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BobT

Canadian Rules Question

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I'm going on a trip this weekend north of Kenora. The weather is predicted to be rather chilly and we won't have any shelter along. Is it permitted to build a small fire on the ice in Ontario?

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Thanks for the quick reply.

I Googled the question and found this in another forum. Maybe someone can confirm this? The post was dated January 2011.

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I fired off an E-Mail to the MNR regarding this topic.

My question..........

Q: Is it legal or illegal to have a fire directly on the ice ,

ie:frozen waterway..

must it be contained? like in a stove or bucket or portable pit,

chimmnea?

A: from E-mail

Reply: Yes

Hello Randy,

Thank you for your enquiry. Under the Public Lands Act;

Unauthorized filling -

27. (1) Except with the written consent of the Minister or an officer

authorized by the Minister, no person shall deposit or cause to be

deposited any material, substance or thing,

(a) on public lands, whether or not the lands are covered with water or

ice; or

(B) on water or ice covering public lands. 2010, c. 16, Sched. 10, s. 4

(2).

Having a fire on a frozen water body would leave debris and ash on the

ice surface, which would be considered 'deposited material'. Therefore

you can't have a fire directly on the ice of a lake or river. You may

have a fire in a barrel or other contained vessel as long as it's

removed after use and leaves no trace behind.

We hope you find this information helpful. If you require further

assistance, please contact the Natural Resources Information Centre at

1-800-667-1940.

Regards,

nric web reader - rb

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To be safe, I do have a metal bucket I could bring along to contain the fire and remove the ash but if it's not necessary, It would save some work and space if I didn't have to bring it along.

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fires are not allowed on the ice but I have never heard of anyone being charged, problem is that fires turn into garbage burners and leave a mess of half burned dump and cans in the lake next spring

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fires are not allowed on the ice but I have never heard of anyone being charged, problem is that fires turn into garbage burners and leave a mess of half burned dump and cans in the lake next spring

Leaving garbage on the ice would not be part of the plan. Maybe a few partially burned sticks and some ash would be all which are natural to the environment. Another example of how a few bad apples influence everyone.

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