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13 Canadian Travel Gems to Add to Your Bucket List

JUNE 16, 2017

Where are you celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial? Our beautiful country is brimming with culture, history, natural wonders. There are so many amazing places to explore from coast-to-coast! For a little travel inspiration for #Canada150, check out this roundup of 13 Canadian Travel Gems to Add to Your Bucket List. One stellar spot for each of our stellar provinces and territories. Happy travels!
1. Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)

What better place to celebrate being Canadian and our nation’s 150th birthday than the Birthplace of Confederation! Take a stroll through Charlottetown and soak in the historic landmarks, the rich heritage and bevy of storytelling. Savour the farm-to-fork culinary scene, enjoy the bustling local arts community and wander the gorgeous outdoor playground on the shorelines just a short drive away. You’ll be proudly singing #imdownwithcharlottetown in no time!

2. Gros Morne National Park (Newfoundland & Labrador)

Fun fact: Almost 20 places in Canada are officially recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with six more on the pending list. One of the most popular sites is Gros Morne National Park – nestled on the west coast of Newfoundland. Chances are, you’ll see some pretty magnificent and breathtaking scenery. Pack up your RV and get the family together for some wildlife-watching and spectacular hikes in this seaside gem on the east coast.

3. Hopewell Rocks (New Brunswick)

Flower Pot Rocks, The Rocks, Hopewell Rocks… whatever you call them, they’re definitely a remarkable sight to behold. Come here to New Brunswick to see the highest tides in the world – twice a day. At low tide, you can experience the pure wonder of walking the ocean floor.

4. Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (Nova Scotia)

Head to Halifax, step back into time and learn more about this iconic landmark and important part of Canadian history. From the late-1920’s through the early-1970’s, Pier 21 was the entry point for 1 in 5 Canadians – more than one million Canadian immigrants. A great educational pit stop on your next jaunt through Nova Scotia.

5. Fjord Route (Quebec)

Quebec’s Route du Fjord travels through the Saguenay Fjord – one of the longest fjords in the world at 235 km/146 mi. Jump in your camper and soak in the picturesque scenery, quaint villages and abundant natural beauty along this stunning shoreline.

6. Bruce Peninsula National Park (Ontario)

Forest dwellers, water sport enthusiasts and beach bums alike flock to Bruce Peninsula every year to #BringBackWildhood. Only a four-hour drive from Toronto, this outdoor oasis on the shoreline of the Georgian Bay is home to more than 200 species of wildlife and over 150 square kilometres of natural beauty. SEE MORE...https://gorving.ca/blog/13-canadian-travel-gems-add-bucket-list/

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Magnets for Mammoths

Mid-summer is the perfect time to catch knee-knocking pike in Northern Ontario by locating the specific structures that harbour the big fish.





Mid-summer and giant, knee-knocking northern pike go together like ham and eggs, champagne and caviar, or on my budget, peanut butter and jelly. It is counterintuitive to what anglers think: the only time you can catch big toothy critters is early and late in the season, when the weather and water are downright cold and nasty.


Give me a hot day in the middle of a gorgeous Northern Ontario summer, however, and I am in my glory. As I was the other day when grandson Liam slid the net under a magnificent 45-inch Sunset Country 'gator while a tropical sun beat down upon us.


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Winnipeg, Manitoba resident Karen Watt hooked this beautiful northern pike recently, while vacationing in Northwestern Ontario's Sunset Country, by locating structure that offered access to deep and shallow water. (Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)

I should mention, too, that the spot where I caught the pristine pike is the same spot where buddy Bob Izumi joined me several years ago to film one of his Real Fishing Television Show and where I also guided the then Vice-President of the Madison, Wisconsin Chapter of Muskies Inc. to his personal best fish.


In other words, it is a big fish spot.


And what makes it such a mammoth magnet is an ingredient that the vast majority of anglers typically overlook. It offers quick and easy access to deep water and the plethora of forage fish that swim nearby.


Understand what I am saying?


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As Gord Pyzer explains, the best mid-summer pike locations offer quick and easy access to deep water and the forage fish that swim in it. (Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)

While the spot has a superb section of flat, shallow, warm water, the structure also breaks quickly into the main basin of the lake. And it is the secret ingredient that makes it and other spots like it, shine. If a big northern pike or muskie wants to dine on a whitefish or herring, it can slide out quickly and grab it. But then the goliaths can swim right back up into the tepid shallows to optimize their metabolic rate.


Talk about the best of all possible worlds.


"If they are going to catch a fish out there, they’re not going to stay out there because it is not their optimal temperature," says Dr. John Casselman, the renown esocid scientist who for years played a pivotal role in Ontario's aquatic research program. "They’re going to go where the optimal temperature is, because the growing season is short and they have to take advantage of it."


According to Casselman, who carried out the celebrated muskie cliethrum program with the late Dr. Ed Crossman, from the Royal Ontario Museum, the optimal water temperature for big northern pike is in the range of 16° to 18° C (60° to 65° F). So, when they slide off shore to grab dinner, they're slipping into colder water temperatures, and thus return quickly to the shallows. The best way for them to do this is by relating to structures that offer them quick and easy access to both venues.


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Find the optimal 16° to 18° C water temperature that big pike prefer and you'll be rewarded, like Liam Whetter, with the trophy of a lifetime. (Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)

In other words, structures with fast breaks.


"Let’s look at muskellunge," says Casselman, who upon his retirement from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources was presented with the prestigious Award of Excellence from the American Fisheries Society. "They’re usually found in shallow embayments. They require a higher optimum temperature than pike, about 2° to 3° higher, so in an area like Georgian Bay the very biggest ...SEE MORE http://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/magnets-for-mammoths-fishing-for-big-northern-pike-and-muskie?s=

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Vancouver Aquarium rescues record-breaking number of seal pups


Vancouver Aquarium rescues record-breaking number of seal pups

The rescue centre has already taken in 189 harbour seal pups

These harbour seals are just two of 189 pups staff at the Vancouver Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue Centre have treated so far in 2017.


These harbour seals are just two of 189 pups staff at the Vancouver Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue Centre have treated so far in 2017.

It’s been a record-breaking summer at the Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, with staff taking in 189 harbour seal pups so far.

At its peak, staff were admitting seven to eight new seals a day, manager Lindsaye Akhurst told Metro.

“We will get 200 harbour seals before the end of the season,” she said.

The previous all-time high at the centre was 174 harbour seals in 2005.

There is no clear indication for the increase in animals being rescued but people are likely getting better at spotting seals in distress, said Akhurst.

“There’s no specific patterns with the animals coming in – they all seem to have the usual emaciated, dehydrated symptoms,” she said.

“But one of the things we might attribute it to is maybe public awareness. People now know who to call when they see these animals.”

People who spot a stranded marine mammal are asked to not approach it and to keep pets away. They can call the rescue centre at 604-258-7325 for assistance.

Many of this year’s patients had injuries ranging from dehydration to wounds from predators. The aquarium aims to rehabilitate and release all patients back into the wild.

Staff have treated and released 38 seal pups so far this year and are currently rehabilitating another 120.

Treating so many animals helps rescue centre staff understand the threats threatening the coastal ecosystem.

“Diagnosing, treating and releasing these animals increases our understanding of the threats these species face,” said Akhurst.

“Every animal we work with can shed further insight into contaminants, biotoxins, and infectious diseases that can also affect ecosystem health.”

The rescue centre has also treated Flores, a northern fur seal; Bella Bella, a Steller sea lion pup; Senor Cinco, a blind adult California sea lion who was shot twice in the face; and Hardy, a sea otter pup.

Vancouver Aquarium staff are also sometimes called on to save animals in other provinces, including a young beluga whale in New Brunswick in June.

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As I mentioned in last week's blog, the key to fishing success most days in Northern Ontario is developing a game plan based on the specific structures, cover and depth of water the walleyes, bass, trout, salmon, muskies, northern pike, and panfish are using, and then refining your presentation to match the mood of the fish.


When you hone the pattern to perfection, just like Babe Ruth standing at home plate and pointing to the bleachers in the outfield, you can pin point all the spots on the lake where you're likely to hit a home run.


But let's face it, no matter how hard you try some days, it seems that no pattern exists.


When this is the case, don't despair, go "junk fishing" instead.


Now, if I had to tell a tale out of school, I'd whisper to you that junk fishing is my all-time favourite way to catch fish, especially big Northern Ontario smallmouth bass. I simply love it when the fish are doing many different things and it is impossible to predict where and how you're going to catch the next one.


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Junk fishing is Gord Pyzer's favourite way to catch smallmouth bass in the summertime. (Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)

So, you arm yourself for every possibility.


And while you can encounter ideal junk fishing conditions almost any time of the year, the conditions set up more frequently and more perfectly right now, in the middle of summer.


I think part of the attraction is the fact that you can rig up multiple rods with diverse baits and catch fish. You'll also run into READ MORE: http://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/can-t-crack-the-code---go-junk-fishing

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Imagine landing a dozen dark gold bullion-coloured walleyes in the three-to-six-pound range in rapid succession and seeing several others—one in excess of 10 pounds—follow in with their noses on your bait.


To make the scenario even more surreal, picture this: it's high noon. You relax in the blazing hot sun on a gorgeous pine-infused island under an azure blue sky, and you're in the middle of a picture-postcard lake as flat as a pancake in Northern Ontario, after wolfing down a scrumptious shore lunch.


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Fresh shore lunch was cooked by three-time Canadian gold medal winning chef, Cameron Tait. (Photo credit: Jamie Edwards)

If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes or, better yet, slid six of the beauties up on the bank, I would not have believed it.


But last week, it unfolded just the way I described when the Kamooki Lure Company folks invited me to join them on a photo shoot on Northwestern Ontario's magnificent Lake of the Woods.


Talk about sticking to the script.


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As Gord Pyzer, shown here with a beautiful Lake of the Woods walleye explains, by changing the angle of your retrieve you can often catch fish you never knew were there. (Photo credit: Jamie Edwards)

Well, actually, come to think of it, it wasn't according to the script because if buddy Jordan Thompson hadn't picked up a rod and READ MORE...http://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/a-shore-thing-rapidly-landing-walleye

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Boat Rally For Kids with Cancer





For the last 5 years, Leo has been part of a great sumer weekend on the water raising money for Sick Kids. The Annual Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer takes place on Lakes Joseph and Rosseau and to date, they have raised over $19,000.00. This weekend Leo is headed back up to Muskoka to do it again with a great group of people who are dedicated to having fun and helping to raising money.



The Rally for Kids with Cancer Scavenger Cup in Toronto & Muskoka has raised over $19,000,000 for children’s cancer research treatment and care at SickKids.

On July 28th & 29th, 2017, please join us as we unite and join the FIGHT against children’s cancer for the 5th annual BOAT RALLY FOR KIDS WITH CANCER in MUSKOKA!


What is the Boat Rally for Kids with Cancer?

It is a unique, thrilling and exciting boating event that has put the FUN into FUNDRAISING. More importantly, the funds raised from this event will support children’s cancer research, treatment and care

at SickKids. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Boat Rally will go towards Camp Oochigeas which is a privately funded, volunteer-based organization that provides kids with and affected by

childhood cancer with unique opportunities for growth through...SEE MORE HERE



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The fly-in fishing trip is a truly iconic Canadian experience.



I enjoy when someone asks me a specific question about fishing in Northern Ontario, because I imagine that if one person is pondering the question, others must be wondering the same thing.


So, when a friend recently asked, "Why, oh, why, should I book that iconic fly-in fishing trip? What the heck is so damn special about remote-based fishing?" I thought to myself, what a good question.


My first reaction, of course, was the easy answer. Because you'll experience better fishing than you could ever possibly imagine. But then, the more I thought about it, the more I realized there are so many other things that matter.


Most anglers, for example, have never experienced the joy and wonder of catching 40, 50 even 60 or more fish a day. Nor, have they dared ponder the possibility of catching walleyenorthern pikelake troutsmallmouth bassmuskies, or speckled trout so big they strain to hold them up for a photo.


(Photo credit: Gord Pyzer)

Yet, truth be told, nearly every one of my personal best fish has come via a float plane trip into a remote lake or river somewhere in Northern Ontario.


To say it is the stuff of dreams is to understate the elegance.


Something else that many folks fail to appreciate is the fact that the best fly-in fishing often occurs in the middle of summer, when the days are gloriously long and warm in the picture-postcard North Country. It's the...READ MORE HERE http://www.northernontario.travel/fishing/flyin-high-fly-in-fishing-trips-in-northern-ontario?s=

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There are plenty of reasons to dive into the RV lifestyle.

Here are 5 reasons for you to take the plunge, discover, and explore the RV lifestyle. The world is waiting for you! 

Top 5 Reasons to RV:1. Affordability A lot of people are apprehensive to join the RV craze due to the misconception that RVing isn’t affordable. The fact of the matter is that RVing is far more affordable than you think. From buying used, financing new, or renting, the RV lifestyle is incredibly feasible. Plus, you’ll save on flights, hotels and eating out on your next vacation. 

2. You Can Stay Modern in the Digital World Another misconception is that RVing means you lose touch with your digital network. While camping can serve as an escape from your phone, tablet or TV, it doesn’t have to. Most RV’s come equipped with everything you need to stay connected. Perfect for those rainy days. In addition, Campgrounds have become very modernized. From WiFi, to similar amenities that you would find in a resort, RVing has become very plugged-in if that is what you are looking for.

3. Do More. See More. Most vacations entail flying somewhere and staying there for a week. Whether it be a resort, hotel or hostel, it’s difficult to see and do everything you want when travelling somewhere new. Not the case with RVing. Rving provides amazing flexibility for you to see and do everything you want to do in an entire province! Look at is travelling with your own personal hotel! 

4. Enjoy All the Comforts of Home The great thing...READ MORE https://gorving.ca/rv-canada/top-5-reasons-rv/ 



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