All of our lodges and cabins are accessible only by floatplane. Our seaplane base is located 2.5 hours north of Thunder Bay. Guests can drive to our base or fly in to Thunder Bay, rent a car and drive to the base. We operate a DeHavilland Turbine Otter.
Will activities be organized for my family alone or do we participate with other guests?
Your family or group will be given the opportunity to do both, provided social distancing measures and masking are followed.
Can I have my meals delivered to my cabin instead of eating in the main lodge?
Will there be other guests on the same floatplane flight to the lodge?
Yes, their could be. We follow Transport Canada regulation with sanitizing planes between flights and every passenger is required to be masked.
Are travelers from other provinces allowed to stay at WN?
Currently, we cannot accommodate guests from out of the province, but we anticipate the current lockdown to be lifted at the end of May.
Does Wilderness North have the Safe Travel Stamp?
Are the staff trained in proper cleaning protocols in regards to covid?
Wilderness North has always had high cleaning standards, the new protocols are not far off what we were already doing. So, yes!
What is the capacity of the lodges? How has this been modified due to covid?
As each lodge has several cabins, we are able to give guests their own space. We can accommodate up to 24 people, in 5 cabins. The lodge is sanitized several times a day and we either stagger meal times if necessary or deliver meals to the comfort of your cabin.
What Covid protocols are being implemented at the lodges?
Mandatory social distancing & masks. Sanitizing of boats, communal areas and touch points several times daily. Optional eating arrangements ie: delivery to cabin or staggered meal times
Is it safe to travel to Thunder Bay?
Yes! It is a long day of driving or can be broken up in 2 days. We can recommend points of interest and places to stay along the way.
Is Northwestern Ontario a Covid hotspot?
No, Thunder Bay did have several cases in March, but the numbers have greatly reduced after the onset of the latest lockdown.
How do we get to the lodge?
Located 2.5 hours north of Thunder Bay, ON, we can be reached by driving or flying into Thunder Bay Airport and renting a car for the last leg of the drive.
We are non-residents of Canada; do we still have to pay all of the tax?
All guests will be charged the full 13% HST.
How can I pay for my trip?
We accept cash, VISA, MasterCard, and personal cheques for both deposits and final payment. All our rates are in USD. For other currencies, the daily exchange rate will be used to calculate payments
We do not accept American Express or Discover cards.
Do I need to bring any of the following?
Life-Jackets – Legally required for all passengers in a boat. Life-jackets (otherwise known as Personal Floatation Devices) are provided at full-service lodges and are also available to rent for outpost and housekeeping guests.
Depth/fish finders – Provided free of charge at lodges and available for rent for outpost guests.
Live Bait – Many guests use artificial bait, but we do have minnows, crawlers, and leeches available for pre-order.
Bagged Ice – Available for all guests. If going to an outpost it will be flown in with you.
Drinking water – Potable water is available at all full service lodges. However, outpost and housekeeping guests should bring a water treatment system, boil water, or bring bottled water.
Communication equipment – Free WiFi is provided at all our facilities; only a mobile device with Internet capabilities is required.
What are the temperatures like in Northern Ontario?
Average Monthly Temperatures
May:High of 62*F (17*C)-Low of 37*F (3*C)
June:High of 69*F (20*C)-Low of 45*F (7*C)
July:High of 76*F (24*C)-Low of 52*F (11*C)
Aug:High of 74*F (23*C)-Low of 50*F (10*C)
Sept:High of 63*F (17*C)-Low of 41*F (5*C)
How long is the floatplane ride?
The float plane ride can be as short at 20 mins or as long as 2 hours, depending on your chosen destination. In some cases, we utilize a wheeled plane to access Miminiska Lodge.
How much weight are guests allowed per person?
Miminiska Lodge: 50lbs. per person
Makokibatan Lodge: 75lbs. per person
Striker’s Point Lodge: 75lbs. per person
Whitewater Lodge: 125lbs per person
Mojikit Channel Lodge: 125lbs per person
All Outposts: 125lbs per person
* for floatplane flights originating out of Armstrong, overweight will be charged at $1 per pound. If a separate plane is needed to bring the gear in, charter rates will apply. Flights originating out of Thunder Bay or Nakina need to be especially cautious, sticking to weight limits
Where are you located?
Our Guest Services Center and headquarters are in Thunder Bay and are easily accessible from Thunder Bay International Airport or via major highways. We can be found at 531 Shipyard Dr.
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