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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Bear Point

No trip to Errington's Wilderness Island is complete without spending time at Bear Point to view bears.  It is absolutely fascinating to watch bears and be able to photograph them at a safe distance in your boat.  The resort composts food scraps at Bear Point.  Bears show up on a fairly regular basis to chow on tasty treats.

"Breakfast" is usually delivered to Bear Point between 9:00 and 10:00 am.  My husband, George, and I arrived early one morning to view the compost delivery.  As we approached Bear Point, we saw a bear patiently waiting for the food to be delivered.  The bear may have thought we were the food truck, or food boat, as he decided to take a closer look.

Look out at Bear Point

Anxiously awaiting a food delivery

A short time later, Al and Larry brought the compost to deposit at Bear Point.  A smaller bear was very eager to dive into the compost.  Larry tried to chase the bear away with a rake so the food could be deposited.  The bear was determined not to loose the opportunity to be first in line for the goodies.  Al  then tried his hand at teaching the bear the proper behavior when food is delivered.

Al teaching a bear manners

The bear settled down and Larry and Al were able to dump the food and the bear dove into the food before they even were back into the boat.  It was very exciting watching the event unfold before our very eyes.  But from the looks of Al's rake, he may need a new one for Christmas.

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

From Errington's Wilderness Island

Fabulous Trip

My husband, George, and I just returned from another fabulous week at Errington's Island Resort.  Over the next few days/weeks, I will share some of the highlights and pictures from our trip. 

George was so eager to start fishing that we went out immediately after a marvelous dinner of Cornish hen, rice pilaf and glazed carrots, the first of Chef Joey's many delicious meals.  Although we only had a few hours of daylight in which to fish, it paid off well.  Team Cook landed a 29" pike that evening along with several nice walleye.  The evening was fishing for fun and strictly "catch and release".  We did, however, enter the Team Cook pike into the Catch and Release drawing.

George with 29" Northern Pike

The next morning we hired Larry, one of the lodge's best fishing guides, for a half day of guiding to show us some spots that have been productive this year.  Even though this was our seventh trip in five years to Errington's, we had never used a guide.  It is always nice to learn some new spots on the lake and Larry showed us quite a few that proved to be very productive.  

George and our guide, Larry

As you can see from our stringer, we caught more than enough fish for a delicious shore lunch.  Frankie and Dakota met us at a secluded island at noon.  The fire was roaring and potatoes, fritters, beans and onions were already cooking.  Larry quickly cleaned the fish and before we knew it, we were sitting down to a fabulous, all you could eat shore lunch.

Our shore lunch

Thank you Larry for a wonderful morning of fishing and thank you Frankie and Dakota for an excellent, all you could eat fish fry prepared for the two of us.

Christine Cook

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Shore Lunch

To truly appreciate the complete Canadian wilderness experience, one must take time to savor and enjoy a shore lunch.  Fortunately, Lake Wabatongushi is a relatively easy lake to fish.  It doesn't take long to catch enough fish for a shore lunch.  For our shore lunches, we had several fillets each of walleye, perch and northern pike.  If you have never eaten northern pike before, be sure to try some.  While they certainly do not look like it, Northern pike are delicious to eat and my personal favorite.

Perch, pike and walleye for shore lunches

One of my husband's favorite things about the shore lunch (aside from the eating) is not having to do anything except catch the fish.  The staff at Errington's cleans the fish, makes the roaring fire, sets the table, prepares all the food, and cleans up afterwards.  All we had to do was show up at a secluded island at high noon with a hardy appetite.

Chef Frankie hard at work

Frankie cooked the fish and all the fixings to absolute perfection.  There is nothing like watching a meal being prepared over an open fire in the great Canadian wilderness.  It is a part of the true Canadian experience that should not be missed!

Perch, pike and walleye - yum, yum!

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Another Fantastic Trip

What a fantastic time my husband, George, and I had at Errington's this past June.  The fishing was excellent and the wildlife put on a fabulous display for us.  Thank you to Al, Doris and all the wonderful staff at Errington's for making our trip so perfect!  A special thank you to Bobbi for identifying many of the plants I photographed.  And a very special thank you to Frankie for all the help he provided me on the computer.  George and I can hardly wait until we return in September!

George with our catch of the day

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Thursday, 19 June 2014

Moose Sighting at Long Time No See-Um Bay

While exploring Long Time No See-Um Bay, my husband, George, spotted a moose at the far end of the bay.  The moose was leisurely eating grass.  At first we thought it was a female.  But a closer examination of the photos showed the presence of short antlers.  What an exciting time we had watching this beautiful creature up close.

It's a boy!

Male Yearling at Long Time No See-Um

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Monday, 16 June 2014

Eagle Viewing

A special thanks to Marty Mulloy and his fishing buddy, Jeff, for the tip as to where we could view a bald eagle.  The mature eagle was at Bear Point along with a juvenile eagle.  We enjoyed watching them.  Thanks again for the tip.

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Family on Timberwolf Island

A mother bear and her two cubs have been living on Timberwolf Island this spring.  We enjoyed watching her search for insects along the shoreline with her two cubs.

The two baby cubs were so cute to watch along the shoreline.  The cubs seemed uncertain about getting into the water.  It is only a matter of time before the mother will lead the two cubs on a long swim to the mainland in search of food.  Good luck little fellows in practicing your swimming.

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