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Fireside Lodge

Hwy 72, Fireside Road, Sioux Lookout, Ontario P8T 1A3 Canada
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Fireside Lodge is not just a "place" to spend time and fish; it's an experience. As the only resort on the lake, we provide a personal atmosphere along with first class accommodations in the breathtaking atmosphere of the Canadian wilderness. Let our unprecedented service give you the Canadian Wilderness Experience you deserve.
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Hwy 72, Fireside Road, Sioux Lookout, Ontario P8T 1A3 Canada
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Ajaxcouple87 wrote a review Jul 2022
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I just got back from another spectacular week of fishing with friends at Fireside. While the can be some decent fishing in Southern Ontario, there isn't the quality and quantity of musky, pike and SM bass that you will experience on Little Vermillion and surrounding lakes that Fireside has to offer. The three of us counted almost 30 nice muskies, over 100 pike and double that in bass. Add in a walleye to boot. And more importantly, from the time we arrived until when we left, Alan and Audrey are exceptional hosts providing modern cabins, great & filling dinners, great fishing tips of the lakes, dock service and a tackle shop that will meet your every fishing need. And their conversations and warm hospitality is another reason why their customers continue to return each year! As a GTA resident, I chose to fly but others in our group chose to drive up...definitely worth it either way! We've been to other lodges/camps but none offer the same fishing experience! Not to mention the wildlife and scenery you'll experience while you're there. Red & common loons, bald eagles, moose, beavers and lots of other animals. Or the lakes, creeks, waterfalls and unending shorelines! So if you're reading this review, give Alan and Audrey a call to plan your next fishingvacation. You won't be disappointed!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Doug P wrote a review Jun 2022
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I have been coming here with my kids for the 5th time this June. Alan and Audrey are always great hosts and the fishing is excellent for Small mouth, Pike, and Musky. I would recommend this as an excellent Canadian Drive in location. Looking forward to the next round soon.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Bill B wrote a review Nov 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota9 contributions2 helpful votes
Alan and Audrey have been resort owners for over 25 years, and their experience and dedication to customer service was evident from the minute we parked our truck after a drive from Minneapolis. Audrey greeted us as we stepped out of the truck, showed us where to park, and gave us an orientation to our cabin and to meal times etc. Then, Alan met with us and gave us a detailed lake map, showed us how to operate the boat and motor and how to navigate around rocks and other obstacles on the lake. He gave us hints on where to fish, what bait to use, and introduced us to the individuals who staffed the marina. Within one hour of arrival we were on the lake fishing, and we caught several smallmouth bass and northern pike immediately. The weather presented a few challenges, but each morning Alan made the rounds to each table at breakfast to give advice on how and where to fish given the weather conditions. Speaking of breakfast, you are allowed to order from a menu, and Audrey makes each delicious meal herself. The kitchen staff are attentive and delightful. A cooler with a lunch is waiting at your table. The fishing is nothing short of spectacular. If you work at it, you will catch trophy smallmouth bass, northern pike, and muskie. I encourage you to try and fish some of the lakes nearby, as Alan has boats with motors available, and each lake offers different opportunities. All in all, this was by far our best fishing trip to Canada. The fishing, camaraderie, customer service and accommodations are unmatched. We will be returning for years to come!!
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Response from ABrandys, Owner at Fireside Lodge
Responded May 9, 2019
Thank you for sharing your experience at Fireside Lodge. We are happy to know you enjoyed your well earned time and we appreciate your positive feedback. Our guests create the magic at Fireside Lodge, and we are happy to have you as a part of our story! Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you again.
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John W wrote a review Jul 2018
MURPHY4 contributions2 helpful votes
Where to start? This is our second trip to Fireside Lodge. The first was 16 years ago when it was just my wife and myself. This time we brought along our son and our daughter-in-law. With the exception of all the NEW cabins not much has changed at Fireside Lodge since our first visit. The Lodge is like an old friend...welcoming and comfortable. The owners, Audrey and Alan could not be more hospitable and accommodating. Alan's knowlege of the lake system is astounding, and you are given a complete orientation of your boat, motor, and the BEST places to fish. Alan has a very well stocked tacKle shop in the Lodge in case you forgot something or the "Big One" made off with your favorite lure. Besides being Fireside's secretary and treasurer, Audrey is the Fireside's Chef. The kitchen and dining room are here domain. The meals are all homemade and from scratch. Breakfast is totally your choice, from cereals to eggs any way you want them complete with all the trimmings. Lunch is packed for you in a cooler for lunch on shore or on the water, which ever you prefer. When we were there, there were NO mosquitos or black flies to prevent lunch on land. Dinner in the dining room does not disappoint. Check their website for the full 7 day menu. They have healthy choices along with good old "North Woods" comfort food .... and lots of it. Be sure to bring your appetites, you are going to need them. A special Thank You Audrey's staff who do everything possible to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Their duties include a daily cleaning of each cabin and all things dealing with the kitchen and dining room. Good job Ladies!! The Boats and motors are first class. The boats are 16 footers with 20 hp Yamaha's hanging off the back. The motors are easy to start, EVERY time. Boat and motor upgrades are available. The guys that tend the boats and docks are amazing. They make sure your boat is clean and fueled up every day. They make sure that you are securly tied up and help you into and out of the boats if necessary. Like the whole Fireside experience they are first class. Over the course of the week we caught over 230 (we honestly lost track) pike and many smallies. One of which was 18.75 inches. On three days we either portaged or motored into a couple of the more remote lakes. We even fished 4 out of a 14 foot boat for an entire day and everyone survived the experience. That was the things that memories are made of. On behalf of the four of us I would like to thank Alan and Audrey for the wonderful hospitality, memories made and a great week in the Canadian wilderness. You will arrive as a guest and leave as a friend...GUARANTEED. Way more than 5 stars.
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Date of stay: June 2018
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Responded Aug 12, 2018
Thank you so very much for sharing your repeat experience at Fireside Lodge. We enjoyed reminiscing about the past as well as making new memories with you all.
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Ajaxcouple87 wrote a review Jul 2018
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So how does a guy from the GTA celebrate 40+ years of friendship? Jump on a plan and in less than 3 hours you can be at Fireside Lodge in Sioux Lookout for spectacular fishing. We caught over 200 pike and smallmouth bass (and lost a musky) in 5 days including venturing to some back lakes that are rarely fished. Also got to see lots of wildlife including bald eagles, countless beavers and muskrats, herons, loons, moose and even a lynx. Hosts (Allan and Audrey) and their Fireside team provide an unbelievable 5-star experience to add to the fishing which includes sparkling clean boats, prompt dock service, a great selection of hearty meals, new clean cabins that rival many cottages, and a lodge that retains the rustic charm of fishing trips from years past. As a recreational fisherman and cottage owner who has been to several lodges in prior trips, this provides an experience that my other fishing adventures cannot compare to. It’s why they have so many clients who return each year for more bass, pike, musky, tiger musky, and lake trout. So I would highly recommend those from southern Ontario, including the GTA, look up Fireside Lodge (firesidelodge.com) and start planning your bucket list fishing experience!
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Responded Jul 16, 2018
Thank you for the detailed and inspiring review! We hope your words will encourage some city dwellers to unplug and adventure out to the wilderness for some peace and quiet and fabulous fishing adventures.
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Buffalobolt wrote a review Jul 2018
Chambersburg, Pennsylvania35 contributions49 helpful votes
Took my son to Fireside Lodge to celebrate his upcoming 16th birthday. Alan and Audrey run a tight ship. They take care of all the details. Meals are fantastic, the service is great. Lunch is waiting in a cooler for you when you finish breakfast- either sandwiches with snacks or you can take a shore lunch cooler filled with fish, potatoes, beans and goodies to cook on the shore. The boats at Fireside are in great shape and ready to go. Alan and his staff are there to help you every step of the way. Alan’s staff is waiting at the dock when you come back to help tie up the boat and have it clean and ready to go when you come back down to the dock. You pretty much have the lakes to yourself. You will hardly see another boat. Fishing is great. Most days we couldn’t keep track of the number of fish we caught. We can’t wait to come back!!
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded Jul 16, 2018
We were happy to host your celebration! It was great to see you both enjoy your time with each other. Thank you for choosing Fireside Lodge for your fishing adventure/celebration.
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dgfoley wrote a review Jun 2018
Crownsville, Maryland5 contributions1 helpful vote
I just finished (31 May 2018) my 22nd annual Canadian fishing trip with the last 8 of those years spent at Fireside Fishing Lodge in Sioux Lookout, Canada. Fireside is a full-service lodge operated by Alan and Audrey providing accommodations, meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and boating equipment. The accommodations are very nice – clean and comfortable - providing everything one would need including daily maid service. The food is restaurant style providing many choices for breakfast, a few options for lunch – I have only had the packed lunch with sandwiches, chips, fruit, beverage, and homemade cookies to maximize my fishing opportunities - and several choices for dinner which you order a day ahead of time. Audrey is the chef making tasty and generous portion meals to satisfy any appetite after a full day of fishing. The ‘not-your-mothers-meatloaf’ and pork chops are two of my favorites, but I assure you all the meals are good. She is assisted, at least this year, by Joanne, Ashely, and Candice who are the dining room servers. They are always eager to greet each guest, ask about your day fishing, and provide excellent service with a joy and simile that is pleasant and refreshing. They each pay attention to every guest need adding their own special “flavor” to a convivial meal time. Alan manages the dock assisted by Devon and Shawn. They are always there to assist with boat launch and docking. Again, they are very eager to ensure every guest has a first-rate fishing experience. They handle all the “dirty jobs” like putting gas in the boat, mopping floor of fish slim, plugging in your trolling motor, cleaning up your daily trash you throw in the storage bin, and all the other little details. Now the exciting stuff – the fishing is AWESOME. Little Vermillion is approximately 5500 acres buried deep in the Canadian wilderness. The lake holds Pike, Musky, Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout, Whitefish, and Walleye (a very small population but growing). I have personally caught all these species. The lodge practices catch-and-release on a “voluntary” basis as the lake is controlled by provincial regulation. This is awesome as the fishery simply continues to grow with bigger and bigger fish. This trip didn’t produce any “life-time” fish, greater than 40 inches for Pike and 45 inches for Musky but I certainly have caught both and I did see several fish of both species that would qualify. Unfortunately, I was not able to get them to bite. Smallmouth bass are plentiful with the largest one at 19 inches for this trip, a real beast. You will catch fish here! There are a lot of fish and Alan as well as the other guest are willing to share tips, fishing spot, hot lures, etc. If you are looking for a real Canadian wilderness experience without having to worry about the details (meals, boat equipment, etc.) and just worry about which spot and lure your going to try next, this is the place for you.
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Date of stay: May 2018
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Responded Jul 16, 2018
Thank you so very much for sharing your experience. We always enjoy your company, especially our evening visits. The coffee is always on!
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Karl K wrote a review Nov 2017
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We shot a show at Fireside Lodge this summer and not only impressed by the world-class smallmouth bass fishing, the staff and owners are dialed in 150% to make their guests feel like friends or family on vacation. The cabins resemble clean modern condos by the water and we would recommend this lodge to anyone who loves the outdoors, fishing and the incredible menu. (Best prime rib of my life, no kidding.)
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Date of stay: August 2017
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Responded Nov 11, 2017
Thank you very much for sharing your experience at Fireside Lodge. We sure enjoyed having you and your crew join us this season and know your viewers will enjoy the show! Thanks for the shout out to the prime rib!!!
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Deb-n-MO wrote a review Aug 2017
Springfield, Missouri37 contributions2 helpful votes
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Fishing Gals (and guys), Fireside Lodge was the perfect lodge for us. From our first evening orientation to the final fish caught, the fishing (!), hospitality and lodge setting more than exceeded our Canadian adventure expectations. Though all of us were new to pike-on-the-fly, we hunted, hooked, fought and netted, pike after toothy pike, giant smallies, and even a walleye and muskie that week. After daily exploring and catching, tall tales were traded over home-cooked meals served with from-scratch baked goods and desserts. Delicious. Then conversations continued as we migrated to the lodge porch for spectacular sunsets as loons called out across glassy waters. Finally, we retired to our spacious and very comfortable cabins for the best night of sleep ever. Want to reserve your own lake for a portage? No problem! Want a steaming thermos of coffee for your boat today? No problem! Want to enjoy part of tonight’s prime rib for your boat sandwich tomorrow? No problem! It’s no wonder why every guest we met was on a return trip to Fireside Lodge. We found the fishing, hospitality, and accommodations to be ideal, and cannot wait to return ourselves. Thank you to owners and hosts extraordinaire, Alan & Audrey…this group of Fishing Gals loved every unforgettable minute!
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Responded Aug 7, 2017
It sure was our pleasure to host you and your group of ladies! You embraced not only the fishing experience, but the total atmosphere of your surroundings. We enjoyed seeing Fireside Lodge through your eyes. Thank you for choosing Fireside Lodge for your Canadian Wilderness Fishing Experience.
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thefishman2017 wrote a review Jul 2017
Columbus, Ohio2 contributions
After fishing all over Canada for years, my buddy and I have been fishing at Fireside for the last 16 years. I think that says a lot. You will not find nicer people, better fishing or more comfortable arrangements anywhere in Canada. Alan and Audrey make each guest feel so special and sincerely love what they do. It shows in the every aspect of this camp. From the cleanliness and upkeep of the cabins, boats, lodge and grounds, to the amazing cooked to order breakfasts and huge home cooked dinners. It may be hard for you to believe the fishing reports on their website but I'm here to tell you they are accurate and in many cases understated. I feel so fortunate to have found Fireside and God willing we will be returning here for another 16 years.
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Date of stay: June 2017
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Responded Aug 7, 2017
Thank you very much for expressing the feelings of your experiences at Fireside Lodge. We always enjoy our visits with you, and it was a pleasure to see you twice this year and meet your grandson. Thanks for passing on the magic!
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Nearby attractions include Ojibway Provincial Park (6.4 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, free parking, and airport transportation.
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Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Yes, Fireside Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.