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.
OPEN ALL YEAR
OLD GROWTH FOREST PHOTO TOURS
HOUSE KEEPING & AMERICAN PLAN PACKAGES (HK/AP)
NATIVE WILD ORCHID AND/OR MUSHROOM PHOTO TOURS
ATV TOURS AND PACKAGES, GUIDES AVAILABLE
CANOE RENTALS & TRIP PLANNING
FALL HUNTING PACKAGES
TRAP LINE TOURS & TANNED FUR SALES
WEDDING & PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY
Located within a 1/2 Kilometer (1/4 Mile) of downtown Temagami and on the shores of picturesque Cassels-Rabbit Lakes is Northland Paradise Lodge. Directly in front of the lodge is the White Bear Old Growth Forest, a 2,000 acre (800 hectare) ancient ecosystem of giant red and white pines (up to 5 feet or 1.5 m in diameter) and at least twenty five different varieties of rare northern orchids. The lodge is accented in cedar and knotty pine while our eight comfortable units have electric heat, town water, three piece showers and full cooking facilities. All linen and cooking utensils are supplied. Our dining room seats 18 hungry guests comfortably.
Browse through our gift shop for souvenir shirts, hats, tackle and tanned wild fur. Free boat launching and mooring is available for guests. Use the lodge as a starting point to explore over 50 Kilometers (30 Miles) of pristine, almost uninhabited wilderness of our lake system which is rich with walleye (pickerel), northern pike, smallmouth bass, lake trout and whitefish. Pack a lunch and swim at any of the sand beaches while listening to the cry of the loons.
If the loons in our bay are too vocal in the early morning hours, we suggest closing your windows.
Our rental canoes will take avid nature lovers through countless lakes, rivers and streams of varying difficulty to view and photograph some of the most breath-taking and unique scenery available in North America. Observe many forms of wildlife in their natural habitat including bear, moose, beaver, otter, pine marten, mink, fisher and lynx as well as bald eagles, loons, blue herons, peregrine falcons, osprey, ruffed grouse, pilleated woodpeckers, Canada Jays (Whiskey Jacks) and countless varieties of northern song birds including the very vocal but rare orange crested warbler.
For a complete and expanded description of the many packages that we offer, please click on the individual headings found at the top of every page. Effective immediately, all reservations require a 50% non-refundable deposit by Visa or MasteCard. Comments and suggestions for improvements and additions to this website are always welcome. Our email address can be found at the bottom of every page.
Please visit our newest web page called Song Birds ... and More. I just posted it in May, 2019 and it is a work in progress so new bird photos will be added as I find and photo them. There are three other new web pages with pics and text .... the first two are all about wild native orchids and wild mushrooms while the other one is all about wedding & portrait photography. Foreign guests that wish to visit the lodge can find additional tips about entering Canada, what they can & cannot bring into the country and information on local services that will assit them with their travel plans on the useful links) page. For guests wishing to check their emails while on vacation with us, we now have WiFi and wireless connection available.
This website has been formatted to a width of 700 pixels which fits comfortably on most computer monitors. If you are viewing this website and the pictures & text (especially on pages such as orchids, mushrooms, kids' first fish, etc.) appear to not be vertically lined up correctly, may I suggest that you re-format your monitor width settings to 700+ pixels for maximum viewing enjoyment.
I try to update the website at least once a week ... sometimes daily. The pages on summer fishing reports and the winter snowmobile trail conditions are our two most visited pages and together, they have the latest in up-to-date changes. The photos and text on all the pages are either changed or added to on a regular basis to keep you, our customers, informed of the latest news and tips to make certain that your vacation with us is a very memorable experience. Please bookmark this site for easy access in the future.
The latest website update was on Friday, January 17, 2020.
Your hosts since June, 1986 - Doug and (the late) Marg Adams.
How to Find Us
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The town of Temagami is located on Highway 11 approximately 100 km (60 miles) north of North Bay Ontario or 70 km (40 miles) south of New Liskeard. Northland Paradise Lodge can easily be found "just behind the train station" in the middle of town. Turn east at the south end of the beautiful stone Ontario Northland Railroad (ONR) train station onto O'Connor Drive, proceed for 50 m (50 yards) and turn left (north) onto Stevens Road. Follow it for 1/2 km (1/4 mile) and we're on the right side at the second bend in the road. As you're driving down Stevens Road, look past the billboard at the end of the driveway and you'll see the bright orange roof of the lodge.
Although our pet lab/husky, Buddy, has passed on, we still encourage guests to bring their pet(s) along as part of their family vacation instead of sending them off to "puppy jail" for a week or more.
Special thanks to Cecilia Chiu, Brian Fontaine and Phil Gunnell for their assistance in the design, construction and maintenance of this website.
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