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Wyndy River Expeditions & Guest Ranch

PO Box 250
Swastika Ontario
Canada P0K 1T0

Tel:   (519) 870-3552
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Welcome To Wyndy River Expeditions & Guest Ranch


Wyndy River Expeditions & Guest Ranch offers the finest in Ontario wilderness horseback vacations, including fully guided backcountry lodge rides, remote camp wilderness expeditions, backcountry pack-in drop camps & seasonal pack-in service.

Wyndy River operates in one of North America's last wilderness frontiers. Located deep in the boreal forest, straddling the Arctic Watershed, Wyndy River is home to countless lakes, rivers & streams. The foothills of Northeastern Ontario offer some of the most spectacular scenery found anywhere in the Province.

There are no park or territory boundaries to limit access. You are truly exploring Canada's wide-open wilderness & rugged terrain. Trails wind their way through tall jack & white pine forests, across creeks and rivers, and up through mountain terrain only accessible by horseback. You'll see moose, timber wolves, black bears, lynx, bob cats, eagles and many other animals that inhabit the Northeastern Ontario forests.

All our trips and services are strictly first class, with professional guides licensed and trained in British Columbia, modern lodge accommodations, deluxe remote camps, high quality meals, and personalized attention to every guest. Our horses are the finest in the business and our equipment is always in excellent, dependable condition. We are able to customize our packages to exactly fit your needs.

Cedar Ridge Lodge-Backcountry Lodge Rides:

Cedar Ridge Lodge is the hub of our operation and is located at the trails head of our network. This allows for easy access for checking in & out and is also home to the best home cooking found in the North. Guests from all over the world including Finland, England, Baffin Island and New Zealand have visited Cedar Ridge Lodge to explore the beauty and splendor this wonderful rugged countryside has to offer.

Guests who choose the backcountry lodge ride can expect to ride 3-4 hours per day and return to the lodge every night to enjoy all the modern conveniences associated with a full service lodge. Comfortable accommodations, hot & cold running water, showers, flushing toilets and a full service dinning hall serving up some of the best home cooked meals found in the north.

Mealtime is special at the lodge with breakfast & dinners being full course, excellent quality, and are served family style. Second & third helpings are the norm and you'll still have room for dessert, as you'll work up quite an appetite just being in the clean, clear high country air and riding all day.

Our guests who come to ride engage in a multitude of activities including remote wilderness angling & fully guided eco-tour wildlife photo safaris. A typical day begins with a hearty early morning breakfast, while the guides feed & saddle the horses. Lunch will be packed in our saddlebags, and then we'll mount up and be off for a day of riding, sightseeing or some fishing if you like. We'll return to camp each evening in time for dinner.

Non- riders can also enjoy the lodge just experiencing the true northern setting of a remote lodge. They can hike the trails, sit on the dock and read a book while listening to the loons or rent a boat and try there hand at catching a walleye, big northern pike or small mouth bass in our main lake. There is a brook trout stream located nearby and that provides hours of enjoyment for the avid angler. Canoes, horseshoe pits and a beach are also available.

Kids are welcome in our camps. This is a great way to share a true wilderness adventure with your family without having to rough it on your own. Wyndy River provides lodging, meals, gentle trail riding horses, professional certified guides, and everything necessary to make your wilderness horseback vacation safe and enjoyable. You provide your personal gear (clothes, boots, and hat) fishing equipment and we provide the rest. Lodge rides can vary from 2 to 5 days in length and we can accommodate most any size group. After reservations are made, we'll send you a detailed suggested list of clothing and items to bring on your trip.

Leaf Rapids Pack-In Camp:

Leaf Rapids Pack-In Camp is located in the heart of Northeastern Ontario's majestic boreal forest set in amongst the rolling hills, tranquil creeks and mystical lakes that one can only appreciate on horseback. The cry of the loon, the faint howling of a timber wolf, the mirage of northern lights or the slap of a beaver's tail will etch memories that are sure to last a lifetime.

Guests are surrounded by the unspeakable beauty, peace and tranquility of this vast wilderness as they experience the traditional gold rush camp lifestyle. You may also have the opportunity to photograph moose, bear or lynx in their natural habitat. The meadows are alive with backcountry wildflowers and acres of wild blueberries are all at your fingertips. With Leaf Rapids as our base camp, we set out each day for a fun filled day of riding, photo safaris, or some fly fishing, returning to camp in the evenings.

Our pack-in camp consists of heavy-duty prospector tents with canvas floors and rain flies. There are three guest tents that accommodate up to four in each and they are equipped with cots, foam pads, lanterns, wood stove, firewood, and a rack for drying wet clothes when needed. There is a separate cook tent, guide tent, latrine tent and tack tent.

Leaf Rapids Pack-In Camp is a comfortable full-service remote camp with everything furnished except your personal gear and sleeping bag. As is customary in all our camps, professional certified guides, and the best camp cooked meals are complete and plentiful. Bring your friends and family to share in this exciting wilderness adventure in one of North America's last frontiers.

Combination Cedar Ridge Lodge & Leaf Rapids Pack-In Camps:

This popular option combines our two most popular camps in one vacation trip. The number of days in each can be varied as desired. Fishermen enjoy this option because of the variety water bodies and fish species they have access to. Guests also enjoy this because it combines a modern lodge facility with amenities as well as a traditional outpost wilderness camp. Let Wyndy River Expeditions & Guest Ranch share this unspoiled, magnificent countryside with you.

Backcountry Pack-In Drop Camps:

This package is very popular with the do-it-yourself outdoor enthusiast. Fisherman, backpackers and eco-tourist wishing to experience the great outdoors on their own find this package very fulfilling.

These are un-guided pre-set camps set in the heart of the wilderness, surrounded only by the beauty and ruggedness of this magnificent country.

Each camp consists of heavy-duty prospector tents with cots and foam pads, rain fly, cooking tent, cook stove, utensils, tables & chairs, lanterns and axe. Guests are required to bring their personal gear including sleeping bag and should be packed into a duffle bag weighing no more than 50 lbs. Guests are required to bring their own food and must be limited to 50lbs per person. If you're into the do-it-yourself routine, this package is for you.

Seasonal Pack-In Service:

Our seasonal pack-in service is for guests who want to bring their own tent, food and gear and only want to be packed-in by horseback and picked up at a pre-determined time. Site selection is based on the interest of the group. i.e. fishing, backpacking, photo safaris and eco-tours. We pack your group & provide horse and saddle to and from camp. A weight restriction of 150lbs per person must be followed.

Ontario's Wilderness Angling /Fishing:

Ontario's backcountry fishing is home to some of the best streams, rivers and back lake fishing anywhere in the world. Brook Trout (Speckled), Rainbow (Steelhead), Lake Trout, Aurora Trout, Walleye & Big Northern Pike frequent backcountry watersheds virtually untapped by human activity.

These areas can only be accessed by horseback because the bodies of water are generally smaller than the traditional larger bodies and floatplane access is denied. Fly-fishing, float with live bait, jigs, spinners & body baits often produce some very nice trophy fish or some just the right size for the frying pan. Our professional certified guides will help you locate and identify the particular specie you are pursuing. Let Wyndy River Expeditions & Guest Ranch plan your next angling getaway.


All our guides are professional certified mountain guides trained and licensed in the mountains of British Columbia. You will find them to be polite, courteous and very informative. Your safety is their first priority and you can feel comfortable that every pre-caution has been taken to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

Tim Millward - Tim is a licensed outfitter in the Province of Ontario and has been outfitting most of his career. After a short 15 years working as a corporate controller in the investment industry, Tim packed it in to pursue his passion for the outdoors and horses. Tim has completed the Wilderness Guide Training Course and looks forward to sharing his experience with you while on the trail.

Kirsten Jodko Narkiewicz - Kirsten has been riding & instructing most of her career. She is experienced in both English and Western riding disciplines. She graduated from the Equestrian Program at the University of Guelph and achieved her Level 1 coaching certification as well as competed in many eventing competitions in North America. Kirsten has completed the Wilderness Guide Training Course and looks forward to sharing her experience with you while on the trail.

Wildlife Photo Safaris

Northern Ontario is home to some of the best wildlife and bird populations in North America. You are truly exploring Canada's wide-open wilderness & rugged terrain. Trails wind their way through tall jack & white pine forests, across creeks and rivers, and up through mountain terrain only accessible by horseback. You'll see moose, timber wolves, black bears, lynx, bob cats, eagles and many other animals that inhabit the Northeastern Ontario forests.

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Backcountry Wilderness Horseback Expeditions

1. Cedar Ridge Lodge - Backcountry Lodge Rides

Located six hours from Toronto or seven hours from Sault Ste. Marie you will find yourself surrounded and immersed in the beauty of Northeastern Ontario's boreal forest and North America's last frontier. This is our only drive to camp and it is the check-in and checkout location for your stay. Our lodge is a remote lodge and offers all the conveniences of a modern lodge including hot showers, comfortable clean beds, and the best home cooking you will find in the North. Includes: 4 hours of riding/day with guide, three meals/day and accommodations.

2 Leaf Rapids Pack-In Camp

A four-hour ride will take you to Leaf Rapids where you will find yourself surrounded by old growth forests, mystical streams and lakes, and gentle rolling hills. You will be transformed into another world of unspeakable beauty teaming with wildlife and birds that you may never have seen before. Leaf Rapids is a comfortable remote pack-in camp reminiscent of the gold rush days that happened in the area. There are 12 gold mines in the area and trying your hand at panning for gold may prove to be worthwhile. Includes: 4 hours of riding/day, three meals/day, accommodations in prospector tents with cots & foam pads, professional certified guides for the length of your stay, horses & tack. Minimum 3-day trip

3. Combination Cedar Ridge & Leaf Rapids Pack-In Camp

This package combines our two most popular packages. You will spend half your time in a full service modern lodge and the other half and on an expedition deep into the boreal forests. This is an excellent opportunity to experience first hand what many people dream about.

4. Backcountry Pack-In Drop Camps

This package was designed for the do-it-yourself outdoorsman who is comfortable in the wilderness on their own. We will pack you into a pre-set camp where you are free to explore, fish or to just relax and enjoy the scenery of the backcountry. We will pack you out on a predetermined date. There are no horses or guides that stay with you for the duration of your trip.

5. Seasonal Pack-In-Service

This service is for experienced campers who want to bring their own personal gear, food, tent and camping equipment. We will pack you in and out and select a camp setting based on your desires. There are no horses or guides at these camps.

General Information

Full-Service Guided Trips - Includes all meals, lodging (tent camps or main lodge), guides and saddle horses, packhorses, riding instruction (if needed), to provide a safe and enjoyable pack trip.

Drop Camps - These are not guided camps with horses. We will pack you and your supplies in at the beginning of your trip and then pack you back to base camp at the end of your stay. You will be furnished with a saddle horse to rise to your drop camp and pack out, The saddle horses will not be left in camp. Price includes packers and all pack horses needed.

Packing Service -Price includes packers & pack horses to pack your gear and supplies into a pre-arranged location in the wilderness. You will be supplies with a horse and saddle to ride in and out. Activities include fishing, hiking and camping.

Reservations - A 50% deposit is required to confirm your reservation. This payment may be made in the form of a personal cheque, money order or company cheque. The balance is payable upon arrival at the lodge and must be paid in cash or travelers cheque.

Fishing License - Fishing licenses are sold at the lodge if needed.

Transportation - Our lodge is a drive to lodge with good roads leading to our front door. Guests flying in by air can be picked up and dropped off for an additional charge of $50.00 per person. Air Canada has scheduled flights, including return, from Toronto to Timmins Ontario which is approximately one hour and 20 minutes from the lodge.

Non-Riding Guests - Non-riding guests are welcome at the lodge. There are many activities to keep you occupied including fishing (boat rentals), relaxing on the dock listening to the loons sing, hiking one of the many trails, blueberry picking, windsurfing, canoeing down one of the many lakes or rivers, swimming or take a sauna in the Swedish wood fired steam sauna. A fee of $70 per day including lodging and meals is required for this service.

When Booking - Please let us know of any special dietary or health needs when booking in order to assure you of a safe and enjoyable trip with us.

Horses - No matter what your riding ability is, we will match you with the appropriate horse for your ability.

Weather Conditions - You can expect temperatures to range from 60 to 80 degrees during July though September. Nights can be a bit cooler so bring an adequate sleeping bag when on the wilderness expeditions. We will send you a complete list of what to bring once your deposit has been received.

Alcohol -Absolutely no alcohol will be allowed to be consumed prior or during our trek on horseback. During the evenings, alcohol is permitted in moderate use only. Any abuse of this policy will forfeit the balance of your trip and you will be escorted out of the wilderness.

Tipping - Tipping is not mandatory but it is greatly appreciated by the guide and cook if you feel they have done a good job for you.

Sales Tax - A 7% Goods & Service tax and a 5% Provincial Sales Tax is not included in the prices.

Contact Us:

Wyndy River Expeditions & Guest Ranch PO Box 250 Swastika Ontario P0K 1T0     E-mail    Reservations: (519) 870-3552

Directions to Wyndy River Expeditions & Cedar Ridge Lodge:

  • Travel North on Highway 400 from Toronto.
  • Take Highway 11 past North Bay toward Kirkland lake.
  • At the second exit to Kirkland Lake, turn Left on Highway 66.
  • Follow the Highway 17 Km to the Swastika Tree Nursery sign.
  • Turn right on Watabeag road.
  • Travel to the 7 Km marker and take the first right.
  • Travel 2 Km, the first driveway on the left is Cedar Ridge Lodge.

Travel Time:

  • Sault Ste Marie Ontario - 7.5 Hours
  • Toronto Ontario - 6 Hours

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