Just wondering if black flies are a problem in the Point Farms/Port Albert area.
You may want to specify WHEN? At the moment I am betting the answer is no.....but at the moment it's 7 below.
I note you've asked this same question in the Orillia forum, and specified a few other locations in Ontario as well. In general, black flies are present almost everywhere in areas that are not highly urbanized, and are prone to heavy forestation and wetland. Most cottage country areas will have them, in varying degrees of annoyance, during the late spring-early summer (mid-May - mid-June) period, especially if it has been a wet spring. So the short answer is that you're never going to completely escape them no matter where you go.
Actually it seems that black flies tend to be found more in the Canadian Shield region where you have granite rocks and not areas with limestone. I spend a lot of time fishing in the Peterborough area and never had problems with blackflies. until you get north of Buckhorn.
While there is indeed some truth to that gxp, here on the shores of Lake Ontario, directly south of Peterborough, we do get black flies in the spring. Not to the same intensity as in northern cottage country. However farmers outside of town here will attest that black flies are an issue for their animals at that time of year. My experience, having lived in Toronto, cottaged for years in Muskoka, and now living in a semi-rural area on the shore of Lake Ontario is that the only place of those three we did not have to deal with black flies was in the city.
Having said that, it's only for a few weeks ... not a deciding factor in where to live.
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