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Quintessential Canada

Explore Northern waterways, wildlife and ecosystems with a First Nations guide, offering a quintessentially Canadian experience through lived history.

A 4-night/5-day adventure in the heart of the Northern Ontario wilderness, your Quintessential Canada experience begins with a private floatplane flight from Thunder Bay that quickly whisks you away over the hundreds of lakes and expansive boreal forests, dropping you off at Miminiska Lodge, your home for the duration of your stay. Styled with nods to classic Canadiana, you’ll rest cozy in your lakefront cabin. Each day begins with fresh-brewed coffee delivered directly to you and throughout your vacation you’ll dine on gourmet shore lunches and chef-prepared meals, while also sampling local craft beers and fine Ontario wines.

Days can be spent learning to fish, kayaking, canoeing, and exploring the vast wilderness. Let local First Nations guides take you through the history of the region and learn about their way of life while experiencing the Canadian wilderness in much the same way some of Canada’s earliest explorers first experienced it. Or, simply relax along the shoreline, taking time for yourself and basking in the serene wilderness setting. Miminiska Lodge is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights in Ontario.

Your Quintessential Canada experience begins the moment you touch down at Thunder Bay International Airport. There, a Wilderness North representative will meet you to assist in your transfer to your Thunder Bay hotel for the evening. Once settled in, you can take time to visit Thunder Bay and experience some of the historic city’s culture and its spectacular view of Sleeping Giant National Park peninsula. A ‘Welcome and Orientation Session’ kicks-off activities before you spend the evening dining at one of the many new restaurants in the city’s downtown core and discovering historic Thunder Bay, first settled as a French fur trading post in the late 17th century. The following morning you’ll board one of our floatplanes to fly off into the true depths of the Canadian wilderness.


Guided paddling excursions (canoe/kayak) and wildlife viewing
Guided fishing programs (lake & river), including night fishing
Standup paddling (SUP)
Guided interpretive explorations of First Nations history at Miminiska
Sunset yoga
Native arts & crafts
Bonfires and nightly entertainment