Letter to MNR Minister Michael Gravelle – “Ontario Ours To Discover?”

December 19, 2011

Hon. Michael Gravelle

Dear Mr. Gravelle,

In a recent communication with the Ministry of Natural Resources regarding access restrictions to Crown Land, I was told by the Chapleau District Manager that Access Management Policies for designated tourism lakes have been in place since the District Land Use Guidelines were implemented in 1983 and that in a limited number of circumstances, motorized restrictions are necessary to balance the use of our natural resources. This is a very misleading statement as in the Chapleau District alone there are 89 lakes with restricted access.

Ontario_Yours_To_DiscoverI think it is important for you to consider that when the District Land Use Guidelines were implemented in 1983 the population of Ontario (according to Stats. Canada) was 8,625,107. As of July 1, 2011 the population of Ontario was 13,373,000; that is an increase of 4,747,893 residents since the Guidelines were implemented.

With each passing year more and more people are using our natural resources. Northern Ontario is huge, with a population density of less than one person per square kilometer. We can accommodate everyone’s needs. Let’s balance the use of our natural resources and remove the Restricted Access signs. Ontario is ours to discover is it not?

I would like to wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.


Bill Dillabough
P.O. Box 37
Gogama Ontario
P0M 1W0

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  • tony houle May 3, 2012, 9:33 pm

    ontario is suppose to be ours to discover, its suppose to be a free country, is it not?great letter bill dillabough, hopefully something will come out of this, all these lks closing is doing nothing but pissing off all the outdoorsmen out there, i just hope this big problem with closing crownland usage will be takin seriously, and many more lks that lodge owners have access too, and not us..

  • fed-up June 2, 2012, 3:38 pm

    Who gives a crap? Read the Toronto Star 6/2/2012. The gov is about to hand over 10’s of thousands of the best big game hunting CROWN LAND to the so called natives ! Take my outdoor card and my hunting lic and shove them. I’ll be glade to go to New York State.