July 2, 2014 3:29 pm
Updated: July 3, 2014 1:32 pm

WATCH: Boaters have close encounter with tornado near Bear Lake, Ont.


TORONTO – Imagine going out for a quiet fishing trip and seeing a tornado in the distance.

That’s just what happened to a few people on Monday near Bear Lake in southern Ontario.

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Some boaters were out enjoying the holiday when they saw what looked like a tornado. Another pair of boaters saw a waterspout form over the lake.

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Waterspouts are similar to tornadoes, but form over water. Most often, they aren’t linked to thunderstorms. However, in Tuesday’s case, it appears that it was indeed linked to the thunderstorm.

Severe storms crossed southern Ontario moving northeastward early Tuesday morning, prompting Environment Canada to issue a severe thunderstorm watch across much of the region early in the day.

Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued later in the afternoon, and Ottawa was even under a tornado warning at one point.

Environment Canada is investigating the reports.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of the story said that the tornado occurred on Tuesday.

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