Canada’s weirdest laws: Hooting and hollering now allowed in Bracebridge, Ont.

The council meeting finally gave the stamp of approval of being able to make noise, including yelling, hooting and shouting.
The council meeting finally gave the stamp of approval of being able to make noise, including yelling, hooting and shouting. (Photo: iStock)

In the good old days, before last Wednesday to be more precise, it was illegal to make “human noises” in Bracebridge, Ontario at all times.

The council meeting finally gave the stamp of approval of being able to make noise while in town, which includes: “yelling, shouting, hooting or similar noises made by a human.”

Before you get too excited about the change and go a-hooting and a-hollering all day and night, note that this change is only effective during daytime. It’s still illegal to have a roaring good time between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

Says bylaw enforcement officer Scott Stkiw: “Daytime hooting only please.”

However, even more debate ensued because some wanted the time restriction to start at 9:00 p.m., to which “pretty good hooter” Councillor Barb McMurray was vocally opposed. Rest assured, the restriction remains at 11:00 p.m.

How was it possible that a bylaw was approved years ago that forbid any kind of human noise?

Stkiw told The Toronto Star: “Years ago, the province came out with a model noise control bylaw and the majority of municipalities in Ontario basically adopted it verbatim.”

This seems to be true of other municipalities as well. Did you know it used to be against the law to whistle in Petrolia, Ontario?

Until 2009, when the law was removed, people were strictly forbidden from whistling, yelling and yes, hooting. One thing the law did effectively though was to get itself on many wackiest law lists!

Now that the restrictions have been removed in Bracebridge, go ahead and holler to your heart’s content (until 11:00 p.m.).

Yipee ki-yay!

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