Bear's DenLodge

Fishing French River

French River, Bear's Den Lodge is a world class fishing & hunting lodge conveniently located in the French River Delta, Northern Ontario. Where am I? A boat access resort or fly-in floatplane only wilderness resort. Relax & paddle in the scenic unspoiled French River, Pickerel River, Wanapitae River, and Northeastern Georgian Bay. Celebrate Canada's 151st year with Bear's Den Lodge offering an all inclusive "American Meal Plan" Packages and quality self-catered Housekeeping Cottage Plans to compliment your Fishing French River experience. Our Canadian Wilderness backcountry area includes angling for the BEST trophy walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappies, salmon, catfish, and BIG muskies. Muskie fishing is our specialty and our area is yours to discover!

Going Camping in French River Provincial Park? We got you covered!

Looking for your next great adventure? Don't Miss out in 2018 for French River Accommodation

What are you doing for Spring Walleye 2018 opener? Give our fishing camp a call! Book your premier Vacation Holiday at Bear's Den Lodge for 2018, don't miss out!

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The French River Delta, Georgian Bay area provides one of the highest quality adventure wilderness outdoor experiences in all of Ontario, Canada. Ontario fishing.

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    Strategies for Spring Pike Fishing

    4 Tips for Spring pike fishing from local legendary French River fisherman & guide, Art Barefoot - owner of Bear's Den Lodge. 1. Look in the shallow dark bottom bays along the edge of emerg

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    Spring Fishing Tips 2018

    As the long winter is nearing its chilly end and the warm spring around the corner, many anglers are preparing their fishing gear for the new year. On the third Saturday, May 19th, Walleye and Norther

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    How to Personalize Your Stay

    Where do I start? There are so many options and choices for those who wish to travel and select a "plan" or "package" for your stay in Northern Ontario. It becomes very confusing when seeing differen

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  • Last Minute Vacation? Book YOUR holiday now!

    French River Cottage accommodations are available for quality All-Inclusive or Self-Catered Housekeeping Cottage Plans!

    Limited space available DON’T miss out on Spring Opening! 1-3 bedroom cottages AVAILABLE NOW for 2018! Call now to reserve your French River Cottage!

    Three, 3 bedroom cottages available for Walleye & Pike opener with your choice of All-Inclusive American Plan & Housekeeping packages for 2018.

    Don’t let your summer holidays get away! More dates starting with American Plan Accommodations available for May 18 – October 23, 2018, check out our plans.

    Rooms available starting May 18 in the Main Lodge with executive chef prepared meals & meals waterfront views.

    One-Bedroom couple’s shoreline cottage with meals or cook your own romantic meals.

    Last chance, Three-Bedroom Cottages available for family and friend groups or Experience Fishing of 6 – 8 people.

    One, Two or Three Bedroom Cottages are available for our 33rd season.

    Winter is here and May is around the corner and starting to book, give a memory this Christmas and don’t miss out on your opportunities next spring!

    May 23 – June 1 & June 3 – 9 2018, One Bedroom available.

    May 22 – June 5 & June 9 – 16, Two-Bedroom cottage for your private getaway!

    May 22 – May 31 & May 22 – June 16, Three-Bedrooms with optional meal plans available or create your package for fishing.

    June 3 – June 22 & June 26 – July 19, Three Bedroom cottage available for American Meal Plan or Self-Service.

    June 26 – July 9, July 16 – July 21, August 4 – August 31, September 3 – September 7, One Bedroom private waterfront cottage available

    More space available for July, August, September & October dates. Please email or inquire for more info.

    Looking for last minute space? The lodge is always a great choice to meet these needs.

    A die-hard? Looking for big game fishing? Give us a call!

    French River Cottage available for All Inclusive, Fully Pampered Meal Plan or Housekeeping while fishing the French River in Ontario!

    Ontario Cottage for self catered or fully pampered meal plans.

    Make memories, family fun, a great get away! FRENCH RIVER BOAT RENTALS AVAILABLE for backcountry camping in the French River Provincial Park!

    Book your holiday experience in the French River Delta, celebrate the 151st Anniversary of Canada. The #1 Country recognized by Lonely Planet.

    Plan your Spring Getaway Vacation for 2018 to take a break from the city and go with the flow for the “best bet” in nature experiences! Tailor your corporate retreat to meet your company’s needs for fall fishing on the French River 2018!
    Team building, leadership skills or your corporate getaway awaits!

    *Other Dates still are Available for the end of season this October at a French River lodge and resort. Just CALL NOW!*

    Summit, North of Toronto, Great Canadian Wilderness, Bear's Den Lodge French River Cottages

    French River Cottage, Ontario

  • U.S Passport information

    U.S. citizens entering Canada require a United States Passport to re-enter the USA

    Please allow for 6 – 8 weeks to obtain or renew prior to travel to Canada

    http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html

  • *NEW* Flying to Canada? Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

    According the Government of Canada:

    The Government of Canada’s official website to apply for an eTA. It only costs $7 CAD. Most eTA applications are approved within minutes of applying.

    New entry requirement now in effect: visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA.

    Entry requirements for other methods of travel (land, sea) have not changed.

    Select to see if you need an eTA or Visitor Visa here:

    http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp.

  • Construction Reports For Those Traveling 400 North

  • Emergency Preparedness – 911

    Ontario Fire Ban reports, check to see if open fires are prohibited
    https://www.ontario.ca/law-and-safety/forest-fires

    Storm Watch
    https://www.ontario.ca/page/emergency-preparedness

  • Tourism Week & French River Pow Wow

    May 28 – June 3, 2018 Tourism Week in Canada is a grassroots initiative that brings attention to the economic opportunity available to Canada through travel and tourism and the public policy challenges preventing the sector from capitalizing on those opportunities.
    Tourism Week in Canada aligns tourism organizations, businesses and other partners from across the country around a common vision: a tourism sector unencumbered by government policies and recognized for its contribution to the Canadian economy.
    Join TAIC on Twitter’s discussion at #TourismWeek & #TourismMatters
    http://tiac.travel/About_Tourism_Week.html

    Don’t miss out on local French River Provincial Culture and First Nations Heritage at the 12th Annual French River Pow Wow July 6th & 7th! Events include dancing, food, crafts and vendors. Join in the family fun at the French River Interpretive Centre! The theme is “Where Animals Walk”.

  • Ontario Tourism Licence-Free Family Fishing Week

    • July 1 – 9, 2017 fish free without a license in the French River Provincial Park
    • For more info visit Ontario Tourism’s
      https://www.ontario.ca/page/licence-free-family-fishing
    • Echoes From Our Lands July 2017 Annual French River Pow Wow & Gathering
      Located on the Southwest side of the French River Bridge Hwy 69

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Bear's Den Lodge

Hartley Bay, R.R. 2, Site 3, Box 10
Alban, Ont. P0M 1A0
Tel: (705) 857-2757

Winter Address:

124 Shagbark Rd.
Alum Bank, PA 15521
Tel: (814) 839-2443

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