Here is an answer from a MNR Officer on our local fishing site.
The law enforcement agencies in Ontario that enforce the legislation that governs the consumption of alcohol (Liquor Licence Act, Criminal Code of Canada) consider an ice shack to be a residence only when it is equipped with cooking, sleeping and washroom facilities. Alcohol may be consumed inside the shack and in the area immediately adjacent to the building. Most importantly however, the persons consuming alcohol must plan on staying and actually stay overnight. If the ice shack is not being used as a residence but merely as a temporary day shelter, or if it doesn’t meet the criteria of a residence then charges could be laid.
Fishing/sledding and drinking don’t mix. Alcohol impairs judgment and every year, people become statistics because they make mistakes after consuming alcohol.
Under the Liquor Licence Act, “liquor” means spirits, wine and beer or any combination thereof and includes any alcohol in a form appropriate for human consumption as a beverage, alone or in combination with any other matter;
Other violations related to the consumption of liquor that OPP and Conservation Officers run into while checking ice and open water anglers include:
1. Being intoxicated in a public place.
No person shall be in an intoxicated condition in a place to which the general public is invited or permitted access. An officer may arrest without warrant any person whom he or she finds in an intoxicated condition if, in the opinion of the officer, to do so is necessary for the safety of any person.
2. Operate a snow machine/ATV with an open container of liquor.
No person shall drive or have the care or control of a motorized snow vehicle, whether it is in motion or not, while there is contained in/on the vehicle any open liquor (seal broken).
3. Have open liquor in a boat.
No person shall operate or have the care or control of a boat that is underway while there is contained in the boat any open liquor (seal broken).
And of course it is against the law (Criminal Code of Canada) to operate or have care and control of a motor vehicle (snow machine, ATV, boat, aircraft, motorcycle, car, truck, Argo etc.) while your ability is impaired by drugs or alcohol. A conviction under the Criminal Code brings with it an automatic one year drivers licence suspension and a $1000 fine.
Reference: Liquor Licence Act. Section 31, 32
Criminal Code of Canada Section 253
So the fix ....rent a shack!