For only being 16 years of age, I can happily say that I have traveled around my very on country, from Alberta, to Manitoba then to Quebec. Following that, I flew down to Cuba and over to Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and Austria, then drove through four states in America. I have visited towns and cities all the way around the world but the most beautiful places  I have been were sites just down my street. I absolutely love living in Northern Ontario, I have been blessed with the opportunity to have been able to grow up surrounded by the beautiful boreal forest. You will never be able to say that you are bored in my region, there are an abounding things that you can do whether it is in Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring. One thing that you can do in Chapleau is that you have the opportunity to go on a nature hike on the Micheal Levesque trail. While walking through you can see what our forests have to offer in all four seasons. Also, if you are lucky enough the little birds land on you if you are still! Whether you decide to go on an afternoons hike or decide to do something else, you will always be surrounded by nature.

Every year Michipicoten first nation holds a youth and elders gathering that my family attends. It is only an hour and thirty minutes away from my home town of Chapleau but the drive is worth it! We camp right on the beach alongside the beautiful Lake Superior, the sand is white and the water is crystal clear, I have never seen anything more beautiful and I love and enjoy visiting there every year. If you camp on the beach like how my family and I do, you will be woken up by the morning waves hitting the shore. However, if you are lucky, you can catch the beach on a windy day to see the mighty waves of the great lake roar on the beach, and you can catch the beautiful colours in the sky when the sunsets along the horizon. Believe me, I have traveled eleven hours to be on the beaches in Caya Coco, Cuba. However, some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen were just an afternoons drive away from my house. Pictures never capture the beauty of something that you see in real life, so following that I do hope that everyone will have the chance to feel the white sparkling sand between their toes in the beautiful beaches in Northern Ontario.

My town is fun filled and surrounded by nature. What we are known for the most is that we won the title of Ultimate Fishing Town in 2011, we have some great lakes and some well known fishing spots to catch some mighty big fish, whether it is Summer, Fall, Winter or Spring. I myself love spending my time outside fishing with my family. It is a relaxing way to spend time with the ones you love, also, there is nothing like the thrill of catching a monster fish in the lake that you swim in every summer. I have had the opportunity to learn how to fish at a young age. Fishing in my town is also a great way to watch the sunset on the lake with family and friends. I do prefer fishing in the summer, however, ice fishing in the winter is way better only because we always catch much bigger fish! We go on lakes that you can only get on during the Winter, so the pike get to grow all year until we get there to catch and release. The picture on the right was taken last year when my family and friends went out ice fishing on our secret fishing lake, as you can see in my town we can catch some monster pike! If you want to have a successful fishing trip, come over to Chapleau Ontario and you will not be disappointed by the amazing fishing stories you will be able to bring back home with you.

Written by: Emma

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