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“Pretty disappointing” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Ice Fish Simcoe

Ice Fish Simcoe
Minet's Point, Barrie, Ontario L4N 3W9, Canada
705-888-3268
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Toronto, Ontario
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“Pretty disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Four of us went ice fishing with this company in February 2014. There were several disappointments: We originally booked in 2013, but after a late start to the season they cancelled on us and didn't let us reschedule until this year. Their site advertises "huts", but they were actually plastic teepees. They let the wind in terribly and the wood stove couldn't keep up well. And with no benches in most of the tents (just dollar-store folding stools), it wasn't very comfortable. Wasn't really worth the money.

Ice fishing can be pretty fun. Doing it with these guys wasn't.

Visited February 2014
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“freezing cold, bad quality huts, no customer service”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This is HUT rental, not cabin rental. The huts are in tarp. Impossible to close the tarp door, so it's very cold inside. In many huts, the ''walls'' are not sealed to the ice, so again, the wind can come through and it's freezing. And all the tarp ''walls'' and door flap in the wind, so it's pretty noisy.
There's nothing on the floor, so you're right on the ice. Again, freezing cold.
There is a wood stove in the middle of the hut, but it's not enough to keep you warm. As it is directly put on the ice, the ice around it melts. So the floor in some huts is not flat (sinking in direction of the stove in the middle). You keep slipping. And it gets very messy and dirty with the melted ice, ashes, etc.
Most huts have NO BENCH. So you end up trying to seat on a mini plastic Dollarama 3-foot-stool (provided). Very uncomfortable and unstable.
Some huts have ONE bench (3 wood planks). So 4 of you can seat on it, while the others are on the stools !
And as the holes are at the perimeter of the hut, you're all back to back, facing your hole and the tarp ''wall'' of the hut. Not very convivial and friendly...!!!

One third of the holes were closed. And no tool to reopen them. Most of the huts were dirty and messy.

The guys in charge are students, not very helpful. You have to walk to their hut on the lake, then if you haven't stopped at the corner store on the way to the Minet's Point Park, you have to walk all the way back there to get your minnow's (bait). They don't explain you anything (gladly it wasn't our first ice fishing trip).
Also there is NO washroom hut. So if you need to go, you have to walk all the way to the shore and to the park, where there are very dirty portable toilets.

Very disappointed by the experience.

Visited March 2014
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