Solace seekers look no further, we have just the fishing escapes you're after
Alyssa Lloyd
By Alyssa Lloyd

Alyssa is a photojournalist and angler based out of Kenora, Ontario.

Last Updated: February 12, 2019


Waking up to a still morning, only bird calls fill your ears and your taste buds long for that first coffee to reach your lips. It’s the first day of many on your fishing trip and you get to savour this exact moment each morning.

Fishing trips can be as social or as silent as you desire, and for those solace seekers, we have some suggestions to help you plan your trip in this article. 

The beauty of Sunset Country is that you can go to a convenient drive-in lodge but still get the peace and quiet you're after. There are several lodges off the beaten path that are accessible, yet remote. 

Then there are boat-in lodges where you can experience an intimate setting and crowd for your week-long visit. 

If you truly want to go off the beaten path, you can choose a remote fly-in outpost, but there are also the options of fly-in lodges, some have full American Plan and most have housekeeping where you can keep to yourself and decide your own routine for meals and socializing. 

Perhaps you want to experience true quiet wilderness on your fishing trip. In which case you have a fourth option, an outfitted paddling trip in one of many Sunset Country's wilderness parks. 


Some lodges here in Sunset Country can be right off the highway but feel as though you're miles into the wilderness, and then there are drive-in lodges that actually are in the wilderness. If you value solitude, peace, and quiet to enjoy your own parties company, you won't mind going the extra mile to a drive-in lodge that'll suit your needs. 

Contrary to other parts of the province, drive-ins in Sunset Country are still an accessible means to remote getaways. 

Perhaps look at a few places up the 599 Corridor towards Savant Lake and Pickle Lake, or Red Lake, Minaki and Armstrong. If you're hoping for solitude a bit closer to the border, we'd suggest heading towards AtikokanRainy River or Nolalu. Click this sentence for a full list of drive-in lodges in Sunset Country


The beauty of boat-in lodges is by their nature and small vacancy numbers they already guarantee you a limited crowd of people with more privacy. Boat-ins are great if you have your own boat and prefer to take it with you, they validate your decision to bring it with you. If you don't have a boat, the lodge will arrange shuttle times and boat rentals for you, so not to worry. 

Boat-ins are popular in Sunset Country and can be found on just about every main body of water while also providing access to smaller lesser known waters with just as good of fishing. 

If you're willing to go a bit further, click on this sentence to be brought to a complete list of boat-in lodges in Sunset Country and search by town name. If you're looking for peace and quiet close within a two-hour drive of the border we'd recommend you look near the Sioux Narrows, Nestor Falls, Morson, and Fort Frances/Mine Centre areas.


Fly-in lodges are on a lot of angler's bucket lists and it's easy to believe they aren't affordable, but in Sunset Country your dream can become a reality without breaking the bank. Fly-in lodges are ever popular throughout all of northwestern Ontario, you'd be hard pressed to find a town that doesn't have docks specifically for float planes. 

The beauty of fly-ins? Though your destination may be off the beaten path and a great distance from any road, you don't need to travel far into the borders of Sunset Country to find a flying service to deliver you to the fishing trip of your dreams. 

As we said, fly-in services can be found in just about every town in Sunset Country, all you need to decide is how far north you want to travel by plane and what species you'd like to pursue! 


Perhaps you'd like to cancel all man-made noise and be interrupted only by mother nature herself. If you enjoy canoeing, fishing lakes entirely to yourself and feeling very small (in a good way) against a rugged landscape, you may want to consider a wilderness paddling trip

These remote expeditions are a great way to get an abundance of one on one time with you and your significant other, friends or family. You can also do a solo trip. 


Whether you're seeking complete solitude or relative quietness, there are several places for you in Sunset Country. It can be as complex as complete solitude or as simple as enjoying that first cup of coffee just the way you like it, your fishing trip should reflect your wants and needs. 

If you're still not sure what type of trip you should take in Sunset Country, feel free to send us an email to info@visitsunsetcountry.com with what you're after or, give us a shout 800-665-7567. 

It can be overwhelming, so we encourage you to reach out to us, or use other resources available to you, such as our Free 2019 Travel Guide and Fishing Map