2016 was a good year for fishing and seeing wildlife in the Paint Lake region.  I caught some of the largest fish this year in all the years I have been there.  It seems like the fishing gets better every year.  There seems to be an increase in bear and moose sightings also.  It still amazes me to see those magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.  I am anticipating that 2017 is going to be just as good or better.

Passports are not required to enter Canada, but are required at the US border when you return.  You can either get a full passport or you can get a passport card.  The full passport would allow you to travel anywhere in the world.  The passport card is only good for Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda.  Passport cards cannot be used for air travel.  Full passports cost about $135 and passport cards cost around $55.  Both are good for 10 years.  Children under the age of 16 do not need a passport but should have a copy of their birth certificate and a notarized letter of permission if not traveling with their parent or legal guardian.

If you remember the days when the US dollar was worth $1.40 Canadian, you have been traveling to Canada quite awhile.  A few years ago we were lucky to be an even exchange.  At the time of this writing, the US dollar is back up and worth about 30% more than the Canadian dollar.  $1.00 US = $1.30 Canadian.

Now would be a good time to plan your summer trip to Canada.  I know that gas prices make the trip more expensive, but when you figure the cost of a motel for most vacations, you can stay a week at our camp for about the cost of one night in a motel.  That pretty well offsets the gas cost.  Additionally, if you get 3 or 4 people to ride along and share the cost, it makes it a pretty frugal vacation experience.  

When you come to Paint Lake Camp, you definately want to plan a trip into Wawa to see the town.

Senic High Falls on the Magpie River is just south of town.  It is beautiful and quite impressive.  Stop to get a close of view of the famous Wawa goose and visit the Information Center there.  Stop by Wawa Lake and perhaps you can see this beautiful sunset.  There are many small shops and also visit the grocery store for some unique Canadian specialties.  If you are going to eat while you are in town, the Embassy Restaurant is my favourite but the Columbia Restaurant is great also.  Don't be surprised when they ask you if you want gravy on your french fries.  If you are looking for some great gifts or souveniours, stop by Youngs General Store.  It's easy to find.  It has a moose standing on the front porch.  The have a great assortment of gifts as well as fishing supplies, licenses and you just have to try their hand dipped ice cream!

If you want to travel north a little further, you can go the the town of White River.  It's about 30 miles north of the camp on Route 17.  It is a little smaller than Wawa but has a great A&W Rootbeer that is the closest "fast food" for over 200 miles.

If you didn't stop on you trip north from the border, you may want to stop by the Agawa Indian Crafts store and Canadian Carver which is about 45 minutes north of Sault Ste. Marie.  They have some unique gifts and you will be amazed by some of the wood carvings.  I have stopped many times and still find it hard to pass up.

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