A bitter cold bonus: ice fishing starts this week at Island Lake

January 5, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Todd Taylor

The record-breaking cold that has lingered in this part of Canada since well before Christmas finally produced a bonus for Orangeville area residents.

The temperatures 10 to 20 degrees below normal for this time of the year, ice has long since formed on Island Lake and  Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has decided it’s safe to permit ice starting today (Thursday).

A check of the CVC website Wednesday confirmed that in addition to allowing folks to fish through the ice today, heated huts will become available on Saturday.

Heated hut rentals are $26.00 per person for a half-day (4.5 hours) and $36.00 maximum per day per person weekdays or $55.54 on weekends and holidays, plus a $1.77 per-person reservation fee. (HST is added to all transactions.)

CVC members receive a 15% discount on all rentals, and seniors qualify for a 20% discount.

Reservations are available by phone or online up to 3:30 p.m. the previous day. After that rentals are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. You can check for hut availability by calling 1-800-367-0890.

The CVC allows phone cancellations by calling 1-800-367-0890 up to reservation time and getting a full refund minus the reservation fee of $1.77 plus HST per unit. No refunds are permitted for no-shows or cancellations after reservation time.

All hut rentals include:

•  dozen minnows per hut

• ne inside and one outside hole per person

• enches and coat hooks

CVC defines half days as any 4.5 hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Full-day rentals apply to all rentals outside of these time restrictions. There’s a minimum of one adult per hut.


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