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What the Port Loring Vacationland area has to offer

Nestled in amongst the many Northern Ontario lakes and rivers in the heart of Ontario’s Near North is Northern Lights Resort. Fisherman and Families alike flock to Ontario’s Near North communities as it is quickly becoming a favorite travel destination. We are located just south of Lake Nipissing  and the French River area, and just north of the Muskoka area.  This makes our resort just a short 3.5 hours drive from the greater Toronto area.  We are located on Little Long Lake which connects into Toad Lake , Wilson Lake , Duck Lake , Dollars Lake , the Pickerel River and the Wolf River with over 40 miles of waterway to fish and explore.

Unlike the busy Lake Nipissing our sheltered Northern Ontario lakes are perfect for catching a tasty shore lunch in any kind of weather.  Since our lakes are smaller and more sheltered you do not get the rough weather as you would on Lake Nipissing.

Spring Fishing Trips will ensure a nice catch of Walleye (Pickerel).  If you are looking for the trophy Northern Pike to fight with you’ve come to the right place. Record Pike have been here was one weighing over 23 lbs and measuring 42 inches. If you are a Bass fisherman you will be delighted to catch your fill of Small Mouth Bass and Large Mouth Bass. You will be happy to know that you can catch Bass right off our dock.

Are you the more adventurous type? Many of the remote back lakes in the area offer some seclusion and are well stocked with Walleye, Pickerel, Bass, and Perch.   Hike into these lakes is well worth the effort. You can even enjoy camping on one of these tranquil lake campsites. Northern Lights Resort has two back lake boats for your use. One is on Etta Lake and one on Lake Arthur. If you like you can take a canoe into these areas or you can go to other remote lakes such as Rainy Lake or Balsam Lake to name a few.  

At Northern Lights Fishing Resort we make sure all of our mercury boats and motors are in top working condition. Ensuring you have a worry-free vacation. All you have to worry about is where you are going to fish next and what kind of bait and tackle you are going to use.

Northern Lights Family Resort is also a great place for a summer Family Fishing vacation. Our sandy beach for swimming is a great place for your family to bond and enjoy a relaxing vacation. Escape the everyday life and enjoy a beautiful Family Vacation in the heart of Ontario’s Near North. Family activities include swimming, fishing, hiking, cycling, bird watching and wild life viewing. There is no need to worry if you have a rainy day as our recreation hall has satellite TV, cell phone booster. You can also enjoy a game, puzzle or a good book from our library.

Loring and Port Loring is only 5km’s from Northern Lights Resort. There are many things to do such as the local Farmer’s Market every Wednesday featuring fresh local produce and local artists. There are many gift shops and local artisans in the area displaying their crafts.

Wildlife and Habitat

Did you know that Canada has more lakes and rivers than any other country in the world? Specifically Northern Ontario is a vast expense of waterways, wetlands and dense forest. The area around Northern Lights Resort is home to a variety of wildlife.  Including Moose, Deer, Black Bear, Beaver, Roughed Grouse, Pilated Woodpeckers, Loons, Blue Heron, Snowy Owl, Grey Owl and Bald Eagle just to name a few.

Northern Ontario is a photographer’s paradise . Bird watchers and artists will enjoy the pristine beauty of this Northern Ontario landscape. In the fall the Fall Colours Tour  offers many vacationers the opportunity to experience the awesome beauty of the hardwood trees as they display their full colour. Brilliant reds, yellows, oranges and greens dot the hills and shoreline along the Pickerel River System.  

Wilderness Trips

If you need an escape and would like to relieve some stress there is no better way to do this than to paddle the stress away. If you’d like to become more fit, feel strong and free your spirit than pick up a paddle and canoe your stress away. You explore small creeks and islands, as you paddle past natural shorelines. You enjoy the wildlife all around you in this unspoiled natural environment. You begin to feel more alive and more a part of your surroundings. Why not book your Northern Ontario Wilderness Experience today ? What are you waiting for?

Northern Lights Resort offers 1, 2 or 3 day Canoe Trips  in the calm waters of the Pickerel River and Wolf River Routes.  Plan your Fishing Vacation or Family Vacation around one of our Canoe Trip Routes. Perfect for the modest canoeist the beautiful shorelines of the Pickerel River Route is sure to please.

There are over 30 different camping areas suitable for 1-2 tents. You have an option of one or two portages. The Canoe Trip can easily be done in 3 days but you may wish a more leisurely pace and take 5 days. Let us know your needs and we accommodate you on your perfect Northern Ontario Vacation.

Local History

The communities of Argyle, Arstein, Restoule, Golden Valley, Loring and Port Loring were established back in 1868. Settlers from Europe took advantage of the Free Land Grant.  Most residents of the area today are descendents of the original settlers. Logging and Farming became the mainstay of the area. Although not much success was found in farming because of the rocky terrain, logging is still done in the area today.  The shores of the Pickerel River were once dotted with Mills. The Steamer Kawigamog traveled the route from the Lost Channel to the Port of Loring in the 1920’s and carried supplies and lumber. Hwy #522 was built to connect all of the communities in the area. With the newest section from the Ess Narrows bridge to Hwy #69 being built as late as 1979.  Today tourism is a main part of our community with all the lakes and acres of woodlands. Many opportunities exist for ecotourism, fishing and hunting. The local museum in Commanda Lake has many interesting items and information and also a tea room open during the summer months.

Family Fishing Vacations - Memories That Last a Lifetime

Our Cottage Rentals, are clean, modern and fully equipped. Each cottage offers a breath taking view of the lake and all are within steps of our sandy beach and crystal clear water. Our extra clean cottages rentals offer you all the comforts you need to enjoy your family vacation.