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Membership fees are $85.00 for Primary members and $40.00 for Associate members. We would be very happy to welcome you to the Bay of Islands Community Association. As a member, you are both supporting the future of the Bay you love, as well as joining a thriving social community.

As a BICA member you will receive access to:

  • online issues of BICA newsletters
  • invitations to local BICA events throughout the summer
  • the online directory for all BICA members with names, property locations and phone numbers

Your membership dues are crucial to preserving and protecting the Bay of Islands. Out of your $85 annual membership, 65% goes to the Georgian Bay Association and the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (see more about both of these important groups below), and none goes to support our social activities.

 

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Your support for BICA helps fund a wide range of activities, including the following:

WATER QUALITY

We regularly monitor the water quality throughout the Bay of Islands and Whitefish River, and have recorded an extensive data base over many years, so trends can be highlighted. We have alerted others to high e-coli levels in various locations.

FIRE FIGHTING

We have assisted members with the purchase of fire-fighting equipment, such that we now have 32 camps with equipment to readily fight fires, before the MNR arrive. We have developed a fire-alert phone-tree to readily notify our members of fires.

INVASIVE SPECIES

We recently purchased a Stihl brush-cutter and organized a work party to cut down Phragmites in an effort to control its spread. We have monitored other invasive species in our Bay, such as zebra mussels, goby fish, and Eurasian water milfoil.

WATER LEVELS

Several years ago when low water levels were a serious concern, we attended meetings and made a submission on behalf of BICA to the Joint Commission on Great Lakes Water Levels.

COTTAGE WATCH

We have established a cottage watch network throughout the Bay and provided each member with a sheet of unique number stickers to be put on items, so they can be readily identified if the item goes missing. We are regularly in touch with the OPP regarding break-in activity.

WATER SAFETY

We have held a number of water and boating safety seminars with the assistance of the OPP. We have determined the GPS co-ordinates for each member’s dock for quick access in an emergency.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

We meet annually with the Fisher Harbour management to ensure continued environmental protection of the area. Recently, we opposed the development of the Island Lodge into 16 cottage properties until a proper environmental assessment was completed. We regularly host a group from McMaster University who monitor the quality of our wet-lands.

NEIGHBOUR RELATIONS

We meet regularly with our Whitefish River First Nation and McGregor Bay Association neighbours to maintain a positive relationship and open communications. The Chief and President are often invited to speak at our Annual General Meeting. We have provided scholarships and sponsorships over the years to the Whitefish River First Nation.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

We hold an AGM on the Saturday morning of the civic holiday weekend each year. (usually at the Red Dog). We always have interesting guest speakers at the AGM, such as the Executive Directors of the Georgian Bay Association, Georgian Bay Forever, and the Georgian Bay Land Trust, the Mayor of NEMI, and the chief of the Whitefish River First Nation. Everyone is invited to attend.

GEORGIAN BAY ASSOCIATION (GBA) and FEDERATION of ONTARIO COTTAGERS’ ASSOCIATIONS (FOCA)

BICA membership includes membership in the GBA and FOCA. These organizations lobby the Ontario and Canadian governments on issues that affect us all. It is important that we have a strong collective voice when presenting our concerns. FOCA membership also provides a 5% discount on your cottage insurance.

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