Old timers: they just know

The drive from the city to Barry’s Bay had me thinking of big lake trout; the miles seemed to slip by unnoticed. Arriving in town I felt that I was home. Local lads have a saying: you can take the boy out of the Bay but you cannot take the …

The predicament

It was the 1960s, I was 13 years old and growing up way too quickly. In those days a boy was a man at 13 but that kind of thinking got me into a predicament. You see, I was thinking about a huge bass, the one I had seen earlier …

The orphan

Editor’s note: For all the dads who enjoy stories about wildlife in the Valley … Happy Father’s Day from The Current. Spring and summer are beautiful times of year and 2011 seemed especially lovely. I don’t remember if there were the usual hordes of black-flies or an onslaught of sharp nosed …

A bearable morning

It was a beautiful sunny day on June 16 2016 and I had decided to drive into Barry’s Bay. The time was 10:30 a.m.; Alex and Vicki were having a coffee on the deck overlooking the lake. I retrieved my truck keys, checked for my wallet and walked out the …

Cougars – The Return

Photo: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Mountain lion (Cougar) Scientific name: Puma concolor It was November 11, 2017 and a gentle snow had been falling for most of the afternoon. We were heading to town on Siberia Road when a large cat suddenly came out of the ditch. It …