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“Fantastic Experience”
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Fraser River Lodge
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fantastic Experience”
Reviewed December 29, 2011

My friends and I booked the Fraser River Lodge for a fishing holiday. Service, quality and food was a key factor in the decision to book with the Fraser River Lodge. We met an international clientele who all enjoyed 5 star food - in fact their Chef has served Royalty and we were treated as such. The rooms were clean, the views over the mountains spectacular. An then those bison. Wild bison roaming along the river - I felt like Kevin Costner.

The fishing was unbelievable. We must have hit the jackpot. Salmon everywhere all day long, but the true highlight were the sturgeon, especially in the Fraser Canyon. We have landed a total of 14 sturgeon in 2 days and more than 100 salmon on our Third day. I highly recommend this lodge to anybody who does not want to compromise in quality and service.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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10 Thank Kyle R
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CANADANE73, Owner at Fraser River Lodge, responded to this review, June 9, 2012
Hi Kyle, Thank you for the review. Nice to hear your stay was an "Fantastic Experience".
Yes, the Fraser Canyon trip is a spectacular trip i only can recommend to everybody who are looking for a boat ride and scenic experience above the ordinary.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed December 20, 2011

My first experience with the Fraser River Lodge was last year in September with a friend of mine. We arrived at the lodge on a saturday afternoon after beiing picked up by the lodge van at Vancouver Airport. We got all the explanations we needed before having the welcome drink on the back porch enjoying the amazing scenery of the Fraser Valley!
Our room was very cosy and relaxing. I have to say that the "cleaning lady" did a very good job. On the every day basis, the bathroom and toilet were clean, the beds were made and the floor vacuumed. The only negative point was that they couldn't fix the room safe the same day. It was fixed the day after, but that's nothing !
We spend 2 weeks at the lodge, fishing every single day. Our guide did a good job on jetboating us around to find the best fish.
The FRL gives you the occasion to have dinner on one big table with ther other lodge customers to get to know each other and to share crazy stories, that was something I really enjoyed. The friendly staff does a good service and takes care of you. The chef knows what he does and is a Pro. We had international gourmet dinners as well as local food.
I don't have any negative topics to talk about, because our experience at the FRL was just great so I went back this year in October, same thing !! I will try to make it over again next year.
Jeff, 34 yrs, Europe

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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4 Thank xstreamfishing
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CANADANE73, Owner at Fraser River Lodge, responded to this review, June 9, 2012
Hi Jeff, It is always a pleasure having you here at our Lodge. We are looking forward to see you again on your next trip here in August 2012. Always on the hunt for the next record fish, x-streamfishing;)
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Paris
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed December 18, 2011

We booked a 10 days fishing trip with FRL back in Oct. 2010. After a short one-hour drive from Vancouver airport to the lodge we were welcomed by the manager of the lodge.
The probably unique view from the lodge on mount Cheam and the mighty Fraser River was breathtaking .
Our room was pretty much as seen on the website: spacious, clean and very comfortable (the beds are really comfortable, which is NOT always the case, even in upper-class 5 star hotels). We had a double bedroom.
The staff was very welcoming and we had no difficulties at all to feel at ease. Food was just delicious and thats not exaggerated. After a long and hard day on the river, our "Chef" made sure he served us just the perfect dish to regain our forces, with local products with plenty of taste.
The most outstanding of all was the fishing experience. We came for sturgeon and salmon fishing. Our guide, Kevin, was just unbelievable. Everyday he took us to new fishing spots, following his long experience on the river. NEVER we came home without any fish, even if it was a very slow day. We even managed to land a 9 ft Sturgeon at the end of our trip. Tackle, boats and guiding was excellent. At the end of every trip, the fish would be cleaned and vaccumized. Excellent service. If possible, I recommend the barbecue on the shore, excellent and so delicious.
I would definitely recommend the FRL to all enthusiastics looking for a unique fishing experience along with an high-end accommodation and food.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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5 Thank JtotheBParis
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CANADANE73, Owner at Fraser River Lodge, responded to this review, June 9, 2012
Thank you for the fine review. We are glad your stay was very satisfying and yes, Kevin is a great fisherman;). He rarely comes back to the Lodge without fish.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed September 15, 2011

Came here with a group of 14 work colleagues. The trip was booked by one of my colleagues as a trout and salmon fly fishing trip. About 2 weeks before the trip we were told that there wasn't any trout fishing, but there was fishing for salmon and sturgeon. On arrival, the rooms were nice and clean with AC, and the dinner on the first night as very nice. That evening we decided what type of fishing we wanted to do, and nearly all chose fly fishing for pink salmon, with 4 choosing bar and bounce fishing for king salmon. We were met at the lodge by the guides, who are subcontractors and not really guides for the lodge. My guide couldn't care less about fly fishing; I was later told his main interest was sturgeon fishing. Regardless, you were essentially on your own, which was fine for someone like me who fly fishes a lot, but not for the guys who came on the trip and were first timers, and received no help with tackle, netting fish, or instruction, which we were told they would receive, a really couldn't-care-less attitude. This went on for 3 days of fishing. On check out, we were surprised to find that we had been charged for every bottle of water consumed while fishing in the 35 C heat, and the check out process took over 2 hours, much like dentistry without anesthesia. Needless to say, I don't think I'll be rushing back.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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7 Thank RobertSFBayArea
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CANADANE73, Owner at Fraser River Lodge, responded to this review, June 9, 2012
Dear Robert, I'm sorry to hear about your 'Not so much" experience here at our Lodge. We take much pride in ensuring that our guests have the best possible outdoor experience. All our clients have custom made packages to make sure that the needs and wishes for each individual guest is fulfilled.

I do however understand some of your points that could have lead to a than less good overall experience and I would like to comment on them to show our point of view.

We do have some wonderful trout fishing in our area, but we can be limited in fishing these wilderness rivers if water levels are either too high or low. (2011 was a recored year for high levels of water). Furthermore our fishing guides that are specialized in this type of fishing are limited and very often fully booked well in advance due to the high request of these trips. So these trips are not always available if not booked well in advance. We can also not take 14 people on these trout trips, but max 4 guests at the time. So this could also be the reason that it was not possible to take the group of 14 people on this venture during your short stay at the Lodge.

Concerning guiding we have 5 boats working exclusively for the Lodge. During high season with a full Lodge + day trips we often run up to 12 boats per day and are using other guiding companies in our area. The guides from the other companies are all professional guides with lots of experience on our rivers, and I'm sorry to hear if some of them were not up to standard and I do apologize for this.

Personally I was fishing with your group as an assistant guide on the last day and we had a great day with sunshine and +25 degrees. The guests got their very first Sturgeon and while having lunch break on a sandy beach shore we caught salmon on fly. I will mention that the guests did inform me that this was one of their best days concerning guiding and that the other guide they had early was not as satisfying. Again I do apologize for this and we will for the future tighten up on the subcontracting guides.

I see that some of your colleagues were First Timers for fly fishing. In these cases we select fishing guides specialized for these clients, who take their time to not only fish, but also to give lessons. But this must be communicated to the Lodge in advance since in high season all our fly fishing guides are fully booked.

Concerning the Water Issue, we have custom made water bottles with Fraser River Lodge logo, which are 100% rPET (The Planet Bottle) to ensure recycling and less damage to the nature. The water is guarantied Canadian Glacier Water. Our charge is $1.00 CAD per bottle (0.5 Liter). There are 2 bottles every day in each room free of charge. Any additional water is charged for. Im sorry if this was inconvenient for your group, but this is normal custom at most Hotels and Lodges. However on this point we have amended our policy to also include 2 bottles of water free of charge per person in each packed lunch prepared by the Lodge.

Our Check-out process does not normally take 2 hours, even with big groups. But please bare in mind that we are a small operating business and do not have unlimited staff resources to resolve all upcoming issues immediately. The reason for this long check out was simply the fact that a group of 14 people wished to pay their beverage bill individually and in our system all bills are charged under the room number, not the name. So every single bill of consumption during the whole stay had to be finalized again with who drank what and how much. If this would have been communicated before check-in, we could have billed all beverages under the guest name and not room number, which would have eased the check-out process significantly.

Again I am sorry to hear that your stay was not as satisfying as you expected. But I hope you enjoyed all the other things at the Lodge that did go well.
Of course we hope to see you and your friends again for another fishing venture at our Lodge with hopefully a better experience.

Best regards

Patrick
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed July 2, 2010

Through the Fraser River Fishing Lodge website we booked two Seabird Island Suites in August. We spoke by phone with a lodge manager before booking and we were told of the many elegant luxuries of the FRF lodge. We chose Fraser River Fishing Lodge & Resort because of the amenities at the attractive main lodge. We were enticed by the promise of fine dining, relaxation at a warm inviting bar and other good activities at the main lodge. We were told that our accomodations were only 8 minutes from the main lodge. See the web site and judge for yourself. At the last minute we were told that we could not enter the main lodge! We were paying $3800 for the week lodging. We could have booked a beautiful private home for $1000. We had a party of 10 including several of my grandchildren. Clearly we were barred from the main lodge because children were not welcome at the FRF Lodge. Paul P Slawek, M.D. South Florida.

Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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13 Thank PPSMD
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hermanChilliwack_BC, Owner at Fraser River Lodge, responded to this review, July 19, 2010
We are sorry to read about Mr. Slawek`s comments. Mr. Slawek booked 2 self contained suites located 8 minutes outside of our premises. Mr. Slawek may have thought he can use the Fraser River Lodge while staying at a different location, but this was never promised or even discussed. For Mr. Slawek to use the Fraser River Lodge during his visit is not possible for a very simple reason - the Lodge has been booked exclusively by another group - 1 year prior to Mr. Slawek`s booking.
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Property: Fraser River Lodge
Address: 7984 McDonald Rd, Agassiz, British Columbia V0M 1A2, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Agassiz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Agassiz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Fraser River Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fraser River Lodge is a little piece of heaven surrounded by the majestic Cascade Mountains, on the shores of the Mighty Fraser River.We invite you to join us for a stay at our Lodge, and experience the fishing vacation of a lifetime, a romantic getaway, a corporate event, or perhaps a unique one of kind Wedding venue!Fraser River Lodge is located just outside the town of Harrison Hot Springs & the picturesque farming community of Agassiz, and just over an hour away from Vancouver in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.Come join us and Relax...in style.Enjoy our "outdoor playground" and the endless opportunities that our area has to offer, such as hiking, horse riding, golfing, river rafting and beautiful sight seeings by car or helicopter... Our Lodge guests can also expect gourmet dining, a great selection of Single Malt Scotch Whisky’s, Cuban cigars and award winning BC wines.Set among 18 private acres with 2,000 feet of private riverfront, our Lodge is a warm and inviting log home retreat. From the moment you arrive, you’ll be captured with its spectacular view of the Fraser River and the majestic 7,000 foot high Mt.Cheam. ... more   less 
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