As Canada turns 150 years old, there will be celebrations and events of all kinds throughout the year from coast to coast.
In Ottawa, the Citizen's Bruce Deachman has put together a list of 150 local headliners, newsmakers and special people who make our city proud. In Bruce's words, "People's stories of life and death, hope and love, obsession and fear."
One person on Bruce's list was Allan Macintyre, the President of PIIFA. Big Al is number 35 in Bruce's Ottawa Citizen series called Capital Voices. This special series run in conjuction with Canada's 150th birthday runs in the Ottawa Citizen from February 2 until Canada Day.
We do this every season, just for fun. It's a panoramic view of the ice fishing village in Baitshop Bay. We only take one photo a season but it's usually at the peak of the ice fishing season when there is a lot of activity on the ice. It's just a candid snapshot of a moment in time on the ice at Petrie.
This year's photo was taken in perfect conditions. It was taken during the PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby on February 18. The sun was bright, the weather was warm and lots of people were on the ice. Take a look at our 2017 panorama 360 photo and many others on our Petrie Island 360 page.
Most of us missed it but a drone flew over our derby on February 18. The drone is owned by Shawn Ferrier and he sent us the raw footage. Our production department added some credits and some background music and this is it. Cheers to Shawn for providing the footage.
The weather was no less than perfect with bright sun and an afternoon temperature of 10c for the 2017 PIIFA Invitational Ice Fishing Derby at Petrie Island on Saturday, February 18.
PIIFA's first derby was held back in 2008 when there were 38 registered participants. PIIFA President Al Macintyre told us, "We started the derby back in 2008 as a way to bring fellow ice anglers together and to raise money for our local Childrens Hospital, CHEO: The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. It was just Ron and I who organized the first event, but it was hugely successful so we continued to tweak the format and expand it."
Obviously, the boys did something right as this year's derby saw more than 175 registered participants and almost $3,000.00 raised for CHEO.
Winners of the day included Mario Croft and Richard Viens, both hut owners and regular fishermen in Baitshop Bay at Petrie Island. Mario took top prize for the largest fish caught, a five pound, 11 ounce Northern Pike. He also took third prize for the smallest legal fish, a perch at just over 5 inches. Richard Viens took second prize with a Northern Pike weighing just under 5 pounds.
People who caught fish during the tournament had their names thrown in a hat for a chance to win one of the many gift cards donated by various local business. The largest prize was a week-end cottage rental won by Jackson Dickie.
Other winners during the day included Sylvain Michaud who won the 50/50 draw and Reg Avon for winning the Nautilus Protexion PFD ice fishing suit. Yves Grandmaitre from Oziles' won the trophy for best ice hut of 2017. The Oziles' hut is a unique two-part ice hut that bolts together to make one huge ice hut for large groups or as a base for large groups or events.
Congrats to this year's organizers Richard Beaudoin and Christine Tessier for their months of hard work at making the 2017 PIIFA Derby such a memorable event. Thanks to our many supporters, sponsors and volunteers who chipped in including Yves Grandmaitre and the guys from the Oziles Baitshop, Al Macintyre, Eli the Pike King, Sylvain Michaud, Anne Michaud, Mike, Dan, and Ron Zinn. Check out our complete list of sponsors from the 2017 Derby and support them!
The 2017 edition of the PIIFA Ice Fishing Derby will take place Saturday, February 18 in Baitshop Bay at Petrie Island. This is always a fun event and this year, it will be held on Ontario's Family Fishing Week-end. The week-end is a province-wide opportunity for Canadian residents to fish Ontario waters without the otherwise mandatory fishing version outdoors card.
As with all PIIFA derbies, this is an invitational event. It is exclusively for the hut owners of Petrie Island, their invited guests, and people renting huts from Oziles in Baitshop Bay.
Contestants can compete for prizes in 3 categories: the largest legal fish; the largest panfish; and the smallest legally caught fish. There will also be lots of participation prizes and a 50/50 draw. All profits from the event go to CHEO in support of kids in our area.
Cost for registration on derby day is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for kids, 16 years old and younger. Save $5.00 if you register on the Thursday or Friday before the event. Registration for the derby is at the Beaudoin-Tessier hut on the ice.
We have lined up a few sponsors for prize donations but are always looking for more. If you or your company would like to donate, please contact Big Al on the ice or send us an email.
Sarah Freemark from CTV Morning Live Ottawa joined us on the ice to help us promote our 2017 Derby. Sarah showed up at Big Al's hut at 5:00 AM and she was ready to go! The two did four live remote segments for the show from 6:00 to 10:00 AM. Check out one of the clips of Sarah and Big Al very early in the morning.