At 6AM August 4th, 13 men and young men departed Hardingville for the annual HBC Canada Fishing Trip at Tedford’s Lodge on Gananoque Lake in Ontario. This signals the beginning of a fishing extravaganza not found close to home, except apparently, in the Lucas Pond. If you have never participated in this trip, you should surely consider it for next year. This year’s fun included lots of fishing, and a good number of fish caught — some worth mounting. You can expect to catch Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Crappies, Bluegills, maybe Catfish, and even something called a Bowfin or Dogfish. Some highlights are the daily cooked to order breakfast, delicious deserts, and lots of good fellowship, sprinkled with a few fish tales. Here is a sample schedule: 05:15 AM Wake Up (except Bill Komand) 05:45 AM Fishing 08:00 AM Return to the Main Lodge for Breakfast 09:00 AM Fishing 12:00 PM Lunch at the Lodge or On Shore 01:00 PM Fishing 05:00 PM Dinner at the Lodge 06:00 PM Fishing 08:15 PM Return to the Cabins An option on Friday is to fish with a local guide, and about half of the group took advantage of this, while others who have a good idea where the fish are from many prior trips to the lake venture out sans-guide. Although the style of fishing during these days is catch-and-release, what we caught Friday morning became the focal point of our “shore lunch”, where the local fishing guides clean and fry the fish on-shore along with some side dishes, a few burgers, and lots of bacon! Some finished up the meal with pie, then we got back to fishing feeling quite satisfied. The peaceful stillness on the lake in the morning and evening are amazing, only interrupted by the sound of a gull or the eerie call of a loon, or maybe a conversation from across the lake or a coyote or goat (ask someone)! On Friday evening the men gathered around for a time of devotions and testimonies before turning in for the night. What a great time of Christian fellowship we had!