4 Best Canadian Fishing Lodges

4 Best Canadian Fishing Lodges

The view from Gangler’s Lodge at sunrise.

The quest to catch walleye, northern pike, lake trout and arctic grayling – four species – during a single trip, called the Grand Slam of Canadian Fishing, is an epic challenge. But the fishing in Canada is too good to make just one trip. So here is my evolution, the Grand Slam of Canadian Fishing Lodges – four world-class lodges with completely different experiences and fisheries that every serious angler should add to their bucket list.

My qualifications as a Canadian fishing expert? Well, I’ve fished the flat and winding streams east of Toronto, the mountain peaks of the Pacific Coast Northwest that are only accessible by float plane and then by helicopter, and just about everything in between, covering a range of geographies, species and lodge accommodations.

So this is my grand slam among the best of all time. Do yourself a favor and book one of these unforgettable adventures.

Guest view before descending to Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge.

Aikins Lake Wilderness Lodge, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge is a luxury resort located on white sand beaches in the heart of Atikaki Provincial Park teeming with walleye over 20 inches long, pike and lake trout.

The Gammon River flows into Lake Aikins via a beautiful waterfall near the upscale lodge. The nutrient-rich lake is Manitoba’s second-deepest lake at 295 feet, and along its picturesque islands and rocky cliff faces, I’ve seen moose, caribou and black bear roaming. .

But the reason Aikens made this list is because of its unbeatable service.

“We don’t measure the success of your trip based on the size or size of the fish, we measure it based on the overall experience,” said second-generation co-owner Pete Turin, noting that 74% of last year’s guests were repeat visitors. “As almost all of our 100% five-star reviews on TripAdvisor attest, we ensure that everything is done to the highest standards in the industry. Customer service is the number one priority at Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge.”

In fact, reviews on TripAdvisor have been glowing, with many describing Aikins as “a Ritz-Carlton in the wild,” and “Fantasy Island.”

The author and his wife enjoy a lunch on the beach done right.

More evidence of Aikens’ first-class service and comprehensive expertise? Last summer I brought my wife (above), who doesn’t even fish, and she loved every minute at Aikins. For more information, visit AikensLake.com or call 800.565.2595.

Fireside Lodge, Sioux Lookout, Ontario

My father first drove me to Fireside Lodge about 21 years ago, and we fell in love with the “Magic of Fireside” so much that we have made more than 20 return trips with our wives, in-laws, children and grandchildren. Modern log cabins complement a historic 120-year-old lodge overlooking Little Vermilion Lake, with access to nine separate lakes via creeks and trails so you can fish new water every day and barely see another boat.

The author (center) enjoys great fishing at Fireside Lodge with his son and father.

The wildlife habitat is amazing, and I’ve enjoyed my best pike and muskie days here, but Fireside makes this list last because of its world-class smallmouth bass fishery. The deep, spring-fed waters and abundant forage base make for an ideal hatchery for smallmouth bass, which is amplified by dedicated lodge owners Audrey and Alan Brandeis’ commitment to a catch-and-release policy.

Results? From mid-May through early September, even casual anglers can catch 40 to 80 smallmouth bass per day, with 3- to 5-pound fish fairly common. The percentage of bass that qualify as a Master Angler, over 18 inches, is insane.

Author with Master Angler Smallmouth Bass.

“We are stewards of the fishery and this special place,” said owner Alan Brandeis. “Every year for the past 35 years, Audrey and I have strived to make a visit to Fireside Lodge even better than the year before. We want people to enjoy Fireside to its fullest potential. For those who only have the opportunity to visit once, we want them to make a memory that will last They will never forget her.

For more information, visit FiresideLodge.com or email fireside@explorenet.com.

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort, Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia

The only solo vacation I’ve ever taken was to Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort. I had the opportunity to visit months before the birth of our first child, and as cliche as it may sound, Nemo Bay seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

He was.

The luxury resort consists of nine chalets built on stilts in a fjord-like bay in the Pacific Ocean just south of Alaska’s Inside Passage. It has more than 50,000 square feet of rainforest terrain, 10,000-year-old glaciers, and helicopter access to about 50 rivers and streams that are more fished by bears than humans.

Nemo Bay Wilderness Resort

How many times in my life will I spend dawn boating to watch bears feed along the ocean shore, my day heli-fishing for salmon, and my evening—after devouring fresh halibut and lobster—plunging into hot cedar. A basin with a 5,000-foot waterfall cascading down it?

Maybe once. The dream was made possible by the visionary Murray family, where husband and wife Craig and Deborah dared to turn the idea of ​​living in the wild into a reality in 1980, and continues to this day through their son Fraser and his wife Becky.

Obviously, it’s a great fishing opportunity, but Nemo Bay makes this list by putting guests in the midst of a special virtual show from National Geographic, complete with whale watching, snorkeling, coastal safaris, and more.

Helicopter fishing at Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort.

“People need to know we’re here for them, that’s the only reason we exist,” said second-generation owner Fraser Murray. “What can we do in this moment that will stay with our guests forever?”

For more information, visit NimmoBay.com or call 1.800.837.4354.

Junglers North Seal River Lodge, Subarctic Hudson Bay, Manitoba

Given the title of this article, it’s fitting that we conclude this list with Gangler’s North Seal River Lodge, which offers anglers a fantastic opportunity to take in a Canadian grand slam in a stunning setting that has barely changed in thousands of years.

Junglers North Seal River Lodge

It is difficult to understand the scale of Jungler’s problem. This 5-star lodge is located on Lake Egenolf, about 650 miles north of Winnipeg and just south of Nunavut. From there, Gangler’s has 122 boats hidden on 45 different lakes spread across 6 million exclusively acres with five different outposts for those who want a DIY experience.

Customized adventures are popular – options include eco-tours, mountain biking, and even combination trips to nearby Churchill, Manitoba, to see the 60,000 polar bears and beluga whales that migrate to Hudson Bay annually. The northern lights in the far north are stunning, and when you tire of catching big fish, you can enjoy the history of this unique region, including archaeological sites and cliffs formed by glaciers.

Anglers who visit the North Seal River Lodge in Gangler have the opportunity to catch walleye, northern pike, arctic grayling (left) and lake trout (right) – a Grand Slam of Canadian fishing.

“The key is the fishery,” said owner Ken Jungler, an avid fisherman who has run the operation for nearly 40 years and goes on multiple annual fishing trips. “Gangler’s was designed to be the epitome of the ultimate Canadian fishing experience. We’re always working to improve what we offer our guests, whether they prefer the American Plan main lodge or do-it-yourself outposts.

For more information, visit Ganglers.com or call 1.866.515.6343.

(Tags for translation)Tony Capecchi

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