Opening up the Camp
We never know what to expect when we return to camp after the winter. Snow, ice and even our four-legged neighbours could leave us with some extra work to tackle, but this year, we are grateful that the only thing greeting us was the river, the birch trees, and the usual amount of work we have to do to get ready for the season.
When we move out of the lodge, the dust and the cob webs move in, so there’s always cleaning to do, and general maintenance of course, but each year we also have a list of bigger jobs that need to be done to keep the place in top working order. Building a wood shed, shoring up the deck or putting in a patio door come with interesting challenges when you have to bring the materials in by boat or ATV, but we love a challenge.
One of our spring jobs that we take great pleasure in is baiting for bears. This year we have three stands set up and ready to go. We have been delivering lots of sweets each evening and have had regular visits at all three by some pretty big bruins. Think Skip-the-Dishes, Gander River style. We have already harvested a bear for our own use, but we’re saving the biggest for our lucky hunters.
Our first guests arrived this week and they seem to have brought with them our first run of fresh Atlantic Salmon. This is always an exciting time for everyone on the river. The stories of who’s catching fish and who’s losing fish will soon start to fly and we are eager to see how the returns are for this season. If they stay on trend, we can expect another year with a healthy run of silver all season long.
We are so pleased to be back on our river and settling back into our routine. Stay tuned to this site as well as our social media for regular updates on our adventures.