An inlet from Lake Ontario abt an hour west of me in Mississauga is signed no gas motors but in my limited experience there are not many nitro boats around anyway. Brushless+LiPO's hav pretty much supplanted gas or alcohol fuelly's.
Just 10min to the west of me is a huge park/multi-marina/2-beach area with a public boat launch, 2 slots. A few of us run there most THUR mornings in better weather. Currently the surface ice is coming & going as the weather fluctuates. We avoid harassing the Trumpeter Swans. Fortunately no alligators here.
Club is invited to exhibit at various consumer shows in which case the promoter provides a rectangular pond, altho seldom deep enough for sail keels & they don't always provide wind (big fans). Sportsman Show coming up soon, recently we attended a Zoomers Show (seniors consumer).
End of month our METRO MARINE Modellers is renting a recreation centre indoor swimming pool for an hour. Costly but a pleasant winter relief.
Some of us meet near-monthly in one gent's home for a show-&-tell to trade information.