Q: How long has Blachford Lake Lodge been in business?
A: We have been in operation since 1981. Blachford is owner operated with the owner and most of the staff resident in Yellowknife.
Q: When are you in operation?
A: We are open from mid December through mid April, and from June to mid October. We are closed a few weeks in autumn, while the lake freezes and in spring when the lake thaws.
Q: Does that mean I can see Aurora all summer?
A: Not quite. From May through the beginning of August, we have 24 hours of light, so the Aurora are not visible.
Q: When is the best time to see Aurora?
A: When can you travel - winter or fall? These are our "Aurora Seasons" (mid-August through mid-October, and mid-December through mid-April) - and during this time, the biggest difference is the variation of activities available during the daytime. The night skies are typically just as special in both seasons.
Q: Is it guaranteed I will see Aurora, or catch the biggest fish?
A: Sorry, we can't guarantee anything... but we will try our best! The NWT is scientifically the best place in the world for Aurora viewing, so you've picked the right place. The science behind the Aurora says that if you stay for 3 nights minimum, you have around a 90% chance of getting a special lights show.
Q: How do we arrange guide service?
A: Guide service is available for all guests. Ask our office staff before you arrive. We do require pre-booking of guides to ensure that your needs are accommodated.
Q: Do you provide transportation from Yellowknife Airport to the Air Charter Base?
A: We can arrange transportation for you. We can also arrange for tours and hotel or B & B accommodations in Yellowknife. Air charter flights depart from a float plane base on the shores of Great Slave Lake.
Q: When and from where will my charter flight depart?
A: We will inform you via email approximately 4 weeks prior to your scheduled departure. There are a number of factors that will determine where you depart from, so thank you for your patience!
Q: How big is the aircraft that goes to the lodge?
A: Typically, you will fly on a Twin Otter. At times, you may however, have the opportunity to fly on a Cessna, Beaver, or Caravan. All are considered "bush planes". They are all very safe, and flown by experienced pilots. If you're feeling a bit nervous, feel free to bring your own water bottle or ginger tablets with you.
Q: What is my baggage allowance?
A: Each guest is allowed one large bag (up to 50 lbs), and one smaller "carry on style" bag (around 8 lbs).
Q: Is alcohol available to purchase at the lodge?
A: Yes. We have a fully stocked bar on site.
Q: What amenities do you have at Blachford?
A: In addition to northern wilderness, clear lake water, miles of trails, cozy accommodations and sumptuous meals, we offer: hot tub, tipi, aurora viewing room, fireplace, full bar service, full washroom facilities with hot showers, toiletries, hairdryers, and daily housekeeping service.
Q: What is your fishing policy?
A: We actively encourage a barbless "catch & release" program. However, a few small fish can be kept for a "shore" lunch or be brought back to the lodge for our chef to prepare.
Q: What do you have in the way of outdoor activities?
A: Summer activities include fishing, SUP boarding, hiking, canoe/kayaking, swimming, motor boating, interpretive tours, bird watching, plant and animal identification. Winter activities include cross-country skiing (20 km groomed trails), snowshoeing, hiking, snowmobiling, ice fishing, ice skating, fat tire biking, igloo building, kick sledding, quinzhee or igloo building.
Q: Can you prepare vegetarian or special dietary meals?
A: Definitely. Please, advise us of your special needs prior to your arrival.
Q: How crowded does Blachford Lake get in the busy season?
A: We are the only lodge on 17 km long Blachford Lake. There is no road access here, so you are unlikely to meet anyone other than your fellow lodge guests during your stay. The peace and quiet will be one of your best memories of your Blachford trip.
Q: Is there wifi available on site?
A: Surprisingly, yes! While your cell phone won't work (sorry, not sorry!) - we do have wifi that comes in via satellite. Each guest is provided with 250 MB/day of internet free of charge.
Q: Do I require insurance to visit?
A: While it is not exactly mandatory, we 100% recommend that all guests have emergency medical insurance while visiting us. Please remeber you're travelling into the true wilderness!
Q: I assume there is a liability waiver to sign, is this correct?
A: Yes. During the booking process, each traveller will be required to complete a waiver and sign off on our Terms & Conditions. This is mandatory for all guests, and must be completed prior to arrival in Yellowknife.
Q: I have a few more questions that you have not answered.
A: Phone, email, carrier pigeon, fax or mail us. We hope to answer all of your questions before you arrive. The only surprises you'll have are the pleasant ones that we have planned for you!