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May 31, 2013

Lake of a thousand legends

by Karine Husson

Taureau 1With its unusual, daisy-shaped outline and some 60 islands large and small spread out over 95 km2, Lac Taureau is an absolute gem of the Lanaudière region.

But did you know it isn't a natural lake? It's actually a reservoir created in 1931 with the construction of the Matawin Dam to serve the power plants providing energy to the pulp and paper industry, which was booming at the time.

Unfortunately, you can't have a dam without some flooding, which is exactly what happened to the village of Saint-Ignace-du-Lac. It's been underwater for 80 years, but it's the source of many local legends.

They say that as you pass over the spot where the main church used to be, you can still hear the last rings of the church bells, like an eternal lament carried by the wind. Some even say that in the springtime, before the water rises, you can see the top of the bell tower poking above the waves.

To hear more of these tall tales, try the exciting legends cruise offered by Auberge du lac Taureau. You'll enjoy spooky and funny stories against a breathtaking wilderness backdrop - all in the impeccable comfort of a Princecraft pontoon. It's a great family activity that's sure to please kids and grandparents alike.

 If you're interested, the inn also organizes private excursions, complete with a picnic on a deserted island. You can also rent one of its three fully-equipped pontoon boats if you'd prefer to explore on your own.

April 4, 2013

3 questions for Angelo Viola

by Karine Husson

Angelo 1Angelo Viola, a world-renowned fisherman and adventure program producer for over 30 years, is a host of the popular show Fish'n Canada. He has also been a member of the Princecraft pro-staff community for many years.

1. What is your favorite fishing memory?

"Impressive black marlin on Costa Rica's Pacific coast, large peacock bass in the Amazon River in Brazil, mako sharks along Australia's Great Barrier Reef, gigantic northern bluefin tuna in the waters of Nova Scotia...

I could go on and on about all these memorable experiences! But if I had to choose just one special moment, I think it would be the first time I encountered a rainbow trout.

I was 12 at the time, and I had developed a bad habit: skipping school. I would spend my afternoons on the banks of Wilmot Creek near Lake Ontario. Until then, the only fish I'd seen - and sometimes caught - were common species like white sucker, creek chub, or brown trout. Nothing really impressive.

But that day, I spotted an enormous rainbow trout swimming past - wow! It was a game-changer."

2. Is there a place in the world where you would dream to go fishing some day?

"Any place that offers me an opportunity to hook up to a fish, experience another wonderful day in the outdoors and share it all with a good friend, has the potential to be in my dreams..."

3. Is there a person, dead or alive, whom you would really like to go fishing with?

"Wow, great question... I suppose I could come up with some famous people both past and present or some high profile sports personality to share a fishing day with. But the truth of the matter is that I've been fortunate enough to have already fished with some pretty important people: the greatest hockey star of all time, Bobby Orr, and the legendary and most famous fisherman on the planet, Roland Martin, are just two on a long list of personalities that I have shared a boat with.

But today, if I was given that choice "for real" there would only be one person on that list: my dear dad who passed away several years ago. Even though we had lots of great moments fishing together, I have a real empty spot in my soul for his company. He taught me the true value of a good day fishing and how important it is to take advantage of those special moments in the outdoors to establish bonds and strengthen relationships with friends and family. I would love the opportunity to share some of those special moments with him again and thank him for the patience and understanding he had in teaching me the virtues and benefits of a good day on the water. Thanks Dad."

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