A North Bay woman has been fined for committing an offence under the Public Lands Act.
Patricia O’Donnell pleaded guilty and has been fined $1,000 for camping at one location on Crown land for more than 21 days.
A conservation officer investigated complaints of people camping at a popular camping area for extended periods of time during the summer of 2017, the court heard. The investigation determined that O’Donnell camped at the access point to Cassells Lake on Lowell Lake Road near Temagami from June 27 to August 8, 2017. A large sign had been posted advising users of the 21-day rule.
This is not the first time campers have been fined in this area for staying too long in one place.
Justice of the Peace Ruby Beck heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice in Haileybury last week.
The MNRF reminds the public that camping on Crown land is restricted to 21 days per year at one location so others have equal access to popular camping spots and to reduce the impact on the environment.
To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).