Category Archives: Northern Trails



Yah It’s Cold—Now What?

As I tap out this column, on the first day of January 2014, it is -33 Celsius in Thunder Bay. The wind chill is in the area of -46 C. For my American friends, -40 C  and -40 F are the same thing. In other words, extremely stinking cold.

It’s been that kind of Continue Reading...



50 Shades of Grey (Trout)

The lake trout—sometimes called grey trout—is a species seemingly designed by Mother Nature for winter. The colder, snappier and brighter the winter day, the more those grey trout like it. They can strike an angler’s jigged line with great ferocity, and when hooked Continue Reading...



Travelling in Deep Snow

Deep snow. As beautiful as it is, and as common as it can be in the north, it has its challenges. Especially if you are trying to travel on it. Snow is uniquely designed to be both difficult to stay on top of, and tricky to get out of once you’ve sunk into it. And snow Continue Reading...



Some Thoughts on Crossbows

The crossbow is both a deadly hunting tool and a contraption that has inspired controversy among people who prefer a traditional bow. The crossbow is a tool with its roots in ancient medieval history, yet modern forms are highly efficient. Regulations around its use vary Continue Reading...