Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge

Frances Lake & Watson Lake, Yukon

Location

Accessible only by water or air, Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge is situated in beautiful on a secluded lake nestled in the northern foothills of Canada’s famed Rocky Mountains. The lodge’s proximity to the site of the first Hudson’s Bay trading post in the Yukon gives this spot a rich historical resonance. Frances Lake is located about 300 km east of Whitehorse in the largely unspoiled southeast Yukon. The Campbell Highway, a well-developed gravel road, provides the only road access leading through the hilly back country to Frances Lake. You can arrive by car in Frances Lake, where the lodge collects you up at the boat ramp and bring you by motorboat (a 30 minute journey) to the lodge. Alternatively, you may choose to fly in by float plane – directly from Whitehorse or you can be collected by minivan shuttle service from Whitehorse or Watson Lake.

Accommodation

Sitting in the foothills of the northern Rocky Mountains, the lodge consists of a main house and five lovingly crafted guest cabins. Each rustic cabin offers lake views, wood stoves, warm quilts, kerosene lamps, a fresh water tank and portable flush toilets. The shared hot shower and wood-fired sauna are located in a separate log cabin close to the lake. A wonderful experience to enjoy, you will be comfortable but don’t expect luxury amenities – this resort fits perfectly into its wilderness setting, just as it should be.

Facilities

Guests at Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge are welcome to browse through the many books in the library, or simply relax in the bright, cozy living room, both are located at the main lodge, which is also where all meals are served. Breakfast consists of breads, cereals, fruit and a selection of warm options. Lunch is a light snack of soup or sandwich and a picnic will be packed for those out on tours. Each night a diverse offering of international cuisine is served, enriched with a variety of fresh local fare, including fish, wild berries, herbs and lettuce from the garden or the wild, in a friendly atmosphere at the communal dining table. During your stay, all activities are included, so why not take a guided boat excursion, try your luck at angling for arctic grayling or even hike one of the many well marked trails in the area.  You could take a boat to Frances River, Tyers Delta or scenic Frances Lake East Arm, explore the romantic bays and picturesque islands around the lodge by canoe or kayak or learn about flora and fauna on a guided walk. There are constant opportunities for wildlife observation, with beavers, otters, bald eagles, loons, squirrels, hares, porcupines, moose, caribou and sometimes even bears, wolves and lynx often seen in the area.

Prices

From £657 per person for a three night stay, based on twin occupancy of a Standard Log Cabin.

Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge, Unorganized Yukon, YT, Canada

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