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February 09, 2016 15:55 ET

Ice Fishing is a Go for Family Day Weekend at Sherwood Inn

Sherwood Inn on Lake Joseph is Pleased to Report That the Opening Season Dates for Fishing on Lake Joseph have Just Been Amended, Allowing the Muskoka Resort to Go Ahead With Its Annual Family Day Weekend Activities That Include Complimentary Ice Fishing

MUSKOKA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 9, 2016) - Thanks to a successful campaign to amend the opening date for fishing on Lake Joseph, Sherwood Inn ( is pleased to report that ice fishing will be part of their Family Day Weekend event once again. The Minister of Natural Resources & Forestry, Bill Mauro, has recently signed a Variation Order that will come into effect February 12, 2016 that moves the closing date of the sanctuary from February 14 to 'the Friday before Family Day'. These dates are inclusive, but allow fishing to occur on the Saturday and Sunday of the Family Fishing Weekend in 2016 and beyond. The conflict was unintended and inadvertent and the change in the sanctuary date is not expected to have a significant impact on the lake trout fishery. Ice fishing on Family Day Weekend had been in jeopardy, as before the amendment, open season on Lake Joseph was February 15, even though Family Day Long Weekend, deemed a licence-free weekend for most of Ontario, starts on February 13th this year.

"This will be the 4th year that Sherwood Inn has hosted a family day weekend extravaganza that includes ice fishing on Lake Joseph. Just steps from our main dock the Sherwood Inn team, along with many family members, set up camp on Saturday & Sunday for guests who come from all over Ontario to experience the sport of ice fishing. We drill the holes, supply all the equipment (including the bait), give a little tutorial and we'll even help you set up your bait and assist you in taking your catch off the hook! Guests can warm up around our crackling fire bowl toasting marshmallows, sipping hot chocolate or savouring a bowl of hot culinary delights that our kitchen has in store for us. It's such a fun, memory filled "Canadiana" weekend in beautiful Muskoka, especially for those trying their hand at ice fishing for the first time," reports Jody Gillis, Group Sales Manager, Sherwood Inn on Lake Joseph. "This is why I began to campaign well over a year ago to have the opening date of Lake Joseph fishing season changed. Last year we could only fish on the Sunday, this year would have been Monday. I therefore began writing letters to anyone I could think of and reached out to those who could point me in the right direction. Everyone was so helpful. I was also invited to join the Saturday morning Outdoor Journal, Fan590 radio show with Angelo Viola from Fish'n Canada, and they quickly became strong supporters. The cause received much needed support from Mayor Don Furniss of Muskoka Lakes Township and Mayor Bruce Gibbon of Seguin Township, Muskoka Tourism, Norm Miller M.P.P, Tony Clement M.P, and Fish'n Canada. Everyone's support was crucial to our success in getting the date amended," says Gillis.

"I am really looking forward to our fourth Family Day Weekend at Sherwood Inn which is sure to be a sold out weekend once again! In addition to complimentary ice fishing, we have Snowga on Saturday morning, and once again, we have Muskoka Brewery joining us for an afternoon pairing with our culinary team in the lounge. We also have lots of snow and well groomed trails for snowshoeing, cross country skiing and we've just recently purchased 2 fat bikes which are proving to be very popular this year. Some may prefer to just relax around our many outdoor campfires. Safety is always first, so if we don't have enough ice on the lake to venture out safely, we will drill the fishing holes right off the main dock. It's just over a 60 feet drop, so the lake trout are sure to be there," adds Gillis.

About Sherwood Inn: One of Ontario's most romantic inns, Sherwood Inn on Lake Joseph is a landmark Muskoka resort renowned for its breathtaking scenery, tasteful accommodations, and excellent cuisine. Located in the heart of Muskoka, this full-service, historic Muskoka inn exudes the old Muskoka charm, boasting upscale amenities, extensive facilities, onsite health spa, and unparalleled service. Sherwood Inn is the ideal choice for Family Weekend and Valentines getaways, romantic couple's escapes, Ontario spa getaways, Muskoka golf vacations, group events and corporate functions and the most romantic Muskoka resort weddings imaginable. For more information about Sherwood Inn, and to book your next group event or Muskoka vacation, visit or call 866-844-2228.

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