Things Come and Things Go
When we launched the website back in early 2005, the main way to communicate with fellow fishermen was through our message board, The PIIFA Fishermen's Forum. Hosted by Boards2Go, it was a wonderful medium for fishermen to ask questions, brag about their catch, sell stuff and everything else.
Jump ahead a few years and we launched our Twitter and Facebook pages. Twitter was a joke and was dumped within weeks, but our Facebook page was an instant hit. Through the years, our members have turned to our Facebook page to converse and post their photos.
We kept up the Fishermen's Forum for people who did not use Facebook but use of the page had dropped off in the past few years. With that, we have decided to drop our Fishermen's Forum for the PIIFA Facebook page. Even if you're not a fan of Facebook, we encourage you to join. It's a great way for everyone to communicate. The page is managed by Francine Martin.
Like almost everything on the PIIFA website, we don't usually delete anything, it just goes in to the archives. The Forum with all its entries will still be there for years to come for everyone to check out.The Archived Fishermen's Forum
The 2019 Ice Hut Archive
If you're not a regular to the Petrie Island Ice Village or you are but do not venture far from your hut, the 2019 Ice Hut Archive is here! We have photographed many of the ice huts of Baitshop Bay.
Back in the early years of PIIFA, most huts and shacks were made with plywood, clapboard and whatever else people could find to construct a shelter. In recent years, building an ice hut at Petrie Island has turned in to kind of a silent competition to see who can construct the best hut. Many of the newer huts could be one room condos or mini-cottages with all the features. Most have electricity powered by a generator, solar power, wind power or power packs. Many have full kitchens, bathrooms and sleeping areas! We have some spectacular huts around here which we think are quite unique to anywhere else!
In the first year of our Ice Hut Photo Archive back in 2012, most people did not have a name for their hut or simply called it "My ice shack" or "My ice hut". With the latest version of the ice hut archive, many people have given a name to their hut. Some of the most best and unusual names this year? The Salmon Dream, The Tragically Hut, The Petrie Island Bier Haus and The Llama Lounge.
We did our best to photograph as many ice huts as we could but it is next to impossible to get them all. If somehow we missed yours and you want a photo of your hut in the archive, take a photo and send it to us.The 2019 Ice Hut Archive
The 2019 PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby
The 2019 Petrie Island Ice Fishermen's Association Derby is scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 on Baitshop Bay at Petrie Island, Ontario.
This is an invitational event organized exclusively for the hut owners of Petrie Island, their invited guests and the hut renters of the Oziles’ Marina and Bait Shop. This event is coordinated with Ontario’s Family Fishing Week-end and Ontario Outdoors cards and fishing permits are not required to participate.
Registration for the derby is at the Beaudoin/Tessier hut. The Beaudoin/Tessier is parked on the south road of the bay and has a camo trailer parked close by.
Cost to pre-register for the event is $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children aged 16 and under. Pre-registration begins Friday, February 8, 2019 at noon and ends Friday, February 15, 2019 at midnight. Cost to register on the day of the event is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for children aged 16 and under. Registration closes when the event begins.Complete Details
The 2019 Ice Fishing Season is Here!
The 2019 season has begun. It all started the morning of Thursday, December 27 when 4 huts were quietly moved on the ice. News of huts on the ice travelled fast and people scrambled to get their huts on the ice. By New Year's Eve, there were up to 100 huts on the ice.
The season may have begun but the ice is still at its minimum. For the time being, vehicle traffic in the ice village is limited to hut owners. Visitors to the ice village should park their cars on Trim Road or Jeanne D'Arc Boulevard and walk on to the ice.
At this time, no heavy vehicles should go on the ice and all other vehicles on the ice should stay on the established ice road.
The New Bait Shop
You may have noticed a large building on the ice and wondered why it didn't go through the ice. This is the new Oziles' Bait Shop and it's a floater. The base is made of compressed styrofoam covered by a layer of cement.
The new baitshop is parked near the entrance to the ice village for the winter but will be floated over to the large boat ramps in the spring. Bravo to the team at Oziles for constructing this marvel.
Some of the most popular pages on piifa.ca!
Rent a converted OC Transpo bus shelter for a day of ice fishing.
Join us on our Facebook page and share your photos and stories.
Our most recent archive of the ice huts and shacks of Petrie Island.
Fun, puzzles, coloring and games for the kids of PIIFA.
The PIIFA Archives
Photos and Videos from the early days of PIIFA.
The 2005 Derby that began it all
As PIIFA began its inaugural season in 2005, Yves Grandmaitre, the new owner of the Oziles Baitshop and Marina holds his first ice fishing derby at Petrie Island. We were new to this and Yves was new to this, but the derby was enjoyed by more than 60 participants.See the photos from 2005 Derby