A documentary crew was on the ice on Sunday, February 7, recording for an upcoming series of television documentaries for Chinese television on winter in Canada.
Beijing Yaoxing Communication is a television documentary production company from Beijing. They were filming for the TV Series “Traveler” and the online series "Be Wild". The Traveler television series broadcasts on the Chinese version of the Travel Channel; Be Wild is an online video series following concepts of natural wonders, the outdoors, gourmet segments, festivals, and indoor activities.
The crew's 14-day filming itinerary started with 3 days in Niagara Falls, then moved on to the Toronto area, Blue Mountain and finished up with 3 days in the Ottawa area. The Petrie Island segment was hosted by Big Al on their second day in the Ottawa area.
They tell us that the Traveler series gets up to 700 million viewers for each new broadcast. The series on Canada will be divided into three 25-minutes broadcasts, so we can expect Big Al and our ice fishing village to get at least 5 minutes of fame on Chinese television.
At the point, we do not have release dates for any of the productions and probably unlikely that we ever be able to see a show from the Chinese Travel Channel. There is an outside chance that we might be to see the online version of Be Wild. We'll let you know if and when the information becomes available, only because we would love to see Big Al with sub-titles.
'Blue Moon' Mike is the first fisherman to make it in our 2018 Angler's Gallery. Mike caught this nice pike while fishing in warmth of the famous OC Transpo shack.
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Big Al is collecting Canadian Tire money again this season to help buy one more door prize for the Petrie Island ice fishing derby on February 17. Al has bought some great door prizes over the past few years and it was your donations of Canadian Tire money that helped!
Check your drawers... check your pockets... check your glove box... and drop off your spare Canadian Tire money at Big Al's hut whenever you can.
Remember, it's all for a good cause because all profits from our derby go directly to the CHEO Foundation to help kids in our area.
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.
The derby starts on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM and finishes at 4:00 PM. Winners and prize presentations will take place immediately after the event at 4:15 PM.
Registration for the derby at Big Al's hut. You know Big Al's hut, it is the beige and green hut usually located near the center of the ice hut village on the south side. Still can't find Big Al's Hut? Ask someone!
Cost to pre-register for the event is $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children aged 16 and under. Pre-registration begins Monday February 12, 2018 at noon and ends Friday, February 16, 2018 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.
We can expect an awesome ice fishing season according to Mark Sirois from The Southern Quebec Severe Weather Network. Mark is forecasting a weak to moderate La Niña this winter which means a colder than normal winter aided by brutally cold conditions in January.
Snowfall likely to be more present in December and February while shots of arctic air in January would keep the storm track further south. Lake effect snow around the Great Lakes should be a major story and depending on the air flow, some of that snow could make it to our area...although unlikely.
Slightly warmer temperatures will come with March as we should average 0.5 to 1 degree above the norm. March should be the stormiest of the winter months with a couple storms adding to the snow totals. There should be two storms with snow accumulations in excess of 15 cm and both should occur within the first 20 days of the month. Overall snow accumulation should range between 35 and 80cm depending on the area. A snow cover of at least 2-5 cm will remain on the ground through the end of the month depending on the area.
With is forecast, we can expect a full ice fishing season, starting on time and lasting right into March.
*** Mark Sirois is the much-talked-about amateur meteorologist based in Quebec's Eastern Townships. Although he is an amateur meteorologist, many meteorologists and media outlets rely on his weather forecasting abilities.