Plan your Trip

Make a Reservation

The lake is the place to be in the summer.  To ensure that you get your preferred dates and cabin(s) of choice, reservations should be made as soon as possible. You can make your reservation here.


By Plane
If you are booking a flight, consider flying to International Falls, Minnesota. It’s only an hour drive from camp. A shuttle service is available right from the airport through North Air Taxi or City Cab.  Book with them separately and ahead of your arrival.  

If Driving
Type your address into Google Maps here for detailed directions.  *Note: Once you reach Emo, Ontario, we recommend that you take highway 71 north, and then the 615 East, not the Off Lake Road (615). Ask Cathy and Chuck for more information if you’d like.

Important Must-Read Information before Traveling to Canada

  • do I need to be vaccinated (covid) to enter Canada? (read more here…)
  • do I need a passport?
  • what if someone from our group has a DUI, misdemeanor, felony?
  • what am I not allowed to bring into Canada?

For answers to these questions and more… read these helpful Frequently Asked Questions: Know Before you Go

For U.S. citizens, check the expiry date of your passport.  Helpful information about passports here.


Have Meals Prepared for You

As a part of the American Deluxe Package, enjoy 3 meals a day served in the main lodge.  Cathy is an incredible cook and all meals are homemade.  Meals may include: pastas, prime rib, steak, pork tenderloin, lasagna, ribs, turkey, and more… all served with seasonal vegetables, rice / potatoes, salads and desserts.  If you have any dietary needs or restrictions, just let us know.  


Make your Own

Choose to cook your own meals in your cabin
as a part of the Housekeeping Package.  Each
cabin has a full-sized fridge, a stove, and
microwave.  Eat when you want to and follow
your own schedule.  

Note: cabins 1-4 have apartment size stoves,
but if you have something larger to cook,
you can bring it to the lodge. 

Where to Buy Groceries

In International Falls, there are two grocery stores: Super One and County Market. Across the border, in Fort Frances, Ontario, you can buy groceries at Safeway or at Cloverleaf in Emo. Emo is a 30 minute drive from camp.

Guests at camp also enjoy a weekly fish fry hosted courtesy of Chuck and Cathy. Everyone in camp is invited and it’s a great way to meet other guests.

Lake Life 

There’s something for everyone at the lake.  We have a sand beach and swing set which is great for kids and families. There’s a floating dock, kayaks, and canoes to play out on the lake. 

Book a day trip for fly-in fishing or arrange a sightseeing tour with Chuck in his plane. We have a sauna on site and a fire pit for evening campfires. Choose to sleep in and enjoy coffee on your deck. Let the day unfold with a walk or stretch out and read a book.  

This is your vacation and we want it to be unforgettable.

What to Pack

To help with your packing, we’ve put together a sample packing list for you.   

Daytime temperatures can range from mid 50’s to mid 80’s from May to June.  Mid 70’s – 80’s in June, July, and August. Mid 50’s to low 70’s in September.  We recommend that you check our local weather forecasts when you’re packing.

If you happen to forget something, see Chuck and Cathy at Lodge.  Many times they can assist.

Make sure you have your passport.  Bring along your lifejackets.  If you don’t have them, we have plenty.  If you plan on fishing, you’ll need a fishing license.  You can buy your fishing license online here.  


Pets are welcome at True North, and we kindly ask that you clean up after your pet.  You are responsible for him/her during your stay and any possible damages.

We pride ourselves in providing exceptionally clean cabins. For our guests visiting with pets who shed, additional cleaning is required to ensure our next guests (with potential allergies or not) also have a safe and enjoyable stay. You can see pet fees on our Rates page.

What’s Nearby

Within walking distance of True North is Sportsman’s Landing, where you can pick up snacks, groceries, alcohol, tobacco products, live bait or gasoline.  

The nearest towns are Emo or Nestor Falls, which are a 30 minute drive from camp.  Both towns have a liquor / beer store, grocery store, post office, gas stations, hardware store, and restaurants.  The closest hospital is an hour away from camp in the town of Fort Frances or in International Falls, MN.  Both Fort Frances and International Falls have a variety of shops on main street (if you’re looking to buy a few souvenirs), along with a duty free shop, and a variety of restaurants. 

If you’re looking for a day trip, you might consider going on a boating adventure on the lake system or hiking on the municipal trails.  Visit one of the local provincial parks (Caliper Lake Provincial Park) or a nearby town to do some souvenir shopping and have lunch (Nestor Falls, Sioux Narrows, Kenora, or the Manitou Mounds).