Since there was a Dirty Dancing remake on television on the weekend, I guess that the nostalgia of lodge settings was fresh in my mind.
It is sad to see a building going to ruin after having provided such wonderful memories of dining, dancing and waterfront activities to a few generations of families.
Among Lake Muskoka, Lake Rosseau and Lake Joseph alone, there were more than 100 large hotels or small lodges that brought industry to Muskoka and summertime thrills to legions of families.
Lodges make me think of lemonade, home cooked meals, checkered table cloths, simple water craft like canoes and sail boats, singalongs and euchre. Life was simple in those ways. Egg salad sandwiches , tomato soup and jello for dessert was often on the menu
Do you remember names like Stanley House and Stoney Brae House on Lake Joseph, Morinus House and Thorel House on Lake Rosseau, or Roseneath Manor, Wingberry House and Clovelly Inn on Lake Muskoka?
There are very few of the old names of lodges and hotels still in existence. If you are not familiar with them, make a point of seeing the ones that still exist like Windermere House, Clevelands House, Patterson Kaye Lodge, Rocky Crest, and others.