The Loraine Club property was the home of the Loraine Hunting and Fishing Club from the early 1900’s until the mid 1990’s, when it became the extended family cottage of three families. The Loraine is not a commercial property, but it is available for rent for limited periods when not being used by the families.
The Loraine is comprised of a main building including seven bedrooms. In total, there are beds for 13-14 people. The Loraine property is an eleven-acre parcel on a forty-acre island, the only private property on the whole island. The rest of the island is vacant crown land, that is owned by Canada and is not available for sale or rent.
The main building includes a large stone fireplace, a six burner dual oven Garland stove with a griddle, a gas refrigerator, a gas barbecue, and a large screened porch around three sides of the building, accessed through French doors from the kitchen, as well as the living room and outside deck. There is a three-piece bath on the second floor, although guests are asked not to overuse the old septic system as use of the ‘outhouse’ is encouraged – if not preferred for its view! The dining room will accommodate 12-14 people comfortably, and there is a large picnic table on the screened porch. The Loraine faces south–west for lots of sunshine and beautiful sunsets, with a view of the lighthouse in the background.
Two steel boats built in 2000, with 10 and 15 hp motors (2000 and 2002), and two canoes (2002 and 2003) are available for exploring the endless islands, inlets and outlets along the beautiful north–east coast of Georgian Bay.
The Loraine has been used for family reunions, extended family vacations, a summer camp for children from Korea, academic and business management retreats, and even a wedding that was highlighted in Cottage Life magazine! Plenty of room is available along the 100+ foot dock for guests who arrive by water, and a water taxi service is available at Wright’s Marina for guests who arrive by road (paid parking to leave your car).
However, the Loraine is not for everyone. Apart from a small kitchen extension in 2000, it has been left virtually unchanged since it was originally constructed in the early 1900’s. There is no electricity, telephone or wifi; you can find limited cell coverage throughout the property at higher elevations. (Best to bring a portable charger.) Marine band VHF radios do work in the area.
The Loraine families and friends prefer the intimacy and authenticity of the Loraine without the creature comforts of the city. If you are looking for a cottage with the amenities of home, then Loraine is not for you.