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Bearskin Lodge & Outfitters

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#365 of 1,870 Specialty lodging in Ontario
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Krisanne wrote a review Sep 2019
Barrie, Canada6 contributions
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This was my first stay at Bearskin Lodge but my brother, who was with me on this trip, stayed here in September 2018. The two of us along with two friends (also first timers), arrived on the Saturday of Labour Day weekend and stayed for the week. For me, the first sign that indicated we were in for a welcoming stay was how Konrad, the owner, greeted us. The lodge is set up on a small channel with two cabins on the ‘arrival’ side of the channel and another eight cabins a short paddle away. When we booked our stay, I knew for sure I wanted one of the eight. Konrad met us at the dock with his pontoon boat and shuttled us and our gear over to the other side. He gave us the ‘must have’ Info we needed to get settled in and told us that Tuesday was pizza day at his cabin, which was a great way to meet our neighbours for the week. I won’t tell you anymore about pizza day except that you don’t want to miss it and you won’t leave hungry! We stayed in the Partridge Nest which comfortably sleeps 6 (two per bed/bedroom). The cabin has all the essentials including extra bedding for cooler nights (which make for a great night’s sleep). The big screened in porch was the perfect place to watch the thunderstorm on one of our rainy evenings. Our cabin had a large deck overlooking the water, providing an ideal spot for meals at the picnic table, soaking in the warm sunny afternoons in the muskoka chairs, or even a little spontaneous fishing. One of the highlights for all of us were the loons that would fly into the channel every morning, with a few staking their claim on the water for most of the day for some very productive fishing. Each cabin comes with its own motorboat that comfortably seats 4. There are a number of hiking trails easily accessible from the lodge. We canoed out to an island on Charlton Lake one day and watched a doe and her fawn feeding up on one of the rocky ridges of the Lacloche mountains. I definitely recommend Bearskin Lodge & Outfitters and our host, Konrad.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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ameliapadua2019 wrote a review Aug 2018
Toronto, Canada12 contributions5 helpful votes
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Konrad greeted us in the rain and helped bring all our unpacked gears on his pontoon. Laura gave us instructions re a boat ride, hike and canoe to a paradise on earth called Grace lake. It was the perfect adventure we were looking for. The log cabins are quaint and simple with all the amenities for a simple and peaceful getaway. Fire was set up nightly. We can’t wait to try Konrad’s home made pizza today. We are a hop skip away from Killarney provincial park and 30 min drive from Manitoulin. We will be back next summer!
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Stay M wrote a review Jul 2018
St. Catharines, Canada18 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I enjoyed a quiet fishing trip to Bearskin Lodge. The cottage was perfect and the surroundings relaxing. The scenery was truly amazing. The drive is worth it. We look forward to returning soon.
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Traveled with family
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cesch2018 wrote a review Jul 2018
Kirkland Lake, Canada1 contribution
We have stayed here several times and it will continue to return. It is a beautiful area and Konrad is an awesome host. It is off the main highway yet close enough to Espanola for convenience. We love taking out ATV and driving on the old railway trail.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Canadian_Guy1000 wrote a review Feb 2018
Toronto, Canada3001 contributions698 helpful votes
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While camping at Chutes Provincial Park in September, 2017, we drove to several locations to do some canoeing. One day we went to Espanola, then took road number 6 (leading to Manitoulin Island) and turned left, to a small settlement of Willisville. The road leading there was quite steep, but it was very scenic and offered awesome views of the area. Once I reached the town, I kept driving on what I thought was a regular road, but when that “road” became very narrow and rough, I realized that I was driving on the right-of-way of an abandoned railway! So, I had to back up and finally reached Bearskin Resort. Willisville was settled over 100 years ago and at that time the Algoma Eastern Railway was opened from Sudbury to Little Current (on Manitoulin Island). Passenger service to Little Current ended by 1963 and the line itself beyond Espanola went into disuse and abandoned. Nowadays, much of the former right-of-way remains visible and is used in certain areas as a road or path—we spotted a few cross-country motorcyclists using it. We parked at Bearskin Lodge & Outfitters and talked for a while with Darcy, a very amiable man, who regaled us with many interesting stories from the area. He told us that Franklin Carmichael’s cabin was on the lake nearby. I was not surprised because many Group of Seven members painted in the area-and of course, Carmichael was one of them (there is a famous 1934 photograph of him, seated on a white quartzite rock and painting at Grace Lake, not far from Willisville). Recently I even found (online) several paintings by Carmichael depicting Willisville and Frood Lake. The Lodge was situated on both sides of the narrows and a small ferry transported tourists to their cabins on the other side of the narrows. The cottages were very scenic and so was the area! It cost us $5 to park the car and there was a dock, allowing us to comfortably put the canoe on the water. We paddled on Frood Lake—there were a lot of rolling, white quartz mountains. Then we paddled on the lake north of Bearskin Lodge, reaching a small channel leading to Charlton Lake. There were lots of islands with nice cottages, otherwise known as “camps” up north here. A few days later (yes, we visited the lodge again!) we paddled along the shores of Frood Lake towards the Lawson Quarry, there we saw the former right-of way of the Algoma Eastern Railway, a dam and a recently abandoned home. If we come to this area in the future, we will visit this lodge once more and explore more lakes—since it is even possible to reach Killarney Provincial Park, we might one day stay there for several days.
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Date of stay: September 2017
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Joe M wrote a review Jul 2017
29 contributions3 helpful votes
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There are many lodges on the historic Gunflint Trail, however If you are looking for a first class lodge situated imon a pristine lake that happens to be an entry point to the bwca this is the place for you. I discovered this lodge by using the bwca outtfitting service which was also 1st class. The owners are exceptional friendly, they have exquisite cabins, and lodge that offer Northwoods privacy with many options for fun and entertainment. Our kids loved their famous leech races, I enjoyed using one of their boats to catch walleye and smallmouth. You can go to other lodges, but have visited most of them and found Bearskin to be the most laid back and family friendly. We look forward to visiting then during the winter months where they specialize in cross-country skiing, and dog sledding. If I need to use an outfitter for the BWCA they are the only one I will use. Top notch gear and very friendly. Showed up a day late on our last trip complete misunderstanding on our part and they refused to except payment for the extra day. Pretty unusual to find service like that.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Bearskin77, Owner at Bearskin Lodge & Outfitters
Responded Jan 19, 2019
This is not Bearskin Lodge in Ontario but rather Bearskin Lodge in Minnesota.
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Zackary L wrote a review Sep 2015
38 contributions6 helpful votes
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We honestly cannot express how amazing Konrad (the owner) and his cottages are. They are true cottages NOT city living type cottages. From the first step out of our car we were greeted by Konrad and explained everything in detail about our cottage. We stayed in the Bayview cottage which one of many beautiful cottages he has to rent. We had something to do every minute while we were hear from fishing, fires, swimming, paddle boating, kayaking and so much more. This cottage is honestly up the road from the amazing views at Cup and Saucer, and then only a few minutes away from there was Bridal Veil Falls just a little past Little Current where we stopped to enjoy a delicious ice cream cone at Fraquares Ice Cream Shop. We honestly will be returning hopefully in the fall of this year (that's how much we loved our stay). Thank you so much Konrad and everyone who has a hand in creating such an amazing cottage experience in Northern Ontario. We definitely will be back. Zackary, Carlo, Nikki & Lorenzo Sept, 2015
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Date of stay: September 2015Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Stephane J wrote a review Aug 2015
Saint-Eustache, Canada2 contributions3 helpful votes
The cabins are rustic but have essentials like stove, fridge, coffee maker and microwave. No tv but who would want it there. We saw an eagle, huge snapping turtle, loons, ducks and deer right around our cabin. The guests from other cabins were from the Ukraine, Scotland, Russia and New York. They were all pleasant and respectful of others. Conversation around the fireplace was always interesting. We caught lots of bass. Swam and dove from a floating dock like we were teenagers again with our kids. We recommend it highly! Was worth the trip from north of Montreal (800 km.) to Whitefish falls.
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Date of stay: August 2015
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Room Tip: We enjoyed the eagle cabin on our trip. It had a huge deck. This lodge has to be seen in the...
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Nealski1949 wrote a review Sep 2013
London, Ontario, Canada1 contribution5 helpful votes
My wife and I have been going to Bearskin Lodge for about 8 years now and just love the place. The cottages are rustic but with convenient ammenities. The owner Konrad and his wife Laura are more than accommodating to make your holiday just that much better. The scenery is something else you are right in the middle of the La Cloutche mountains something that is kind of rare in Ontario. While taking a boat out fishingnI captured some fantastic pictures of nature at it's best. We will definatly be returning next year if health will accommodate us. Take the time to visit he website or better book a cabin yo won't be dissapointed. Neal and Johanna Moore London Ontario Canada
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Date of stay: September 2013
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F_camara wrote a review Aug 2012
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Rustic setting un the canadian lake system. Great lake to expetience all that is canadiana. Fishing boating hiking sunbathing cottage life etc etc . All available , all there, if you want the experience this is the outlet for cottage ( or in General) thr cottage living at its finest ,romance is just a choice away .. pick your spot, plan for your activities and its all available thanks to konrad. you want it you got it here at bearskin lodge.
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Date of stay: August 2012
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bearskin Lodge & Outfitters
Which popular attractions are close to Bearskin Lodge & Outfitters?
Nearby attractions include Whitefish Falls (1.4 miles) and Willisville Lookout (0.6 miles).
Is parking available at Bearskin Lodge & Outfitters?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Bearskin Lodge & Outfitters?
Conveniently located restaurants include Red Dog Grill, The Church Mouse, and River Lodge.
Are pets allowed at Bearskin Lodge & Outfitters?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.