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Fort William Historical Park - Image by Stephanie Reid
  Trapping wild fur bearing animals has come a long way since the height of the fur trade as depicted at Fort William Historical Park. Fort William Historical Park - Photo by Stephanie Reid Even up until 1948, trapping was a free-for-all with no regulations or management in Ontario. Today, however, the culture of trapping encompasses a respect for nature and a responsible wildlife management plan through regulations administered by the Ministry of Natural Resources. Fort William Historical Park - Photo by Stephanie Reid Ontario has over 2,800 registered traplines and the Thunder Bay District alone has about 145 traplines, where the focus, like the days of the voyageurs, is the beaver. A quota system on each line ensures the…
Trophy sized brook trout like this one caught by the author’s son Jake Romanack represent one of the least known ice fisheries across the snowbelt. This fish came from a lake only a short snow machine ride away from the town of Wawa, Ontario.
Wawa, Ontario is located just three hours north of Sault Ste. Marie on Highway 17. The drive north to Wawa is worth the price of admission alone. One of the most scenic drives in all of Ontario, the natural beauty of this region is hard to describe in words. Rugged hillsides forested with spruce, birch and maple are covered with a thick blanket of lake effect snow from January through April. Traveling along Highway 17 visitors are treated to stunning vistas overlooking the rugged and historic Lake Superior shoreline. In the winter months, Wawa is a quiet bush community made up mostly of locals and a few Americans who travel here for ice fishing and snowmobiling adventures. In the spring…
Images Courtesy of Brent Henley
  Whether winter, spring, summer or fall, there is no shortage of things to do, see and enjoy in Greenstone, ON.  1. Fish or Hunt With over 30 outfitters/resorts in Greenstone, fishing and hunting is an absolute must when visiting the region. Fully equipped with boats, rods, tackle, guides and a vast knowledge of the surrounding lakes and area, let one of Greenstone’s resort operators give you the ultimate experience. For a complete list of Outfitters in Greenstone visit; http://www.greenstone.ca/content/greenstone-resorts-and-outfitters   Related: World Class Ice Fishing in Greenstone     2. Charter Boats on Lake Nipigon Known as the 6th Great Lake, Lake Nipigon is home to 46 different species of fish. There are 2 charter boat operators in Greenstone…
World Class Ice Fishing in Greenstone
Tired of doing your annual ice fishing trip only to find hundreds if not thousands of people fishing on the same lake? Do you want top quality, action packed Canadian ice fishing? Do you like the idea of having modern cabins, extra luxuries and service at affordable rates? Then STOP! You have arrived.  For the serious ice fisherman, Pasha Lake Cabins in Jellicoe, Ontario offers unparalleled opportunities to experience the way Northwest Ontario ice fishing was meant to be. World Class, Action Packed Ice Fishing Recently named by Out Door Magazine as one of the TOP 25 Fishing Destinations in all of North America, there are literally hundreds of lakes just busting at the shores with hungry game fish. From…
Snowshoeing in Northeastern Ontario—What You Need to Know Before Heading Out
Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to explore winter. It’s a relatively inexpensive sport that doesn’t depend on a lot of sophisticated gear or a strong skill set. That’s why it’s hitting the mainstream in a big way and more and more places are offering snowshoeing trails across the Northeastern Ontario region.   Ontario Parks Are Open Provincial Parks like Windy Lake and Killarney have dedicated trails for snowshoeing, and also have the added bonus of providing heated yurts to camp in. Samuel de Champlain and Kettle Lakes Provincial Parks also offer a great area to snowshoe. One hidden gem is Mashkinonje Provincial Park. It’s a protected nature reserve that stretches from the West Bay to the West Arm…
Next to finding fish, boat control is the author’s number one concern while filming episodes of Fishing 411 TV.
Fishermen are a predictable bunch. Generally speaking, when anglers start talking about fishing the primary focus of the conversation is going to be on lure types, with lure color being a close second. What the fish are biting on is always an important element in catching fish, but more often than not a multitude of lures and lure colors will get the job done. In the big picture next to finding fish, the most important element of catching fish boils down to boat control and understanding how positioning the boat has a profound impact on just about every popular fishing presentation. ELECTRIC MOTORS A fishing boat without an electric motor is an evil thing. An electric motor ranks as the…
2015 Hudson-Sioux Lookout, Dryden, Red Lake Snowarama
It's the 40th anniversary of Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids in Ontario.   The Hudson-Sioux Lookout, Dryden, Red Lake Snowarama this past weekend, Saturday January 31st, was a success. Using Lac Seul and the Ojibway Power Toboggan club's (L701) trail, snowmobilers enjoyed beautiful weather conditions, excellent groomed trail and a powdery smooth lake. Enjoying the great conditions on January 31, 2015 With 54 riders and 52 snowmobiles, the Snowarama event for Easter Seals kids raised over $20,000 dollars. A huge thank you goes out to all our sponsors and riders that came out from Northwestern Ontario communities to make this event such a success . Already thinking about next year's event! Riders take a break around the bonfire Easter Seals…
One of the 2014 snow sculptures at the Kenora Winter Carnival
The fun doesn't stop because it's winter, get outside and enjoy these winter festivals and carnivals!   Here's a list of the 2015 winter carnivals and festivals in Northwest Ontario. Visit their websites or Facebook pages for more information. The best part about the festivals is that most events are either free or very reasonably priced. Have fun! 70th Annual Reddit Winter Carnival - February 6-8, 2015 The carnival starts with supper at 5:00 at the Reddit Community Club on Friday and then the crowning of the carnival queen at 7:00pm. There's an all-day curling bonspiel on Saturday. On Sunday the carnival continues with breakfast starting at 10:00am and runs until noon. The ice fishing derby is on Sunday as…
Unexpected Indulgence in Kirkland Lake—Sir Harry Oakes Chateau and The Dish Café
Historically, Kirkland Lake has been known for two things: gold and hockey. As such, the town’s two big attractions are the Sir Harry Oakes Chateau (a museum in the impressive manor of a former gold tycoon) and Hockey Heritage North (a museum celebrating the disproportionately large number of early NHLers who hailed from the small community). Today, the area is a favourite for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking the trails beside the famous waterfalls in the nearby Kap-Kig-Iwan Provincial Park. After a day of exploring the beauty of Ontario’s North, a trip to The Dish Café, an unexpectedly upscale find in central Kirkland Lake, is a perfect way…
Manitoulin Rocks!—Understanding Alvars and What Happened in Walkerton
Ontario's Manitoulin Island is blessed with incredible natural beauty mainly because of the rocks. It's rocks are oddities. We can learn much from these anomalies.  Follow this through. It is the 172nd largest island in the world and is the 31st largest in Canada. Known as the “Spirit Island”, it has within it 108 freshwater lakes, some of which have their own islands; in turn several of these "islands within islands" have their own ponds. Lake Manitou is the largest lake in a freshwater island in the world and Treasure Island in Lake Mindemoya is the largest island in a lake on an island in a lake in the world.  These facts alone give the island an atypical introduction. It is…

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