Travel by bush plane is a northern outdoor experience that everyone should budget into their bucket list. To be dropped off on a remote lake with your gear tossed off the plane and only a quick goodbye—and good luck—by the pilot before they take off and leave you vulnerable to the elements is an unnerving, exciting, and uplifting experience.
Northeastern Ontario has some great bush plane packages. Each one has top wilderness destinations, experienced pilots, and one incredible view beyond the pontoons. It’s from above that you can actually see this vast and wild this landscape as the elaborate ecological masterpiece that it is—a rich tapestry of old-growth conifer forest, interspersed with a scattering of birch and poplar, and prominent elongated bands of exposed bedrock jutting out between a labyrinth of lakes, creeks and rivers.