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Glorious sport on the Kootenay, British Columbia, in a houseboat Kerr, R.; Canadian Pacific Railway Company 1900

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The increased popularity of water sports during recent
years has led to the building and equipment of a houseboat
on Kootenay Lake and River—one of the most picturesque
portions of the great inland waters of British Columbia—
by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company. The region by
which this houseboat can be reached is one of the most
noted fishing waters in America where, too, shooting is
unexcelled; and the conveniences offered by this craft
enable the sportsman to enjoy an outing where he is
assured of good catches with all the ease and luxury that
can be obtained at home.
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The houseboat is built after the style of those which are
in general use on English and Southern rivers, and is
staunchly constructed and thoroughly equipped with every
requirement for the comfort of the occupants. It is handsomely finished in native woods, and can comfortably
accommodate eight persons, although if necessity arises one
or two more could be added to the number without any great
inconvenience. Its length is 49 feet, with 18 foot beam. The
cabin contains a dining and sitting room combined, off
which are four spacious staterooms, each with a double
—upper and lower—berth.
The houseboat is completely equipped with bedding and
linen and table service of the same high quality as that of
the Canadian Pacific steamers on British Columbian waters
and of the dining cars on the Company's transcontinental
trains. The saloon is neatly furnished, and the kitchen is
supplied with range and all necessary cooking utensils, etc.
In fact, everything is furnished except the food, and parties
chartering the boat, by purchasing their own supplies, can
suit their own tastes.
Ijjwjnj About the Cake
The boat, which is towed by the Company's steamer
tugs, can be taken between Nelson and any point on
Kootenay Lake as far north as Lardo or Argenta and south
to Kootenay Landing, and by special arrangements up the
Kootenay River to the international boundary line which
separates Idaho from British Columbia. As some places on
the lake are exposed, the exact location of the boat lies in
the discretion of the captain of the Company's steamer performing the towing service, as a matter of precaution.
This, however, is a decided advantage, as the experience of
the Company's officers will secure the selection of the best
available spots for good sport with perfect safety.
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Wheresoever the English language is spoken the glorious
fishing to be found in the clear waters of the Kootenay is
known to all disciples of the gentle Izaak. Many lovers of
the rod have sojourned by the banks of this fair stream and
found it a difficult matter to tear themselves from the
attractions of those cool green depths, wherein lurk trout
as game as ever tested a fisherman's skill and fertility of
resource. Men who have fished the best waters of Scotland,
Norway and Eastern Canada, give the palm of them all to
the magnificent Kootenay.
The most sought after fish is the rainbow trout. Than
this none of the noble salmon family is more worthy of
respectful admiration and of the homage paid by the arched
rod and the whirling reel. It grows to a lusty size—but
even a pound fish will make a fight such as no fintinalis or
fario ever thought of making. Their sporting qualities are
indeed unmatched, while on the score of beauty and gastronomic virtues, some of the American species, while game
enough, and not to be despised by anyone, are by no means
dainty in their choice of flies. Anything from a flaming
ibis to a piece of scarlet flannel will tempt them to make
the fatal dash. Not so with the rainbow. No bait big as
a hummingbird has attractions for this mountain trout; be
careful of the pattern of your fly, for you shall not tussle
with the rainbow except there be a tiny masterpiece at the
end of your cast of the exact brand affected by the trout at
that season, and on that very day. To make a big basket
of Kootenay trout, in addition to casting a long, light line,
the fisherman must study their whims and caprices -- doing
this, his reward will be great and the cup of his content full
even to overflowing.
The open season is a long one. From March 16th to
October 14th these delightful green depths may be fished
legally ; moreover, in the charming climate winter does not
tread so closely upon the heels of summer as she does across
the great divide. Even in mid-October the trout are yet in
fine fettle, nor have they acquired the distinguishing
marks of fish about to spawn. A fine autumn evening,
on either lake or river, fly rod in hand, is an experience
that will linger in the fisherman's memory for many a day.
There are other fish in the lake, though none, to our
thinking, quite the equal of the rainbow. Gigantic charr
may be taken at certain seasons by trolling, and many
fishermen make long visits to distant parts of the lake to
enjoy this sport at its best. The advantages of a houseboat
on such occasions are many, but surely need neither recapitulation nor emphasis. To be able to add the comforts of
home to regal sport is a dream only made possible by the
enterprise that has placed a cozy houseboat at the sportsman's disposal.
The man whose taste runs more to the gun and rifle
than to the rod, will also find this floating home just what
he wanted to complete his happiness. Mallard innumerable
flock to the sloughs and back waters of the Kootenay
above Kuskanook Landing, and it is quite possible to
alternate between trout and duck, taking heavy toll of
each, and passing the dreamy autumn days in one perpetual round of glorious sport.
Big game is by no means scarce within easy reach of
the wilder parts of the lake. White goat, bear and caribou
exist in all the rugged mountain ranges ; the first and
second being fairly abundant, and the last by no means
scarce. Using the houseboat as a base, short forays may
be made to many a lonely peak and valely, where the
sportsman's rifle is sure to break the intense silence, awe-
inspiring in its intensity.
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The following scale of charges for chartering the houseboat has been adopted :
Minimum charge for use of boat not exceeding four days     $20 00
Use of boat, subject to minimum charge,
per day         5 00
Towage per   mile   (minimum   charge   for
each run, $5.00)  50
Services of attendant in charge, per day        2 00
Services of cook, per day ,         2 00
Mail matter for occupants of the houseboat will be
delivered free when it is located at points on the direct
route of the Company's steamers, and supplies will be
forwarded at the usual rate of freight.
Applications for charter of the boat should be made to
the city agent of the Canadian Pacific Railway at Nelson,
B.C., who will furnish all further information.
D$t of Agencies
Baltimore Md. . J. H. Thompson, Freight and Passenger Agent, 129 East Baltimore St.
Boston Mass. .H. J, Colvin, District Passenger Agent, 197 Washington St.
Chicago III. .J. Francis Lee, General Agent, Passenger Dept., 228 South Clark St.
Glasgow,ScoTLAND.. Archer Baker, European Traffic Manager, 67 St. Vincent St.
Hong Kong    D. E. Brown, General Agent, China, Japan, etc.
Liverpool Eng. .Archer Baker, European Traffic Manager, 9 James St.
London .. Eng. .Archer Baker, European Traffic Manager, 67 and 68 KingWilliam St.
E.C., and 30 Cockspur St., S.W.
Marquette  . .Mich. .G. W. Hibbard, General Passenger Agent, D., S. S. & A. Ry,
Minneapolis.Minn.W. R. Callaway, General Passenger Agent, Soo Line.
Montreal QUE. .C E. E. Ussher, General Passenger Agent, Lines East of Lake Superior,
IVew York N.Y..E. V. Skinner, General Eastern Agent, 353 Broadway.
Philadelphia. Pa.H. McMurtrie, Freight and Passenger Ageut, 629-631 Chestnut St.
SanFrancisCO.CAL.M. M. Stern, District Freight and I ass. Agent, 627 Market St.,
Palace Hotel Building.
St. John N.B. .A. J. Heath, District Passenger Agent, 10 King St.
St. Paul Minn. .W. S. Thorn, Asst. General Passenger Agent, Soo Line, 379Robert St.
Toronto  ONT..A. H. Notman, Asst. General Passenger Agent, 1 King St. East.
Vancouver ... .B.C. .E   J. Coyle, Asst. General Passenger Agent, Pacific Division.
Washington . .D.C. .W. W. Merkle, Freight and Passenger Agent, 1229 Pennsylvania Ave.
Winnipeg MAN..C. E. McPherson, Gen. Passenger Agent, Lines West of Lake Superior
Winnipeg ....MAn..Wm. Stitt, Asst. General Passenger Agent, Western Division. Glorious
Passenger Traffic Manager,


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