Northern Wilderness Cottages    
 
Vacation in your own private and remote cottage on beautiful Dog Lake
  Missanabie, Ontario  -  Canada


   
       
     
 
- You'll always return for another vacation in the Northern Wilderness - 


Frequently Asked Questions & Useful Information

What to Bring

Entering Canada 
  1. Do I require a passport to enter Canada?
  2. I have a minor criminal offence on my record.  Should I be concerned?
  3. How much alcohol can I bring into Canada?
  4. How much tobacco can I bring into Canada?
  5. What is prohibited to bring into Canada?
  6. Can I bring a pet?
  7. Are firearms allowed?
  8. Do I need to travel with Canadian money?
  9. Is there a limit on the amount of groceries we can bring across?
  10. Do I need a special driver's licence or insurance in Canada?
Once I've arrived...
  1. Do you sell fishing licences?
  2. What are the options and costs?
  3. Where can I get groceries?
  4. Can I buy alcohol nearby?
  5. Can we pay with credit cards?
  6. Is there cellular phone service?
  7. Is there internet service?
  8. Do you sell bait, ice & gasoline?
  9. What else do you sell?
On the Lake
  1. Do I require a Pleasure Craft Operators Card to operate my own boat?
  2. If I rent a boat from you, do I require special documentation stating I am qualified to operate it?
  3. Are life jackets to be worn at all times?
  4. Are seat cushions compliant as personal flotation devices?
  5. What are boater's safety kits and are they required?  
  6. Do you rent boater's safety kits?
  7. Is alcohol permitted on the water?
Accommodations
  1. What are your check in/out times?
  2. Is the water safe to drink?
  3. Are there any problems with bears?
  4. What do I do with my garbage?
  5. Will I be able to freeze my fish?
  6. Will I be able to take a shower during my stay?


Entering Canada

Q- Do I require a passport to enter Canada?
A-
As of June 1, 2009 a passport, US Passport Card, NEXUS card, Enhanced Drivers Licence or other approved document will be required if you are travelling by land or sea. A passport is not required for children 18 and under, but they do require proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate. These changes apply to Canadians travelling to the US, and US visitors to Canada returning home. These are US government requirements to enter or re-enter the US. Although our US guests do not need a passport to enter Canada, they do need one to return home.

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Q- I have a minor criminal offence on my record.  Should I be concerned?
A- 
Visitors to Canada who have any kind of criminal record may be denied entry. Even if you have entered Canada before, new screening procedures may lead to you being turned back. Many jurisdictions distinguish between more and less serious offences. The US, for example, classifies crimes as either felonies or misdemeanours. Canada makes a similar distinction with indictable and summary offences, with indictable offences being the more serious. However, quite a number of offences can be treated as either indictable or summary in Canada, depending on the specific circumstances. This is important to know, since determination of admissibility is based on how the offence would be treated in Canada, not its status in the visitor's home state. Impaired Driving (DUI's) or common assault, for instance, may be misdemeanours in a visitor's home state, but in Canada either can be an indictable offence, thus making it far more serious and grounds for exclusion.

There are three basic procedures available that can allow you to legally enter Canada if you have a criminal record:

Granted Rehabilitation

You can apply through a Canadian Consulate or certain border crossings to have your record examined by immigration officials. There is a non-refundable administration fee that is usually $200 Canadian. With a successful application, you will receive a letter stating that you have been Granted Rehabilitation, and you will now be allowed to enter Canada freely any time. 
 

Deemed Rehabilitation

If more than 10 years have passed since your last indictable offence, and no subsequent offences have occurred.  There is no fee but this is at the discretion of the border official.

 

Temporary Resident Permit.
A permit that may be granted for a single visit or more.  The fee is $200 and it is recommended to apply ahead of your trip, and as for the cost you may be better off applying for Granted Rehabilitation.

 

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Q- How much alcohol can I bring into Canada?
A-
If you are 19 years of age or older, you are allowed to import only one of the following amounts of alcohol free of duty and taxes:
  • 1.5 litres (53 imperial ounces) of wine; or
  • 1.14 litres (40 ounces) of liquor; or
  • a total of 1.14 litres (40 ounces) of wine and liquor; or
  • 24 x 355 millilitre (12 ounces) cans or bottles (maximum of 8.5 litres) of beer.
Any extra amounts would be subject to duty and taxes.

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Q- How much tobacco can I bring into Canada?
A- You are allowed to bring in all of the following amounts of tobacco into Canada without paying duty:
  • 200 cigarettes; or
  • 50 cigars or cigarillos; or
  • 200 grams (7 ounces) of manufactured tobacco; or
  • 200 tobacco sticks.

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Q- What is prohibited to bring into Canada?
A-
The following items are prohibited:
  • Handguns
  • Dog Food
  • Fire Wood
  • Potatoes
  • Live minnows, leeches, 'mousies', minnow traps
  • Worms or plants in containers containing soil
  • Military style attack rifles
  • Large Capacity Cartridge Magazines (Exceeding 5 rounds of centre fire rifles)
  • Radar Detector

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Q- Can I bring a pet?
A-
Yes. Owners of a cat or dog must bring a certificate issued by a licensed American or Canadian veterinarian clearly identifying the pet and certifying that it has been vaccinated against rabies during the previous 36 months. 

 

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Q-Are firearms allowed?
A- Handguns are not allowed entry into Canada.  Visitors with rifles, shotguns, muzzle loaders or archery firearms must be registered with an outfitter.  Firearms are only allowed during regular hunting periods.
200 rounds of ammunition for hunting purposes can be imported duty-free.

 

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Q- Do I need to travel with Canadian money?
A-  Not necessarily. We will accept Canadian cash, U.S. cash or check, or travelers checks. We do not accept credit cards. While traveling in Canada it is best to use Canadian cash or your U.S. credit card. If you use a credit card the exchange rate will be calculated at the current rate. You can exchange your money at your local bank or in Canada at a bank. There is a money exchange at the border also. 

 

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Q- Is there a limit on the amount of groceries we can bring across?
A-  Visitors may bring food with them for their own use, without Customs assessment, provided the quantity is consistent with the duration and nature of the visitor's stay.

 

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Q- Do I need a special driver's licence or insurance in Canada?
A- 
U.S. Visitors – Your American driver's licence is valid in Canada.  Make sure you bring along proof of insurance by asking your insurance company for a free "Non-resident Inter-Provincial Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Card" before you leave, or carry the policy itself.  If you're driving a borrowed car or trailer, bring a letter of permission signed by the owner. If you're driving a rented car, carry a copy of the rental contract.

 

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Q- Do you sell fishing licences?
A- No, we no longer sell fishing licences.  We strongly advise that you purchase your licence prior to your trip to Missanabie.  See the options and prices below.

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Q- What are the options and costs?

A- Non-Residents are now eligible for Ontario Outdoors Cards.  This makes it easier to purchase and renew fishing licence tags.  Take the paper work out of your vacation time!  You can now order your fishing licence(s) online before you arrive at our resort.  Non-Canadian resident fishing licences are available through the mail by calling the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources at 1-800-667-1940. 

Below are the most recent rates.

Non-Resident Rates

License Type 2014 Rates
Non-Canadian resident temporary fishing outdoors card & application only.
Additional licence must be purchased (see options below)
$9.68
Sport Fishing License – valid for the calendar year   ..................................................................... $81.57
Conservation Fishing License – valid for the calendar year    ...................................................... $50.52
Eight-day Sport Fishing License*    ................................................................................................. $52.41
Eight-day Conservation Fishing License*    ................................................................................... $29.97
One-day Sport Fishing License  ................................................................................................... $22.44
Three-year Sport Fishing Licence Tag...................................................................................... $244.72
Three-year Conservation Fishing Licence Tag .................................................................... $151.57

 Prices include HST

* Eight-day fishing licenses are valid for 8 consecutive calendar days – a calendar day is a 24 hour period starting at 12:00 a.m.

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Q- Where can I get Groceries?

A- We sell a few staples here at our store, but the bulk of your shopping should be done on your way up, either in Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa or Chapleau.

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Q- Can I buy alcohol nearby?
A- Yes.  There is a liquor store here in Missanabie.  It is closed on Sundays and Mondays though.

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Q- Can we pay with credit cards?

A- Sorry, but we do not accept credit cards.  We prefer cash or travellers cheque.  Personal cheques are accepted for deposit purposes only.

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Q- Is there cellular phone service?

A- No.  As of now, there is no service in the immediate area.  Coverage is ever expanding and we expect to someday be able to use cellular phones.

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Q- Is there internet service?

A- There is no service available at your cottage due to the remoteness, but we can arrange for you to check your Email here at our main office if needed.

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Q- Do you sell bait, ice & gasoline?

A- Yes.  We have a supply of minnows, worms & leeches;  cubed & block ice;  regular & mixed gas.

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Q- What else do you sell?

A- We have a small convenience store stocked with snacks, dairy goods, soft drinks, bread, eggs and various other canned & dry goods.

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Q- Do I require a Pleasure Craft Operators Card to operate my own boat?

A- Non-Residents do not require an operators card if they are using their own boat and are in the country for less than 45 consecutive days.  If your stay is longer than 45 days, then you will require a card either from Canada or an equivalent boaters safety certificate from you home state or country.

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Q- If I rent a boat from you, do I require special documentation stating I am qualified to operate it?

A- Yes.  You will need either an Operators card or equivalent from Canada or your home state or country or we will go through what you need to know and issue you a Rental Boat Safety Checklist Certificate at dockside.

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Q- Are life jackets to be worn at all times?

A- While it is recommended that you wear them at all times while on the water, it is not legally required.  The vessel should have the appropriate number of approved personal flotation devices for the number of people on board.

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Q- Are seat cushions compliant as personal flotation devices?

A- No.  A vest type device that is coast guard approved and fitted properly is required.

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Q- What are Boater's Safety Kits and are they required?

A- A Boaters Safety Kit contains the following: 
  • A 50 ft. buoyant heaving line 
  • bailing device
  • sound signaling device (pea-less whistle or horn)   
  • watertight flashlight or flares
They are required for any boat under 26 feet in length. 

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Q- Do you rent Boaters Safety Kits?

A- All our rental boats are equipped with kits and we always have a few extra if you forget to bring one along with you.

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Q- Is alcohol permitted on the water?

A- Alcohol is permitted on the water only to transport to and from your cottage.

Please remember that Ontario has very strict drinking & driving laws.  These laws extend to driving a boat.  Drinking in a boat is exactly the same as drinking in a car.  You cannot have any alcohol on your breath while driving a boat or open liquor in the boat at any time.  This includes passengers.  There is zero tolerance in effect.

If you think you will be safe from the law because you are on a remote lake, think again.  The Police & Conservation Officers either fly around on a float plane and land on remote lakes or travel the lakes with their own boat.  They will check for fishing licences, check fish limits, check for life jackets and boat safety kits.  Most of all, they will check for alcohol in the boat.

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Q- What are your check in/out times?

A- Our weeks run from any time Saturday AM to Fridays before noon.

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Q- Is the water safe to drink?

A- While Dog Lake's water is clear and safe, many guests choose to either bring their own drinking water or boil the lake water prior to drinking.

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Q- Are there any problems with bears?

A- Since the cottages are located in the Northern Ontario wilderness, there is always a possibility that you may see a bear.  Generally, this is a very rare occurance since we are diligent to keep the cottages and grounds clean and less tempting to any animals that may pass by.  When there is the occasional bear sighting, making loud noises is usually enough to scare anything away.

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Q- What do I do with my garbage?

A- We pick up the trash and exchange the fish cleanings bucket every Tuesday and Friday.  Most guests will bring any extra to the landing during the week while coming in for bait, gas etc.,

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Q- Will I be able to freeze my fish?

A- While we appreciate catch and release, if you do decide to take any home, there are freezer sections in the propane refrigerators or you may freeze your catch at our office.  Remember to wrap the fillets in clear wrapping so they will easily be identified and counted if you are stopped and checked by a Conservation Officer on your way home.

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Q- Will I be able to take a shower during my stay?

A- Yes.  There is a centralized shower facility here at our base.

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FOOD
salt, pepper
fish batter
sugar
condiments
ketchup
mustard
eggs
bread, buns
butter
crackers
cheeses
preserves
peanut butter
coffee, tea
milk
cereal
pancake mix
syrup
juices
fruit
rice
potatoes
carrots
beans
onions
tomatoes
mushrooms
lettuce
dressings
snacks
bacon
hamburger
sausages
beverages
oil
freezer bags, foil 

garbage bags
coffee filters for percolator

48-quart coolers

 

 

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PERSONAL
 photo identification,
    birth certificate,  passport         (for border crossing)

medications
toothbrush, toothpaste
comb, brush
toilet paper
paper towels
soap
skin cream
lip balm
shaving cream, razor
shampoo, conditioner
unscented sunscreen
insect repellent
sunglasses
spare glasses
pocket knife
first-aid kit
flashlight, lantern
camera, film
pocket binoculars
batteries
matches, lighter
 cough drops
cash, traveler's checks
extra set car keys

CLOTHING

swimwear
underwear
socks
T-shirts
flannel shirts
sweatshirts
shorts
pants
belt
shoes
slippers
rubber boots
breathable rain suit
hat (for sun and rain)
windproof jacket    
gloves


FISHING GEAR
fishing rods
rod tube
fillet knife
knife sharpener
hand-held GPS
landing net

TACKLE BOX
stringer
needle-nose pliers
spare spools
fishing gloves
extra reel w/rod repair kit
minnow net
depth finder



To read the U.S. Department of State's detailed description and travel information of Canada, click here.


                              

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