From incredible vistas and unique landscapes to watery wonderlands, these are the top spots to fish and take in Canada’s awesome natural wonders
ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK, ONTARIO
Painting-perfect wilderness and backcountry fishing
Celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, Ontario’s first provincial park boasts an impressive 2,400 lakes, 1,200 kilometres of rivers and abundant wildlife including bears, wolves, moose and loons, all amid 7,653 square kilometres of rugged Canadian Shield. And remarkably, Algonquin lies a mere three-hour drive from Toronto or Ottawa. Once there, you enter a landscape of lush forests and pristine waters that still resemble the Group of Seven paintings they inspired a century ago. The vast park remains undisturbed by motors and cellphone service, while offering plentiful bass, brook trout, lakers, muskies and pike. Naturally, the deeper into the backcountry you paddle and portage, the better the fishing gets. Just be sure to bring plenty of tackle—and well-rested shoulders.