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Nipigon River Brook Trout Festival


Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the World Record Brook Trout!

Explore Nipigon this summer and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the world record brook trout (14.5lbs, 31.5 inches) caught on the Nipigon River by Dr. J. W. Cook on July 21st, 1915.  The festival has fun for all ages and interests, from live entertainment and children’s games to pro angler workshops and an interactive brook trout display at the Nipigon Historical Museum.  All activities are included in the $10 weekend wristband (excluding aerial tours) with 4 & under free!

Nipigon River Brook Trout Festival

Some of the many activities include:

Fishing Events

  • CBC personality/outdoor writer Gord Ellis will teach you how to fish for brook trout like a pro
  • TV personality/outdoor writer Rebekka Redd can teach you the proper way catch and release
  • Learn to make the original “muddler” lure with Dan Gapen
  • Learn to tie flies with Ray Dupuis Sr.
  • Children will learn the wonders of fishing as well as some fishing advice from Bobber Anne
  • Tell your fishing stories at the Fishing Tales Open Mic
  • Visit the Nipigon Historical Museum to see the century old rod and reel that caught that famous fish, and experience the new brook trout exhibit
  • Bring your fishing gear and try your luck off the docks or at the black bridge! Imagine if you were the one to break the record!
Rebekka Redd

Rebekka Redd


Children’s Activities

  • Bouncy castles for the children on Saturday and Sunday
  • Family races for cash prizes
  • A live performance by Rodney Brown
  • Learn to fish with Bobber Anne
  • Learn the importance of catch and release with Rebekka Redd
  • Face painting, Parks Canada Fishing Pond, airbrush tattoos


Natural Adventure

  • Take an aerial tour up river to Virgin Falls, where the famous fish was caught ($25 per person)
  • Experience the Nipigon waterfront in a kayak for two
  • Explore the Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area on a guided hiking tour with Parks Canada


Gord Ellis

Gord Ellis

Live Entertainment

  • Friday – Listen to the sounds of reggae band Rocksteady while you relax at the beer gardens
  • Saturday – Check out country rockers Southern Comfort
  • Sunday – Don’t miss out on Rodney Brown
  • Learn about Falcons at the Skyline Falconry demos
  • Hip Hop, World Dance, and Zumba Demos

For more information check the website and Facebook page!


July 17, 2015
July 19, 2015
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