Scott Gardner

  Despite growing up in southern Ontario, Outdoor Canada associate editor Scott Gardner is happiest when he's on the water or surrounded by trees, preferably out of cell phone range. His particular areas of interest include fly fishing and tying, kayak angling, camping, and urban fisheries.   As a full-time professional writer since 2000, before he joined Outdoor Canada in 2010, Scott covered a variety of fields including technology, hospitality, and entertainment . He's also won two KRW awards (from the Canadian Business Press); a silver for news reporting, and a gold for feature writing.

Recent Posts

Changes on the northern Ontario pro walleye circuit
Feb 24, 2011
The rapidly approaching 2011 season brings a new name for the Northern Ontario Professional Walleye Trail, which will now be known as the “Northern Ontario Walleye Trail.” NOWT has also redesigned its web site and will move over a...
Major new walleye event announced for 2011
Feb 24, 2011
This spring, Quebec will welcome the Princecraft Canadian Walleye Open-a major new professional competition. Presented by Thomas Marine Group and Mercury, the tournament will take place in Sorel, Quebec, on the well-known walleye water of Lake St-Pierre. The competition...
Ontario celebrates Family Fishing Weekend
Feb 18, 2011
This weekend, Canadian residents will be able to fish licence-free across Ontario as part of the province’s Family Fishing Weekend festivities. The event runs from February 19 to 21 (there is also a summer Family Fishing Week from...
Sporting group applauds Ontario ban on offshore wind farms
Feb 15, 2011
The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters has expressed support for the provincial government’s recent moratorium on offshore wind farms. In a surprise Friday announcement–one that shocked both wind power supporters and opponents–the province put the brakes...
Survey: British Columbians want the salmon as official symbol
Feb 1, 2011
Eighty-five per cent of British Columbians support a proposal to designate wild Pacific salmon as an official symbol of the province, according to a recent poll commissioned by the Pacific Salmon Foundation and the Fraser Basin Council. Additionally,
Transplanted salmon, trout thrive closer to home, Canadian study finds
Jan 28, 2011
The regional genetic variation among salmon and trout is so significant, that many do not respond well to relocation, according to a new Canadian study. This means that, for example, although trout swimming up the streams of British...
Killer cougar prowls Vancouver suburb
Jan 26, 2011
Conservation officers and Mounties are searching for a rogue cougar responsible for the death of seven farm animals in Maple Ridge, B.C., about 50 kilometres east of Vancouver. The big cat has attacked and killed seven farm animals...
Fly Fishing Film Fest launches Canadian tour
Jan 25, 2011
The first International Fly Fishing Film Festival launches a cross-Canada tour this week, with a sold-out screening in Calgary, followed by stops in Toronto, Vancouver, Whitehorse, Campbell River, B.C., and Moncton, New Brunswick, with more dates to come. The...
Moose crash victims sue Newfoundland government
Jan 14, 2011
Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador injured after moose-vehicle collisions have filed a class action lawsuit against the province, alleging that the moose population has been mismanaged. Ben Bellows and Hugh George filed the suit in the Supreme...
More farmed salmon escape into Bay of Fundy
Jan 10, 2011
Almost 140,000 juvenile farmed Atlantic Salmon recently escaped from an aquaculture pen operation at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. It is believed that high winds and ocean swells between December 20 and 26 ripped open the...
Elk hunt returns to Ontario this fall
Jan 6, 2011
Ontario’s first elk hunt in more than a century will be held in late September, in the province’s Bancroft-North Hastings area. Between 1998 and 2001, elk from Alberta’s Elk Island National Park were released in central Ontario’s Bancroft-North Hastings...
New SPOT device brings satellite communication to smartphones
Jan 4, 2011
The new Spot Connect satellite messenger and app allows smartphone users to send location-based messages from virtually anywhere on the planet. For several years SPOT has offered global one-way connectivity, via its Satellite GPS Messenger, but this still...
Fishing & hunting tips from an Olympian
Dec 19, 2010
It's been a big year for Chestermere, Alberta, firefighter John...
Tips & Tactics
Top 8 ice-fishing boots
Dec 17, 2010
Banish cold toes forever with the latest ice-fishing boots
Halibut anglers fear 2011 season will close early
Dec 16, 2010
Recreational halibut anglers could face the very real prospect of having the 2011 fishery end mid-summer, says the Sport Fishing Institute of British Columbia. This past October the halibut fishing season, which usually runs Feb. 1 to Dec. 31, was suddenly...
B.C. professor wins Haig-Brown Conservation Award
Dec 15, 2010
Dr. Patricia Gallaugher of Simon Fraser University has been awarded the 2010 Haig-Brown Conservation Award, presented by the Totem Flyfishers, Vancouver’s oldest fly fishing club. Gallaugher is the director of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Coastal Studies, and Continuing Studies...
Legendary Vancouver Island sports and outdoors writer dies
Dec 13, 2010
Ernie Fedoruk, a popular and longtime B.C. sports and outdoors writer, died Friday after a lengthy illness. He was 79 Fedorouk covered sports from 1957 to 1996 with the Victoria Daily Times and the Victoria Times Colonist, chronicling five...
Thousands of farmed Atlantic salmon escape
Dec 8, 2010
The aquaculture industry must improve transparency and compliance in reporting escapes from open-net cages in the Bay of Fundy, says the Atlantic Salmon Federation (ASF). Recently, salmon farms reported escapes of 13,000 fish off Deer Island, New Brunswick,
Dave Mercer to emcee Bassmaster Elite tournaments
Dec 6, 2010
Canadian fishing funnyman and TV personality Dave Mercer is the new mouthpiece of the Bassmaster Elite Series of tournaments, Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) has announced. Starting with February’s Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans, Mercer will control the...
New book showcases national parks
Nov 29, 2010
Canada’s National Parks: A Celebration is a large-format 256-page hardcover with stunning landscape photography from each of Canada’s 42 national parks. In full colour, the book captures the essence of the Canadian landscape, and collects the...
Synthetic Fish tale takes outdoor book award
Nov 18, 2010
A new book tackling the surprisingly compelling social and political history of the rainbow trout has won a one of the U.S.’s prestigious National Outdoor Book Awards. An Entirely Synthetic Fish: How Rainbow Trout Beguiled America and Overran...
Fly specialists RIO Products introduce Smallmouth Line
Nov 18, 2010
Canadian fly anglers who chase bronzebacks will have more choices than ever this spring, with the introduction of RIO Products‘ Smallmouth Bass line. The line was designed and tested by some of the top smallmouth guides, fly shop staff and...
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