Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge

Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge

Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge






Living room in the Main LodgeRelax in the comfortable atmosphere of your cozy, private log cabin overlooking idyllic Frances Lake. Your hosts will lead you to secret places around the lake teeming with wildlife and great scenery. Take a break and enjoy the peace and quiet of this wild, beautiful setting. Join us on interesting daytrips, listen to exciting stories about life out in the wilderness and spoil yourself with great home-cooked food. A friendly atmosphere and personal service is guaranteed, as there are only a few guests (about 2 – 6) at a time at the lodge. However, we can also accommodate larger tour groups of up to 13 people.

Lodge and guest cabins
Guest cabinThe lodge consists of a main house and five lovingly crafted guest cabins, all log buildings of various shape and size. Meals are served in the main lodge, where guests are welcome anytime to browse through the many northern books in the library, or simply relax in the bright, cozy living room. Our guest cabins strike the perfect balance between rustic pleasures and modern comforts: Inside a guest cabin wood stoves and kerosene lamps provide warmth and soft light the old-fashioned way, yet each cabin is equipped with a fresh-water tank, a portable flush-toilet and comfortable beds with linens and quilts. All guest cabins offer beautiful lake views and are within easy walking distance of the main lodge. The jointly used hot shower and wood-fired sauna are located in a separate log cabin close to the lake.

Activities and excursions
Guided daytrips are included in the lodge stay at no extra charge. Popular activities include:

    Boat trip
  • Sightseeing trips by motorboat to the Frances River, the Tyers Delta or the scenic Frances Lake East Arm, which boasts a rambling shoreline, countless bays and hidden ponds.
  • After careful instruction and safety training, exploration of the romantic bays and picturesque islands around the lodge by canoe or kayak.
  • Excursions to the abandoned trading post of the famous Hudson's Bay Company.
  • Learning about flora and fauna on guided walks and hikes.
  • Walking our lovingly built nature-interpretive trail around the lodge peninsula.
  • Constant opportunities for wildlife observation, with beavers, otters, bald eagles, loons, Moose at Frances Lake squirrels, hares, porcupines, moose, caribou and sometimes even bears, wolves and lynx often seen in the area.
  • Very good angling for northern pike, lake trout and arctic grayling.
  • Photographing scenic landscapes, beautiful, frequently changing skyscapes, animals in the wild, flowers and other little miracles of nature.

When planning our guided daytrips, we always consider the wishes and abilities of our guests. Of course you can also spend the day by yourself, using our canoes, kayaks, angling gear, sauna, library, games, nature-interpretive trail and various hiking trails. Or simply relax!

Catering
Morning starts with a rich breakfast: home-baked bread, cereals, fruits Breakfast tableand a variety of warm dishes. If lunch is taken at the lodge it will be a light meal (e.g. soups, dips, etc.) and if we're away on daytrips we'll have a nice picnic on the shore. For dinner, enjoy a tasty three-course menu with salad, main course and dessert. Each night we serve diverse offerings of international cuisine, enriched with a variety of fresh local fare, including fish, wild berries, herbs and lettuce from the garden or the wild. Guests are certain to appreciate our home-cooked meals and the friendly atmosphere at the common dining table. Full board and various non-alcoholic beverages are all included in the price of your stay. Upon advance notification, we gladly consider special dietary restrictions (e.g. vegetarian) or food allergies.

Location and arrival
Lodge BayFrances Lake Wilderness Lodge is situated in midst of pristine wilderness in the remote southeast Yukon, 170 km north of Watson Lake. As a true wilderness lodge, we don't have road access and can only be reached by boat or floatplane. You can travel individually by car or motorhome to the Frances Lake boat ramp, from where we will pick you up by boat (20 km / 30 min. trip). For an extra charge, we will come to pick you up in Whitehorse or Watson Lake, or you can fly in by floatplane. For further details see Getting Here.
On the day of arrival, the pick-up time at the boat ramp is usually at 5:00 p.m. On the day of departure, we will bring you back to the boat ramp after breakfast in the course of the morning.
We are the only residents on this beautiful, 80-km-long lake. Beside our lodge, there are a handful of other cabins along the lake, which are only occupied during a couple of weeks per year at most. And because the entire lake has only one access road, boat traffic is very rare. Guests in our remote wilderness paradise are guaranteed peaceful and authentic nature encounter!


THINGS TO KNOW

  • We speak English, French and German.
  • Bring good shoes and weatherproof clothing (jacket and pants) with you. For more information, see What to Bring.
  • Canadian legislation requires you to sign a release of liability and waiver of claims form prior to the beginning of your visit.
  • Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge & Tours is a licensed business under the Yukon Wilderness Tourism Licensing Act and member of the Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon (TIA) and the Yukon Wilderness Tourism Association (WTAY).

SUMMER SEASON    June 15 to September 20, 2014

We also offer trips in February and March. For details, see Winter Openings.


RATES  in Canadian dollars (CAD) + 5% GST, per person and night based on double occupancy

 3 – 5 nights

 6 – 8 nights

 9 – 14 nights

 15 and more

    $275

    $250

    $225

    $200   

 Minimum stay 3 nights.
 Single supplement 20%, reduced group rates on request.

 Children up to age 15, sharing a cabin with their parents,
 receive 50% discount.
 We have cabins for singles, families and groups.

Terms of Participation

 
RATES INCLUDE

  • Boat transfer to the lodge and back
  • Accommodation in private log cabin
  • All meals
  • Guided daytrips
  • Use of canoes, kayaks, angling gear and sauna

NOT INCLUDED

  • Transportation to Frances Lake
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (the lodge is licensed and has a selection in stock)
  • Angling licence (can be purchased at the lodge)
  • Personal insurance (trip cancellation, medical insurance). We strongly recommend our guests arrange for sufficient insurance coverage before the beginning of their trip.