Canada's must-do angling adventures

Bucket-list destinations for any angler—all within our own borders!

Angling for a fishing trip of a lifetime to some exotic locale? Look no further than our own borders. Here’s why adventurers the world over come to Canada to fish.

#1

EASTERN PASSAGE, NOVA SCOTIA

10Gord Pyzer

Shark fishing in Canada? You better believe it, and this is the place to climb aboard a charter to head out into the Atlantic for a crack at catching, tagging and releasing hard-fighting blue, porbeagle and mako sharks.

#2

FRASER CANYON, B.C.

5Patrick Walsh

Within the rock-walled confines of the mighty Fraser River, it’s easy to imagine the time of the dinosaurs—especially when you’re tackling an enormous white sturgeon. Indeed, our largest freshwater fish traces its lineage back to the Jurassic.

#3

GREAT BEAR LAKE, N.W.T.

6Patrick Walsh

Straddling the Arctic Circle, Earth’s eighth largest lake consistently serves up gargantuan lake trout—the world-record 72-pounder was pulled from its waters—as well as huge northerns and abundant Arctic grayling. 

#4

HAIDA GWAII, B.C.

7Gord Pyzer

This starkly beautiful, windswept archipelago off the northern B.C. coast sees massive runs of Pacific salmon, offering anglers the chance to earn their tyee pin with a 30-pound-plus chinook. Bonus: Fishing for enormous halibut.

#5

LAKE ATHABASCA, SASKATCHEWAN

1Patrick Walsh

Giant pike and lakers patrol these waters, framed to the south by the 8,000-year-old Athabasca Sand Dunes. A quarter of lake lies in Alberta, but it’s the northern Saskatchewan portion that lures anglers in the know.

#6

MINIPI WATERSHED, LABRADOR

3Coopers Minipi Lodges

A peek at the catch-and-release logbooks at Coopers’ Minipi Lodges is all you need to know that this remote boreal hot spot is the place on the planet for behemoth brook trout on the fly—and maybe even a record-book fish.

#7

NORTH LAKE, P.E.I.

12Gord Pyzer

This is the jumping off point from the land of Green Gables for a north Atlantic adventure in pursuit of humongous bluefin tuna. Not only are numerous charters based here, it’s also home to the Canada International Tuna Cup Challenge.

#8

ROCKY MOUNTAINS, B.C.

2The Lodge at Gold River

Take one helicopter, endless snow-capped peaks and thousands of kilometres of wild, free-flowing rivers laced with rainbow, Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout. Then sprinkle in enough picture postcard scenery to take away your breath. 

#9

TREE RIVER, NUNAVUT

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The float plane flight alone over the Barren Lands is awe-inspiring, right down to landing on the Tree itself. But it’s the chance to tackle the planet’s largest Arctic char that makes this legendary remote river a truly magical place.

#10

VICTORIA ISLAND, NUNAVUT

9Nils Rinaldi

Here in the High Arctic, the island’s lake trout grow slowly, but to giant proportions, as do the unique, fiery orange Arctic char. Herds of muskoxen and caribou only add to the mystique of Canada’s second largest island.