Vacant and cold reptilian eyes with reflexes that can lunge themselves half a foot in 70 milliseconds. Snakes have captured our thoughts, imaginations and even stories since their first appearance approximately 128 million years ago. Whatever your thoughts are, they are fascinating creatures. They come in many appearances and varieties of venomous and nonvenomous species. In Ontario, Canada there is one variety of venomous snake, the Massasauga Rattlesnake. Though, they are often confused with its nonvenomous cousins: the Northern Watersnake, Eastern Hog-Nosed Snake, Eastern Milksnake and Eastern Foxsnake. The latter two of which will even mimic the rattling action of the Massasauga to discourage potential threats. On the Lower French River, the two most likely species you can encounter are the Northern Watersnake and the Massasauga Rattlesnake. MassasauREAD MORE >
"The Government of Canada remains committed to keeping Canadians safe, particularly during these unprecedented and challenging times. Each year, the launch of the North American Safe Boating Awareness Week is an opportunity to remind all Canadians to put their safety and the safety of their families first, and I know that I can count on recreational boaters to do their part to adhere to safety measures and put into practice the recommendations of local public health authorities to help reduce the spread of COVID-19."Marc Garneau (2020), Former Minister of Transport After the end to the Stay-at-Home order on May 19, 2021, many Canadian residents will return to the water. Currently that's over 16 million Canadian's who recreate on the many rivers, lakes and other various bodies of water. As with last season, safety should be a priority with Covid-19 for many who will be traveling.READ MORE >
ACCOMMODATIONS: Our accommodations at the Bear’s Den Lodge, a remote access resort, are provided in your own private modern cottages. We offer a fully equipped facility for your comfort while enjoying the beauty that the French River has to offer. From getting away, relaxing or enjoying quality fishing, your comfortable clean cottage will offer the great escape that we all have been needing. HOUSEKEEPING: Our cleaning service has been based on health care standards and cleanliness for the past 36 years and offer increased sterilization in our cottages to provide for your comfort, health, and experience during your stay. Attention to detail includes regular surface cleaning, sweeping, and scrubbing. The surfaces areas will be disinfected by spray, wiping or mopping with an acceptable Ontario hospital grade disinfectant to kill virus and bacteriaREAD MORE >
For those asking, we will open when permitted by Public Health Ontario and Ontario Parks. Bear's Den Lodge will be updating facilities and adding hand sanitizing stations. Health & Safety - Know The Facts Covid-19 Illustration & Facts Provided by Public Health Agency of Canada We will also be making changes to protect our customers and staff from the spread of Covid-19 from the way we transport our guests to and from the Hartley Bay Marina. For everyone's safety, staff will assist by transporting you while not contacting your personal belongings and supplies. We will assist you as usual with our tractor and trailer moving you to your secluded private cottage. Please respect other guests in accordance to Public Health Ontario guidelines of social distancing and maintain 2 metres (6 feet) apart. We recommend you bring your own non-medical mask or facecREAD MORE >
What Is A Staycation? The term, Staycation, was originally coined in a market crisis in 2008 in our neighbor across the border. However, since Covid-19 has dictated the need for tourism to beREAD MORE >
As every fishing enthusiast can tell you, every fish is a predator. Northern Pike are no exception to this rule as their primeval morphology has not drastically changed over the 60 million years.READ MORE >
It’s official! Starting from January 1st to December 31st of 2022 the province of Ontario will award individuals and families a tax return for ‘staycationing’ at one of Ontario’s many hotels,READ MORE >
A Pink Salmon Ends the Fall Season Fishing on the French River Delta is home to some the most diverse freshwater species of game fish, known most predominantly for its muskie, walleye, pike, large anREAD MORE >
"Some People come to fish for a fish, I fish for fish. It's not a contest, big small and in between. I just fish for fish. It didn't count my muskie I caught on a spinnerbait, it was just another fishREAD MORE >
2870J Hartley Bay Rd.
Alban, Ont. P0M 1A0
Tel: (705) 857-2757
124 Shagbark Rd.
Alum Bank, PA 15521
Tel: (814) 839-2443
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