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“Magical vacation spot in Northern Ontario!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Lodge at Pine Cove

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The Lodge at Pine Cove
1013 Hwy 528A | Noelville, Ontario P0M 2N0, Canada   |  
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Ranked #2 of 731 Specialty lodging in Ontario
Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
“Magical vacation spot in Northern Ontario!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

We wanted to send a little note to say how much we loved our stay up there! It was hard to leave….hard to say good-bye to this majestic and mystical river and all its inhabitants.

You’ve created a sanctuary up at the Lodge that is unique in all aspects. It promotes relaxation, tranquility and a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature.

We look forward to coming up again.

Two very happy return vacationers from Toronto

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Caledon
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

In the Caledon Hills, where I live just outside of Toronto, I have always thought the air was pretty fresh compared to the city. So it was with great astonishment that I took those first few breaths of Lodge at PIne Cove air nine years ago. It was so pure, so delicious, and so amazingly uplifting it instantly put me in a different state. Which is where I stayed for the whole 7 days of that visit, and has kept me coming back every year.
The original attraction to the French River was to paint the Canadian wilderness, led by OCAD professor Greg Hindle. The Lodge is now the perfect jumping-off point into the wild, with its aromatic cabins, comfy beds, rustic log furniture, screened in porches and views of the French River or Pine Cove from every window. To this add excellent food, lovingly prepared and served, consistently friendly and helpful staff managed by the delightful Liz, a comfortable main lodge with dining room and lovely screened in dining porch, library, games room and bar, and one could feel quite comfortable never leaving the premises.
But leave we do, painting at many stunning and varied locations within an easy boat ride: The Restoule Gorge with its towering purple cliffs and surging stepped waterfalls, the huge beaver dam with its vast area of waterlilies, Five Finger Rapids, where five branches of the river come together with a thundering roar through a water chute, and Pine Cove itself where the water becomes so still you see the stars and the Milky Way reflected perfectly in it at night. The sound of the water washes all the thoughts of the city away, and moments like the surprise of a crane, winging its way a foot above the water beside your boat, its reflection a perfect image in the river beneath, brings wonder. The rocks, all shapes and colours, stunning tree shapes and masses, and the ever-changing sky offer endless painting possibilities.
In years since that first one, we combine painting with a relaxing getaway.
Alex's hospitality is genuine and heartfelt and his interest in his guests is that of one welcoming you into his home. His keen knowledge of the history and the geography of the area easily adds to your appreciation of it. Each year we return, wonderful new things have been added. like the fabulous breakfast that arrives on your doorstep every morning (quietly!) with croissants that rival anything you get in France, the best granola ever, yogurt, and fresh orange juice.
The water is a delight to swim in, warmed by coming from the shallow, sunny waters of Lake Nipissing, oxygenated by tumbling over countless rapids, it is Ontario swimming at its best. Whether your interest is in history - this was a major Voyageur route -, canoeing, wildlife, fishing or painting or just plain getting away from it all, the Lodge at Pine Cove cannot be recommended highly enough. Balance is what it is all about here.
It is with great reluctance one returns to ‘civilization’ after a week at Pine Cove, but the thought that there will be a next year keeps one going, and the memory of the sweet scent of the freshest air you will ever breathe keeps one coming back.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

We booked into the Lodge at Pine Cove for a special treat following 10 days spent visiting family and friends. We were hoping for a relaxed but luxurious hideaway and and we were certainly not disappointed. Alex was the perfect host from the second we arrived till the moment we left, the cabin was stunning, the food excellent and the staff could not have been nicer. I celebrated my birthday with dinner on the screened in porch after a canoe trip to Five Finger Rapids and will never forget my stay at Pine Cove - the day was rounded off with a freshly baked slice of blueberry pie as a birthday cake delivered with a tuneful rendition of Happy Birthday and a few games of pool. This truly is a special place and we would come back in a heartbeat - thank you all for an amazing 3 days. Jonny and Sally - Edinburgh

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

Reading the reviews above, I felt like a person who came to the average restaurant with questionable food quality, but everyone is amazed by the place ….

The only possible explanation is if the owner himself and his family or friends (one picture is definitely belongs to owner’s companion) create that volume of “nicest place in the world” reviews.

Enough emotions let me use some facts.

On the positive side:

Nature of the French river is all around. Beautiful sunsets, pines, birds, snakes, hummingbirds, ….

If you like a quiet place to canoe, that’s a place to be.

Cottages are clean and very well maintained.
For those who like a breakfast to be served at the door, you got it there.

The other observations:

Not a place for kids: no playground or any other kids activities.
Not a place for elderly or disabled people: resort is situated in the area of tree roots and stones. No walking, hiking only. Even to get to the car, you have to be able to travel quite a distance as all cars kept on parking lot behind office building.
Not a safe place to walk and dock after dark as no light is assumed. You safety will be jeopardised whenever you decide to step out after sunset.
Not a place to swim. No beach is assumed at all. Swimming is possible from large stoned if your cottage is located close to the water or at dock area where on-river traffic makes swimming very unsafe, especially for kids.
Not a place for company to gather at fire pit: some very small area designated that not pleasant to use. Cottages are close to each other, thus making it noisy what otherwise would be considered a quiet conversation.
Not a place for people who like to use Internet, TV or cell phones. In other words, civilisation is strongly prohibited. No wireless connection was specifically designed for your full nature enjoyment. But if you still insist in high-tech suicide, you can pay 2$ for any outside call or every ½ our internet usage from the office.
The place is hard for motor boaters with their own boat. When approaching, they have to get down a very steep uneven hill. Slip is fine, but too shallow for average-sized boat and one would scratch its trailer through sand when slipping or retrieving the boat.

I do understand that every experience is subjective, but being in our mid 50th, we visited many resorts around Canada and abroad. I would give these place 2 stars as a family resort and 4 stars for couples resort.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Whitby, Canada
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2011

I was at Pine Cove the week of July 23rd. We had made some special dietary requests that were not met. My wife ordered a pickeral filet and it arrived after a long wait with bones in it !! Told the waitress to tell the chef, nothing was done about it...still full gratuity charged. The french river is beautiful, but we will not be back to the lodge at pine cove.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Alexstrachan, Owner at The Lodge at Pine Cove, responded to this review, September 6, 2011
Our apologies for the bone in the fish. Pickerel fillets which we get from a well known local fish shop in Sudbury, very occasionally have a bone or two in them and this is often the case with most fish. I suppose we are all so used to having food processed by machines which extract anything and everything, that when we do find a bone in a piece of fish, it seems odd.
To my knowledge the guest never mentioned to our front desk that they had a problem with the meal when they paid their invoice. We would certainly not have charged them for the meal, let alone the gratuity if they has told us about their experience.
We often cater to special dietary needs; vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, sugar free, sodium free, etc, and as long as we are made aware, prior to guests actually ordering meals, we can arrange to prepare meals for most requests. The only time we cannot prepare meals for a guest, is if there is an allergy that is life threatening, such as some nut allergies. This requires complete sterilization of the kitchen and we are not equipped to do that on an individual basis.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

The perfect place to hike, fish, swim and boat. All this, and a comfortable cabin to rest in. The Lodge at Pine Cove is a wonderful place to step away from the rush of everyday life and enjoy the magic of Mother nature all around. It is also a great place to reconnect with your children. The children were able to see animals up close that are not as easily seen in our area. Our eight and six year old did not want to leave and asked if we could move! Definitely hike the trail on the back of the property. The "private" lake at the end is a more than reward for the your efforts.
Alex and his staff are friendly, welcoming, and make you feel right at home. Our best Canadian vacation yet. We are sure to return year after year.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Waitsfield
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2011

Lovely setting, impressive lodge and beautifully appointed cabins. Cleanest place I've ever seen. Warm and helpful staff. Absolutely perfect. Everyone should experience a stay at the Lodge at Pine Cove on the French River!

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1013 Hwy 528A | Noelville, Ontario P0M 2N0, Canada
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Location: Canada > Ontario
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 731 Specialty lodging in Ontario
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Reserve your stay to experience many new amenities we've added to each of our are waterfront cottages: from little things such as fresh, new duvet covers and handmade wool rugs, to small luxuries like copper tubs, all-natural toiletries, mosquito nets, and gourmet coffee. Sleep in, because every morning we'll deliver a breakfast hamper filled with house-made goodies right to your doorstep. Then float out on the cool, tranquil waters of the bay - it's your own exploration of the historical French river. Picnic, swim, paddle, nap...Just be back in time for cocktails at sunset. Call or email us today to book your retreat of privacy and comfort on the Canadian Shield. ... more   less 

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