There really is no substitute for it. Living in this neck of the woods for nearly 40 years, we know this country and its secrets, a knowledge which we willingly with our guests. We’re paddlers first and foremost; you will find that in our commitment to providing our guests with the best possible canoeing/kayaking experience is unsurpassed.
We believe that we are stewards of this land, not consumers, as such we strive to have a minimal impact on the land and we ask our guests to practice the same. We’ve dedicated years of our personal time sitting on the Woodland Caribou Park Advisory Committee where we, along with two conservation groups strongly advocated for the reduction of motor use in Woodland Caribou Provincial Park –a designated wilderness park, and for the elimination of snowmobiling in the park against a much larger contingent more interested in maintaining the then status quo and for some, increased motorized use of the park. This is a battle which to this day continues and your vocal support will be appreciated.
This is a huge area we service and if we don’t know something we will tell you and then do our very best to find out –we’ve been here nearly 40 years so we do know who to talk to. We won’t try to supply you with services you don’t need. Our information and prices are accurate and our shuttles are on time –we don’t leave our guest wondering for hours if not days, whether or not their ride back to civilization will arrive.
After years of paddling and outfitting we have selected top quality equipment that we know is some of the best in the business. It will allow you to enjoy the wilderness without fear of undue equipment failure. This is not to say we’re operating with leather and canvas (which we do still have available for the traditionalist tripper) since we continue to experiment and research new technologies for safety, efficacy and durability –unless it meets our Gold Standard, it will just stay on the shelf.
Your safe and enjoyable wilderness experience is our primary concern. We will advise you of hazards of which we are aware, help you select a route suitable to your skills and take the time to orient our guests in wilderness safety, skills and ethics. Our guides are Paddle Canada or ORCKA certified and trained in wilderness first aid. They are fully capable of dealing with all situations as they arise and should there be a need to end an expedition early they are equipped with satellite phones to call for pick up.
Our base of operations is in the historic gold rush town of Red Lake. Located at the end of the most northwestern paved road in Ontario, we are situated in an ideal location from which to launch a canoe/kayak expedition into the vast multi million-acre wilderness of Northwest Ontario. It would be our pleasure to introduce you to this land.
How to Find Us By Air
Regularly scheduled commercial airlines will fly you to Winnipeg or Thunder Bay. From either of these gateways you can book any one of several daily flights on Bearskin Airlines to reach Red Lake. For competitive rates contact Red Lake Travel and ask for their Fisherman’s Rate. 1 800-465-3305
Float Planes can be landed and docked at any number of facilities on Red Lake. Please contact us to make arrangements for you.
Private wheeled aircraft may use the Red Lake Airport at Cochenour. Just let us know your arrival date and time and we will be there.
Red Lake Airport information
Elevation: 1265 ASL
Location: Lat. N51.04.01 Long. W93.47.35W,
Airstrip Type: Asphalt, all-weather surface · Length: 5000’ x 150’ · Direction: 08-26 ·
Lighting: ARCAL – 122.3 Type K, VASSIS, ODALS, REILS, – Rotating Beacon
Navigation Aids: · VOR/DME YRL 114.0 Ch. 87 · NDB RL 218 (M)
Airport Facilities: · Fuel: 100LL, Jet A and Jet B – Shell: 1-807-662-1177 ESSO: 1-807-662-7241 · Aviation Oil: All · Terminal: Comfortable, modern passenger terminal · 24-Hr. Services: Tie-downs, telephone · On-Call Services: Taxi, Rent-A-Car, and Aviation Fuel · Other Services: Licensed mechanics
NOTAM and Weather Service: · NOTAM: Thunder Bay FSS: 1-800-463-6377 · FSS: Thunder Bay Flight Service Station – 1-800-463-6377 or Thunder Bay Radio 122.3 · Weather: Red Lake Airport: 1-807-662-2339
How to Find Us – By Train
Daily Via Rail train service to Red Lake Road. The train stop is located two hours south of Red Lake so please arrange pick up ahead of time.
The Hudson’s Bay Company Charter of 1670 gave all trapping and trading rights on all land drained by rivers flowing into Hudson’s Bay to the company. This area includes the present day District of Red Lake. It was not until the late 1700’s that the area of was actually charted by a European, though some had undoubtedly already visited the area. From the late 1780’s on, the Northwest Company, the Hudson’s Bay Company and XY Company all operated trading posts on the lake on a more or less constant basis.
The only other major interruption to fur trade in Red Lake occurred in 1804. Donald McKenzie of the Northwest Company was operating a post on what was later to be known as McKenzie Island, located only a few lake miles from the present day town of Red Lake.
After McKenzies’ demise both the Hudson’s Bay Company post and the Northwest Company’s post remained unoccupied for the next ten years. Eventually the two companies merged and a new post was established at Post Narrows. This site was close to an ancient Native burial ground. Remains of the post structures as well as the cemetery can be seen there today. In the early 1900’s the post was moved to Johnson’s Island. From there it was subsequently moved to the Red Lake town site in 1933 where it remained until it was closed in 1998.