Where Should You Buy a Hunting and Fishing Cabin?

By: Ashley Linkletter

Where Should You Buy a Hunting and Fishing Cabin?
Image: Eduardo Fonseca Arraes/ Moment/ Getty Images

About This Quiz

Canada is a paradise if you're a hunter or a fisher. The Great White North is home to 561 lakes, over 8,500 rivers and 347 million hectares of forest (to put it another way: For every Canadian, there are 10 hectares of forest, over 17 times the world average!) The sheer magnitude of Canada's wilderness can make it difficult to pinpoint a location for a hunting and fishing cabin — how can you possibly make a choice when there are so many options? To begin with, we'll ask you questions about whether you prefer trophy hunting with friends or you relish the thought of fishing in a canoe by yourself in the early hours of the morning? Is it important to have a grocery store close to the cabin, or will your cabin be the ultimate escape from your busy city life?

Your answers to the following questions will tell us exactly where you should buy your fantasy hunting and fishing cabin. The location might be a total surprise or it could be an area you've visited before (it might even be somewhere you already frequent!) All you need to do is close your eyes and imagine what your ultimate hunting or fishing expedition would look like — and how you plan to relax at the end of the day.

1. lodge Would you prefer a lodge close to amenities or do you like to be completely off the grid?
I like having a grocery store close by.
I prefer staying in town whenever possible.
The farther away from the city, the better.
I love being far away from town, but within driving distance.

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2. cold Since you're buying a cabin in Canada, cold temperatures probably aren't an issue for you. How cold is too cold?
-10°C
-40°C
-20°C
-15°C

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3. breakfast What is your favourite thing to have for an early morning breakfast before heading out for a day of hunting or fishing?
Granola and yogurt
Protein bar and a piece of fruit
Pancakes from the local diner
Eggs and bacon

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4. french Do you feel comfortable communicating with others in French?
I can understand basic greetings and vocabulary words.
My French skills are nonexistent.
I am bilingual.
French is my first language, so I'm very comfortable.

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5. fire There's nothing better than sitting around a fire after spending the day outside — where do you enjoy building a fire?
In an ice house
In my giant indoor fireplace
In a fire pit
I plan on building a bonfire behind the lodge.

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6. lake Are you planning on doing any swimming in the nearby lake?
Sure!
No, it's too cold to swim!
Yes, during the summertime
I probably could, but I'm not a swimmer.

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7. summer You've decided to invite your whole family up to the cabin for the long weekend in August. What's the one piece of outdoor gear they should bring?
Mosquito repellent
Bathing suit
Long socks
Canvas hat

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8. why It's always good to ask "why" you're buying something before making a big purchase. Can you tell us why you're buying a cabin?
I love to go ice fishing.
I like to hunt deer.
I want to fish for trout.
I just want to chill out.

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9. jacuzzi What is the one selling feature that will help you decide whether or not you should buy a particular cabin?
An outdoor Jacuzzi
A small modular home for guests
A boathouse
A hidden trail to the lake

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10. decorate How are you planning on decorating your cabin?
Scandinavian style
Decorating?
With as much local artwork as I can find
1970s plaid as far as the eye can see

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11. how often Is your cabin going to be open year-round or seasonally?
I'll be up at the cabin during the winter.
I'll be there as often as I can — I let my friends use it when I'm not there.
Year-round
During the summer (unless there are issues with flooding in the off-season.)

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12. boat You'll need to have a boat at the cabin for all the fishing expeditions you have planned. What kind of boat do you have?
The lake is usually frozen over when you're there, so you don't need a boat.
An inflatable boat
Cabin boat
A canoe

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13. hunt When it comes to hunting, what are you constantly on the lookout for?
Grouse
Snow geese
Black bears
Elk

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14. log You're on the lookout for a cabin made from a particular type of building material — what is it?
Stone
Wood
Logs
Brick

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15. bed How many bedrooms does your dream hunting and fishing cabin have?
Two
Three
Six
One

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16. fun How can visitors who aren't interested in hunting or fishing have fun at your cabin?
Ice skating
Snow shoeing
Bird watching
Swimming

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17. fish You've had some fantastic luck fishing and now you're ready to enjoy some fresh fish. Where do you cook the fish?
I cook them in a small pan over an outdoor fire.
On the BBQ
I bring them over to a neighbour's house and we fry them.
I roast them in a hot oven.

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18. rv Will you need room for an RV or extra boats?
Yes, I'll need room for an RV.
Yes, I'll need room for the three kayaks I own.
No, I just have my car and a canoe.
No, but I will need some extra room for firewood.

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19. trophies You have quite a few hunting trophies on your wall — which one are you most proud of?
A stuffed mule deer head
A stuffed bear head
A stuffed moose head
A stuffed cougar

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20. fishing Anyone who's ever been fishing has a story about the one that got away. What kind of fish has evaded your fishing efforts?
Northern pike
Rainbow trout
Walleye
Muskie

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21. neighbors Do you like having neighbours nearby, or do you prefer being totally isolated?
A few neighbours are great.
I like having neighbours, but not too close.
I like the company of neighbours.
I would prefer to be completely on my own.

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22. canada Out of the following provinces, which one is closest to where you currently live?
Manitoba
British Columbia
Quebec
Ontario

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23. meat After you've butchered your game, what do you normally do with all the extra meat?
I divvy it up among my friends.
I freeze it in my deep freezer.
I sell it to a local chef.
I donate it to a local fire hall.

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24. eco As much as you enjoy hunting you also believe it's your responsibility to give back to the environment — how do you do this?
I teach teenagers about responsible hunting techniques.
I help run a campaign in town to help save waterfowl.
I clean up local trails.
I volunteer to take senior citizens on nature walks.

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25. football Which Canadian Football League team are you an absolute die-hard fan of?
I don't watch CFL football.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
BC Lions
Ottawa Rough Riders

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26. tree What kind of tree would you love to have on the same property as your cabin?
Balsam poplar
Douglas fir
Oak
Maple

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27. name Every cabin needs a name! What will you be calling your home away from home?
"Chez soi loin de chez soi"
"Snow Goose Lodge"
"Green Grass Lodge"
"The Southwestern Lodge"

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28. warm It's important to keep warm when you're staying at the cabin! Will you heat your cabin using electric or gas heat?
Gas
I'll use a wood oven.
I'm only there in the summer so it doesn't need to be heated.
Electricity

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29. pic You have a photo of your favourite Canadian politician hanging on your wall in the living room at the cabin. Who is it?
Tommy Douglas
Hugh John MacDonald
Pierre Trudeau
Justin Trudeau

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30. dog What kind of dog will be your hunting and fishing companion when you're at the cabin?
Nova Scotia dog
Brittany spaniel
Labrador retriever
Dachshund

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