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 float plane only wilderness resort. Relax & paddle in the scenic unspoiled French River, Pickerel River, Wanapitae River, and Northeastern Georgian Bay. Celebrate Canada's 152nd 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 2019 for French River Accommodation

What are you doing for Spring Walleye 2019 opener? Give our fishing camp a call! Book your premier Vacation Holiday at Bear's Den Lodge for 2019, 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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    Three Quick Tips for Spring Walleye

    Spring walleye fishing in Canada is bountiful and a great start to any angler’s fresh fishing season.   Although there’s much more about walleye fishing than this brief tips and tri

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    Musky Historical Report of the French River 1961 – 1994

    Guess what we found? As we were cleaning out our old files we stumbled upon this old report. We thought we should share these significant historical records supplied by Bear's Den Lodge and compiled b

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    Testimonial 2018

    Dear Brenda, Art, Joe and Mike: We just finished the long drive home to Western Massachusetts and, thanks to you, our canoe camping trip to the French River ended on a positive note.  I wish there

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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 you Spring trip! 1-3 bedroom cottages AVAILABLE NOW for 2019! Call now to reserve your French River Cottage! Holiday Gift Ideas are available. Create a gift for memories of a lifetime!

    Three, 3 bedroom cottages available for Walleye & Pike opener with your choice of All-Inclusive American Plan & Housekeeping packages for 2019.

    Don’t let your summer holidays get away! More dates starting with American Plan Accommodations available for May 16 – October 22, 2019, check out our plans.

    Rooms available starting May in the Main Lodge with executive chef prepared meals and Thanksgiving Dinner with your own private waterfront views.

    One-Bedroom cottage for couple’s available with meals or cook your own romantic meals. Two and Three-Bedroom Cottages available for family and friend groups or Experience Fishing of 6 – 8 people for our 34th season.

    Spring is here and May is around the corner. Time to start to booking! Give a memory this Mother’s or Father’s Day and don’t miss out on your opportunities this spring!

    May 16 – October 22, One Bedroom Bedroom private waterfront cottage available.

    May 16 – October 22,  Two-Bedroom cottage for your private getaway!

    May 16 – October 22, Three-Bedrooms with optional American Meal Plans available or create your package Self-Service for fishing.

    May 16 – October 22, Rooms available in the Main Lodge!

    Space available for May to October dates. Please email or call for more info!

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

    A die-hard? Looking for big game fishing or a tranquil getaway? 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 152nd Anniversary of Canada. The #1 Country recognized by Lonely Planet. French River forests are green, come see for yourself!

    Plan your Spring Getaway Vacation for 2019 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 2019!
    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!*

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  • 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:

  • Construction Reports For Those Traveling 400 North

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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 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, 2018 fish free without a license in the French River Provincial Park
    • For more info visit Ontario Tourism’s
    • Echoes From Our Lands July 2018 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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