Monday, August 06, 2007

Family Reunion at Weslemkoon Lake

Canoeing at sunset on Weslemkoon Lake, Ontario, CanadaSomewhere between Toronto and Ottawa in beautiful Ontario “cottage country” lies Weslemkoon Lake. My cousin Patti and husband Chris’ family has owned a cottage there for 40 years. Over a year ago Patti organized a family reunion for her siblings, cousins (first, second, once-removed, twice-removed and any combination thereof), nieces and nephews, and aunts and uncles. Over 25 people attended. Beds were provided for all who were over 50; tents and sleeping bags were arranged for the youngsters. Weslemkoon Lake proved a wonderful spot for the week-long affair. With skiing, tubing, swimming, sailing, sail boarding, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking, no one was bored and everyone who wanted to got their fill of exercise and fun.
Also, there is no road access to the cottage; it's a 10-minute boat ride from the marina. It is also out of cell-phone range, there is one land line, and no television. This is heaven!

View of Weslemkoon Lake from the cottage porchDinner for 26? No problem. Enough people pitched in to chop, sauté, grill, whip up, and griddle that no one went hungry. Clean up? Group participation ensured that all dishes were cleaned and the work load was spread about.
Handy aluminum boat for putting around Weslemkoon Lake, Ontario, CanadaBut all this was possible due to the incredible organization skills of our hosts Chris and Patti.
Sitting on the dock, watching the sun set at Weslemkoon Lake, Ontario, CanadaAnd while the setting was wonderful, the true wonder was visiting with cousins I haven’t seen in years and meeting cousins for the first time. From a six-year old first cousin once-removed cutie-pie to my aunt and uncle 80-years young, we shared a few days packed full of action, peppered with conversations long overdue.

1 comment:

Carol Day said...

Hi Gail, I am heading out on Weslemkoon Lake on Sunday for my first exploration of the lake by boat and am planning to take many photos, and collect information for a website i am building focused on the lake. I am a real estate broker, and am adding lake info links to my website. If you have any information you would like to share please let me know at thanks :-)