It was winter, 1969. I was 10 years old and out with my dad and a half dozen of his friends, ice fishing at Chin Lake, Alta. The only other kid in the crowd was Peter Zubersky, a year or two older than me. Miffed to be out with a girl, Peter was quite convinced that he'd be able to teach me a thing or two about the manly sport of fishing. I took to ice fishing immediately.
At one point, Peter complained enough about my "good luck" and his jinxed fishing spot that my dad convinced me to swap holes with Peter. By the end of the day, it was Girl: 11, Pete: 0. We've come a long way, baby. According to Beth Mairs, director of Wild Women Expeditions, women are taking to the sport like...well, like a fish takes to water. Women-only travel is mostly a North American phenomenon, says Mairs, and the number of women pursuing fishing vacations is on the rise. Canada is probably best known for salmon fishing, but with an abundance of freshwater lakes and streams, and the three-way border of oceans around us, great fishing experiences are a snap to find.