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Fishing has long been a worldwide favorite sport and hobby that combines relaxation, nature, and the competition of catching something bigger and better. Canada offers many different fishing destinations, as proven by its reputation for high-quality fishing opportunities. While there are hundreds of destinations from coast to coast, here are four of Canada’s top fishing destinations.

Tree River

Located in the western section of the northern Nunavut Province, Tree River has been dubbed the best arctic char fishery in the world. The arctic char is a specific type of salmon that has a world-record catch of thirty-two pounds. If you’ve never seen one before, arctic char is extremely easy to identify with a mix of dark green and deep red and orange and blue spots. Fishing for this elusive salmon is an adventure sure to fascinate.

Manitoulin Island

This little-known secret is the largest freshwater island in the world and has been labeled Canada’s best fishing destination. The drive to the area offers impressive scenery, and regardless of your catch, you won’t be disappointed. This lake is home to 108 lakes where fishing enthusiasts can find walleye, bass, lake trout, salmon, perch, and the northern pike. The island provides many different activities, events, and special programs for travelers to partake (child-friendly activities at that); however, it also offers a place to escape, to get lost, and have a unique (and safe!) experience.

Great Slave Lake

This deepest and sixth largest lake in North America is the go-to spot for fly fishing– not to mention it is the 11th largest freshwater lakes in the world (roughly the size of Belgium). While the upper Northwest Territories is one of the more out of the way fishing destinations, it offers lots of thirty-pound trout, forty-inch pike, arctic grayling and many more. Due to the cold, fish tend to stay near the surface of the lake during the summer, and due to the lake’s size, you can go days without seeing any competition. Is there a cherry on top? Yup. 24-hour daylight allows you to fish for as long as you like.

Reindeer Lake

This body of water is the ninth largest lake in Canada and is home to many fascinating elements. It is home to pristine waters and many varieties of fish, such as Lake Trout, Northern Pike, Walleye, Arctic Grayling, and many more. The lake was named after the vast herds of caribou whose great migration leads them to the area in winter. The beautiful scenery contains some of the earth’s oldest rock formations from the Precambrian eon. On top of it all, the area was hit by a meteorite strike over 140 million years ago creating the famous Deep Bay that is over 700 feet deep.