Wilderness North began as a passion project of our original founder – John J. Mark – an aviation enthusiast and Air Force veteran from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In 1960, Jack (as he was affectionately known) first discovered his passion for the region while flying his own planes. Over the next 30 years Jack returned to the area to get his “nature fix”, exploring the boreal forest and reveling in the unsurpassed beauty and wide open spaces of Northern Ontario.
In 1990 – with the purchase of his first outpost cabin – Wilderness North was born. Jack’s vision of sharing this unspoiled region with like minded nature and fishing enthusiasts has remained our goal to this day.
After working for Wilderness North for several years, Alan and Krista Cheeseman bought into Wilderness North in late 2000 and took over operations. Alan’s extensive knowledge from his days of owning a small contracting business an Additional properties were added to the portfolio over the years and today we are proud to have 3 full service lodges, 2 housekeeping lodges and 10 outpost cabins available for our guests to explore the Boreal Forest. They have also expanded their air service in NWO and internationally.
Alan and Krista purchased Jack’s remaining stake in Wilderness North in 2019 and with the help of their daughters – Megan and Sierra along with the dedicated staff have continued to offer guests from around the world an opportunity to explore, fish and rejuvenate in the wonders of Canada’s only Boreal Forest.