We needed to get away from the busy GTA for a weekend last fall and chose the Wolseley Lodge for their competitive price on the All Inclusive rate (boat/meals) at the French River and the references we heard from Leo Stakos (Fish TV) on the Toronto Spring Show.
On arrival we meet Harold the owner and he had a long 1on1 over the fishing map with us, what was very helpful later to find the 5 Finger and Rainy Rapids. The Cabin was rustic but nice maintained and clean and had a big new deck, it has a quite large living area for a 1 bedroom cabin. Our cabin didn’t have a private campfire pit but we could use the one at the beach, great views over the Wolseley from there. At the beach is a playground as well, it must be a busy place for families during the summer.
The boat was great it had even electric start and a live well and a 25hp motor...that boat was moving...
Our first trip was to the 5 Finger Rapids, what a gorgeous trip, the scenery of the French River is amazing, and we hiked up the portage trail and discovered wonderful peaceful paradise... imagine birds chirping and the surprisingly overall quite, and then over the Rock top the sound of the rapids again....
Fishing was slow on that weekend, but we found many promising spots for the future.
The food was the good old style mom cooking, very tasty; the best was the “drunken pig”. Breakfasts: 2 or 3 eggs, omelets, all kind of meat; just as we like it.
Over all it was a great experience with the Wolseley Lodge nothing fancy, but nice and rustic. And the French River is simply the best and just a 3.5h drive from home.
We went back this spring and were surprised by the high water in the French River; it must have been 5ft higher than in the fall. They had 4 inches of Water inside the boat house. The 5 Fingers Rapids had completely changed we couldn’t believe the amount of water coming out the cut...wow. We couldn’t all spots we found last fall, but Harold pointed out some different spots and we got some nice Pickerel, the best spot was up the Wolseley River. Service and food was good again, we will be back to our little paradise.