Weronika from White Squall reported their first bear encounter on Franklin Island this Victoria Day weekend. The bear got into someone’s food (stored in a kayak) and damaged the boat.
The Ministry of Natural Resources runs the Bear Wise program https://www.ontario.ca/page/prevent-bear-encounters-bear-wise and has a phone number (1-866-514-2327) where non-emergency encounters can be reported.
A personal comment from your webmaster:
Please store your food safely and help prevent bears becoming habituated to food. Leave no Trace has recommendations for hanging a bear bag. Storing food in a bear canister is also a good solution, especially on the smaller islands where you may have difficulties finding a suitable tree, but most of the canisters that I know of, like the BearVault BV500 and the Garcia Machine Backpacker’s Cache, are too big (approx. 31×21 cm) to store in a kayak cockpit. However, if I knew I was going to camp near a site where a bear had previously found food, and I would not be certain that I’d be able to hang my food properly, I would strap my empty bear can to my boat and move all food into the canister once I’m on the site.