Q. Will we need a passport to cross the borders of Canada and the U.S.?

Yes, as part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), anyone over the age of 16, U.S. travel documentations such as a passport book, a passport card, an enhanced driver's license from participating states, or a Nexus card is required effective June 1, 2009 For children 15 and younger who do not have a passport book or passport card, a proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate, naturalization certificate or citizenship card will be sufficient to cross the border.For further information, please visit the following websites: U.S. Customs & Border Protection
www.cbp.gov U.S. Department of Homeland Security
www.dhs.gov Go Canada
www.gocanada.about.com Canada Border Services Agency

Q. Regarding non-resident fishing licenses, will anglers now have to purchase a temporary non-Canadian resident fishing Outdoors Card and application at a cost of $9 CDN?

Yes, they will have to purchase the temporary as well as a fishing license and carry them both with them while fishing in Ontario.

The application for the Outdoors Card will be processed and eventually mailed to the address noted on the application form. The credit card-size plastic Outdoors Card will be good for three years including the year the OC was purchased. Be sure to bring along your new Outdoors Card if you plan to fish in Ontario.

Q. For non-Canadian residents who also hunt in addition to fishing, can they purchase the non-Canadian resident hunting Outdoors Card and application in lieu of the non-Canadian resident fishing Outdoors Card?

Yes, they can purchase the Canadian/Non-Canadian temporary hunting Outdoors Card and it will cover both hunting and fishing licenses, provided they have the proper hunting accredition. The anglers and hunters will still need to purchase the applicable hunting or fishing licenses to accompany their temporary Outdoors Card.

For those who originally purchased the fishing Outdoors Card and now wishes to upgrade their status from fishing to hunting, they may contact the Outdoors Card Centre at 1-800-387-7011. This upgrade cannot, however, be handled until such time as the temporary fishing Outdoors Card has been processed.

Q. What happens if I forgot to bring my Outdoors Card when purchasing my fishing license?

Unfortunately, you will need to purchase another Outdoors Card application.in addition to your fishing license.

Q. At the same time the non-Canadian residents are filling out the temporary Non-Canadian resident fishing Outdoors Card and application form, can they purchase the applicable fishing license?

Yes, they will require the Temporary before they can purchase licenses, but they can be purchased at the same time.

Q. I purchased my Outdoors Card in 2009, and my card is scheduled to expire in year 2011. I thought it was good for three years?

The year that you completed the Outdoors Card application is counted as year one; therefore, your card will expire on December 31, 2011. In November of 2011, a renewal package will be mailed to you. Hopefully by then, we will be able to renew both the Outdoors Card and the respective fishing license on-line.

Q. Our children, along with their friends, will be accompanying us to Canada. Do we need to take their birth certificates?

You will be asked to produce birth certificates at the border and passport card or book. In addition, anyone traveling with children not their own will be required to show written permission from the child's parent(s) and/or guardian(s).

Q. What is allowed to be brought into Canada from the United States?

It is best to contact Canada Customs Border Information Service (204) 983-3500 or (506) 636-5064; website: www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/bgb-rmf-eng.html prior to your trip. Typically, however, vegetable products such as potatoes grown under the soil are not allowed. Also, night crawlers must be transported in shredded paper. Otherwise, they will be confiscated if they are kept in dirt.

Forty ounces of alcohol or wine, or 24 (12 ounce) bottles or cans of beer is allowed into Canada per person. Additionally, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars may be imported.

We recommend, also, that you visit Northern Ontario Tourist Outfitters' website for more information in regards to your trip to Canada: noto.ca/bordercrossing.

Q. I have a DUI record. Will I be allowed into Canada?

If you have been convicted of anything, including driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol which is considered a criminal offense in Canada, the Canadian government suggests you contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate for more information.

Canadian Consulate General offices in:

Detroit (313)567-2340
Chicago (312)616-1860
Minneapolis (612)332-7486

What is the legal drinking age in Ontario?

Anyone 19 or older may buy and consume alcohol. Please Note: in Ontario, it is an offense to consume alcohol in other than a residence or a licensed premise. Driving motorized vehicles, including boats, while impaired is illegal in Ontario and can have your driver's license suspended.

Q. Can I bring firearms into Canada?

Yes, most common types of rifles and shotguns can be brought into Canada for hunting or protection from wildlife without difficulty. A form must be completed and firearm(s) declared at the border, and pay a $25 fee per each firearm. For further information, please visit www.canada.gc.ca or contact the Canadian Firearms Centre at (800) 731-4000.

Q. Do you offer American Plan?

No, not at this time. We offer Housekeeping Plan which means that you do your own cooking, and the cabin left in the same condition as when you first arrived.

Q. Are there cooking and eating utensils, or must we bring our own?

Yes, each of our cabins (including outpost cabins) has all the cooking and eating utensils needed. In addition, the cabins on Anjigami Lake, and the outpost camps are outfitted with a gas barbecue grill.

Q. How is garbage dealt with?

In the main camp, there are trash receptacles by the Moose Head outdoor kitchen and on the back deck of the Paradise Cabin,  for your use. All biodegradable scraps/refuse, i.e. food, vegetables, etc. are collected in another trash receptacle for proper disposal. In addition, any fish entrails left in the fish cleaning station will be disposed of properly.

For Outpost camps, fish guts and biodegradable food scraps must be disposed of as far away from the cabin, i.e. across the lake to deter unwanted bears to wander into the camp. All other waste products are bagged and brought out with you at the end of your trip for proper disposal.

Q. Do U.S. cell phones work on the lake?

No, not at this time. However, we understand towers are being built for cell phone receptions.

Q. Can we bring our ATV?

Yes, there are plenty of logging trails no longer used by the loggers surrounding Anjigami Lake. However, common sense, discretion, responsibility and courtesy must be practiced at all times. Ontario law requires helmet to be worn when riding, must have registration and insurance, and no driving when impaired by alcohol or drugs. See "ATVs in Ontario" under Planning Your Trip.

Q. Would it be permissible to build a fire on the beach?

Yes, in a designated area, and as long as there are no fire restrictions or bans. If there is a fire ban, guests will be notified.

Q. Along with motor boats, is there a canoe?

At the main camp, we have a 14' fiberglass canoe, and a 14' aluminum canoe. In addition, there is a 18', (2) 12', and a two-person 12' kayak and a paddle boat for your boating pleasure, free of charge. A pontoon boat is available for rent.

Q. Do you rent satellite phones?

We have discontinued this program. However, the air charter service companies we hire also rent satellite phones.

Q. Are there other cabins at the outpost camps?

Only on Ogas Lake. In addition to our cabin on the island, there is another outfitter and a privately owned cabin on Ogas. The rest of our outpost camps are by themselves, and you have the entire lake to yourself.

Q. Do you accept credit cards?

We no longer accept Credit Cards of any kind due to the increased fees and dues.

Q. Are pets allowed?

Yes, at a fee of $100.00 per pet. Patrons are responsible for proper disposal of their pet's litter, and ensuring the pet does not infringe upon other guests, nor climb on furniture and beds. There will be a charge for any desructions of properties. Please see "Guidelines for Pets" under Planning Your Trip.

Q. Do you have electricity?

Yes - the main camp is powered by solar panels and fuel generators. Therefore, electrical usage should be kept to a minimum, and lights, appliances, etc. turned off when not in use to conserve fuel consumption.

Our outpost camps do not have electricity and the appliances are propane-operated (stove/oven, refrigerator and lights).

Q. How far are you from the nearest town?

The nearest town with stores, gas stations, etc. is Wawa which is 30 miles northwest of our camp. Hawk Junction is closer to our camp but is a very small community with only one restaurant/bar--Big Bear Restaurant (open Wednesday-Sunday).

Q. Where can we purchase baits?

In Wawa, we recommend Beachfront Trading Post, 14 North Broadway, (705) 856-0770 for all your fishing needs, including fishing licenses. Young's General Store, 111 Mission Road (705) 856-2626 offers baits and fishing licenses as well as Canadian Tire located on Broadway Street.

Q. What is the news in regards to the GST/HST Visitor Rebate Program?

Visitors are still eligible for the GST/HST rebate paid but you must mail in your rebate request form. You can no longer receive a rebate from the duty free store.

For more information, visit www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tax/nonresidents.