Province/Territory: Northwest Territories

Fishing and wilderness lodge-lounging under the midnight sun

  • 15 minute scenic float plane ride
  • 02 lakes and three rivers for fishing
  • 04 different kinds of fish to catch

Soar on a scenic float plane ride from Yellowknife into the wilderness of Yellow Dog Lodge, a family-run fishing retreat perched between two pristine lakes. A guide reveals the best fishing spots and you spend the day amid nature with only the sounds of thrashing pike and water lapping the boat. Experience the feisty fight of northern pike at the end of your line. Kayak and spot otters, eagles and black bears. Hike through spruce forest and wildflowers, picking berries and watching for moose. Catch a fresh trout and prepare it over an open fire for a shore lunch with all the fixings, a Canadian tradition. Get to know your hosts and listen to tales of local folklore, history and life in the North. Look up from a roaring campfire and spot eerie Northern Lights dancing across a star-splashed sky. After a soak in the wood-fired hot tub, bed down in your cozy lake-front lodge or cabin to the loons calling.

Why you should visit
  • Enjoy catch and release fishing on Duncan and Graham lakes, but keep a small fish to fry up for a Canadian shore lunch.
  • Watch for visits from Yellow Dog’s neighbours: bears, moose, wolves, eagles, otters and loons.
  • Savour more than 21 hours of midnight sun in June.
  • Fish two lakes and three rivers filled with lake trout, northern pike, grayling and whitefish.
  • Stay at a cosy lodge right on the lake or settle into a cabin.
  • Head out on the water on an exclusive rustic floating tent camp aboard a motorized pontoon.
  • Pass lazy afternoons paddling a canoe or kayak, reading a favourite book, or napping on the deck.
  • Relax in a wood-fired hot tub with a boreal view.
  • Visit in September for late summer northern lights viewing and star gazing.


  • The Yellowknife region has a subarctic climate. It lies in the rain shadow of mountain ranges so it receives only 300 mm (12 inches) of precipitation annually.
  • Summers are short but days are long, warm and sunny with average temperatures in the mid 20°C although highs of 30°C are not uncommon.
  • In Autumn, from late August through September, days become short and brisk.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • Stays from one to seven nights – or longer - include a float plane shuttle from Yellowknife and back, all meals and on site activities.
  • Rates and dates.
When to go
  • The lodge is open mid-June to mid- September.
  • July and August are the warmest months with long days for fishing, hiking and paddling.
  • June is the driest summer month.
  • From mid-August through September temperatures are cooler, especially at night, and days are mostly bug-free. It’s the season fall colours create an autumn spectacle. Darker nights also make this a good time to spot Northern Lights.
Need to know
  • Use of fishing gear is included, but there is an extra charge for guided services.
  • Yellow Dog Lodge is 400 kilometres (250 miles) south of the Arctic Circle so summer days are long and bright.
  • Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Yellowknife has a good selection of banks, hotels, restaurants and shops.
Getting Here
  • Yellowknife, the capital and biggest city of the Northwest Territories, is also the airline hub. Regular flights from Southern Canada arrive into the Yellowknife Airport (YZF).
  • Three highways link Yellowknife to the Yukon, British Columbia and Alberta.
  • View current road conditions and traveller information.