Micah and I are a little spoiled by the fact my aunt and uncle own PK Resort, a fly-in fishing resort in Northern Ontario, Canada, but it’s such an epic place we wanted to share it and possibly inspire you to check it (or one of the other camps in the region) out.
The fact is, unless you live in Michigan or Wisconsin, you would probably never consider Northern Ontario, Canada as a vacation destination. At least, we never did–that is, until my aunt married my uncle, whose family owned PK Resort. PK Resort is north of Lake Superior in the true Canadia “bush.” It’s a land full of nature and wildlife. The area was once prime ground for fur trappers and traders, and driving along the Great Lakes and through the woods you can appreciate the land for what it is and see how little it has changed since the days of the pioneers. To say it’s humbling is an understatement.
PK is the perfect place to truly “check out.” There is no cell service (not even a single bar!) and WiFi in the lodge is very limited. The resort has a satellite phone in case of emergency, but other than that, the idea is to be there, be present, and enjoy your surroundings.
The Journey To PK Resort
To get to PK Resort, you will first need to travel to either Sault Ste. Marie, Canada or Thunder Bay, Canada. For us, that means a flight from LAX to Toronto with a connecting flight to either Sault Ste. Marie or Thunder Bay. After you get to either Sault Ste. Marie or Thunder Bay, you will need to rent a car and drive north to White River. Of course, if you live in the Midwest, you can simply drive the whole way. Depending on where you fly into, it’s either a three or four hour drive along Lake Superior with nothing but tiny towns, lake views, and a lot of trees along the way. We took red eye flights and then made our way to White River, where we stayed for the night. The last leg of your travels involves one more flight! But this time, it’s on a seaplane. You will fly from White River into Granite Hill Lake, where you will find PK Resort! It’s almost like a Jurassic Park moment!
Fishing is epic at PK resort! Unlike a lot of the lakes in California, these are not stocked. They are as pure as it gets! You can fish in Granite HIll Lake or take the narrow river pass over to Obakamiga Lake (or “Buck Lake” for short). You can catch walleye, northern pike, perch, or the rare whitefish. With the booking of your cabin comes a boat and a dock! Minnows are available for purchase, so you just need your rod and reel! The resort can also assist with a fishing license, but it doesn’t hurt to get one before your trip.
The best part is, you can eat your catch for lunch! Depending on the meal plan you choose, the dockhands will clean and filet your fish and pass it along to the resort’s cook, who will prepare it for a fish fry the following day. It’s call “shore lunch,” and there is nothing better than eating fresh fish fried up in a cast iron pan on the lake shore.
Meals and Lodging
The resort has cabins that accommodate anywhere from two to 10 or more people. You can choose between the “America Plan” that includes maid service, fish cleaning, and three home-cooked meals a day, or the “Housekeeping Plan,” where you are on your own for cooking and cleaning and will need to fly in your food for your stay. Given that Micah helped them with their menu this year, we suggest the America Plan! The food is on point and you can just enjoy your time on the lake. They will even set you up with a sack lunch to go, complete with a fresh cookie, if you want to want to spend the whole day fishing.
If you are only a party of two, there are four “units,” or hotel-style rooms with epic lake views. Micah and I usually stay in a unit, but the units are only for guests on the American plan, since they do not have kitchens. If you have a larger party, you can choose from a selection of epic cabins! Trust me, they each have their unique charm, whether it be a lake view or a secluded woodsy feel.
Wild animals are regular visitors at PK Resort! Don’t be surprised if you see a moose on the river’s edge, bald eagles perched on top of trees, or even the occasional bear. You are in the bush and nature is all around you. Unfortunately, that also means mosquitoes, black flies, and mice. But just pack some bug spray and know going into your trip that you are in nature! It’s definitely a big step up from tent camping but you are not at a luxury resort, either.
All in all, visiting PK Resort is a one-of-kind, memorable experience. It’s a great trip for all ages and the perfect place for good old-fashioned family bonding or creating epic memories with a group of friends!
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