We're Going to Land Where???

Published in Getting There

This was a familiar refrain usually uttered by “first timers,” as the Boeing 737, did a fly by – perhaps to ensure there was not a herd of caribou milling about - and then banked steeply in preparation for lining up, and landing on the 5100 foot gravel strip at Great Bear Lake Lodge.

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Pike Heaven

Published in The Fishing

Heading back to the lodge after yet another day of remarkable Pike fishing on the Whitefish River, my fishing partner and I decided this was not the time to turn our backs to the wind, so we spun our seats around so we could watch the splendor of Great Bear Lake unfold in front of us, as our boat cut a path across the glass like surface of the water.

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Great Bear Lake - Trip Planner

Published in Getting There

For many, a trip to Great Bear Lake is likely to be a "once in a lifetime" experience, and unless you are an experienced Arctic traveler, preparing for a trip of this kind, takes a fair amount of thought and planning.

Environmental conditions can run to extremes, and changes in the weather are at times measured in minutes or hours, rather than days. It can get downright hot, and ice and snow are not unheard of throughout the short Arctic summer.

The fish you catch will challenge your skill and equipment in ways you may have never encountered, and if you happen to forget some critical item, like your medication or prescription glasses, it's one hell of a long walk to the nearest pharmacy or optician.

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Great Bear Journal - 2009

Published in Trip Journals

Great Bear Lodge - July 11 - 18, 2009

And So it Begins....

To be precise, the adventure began on July 10 when six of us gathered in Edmonton in preparation for heading off to Yellowknife and then to the main lodge on Great Bear.

Together with yours truly our group consisted of Art Ross, Ken Gold, Derek Ballantyne, Rodney Harback and his nephew Kevin. That gave us a cumulative total of well over 100 years of fishing on Great Bear - so there could be no excuses in the event we did not catch a truckload of big fish.

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