Rugged Fishing Trips in Canada

Rugged Fishing Trips in Canada
Canada has opportunities for various forms of fishing. From the rivers of the Northwest and Yukon Territories in the country's far north, to the oceans of the maritimes and British Columbia, anglers have ample choices in the land of the Maple Leaf. If you are planning a trip to Canada for fishing and want to challenge yourself in the rugged backcountry, there are charters and guides that offer trips "beyond the norm." If you are coming into Canada from the United States, be prepared to bring your passport as laws now require them for travel between the two countries.

Blue Shark Charters

It is hard to imagine a more rugged notion than fishing for sharks off the stormy coast of Nova Scotia. Blue Shark Charters offers charters for sharks into the deep and turbulent waters of the island province. The most common shark caught on the charters is the blue shark. Be prepared to try landing a shark between 70 and 1,000 pounds. Bring a hat, extra layers for cold weather, foul-weather gear, lunch and a camera. Blue Shark provides all gear and tackle, boat service, guide and filet/bagging service on trips. Humpback whales, porpoise, pilot whales and harbor seals are frequently seen during charters. A valid Nova Scotia fishing license is required and can be arranged with help from Blue Shark.

Blue Shark Charters
Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia

Frontier Fishing Lodge

Frontier Fishing Lodge is on the Great Slave Lake of the Northwest Territories, about 120 air miles from Yellowknife. The lodge is a fly-in camp. Be prepared to have this section of the lake all to yourself, as you will be in an isolated and wild location. Northern pike, gar, trout, arctic grayling and dolly varden are the predominate species on the lake. Expect to see more moose and bears than people during your time at the lodge and on Great Slave Lake. The lodge can provide guides and gear if needed. Arrangements for flights out of Yellowknife can be coordinated through the lodge. Expect mosquitoes and black flies during peak summer months.

Frontier Fishing Lodge
P.O. Box 32008
Edmonton, AB T6K 4C2

Awesome Lake Lodge

Awesome Lake is unique in it only has eastern brook trout, or "brookies," in the lake. There are no other species, which makes for a pure trout fishing experience in one of eastern Canada's most remote and rugged places. Northern Labrador is an austere and rocky place, with boreal forests and thousands of acres of unspoiled wilderness. Flights into the lake are arranged out of Goose Bay. Bring plenty of bug spray during the summer months. All guests need a valid fishing license from the province. Awesome Lake Lodge can help arrange licenses. Moose, bears and caribou are frequently spotted during trips.

Awesome Lake Lodge
P.O. Box 358, Station "C"
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador A0P 1C0

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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