Friday, July 30, 2010

Temagami: The Island

My Aunt Cindy and her husband John own a small private island in Lake Temagami, northern Ontario. Go ahead and Google it...I didn't know where it was either! For years, my dad & step mom have been telling us how awesome it is and how we should get the kids up there for a few days of fun and exploring, so this summer, when the chance presented itself, we jumped on it.

FYI, my pics and words won't do justice to how beautiful this place truly is!

On the lake, there are approximately 1,000 small islands just like this one. This is 630, summer home of the Sappingtons.
The island is rock based, with some areas that slope down into the water gently while others drop off and are perfect for jumping into the lake.

There are countless interesting rock formations, and everything is covered in soft green moss or fluffy white reindeer moss. Or both. I almost forgot the blueberry bushes...about 10" tall and covered in tiny tiny blueberries all over the island.
A thick bed of pine needles make you feel like you are walking on a mattress. Paths are delineated by logs and stones, and lead you from house to house, swimming spots to the dock and back again. Can you spot Lola lounging in the sunshine?

The pines are tall and soft and whisper in the wind. They provide shade but allow in filtered sunlight throughout. The best part about the island is how secluded you are. The lake is so large, days will go by before you see another boat or person. There is no traffic noise. There were no crickets, but the loons serenaded us almost constantly, and the resident hummingbirds were not afraid to zip past you while lounge on the hammock.
The entire coast is fun to explore, for humans and dogs alike!! I love the reeds and lilys that dot the shoreline.
Some pretty interesting things grow on there!
Cindy and John have made a wonderful home here!
We were lucky enough to see the full moon and have beautiful weather during our stay. Unfortunalty we didn't see the Milky Way or the Northern Lights, but maybe next time!
Tomorrow, I'll talk about the kids!


Jen on the Edge said...

WOW! What a wonderful place.

It's funny, but Pete and I have sometimes talked over the years about owning a private island and wondering what it would be like. How did your relatives get all their building supplies over to the island? Do they have electricity and plumbing?

~jan said...

Looks magical, my friend!