October 2016 Blog Posts (16)

Request for MBA Newsletter Contributions

Dear MBA Newsletter Contributors!

While the summer of 2016 is fresh in your mind, a quick reminder that we’d love to see your articles and pictures, as well as plans for the coming year. During the 2016/17 newsletter preparation Gillian will have support from a team including Judy Young, and Gerry Quinn.

Some dates:

· Oct. 21st. Reminder email (this one), asking you to jot down your summer thoughts, and yes, send them along if you can write your article now!

· Nov.…


Added by Lyn Starke on October 21, 2016 at 12:20pm — No Comments

speed limit signs in McGregor Bay are signs of intellectual rot

MBA Board,

You people have too much time on your hands and so little to do that you have to make up things to do to deface and degrade "the most beautiful inland waterway in North America". So you have been discussing these signs inside your bell jar for 2, not for 8 years, nor "for as far back as I can remember"? What balderdash! Danger? We gotta put up signs! That's it! We gotta put up signs to save ourselves. Ye are some helpless, lazy, puerile people. 



Added by MICHAEL TOOMBS on October 21, 2016 at 7:38am — 1 Comment

Traffic Signs in McGregor Bay Again

When we don't attend meetings we give our proxy vote to the few that do.  For this reason it is imperative that anyone with passion for this issue attend the meeting in July.

3 channels had 7 traffic signs installed.  How many other places will be considered "unsafe" and how many more awful signs will be drilled into rock to guide us along?  These signs end discovery and forever alter the our sense of wonder, as we make our way through this pristine place.

Many of us use this…


Added by Peter Hansen Marie Tapert on October 21, 2016 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Hate those signs!

What sensible boater needs to be advised to "slow down" upon approaching a narrow passage? And what non-sensible boater will be persuaded by these signs to slow down? Ineffectual for any boater who might need to be told to "slow down", and offensive to any sensible boater -- and a blight on the McGregor Bay landscape. 

Added by McKay, Emily & Jack on October 20, 2016 at 2:48pm — No Comments

and "Go Slow" t-shirts

to repeat: 

No signs! No nanny bay like Muskoka or the Bay of Islands! "Signs belong on the highway. not in...DA bay." Way problems? I think slow signs in Mcgregor Bay are the work of lazy people. Signs are easy: put up a sign that says "No", yes? Problem solved, yes? And butt ugly. And existentially intrusive into the untouched grandeur that is Mcgregor Bay..........!

If it's such a yuge…


Added by MICHAEL TOOMBS on October 20, 2016 at 7:54am — 1 Comment

signs signs everywhere

MBA Board of Directors     

     No signs in McGregor Bay, please! No nanny bay like Muskoka or the Bay of Islands! "Signs belong on the highway. Not in...DA bay." Way problems? I think "slow" signs in McGregor Bay are the work of lazy people.

     Signs are easy: put up a sign that says "No", yes? Problem solved, yes? And butt ugly. And existentially intrusive into the…


Added by MICHAEL TOOMBS on October 18, 2016 at 10:02am — No Comments

Slow sings in McGregor Bay

To The McGregor Bay Associate Board:

I am writing in response to the installation of “slow” signs in Copper Mine Channel, Blasted Rock and Ragged Rock Channel.  We have observed a visceral reaction to the signs from a large number of people which teaches us that something is wrong.…


Added by John Woodrooffe on October 17, 2016 at 9:43am — 8 Comments

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Added by Quinn, Elizabeth & Gerry on October 16, 2016 at 12:18pm — No Comments

SLOW signs. We did it before and we can do it again!

This community has already proven its ability  and willingness to come together and very effectively deal with people and property safety issues in the past. I refer to the bear issues. About 4 years ago, the MNRF spent a full day in the bay and toured our bear break in locations after we had 43 break ins in 3 weeks that August, some in cottages when people were inside. They said these bears were dangerous and had done everything a bad bear could do except attack someone and that we were at…


Added by Quinn, Elizabeth & Gerry on October 16, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Proposal: Alternative to SLOW signs

I  propose that the signs at the channels  be removed, and instead the MBA create & agree a list of guidelines for safe and courteous boating.  These would be put on a billboard, and erected at landings where people put their boats in the water (provided that Stillwater, J & G, etc., are willing to allow them (they should receive a fee).   In addition, a small leaflet could be produced, attractive enough to pin up in cottages, with the same guidelines.   Years ago, something similar…


Added by Adrian Frazier on October 15, 2016 at 6:51pm — 1 Comment

Adrians's original blog post

Adrian's original post with its attached list of names of people and families opposed to the signs has been deleted by admin because of complaints received from members who had not consented to be included in such a list. The posts and names can be found on "McGregor Bay Friends" Facebook site.

Whatever your sentiments about the signs, please speak or post on your own behalf.


Added by Lyn Starke on October 15, 2016 at 10:15am — No Comments

Opposition to new Slow signs in the Bay

I was so angry and saddened in mid September to see the large SLOW signs appear in Coppermine Channel, Ragged Rock and Blasted Channel. I do feel the lack of caution and speed in these areas by some boaters is reason for concern; however, ruining the natural beauty of our Bay with road signs is not a solution I am willing to live with. Take down the signs! Surely as a group we can come up with some other ideas to address the issues of safety in these hazardous areas.

Added by Jackie Toombs on October 14, 2016 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Traffic Signs in McGregor Bay

First of all, I agree with Adrian's proposal. 

Some of the comments on Facebook prompted me to look back through the MBA minutes.  The issue of boating safety was introduced in a discussion at the July 18, 2015 board meeting, regarding safety in Blasted Cut.  Signs were going to be looked into.  It was then brought up at the Aug. 2, 2015 General Meeting, which I did attend. It was stated that signs would be installed at Blasted Cut by Ferguson Maintenance.  Shame on me for not asking…


Added by Lauderback, Karin & Stephen on October 13, 2016 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Traffic Signs in McGregor Bay

This is a letter we wrote to MBA regarding the traffic signs in the bay, which we are completely opposed to and think must go.

Dear McGregor Bay Association:

Our family has been part of the McGregor Bay community since 1945, when my father discovered our island 1628 and built a cabin with a group of friends as a labor of love.  Every year since then, we have visited our island with the certainty that in most important ways, the islands are much the same now as they were in…


Added by Peter Hansen Marie Tapert on October 13, 2016 at 9:47am — 1 Comment


I'm looking to find out what other members thoughts are on these new and intrusive signs that were installed at the entrances to Coppermine channel, Ragged Rock channel and Blasted channel. I am hoping that all members will give their 2 cents worth. "Signs, signs, everywhere a sign, blocking up the scenery breaking my mind do this don't do that can't you read the signnnnn!".

Added by Todd Aistrop on October 12, 2016 at 2:53pm — 12 Comments


While most people do not spend late fall, winter and early spring months in McGregor Bay, it is important to remember that forest fires can still occur. If you are in THE BAY during these off-season months, please be extremely careful with any open fires (camp fires, burn piles, etc.) and make sure they are out before leaving the area. Fire can still travel under snow if it get down into cracks filled with pine needles, leaves and…

Added by Weichmann, Mike & Terry on October 4, 2016 at 6:00am — No Comments


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