On the Dock
with Megan Thomas

Low water levels threaten fishery

fishing pic web.jpg On Lake Erie, low water levels are threatening a multi-million dollar industry in Wheatley Harbour. It's known as the world's largest freshwater commercial fishery, but because of the narrow entrance to the harbour, it's especially vulnerable when water levels drop. CBC Windsor producer Robin Brown visited with one Wheatley fisherman to hear what they're facing. Listen audio (runs 8:21)

Fight continues for Great Lakes beach access

tiny township web.jpg As the battle for beach access continues in some areas of the province where fences prevent the public from walking the shoreline, so does the fight to enshrine that right in law. Megan Thomas spoke with Gary Skerrett, the founder of a group called the Ontario Shorewalk Association, and Michigan Lawyer James Olsen about the situation south of the border. Listen audio (runs 10:46)

Buying a (smaller) piece of paradise

fractional cottageThe number of Canadians who can afford their own cottage or camp is shrinking, as waterfront property values continue to climb. This has made fractional ownership the hot trend in waterfront real estate in Muskoka and it's now spreading across the province. On the Dock producer Erik White explains how it works to host Megan Thomas. Listen audio (runs 7:43)

Volunteers blaze forward with Georgian Bay Coast Trail

Work has started on a 200-kilometre hiking trail along the coast of Georgian Bay. Megan Thomas reached a founding board member with the group making the trail a reality. mi-gb-coast-trail-300.jpg Listen audio (runs 6:03)

Bracebridge recovers from spring flood

graydon web.jpg The Muskoka town of Bracebridge was underwater in April. Mayor Graydon Smith tells Megan Thomas what it took to clean up and get ready for the flood of summer tourists. Listen audio (runs 9:32)

Our last Day On The Dock

ipods-580.jpg Thanks to everyone who tuned in this summer to On The Dock. In case you missed anything as we explored summer and lakeside life in Ontario, download podcasts of our shows:

August 6th (58.8MB) July 2nd (50.3MB) May 21st (54.8MB)

It was a real pleasure sharing the dock with you this summer. We hope to talk to you again soon. -Megan & Erik

The branding of cottage country

IMG-20120508-00244.jpg Elliot Lake has become known as the place where a mall roof tragically collased. But the uranium mining town turned retirement community is reinventing itself again as a cottage destination...this thanks to a deal to buy crown land from the province. Listen audio (runs 5:07)

Elliot Lake isn't the only place that is re-branding. Producer Erik White takes us through the world of cottage branding: Listen audio (runs 6:54)

Blue Green should never be seen...

That's how the old rhyme goes.
IMG_0325.JPG But they are being seen across Ontario, in potentially toxic algae blooms. We take a closer look and get a provincial perspective on how big a problem it is: Listen audio (runs 10:02)

New cottagers

Greater Sudbury-20120524-00267.jpg People immigrating to Canada get a lot of information about what to expect, but the pamphlets don't explain why a lot of people go to something called a cottage or a camp on a long weekend - and immigration officials won't show you how to set up a tent. But rangers from Ontario Parks will through the Learn to Camp program. We hear about that and find out whether new immigrants are taking up the lakeside life: Listen audio (runs 8:19)

Rules for sharing the family cottage well

Greater Sudbury-20120806-00094.jpg If you are lucky enough to own your own place...sharing it with family can help to make it affordable. But that can also come with it's own set of challenges. For a few suggestions on how to share well...author and cottager Niki Koski stopped by our studio: Listen audio (runs 4:19)