Blachford Lake Lodge was acquired in 1981 by the current owner, Canadian and long time Yellowknife-resident Mike Freeland, who has been committed throughout to conserving the area’s land, water and natural resources.  

The Lodge is proud to have hosted Their Royal Highnesses, Prince William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, as part of their Royal Tour of Canada. On the 5th of July, 2011, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge boarded a Twin Otter float plane in Yellowknife for a 20 minute excursion over the boreal wilderness of the Canadian Shield, and then landed on Blachford Lake. The Duke and Duchess were greeted by Mike and his wife Tessa Macintosh, who together welcomed the royal couple with a tour through the premise’s organic gardens, greenhouse and hand-crafted log lodge.


Set in the rugged wilderness of Northern Canada, a remote 14-mile long lake near the East Arm of Great Slave Lake, in superb Aurora-watching country. It's only accessible by bush plane on skis in the winter and floats in the summer, 30 minutes away from the city of Yellowknife, the capital of Canada’s Northwest Territories. There're no roads to BLL. Due to our remote location there is no light pollution from nearby towns, cities, cabins, or road traffic.a half-hour bush-plane from  


There're five large guest rooms on the second floor of the main lodge, and five crafted cabins named Old Trappers Cabin, Point Cabin, Raven’s Roost, Eagle’s Nest and Beaver Lodge, with all access to electric lighting and power.

Lodge rooms are dressed with down duvets, and feature huge windows with expansive views. There are two viewing decks upstairs. The main floor serves as the lounge, with bar, dining room and library. The main floor also houses the kitchen and a small office, showers and washrooms, shared with cabin guests. Unusally for such a remote facility, washrooms not only have hot running water, but also hotel-style washroom.

For opening date of Winter 2018 (December 23, 2017) two of hand crafted cabins are being outfitted with high-tech en suite, composting toilets, and wash basins.

For the comfort of the more remote cabins, they have the world’s first “Aurora Comfort Station” - a heated toilet facility and wash basin fitted with a skylight, so you can enjoy the northern lights any time, even while you take a private moment. The Aurora Comfort Station will be in operation onward December 23, 2017.

All cabins fit each with 3 feature windows, excellent for Aurora viewing from inside your cabin, or perfect for watching the long summer evenings.


Just outside the south entrance of the main lodge is our hot tub – a guest favourite summer and winter. It’s protected from the wind, and faces the southern sky which fills with the aurora in autumn and winter.

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