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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Wednesday, 17 December 2014 19:50

Plucking walleye in a remote Algoma Country gem

Calming waters lap against the aluminium boat as Francine and I drift toward a gravel shoal. The occasional squeal of laughter travels across the glassy water from the lodge a kilometre away. Our children, Islay 7 and Lillian 5, opted to stay at the lodge with our hosts for an evening bonfire. As the light fades the fire appears as a glow in front of one of the cabins. The sinking sun is also the cue…
"It's a pretty late spring," says Nick Orton as he slides a 15-inch walleye back into the stained waters of Northern Ontario's Chapleau River. Although it's late March it looks more like February with deep powder snow covering a generous layer of slush above three feet of solid ice. The action has been steady since we joined local anglers and Nick Orton and Jeff Hamill at a widening of the river, a stone's throw from…
Thursday, 04 December 2014 09:17

Winter at Winoga Lodge

Trying to sneak some greens?” asks Gord Ellis, on catching me with the refrigerator open, shoving forkfuls of coleslaw into my mouth. We’ve just returned from a monumental fish fry at Sioux Lookout’s Winoga Lodge after a day on the ice. It was a savage feeding session centred solely on fish. No plates, no cutlery, no salad, no beans — just chunks of walleye, pike, and whitefish fresh from the deep fryer. We had arrived…
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…
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