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PostPosted: May 17th, 2019, 11:21 am 
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I'm in the planning stages of a 2 week solo trip in the McLennan Lake area in August, and I'm considering including a brief visit to the Forest House Lodge, just to see the place. It's an eco-friendly multi-building tourist lodge on an unnamed lake just east of Hutchings Lake.

I would like to see the place, and perhaps stay there just long enough for a quick brew-up and then be on my way again, but I'm wondering about how receptive the owners and guests might be to that sort of thing.

I expect that part of the allure of the place is what is perceived as its remoteness, and I don't want to spoil that for anyone.

Before I contact the owners to ask for permission to drop by for a bit, I thought I would run the concept by CCR membership. Has anyone been there? If so, how were you received by the owners/guests of the lodge? Do you have any advice for anyone who is considering dropping by for a short visit to the place?

Thanks for any input everyone, cheers.

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PostPosted: May 17th, 2019, 2:01 pm 
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Given who the owner is I expect they would be very canoe friendly.

If it were me I wouldn't hesitate to paddle up and say hello.

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 Post subject: Re: Forest House Lodge
PostPosted: May 18th, 2019, 10:20 am 
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Hi,
I've been there twice but both times were in the fall when nobody was home. As far as I know, Ric at CRCO owns it now so I'm sure he is canoe-friendly. You'll have to ask him about dropping by for a tea or coffee.
Ric can give you a more accurate history but I believe that it was started by some back-to-the-land folks who had amazing gardens and buildings - including a lakeside sauna. They got older and decided to move away and then Ric (and others?) bought it. A fire went through that area a couple of years ago or so but they were able to save the buildings even though some of the water supply pipes melted. There is a dock on Hastings Lake and then a trail to the Lodge.


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