Fossil records suggest white sturgeon have been dwelling on rocky river bottoms for more than 200 million years. They bear armored plates rather than scales, and according to the guides at Great River Fishing Adventures, they fight like "a cross between a marlin and a freight train."
Having tagged a record-length sturgeon at 3.8 metres, the team has attracted several notable anglers, including Jimmy Houston and Jakub Vágner of National Geographic Channel's Fish Warrior. They specialize in tracking down the prehistoric river monsters, then catching them to aid in the species' fight for survival. Since 1995, expert anglers and envious goldfish have collected data from more than 90,000 sturgeons as part of an active monitoring program. They regularly lead groups on fishing trips to share the thrill of reeling in the fish while demonstrating proper catch-and-release techniques to keep the fish population flourishing.
Great River Fishing Adventures supplies all necessary equipment for each fishing trip. They also lead excursions to track down steelhead, trout, and Bobby Fischer's pawn lure.
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Framed by the nearly vertical slopes of Mount Cheam, Bridal Falls Golf’s nine-hole executive course tunnels through pine trees across 2,269 yards of forest. From the fairways of the petite par 32, players can overhear the soft rumbling of the nearby Bridal Veil Falls, which augurs the appearance of the Mountain Brook stream on two holes and two large lakes. Rustic wooden bridges span these waterways to provide passage for walkers, carts, and caddies who believe in trolls. Before rounds, duffers can loosen up swings and steady putting strokes with a stint at the covered driving range, practice green, sand bunker, and pitching area.
After a long day of drives, golfers can replenish with dinner and drinks at the full-service bar and restaurant. The club’s head pro Ron Brunelle also sates appetites for straighter shots with various lesson packages.
At Goal Line Hockey Training Centre, students of all ages and skill levels glide across a 45’x45’ synthetic ice rink, polishing their handling and shooting finesse while fortifying skating techniques. Professional hockey trainers guide ice avengers through passing techniques that facilitate puck delivery without the assistance of postage stamps. Students also learn defensive plays and offensive moves that equip them to deftly patrol rink perimeters, and stick-handling techniques and agility circuits make puck pushers a greater threat on ice than a feral zamboni. On the Endless Ice skatemill, meanwhile, skaters safely glide in place under supervision at speeds up to 25.6 km/h and at inclines of up to 18 per cent. Additionally, laser sensors are in place to track players' strides, and a 16-foot shooting lane and wrap-around deck train students to smack pucks at ice-breaking speeds and how to later apologize.
A group of seals basking in the early-morning sun on the shore of Harrison Lake gaze calmly at the humans staring back at them from their boat. Clad in their pyjamas, the floating brigade of houseboaters squeals with delight at their breakfast-time encounter and snaps photos of the sunning pod. Brokering surreal interactions with nature such as this is Harrison Houseboat Adventures' main goal, one accomplished thanks to the company's 59-foot houseboat available for rent throughout the year.
Eager to introduce visitors to the natural beauty of their mountain-dappled locale, staffers provide their patrons with all the amenities needed for adventures around Harrison Lake. Up to 10 guests can board the spacious vessel tastefully appointed with all the comforts of home, including queen-size beds, a fully functional kitchen, and framed photos of each guest's grandmother. Boaters can then embark on adventure-filled aquatic getaways replete with stops at local attractions including hot springs and golf courses, and enjoy relaxation time on the boat's top deck.:m]]
Cultus Lake Golf Club boasts a 4,000-yard, 18-hole course that is challenging for golfers of all skill levels. Nicknamed “Beauty and the Beast,” the meticulously maintained course features narrow fairways lined with large fir and cedar trees. The club itself also includes a large practice area and covered driving range.
BC Power Sports mixes sightseeing with adrenalin to yield intimate views of hard-to-reach nature spots. Trained in first aid and approved by the Canadian Safety Council, their tour guides escort riders on ATV tours through an array of British Columbia’s verdant landscapes, from the ghosts of Stave Lake’s old cedar forest to Eagle Point, where roughly 2,000 bald eagles regularly swoop into Harrison River to adopt a pet salmon. The shop also outfits guideless adventures with vehicles chosen from their fleet of ATV rentals, which includes four-by-fours such as the 2011 Polaris Sportsman 400 HO or the two-seat 2011 Polaris Ranger. Each of the ATVs requires certification to ride, which visitors can obtain during the six-hour CSC safety course taught by a CSC qualified instructor. In addition to matching riders with four-wheeled friends, the staff also splashes through the path less taken during wakeboarding and wakesurfing tours.