With Canada’s National Fishing Week (NFW) well under way, our lakes and rivers will be inundated this week with anglers bursting with National pride. The goal of NFW is to promote the renewable recreational activity we call sport fishing and to get young people involved. Veteran anglers are encouraged to offer those new to the sport a chance to cast a line and discover the excitement of angling. It is time to pack up the kids, dust off the old rod and reel and make tracks for the nearest honey hole. The best part about is that until this Sunday, July 10, you do not even require a fishing license to participate. For more information on National Fishing Week, check out: http://www.catchfishing.com/th_event/national-fishing-week-2016/
Family time at Orlando’s Discovery Cove
Despite recent setbacks, the City of Orlando remains as one of the world’s top family vacation destinations. We have visited so many times we consider it as a second home and even today with my daughters in their mid-teens, our interest in Orlando vacations has not wavered. For anyone who hasn’t been there and is wondering about things to do, the 2016 Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Award winner is a little slice of heaven known as Discovery Cove. Having spent the day there back in December; I can tell you this place came by its accolades honestly. Outdoor enthusiasts are in heaven interacting with dolphins, snorkeling in crystal-clear waters with exotic fish all around you, or hand feeding tropical birds in the free-flight aviary. Relaxing with my wife and daughters in the beauty and spender of this paradise was something to behold and to be treated to all-inclusive meals, with equipment provided throughout the day, was an added bonus. We were feeling quite melancholy when our adventure was done but departed with memories to last a lifetime. During your next Orlando-area family vacation, be sure to visit: http://www.discoverycove.ca/
Ford Explorer fun
Ford’s 2016 Explorer Platinum I road-tested during a fishing trip to my hunt camp in the Laurentians this spring, made an already great adventure even better and certainly more luxurious. The sophisticated new Explorer Platinum SUV comes with what Ford calls; intelligent four-wheel-drive and sophisticated Terrain Management System, which responds and reacts to road conditions in the blink of an eye. The system monitors such parameters as throttle position, wheel speed and even steering wheel angle making my mountainous off-road adventure a thing of beauty. Many of the roads around camp have been torn-up by recent logging activity yet all the ruts and holes were no match for this ‘Top Shelf’ luxury beast. Thanks to Melissa Wood of National Public Relations for the opportunity of trying out this awesome vehicle. For more info on the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum: http://www.ford.com/suvs/explorer/trim/platinum/
Fish, Hunt & Ride summer issue
Get ready fellow hunting, fishing and riding aficionados, the summer issue of everyone’s favourite new magazine is about to go into circulation. All those wonderful off-the-beaten path locales up the valley and across the river in the Pontiac will soon be stocked full with the latest offering of Fish, Hunt & Ride magazine. Our summer issue celebrates Ontario’s reinstatement of the black spring bear season with hunting adventures penned by several FHR columnists’ including ‘Uncle’ Ted Nugent. Add to that more fishing, riding and hunting coverage than you can shake a stick at and you’ve got Ontario and Quebec’s most comprehensive publication. Please check-out our website for an outlet near you: http://www.fishhuntandride.ca.
Bear awareness this summer
Be aware that black bears are attracted to any food source and in areas where berries and natural forage are not available, they will eat whatever they can get including pet food, compost and even garbage. Bears will also return to food sources they remember from last year so be mindful when spending time in bear country. Although encounters are rare they do occur, so be sure to keep your wits about you this summer. If you have a nuisance animal around your property, report it immediately to the MNRF Pembroke: 613-732-3661.