Taking a Canada Fishing Trip is amazing These trips certainly offer adventure, provide a time for bonding with friends or family and build memories packed full of surprises. With ample opportunities to view all sorts of wildlife in their natural environment - what are you waiting for!
Of all the Canadian Provinces, Ontario, located north of Minnesota and Michigan, has the highest percentage of its territory that is covered by rivers and lakes: approximately 250,000 lakes cover close to 20% of the province. The percent water coverage for the remainder of Canadian provinces averages closer to 8%.
These bodies of water play a critical role for each province's economy and their ability to maintain normal lifestyles for its citizens. Water is used for all sorts of production, services, and recreation, plus for farm irrigation and of course - drinking. Don't forget the abundant water in Canada provides a source of food - fish - for everyone. This form of recreation also provides revenue - as many anglers from North America and around the world come to take in the experience - buying licenses, food, fuel, lodging and bait.
Don't forget the quietness of nature all around you, stars at night, sunsets, opportunity to see the northern lights, abundance of wildlife, and overall cleanliness and clarity of the water.
The shoreline landscape encountered on Canada Fishing Trips is pristine, and not lined with homes. On many lakes in Canada you may see an occasional fishing/hunting lodge but no houses, towns or subdivisions. Additionally, there are many options using a fly-in to a remote lake where you won't see any other houses or cabins other than the one you stay in, and you likely won't see another angler other than from your group for the week or two you are there.
Are You Ready to Go? We at PFT have made our Canada fishing trip annually since 1999. Group members have changed but all who have gone stay in touch with each other and share pictures and adventures from the latest trip. Here are key components for planning your trip:
Which comes first - selecting your budget or selecting your location? They go hand in hand. We have found that the main factor in budget is whether you want to do a fly in trip or are planning to drive to a location. The second factor that determines how much you will spend is whether you select a lodge that offers what is referred to as an "American Plan" - usually meaning that meals are prepared for you, or will you be organized enough - and will your group members be willing to prepare all your own meals. Of course the third factor will be how long you choose to make your trip - most lodges have a minimum stay at least in the peak season which may be a full week. A ball park figure for drive to lodges and a one week trip is in the range of $1200 to $1500 including gas, lodging, food and beverages. Fly-In Trips are higher but may offer a unique once in a life time experience. Don't forget to ask about a guide, especially if this is your first experience on new body of water.When cooking your own meals it is helpful to have a set menu for the week. Develop a way to manage expenses/receipts that will be shared by all. One method is shared with you in the following workbook: Trip Expense Planner an expense sheet that allows our accountant to enter these expenses/receipts from any member, add the lodge expenses, and total up what is owed by whom at the end. We have even built in a credit to the owners of cars driven - about $150 - a thank you for using their cars. Most food and beverages are purchased in Canada. We do bring a 5oz fillet from Omaha Steaks to serve on our surf and turf night, seen in the picture below.
Many resources exist for you to determine a great location for taking a Canada Fishing Trip. Certainly, a common one used is to find a friend who has had a good experience at a fishing lodge, research that lodge then book a trip. Another option if you don't know anyone personally who has been to Canada fishing is to visit with associates at any store that specializes in fishing supplies and equipment, as many of these folks are avid anglers - some of whom have likely visited Canada. They are more than willing to talk fishing and share with you the location of their latest adventure. The web offers another resource for your review and by clicking one of the following links you will find hundreds of lodges across not just Ontario but all of Canada.Fishing Ontario - Lodges or All Canada Fishing.
Click on the following links to read more about securing your Ontario, or other fishing license. Fishing License - Ontario. The following link will give specific information regarding other provinces throughout Canada: Canada Fishing License Information
Your current Canada Fishing Trip is now over. All had a good time - several want to come back, some say they enjoyed the trip, glad they made it, but just can't see doing this every year. Things to ponder:
No matter where you fish, ALWAYS ANTICIPATE BIG FISH -