One of the local and well known lodges is Totem Resorts; I had the pleasure of touring this 5 Star family friendly lodge and cabins. I am quite impressed with the landscape, buildings, staffing and surrounding nature and wildlife. Some interesting history was explained to me by Eric Brown Jr. of Totem Resorts and Cabins which were originally built over 77 years ago.
Beginning in 1935, the original owner was Mrs Metcalf who named it Qui-Qua-Quay Lodge till 1948, Mrs Metcalf also drove the first car over the famous Sioux Narrows single span wooden bridge. The 2nd Owner was Mel Stinchfield till 1954, renamed Mel?s Canadian Camps till it was purchased by Bill and Lucia Salvador who did much renovations and expansions. The Brown family purchased this property in 1978, and now next generation, Eric R Brown III owns Mrs Metcalf?s original home, where above the original stone crafted fireplace rests a moose head she shot.
As current owners, the Brown family now each of the 3 children all run their own lodges and 2 brothers live side by side on the edge of the property, and a staff of 200, all friendly, helpful, working hard and proud of today?s Totem Resorts.
Today?s Totem resorts consists of 4 lodges housing all together 350 beds all at Five***** Star rating quality. And have consistently maintained that status for 25 years. The total property is 52 acres of picturesque natural wildlife habitat property on a beautiful scenic secluded lake front property! The union of these four Grand Canadian Lodges has created Totem Resorts - Northwestern Ontario's "Jewels of the North".
For those that are there for the world class fishing on Northwestern Ontario?s, Sioux Narrows and Nester Falls area the boat docks house a fleet of 100 boats, guides are available and or tours with shore lunches. They are sure to help with any fishing needs and directions. All this creates a world class paradise!
Come on out and stay a while in this community that has an interesting history, great people and awesome fishing for all to enjoy!
By Genevieve van Oers