May 19, 2012

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When casting for spring-run steelhead in BC, it’s best to pack your poles and head to a region known for big catches. Like, say, Northern BC’s rushing waters — namely the Skeena, Kalum, Copper and Kitimat rivers. From mid-March to mid-May, angling for steelhead in these waters in and around Terrace and Kitimat is all about challenge: these silvery spring catches, closely related to Pacific salmon, are revered as legendary fighters. Where to start? Wade along river shores with a little guidance from the Skeena Angling Guides Association — a friendly bunch of professionals that can hook you up with 32 top-notch casting crews. With tutelage from these folks, your catch-and-release steelhead outings will run the gamut, from opportunities to bait your hook along the Kitimat River with the experts at Reliable Guide and Charters to outings that will see you reeling in these beauties along the Skeena River with the team at Steelhead Heaven. So, go ahead — shine your line in the province’s northern fishing grounds. These guides have got your back. Not to mention the skinny on the region’s best, little-known fishing spots. www.skeenaguidesassociation.ca

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Northern BC: Historic Draws Bust Out the Birthday Candles

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Birthdays are always special, but when you’re celebrating a century, well, I guess you can look forward to one big blazing cake. At historic Huble Homestead, north of Prince George, you can expect more than frosted goodness on the menu during a celebratory centennial season that kicks off with Seebach Days, May 20 - 21. Indeed, the site of the area’s longest-standing house will set the scene for family fuelled activity, including a first peek at their newest trapping and fur-trading exhibit, Seebach Cabin. Post exploration, be sure to snag your very own Huble House Centennial Cookbook — a commemorative keepsake chock full of tasty recipes, including baking powder biscuits and flapper pie, that hearken back to simpler times. Further northeast, Fort St. James National Historic Site, a restored Hudson’s Bay Company post, will also start the spring season with a birthday bash of its own on May 21. Commemorating Queen Victoria’s birth, the fort’s big day promises plenty by way of British tradition (think full English breakfast and the like), alongside a Best Dressed Victorian contest. Beyond the corsets, visitors can explore the post’s collection of original wooden buildings and historic structures, considered the largest such offering representing the 19th century fur trade in Canada. That is, once cake has been served. www.hublehomestead.ca; www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/bc/stjames/index.aspx

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