One of the most appreciated aspects of fishing so far north is that there is never a panic to rush out to the fishing pools in order to arrive before other fishermen in the morning. Only the guests of Wedge Hills Lodge will be actively fishing within the territory, allowing for a truly relaxing and enjoyable fishing experience each day.
With the lodge located directly in the middle of our 30-mile stretch of river territory, guests will alternate going north and south of the lodge. Equipped with 22-foot NorWest freighter canoes and 30 HP jet motors, each guide will navigate the rapids with two fishermen to different salmon pools, as well as have some fun at known brook trout holes.
Wedge Hills Lodge, founded in 1960, was one of the first chosen sites along the George River to offer fishing trips to sportsmen from around the world. In 2018 and 2019, extensive renovations were made to the guest cabins and common areas in order to provide first-class accommodations and facilities to guests.
With only eight guests per week, the atmosphere at the lodge is family-like in nature, and each staff member's number-one priority is attention to guest service and detail.
Despite being located in an extremely remote area of the world, transportation logistics have been streamlined in order to have guests sipping a cocktail at the lodge within four hours of departure from Montreal, Quebec, which is 882 miles south of the lodge!
Guest accommodations at Wedge Hills Lodge consist of four double-occupancy cabins featuring one double bed or two single beds in a cozy log-sided one-room cabin. Each cabin is furnished with nightstand, dresser, direct-vent propane heater with thermostat, private powder room with sink and toilet, a shared screened-in timber frame porch with chairs and view of the river, and two extra-large rainfall shower facilities in a separate cabin only steps away.
We also have one group cabin featuring four single beds and one double bed in a log-sided three-bedroom cabin. Each bedroom has nightstands, dressers, direct-vent propane heater. Include is a separate drying room, full bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower, and a cozy sitting area overlooking the river with a wood stove.
Our guest common areas include our newly-renovated lounge and dining room.
The lounge is at the heart of our lodge as a place for guests to convene and warm up by the cozy fire. Every evening at 5:30, this is where we host a cocktail hour before dinner when guests can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at the bar while sharing stories of their day.
In the evening after dinner, it is the perfect place to unwind with a book on one of the sofas or take a dip in the relaxing wood-fired cedar spa in the adjoining gazebo. With floor to ceiling windows, the lounge offers 180-degree views of the river below, as well as a gateway for spectacular northern light displays during clear evenings.
The dining room offers an intimate setting and rustic feel with woodwork harvested from the surrounding territory, and a unique wood stove from Norway as the centerpiece.
Enjoy breaking bread with friends and family, gazing out over the river as our chef prepares delicious dishes to suit everyone’s palette, ranging from home-style Canadian dishes to unique in-house creations.
For breakfast, guests can order from our menu based on their preference each day. Choices include traditional eggs and bacon, french toast, crepes with fruit, breakfast sandwiches or wraps, and baked breakfast bowls.
Lunches are served out on the river by our guides. When the weather is clear, the guides often prepare a shore lunch of fresh fish, potatoes and onions, or sausage, chili or stew. If the conditions do not look suitable for having a fire, guests will be given a packed lunch of sandwiches, cookies, chips, and fruit.
Dinnertime begins with a new creation of appetizers each day in the lounge area, while guests and guides enjoy a cocktail after their day on the water. This is followed shortly by the entrée and main course in the dining room, including red or white house wine. Soups, salads, and a selection of homemade bread start things off in the dining room each evening. For main courses, guests can expect a different dish each evening of succulent beef, fish, chicken, pork, seafood or pasta. Dessert and coffee always complete each meal with a selection of our in-house creations!
Personal service and attention to detail leave all guests with full bellies and looking forward to their next meal.
**We also provide an alcohol accommodation service for guests who wish to order beer, wine or spirits for their stay. Additional fees apply.**
July 10-August 10: brook trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon, landlocked Arctic char
August 10-September 7: Atlantic salmon, brook trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon, landlocked Arctic char
September 7-September 30: Atlantic salmon, lake trout, landlocked salmon, landlocked Arctic char, ptarmigan, spruce grouse
The George River is big and wide; with an impressive flow stretching 351 miles in length from its headwaters at Lake Janniere to the mouth of Ungava Bay in Kangiqsualujjuaq. The terrain on its shorelines varies considerably throughout its length, including within the 30-mile territory of Wedge Hills Lodge, changing from sandy beaches, to flat, rocky shelves, to large boulders.
The lodge sits overlooking a large, calm bay in the river. From the lodge, guests can wade out on the sandy bottom and fish mainly for brook trout and lake trout. To access the salmon pools, a boat ride is required either north or south of the lodge. In both directions, there are significant rapids to maneuver with salmon pools and brook trout holes scattered along the length of the territory.
There are also nearby lakes and streams within the territory that can be accessed by helicopter for fishermen to enjoy.
While there are trees and alders that grow in a micro-climate lining the lower-lying areas of the river, the rest of the land remains virtual vacant of any vegetation other than moss and ground shrubs.
The weather in the subarctic is very unpredictable and can change without notice several times per day. Basically, if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes!
Depending on the timing of the scheduled trip, the weather will vary considerably. For July trips, guests should expect warmer temperatures ranging from 10 C (50 F) to 18 C(65) . During this warmer period, it is important to have proper protection against black flies and mosquitoes.
In August, guests can expect daytime temperatures up to 15 C(40) and nighttime temperatures just above freezing. September usually marks the beginning of the colder weather with daytime temperatures up to 10 C, and just below freezing temperatures at night.
No matter when you are planning your visit, it is important to always plan for rain, snow and wind. Not having the proper protection against the elements can certainly put a damper on your experience.
Rates start from: $6,000 USD
You can find all pricing information at: wedgehillslodge.com/packages/
Fly Fishing Gear Recommendations:
Recommended Flies for Atlantic salmon (8/6/4):
We recommend that you dress in layers since the weather in the North often changes many times per day. All bedding, linens, and towels are provided at the lodge so it is not necessary to bring a sleeping bag or towel.
What to bring:
Can I bring fish home with me?
We do not allow guests to bring fish home, however fresh meals of fish can be eaten during shore lunches or for dinner at the lodge.
Is fishing done from the boat or by wading?
Most of the time the fishing is performed by wading or standing on a rocky ledge, however at times when the water level is very high, some pools are only accessible by fishing from the boat.
How long is the flight from Montreal to Kuujjuaq on Canadian North (formerly First Air)?
2hrs. 20 min. by 737
How long is the flight from Kuujjuaq to Wedge Hills Lodge?
45 min. by Twin Otter (tundra tires)
How will I know where to go when I arrive in Kuujjuaq?
Our representative will greet you and guide you to your next flight upon arrival
If I want to hunt birds, can I bring my dog?
Yes, special arrangements can be made to bring your dog.