Fly in to the Red Lake Airport
Red Lake is located near the Geographic Centre of Canada and is served by daily passenger flights to and from both Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. There are also scheduled and charter flights to a number of other communities north and south of Red Lake. Charter flights are done by both wheeled aircraft out of Red Lake Airport and by float planes out of Howey Bay and other locations on Red Lake itself.
Visitors may fly their own float or wheeled aircraft to Red Lake. Fuel and maintenance are available both at the Red Lake Airport and in Howey Bay. Parking is available at Red Lake Airport and, during the Festival period, expanded docking for float planes is available in and around Howey Bay.
For those flying from other countries, please call;
1-866-226-7277 (1-866-CANPASS) for more information
Alternately, visitors may contact Canada Customs at the communities of Fort Frances & Kenora, Ontario.
Fort Frances: Canada Customs (Local) (807) 274-3655 (x 240)
Kenora: Canada Customs (Local) (807) 548-5926
Driving to Red Lake
From Winnipeg: Take Highway 1 east into Ontario (changes to Highway 17) through Kenora to Vermillion Bay. Turn left on to Highway 105 at Vermillion Bay. It is 110 miles or 170 Kilometres to Red Lake.
From Thunder Bay: Take Highway 17 west through Dryden to Vermillion Bay and Turn North on to Highway 105.
From International Falls/Fort Frances: There are two options. Both are scenic and winding roads: Take Highway 71 through Nester Falls and Sioux Narrows until you reach Highway 17 just east of Kenora. Turn East of Highway 17, about one half hour to Vermillion Bay. Turn North on Highway 105 to Red Lake. This route is slightly longer, but has more services along the way. Take Highway 11 East out of Fort Frances for 17 miles and then turn North on to Highway 502 to Dryden. You will have to drive through Dryden to Highway 17 and turn West. Drive 28 miles to Vermillion Bay and turn North on to Highway 105 to Red Lake. This route is shorter that the other by about one hour, but there are no road side services between the highway 502 turnoff and Dryden. Plan accordingly. There is however, a fair amount of traffic, should you have problems.