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Welcome! We hope you had a good year. We used our down time to see family and friends, have some adventures and catch up with world events. It was a wonderful winter – but “interesting” barely describes the time we’re living in. How do people cope? Some roll up their sleeves, others simply turn off, but no matter how hard we try, conversations inevitably turn to current events.
Eventually we all need a break: quiet time to get some perspective and recover our balance. We happen to know just the place… Relax ~ Explore ~ Enjoy! Read More



Before Algonquin Park… The Omaamiwininii Anishnaabe (“original people”) were here long before the first Europeans. In Ontario, the Madaoueskarini band lived along the Madawaska watershed, including most of today’s Algonquin Park. Earliest evidence of their culture includes flint and quartz tools, pottery and sacred petroglyphs. Birch trees still show the marks where bark was removed to make canoes. Read More

High seas still beckon When Eric got off the ClipperTelemed sailing yacht last year, he told Poppy that the 6,000-nautical-mile race from China to Seattle had been so brutal that he never wanted to brave another ocean like that again. Well…
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With a soupçon of magic When a soft-spoken guest introduced himself as Canada’s oldest magician and asked if dinnertime guests might enjoy a bit of magic we were intrigued. Read More

Herding cats might be easier All seven of us have not been in one room since Samantha and Jon’s wedding two summers ago. We see one another often, just not all at once – and not always in person.
Sam and Jon are busy veterinarians working full time to pay off student loans at clinics in Toronto. Sam puts in extra hours at an emergency clinic, Jon drives back to work at the Buffalo Zoo. Alexandra and brother Jonathan live in Toronto, so we’re in frequent, electronic, contact. Alexandra is planning her next trip to Central America. Charlotte lives and works in Whistler, B.C., with boyfriend Andrew. Luckily, we all love to ski so see her, the father-and-daughters cat-skiing trip in British Columbia’s interior is an annual event.
One of Poppy’s dreams was a wildlife safari, so In February we rode and walked the Tanzanian Serengeti. At night we heard lions walking around our tents, or roaring in the distance.
Sam, Jon and Jonathan soldier on in the city, but we’re delighted that Alexandra and Charlotte are working at the Lodge again. Perhaps they gravitated naturally to hospitality, though they’re good at what they do and we get to see them, in person.
We hope to see you, in person, too! Read More

Cabin 30 at its level best In the early days, Cabin 30 was built for live-in staff, then as guest cabin it was updated, rebuilt and enlarged several times. The interior evolved into a functional, but haphazard, two-level affair. “It was time to stop tinkering,” says Eric. “This time it had to be done right. So we hired extra men to replace the foundation logs and reconstruct it on one level.”
“Why not move walls while we’re at it?” Poppy recalls saying. “And work around the old birch tree too. It was a mind-boggling planning exercise, but so worth it.”
Cabin 30 is now the second largest cabin (after Crowe Cottage) at the Lodge. As well as a fabulous lake view, it boasts two bedrooms with a living area, one king and one queen-sized bed, plus a queen sofa bed. It has a new roof, new floors, new furnishings and a new bathroom. Best of all, the cabin is on one level. Read More

**All the news on this page and more can be read and printed on the 2017 Newsletter pdf

Previous newsletters If you would like to read editions from years past, simply click
on the links below. If you need to dig further into the vault, just email us

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Highway jogger… Poppy’s assistant, Kristina Nicholas, has good reason to be late one morning. Read More

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Centenary of an iconic artist Canadian painter Tom Thomson developed a vibrant painting style that is as fresh today as it was unconventional in his time. We have more on him along with details of events marking his life and work. Read More

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New bedding for every cabin … new mattresses, pillow tops and box springs. Beautiful white duvets layered between 300-thread count sheets. Woollen throws and cotton bedskirts complete the luxurious look and feel. Sleep well. Any time Read More

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The fish was superb tonight, but… Helene Gordon knows food. She’ll let us know if something is lacking, fabulous or just as good as always. Will you? Read More



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