Widgawa Lodge & Outfitters

Widgawa Lodge & Outfitters Reviews

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Reviews (138)
Jordan Raghunandan
Jordan Raghunandan
2023.10.20
We pre booked everything online, and Darren had everything ready for us upon arrival. He was very kind and explained all the rental procedures for us. We did a 4 day portage trip in Killarney which was a great experience, and launching from Widgawa was easy. Only downside was we were not told that we arrived at the start of their 'Self Serve' season, luckily they were still closing up the lodge when we arrived. An earlier heads up on that would've been appreciated, but everything else was great.
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Cheryl Crabtree
Cheryl Crabtree
2023.10.17
Sometimes you get lucky and visit a place where that wonderful feeling that you get on holiday continues well after your visit has ended. Magical, comes to mind. A return to simpler days, where the most important priorities were shall we go for a walk; wait for the evening darkness to fall and sit by the light of the campfire; or relax with nothing to do except absorb the quietness of the historic cabins. Widgawa Lodge & Outfitters offers great walking trails, boat rentals and river access to the west Killarney Park entrance. In addition, it has a common lodge where guests can play pool, enjoy board games in the evening or begin the day with a great cup of coffee. We stayed in the โ€œAY Jacksonโ€ cabin for two nights in early October 2023 (Group of Seven fans). Most especially, we enjoyed the hospitality, friendliness, and experience of the Widgawa crew who made us feel completely at home. Time feels slower here. That is a great reason to come back. See you next year!
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Serge Krieger
Serge Krieger
2023.10.04
A well organised and well structured vacation resort for hiking, camping, canล“ing & fishing.
Josh Sagan
Josh Sagan
2023.10.02
By far the best way the access Killarney and the BEST outfitters ever. Beautiful location, canoes were prestine, the new owners are the nicest people you'll ever meet i really can't say enough good things. Would HIGHLY recommend to anyone... what a joy, cant wait to come back in 2024!
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Kathy Brouse
Kathy Brouse
2023.10.02
Despite the ongoing construction I really enjoyed my stay at Widgawa Lodge..my cabin was very clean and well stocked with everything I needed to cook dinners and breakfasts. The staff is very friendly, shout out to Stacy who is so welcoming and friendly. Perfect location for hiking Heaven's Gate Trail...looking forward to another visit next year.
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Victoria Marshall
Victoria Marshall
2023.10.02
The lady that set us up with a canoe rental was very helpful and walked us through the new Portage that was a short cut to our lake. We rented a canoe, life jackets, foam blocks and straps and everything was great quality.
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Lidija Pej
Lidija Pej
2023.09.05
I stayed at Widgawa Lodge for 2 nights with my friend. Loved it! It is all you expect and more from the Canadian North! Cabins are 100 years old and just that fact gives you a different perspective. Stacy ( who takes care of the place) is such an amazing person, always available and very helpful. So are the owners, who were there during our stay. We'll definitely go back again, there are things we didn't do due to our short stay. Thank you Widgawa Loge for making our long weekend very special ๐Ÿ˜Š
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Reply from Widgawa Lodge & Outfitters 2023.09.05
Wow, thank you Lidija - so happy you loved Widgawa. Yes our team Stacey and John are fabulous and so helpful. We look forward to having you again! ๐Ÿ˜
Donna Pilkington
Donna Pilkington
2023.08.29
We really enjoyed our stay at Widgawa. Our cabin was cozy, charming and contained everything that we needed including a well stocked kitchen. Highlights of our stay included: the warm welcome from Stacie and John, sighting a bald eagle and a Momma bear with her 3 cubs while on a sunset cruise, and our hiking and paddling adventure to Grace and Nellie lakes. We also loved paddle boarding up the river. This quiet spot allows you to savour the beauty and tranquility of this part of Northern Ontario.
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Reply from Widgawa Lodge & Outfitters 2023.08.29
Thank you Donna, Widgawa is a special place, the wildlife is awesome and the team is wonderful. So glad you enjoyed the time, beauty and tranquility during your stay.
Julian Goss
Julian Goss
2023.08.28
We have used Widgawa as an entry point into Killarney for years now. Love the place, always great, but the new booking system introduced by the new owner is very helpful, and staff (Stacey and John) are absolutely fantastic people. Til' next year!
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Reply from Widgawa Lodge & Outfitters 2023.08.28
Thank you Julian!! Glad you had a wonderful time and we are happy to hear the feedback on the new booking system.
sue johnson
sue johnson
2023.08.10
We had a wonderful trip in Killarney and had a seamless canoe and water taxi rental through Widgawa lodge. New owners, Darren and Krista updated their online booking system which made it very easy. They also extended the road down to the water for easy unloading of camping gear. John and Stacey who manage the resort were very hospitable and friendly. The access to canoes at the portage sights into Nellie and Grace lake were an added bonus along with the prompt water taxi service. Definitely worth the money! We will definitely be returning.
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Reply from Widgawa Lodge & Outfitters 2023.08.29
Thank you Sue! We look forward to seeing you again and are so pleased that you had such a wonderful trip. The new booking system, the new road to the docks and our "making your canoe trip easy" without having to portage canoes are a great hit this year.
Jim Nighswander
Jim Nighswander
2023.08.01
My son and I stayed an evening at the Widgawa Lodge the day before our back country camping trip into Killarney. Everyone there was great, friendly, and just in general took care of us. We had a few questions about our trip to Killarney and they were able to provide us some guidance while also having some basic supplies available that we forgot to pack. Our first site was Lake Nellie by way of Grace Lake. Given the distance we opted for the taxi service to the first portage. 4 days later we exited by way of Murray Creek. We also also opted for the taxi service back. We were very happy we did since the paddle to and from Killarney would have made for very long days at the start and end of the trip. Thank you Stacy, John and Darren for helping us have a great father/son weekend. Jim
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Reply from Widgawa Lodge & Outfitters 2023.08.01
Thank you Jim for the kind words - what a special father son trip you had. We really enjoyed having you both as guests!
Alia C
Alia C
2023.07.24
We stayed at Widgawa during our fishing trip on Georgian Bay. The place where we docked our boat was only a 6 minute drive away and it was great being able to go back and forth between the two so easily. The cabin we stayed in had everything we needed and was very clean! The owners were friendly and very easy-going. Would recommend staying at Widgawa if you're doing any sort of activity in the area!
Reply from Widgawa Lodge & Outfitters 2023.07.24
Thank you for your kind words and we are delighted you had a great stay!
Nathan Smith
Nathan Smith
2023.07.07
As you exit the highway, a meandering, tree-lined path delivers you to a truly special place. Nestled among pines and maples, Widgawa Lodge is a true 'diamond in the rough'. The owners and staff are friendly, thoughtful and welcoming. While the hundred year-old cabins are definitely rustic, they are equipped with electricity and hot running water. Furthermore, a short ride down the river brings you to a vast network of lakes in which the fishing is phenomenal and the scenery, gorgeous. And all of this is only fifteen minutes from modern amenities in the town of Espanola! If you're looking for a relaxing getaway in a picturesque setting, you've found it. Five stars
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Reply from Widgawa Lodge & Outfitters 2023.07.10
Thank you Nathan! You described our place well, beautiful nature, rustic cabins and a true diamond in the rough!
Dave Brodhagen
Dave Brodhagen
2023.06.29
Quaint cabins, very hospitable hosts and great bass fishing.
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Reply from Widgawa Lodge & Outfitters 2023.07.02
We really enjoyed having you Dave - thank you for the kind words!
David VanWijngaarden
David VanWijngaarden
2023.06.29
Had a great fishing weekend with some neighbourhood friends! Lots of bass and northern pike. The staff and owners were delighful (to the point we invited them to our fish fry) Over the top touch was that I had a trailer light get damaged on the way up and they fixed it before I could even get to it! (Can't beleive they even noticed it let alone to repair it!!) Place was quiet, peacful and so beautiful! Can not wait to go back in August!!
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Reply from Widgawa Lodge & Outfitters 2023.06.29
Thank you Dave - we loved having your group at Widgawa! Your group were fabulous guests and left the place spotless. Thank you for including us for the fish fry (which was delicious!). A shout out to John who fixed your light - we do have a fabulous on site team. See you in August!
Troy Mcclure
Troy Mcclure
2023.06.12
Great experience! A true gem in the wilderness. We stayed a night in cabin 6 and then rented canoes for our 5 day Killarney trip. John was fantastic and the whole experience was seamless.
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Reply from Widgawa Lodge & Outfitters 2023.06.12
Thank you Troy! So glad you had a great trip and wonderful stay.
Wendy Lang
Wendy Lang
2023.06.01
Great place for starting canoe trip into Killarney, new road to launch area, new ownership, $20 to launch, cheerful service
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Reply from Widgawa Lodge & Outfitters 2023.06.01
Thank you Wendy! Hope you had a fabulous trip ๐Ÿ˜
Elias Horak
Elias Horak
2023.05.18
Reply from Widgawa Lodge & Outfitters 2023.06.01
Thank you!
Skye Buchanan
Skye Buchanan
2023.05.11
Such a great place to access the park. My spouse and I stayed there the night before we paddled out to Killarney. The owner and employees were so wonderful and accommodating and efficient. We'd definitely go back! Thank you again to Widgawa Lodge for everything ๐Ÿ™‚ Marcel and Skye
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Reply from Widgawa Lodge & Outfitters 2023.05.11
So glad you had a great time and we hope you will come back again Skye and Marcel! Thank you for the kind words as well ๐Ÿ˜
caleb caron
caleb caron
2023.05.06
A couple of close friends and I decided to go back into Killarney this year and as usual we decided to use Widgawa Lodge. Ownership has changed since my last trip in the area and we had an absolutely amazing experience. Darren, Stacy, John and Chase were all extremely helpful and hospitable during our stay, a great environment to spend a night before or after your adventures. They have made some great improvements to the grounds, like adding a new road and a new docking area, it makes getting ready for your trip a lot easier. Myself and my group were extremely pleased with how welcoming and generous the crew at the lodge was during our stay! I would highly recommend using Widgawa Lodge as an access point, outfitters or even for a few nights in a cabin. They have some gorgeous new canoes, all in great shape! Again a big thank you to the team at Widgawa Lodge for helping make this trip happen!
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Reply from Widgawa Lodge & Outfitters 2023.05.06
Thank you Caleb for the kind words! We look forward to seeing you again in the future :)