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So.... you’re thinking of taking a trip to Canada for the fishing, hunting or wilderness adventure trip of a lifetime. Maybe a fly in one?? Well you’ve come to right place to start or should I say one of the right places. The Patricia Regional Tourist Council maintains a series of websites each targeted to a particular sector of the tourism industry in our vast wilderness area of the Canadian Heartland. The fishing here is second to none with our primary fish species being walleye, northern pike, musky, trout and smallmouth bass.

This particular site is dedicated to the fishing and hunting outposts of the region including fly in, boat in and yes, drive in facilities. For clarity, the difference between a fishing/hunting outpost and a lodge, resort or camp is that at an outpost you are expected to be self-sufficient. A lodge, resort or camp will have more services and extracurricular activities than a fishing outpost. The fishing outposts of Canada’s Heartland are generally categorized by the methods of access to the facility - Fly in, Boat in or Drive in. Remoteness is generally what these places offer along with truly superior fishing and hunting experiences.

The bulk of the Patricia Region’s outposts are as the British say “self catering”, or in other words, you look after yourself. The Outfitter provides the facility, equipment, boats, motors and fuel and you provide the rest. Some of the more remote fly-in outposts do offer basic food supplies as part of their standard packages. This is something you should watch for when comparing both price and weight allowances. Many outposts can accommodate quite large groups and some of the larger outposts do include the services of a camp attendant who may also, on occasion, provide guide services to camp guests. This option is something to discuss with the individual outpost operator as you weigh the various possibilities.

Remember, at an outpost camp you are expected to be self sufficient. You’re the guide, cook and chief bottle washer. On your way to the outpost, your host will be happy to point you in the right direction as far as where the fish are etc., but they won’t be there to hold your hand when a motor won’t start or to find you if you don’t come home at night. For many ardent fishermen this is the ultimate fishing trip.... the thrill of “your own” private lake is worth any sacrifice in services and creature comfort.

As mentioned before, outpost camps are categorized by the method of direct access. There are 3 basic methods of access: drive to, boat in and fly in.

A drive to outpost has, of course, direct road access, although that may be via primitive wilderness roads.

A boat in outpost is accessible only by water - usually the outfitter will have a private landing or kickoff point where you can park your vehicle and transportation from there is provided by the outfitter via boat.

A fly in outpost is accessible only by float plane - usually the outfitter has a civilization main base where they provide parking for your vehicle. Air transportation from there is then provided by either the outfitter or a contracted air service.

NB. In all cases you are responsible for providing your own transportation to the operator’s civilization main base.

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