Plan Your Trip

Getting to any of the lodges on Great Bear Lake is very straight forward and we are here to help make sure the arrangements are made correctly so that your travel goes smoothly. All guests visiting Great Bear Lake, will arrive at the lodges and depart from the lodges on a Saturday. Special arrangements for trips that do not follow this schedule can be made by emailing or calling the office and usually involve an additional air charter cost. Because the lake is a long way north (4000 km north of Dallas!) your journey will begin on Friday if you are starting out in North America and may have to begin on Thursday if you are starting out abroad. You will need to travel from your home to Yellowknife Northwest Territories. There are several airlines that fly to Yellowknife from both Calgary Alberta and Edmonton Alberta. These airlines have scheduled flights that will not appear on such booking websites as Expedia etc but their websites are listed at the bottom of the page. Please accept our assistance in planning the trip from home to Yellowknife. Once you arrive in Yellowknife you will be met at the airport by one of our staff and we will ensure that you get to your hotel and outline for you how the morning departure for Great Bear Lake will go. In the morning a shuttle will take you from the hotel to the terminal that the charter to Great Bear Lake Lodge and the charter to Trophy Lodge is leaving from. The times and charters vary but expect the departure to be mid morning and the arrival at Great Bear or Trophy to be around lunch time. Guests for Arctic Circle will go to Great Bear Lake Lodge, then be served lunch at the main lodge and then board a float plane for Arctic Circle.  Guests for Trophy Lodge will go directly from Yellowknife to Trophy Lodge.  There are no flights on Saturday morning from down south that will connect with our charters, so you must overnight in Yellowknife on the Friday.

Your journey home after your Arctic adventure begins with a departure from Great Bear Lake late Saturday morning. Guests at Arctic Circle Lodge will fly to Great Bear Lake Lodge Friday night and overnight there for the charter in the morning. You will arrive in Yellowknife on the charter and be met by our staff to ensure you and your luggage make it safely to your hotel. Due to unforeseen yet somewhat normal delays associated with flying in the far north, we strongly recommend that you do not schedule your flights home from Yellowknife on the Saturday night but rather relax and enjoy Yellowknife for the night and begin your journey home on Sunday morning. We are not responsible for delays that may occur to the third party charters that bring our guests to and from Yellowknife. Rest easy knowing you followed our advice and booked your journey home on Sunday.

Getting to Tree River Lodge can be done most easily via the main lodge on Great Bear Lake. Over 90% of the guests that visit Tree River Lodge do so as a side trip for a night or two from the main lodge on Great Bear Lake. When visiting the Tree River this way, the trip begins at the lodge on Great Bear Lake one morning during your week stay. After breakfast and a good weather report we fly groups of guests to Tree River to fish for Arctic Char, experience the Arctic coast, and spend a night or two where few ever have.

Great Slave Lake Lodge can be visited for 3 days, 4 days or 7 days. All of the trips are from Yellowknife, so you need to travel to Yellowknife on the day before your trip because the flights into Great Slave Lake Lodge are all early in the morning. Both the 7 day and 4 day trips begin on Saturday where you start out flying onto Great Slave Lake Lodge from Yellowknife at around 7:00AM and arrive a half an hour later for breakfast and a full day of fishing. Those staying for 4 days will fly back to Yellowknife early Wednesday morning. If all you have time for is the 3 day trip it starts early Wednesday morning and you are flown back to Yellowknife early Saturday morning.

No matter which lodge you decide to visit, we will assist you with making the most sensible travel arrangements and hotel bookings. We have staff in Yellowknife to help you plan the time you have in Yellowknife so you can take in local attractions and they will also make sure you get to where you need to be when you need to be there.

Airlines site:  www.canadiannorth.com www.westjet.com www.aircanada.com