At lunch time, Marc and I stepped aboard a speedboat captained by our B&B host's neighbor. Wilf took us out onto the lake, which at first glance made me think I'd somehow been transported to BC and was now staring at the ocean. And we set off in search of Kinosoo.
Legend has it that a young Cree man set out in his canoe to meet his betrothed, who resided across the lake. While paddling, the young man heard a thunderous splash and Kinosoo appeared with its monstrous head and gaping mouth. The giant lake trout bit the canoe in half, and the young man was never seen again. Later, while his betrothed waited, the halves of his canoe were found, along with giant teeth marks etched into the wood. It was a long time before anyone tried crossing Cold Lake again.People come from far and wide in search of the great Kinosoo. Fishermen dream of the day when they'll reel in the giant trout--if that's possible. Tourists strain eagerly, hoping to spot a giant head or tail in the water.
Maybe next time.
If you're an adventurous soul who loves the great outdoors, fishing, hiking, camping or staying in lovely bed & breakfast inns (we stayed at the lovely Bloom 'N Breakfast Inn with its gorgeous lake view), winter sports (it's a year round destination spot) check out Cold Lake, Alberta's best kept secret. You'll be glad you did.