Fishing

This magical A-frame in a rainforest is close to a hot spring

Being lulled to sleep by the light gurgle of the Chilliwack River in a custom A-frame cabin, fishing for sturgeon the size of cows in some of the west coast’s most famous rivers, and soaking your worries away in a natural hot spring—what else could you want in a vacation? British Columbia residents Emily McNally … Continued

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Is the canoe the ultimate, ahem, pleasure-craft?

For as long as couples have paddled together, there has been a bit of a wink-wink, nudge-nudge undercurrent to the fine art of canoeing. It was the late Pierre Berton who was credited with the line—though he later denied it was his—“A true Canadian is one who can make love in a canoe without tipping.” … Continued

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Versatile new pontoon boat hitting the waves soon

Love the sporty handling of a personal watercraft, but need the passenger capacity of a pontoon boat? Sea-Doo’s all-new Switch, a sporty jet boat, aims to deliver the best of both worlds. Coming to dealer showrooms in January, the Switch isn’t a single model, but an all-new family of jet-powered pontoon boats offered in lengths … Continued

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Fishing buddies turn a slow fishing day into fun at the derby

Warm sun, beautiful water and the company of friends and fellow fishermen made for a good day along the harbour wall Thursday, even if they weren’t catching many fish. They’re a community of people with RVs, vans and trailers who park on either side of the harbour every year. They fish from the wall when […]

Wild Profile: Meet the pumpkinseed sunfish

If there’s an award for Prettiest Ontario Fish, the pumpkinseed sunfish should at least place somewhere on the list. Henry David Thoreau once said it shines like “a brilliant coin fresh from the mint.” With a name like “sunfish” it’s no wonder that this flat, two-dimensional fish only moves to shallower water when it’s sunny … Continued

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Salmon Spectacular has registered 3,500 anglers so far

At the halfway point in the Owen Sound Salmon Spectacular fishing derby, the leaderboard remained unchanged Wednesday afternoon. Scott Graham’s 24.29-pound Chinook salmon, Jim Lumby’s 16.03-lb. lake trout, Jack Horsley’s 14.72-lb. rainbow and Dave McKay’s 8.88-lb. brown trout continued to lead their respective categories. It was a bit choppy on the water and few boats […]

Am I handy enough to take over as cottage fix-it person?

When a nasty fall sidelines her father, can writer Andrea Curtis step in to take his place as the family’s handy cottager? The morning had the makings of what is known in my family as a “perfect Georgian Bay day”—bright, clear, a hint of a breeze. My seventy-something dad was on the south side of … Continued

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Rare muskie attack leaves triathlete with 13 stitches

It was Friday morning, just after 6 a.m., as the sky started to brighten. Ironman triathlete Matt Gervais and a friend entered the waters of Lake St. Clair near Tecumseh, Ont. for a three-kilometre swim. With pools closed due to the pandemic, Gervais swam this route often, sometimes three times a week. The water that … Continued

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