If you like to fish, Nipigon, Ontario might be on your radar this summer. There is a Festival in July, now in its’ 100th Year, that will have ‘brookie’ fishermen and fisherwomen excited. The Annual Brook Trout Festival takes place July 17-19, 2015.
Nipigon, Ontario is a community in Northwestern Ontario approximately one hour east of Thunder Bay. A road trip to Nipigon from Algoma District is full of breathtaking views and panoramas. Nipigon sits on the edge of The Nipigon River where it meets Lake Superior, The Big Lake, ‘The Great Lake’, Gitchigumi. Nipigon also rests on the shores of Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area, one of the worlds’ largest freshwater protected areas. (http://www.pc.gc.ca)
The Nipigon River is in the Thunder Bay District in Northwestern Ontario. It is about 48 km (30 mi) long and 50 to 200 m (165 to 656 ft) wide, and flows from Lake Nipigon to Nipigon Bay on Lake Superior at the community of Nipigon, dropping from an elevation of 260 m (853 ft) to 183 m (600 ft).
In 1915 Dr. J.W. Cook caught the world record for the largest brook trout, also called speckled trout, or coaster trout. Four years later, Prince Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor), spent time fishing on the Nipigon; a trout that he caught was mounted and today is displayed at the National Archives of Canada. The river also has a run of lake trout, rainbow trout and salmon during various times of the year. Fish that migrate up the river are able to get to the first dam which is located approximately 15 miles (24 km) from the mouth of the river system.
In a black & white photograph, Prince Edward, Prince of Wales can be seen chatting with river guide Neil McDougall at the Fish camp along the Nipigon River, in 1919.
The Township of Nipigon has unveiled its new official mascot – a trout. There is an open vote for folks to submit their choice by visiting the link: http://www.opinionstage.com
The town of Nipigon has already narrowed the results down to four mascot names: Brookie, Finn, Chi-Giigoo (Big Fish), and Speck.