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. Our resort is a boat or floatplane only access. Relax, paddle in the scenic unspoiled French River, Pickerel River, Wanapitae River, and Northeast Georgian Bay. Celebrate Canada's 150th 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 back country 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.

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

Looking for your next great adventure? Don't Miss out in 2017 for French River Accommodation

What are you doing for Spring Walleye opener? Give our fishing camp a call! Book your premier Vacation Holiday at Bear's Den Lodge for 2017!


A French River lodge, we offer modern & electric accommodations with...

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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  • Last Minute Vacation? Great Idea for a Family Get Away!

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

    Don’t miss out on Spring Musky, 3 bedroom cottage AVAILABLE NOW for June 6-10, 2017! 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.

    Don’t let your summer holidays get away! More dates starting with American Plan Accommodations available for July 28 – September 31, 2017, check out our plans.

    August 1 – August 3, Three-Bedroom Cottages for rent American Plan or Housekeeping.

    August 1 – August 12, Main Lodge with executive chef prepared meals.

    August 1 – August 4, One-Bedroom couple’s shoreline cottage with meals or cook your own romantic meals.

    August 1 – August 14, Main Lodge with meals waterfront views.

    August 1 – August 5, August 17 – 24, & August 22 – September 1, Three-Bedroom Cottage available for family and friend groups or Experience Fishing of 6 – 8 people.

    August 9 – 12, One or Two Bedroom Cottages available.

    September is around the corner and starting to book, don’t miss out on your opportunities this fall!

    August 31 – September 2, One Bedroom available.

    August 17 – 24 & August 22 – September 1, Three-Bedrooms available.

    August 26 – September 7, Three-Bedroom cottage with optional meal plan.

    August 25 – 31, Two-Bedroom cottage available with food plan or without.

    August 27 – September 1, Three-Bedroom cottage.

    September 2 – 12 & September 19 – October 23, for 2-3 people in waterfront cottage.

    September 2 – 22, Two-Bedroom cottage for your private getaway!

    August – October, 2017 American Plan Meal Packages or Self-Catered Available.

    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 150th Anniversary of Canada. The #1 Country recognized by Lonely Planet.

    Plan your Spring Getaway Vacation 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!
    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

  • Now Hiring!

    Summer seasonal employment available, accepting applications!

    Must be willing to work long hours
    Have the ability and like to clean
    Must be flexible to possible changes in the work environment

    Seasonal Employment Cleaner – Part Time : Hospitality/Tourism

    General: Bear’s Den Lodge is seeking responsible, dependable staff to work in an enjoyable environment with a commitment to superior service level.

    Seeking: Non-supervisory – general worker -seasonal. Required to perform dock work and housekeeping. Must not be afraid to work, enjoys cleaning, early mornings, versatile team player desired for including serving dining room, kitchen chores, outside work, mowing, gardening, painting, cottage cleaning meeting returning guest expectations. Our team assists each other to compliment the team approach. Hospitality work in the tourism industry at a full service, full American plan fishing lodge in Northern Ontario. Bear’s Den Lodge is a leader in the field. # 1 Destination in Canada.

    Do you want to work on the French River? Want to work to make some money for school or university, enjoy the outdoors, then consider employment at a very fast-paced resort on the French River. A great French River job opportunity. Experience is not mandatory, but the ability to learn quickly and communicate well are required.

    Job description: Standard dining room service for breakfast, lunch and dinner with including salad prep and dishes. Cottage housekeeping function is generally performed prior to lunch. Some other duties include: vacuum and mop, strip and remake beds, wash dishes, load/unload dishwasher, clean kitchen, wash fridge & stove, dust, wash windows, sweep; laundry, clean lodge daily, clean American Plan rooms – bathrooms and cottages daily, general maintenance duties, daily boat service and cleaning, transporting and assist guests by carrying luggage, getting water & ice, selling bait, emptying garbage. Other outdoor responsibilities, chores, and necessary general operations of resorts. General worker. Seeking motivated, upbeat persons. Must be willing to work varying shifts, weekends, holidays and work assignments as needed to accommodate guest needs. Good attitude and a willingness to work safely are a must. Required to operate motorized equipment. A small family staff environment.


    Must have certifications for or be able to successfully complete certifications:

    Boat operator card along with operating tiller outboard motor boat
    Food Handling or onsite training
    Reliable means of transportation
    Other mandatory requirements

    If you enjoy cleaning, willing to learn and take direction to maintain Bear’s Den Lodge standards and meet guest needs – consider joining Bear’s Den Lodge Team.

    Potential Team Player please email: resume, photo, references, and availability to

  • 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

  • *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:

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    Ontario Fire Ban reports, check to see if open fires are prohibited

    Storm Watch

  • 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

    Don’t miss out on local French River Provincial Culture and First Nations Heritage at the 11th Annual French River Pow Wow July 7th & 8th! Events include dancing, food, crafts and vendors. Join in the family fun at the French River Interpretive Centre!

  • 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
    • 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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