It can be a difficult task trying to decide on an Ontario fishing lodge or your next Canadian family vacation. The variety of brochures and websites seems endless and confusing. We have tried to put our best foot forward without making any unrealistic claims. Our goal is to have our guests return year after year by providing good service at a fair price.
Here are some of the common questions that many first time guests have asked. We hope you have a chance to visit us!
Q: What are the hidden costs?
A: We try and make our rates as complete as possible without “nickel and diming” our guests with charges such as docking or launching fees. Our boats include a locator at no charge because we want you to catch fish and it only makes sense to us that you have one. Gas for our boats is also included and is one less thing for you to try and anticipate. What’s not included are bait, gas for your own boat, license & tax.
Q: How big is your camp?
A: With only 8 cabins we are one of the smallest family run lodges on Eagle Lake. We may be small but how else can you deliver personal service in a relaxed atmosphere? This is the only lodge we know where the owner cleans all your fish!
Q: What about the cabins?
A: We have spent considerable time upgrading our cabins over the years and believe you will find them comfortable and exceptionally clean. They are compact but fully equipped for various group sizes from 2 to 6 people. The cabins, with their log and pine interiors, have a rustic charm that can only be found at an authentic “up north fishing lodge.”
Q: What about the fishing?
A: Eagle Lake is exceptional in the diversity and quality of its fishery. Can we guarantee you success? Nobody can make that claim! What we can guarantee you is that with our 30 years of fishing experience on Eagle Lake you won’t be on your own trying to figure things out. Check out our photo section to see some of the recent catches from the past summers.
Q: Not everyone in our group likes to fish – what else is there?
A: Our location provides close access (1 mile) to the village of Vermilion Bay, or nearby Dryden or Kenora, for sightseeing or shopping. Closer to home we have a sand beach, swimming raft, canoe, kayak, paddle boats, campfire area and 68,000 acres of Eagle Lake wilderness that can provide many interesting adventures.
Q: We’re interested in a remote fishing experience.
A: Eagle Lake can offer this for some people, others need the solitude that can only be found on a fly-in type of trip. Eagle Lake has a number of lodges over its 70 mile long expanse but even with over 400 islands and miles of wilderness shoreline, chances are you will see other boats and fishermen. We do offer the opportunity to portage into several remote lakes where you will likely be the only one there if you choose.
Q: Should I bring my own boat?
A: If that is your preference, by all means! We have special pricing for those using their own equipment as well as free docking and launching. Lake hazards are well marked in our area to minimize potential equipment damage as well. Keep in mind the distances you will have to trailer your boat and whether it’s worth it to you. Our boats are easy to fish from and have the added advantage of the gas being included in the price.
Q: Are meals available?
A: Although we do a Sunday night fish fry, we do not offer the American Plan. There is the option however of eating in one of several restaurants nearby in the village of Vermilion Bay.
Q: Who are the owners?
A: Gord & Susanne Bastable are both Canadian citizens and live year-round on Eagle Lake. Gord has over 40 years of guiding and fishing experience on Eagle Lake. Both are happy to make their guests feel at home at the lodge and look forward to meeting new people and introducing them “to our part of Canada that we call home.
On behalf of the Boyes Group, I would like to pass on our sincere thanks for hosting the Muskie Madness Week and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at VBL and had a great time!! This was our 7th year on Eagle Lake and we have stayed at a few other lodges but VBL takes the cake hands down! You can definitely count us in for next year. I’m happy to see you post some of my pics, they turned out well. Thanks again Gord for a wonderful week of fishing and your stellar hospitality, you run a first class operation, we look forward to seeing you next year!