Lodge Life

Here are some stories from past seasons. For the most up to date pictures and comments visit our FaceBook page.

So What's There to DO?

Monday, June 27, 2016

We spend a lot of time at Hay Lake talking about relaxing in the quiet.   Read more

That's All - till Next Year...

Sunday, October 18, 2015

And so our 33rd season ends at Hay Lake Lodge and Cottages. It is a pleasure and a privilege to share our home with our guests. Thank you for the enthusiastic pleasure when trying the kayaks and canoes, the kind words on our Trip Advisor reviews, your appreciation of Algonquin's beauty. We'll take your compliments and your suggestions, catch our breath for a few months, and look forward to seeing you next spring. In the meantime, you can see shots of life at Hay Lake during the winter on Face Book. Read more


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall arrives this week. I don't really quite know how that happened. Just a couple of weeks ago I was raking leaves and welcoming this season's first guests, and now Hay Lake Lodge is only 4 weeks from closing. Read more

This Will Make Us Famous

Friday, August 14, 2015

I think we have come up with a true contribution to world happiness. Yes, there's peace and quiet and beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife at Hay Lake. Yes, that's great but this is important! We have invented a new dessert. Combining the campfire and the ice cream store, we have - drum roll please...the S'more Sundae! And just what is this inspired dessert?  Read more

Making Lists

Friday, June 19, 2015

I love lists. No, actually I love making lists. Start the day and make a list. If I make a list, I get things done. At least that's what I tell myself. Read more

Flowers for Mother's Day

Sunday, May 10, 2015

It starts when we're in grade school. "Let's Plant a Flower for Mom" our first grade teachers encourage us, and that Friday before the holiday, hundreds of young school children carefully - or perhaps not so carefully - carry paper cups of soil and a young tender plant for Mom. Or maybe we made cards and drew flowers and carefully printed I Love You Mom. It might even be the surely instinctive desire to pick daffodils and dandelions, proudly carried home to our mothers, faithfully displayed in jars on the kitchen table. Somehow flowers and motherhood are forever linked in our hearts. Read more

It's Coming

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

This has been a spring to learn patience. I love winter, I really do, but the continuing snow and ice have made it difficult to believe Hay Lake Lodge and Cottages opens in less than a month (I know, how is that possible??). Sunday I decided "Enough!" I took my camera and went looking for Signs of Spring. Read more

One Last Paddle...

Monday, November 17, 2014

It was probably half-way through the ice-sheet I thought perhaps I had pushed the kayaking a little too far….But let me explain. I like to paddle Hay Lake until freeze-up. Our bay is still open, though the narrows are now iced in. My friend Vicki lives across the lake, boat access only, so I thought I’d paddle over with a book. She’ll be at her place till the ice is strong enough to cross on foot – which will be around Christmas! Read more

"The Worst We Ever Saw"

Thursday, September 11, 2014

That's what the Bell crew told us this afternoon. The thunderstorms that ripped across Ontario last Friday hit here with beautiful awe-inspiring lightning displays, rolling bass thunder - and a lightning strike that hit our power transformer, plunging half of our cottages and the rest of Hay Lake into darkness. We also lost our phone service. Read more

The Longest Day

Sunday, June 22, 2014

First of all, I overslept. Slept right through the alarm and didn't wake till 5:45. Summer Solstice Sunrise is 5:23. Drat! Read more