Northern Ontario, Canada

James Smedley

Professional photographer and writer James Smedley's contributions to US and Canadian books, magazines and newspapers have earned him over 40 National and International awards. James is an assignment and stock photography represented by several top agencies. In addition to teaching photography workshops, James is Travel Editor at Ontario OUT OF DOORS Magazine. Visit James at

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Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:38

Old Growth and Trout at Gord Lake

Autumn is just starting to tint the greens of the old-growth forest north of Sault Ste. Marie. The float plane affords an aerial view of highways, logging roads and power lines fading into a tapestry of orange, red, brown and green. Dark waters meander through wetlands and flow through valleys to rest in deep cradles of granite. The pilot points to the larger in a cluster of lakes and throttles back. The engine surrenders to…
Sault Ste. Marie's Naturally Gifted character is only enhanced by its proximity to Lake Superior. The spectacular coastal landscape north of the city is easily accessed via the TransCanada Highway, where visitors can enjoy several parks established along the largest of the Great Lakes and the inland lakes and rivers of Algoma Country. A half-hour drive from town and located within the embrace of a large bay, warm water, a long sandy beach and washroom/picnic…
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 14:37

Embrace of Superior’s Slate Islands

“It must have taken a run at it,” I say as I set the hook into what feels like a heavy fish. My light spinning gear is taxed heavily as the canoe drifts over clear water betraying the deep structure that undulates beneath. We are surrounded by an amalgamation of islands and inlets with shorelines ranging from sheer granite bluffs to beaches of fine brown sand. The scene is complete when Neil Simpson folds a…
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 15:47

Exploring Geraldton’s Kenogamisis Lake

"That looks like an obvious spot," I say to my Dad as I point to a narrows where the dark waters of Kenogamisis Lake are funnelled under the Highway 11 bridge just east of Geraldton. I throttle back and lower a two-ounce bottom bouncer trailing a leech as the current draws us through the narrows. Just as we emerge from the shadow of the bridge a sharp tugging prompts me to set the hook. My…
Monday, 03 March 2014 15:15

Rice Lake Rendezvous

It’s Gord Ellis’ fourth cast on this calm October morning. Smatterings of reds, browns and yellows still cling to the hardwoods that guard the periphery of cleared fields sloping towards the waters of Southern Ontario’s Rice Lake. Gord is retrieving a huge rubber perch minnow past a rocky shoreline flanked by deep weeds. “I’ve got something,” he says with a distinct note of surprise. We’re fishing for what has been called ‘the fish of a…
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