Getting to Lulu's Repose

Lulu’s Repose is located at the Western end of beautiful Ahmic Lake near the sleepy Hamlet of Ahmic Harbour. Ahmic Harbour is approximately a 2 ½ to 3 hour drive north from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Pearson International Airport and about 40 minutes outside of the town of Parry Sound Ontario. From the GTA Ahmic Lake can be accessed via Highway #400 North to Highway #124 East, or, alternately from Highway # 11 North to Highway #520, and the west on Highway #124. Also, the Parry Sound municipal Airport is located approximately a 1 hour drive south of Lulu’s Repose in Seguin Township, just off of Highway #400. Ahmic Harbour is located midway between the municipalities of Dunchurch to the West and Magnetawan to the East with access to most amenities only 15 minutes away.

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Property Description

cottage is situated on approximately 7 acres of unspoiled hardwood forest with about 300’ of private waterfront on beautiful Ahmic Lake. The cottage is a one-of-a-kind, custom designed, hand-crafted timber frame structure located approximately 50’ back from the pristine Ahmic Lake shoreline. To maintain the privacy of our guests and retain the natural beauty of the area, we have retained 90% of the natural shoreline. A stretch of about 30’ of sandy beach complete with a large dock is also available on the property and can be accessed via wide, granite steps leading to the lake

 

Lulu’s Repose sits on a private cottage lane which is only 10 minutes from Highway 124 and is conveniently located a short distance off a four-season municipally maintained, paved road. The cottage lane is shared by only one other cottage with Lulu’s Repose located at the end of the road which ensures total privacy and no traffic. In the winter, both the private cottage lane and municipal paved road are regularly plowed to ensure access to the property. However, for those guests joining us in the winter, we recommend a four-wheel / all-wheel drive vehicle or, at the very least a vehicle equipped with a good set of snow tires be used for travel.

The location of the property ensures total privacy yet is not so far from publically maintained infrastructure that it is isolated. In fact, Lulu’s Repose is in an area fully covered by 911 emergency fire, ambulance, and Provincial Police services. You will enjoy the privacy and seclusion of your own private forested retreat without giving up access to essential services.

Ahmic Lake

Ahmic Lake is part of the Magnetawan River waterway in Parry Sound District, Ontario, Canada. Ahmic Lake is approximately 19 km long and directly connects to two smaller lakes, Neighick (nicknamed Beaver Lake) and Crawford Lake. Ahmic Lake is also connected via the Magnetawan river and an operating lock system to Lake Cecebe and Goose Lake offering a total of approximately 45 kms of navigable waterway. The lake has an average depth of approximately 26’ with depths of up to 90’ in some locations with a shore length of some 43 miles.

Around the beginning of the 20th century, a number of fishing camps were built on Ahmic Lake with other large tracts of shoreline sold to individual families. There is very little crown land left on the lake and the large family owned tracts of shoreline have remained largely intact, making Ahmic a lake with only moderate shoreline disturbance or alteration. From an article by Grant Hopkins published in Ontario Out Of Doors magazine:

Grant Hopkins - Onatrio Out of Doors

“One appealing aspect of Ahmic is that much of the shoreline is in its natural state. It's not a cottage slum. Wealthy U.S. landowners get much of the credit for today's unspoiled grandeur. American sportsmen tagged along with early settlers that travelled by train to Burks Falls, then by steamboat down the Magnetawan River, across Lake Cecebe to the then thriving community of Magnetawan. The village predates Parry Sound and North Bay by 25 years. Here they passed through a lock and down another short stretch of the Magnetawan River to the far end of Ahmic Lake. According to Ken Turner of Woodland Echoes Resort on Ahmic Lake, Americans have been coming to the area since the Civil War, and over the years they bought up as much land as possible to stop development. Settlers considered waterfront a nuisance because it could not be farmed. Canadians did not show much interest in Ahmic Lake waterfront until the 1950s -- a typical situation across central Ontario. The U.S. properties have stayed in families for generations, and each cottage has its own history. For instance, several cabins at Indian Point, built by a Dr. Kelly of Baltimore, still stand after 100 years. Although ownership of cottage land might be a touchy subject with some people, the benefit has been that much of Ahmic Lake, which lacks any significant Crown land, has changed little and is still prime fish habitat.”
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For its size, Ahmic Lake is remarkably quiet and has very little boat traffic. This may be due to the relative lack of cottage and resort density on a lake of this size. Even at the height of the summer season, it is not unusual to travel for quite some distance before encountering another boat. The lake is fairly well marked for navigation. There are many spots where the rock shoals extend into the lake then plunge to depths of 60 and 90 '. Much of the rest of the lake has steep shorelines with overhanging woods as well as rocky outcroppings. The lake’s water quality is excellent and provides good clarity with an average secchi depth of 3.5 meters. The colour of the lake is often referred to as “tea stained” which is common for waterways that originate in Algonquin. From its headwaters in Algonquin Park, the Magnetawan River flows through lakes, rapids and waterfalls as it winds its way to Georgian Bay. Ahmic Lake is the mid-point of the watershed. The lake empties at Knoepli Falls (Hwy #124 at a great scenic spot). The Magnetawan River is the longest navigable waterway north of Muskoka lake system. It is possible to boat from Burk’s Falls to Ahmic Harbour through more than 40 miles of lakes and rivers.

The Magnetawan River is a wonderful recreational opportunity if you fish, swim, boat, kayak, or canoe. If rough water is what you are after there are six sets of rapids on the Magnetawan River between Knoepfli Falls and Maple Island: Porter Rapids, Cody Rapids, Ross Rapids, Seller’s Rapids, Poverty Bay Chutes and Shadow Creek…all waiting for you to explore. If you are a boater or a canoeist there are over 40 miles of river and shore to explore. The white water found on the Magnetawan River is second to none and will give even the experienced white water rafter or kayaker a thrill. Some of the best fishing can be found in the river, there are numerous varieties to catch: Small Mouth Bass, Bass, Pike, Perch, Walleye, Catfish, Smelt, Speckle Trout and many more. Swimming can be found at numerous beaches along the river: Public or Private Beaches. The depth of the river makes exploring the bottom of the river exciting for the scuba diver or snorkeler.