day of the season the day following this ordeal.” Mullins saidWilson did great even though they didn’t catch any fish.“We’ll definitely go out again soon and try our luck again.” Wil- son said he is really enjoying being retired.

CANTON D’ALFRED ET PLANTAGENET TOWNSHIP OF ALFRED AND PLANTAGENET 205, vieille route 17 / 205 Old Highway 17, C.P. 350/ P.O. Box 350, Plantagenet ON K0B 1L0 Telephone: 673-4797 • Fax: 673-4812 Avis d’une réunion publique concernant un projet de règlement sur les redevances d'aménagement AVIS EST DONNÉ que le Conseil de la Corporation du Canton d'Alfred et Plantagenet tiendra une réunion publique le lundi 2 février 2015 à 19h au Centre Communautaire de Plantagenet, 220, rue Main, afin de considérer une modification au règlement sur les Redevances d'aménagement, en vertu de l'article 12 de la Loi sur les redevances d'aménagement, 1997 . BUT ET EFFET : Le projet de règlement sur les redevances d'aménagement modifiera le règlement actuellement en vigueur (règlement numéro 2014- 74) afin de réduire les redevances exigées pour les nouveaux développements non-résidentiels. Le développement non-résidentiel comprend les bâtiments commerciaux, industriels, institutionnels et agricoles. TOUTE PERSONNE peut assister à la réunion publique et/ou faire des représentations écrites ou orales, soit en faveur ou soit en opposition au règlement proposé sur les redevances d'aménagement. DES RENSEIGNEMENTS SUPPLÉMENTAIRES concernant le projet de règlement sur les redevances d'aménagement sont disponibles au bureau du greffier municipal durant les heures d'ouverture habituelles.

CANTON D’ALFRED ET PLANTAGENET TOWNSHIP OF ALFRED AND PLANTAGENET 205, vieille route 17 / 205 Old Highway 17, C.P. 350/ P.O. Box 350, Plantagenet ON K0B 1L0 Telephone: 673-4797 • Fax: 673-4812 NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING Concerning a proposed Development Charges By-Law TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet will hold a Public Meeting on Monday the 2nd day of February, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., at the Plantagenet Community Hall, 220 Main Street, in order to consider a proposed Development Charges By-Law under Section 12 of the Development Charges Act, 1997 . Purpose and Effect : The proposed Development Charges By-Law will amend the current by-law (by-law number 2014-74) in order to reduce development charges which will apply to new non-residential development. Non-residential development includes commercial, industrial, institutional and farm buildings. ANY PERSON may attend the public meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the proposed Development Charges By-Law.

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DATÉ au Canton d'Alfred et Plantagenet, le 5 janvier 2015.

DATED at the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet this 5th day of January, 2015.

Canton d’Alfred et Plantagenet M. Marc Daigneault Directeur général - Greffier 205, Vieille route 17 C.P. 350 Plantagenet, Ontario K0B 1L0 Téléphone: 613-673-4797 Télécopieur: 613-673-4812

Township of Alfred and Plantagenet Mr Marc Daigneault, CAO-Clerk 205 Old Highway 17 P.O. Box 350 Plantagenet, Ontario K0B 1L0

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