Subject: SPIDER IDENTIFICATION
Location: Balsam Lake Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
July 3, 2014 9:44 am
Taken at Balsam Lake Provincial Park, Ontario…I dislike spiders but found this one intriguing, he/she was on my tent, didn’t like the light when shined on him…can you identify…pretty fast mover when placed on tree after removal from tent…camp site was not near water, lake was about a mile away…at least 2-2 1/2 inches in total diameter…he seemed to like hanging out on the mesh of my tent…thanks in advance, I have never seen such a large spider in Ontario…almost tarantula like in appearance, hairy, brownish/blackish…
Signature: Thanks for your help, Kim Savoie
Even though you indicate that the lake was some distance away, this is nonetheless a Fishing Spider or Dock Spider in the genus Dolomedes, and they are generally found in close proximity to water.