It used to be that a father would take a son fishing, and that's how the activity was handed down from generation to generation—but times have changed. Fishing can be a great family vacation—and us moms should be leading the charge in bringing the family back to this important tradition. Some of us already are. Because where Mom goes, children naturally follow.
Such is the philosophy shared by Mike and Jaana Brazeau, owners of Horwood Lake Lodge, near Timmins, Ontario. The Brazeaus are seeing more families out on the water, with fishing rods in hand, making memories to last a lifetime.
Fishing can be enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds, and the benefits are many: improved patience, communication, and mental health; better understanding and appreciation of our natural resources, and increased self-esteem. It encourages problem-solving and gives families an opportunity to unplug and have fun.
First time taking the kids fishing? See our handy checklist here.
Horwood Lake Lodge offers many amenities geared towards the comfort and enjoyment of families. Pontoon boats provide a safe and spacious setting for parents and children to spend time on the water together, whether it’s for a few hours of fishing or a sight-seeing trip around the lake to search for eagles or the famous white moose.
The lodge also offers activities such as ATVing, hunting, kayaking, and hiking if your kids don't have the attention span for solely fishing. Trophy-sized northern pike and walleye are the pride of this remote lake, which also offers smallmouth bass and perch. Mike and Jaana actively promote catch-and-release to their patrons and encourage anglers to return larger fish to the lake to help sustain the population for future generations.
“Smaller fish are in abundance and if you’re not catching 100 walleye in a day, then you’ve forgotten to put a hook on your line,” jokes Mike. “It’s such a healthy lake, you don’t need to be experienced. All you need to do is put a minnow on a hook and you’re gonna catch fish.”