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. A boat access or fly-in float plane wilderness resort. Relax & paddle in the scenic unspoiled French River Provincial Park, Pickerel River, Wahnapitae River, and Northeastern Georgian Bay. Celebrate 100th year of the Municipality of Killarney with Bear's Den Lodge offering an all inclusive "American Meal Plan" Packages and quality self-catered Housekeeping Cottage Plans.

Compliment your Fishing French River experience in a place where solitude awaits. Our Canadian Wilderness backcountry 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 area is yours to discover!

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

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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 2022! 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 24, 2022 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 24, 2022, 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 38th season.



    One-Bedroom Cottage Dates:

    July 14 – 16
    July 16 – 23
    July 28 – August 5
    August 9 – 11
    August 20 – October 8
    September 2
    September 20 – October 8
    October 15 – 24 (Mixed availability please call or email for more details)

    Two-Bedroom Cottage Dates:

    June 20 – 24
    June 27 – 29
    July 30 – August 6
    August 13 – 27
    September 3 – 16
    September 19 – 29
    October 3 – 6
    October 9 – October 24 (Other fishing cabin dates available please call or email for more details)

    Three-Bedroom Cottage Dates:

    July 1 – 16
    July 3 – 22
    July 25 – September 2
    August 27 – September 9
    September 4 – 16
    September 19 – 29
    September 12 – October 24 (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: 

    June 20 – July 18
    July 22 – August 19
    August 22 – October 24, 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 Killarney 200 In 2022 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 2022 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 2022!

    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!*

    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

  • *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 29 – June 4, 2022 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”.

  • Ontario Tourism Licence-Free Family Fishing Week

    • Father’s Day Weekend,  2022
    • July 3 – 11, 2021 fish free without a license in the French River Provincial Park
    • For more info visit Ontario Tourism’s
    • July 2021 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

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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