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Blachford Lake Lodge
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Reviewed 4 September 2007

In August 2007, my son and I went to Blachford Lake Lodge for a week of fishing and just plain getting away. I discovered the lodge through a number of internet searches and have to admit that I took a bit of a flyer on the reservation.
I had some excellent feedback via e-mails from the lodge people and felt fairly confident about my choice as the date approached.
We flew to Yellowknife and took a short cab ride to the Air Tindi float base where we were to connect with our float plane for the final leg of the journey. That flight was smooth and took about 25 minutes. We landed at the remote lodge, about 90k from Yellowknife, and were met by cheerful staff who took care of our bags and ushered us up to the lodge.
We were given an orientation that ranged from time of meals to what to do if we encountered a bear (we didn't), then directed to our room. The lodge was extremely comfortable in a rustic way. Considering where we were, it was like an oasis. It was all wood and decorated with animal heads and skins, as well as mounted fish and some aboriginal work. Accomodations are in rooms upstairs in the lodge as well as cabins nearby. We decided to stay in the lodge, which was a bit more expensive but in our minds worth it. The rooms were nothing fancy but had great views of the lake and the sunrise. The cabins were a bit more rustic and without power or plumbing, which some people prefer. The lodge also has the dining room as well as two small lounge areas and a hot tub, which is popular. There’s a sauna down by the cabins as well. Satellite radio provides a nice ambience.
The washroom/shower facilities were shared with one bathroom and shower upstairs and a bigger room with multiple showers and stalls on the main level of the lodge.
One of the highlights was the food, which was out of this world. There were two chefs -- Terry and Ethan -- who did the work and I swear I put on 10 pounds. We ate so well at every meal. Food included Caribou, Musk Ox as well as more traditional steak, chicken and pasta. Desserts were plentiful and almost every night, there were home-baked cookies. Whatever you wanted, they’d somehow be able to whip it up. Overall, the food rated a 10++.
There is a bar there, although I don’t drink so I can’t comment on it other than to say it existed.
Our primary reason for visiting was the fishing and we weren’t disappointed. We hired a guide for three of our five days on the lake and I’d recommend doing the same. Our guide Shawn Taylor, took us to all the hot spots and we caught lots of fish. He also cooked us a shore lunch and the fresh fish was out of this world. We caught big lake trout on Blachford Lake and took the short walk – literally about 20 seconds – to another lake for some Pickerel. Pike were in both lakes. The lodge has bait and a small assortment of tackle available for purchase, and you can rent a road if you’d like.
The use of the boats and motors is included and on a couple of occasions we went out by ourselves although we didn’t have as much luck as when we were with our guide.
We didn’t see a lot of wildlife although there was a family of eagles on the lake that were majestic to watch. We also saw the Northern Lights in a truly remarkable display one night. For a southerner, it was just amazing.
You can also canoe or kayak and there are a couple of nature trails as well.
Back at the Lodge, the staff were out of this world. Annie and J.D. and Jeff had various duties but they always made us feel welcome and answered any questions we had. They became more like good friends than staff. They were truly amazing and just couldn’t do enough for you. I was really blown away by how friendly, how accommodating and how nice they all were.
I really liked the remoteness of this lodge. Cel phones didn’t work although there was wireless internet access and if you don’t bring a computer, there’s usually one you can borrow if you absolutely have to get on the net. There’s no TV or satellite there, which was fine for me although we did bring along a small DVD player. Phone calls can be made if necessary but it’s not as if there’s a pay phone in the corner. This is a place to get away; It was a week of total unwind, something you don’t find very often.
In summary, Blachford Lake Lodge is truly an experience that is hard to describe. If you love the outdoors, love to explore and love the quiet beauty of the world, then this is the place for you.

  • Stayed: August 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 October 2003

We went in mid-February 2003, and albeit, it was very cold, it was the most incredible time. Not only was the Aurora the most amazing thing that we had ever seen, but the staff and the other activities were incredible. We cross-country skied, dog-sledded, ice fished, hiked, and rode the snow mobiles around this beautiful pristine area.

The food was incredible. You were active all day and were fed like royalty at every meal. The staff was so helpful and accomodating. The facitilities were great as well.

We highly recommend it! If you are thinking about it, do it. You definitely won't regret it!

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Reviewed 8 October 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2015
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Room Tip: Nous avions une chambre au dessus de la cuisine, le matin une agréable odeur nous permettait de nous réveiller agréablement.
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 September 2014
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled solo
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