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Trespassing on Crown land


10:30 pm
October 17, 2010


Sault Ste Marie

posts 62


Ladies and Gentlemen, this was on a "road" on "Crown land".

Anglers Fined $1,040 For Trespassing


September 15, 2010


Four Thunder Bay residents have been fined a total of $1,040 for trespassing to fish.

Michael Kopanski and Laurie Kopanski were fined $220 each, and Daniel Niemi and Danna Niemi were fined $300 each. All fish caught were forfeited to the Crown.

The court heard that on July 4, 2010, conservation officers stopped the group travelling by truck on a closed road that branches off of Graham Road and leads to Wapikaimaski Lake, northwest of Ignace. Wapikaimaski is a remote fly-in lake and road restrictions are in place.

Justice of the Peace Edith Baas heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Ignace, on August 24, 2010.

The ministry reminds anglers that they may access Wapikaimaski Lake by traditional methods, such as portaging from adjacent lakes, but may not use motorized vehicles to travel directly to the lake.

1:40 pm
February 2, 2011



posts 9


I guess they should have obey the law.  Law breakers deserve to be punished.  Sorry that I can't muster any tears for these yahoos.

11:26 am
April 21, 2011


posts 3


Charged for trespassing on crown land what a joke CROWN LAND IS CROWN LAND.That means if I decide to go blueberry picking with my family down that road I could be charged for trespassing .

As for using  a traditional way to access the lakes THE OUTFITERS DO NOT USE TRADITIONALS WAYS they use planes!!


2:18 pm
April 26, 2011


posts 4


DoubleK, you'll only be charged if you drive there. You cannot be charged with trespassing on Crown land. If you're an Ontario resident, you own it after all! You can however be charged with driving in a restricted motorized access area. This is nothing new. Variations of this have been in place for over a hundred years, e.g. private logging roads, the Forest Reserves of the early 20th century, etc. Blueberry pick and fish to your heart's content, just leave your truck and ATV at the gate.

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