One of the largest First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario is Big Trout Lake First Nation, an Oji-Cree reserve located at the head of the Fawn River. Though the community's official name is Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug, Big Trout Lake or KI are the more commonly used nicknames. The community is accessible via winter road or by flying to Big Trout Lake Airport (YTL). To book a flight to YTL, enter your travel details into Skyscanner's flight search tool. Using your home airport as a starting point, Skyscanner will search for all available flight routes and show you the cheapest way to fly to Big Trout Lake.
Best Time to Book a Flight to Big Trout Lake
Big Trout Lake has an overall cold climate. Their long winters generally start in October and last until April. November and December are the months with the most snowfall and January and February are usually the coldest months. Temperatures have been known to feel as low as -60° C with the wind chill, so exercise caution when visiting Big Trout Lake in the winter.
Because winters are so long, the spring and fall seasons in Big Trout Lake are quite short and serve as 'transitional' periods with varied weather conditions. Summers are usually warm with regular rainfall. Despite the rain, June to August is a popular time for tourists to visit the community due to the warmer weather. However, for tourists looking to participate in winter sports, visiting during the cold, snowy months is ideal.
Airlines that Fly to Big Trout Lake Airport
Big Trout Lake Airport is served by one airline, Wasaya Airways. Wasaya Airways is a First Nations-run airline specializing in small Northern Ontario airports. From Big Trout Airport, you can connect to four Ontarian airports:
- Bearskin Lake Airport (XBE)
- Kasabonika Lake Airport (XKS)
- Fort Severn Airport (YER)
- Sioux Lookout Airport(YXL)
Three of these airports are located near small First Nations reserves. Sioux Lookout, however, is a small town of about five thousand people. Sioux Lookout Airport is considered a "mini-hub" for Northerners, connecting passengers to larger airports in Thunder Bay and Winnipeg.
Arriving at Big Trout Lake Airport
When you arrive at Big Trout Lake Airport, you'll be only about a kilometre away from the community. The trip to Big Trout Lake is usually made by truck or ATV in the warmer months and by snowmobile in the winter months. When you book your hotel, ask about transportation options as taxis do not wait outside of the airport. In Big Trout Lake, there is one hotel option: the Sunset Lodge. The Lodge only has six bedrooms available, so book early to ensure availability.
Big Trout Lake Airport Facilities
Since Big Trout Lake is in a remote location and is home to less than a thousand residents, Big Trout Lake Airport is quite basic in terms of amenities. The airport is used primarily as a cargo hub to bring supplies into the community. At YTL, there are currently no shopping or dining options. Thankfully, Wasaya Airways only requires passengers to check in about 45 minutes prior to flight departure, so you won't have to keep yourself busy for long.
What to See and Do in Big Trout Lake
The main draw for tourists visiting Big Trout Lake is the unspoiled natural scenery. The community has everything from forests and hills to lakes, rivers, and open green spaces. The surrounding bodies of water freeze in late October or early November and begins to thaw in early May, so the window for outdoor activities like skating and ice fishing is quite generous. In the summer, you can swim and canoe. The area is also home to a variety of incredible wildlife, like red foxes, moose, otters, bald eagles, and kingfishers.