Saturday, 14 December 2013

Embracing Change

I have some exciting news that I would like to share...

I am officially joining the Clark's Resorts & Outposts Team as a full-time employee!!

This weekend marks the end of another great chapter and the start of another very exciting one…  it's amazing where life can take you sometimes. 

It has taken a few years and a winding road to get here, but I am so happy that I have come to this decision and that I was accepted with open and welcoming arms. Officially on Monday, I will get to call myself a part of the Clark's team and finally play a role in the family business. I am so excited to be a part of something so amazing… after all these years, I have come to realize that the greatest opportunity has been right under my nose this whole time. I will get to be a part of an incredible team and work for two of the most hard-working people that I know. I can't wait to help out and be a part of something that they have worked so hard to build and I hope that I can be a part of expanding it even more. 

My Mom and Dad are not only the best parents, they are truly an inspiration and they make an incredible power team together. I feel so proud to call them my parents and am so honoured that I will get to be a part of what they do. I am thankful for the support of my friends and family, my husband, and everyone else that has helped me along this journey. I am so excited to start this next chapter and can't wait to see what life has instore for me next!

I just want to thank again, my husband, Devin for being so supportive. This will be a pretty big lifestyle change for us (especially in the summer) and he has chosen to support my decision and not hold me back in the least, and for that I am truly grateful. This is why I married him… among a thousand other amazing qualities. 

Have a GREAT day everyone. Life is short, so enjoy every second and do what makes you happy!

Until next time,


Sunday, 1 December 2013

Website Updates & More!

Hello everyone! I hope those of you in the States had a GREAT Thanksgiving. We are getting buried in snow over here! We've had lots of big snow falls, lots of road closures and even school closures already and it's snowing again as I type. It's looking like we're going to have a very white Christmas - great for those with snowmobiles! The ice is coming along nicely, it hopefully won't be too long before we can get the ice shacks out.

Dad (Wayne) has been spending lots of time at the Eagle Junction Store doing some updates. The updates include a new coffee bar with stools and a new shelving unit for gifts. The airplanes are still being worked on... getting the skis put on so that they are ready to take flight once the ice is safe. Mom (Karla) has been working lots at the stores, both Eagle Junction and Sunset Baits. She's been putting out lots of new merchandise just in time for Christmas!

Coffee Bar at Eagle Junction
As for me, I just took (and passed!!) the Canadian Firearms Safety Course this weekend, which gets you a PAL Licence (Possession and Acquisition Licence). In the new year I will take the Hunters Safety Course and hopefully get to shoot a deer next fall! Or at least some grouse :) Something else I've been working on in the past little while is my parent's website(s) for Clark's Resorts & Outposts. I've been working lots with the guy that designs and runs the website and I'm really excited to say that the changes are all done and we are up and running!

Please visit and take look around. The biggest changes were made to the outpost pages. You can now find everything you need to know including what to pack, what is included in your trip, rates, and lots of pictures of the cabins and lakes. There is a Google Map to show you where each cabin is located and the GPS coordinates are displayed underneath the map. Many of you may have been visiting to get information on the outposts, which is the website that my parents acquired when they bought Gawley's outposts. Now that we have made so many updates to the website, you will notice that when you type in, it will bring you directly to the outpost page on (picture below).

Other updates to the website include new pictures of Clark's Camp, K.C.'s Landing, and Northern Lights Resort. We have also added a page of testimonials, so you can see what our guests have to say about their trips to the drive-to camps and outpost cabins. There is also a "request a brochure" feature on the website so that you can easily request to have a brochure mailed to you. One more update that I'm excited about is that my blog is now connected to the website! It'll be even easier to follow now.

When you're checking out the changes to the website, be sure to click on the Batmobile video (even if you've already seen it!) It's always good for a good laugh and to get you in the ice fishing spirit! Don't forget that we offer some awesome ice fishing packages to beat those winter blues! You can come and fish in one of these warm, comfortable shacks located right out from K.C.'s Landing Resort or you can be more adventurous and explore the chain of lakes on your snowmobile.

Ice Shacks at K.C.'s Landing
Sam with a nice walleye, fishing in a shack out of the cold!
That's all for now! It's time to think about Christmas decorating, baking, and shopping! It is after all, December 1st already! Hard to believe Christmas is only a few weeks away...

Until next time,


Monday, 11 November 2013

Cold in NWO: Fishing & Hunting Update

I hope everyone is having a great fall so far! I thought I'd give you a little update on what's going on at the camps. Although not officially - I would say winter is here! It was a very cold weekend in Northwestern Ontario. There is snow on the ground, the roads are slippery, and some lakes in the area are frozen over. Edward Lake is trying hard to freeze, but the wind is keeping that from happening. It's been quite blustery the last few days and it doesn't seem to want to let up. You can see in the picture below, the ice started to form along the shore last night.

Indian Lake Chain

The guys are anxious for the lake to freeze so that they can get back in the airplanes and continue with their work up North. They've got the docks out at the camps and of course, the muskie fisherman are done, so the ice can come any time now! 

It was very cold on the lake for our muskie fisherman this year, but they had a really great time. They managed to land some nice muskies and walleyes, including a 30 inch walleye (picture below) and a chubby 44 inch muskie (picture below). 

Trophy Walleye Fishing Indian Lake Chain

Trophy Muskie Fishing Indian Lake Chain

The deer hunters in camp are having a good week. Everyone got together last night for a fish fry. They sure looked happy to come inside out of the cold last night and they really enjoyed the fish dinner! The cold weather must make it hard to be patient and sit still, waiting for that big buck! A few of them have gotten their deer already and the rest are still braving that cold weather, waiting for the right one. They got a couple of deer today, including this nice 10-point buck (picture below).

Deer hunting Clark's Resorts

That is all for now! Stay warm everyone.

Until next time,


Monday, 28 October 2013

Freeze-Up is Just Around the Corner!

Fish House at Kapkik Lake Fly-In Outpost Cabin
The Fish House at Kapkik Lake
Dad, Chris, and the crew flew North to Kapkik last week for another overnighter. This will be their last trip there on floats for this year, as the ice is already forming on some of the lakes. They will now have to wait until the ice is safe to land on and then they can fly up there on skis. They pulled the airplanes out of the water today. 

Kapkik Lake Fly-In Outpost Cabin
Insulation Done in the Cabin at Kapkik
Freeze-up is starting early this year, but Dad is very pleased with the progress that they have made at Kapkik. They have actually surpassed their timeline goal with the new cabin. This trip, they sheeted in the fish house and put the roof on. They were also able to completely insulate the cabin, which made for a more comfortable  night's sleep. 

Kapkik Lake Fly-In Outpost Cabin
Snowmobile at Kapkik Lake Cabin
Dad had a snowmobile flown in to Kapkik, which will be used this winter to pack down the runway for the airplanes and keep them out of the slush. As you can see in the picture, Chris is anxious for the snow to fall so he can get going! Dad told him that there would be no water-skipping as they need this machine for work this winter. 

As mentioned before, the ice is already forming on the shorelines on the lakes up North. Dad says its only a matter of days now until ice over. Generally, the lakes around here will freeze about 5 days after the ice forms up North, so ice-over isn't too far off for us either. 
I guess that means ice fishing is just around the corner!

Indian Lake Chain Trophy Musky Fisherman, K.C.'s Landing Resort
Last Group of Musky Fisherman at K.C.'s Landing Resort
At the drive-to camps, the musky fisherman have been doing really great so far this fall. The last group of brave musky fisherman rolled into K.C.'s Landing on Saturday. Within an hour of arriving at the camp, they were suited up, fishing gear in hand, and on their way across the lake. They are here for a week so we have our fingers crossed that the lakes won't freeze over! If the lake isn't frozen by Wednesday, they should be in the clear as the temperatures are supposed to rise mid-week. The surface temperature of the water is already down to 34 degrees Fahrenheit!

Until next time,


Thursday, 17 October 2013

A Cold Night at Kapkik

The new out-house base at Grace.
Hello again! I hope everyone enjoyed reading my last entry. I appreciate the comments that I received on Facebook. 

What a beautiful day in Northwestern Ontario!
I had coffee with my Dad this morning (over the phone) and I got to hear all about their last trip up North. The weather is holding nicely so they had another opportunity to do some work before the ground freezes. They just got back yesterday from an overnight trip up to Kapkik Lake. 

Walkways to the boats at Grace.
Dad, Chris and the team left Tuesday morning. They stopped at Grace Lake where they spent 4 hours working, and then continued on to Kapkik where they would do more work and then spend the night. 

In the 4 hours spent at Grace, they got lots of work done. They dug a new out-house hole and built the base for the new out-house. You can see why they wanted to get up there before the ground froze! They also got the cabin jacked up and levelled and cleaned up more brush around the yard. Lastly, they finished the walkways to the boat slips. The cabin is looking great now that its all level, has all new walkways, and even new deck railings! 

The new out-house at Kapkik.
Around 1 pm, they flew over to Kapikik Lake. First, Dad and Chris finished off the soffetting on the cabin while the other guys got a large hole dug for the new DOUBLE out-house. They then put down the base for the out-house,  and even got a couple of the walls up. 

They put the deck railing on the cabin deck, and did some more clean up around the area. The yard is really looking great. 

The yard and new deck rails at Kapkik.

When they were done working for the day, it was time to settle in for the night. They do have the wood stove set up in the cabin, but no insulation yet. Although it was a beautiful sunny day, when that sun goes down at this time of year, the mercury sure drops quickly. There was a very heavy frost overnight and they figured they could sleep comfortably inside the cabin with that wood stove burning. However, without insulation, Dad says they might as well have been sleeping outside!! He said they all slept FULLY clothed, even toques on their heads! (Toque is Canadian for a winter hat, in case you're wondering, lol). Dad said Chris even slept with his shoes on! Chris woke up in the morning and commented "Well, its nice to wake up and hit the ground running!". 

Once everyone was awake, they made their coffee on a fire outside and warmed up.

Just another day at the office! 

Needless to say, next on their agenda is INSULATION at Kapikik!

Until next time,


Monday, 14 October 2013

Our First Blog Entry!

Hello from Wayne and Karla Clark!

Welcome to the Clark's Blog! We are so glad that you stopped by. This is going to be the first of many blog entries. There is so much going on at all of the camps and outposts cabins and we'd like to keep you updated! Between ongoing construction and updating to the cabins, hunting, the weather, minnow trapping, and of course the fishing - there is always lots to report and this is a good way to share with everyone.

I, Meagan Stansfield, will be writing for the Clark's blog. For those of you who don't know me, or don't recognize me because of my last name, I am Wayne and Karla's daughter. I married my wonderful husband, Devin last summer in August. We got married at K.C.'s Landing Resort. My Dad and I flew into the ceremony in his airplane. The ceremony was held on a dock on the water and the reception in a tent. The camps, the flying, and the outdoors will always be a huge part of my life.

Meagan & Devin's Wedding August 4, 2012.

I work in Dryden at a financial services company, but I love to keep in the loop of what's going on at the camps. I have been helping my parents out with the social media side of the business. I'm going to be taking care of their Blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and things like that. This is my first time writing a blog, so please bare with me as we get started!

You may think things are "winding down" at the camps, which in some ways they are, but musky fishing is extremely exciting and popular this time of year. While there aren't any guests flying to the outpost cabins anymore, there are still are a few brave fisherman that are hitting the lakes on these frosty mornings in search for those trophy muskies. Staying at Northern Lights Resort and K.C.'s Landing, there are musky fisherman on both Cedar Lake and on the Indian Lake Chain. One major perk that we like to remind people of is that when staying at any of the resorts or when flying to the outpost cabins, the bait is included with your trip! The musky fisherman at camp right now are using large suckers to entice those monsters to the boat.

One of last year's late fall musky fisherman on the Indian Lake Chain.

The leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping, and we just celebrated "Canadian" Thanksgiving this past weekend! It is hard to believe how fast the summer went and how fast this fall is already passing us by. All in all, it was a great season. The camps were busy and we had lots of guests at the fly-in cabins. Fishing was amazing at both the outpost cabins and on Cedar Lake and the Indian Lake Chain. It was the first year with all of the outposts, but it went very smoothly and the guests were all very happy with their adventures.

Clark's Camp October 6, 2013

The guys (Wayne, Chris, Nick, and a few others) have been up at the outpost cabins pretty well everyday lately. They are doing lots of updates at Grace, McVicar, and of course Kapkik! Kapkik is the outpost cabin that burnt down before my parents bought it. They couldn't wait to build a new cabin there as this lake is VERY popular. Starting this summer, my parents hired airplanes to fly in load after load of material and in only a few short months, they've got a beautiful cabin well on its way!

The new cabin on Kapkik Lake, September 2013.

I have been putting up pictures of the progress on our Facebook page so be sure to check it out. It really is incredible how fast these guys work. As of right now, the dock is built, the walkways are done, and the entire outside of the cabin is complete. The windows and doors are in and the roof is on and next on the agenda is to build the fish house and outhouse and then to finish off the interior of the cabin. This cabin is going to be gorgeous and BIG and the landscape is really incredible for those who like to explore. The fishing on that lake has always been incredible, but as you can imagine, since the lake has had a bit of a break since the fire, the walleyes will be jumping in the boat next summer!

Now you have an idea of what is going on right now. We will keep you posted!

Thank you so much for dropping in. Hope to see you again real soon!

Until next time,