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The Tinker's 

Tinker’s has been family owned and operated from day one, and we are truly lucky to be able to offer to our customers some of the best fishing guides this side of the border! We love welcoming people from around the world to share with us this little piece of heaven that we call home. 


Here are some familiar faces around camp...

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“If everone focused on the really important things in life, there would be a shortage of fishing poles.”



 "The finest gift you can give to any fisherman is to put a good fish back, and who knows if the fish that you caught isn't someone else's gift to you?" Lee Wulff


At Tinker's we consider conservation a vital part of making your experience like none other.  These huge and heathy fish we love to capture on film and share with you, are here becuase of anglers that share in our philosophy of enjoying the right sized fish for our incredible shore lunches, and otherwise practicing catch and release.  It's no wonder the fish are so big!


We take so much pride in welcoming our guests each season with the same warm hospitality and genuine friendship. Many people who came up and stayed at Tinker’s as young fathers are bringing their grandchildren up to experience the same peaceful tranquility and reel in some big fish. We count ourselves lucky to have created lasting relationships with so many along the way, and we do not take those relationships lightly.  Our goal is to surpass your expectations.  We will continue to go the extra mile and express our gratitude to you for making what we do possible.


From the homemade meals served in our dining room, with fresh and local ingredients, to all new beds in every cabin... we want your experience here at Tinker's to be unlike any other.  We pride ourselves in having experienced, friendly and enthusiastic staff ready to help with anything you might need during your stay.  

Please do not hesitate to let us know if there is any way we can make your stay more comfortable.


Trip Information


We hope you will find the following information helpful in planning for your upcoming American Plan trip to Tinker’s Places at Nestor Falls, Ontario.

We are encouraging all of our guests to purchase their fishing licenses online this season.  Please use the following link to purchase your outdoors card and license: 

You’ll be staying in one of our seven modern cabins overlooking beautiful Sabaskong Bay on Lake of the Woods. Each is fully furnished, all electric and fully modern with hot showers. Several have fireplaces or woodstoves for added charm. All linens are furnished and daily maid service is included. Breakfast and dinner are served up in the Lodge where you’ll enjoy remarkable, northern cuisine in a spectacular setting. Wi-fi also available up in Lodge. RELAX and enjoy roughing it ‘Tinker’s-style’!

Weather is changeable, so clothing should include several long and short-sleeved shirts, a couple of sweatshirts, jeans, shorts, rubber boots or boat shoes, GOOD RAINGEAR, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a brimmed hat. For early spring or late fall trips, you’ll also want to include long underwear and insulated raingear. Be sure to bring along an adequate supply of any required medications, POLARIZED SUNGLASSES and don’t forget the camera!

You can purchase your Ontario fishing license in our main Lodge, and all live bait is included. Tackle should include a lightweight spinning rig with 6 – 8 lb. test line, a medium-action bait-casting rod, plus a spare rod and reel. For walleye, you’ll want plenty of ¼ oz. lead jigs tied directly onto your line and tipped with either a live minnow or a plastic grubtail. Little Cleos, #3 and #4 Mepps spinners, chrome-colored rattle traps and rapalas are all good lake trout lures. 3/8 and ¼ oz. spinner baits, crank baits and weedless spoons work well for northern pike any time of day. #2 Mepps, torpedos, various surface baits or a jig with a twister tail are all good bass baits.

CROSSING THE BORDER: A passport is required for re-entry into the U.S. when returning home, and is the ideal form of identification for your entry into Canada. Travelers with children should also carry a notarized letter of permission from the parent/s of any children not your own, or for whom you do not have legal custody. You are allowed to bring personal clothing, gear and a reasonable amount of food when entering Canada. U.S. visitors are allowed to bring EITHER a 40 oz. bottle of liquor OR a case of 24 beer, plus one carton of cigarettes duty free. No handguns or fully-automatic weapons under 26 inches are permitted. Pets over 3 months old must have a valid, current rabies vaccination certificate.

Tinker’s Places is located approximately 65 miles north of the International Falls/Fort Frances border crossing. Follow Highways 11/71 west out of Fort Frances and go north at Hwy #71 junction. Turn left on Tinker’s Road in Nestor Falls, and follow every right fork in road.


We hope this information is helpful and will be looking forward to seeing you at Tinker’s!

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