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Bearskin Lodge & Outfitters

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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 contributions
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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, Canada2,342 contributions667 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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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.