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 Canada. A boat access or fly-in float plane Canadian wilderness resort. Relax & paddle in the scenic unspoiled French River Provincial Park, Pickerel River, Wahnapitae River, and Northeastern Georgian Bay. Celebrate 98 years with Bear's Den Lodge offering an all inclusive "American Meal Plan" Packages and quality self-catered Housekeeping Cottage Plans. We service Sudbury, Parry Sound, Guelph, London, Muskoka, Toronto, Mississauga, Killarney and United States.

Compliment your Fishing French River experience in a place where solitude awaits. Our Canadian Wilderness area includes angling for the best trophy walleye, northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, crappies, salmon, catfish, and BIG muskies. Musky fishing is our specialty and our Ontario Park is yours to discover!

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

Need an Ontario Fishing License for French River - Zone 10?

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Looking for your next great adventure? Don't Miss out in 2023 for French River Accommodation

What are you doing for Spring Walleye 2023 opener? Give our fishing camp a call! Book your premier Vacation Holiday at Bear's Den Lodge for 2023, don't miss out!

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  • Last Minute Vacation? Book YOUR holiday now!

    French River Cottage accommodations are available as permitted for quality All-Inclusive or Self-Catered Housekeeping Cottage Plans in a fishing place near you!

    Limited space available DON’T miss out on your Summer trip! 1-3 bedroom cottages AVAILABLE NOW for 2023! Call now to reserve your French River Cottage! Holiday Gift Ideas are available. Create a gift for memories of a lifetime!

    Two, 3 bedroom cottages available for May – October 23, 2023 with your choice of All-Inclusive American Plan & Housekeeping.

    Don’t let your summer holidays get away! More dates starting with American Plan Accommodations available for May – October 23, 2023, check out our plans.

    Rooms available currently in the Main Lodge with executive chef prepared meals and 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 39th season.


    French River Availability – BOOK NOW:

    One-Bedroom Cottage Dates:

    May 16 – June 7, 2023
    June 17 – 19
    June 20 – 23
    July  6 – 8
    July 15 – 19
    July 22 – 29
    July 29 – August 18
    August 20 – 23
    August 28 – October 23 (Mixed availability please call or email for more details)

    Two-Bedroom Cottage Dates:

    May 16 – 19, 2023
    May 23 – June 5
    June 8 – 10
    July 15 – August 5
    August 19 – October 5
    October 8 – October 23 (French River fishing cabin dates available please call or email for more details)

    Three-Bedroom Cottage Dates:

    May 16 – June 3, 2023
    June 8 – 9
    June 24 – July 1
    July 3 – 14
    July 10 – August 25
    July 17 – August 25
    July 19 – September 9
    August 28 – September 14
    September 17 – October 23
    September 23 – 28
    (Check holiday availability please contact us for more details)

    Are you looking for last minute accommodations? For those who need, the Main Lodge is always a great choice to meet those needs.

    Main Lodge Dates: 

    May 16 – June 5, 2023
    June 8 – 12
    June 17 – 25
    June 29 – July 14
    July 17 – August 5
    August 12 – October 23, call for more info.

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

    French River Cottages are available for All Inclusive Meal or Housekeeping plans while French River Fishing in Northeastern Ontario!

    Make your memories, have family fun, and 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 over 200 years in Killarney and 150+ years of Canada. The #1 Country recognized by Lonely Planet. French River forests are green, come see for yourself!

    Plan your Spring Getaway Vacation for 2023 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 2023!

    Team building, leadership skills or your corporate getaway awaits!

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

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    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

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  • Tourism Week & French River Pow Wow

    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 Annual French River Pow Wow! Dates to be announced. Events include dancing, food, crafts and vendors. Join in the family fun at the French River Interpretive Centre! The theme is “Where Animals Walk”.

    July 2023 Annual French River Pow Wow & Gathering
    Located on the Southwest side of the French River Bridge Hwy 69

  • Ontario Tourism Licence-Free Family Fishing Week

    During the Licence-Free Fishing days all limits are considered Conservation for Ontario & Canadian Residents. Read more here.

    Father’s Day Weekend  (June 17-18, 2023)

    July 1 – 9, 2023 fish free without a licence in the French River Provincial Park

    For more info visit Ontario Tourism’s


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Bear's Den Lodge

2870J Hartley Bay Rd.
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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