Dock Talk

A Salmon Can Go a Long Way

Painter's Lodge - July 13, 2013

Painter’s Lodge is a world famous fishing destination that attracts people from the United States, Europe and around the globe.  How famous you ask? Well, it turns out that even soldiers in Afghanistan have heard of this fishing lodge located in Campbell River, BC.

Last year, Norman Beatty and Wally Burian came to Painter’s Lodge on a fishing excursion. It was a great trip and the perfect getaway… except for one thing. You see, Norman’s son and Wally’s grandson, Sgt. Joseph Beatty, was stationed in Afghanistan and they were very concerned about his safety. But, the two men were able to put their worries aside long enough to reel in some pretty nice salmon and the trip was a success.

So what would they do with all this fish? They decided to can some of the salmon and send it to Joseph in Afghanistan. Salmon happens to be one of the world’s healthiest foods so it would make the perfect treat for the hungry soldier. And with that, those cans of Painter’s Lodge salmon made their journey to the other side of the world.

The gift was well received. Joseph loved the salmon. In fact, he loved it so much that he shared it with the other soldiers, who also loved it. Unbeknownst to the Painter’s Lodge staff, they were helping to feed people 10,000 km away.

It’s a year later now and Sgt. Beatty has returned from Afghanistan. I ran into Joseph and his father Norman on the Painter’s Lodge dock, waiting to go fishing. It turns out Joseph still remembers the salmon he received during his tour of duty and wanted to catch a fish of his own. So, knowing of no place better to catch a salmon, Norman brought his son to Painter’s Lodge. Four hours later they returned to the docks with a beautiful 15 pound salmon in the boat.

On behalf of the Painter’s Lodge staff I’d like to thank Joseph for his service, and we’re so glad we could make his fishing dreams come true.

Catch you later,