Welcome

Here at Aylmer Lake Lodge, we’ve set our sights on being the most incredible adventure you’ve ever experienced.  From the moment your float plane arrives at the dock to the second we wave goodbye, we want you to be amazed.

 

History

The Aylmer Lake area was the last undeveloped Canadian fishery above the treeline, sitting almost 227 air miles NE of Yellowknife and just south of the arctic circle.

As far as the eye can see lays unforgettable vistas of barren land, glistening lakes and rivers, rippling rapids and vibrant flora and fauna.  Wildlife you’ve never seen before and the sweet sounds of solitude give you a new perspective on life.

In 1907, Ernest Thompson Seton, who was a prominent wildlife artist, author, and co-founder of the Boy Scouts, launched an expedition to the Northwest Territories and into Aylmer LakeIn July 2015, the Academy sent out “The Arctic Prairies Expedition II” expedition to retrace his route around this remote lake. The result of their research about Seton’s journey is chronicled in this film.

The land around Aylmer Lake is unique. Depending on the time you fly over the Tundra, the water can glow like molten gold. The eskers are sand embankments that link both land and water. Two-hundred-foot high eskers slash across the landscape – some 100 miles or longer.  Eskers formed as a result of the rivers flowing within the glaciers that once covered this land. Aylmer Lake is the seventh largest lake in the Northwest Territories.

In 2000, Aylmer Lake Lodge opened – intended to serve primarily as a caribou camp.  After being open for five years, the business was shuttered.  In 2012, new life was breathed into the Lodge when we took over.  With an exclusive allocation of over 1700 square kilometers of truly wild and remote lakes, Aylmer Lake Lodge became the home of amazing fishing.  There has never been commercial fishing or First Nation’s sustenance fisheries on these lakes, and nearly no sport fishing before 2013.

Your Hosts

Hi!  We’re your hosts, Kevin and Patti McNeil 

Long before we became owners, we were adventurers just like you.  We first dipped our feet into the wild when we created our outfitting business, Blue Sky Outfitting.  We developed two lodges for waterfowl hunters which we still own and operate – and have expanded that business to include moose, deer, bison and wolf hunting. So why add Aylmer Lake to our adventure portfolio?  Simply put, Aylmer Lake was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, simply too special to pass up. Now we’re continuing to work on making this remote spot into a great fishing facility.

This is the story behind Aylmer Lake. An outstanding fishery, run by a family of outfitters with a proven record of delighting adventurers in the outdoors.   

KEVIN’S THOUGHTS

Thanakoie River Day

Fly Fishing day Well Patti and I headed out at lunchtime to the Thanakoie River it’s one of Patti’s favourite spots and she had not seen it this year. Too busy with guests coming and going. Have to say best day ever! To watch my wife drinking in the scenery, happy...

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PATTI’S RECIPES

Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Each tenderloin it will feed three people. For each tenderloin you will need: Ingredients 6 figs 1 large apple 1 medium onion 1 tsp Garam Masala Salt and pepper 2 cloves fresh garlic 1 tsp onion powder Avocado oil to coat tenderloin Sweet potatoes, diced Onions,...

Dill Dijon Baked Panko Lake Trout

Dill Dijon Baked Panko Lake Trout Adjust for the number of fillets you are cooking Ingredients Salt and pepper 6-8 ounce fillets of trout 2 cups flour for coating fish 4-6 eggs 2 tbsp mayonnaise 4 cups Panko Coating 2 tbsp dry mustard 2 tbsp mustard seeds crushed 2...

Baked Pecan or Almond Lake Trout

Baked Pecan or Almond Lake Trout   Adjust for the number of fillets you are cooking. 1/2 cup of pecans, or if you prefer, almonds 1/2 tsp of rosemary (with pecans) or ½ tsp thyme (with almonds) Salt and pepper 6-8 ounce fillets of trout Eggs Flour Preheat oven to 400...

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