New Program Launch, Victoria, BC


program launch in victoria, british columbia

Project Healing Waters Canada is proud to announce a new Program launch for veterans in Victoria, BC.  This event follows the recent introduction of a regional Coordinator.

The first meeting was held at Robinson’s Outdoor store in the city centre. The veterans in attendance were introduced to the art of fly tying.  the best practice for this is to see a demonstration of fly tying in action. A live screen hook-up is also a good way to view the skills needed as well as the final well-tied fly.

Fly shop manager, Matt King, and Ian Muirhead, a renowned BC fly-fishing guide, were there as well. The pair were keen that everyone enjoyed their experience. The veterans were told more about what Project Healing Waters Canada  and what it does.

Furthermore, it is clear that the recruits are more than keen to pursue this new passion. They could not wait to have a go at tying some flies themselves, and the photos show how engaged they are.

Don Smith, our newly appointed BC Provincial Coordinator, an avid fly tyer and fly fisher, was present at the event. He is very enthusiastic to see his fellow veterans’ desire to continue the fly tying adventure.

The next step for this new Program and these veterans includes learning the art of fly-casting. Once this is mastered, they go out onto the water to experience the joys of fly-fishing.

Finally, this introductory event would not have been possible without the financial support of the Royal Canadian Legion. Special mention goes to Esquimalt Dockyard Branch 172, spearheaded by Jim Stephen.

Thank you to all those involved and to the companies who donated the tools for the new fly tyers to use. We appreciate the support.

Ottawa fly tying

Ottawa fly tying
Mosca Woolly Bugger


Winter in Ottawa fly tying

Ottawa fly tying sessions are going to be provided this Winter. The sessions are run by volunteers from Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Canada.

These sessions are going to take place on a weekly basis. The start date is Tuesday November 19th. They will probably run through the Winter with an anticipated end at some point during March 2015.

The fly tying sessions are all in the basement of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #593.  The map below indicates the location at 4026 Old Richmond Road, Nepean (Bells Corner), Ontario.

Ottawa Fly tying
Location Map

Everyone is going to meet between 09.30 a. m. and 13.30 p.m each session.

Furthermore, as the Holiday season approaches, we are going to finish on December 16th, 2014 . We are due to start the sessions again on January 6th, 2015.

Also please note that equipment and materials are provided for those who need them.

Any veterans who are interested are welcome to come along. For further information, please contact our National Program Coordinator, Andre Baril.

In addition, it is also possible to contact one of the Outing Coordinators, Marc MacIntyre or Nick Mraovic, for help or advice.

We are hoping to see you there!

New Brunswick Miramichi River

Our New Brunswick Miramichi River trip took place between July 21 and July 24 2014, at Rapid Waters Lodge. Four veterans with PTSD took part. While most of the three days were too warm for fishing, we did enjoy fishing Carl MacKay’s private salmon pool.

New Brunswick Miramichi River
Fishing on the Miramichi River
New Brunswick Miramichi River
Fly tying demonstration al fresco
New Brunswick Miramichi River
Veteran casting his line
new brunswick miramichi river songs

Besides the fishing activity and a fly tying demonstration, we enjoyed “time on the deck”, a guitar night of Miramichi River and Newfoundland folk songs. Furthermore, the river also afforded us the opportunity to enjoy a three hour tube float trip. Throughout the trip, we also feasted on John Cook’s great food.

New Brunswick Miramichi River
Singing some Newfoundland and Miramichi songs
New Brunswick Miramichi River
Nothing like a trip on the river using a float tube!

Special thanks go to the following contributors and volunteers:

  • Rapid Waters Lodge and its owner, John Cook, who donated the great lodging and meals.
  • Isabel Loughead who made the arrangements for fishing the water and guiding.
  • Carl MacKay for providing his private fishing pool and the entertainment.
  • Atlantic Salmon Federation’s Geoff Giffin and Howie Gould who provided a fly tying demonstration. They also donated annual membership in the Atlantic Salmon Federation for the participants.
  • Lt. Connor M. Atchison, JPSU, and Glenn Park, OSISS, CFB Gagetown
  • Goguen Architecture Inc. who donated organizational services.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Canada gave each veteran a new Temple Fork Outfitters salmon rod, line, and reel. This equipment was donated by the Royal Canadian Legion.