This is where we'll announce the most recent additions to our web site. If you've visited us before and want to know what's changed, take a look here first.
As most of you know, Marg passed away on December 29, 2019 from a short but well-fought battle with cancer. Originally, I had planned on having a memorial some time after the snow and winter weather had passed and that was planned for this coming Saturdy, May 9. Needless to say, those plans were abruptly cancelled with the invasion of the current Covid-19 virus where all church services, gatherings and funerals are on an indefinite hold. All I can say right now is that there will be a memorial service at a later unknown date after this pandemic is over and things return to some semblance of normal, possibly in the late summer or autumn. Thank you.
First of all, I'd like to say that the lodge is still open and offering all of the same packages that we have been known to provide to all of our customers on an annual basis. It is "business as usual".
LODGE FOR SALE
In the summer of 2019, it was with a heavy heart that we we decided to sell our business and retire due to health issues. Thirty four years ago, we bought a business that was in severe need of an upgrade to everything including the structural and cosmetic works, tourism packages and clientelle list. Since 1986, I can proudly say that all of this and more has been accomplished. Today, our lodge has branched out into previously unheard of tourism possibilities and is now Temagami's premier tourism destination not only for hunting and fishing packages but for non-consumptive experiences in photography with a major emphasis on the unique flora and fauna of north eastern Ontario with special emphasis on wild native orchids, old growth red & white pine forests and mushrooms for both photography and consumption. Please scroll through all of the headings below for an expanded description of each of these packages.
Unfortunately, Marg passed away from cancer on December 29, 2019 and never had the opportunity to experience retirement after lodge life. It is a fair amount of work to operate the business for two people and now with her being gone, it is more than I want to do by myself. This is the reason that I would like to pass the reins on to another younger couple that will continue the lifestyle that we created and expand it even further.
This lodge is not another "fixer-upper" project. This is a turn-key operation with structurally sound buildings, metal roofs, new docks/cribbings, and boat/motor combos that stay dry and run well. If you have to ask if the motors work, this business is not for you. This is the only lodge in the entire Temagami area with town water, town sewers and garbage pick-up. If that alone doesn't make you sleep better at night, nothing will. This is also the only year-round lodge on a 30-mile (50-km.) lake system with a healthy population of walleye, bass, pike, lake trout, whitefish and lesser amounts of ling and channel catfish. Commercially, you will "own" the lake as there will never be another lodge started on this lake system unless the MNR relaxes their policy of no shoreline development of cold water fishery lakes (a.k.a. trout lakes) and I doubt if that will ever happen. You will never have to worry about looking out over the lake and seeing a clear-cut shoreline as I was the leading opponent to this Neanderthal practise and it is now classified as a Conservation Reserve called the White Bear Old Growth Red and White Pine Forest with a well-developed hiking and snowshoeing trail system with trees over 500 years of age and exceeding five feet in diameter. These trees were mere saplings when some guy called Chris was getting his fingers greasy with a bunch of natives at a turkey dinner over on the east coast at Plymouth Rock. Walking these ancient documented trails to access these old trees will take you along foot paths that were well worn by the original inhabitants of this part of north eastern North America and through carbon dating techniques, have been traced back to six thousand years ago. In simple words, these trails were here on the ground for two thousand years before a kid named Tut was piling up square chunks of rock in the middle of a desert halfway around the world.
The lodge is a year-round operation with ice fishing and snowmobiling being the main sources of winter income. Ice fishing guests bring their own pop-up tents while the lodge provides meals and accommodations. For sledders, we are located directly off the OFSC "A" trail, again with all-you-can-eat meals and accommodations. Our restauraunt comfortably seats 18 people. The games room has TV, a large shuffleboard and a slate pool table. The interior fish cleaning station is in a well-lit butcher shop for processing our guest's moose and bear during hunting seasons.
Ideally, the prospective new owners will be a couple that are tired of the typical rat race they are currently living in and realizes they will not be getting a key to Fort Knox but will be buying into an outdoor lifestyle that is rich in a diversity of income opportunities and they don't mind a bit of hard work to maintain this lifestyle. There are busy times as well as off season slow times for personal rest and relaxation. I will not be leaving this gorgeous little town and will be here to assist the new owners with tips and tricks to carry on the self-sustaining lifestyle that we've enjoyed with our customer base that easily dates back over an average of 25 years as repeat guests. If this is something that you can appreciate, please call to set up a viewing appointment where we can discuss these and countless other points of lodge life.
Thank you, Doug and (the late) Marg Adams.
May 3, 2019. I have created a new photography page called Song Birds ... and More. This will be of help to anyone looking for identification assistance for the countless songbirds in the Temagami area. More bird photos will be added as I find and record them.
September 7, 2014 For those that follow this website on a regular basis, you have noted that I gladly accept new ideas and suggestions on how I can improve this site. Over the years, I've had an endless amount of emails expressing thanks for pointing out a variety of edible mushrooms and readers have said they have tried a few and thoroughly enjoyed them. Recently, someone inquired as to why I haven't offered any of my recipes on how to cook mushrooms. Quite frankly, this had never crossed my mind. So here's the challenge and invitation to all fungii conniseurs: what is your favorite mushroom recipe(s)? Send them in and if there is sufficient interest, I will start a new page of recipes ... not only for mushrooms but I just might include wild game and fish dishes also. If you'd like your 15 seconds of fame, give me a "yes or no" on adding only your name and town below the recipe.
January, 2012. Due to popular request, I've rewrote the accommodations page and added pictures of all the units and a brief description of each so that perspective new guests can see, first hand, the high quality standards that we maintain to ensure that all of our guests know exactly what they will have upon arrival at our lodge.
On June 16, 2011, we will be celebrating 25 years here at the lodge. We couldn't begin to count all the friends we have made, the experiences we have shared or the lessons we have learnd but we would like to thank each and every one of our customers who have helped us reach this milestone. And we're not done yet; another summer means another chance to expand this ever growing list of guests that we prefer to call "our family". Please, best wishes only.
March 2009. I've advertised my snowmobile for sale. You can see it on the Items For Sale page.
January 2009. We have recently split the Photo Tour page into Photo Tours and Wild Orchids. With all the pictures on that one page, it was taking quite a while for it to load, especilly for anyone still on dial-up. We hope you will find it much easier to access both pages now and in the future.
Spring 2008. We have now added two more new pages to the ever expanding website. The first is all about wild native mushrooms. There is a good variety of photos; each species comes with its Latin name, its English name (where applicable) and a short description about each one. The second new page is for wedding & portrait photography and has several examples from a few of the many weddings I have taken over the years. If you or any of your friends are planning a wedding in the Temagami area, please pass this page on to them for consideration. Thank you.
Spring 2007. We have added a completely new page called Community Events. This is a listing of events in and around the Temagami area that are occurring during the year. Events are tourism based and/or fundraisers for local participation. As always, if anyone knows of something that I have not posted, please let me know about it.
Fall 2006. Due to customer feedback, I have recently divided up the page on snowmobiling into 3 separate pages for snowmobiling (with the usual info as well as the weekly trail report), another page just for icefishing (and its weekly winter fishing report) and a third page for snowshoeing and XC skiing packages. I think you will find this new format is a lot easier to search through for your favorite winter sport activities.
Finally! The new page is up and posted for anyone interested in a Canoeing vacation (2006). The lodge has recently purchased a fleet of four canoes for rental in the coming summer season. New pictures and text will be posted as the season progresses.
Last summer (2005), we started a page (Weekly Fishing Report) dedicated to our fishing guests who were planning their annual fishing vacations at Northland Paradise Lodge. Weekly updates included water temperatures, best lures, which species were biting best and other pertinent information to assist them in pre-planning their trip. This page proved to be very popular and the feedback we received was appreciated by all who read it.
So, with that in mind, this winter (2005/2006), I have a weekly up-to-date report on snowmobile trail conditions throughout the Temagami and north eastern Ontario region and it also includes info for our ice fishing clients with emphasis on ice thickness, snow depth and slush conditions on area lakes and, of course, which species are biting best each week. This information can be easily accessed at the bottom of the Snowmobiling page. As with the summer page, information will be gathered from the people that really know what is happening out there .... our guests.
For our summer guests, I have included a whole new section on photography with special emphasis on wild orchids that are native to northern Ontario and can be found in discreet locations throughout the Temagami area. You will find this on the Photo Tour page.
New pictures are added to the Latest Wildlife Viewings as they are accumulated. If you have vacationed with us in the past and have a neat shot of some wild critter and you'd like the world to see it also, send it in and I'll post it for you. All the rules and other pertinent info can be found on this page.
This portion of this page is still under construction. When items are catalogued in proper order, they will be posted at that time. Thank you in advance for your patience.
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