Sahara Sahel - Activities
- beautifully equipped kitchen for culinary
- Premium package satellite TV with 5 movie
and numerous music channels for all tastes
- Small AM/FM/cassette/CD player, no VCR.
- Small library, playing cards and a
variety of board games
Flora / Fauna
many, many hummingbirds (we?ve seen an albino!) - feeders and
food provided; finches, including beautiful black&yellow american
goldfinch & purple finches, blue jays, chick-a-dees, woodpeckers,
nut hatches, warblers, ducks, loons, etc. Even a stately heron
that sometimes visits our dock.
An abundance of friendly chipmunks and excusite red squirrels
that busily scurry about but always have time to be hand-fed unshelled
peanuts! Our larger pets are the raccoon families that come around
just as the chipmunks go to bed. For the more adventurous, they
will, ever-so-gently, take pieces of peanut butter sandwiches
from your fingers! We have also had deer on the property. Will
you be lucky enough to see them swimming across the lake? In the
other seasons, especially winter, their numbers increase dramatically.
They too love our bird?s sunflower seeds, and come within a few
meters of the cottage to get it! Eventually, deer no longer run
away when they see us! You simply cannot buy these kinds of therapeutic
The LakeSide properties and the closest
mountain are primarily treed with sugar maples (and some oak)
which transform into a spectacular display of fiery autumn colours
Spring Flower Garden:
Yet to be discovered, are the extensive
perennial rock gardens, which are in best bloom from mid-May until
mid-June. Imagine winding stone pathways set in 1m wide rivers
of beautiful purple and pink thyme!
Beautiful Winter Paradise:
A very different but equally beautiful winter paradise. After
the lake is completely and ?solidly? frozen (usually by Christmas),
it remains safe to be upon all winter (about 4 months). It is
great for cross-country skiing, skating and snowshoeing ? 2 pr
Lake is non-motorized watercraft only:
- Excellent swimming.
- Watercraft: Canoe, paddle
boat - life jackets provided.
- Water games: noodles, tubes,
fins, masks, snorkels, also provided.
- 3 recreational kayaks can
also be made available.
- Games - Badminton with good
quality rackets, crocket, bocce, horse shoes, ball gloves, etc.
- Sunken bonfire pit for your
safety and evening entertainment under the stars. Wood provided
? marshmallows not.
- Star gazing: an ever increasing
interest in the planets, moons, clusters, nebulas & constellations.
The annual recurring "Perseus" meteor showers are around mid
August ? no equipment needed - you only need to sit outside
or lay on the dock to witness this grand spectacle!
Being the National Capital, there is of
course, a treasure trove of things to see and do. Detailed information
is available at www.ottawatourism.ca.
Game Reserve is uninhabited and situated on the opposite side
of the lake. Look across the lake with binoculars and you won't
catch anyone looking back! There is a "SEPAQ" park office in
Val-des-Bois village (443 Hwy 309) where hiking/fishing and
other related info/maps are available.
SEPAQ website (819)454-2011
Lake Trout, Bass, & Pike are the predominant game fish. Licenses
are available in the village.
Horse Back Riding:
Locations are within a 20 minute
Papineau (819)766-2626: very nice 18 hole public golf course
set in a scenic mountain valley. Reasonable green-fee rates, club
rentals, electric carts, driving range.
Fruits and Veggies grown locally:
In season "UPick" or buy, strawberries, raspberries, and sweet
corn from the local farms.
Christmas Week & New Years Week rentals can include all sorts
of activities. The closest ?down-hill? ski resorts are ?Mont
?Edelweiss? which are about 45 minutes away in average winter
"Mont Saint Marie", the largest Ottawa region resort is about
1.5 hrs away.
"Mont Tremblant", an International resort, is approximately
2.5 hours drive. Depending on what days these holidays fall on,
we divide this time into 2 one-week rental periods. We even provide
a boxed tree and decorations for you to put up on arrival to ?ratchet
up the spirit? and a bottle of wine to ?spirit up the ratchet?!
Enjoy your mornings under the covered
and afternoons on the dock.