If there is one Ontario fishing resort to go to, this would be my choice. One of two resorts on 20-plus-mile-long Lake Wabatongushi, we climbed off the Algoma Central train to be met by owner Al Errington and crew, who quickly ferried us across the water to our lodge located on an island. In the few minutes it took to get there, we already saw bald eagles above, and great fishing spots on all sides. Our cabin was one of nine on the island we stayed on, with more available. The lodge can handle up to 40 comfortably and offers a choice of cook-yourself, dinner only and all meal plans for your stay. All boats are classic cedar-strip 18-footers with four-stroke motors, and each has a fish finder and electric troller. Guides are available as well and they were helpful and earned the tips we awarded them. The largest walleye our group caught was about 32 inches, more than 11 pounds. We released it, as Al Errington maintains a slot limit that he began and eventually the province took up as well. Cabins are fantastic, with comfortable beds, wood stoves for heat--wood boxes are filled daily--and electricity and full kitchens. Great food was served by cheerful help. A special treat was the boat burning--when an old boat is no longer serviceable, it's set afire at night and you're invited to sit inside for photos. Can't say enough about how great this place is, and I've been to some in Ontario that aren't so great. I am already planning my return... No worries about black flies much here. Al swears that there are so many dragonflies, they eat them all in a few days, and besides, you're on an island. Mosquitoes can be numerous at times, we were told, so bring bug dope in mid-summer. Al also takes guests on nature tours, a bonus, including to an island where lichen grows since the last Ice Age undisturbed. Trails on the island are also fun to explore, as is the observation deck where moose can sometimes be viewed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfortable lakeside cabins and suites, fine dining and courteous service on a secluded island easily accessible via the Algoma Central Railway or float plane. Our resort is on Lake Wabatongushi in a 3,000 square mile Wildlife Sanctuary. Sightings of wildlife such as moose, black bear, loons and bald eagles, are numerous. The only hunting allowed since 1925 is with a camera. Excellent fishing for walleye and northern pike. Also canoeing, kayaking, hiking and swimming. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Errington`s Wilderness Island Hotel Wabatongushi Lake
- Erringtons Wilderness Island Hotel