COVID-19 UPDATE – (as of May 4, 2021)
So you’re saying there’s a chance?
Despite multiple provinces being in lockdown mode and Ontario experiencing another stay-at-home order that includes checkpoints limiting travel at the provincial borders with Manitoba and Quebec, there is a glimmer of hope for the first time in months that a portion of the summer may be available to south of the border visitors. After having my optimism of a partial season in 2020 crushed over and over, I have been holding a much more pessimistic view of the likelihood of the border opening since last September. For the first time since then, I believe there to be a reason for a wee bit of optimism that there will be some travel before the end of the summer.
As vaccinations in Canada move along at a slower, but steady, pace than we’d like, Canada has reached a full 1/3 of the population having received at least 1 dose. While the percentage of fully vaccinated Canadians is still embarrassingly low (4%), the reason for hope is a couple of studies showing the effectiveness of 1 dose of vaccine as well as the percentage of people testing positive for covid after being fully vaccinated. The numbers being discussed for 2 dose effectiveness against contracting covid are in the 70% range, while the #s of people contracting covid after 2 doses of vaccine are so miniscule, they are in the same ballpark as the # of blood clots reports after receiving the A-Z shot. The chances of passing it to someone else and/or needing to be hospitalized in the event of contracting covid after vaccination are even smaller yet. If public health officials and government leaders want us to trust the science of vaccine safety against blood clots and covid in general, they must be willing to trust the science of relating to the chances of contracting covid after 2 doses of vaccine, right? Can I get an “Amen, J-Man”?
This entire “2 weeks to bend the curve movement” began with the idea of keeping the medical system from being overwhelmed. It should be quite clear that vaccinated people will add little or nothing to the burden on the medical system by way of their own covid outcomes or passing along to someone else, especially if the majority have at least 1 shot or have had the opportunity to do so. After all, these forced closures and orders were never designed to save every life. They were designed to help the health care system manage the case load.
Having said all that, Canada should be on track to have everyone in the country able to get an initial dose of vaccine by the end of June. If the government and health officials use common sense and trust the science the way they keep telling us to, that would allow for consideration of potential easing of border restrictions, assuming current 3rd wave issues across the country are manageable by that time. BC has already reported a downward trend in the 7-day average of new cases after 1 month into their current lockdown. If that trend follows into other provinces as well, it gives 8 weeks to make progress at the same time as vaccinations increase in targeted hot spots including specific neigbourhoods, work places/industries, cities/towns etc. Factor in some extra governmental “drag their feet” time into July, there is a chance there could be something announced at some point in July. My guess is that gives August a 50-50 chance as things stand here today. July would have much lower odds, again in my opinion, but moving August from 0% to 50% in my sportsbook is a big improvement.
Now, it is important to note that we expect that all travel in 2021 will require some kind of proof of full vaccination. There may also be a negative test prior to arrival as part of the process as well. That is already in place for air and land entry to Canada for anyone not included in the essential travel category. The definition of fully vaccinated may also be “30 days after the 2nd dose” in a 2-dose regimen. With that assumption in mind, I urge all July/August guests still holding onto their reservations and able to come on shorter notice, to plan accordingly. Please inform us ASAP if you will not be getting a vaccine this year or any testing requirements so that we can make a note that your dates will likely be available for someone that would like to fill that slot due to vacation/testing conditions.
Nobody will lose their deposit or slot in 2022 if they choose not to take the vaccination or do the testing most likely required to make a trip this year. All deposits and dates will be rolled over for any trips cancelled by the border closure or choice to pass on vaccination/testing. All we ask is that you make your plans known so we are on the same page and can adjust accordingly to fill any openings that may arise.
As I wrap this up, I urge to you keep in mind that there is no official word on any of this. It is all opinions and best guesses based on what we have seen unfold over the past 14 months. I may be totally wrong about all of this or off on the timelines. This update also assumes that the quarantine requirement for travelers would be lifted at the same time the border is allowed to reopen. Any kind of quarantine requirement would pretty much make all talk of fishing trips to resorts moot. The government may also find further reason to stifle travel and economic recovery while wiping out another season completely in the same of public safety. We have seen covid used and abused as a political tool to gain/maintain power so nothing is assured. At the time of writing this update, this is our best guess on what we expect in the next 8-10 weeks.
We are currently accepting reservations from Canadians looking to make plans while the border remains closed. We’ll be firing up the covid-lemonade making machine soon and it will be with a renewed boost of hope that our hard work and investments will be able to be enjoyed before the end of the summer. Watch for updates on projects that are currently in process and a couple of exciting new things happening soon.
I cannot end without expressing heartfelt gratitude to our wonderful resort family. Your encouragement, patience and offers of support beyond all expectations have been the only thing keeping me going during some of the toughest stretches of this mess. Almost every spending decision made since March of 2020 has weighed heavily on me and tested my resolve and confidence like no other situation ever has. Knowing we have your support behind us whenever you are able to return helped immensely in deciding whether or not we could take on debt to invest in improvements during this period with almost no revenues. I truly feel that we are just caretakers of this slice of heaven that have been entrusted both with your investments in us in the form deposits for trips not available in 2020 and some in 2021 as well. Also, there is the duty to continue the legacy that my Grandpa Mylie and Grandma Evelyn began in back in 1959 when they bought this property from Fred and Dorothy Vauthey and later continued until 1982 with Grandma Roberta by his side after Grandma Evie passed away. Both of these are of the utmost importance to me personally and I intend to continue to work hard to be worthy of the faith placed in me to make sure the job is done well.
As we enter Year 30 here at the resort, I hope that we can turn the corner and start to leave covid troubles behind us far enough to welcome some of our dearly missed resort family back to lake and make plans for a resort family re-union of sorts this year and next for everyone that needs to start a new streak of years going to Canada. Cheers to making it 1 year in a row again as soon as possible. May the 4th be with you, always.
With gratitude, love and thanks from the bottom of our hearts,
Justin, Krista and Ellen
COVID-19 UPDATE (As of March 20, 2021)
Spring 2021 has officially sprung, bringing with it a fresh 30 day extension of the border closure agreement. This marks the 12th consecutive month that the 30 day closure has been extended and the reality is that it won’t be any different in the near future.
We fully expect to lose all of May and June again in 2021 due to the border closure, with July and August more likely than not to see the same results.
The Canadian government failed to secure a reliable vaccination supply so we are lagging badly as a nation in getting our population vaccinated. At this time, the Canadian plan is to stretch out the interval between doses of all 2-dose vaccines to 4 months to try and get all Canadians that want it, an initial dose to give as much protection as possible to the most people in a short time. This is purely based on the lack of vaccine supply in Canada. All current estimates say they hope to have the 1st doses distributed by the end of the summer. It is doubtful travel will be allowed in any meaningful numbers until the entire country is fully vaccinated, but only time will confirm that hypothesis.
For anyone interested, the following link will bring you to a Canadian vaccination tracking website. The key number will be the percentage vaccinated. Fully vaccinated vs single dose vaccinations will be the biggest mark of important progress we believe will be required for serious consideration to re-opening the border to discretionary travel before the end of the 2021 tourism season.
Anyone claiming they have insider info about any of this is either flat out lying, or is woefully naive and believing someone that is flat out lying. “Insider information” was reported almost every month from June 2020 to now about how the border would be opening on this date or there is a pilot project happening to try this or that at the broder. That information has been WRONG. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
If you want to make sure you get a fishing trip for your current May and June dates, we strongly encourage you to seek alternate destinations again this year. All you’re deposits and dates will be rolled over to 2022 again. All we ask is that you let us know when you have committed to another trip so we are all on the same page moving forward.
Covid has been minimal in the Rainy River District since this all began and continues to be so 1 year later. Another note of interest, Covid has been minimal in Lake of the Woods Country in MN as well, despite many resorts there having record busy years and being open from their walleye opener onward. With that as our guide, when the time comes, we are confident that the risks to guests and staff will be very minimal with just a few changes to standard operating procedure at the resort. Our light housekeeping, full independent cabins are perfect for keeping risk low.
Thank you all for your love, patience, support and prayers as we continue to navigate through these uncertain times. We will do our best to keep you informed along the way and give our honest thoughts/feelings whenever asked to predict the future. Our resort family means the world to us. We hope you are all doing well as we move into year 2 of covid related business frustrations.
We continue to try and hold onto some optimism for better than expected outcomes. However, having gone through this for a full year now, we know much better what to expect from our federal government in terms of where this issue fits into their list of priorities.
Seasonal RV Sites for Canadians (as of April 5, 2021)
Now offering 4-6 seasonal RV sites for Canadian guests! This is a rare opportunity to enjoy incredible Lake of the Woods in a well-maintained, typically sold-out resort in Morson, Ontario on the shores of Sabaskong Bay.Sites will be available May 15 – September 6 (Labour Day), with the possibility to extend another month.
All sites have full hook-ups with sewer, water and 30amp power. There are 2 sites with 50 amp power available. All sites are close to shoreline, docks, fish cleaning house, etc. See white ovals in photos for general location of available sites.
Seasonal Fee for May 15-September 6 will be $2500 plus HST. Addtional month (if available) will be $500 plus HST. Fees include site rental only. Ramp and docking fees apply a la carte. Long term docking rate could be discussed.
Guests must be willing to continue to facilitate our family friendly atmosphere through respect of quiet times, and observance of all resort guidelines/policies in place to deal with covid, noise, etc. (IE no partying or disrespect of Public Health Mandates will be tolerated.) Preference will be given to those that like to be on the water as much as possible. Due to liability reasons, fire rings/fire pits, etc. are not permitted on resort property. Propane fire rings are permitted.
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or inbox for more information and contact phone # will be made available to address any questions/concerns.
WANT TO GO FISHING IN CANADA? WHY GO FURTHER??
Lake of the Woods is truly an awesome Canadian Shield natural fishery. With over 1,000,000 acres of water and more than 14,000 islands, there is no need to go further!
With an abundance of trophy class fish (please practice CPR Fishing; Catch, Photo, and Release) available for walleyes, muskies, northern pike, smallmouth bass, perch, and crappie, the Morson area has everything you need for a fantastic fishing vacation.
Mylie’s Place is only 50 miles from the border at Baudette, MN and you can be on the water within an hour of crossing into Canada. Find out why more & more anglers are spending less time in the truck and more time on the water by fishing Lake of the Woods out of Morson, Ontario.
EXPERIENCE THE MORSON ADVANTAGE!
Do you fish in Miles Bay, Sabaskong Bay, Obabikon Bay, Burrow Bay, the Basil Channel (Dawson Island) and Sunset Channel? Why stay on a part of the lake that has you spend half your day running to and from the areas you want to fish? We are 6-10 miles from these hot spots. Don’t worry; the Little Traverse basin, Stevens Bay and Stony Portage aren’t much further.
Mylie’s Place is right in the center of all the best fishing action on the south end of Lake of the Woods.
Try staying in Morson on your next trip to Lake of the Woods and see how you can FISH MORE AND SPEND LESS!
WHERE IS MYLIE’S PLACE RESORT?
Once you cross the border at either Fort Frances/International Falls or Baudette/Rainy River, you will be on HWY 11 and will then turn north on HWY 621 at Sleeman, Ontario. Follow HWY 621 north until you pass through the little town of Morson and make a left on Vauthey Rd. Mylie’s Place Resort is located at the end of Vauthey Rd so just come on in until you find the resort. If you end up in the lake, you’ve gone a bit too far!!
If you’ve ever stayed at another resort in the Morson area, you’ve mostly likely come within a a few cast lengths of Mylie’s Place and maybe not even known it!! Do yourself a favor next time you’re in the neighborhood; stop in and and say hello. We’ll be glad to show you around the resort so you can see what we have to offer.
EXCHANGE RATE FAVOURING THE US DOLLLAR!!
The exchange rates have swung back in favor of those with US currency to spend. We are pleased to always have our rates in Canadian Funds so that the premium will help you keep money in YOUR pocket rather than add more to ours. For current exchange rate info, please visit the following link to our bank’s exchange rate information: Royal Bank Foreign Exchange Rate Information.