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Miminska Lodge

Northern Ontario - Miminiska Lodge wilderness

7-day Traditional Lodge from £4,120 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Miminiska Lodge in the Boreal forest offers a true wilderness experience in the northern reaches of Ontario

Highlights

  • Embark on an authentic and cultural journey
  • Soar over the Ontario landscape up to the exquisite gem that is Miminiska Lodge
  • Return each evening to the comfort of Miminiska Lodge for dinner with homecooked desserts
  • Explore with local Eabametoong First Nations guides

In Brief

  • 1 Night Thunder Bay
  • 4 Nights Miminiska

About

Recommended for:
History & culture | Natural world | Wildlife

Tucked deep into the Boreal forest of the Canadian North you will find a remote, wilderness lodge experience like no other in Ontario. Reached by private aircraft from Thunder Bay fly over hundreds of untouched lakes and uninhabited islands to arrive at Miminska Lodge, which sits on the shores of Lake Miminiska. Expect stunning landscapes, remarkable wildlife and a deep-rooted history, which is integral to the Ontario wilderness. In the most pristine of settings you’ll find private lakefront cabins with ensuite bathrooms offering a very comfortable place to stay. This is a place where you can canoe or kayak with a First Nations interpretive guide who grew up on the lake in order to learn how his ancestors travelled these very same waterways hundreds of years ago. Spend a morning learning to catch your own pike or walleye, jump on a paddleboard, swim, or embrace the peaceful surroundings with a sunset yoga session. Taste local craft beer as you toast marshmallows over a bonfire under a million stars and if you are incredibly lucky, maybe just maybe see the Northern Lights!


Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK/Thunder Bay

Begin your holiday with VIP airport lounge access before your day flight to Thunder Bay via Toronto. Staying in Thunder Bay's most historic hotel, the elegant early-20th-century Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel located in downtown Thunder Bay, and with complimentary airport shuttle service, the iconic hotel dating back to 1911 has stunning sweeping staircases, a classic ballroom and stunning views of the city's famous Marina Park and Sleeping Giant peninsula.

Stay: The Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel, Thunder Bay (Superior)

Day 2
Thunder Bay to Miminiska Lodge

In the morning, you will be met and transferred by private aircraft to Miminiska Lodge on an early morning flight. You will arrive in Miminiska and have an opportunity to settle in to your cabin, followed by a welcome orientation & cocktail, including welcome smudge and prayer by the First Nations community. In the afternoon, you will have the option to join a paddle instruction at the beach or go kayaking & canoeing. There will be a Happy Hour in the afternoon with cocktails and appetizers. Dinner will be at the main lodge, followed by a bonfire.

Stay: Miminiska Lodge, Miminiska Lake (Superior)

Meals: D

Day 3
Miminiska Lodge - Church Island

Start your day off with coffee/tea/hot chocolate, which will be delivered to your room at your time of choice. Breakfast will be at the main lodge. Today, you will have the option to join a half day fishing program on the water (by motorboat) including fishing instructions and a shore lunch fish fry on an island with beer & wine.

In the afternoon, enjoy a First Nations guide-led exploration of Church Island and the history of Miminiska & the area (by motorboat). You will have some free time to make use of the non-motorized watersports, swimming, sauna, etc. There will be a Happy Hour in the afternoon with cocktails and appetizers. Dinner will be at the main lodge, followed by a bonfire with beer tasting, sponsored by a local craft brewery.

Stay: Miminiska Lodge, Miminiska Lake (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Miminiska Lodge - Keezhik River

Start your day off with coffee/tea/hot chocolate, which will be delivered to your room at your time of choice. Breakfast will be at the main lodge. After breakfast, go for a guided paddle trip (canoe or kayak) to the Keezhik River with a shoreline hike up trail to a clearing; picnic lunch at clearing. Get picked up by motorboat or paddle back. The afternoon is free to enjoy the non-motorized watersports, swimming, sauna, etc. Enjoy cocktails and appetizers during Happy Hour, followed by dinner at the lodge. In the evening, there is the option to practice sunset yoga, join an arts and crafts sessions or night fishing at Honey Hole.

Stay: Miminiska Lodge, Miminiska Lake (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Miminiska Lodge - Snake Falls

Start your day off with coffee/tea/hot chocolate, which will be delivered to your room at your time of choice. Breakfast will be at the main lodge. Go on a full day Snake Falls excursion; river fishing on the Albany River, First Nations history and offering ceremony of the Memegwesi (by motorboat). Standup Paddleboard to the island for Happy Hour (cocktails and appetizers). Enjoy a BBQ steak dinner on the beach. After dinner, keep warm at the farewell bonfire.

Stay: Miminiska Lodge, Miminiska Lake (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Days 6-7
Miminiska Lodge to Thunder Bay

Start your day off with coffee/tea/hot chocolate, which will be delivered to your room at your time of choice. Breakfast will be at the main lodge. Depart from the lodge to Thunder Bay International Airport mid-morning connecting with your onward flight via Toronto, arriving on day 7

You may want to stay an extra night in Thunder Bay after your Miminiksa Lodge stay, or break your journey in Toronto on your return journey, please ask your Wexas consultant for details



Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Standard

7-day Traditional Lodge from £4,120 pp incl. flights

Superior

Departure Dates

28 Jun / 03, 07, 17, 25, 30 Jul / 13, 17, 25, 29 Aug / 03, 07 Sep 2020

Includes

  • Complimentary UK departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Thunder Bay (via Toronto)
  • 1 night pre accommodation in Thunder Bay
  • Return flights from Thunder Bay to Miminiska Lodge
  • 4 nights accommodation in a 4 person cabin at Miminiska Lodge
  • All meals and Snacks
  • Happy Hour drinks
  • Wine and beer with dinner
  • Guided activities: guided paddling excursions (canoe/kayak) and wildlife viewing, guided fishing programmes (lake & river) including night fishing, guided explorations of First Nations history at Miminska
  • Non-guided activities & use of equipment (sunset yoga, Native arts & crafts, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, canoes)
  • Nightly entertainment and stargazing
  • Games room overlooking the lake
  • 1 night post accommodation in Thunder Bay

Dining

  • Made-to-order full plate breakfasts in the dining room
  • Lunch is either picnic or shore lunch (fish fry with breaded freshly caught walleye, roasted potatoes, corn, etc)
  • Dinner is three courses - starter, main and homemade dessert
  • Appetizers are served at happy hour (bacon-wrapped walleye, shrimp cocktail etc)

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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