Canadian Outpost vs Canadian Lodge
Is a Canadian outpost really less expensive to fish than a full service Canadian lodge? The short answer is YES, but there are unforeseen costs that go unaccounted for.
With running a fishing lodge for over 40 years, we hear “Lodges are expensive, that’s why we prefer an outpost” every once and awhile from new potential guest. While a Canadian lodge does have a higher base rate than a Canadian outpost, you are also getting more amenities with the higher Canadian lodge base rate that actually gives you a better chance of landing your trophy fish. Let’s explore …..
SETTING THE BASE
The average difference between the full service Canadian lodge and a Canadian outpost is 750.00 – 1,250.00 dollars per person.
Meals: A full service Canadian lodge offers 3 full course meals daily during you stay. Your stay at the outpost requires you to plan, shop, prepare, and clean up after each meal. The average cost for meals at a Canadian outpost for groceries (food, paper products, cleaning supplies, etc.) is 25.00 per person per day, or 125.00 to 175.00 total per person during their stay.
Next factor in time: A full service Canadian lodge has a staff that prepares your meals, cooks your daily Canadian shore lunch and cleans up after each meal. All included in your Canadian lodge base rate. At a Canadian outpost, you are preparing the meals, cooking your daily Canadian shore lunch and cleaning up after each meal. The meal prep/clean up takes an average of 2 to 3 hours a day. Does not sound like a lot, until you note that the full service lodge guest are fishing while the Canadian outpost guests are in meal prep/clean up.
Privacy: With a full service Canadian lodge you share your stay with other guests. Whether it’s in the dining room,
A Canadian outpost on the other hand you are alone in complete privacy. Only your group shares the Canadian outpost cabin, lake and set your own schedule (want to sleep in, breakfast is on your schedule).
Housekeeping: Housekeeping is a tricky one to determine for a Canadian outpost. Your on vacation, how much housekeeping do you really do? More than you think. Canadian outpost housekeeping on a typical day involves minor cabin cleaning (some broom action, bed
You may not think its much being 10 minutes here, 15 minutes there. But it does add up to 1 hour or more on average per day, depending on your group size. A full service Canadian fishing lodge has staff on hand that preforms all those tasks, plus tasks that you have not thought of. Like restocking your cooler, valet dock service, and guidance where to fish.
A Canadian fishing lodge or outpost is not built just anywhere, there are a few reasons why a location is chosen to build. Let’s explore some of those reasons.
Fishing: This one seems like a no brainer, but it is often overlooked. Is there fish?
Most Canadian lodges and outposts were built in the 60’s through the 80’s and depending on how the resource was managed, they may or may not have great fishing. When researching a Canadian fishing destination, a majority of fishermen overlook how a lodge owner manages their fisheries.
Most Canadian lodges go into detail on how they manage their resource on their website and those that don’t should raise the question of why?
Location: The provincial government determines the number of fishermen a lake/river can support by size of the fisheries boundaries. The number of fishermen is a factor in determining if a lodge or outpost is to be built.
Can the fisheries support the investment of a lodge that is
So the larger the body of water, the better the fishing? Not necessarily, let’s look at lake Winnipeg in Manitoba. Huge body of water (600 miles long), but no fishing lodges. Why?
This ties back to our previous topic, Fishing. Lake Winnipeg is commercially fished. Most of the Canadian walleyes Americans eat in restaurants come from lake Winnipeg. How a resource is managed is a factor. While a larger body of water can better handle unmanaged pressure, there is a tipping point that results in decline of fishing.
DRIVE IN or FLY IN
Fly in lodges generally have better fishing as a fly in lodge is a closed water system that can easily manage its fisheries. The only fishermen fishing the waters of a fly in lodge are guest of that lodge, unlike a drive in lodge that shares its fisheries with private cottages, boat launches, and maybe even other lodges. A drive in lodge can manage the fisheries for its guests, but who is managing the fisheries for the non lodge guests?
Yes, an Canadian outpost can save you 625.00 – 1,075.00 over a full service fishing lodge. But the savings comes at the cost of 15 to 20 hours of time on the water. This translates into 2 extra days of fishing at a full service lodge over an outpost, during a a typical 5 day fishing trip. What the 15 to 20 hours are worth depends on how you value your time. Besides your on vacation to fish, eat, drink and be with family and friends. Not cook, clean and plan the daily events. No matter your choice, the point still remains, go fishing! There really isn’t any better time or place to be than on the water in Canada next summer.
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