PARRY SOUND – On Wednesday morning the winter weather was both typical and beautiful in Parry Sound – the perfect way to show off for millions of viewers watching Weather Network on-air personality Kevin Yarde.
Kevin Yarde & Jim MacCoubrey.
The Weather Network’s on-air personality Kevin Yarde, left, and ice fisherman Jim MacCoubrey talk all things fishing early Wednesday morning on Georgian Bay. Yarde spent the morning in Parry Sound shooting live and taped segments that aired in the Greater Toronto Area.
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Yarde and his cameraman spent the morning shooting a variety of both live and taped action in Parry Sound. The live pieces were broadcast into Greater Toronto Area homes, while the taped pieces will air nationally.
“After he did a live shot, they finished, they did the shot over again, so that shot they could spin it out nationally,” said Georgian Bay Country manager Anna Marie Harris, who helped organize the event as a way to showcase the Parry Sound area as a winter destination. “Although we (in Parry Sound) didn’t see it today, we will be able to see it eventually. It could be later on today, or could be another day. They’re going to replay it quite soon.”
Although Georgian Bay Country organized the visit, Harris said many individuals and businesses in town made the event a success by donating their time, offering complimentary amenities or meals.
“The hospitality was excellent for them, they were really pleased,” Harris said Wednesday afternoon.
Yarde’s day in Parry Sound began with a 7 a.m. breakfast meet-and-greet at Kudos Kuisine, followed by a snowmobile ride along the Rotary Algonquin Fitness Trail, ice fishing off Champagne Street on Georgian Bay, and finally snowshoeing up on tower hill.
Decked out in a huge down-filled coat and jeans, prior to shooting the brief live piece with long-time ice fisherman Jim MacCoubrey, Yarde joked that not donning a pair of snow pants may have been a bad idea.
“I think when we’re done this shot, I’m going to put my snow pants on,” Yarde said with a laugh.
When the camera began to role, Yarde and MacCoubrey talked shop about the ideal fishing conditions, bait and safety on the ice.
“Hey Jim, Jim! I think we caught something!” Yarde called, pulling the line up through the icy water, only to find it empty. “Guess we’ll have to keep trying.”
At the end of the busy morning, Harris said both Yarde and The Weather Network crew were pleased with their action-packed visit.
“It was a great success. They were very happy and they’d love to come back again. So maybe we’d promote another season – maybe the spring or the fall,” she said.