Archived Home Page for November 18, 2009

Alternative Power on The Ice

Generators, car-powered inverters and rechargeable batteries have been the norm for years at powering our appliances on the ice at Petrie Island. We're always scrambling for gas and oil for the generator or having to hook up the inverter to the car battery, not to mention the noise and pollution. Some people are content with few candles; a flashlight and 4 double A's in their portable radio.

Wind turbine

An alternate, economic and eco-friendly power source is now available for your ice hut. Wind turbines are fast becoming small enough and efficient enough to power most appliances in your ice hut. Most people still think that wind turbines as those huge, hulking 200 meter high things like we've all seen on the Discovery Channel. The fact is wind turbines have reached sizes so small that they now can be used to power your ice hut.

We checked out the 12-volt, 400-watt Sunforce model 44444 Wind Generator at Amazon. It costs under $500.00, measures just 15w x 9h x 27d inches and is made of lightweight, weatherproof cast aluminum. It comes with a fully integrated regulator that automatically shuts down when the batteries are completely charged and as we mentioned before, it has a maximum power of 400 watts. This is not enough power to heat your ice hut but it will have enough power to run your lights, radio, television, laptop and whatever else you have in your hut.

We don't expect to see these things installed everywhere at Petrie Island in the near future but for people that want to do their part at cutting down on gas emissions and noise pollution, this might be for you! Others might consider all that free power with an investment of less than $500.00. We know all you tree huggers will love this.

The Sunforce 44444 is available from and a similar model, The Air X 400 Watt Wind Turbine is available from

Send Us Your Early Season Photos!

Your photos and stories are what makes our website work. When the ice gets thick enough to walk on and you catch some nice fish, we wanna see 'em! Let's get an early start on the 2010 Angler's Gallery with some of your early season photos.

Hut Storage Fire
Fire Ravages Hut Storage Area

Things got pretty hot and heavy at Petrie Island on Saturday, November 14th, 2009. So hot that nine firetrucks were called the hut storage area. Apparently the owner and some friends of a yet unidentified, and now unrecognizable hut, were watching the hockey game and decided to keep warm with a fire in their hut's stove. No one knows what happened right after the game but an hour later. fire was seen coming from their hut. Thankfully, Serge and Sylvain were on site working on their own hut and caught the fire in its early stage.

At least two huts are completely gutted, another is past the point of no return and yet a few other surrounding huts suffered some fire and smoke damage. Big Al's hut was inches from Lise Leclair's hut which has considerable damage. Lise was the winner of the first ever PIIFA derby which took place on February 28th, 2009.

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Getting ready for the 2010 Season

All huts stored at Petrie Island should be put up on blocks before the ground freezes. This facilitates moving the huts at the beginning of the ice fishing season.

When the ice in the Bay reaches a minimum of 30 centimetres, Oziles will start hauling huts out on the ice. Depending on the weather, this usually begins in late December or sometime in January.

Your hut storage fees must be paid in full before the boys from Oziles will even think about hauling your hut on to the ice.

Contact Oziles at 613-841-0778 to make arrangements to get your hut hauled on the ice.

Hut Registration sign
Ice Hut Registration

All ice fishing huts at Petrie Island must be registered with the local Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources office and the registration number must be clearly visible on your hut. Your registration numbers must be at least 6.3 cm (2.5 in.) in height and clearly displayed on the outside of the hut. Registration is necessary for any type of hut except for tents made of cloth or synthetic fabric that has a base area of two square metres (21.5 square feet) or less when erected.

For the list of local offices where you can register your ice hut, go to The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources website.



The Photo of the Week

The Geese of Place D'Orléans (Photo by Jeffery Wolfe)

Literally millions of migratory birds pass through the Ottawa area on their way south for the winter. Petrie Island is a major rest area for many of these birds including Canadian Geese. Jeffery Wolfe emailed us this photo at some Canadian Geese resting in the parking lot at Place D'Orléans, just minutes from Petrie Island. Either these birds don't like the crowds of Petrie Island or they figure fries are better than grass. Jeffery tells us the birds continued on their trip south just minutes after the photo was taken.

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