Georgian Bay Small Craft Route Closed due to fire

Joann Mead - August 3, 2018

An extensive fire in the Perry Sound area of Georgian Bay, Ontario (Parry Sound 33 fire) has grown to over 11,000 hectare (27,000 acres) as of 8/3/2018 and has caused the closing of the Small Craft Route north of Britt/Byng Inlet.  Boaters must travel outside of the restriced area beween Byng Inlet and Beaverstone Bay outside the Bustards.  Also there is no fuel available between Killarney and Byng Inlet.  Please refer to Harbor Reports for Byng Inlet to the Bustards .and Bad River to Killarney.

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An updated Notice to Shipping was posted yesterday.

C1947/18 - GEORGIAN BAY - Chart 2201 - Issued on 2018-08-02
SAFETY NOTSHIP
NORTH END - THE MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND FORESTRY ADVISES THAT ALL USE OF THE FRENCH RIVER AND PICKEREL RIVER (WEST AND EAST OF HWY 69/400), HENVEY INLET, KEY RIVER BASIN, AND ALL ASSOCIATED TRIBUTARIES THAT ACCESS THESE RIVER SYSTEMS, INCLUDING ALL ACCESS FROM GEORGIAN BAY, AND ALL ISLANDS AND WATERS ON GEORGIAN BAY WITHIN THE FRENCH RIVER PROVINCIAL PARK BOUNDARIES, INCLUDING THE BUSTARD ISLANDS, DOKIS ISLAND SYSTEM, PUDDICK ISLAND AND ALL ISLANDS NORTH OF AND INCLUDING SANDY BAY NEAR SHORE IS PROHIBITED DUE TO FOREST FIRES IN THE AREA.

UPDATED CONDITIONS CAN BE CONSULTED AT WWW.ONTARIO.CA/PAGE/FOREST-FIRES

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Here is the wording regarding closure of the Small Craft Route. Sorry for the “all caps”. This is how it came off the Coast Guard Notices to Shipping website:
C1862/18 - GEORGIAN BAY - Chart 2201 - Issued on 2018-07-26
SAFETY NOTSHIP

THE MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND FORESTRY ADVISES THAT ALL USE OF THE FRENCH RIVER WATERWAY, PICKEREL RIVER (WEST OF HWY 69/400), HENVEY INLET, KEY RIVER BASIN, AND ALL ASSOCIATED TRIBUTARIES THAT ACCESS THESE RIVER SYSTEMS, INCLUDING ALL ACCESS FROM GEORGIAN BAY, AND ALL ISLANDS ON GEORGIAN BAY WITHIN THE FRENCH RIVER PROVINCIAL PARK BOUNDARIES, DOKIS ISLAND SYSTEM, PUDDICK ISLAND AND ALL ISLANDS NORTH OF HENVEY INLET NEAR SHORE IS PROHIBITED DUE TO FOREST FIRES IN THE AREA.