From: Philip St. George, thenorthbaybay.ca staff
NORTH BAY — A nearly 80 foot tall ice shack sitting on Lake Nipissing is “not technically illegal” according to City Council.
The gigantic fishing hut, which appears to be made up of multiple smaller fishing huts, towers over everything around it.
“Aye, she’s a sight for the eyes,” says local fisherman Bishop ‘Two-Teeth’ Bradley. “She’s higher than a thief on Main St and twice as bold.”
It’s unclear how the enormous “Ice Chateau” came to be, but after two complaints were registered, North Bay City Council looked into whether the wintery abode was breaking any by-laws.
“It’s not,” summarized Councillor Grey Terrence. “It’s a temporary residence made almost entirely of wood. It’s far enough from its neighbours to not be a threat, and to be perfectly honest I’m not sure our by-laws extend all the way out onto Lake Nipissing.”
Bishop Bradley says he is a fan of the gargantuan shack.
“I think she’s just fine as frog hair,” admires Bradley. “She’s got more curves than a barrel of snakes and more twists than a pretzel factory.”
MPP Vic Fedeli has applauded the hut, noting in particular its wooden construction.
“This just goes to show the ingenuity of Northern Ontario residents,” says Fedeli. “Ice fishing is all about community, people, and the fine tradition of cutting a hole in the ice and standing next to it for hours on end.”
“Who else would build a 7 storey structure to do that but us?”