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Little Puddin’ Came a Visitin’

Well we just wouldn’t be card carrying, baby worshiping grandparents if we didn’t share that Greyson came for a visit last week! We were, of course, very excited to see Mariah and Max but our little puddin’, well, he just melts us every time 😉

 

 

We now have 4 generations up at the Lighthouse!

How amazing is that!

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It’s All About Community

When you live and work up north for 4 months of the year you see a different side of what a community could be. Coming back to living in an suburban area the rest of the year really drives that point home we’ve learned. Community in a small town means people know who you are. They see what you’re trying to build if you’re a business owner. They get to know your kids. You look each other in the eye and have an actual conversation with no phones getting in the way. Sigh …

Community is one of the many things we love about living and working in the Sprucedale area. The opportunity to get back to a slower time where people worked hard, helped each other out and where neighbors quickly turn in to friends. Where you know people have got your back in times of trouble and are there to lift a glass to toast your success. Does that happen back in the big city of Burlington? Sure! But not quite as much.

What we also love is the community we’re building at the Lighthouse. Where all ages, cultures and personalities come together to crack a cold one, go out on a paddle boat or grill up a hot dog. Where people drift in to the gazebo and then drift in to a conversation with someone who could be from an hour away or a country away. Where stories are shared, new friends are made and lifelong memories happen. That just fills our hearts in a way we never could have anticipated but unknowingly hoped for.

As we head in to another busy weekend, we know we’ll see our Lighthouse community growing. New people. New ideas. New sounds of laughter drifting across the property. It all comes together under the trees, in the water and around the camp fire every day. It’s hard to believe we’ve only got 3 weeks left with our Lighthouse community but just know that you come to mind every time the lights Burlington come in to view. And then we sigh and remember it’s only 8 short months until we’ll see you again 🙂

Yours at the Lighthouse,

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The Boyd Family

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See the Lighthouse From Water and Sky

 

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When you come to the Lighthouse you might wonder what there is to do. Well you might not really wonder but we’d like to share with you anyway. ‘Cause we’re kind of proud and happy there is SOOO much to do! Everywhere you look there are kids playing, guests relaxing, trees providing shade, smoke snaking out of a BBQ, Paula running like a crazy person to help someone … Hopefully she’s remembered to put on pants along with the 60 million other things she has to do that day 😉

To start off with though we need to give a HUGE shout out to one of our trailer community folks Bill Robinson. Bill’s helped us out a few times now with sourcing great finds. The latest? 3 new boats for our dock so that guests can toodle, fish and go visiting across Bear Lake. It’s hugely important to us that our guests can access great, safe, fun equipment so many thanks to Bill for helping make this happen!

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One thing having all these great boats allows is for guests and visitors to see the Lighthouse from the water. While looking out from the dock or gazebo or beach shows one perspective, a whole new view opens up off the water. Got great pics to share? Let us know!

This past weekend we had some new guests arrive and they brought …. a drone. Not a droid (we have lots of stars but no wars ;0 Unless it’s over the last hot dog. And then a light saber would be handy). Mike and Nicola joined us and Mike launched his new toy for some great aerial shots of the Lighthouse. They enjoyed their time here SOOOO much that they’re coming back in August and we’ll get to see the Lighthouse from the air! How high do you think he’ll get????

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Regardless of how you get to see the Lighthouse, the view always provides the same thing: Calm. Peace. Relaxation. As you look across the lake, you take your first of many deep breaths of the fresh air. You watch as the sun dances across the water and enjoy the cool breeze coming off the lake. Looking around your cottage, you listen as laughter drifts through the window from the beach or a family cooking outside their cottage. And you know that you’ll never forget the first time you set eyes on the Lighthouse and felt the stress melt away. We can’t wait to show you everything 🙂

Yours from the Lighthouse,

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The Boyd Family

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Who’s Got Beema’s Back?

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Have you met the true Queen of the Lighthouse yet? You might be thinking it’s Paula. And you’re mostly right. But there is the Queen Mother who we all know is the true power behind the throne. At the Lighthouse, that’s Beema 🙂

Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother, Beema is the rock that the Lighthouse is built upon. Do you think Paula was born with all her awesomeness? Well, a lot of it but she’ll give credit where it’s due and the lovely Beema gets most of it.

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I guess what has happened we all knew would happen eventually. Our guests are lovin’ up on the Beema as well. So much so that recently we received messages from Tanya, one of our guests with details about an affordable golf cart that could become the Beema’s chariot! And when we have a group of young men staying with us? Of course they show Beema the love 🙂

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This post isn’t only about giving a shout out to Beema. It’s about our heartfelt thanks at how our Lighthouse community has embraced Beema as part of the Lighthouse experience. How they reach out to see how they can help keep Beema coming back up to the Lighthouse.  And how they make her smile almost as much as Mariah, Logan and now Greyson do.

Families aren’t always born and related. Sometimes they’re made. While we’re lucky to have Beema as part of our family, we thank you for making her part of yours as well!

Yours from the Lighthouse,

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The Boyd Family

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We Opened Up with a Bang!

More like a rain soaked woohoo but it was great!

What an opening weekend! We spend months getting ready to make sure our guests have the best time possible. Months I tell ya 😉 And part of that getting ready is crossing our fingers that the weather will include blue skies, sunny days and warm campfire filled nights. Well, mother nature obviously wasn’t in on the planning this year but did that stop us from having fun? Heck no!

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Despite the dodgy skies and numerous rain showers, we were so happy to see our guests getting out and enjoying themselves! Fishing, sea doo rides, playing at the beach, grabbing some time on the dock and sitting up in to the wee hours having chats around the BBQ. Did I say BBQ? Well were a bit worried that campfire’s wouldn’t be possible but, surprise!

 

 

We were able to cook up some campfire fun after all 🙂 Nothing says summer fun up north more than the smoky aroma of a crackling fire, some marshmallows stuck on sticks toasting away and a full belly of hot dogs or packet meals cooked in the coals. Yummy 🙂

The best part of the weekend for us was how our guests just loved being out of the city, out in nature and out of touch from their busy lives. They were able to relax, spend time as a family and enjoy time moving as slowly as it does up here at the Lighthouse. Not slow because you’re bored but slow because there is no rush. No appointments. No schedules. You want to eat? Spark up the BBQ or start a campfire (who says you can’t cook lunch over the coals?). You want to relax? Mosey down to the beach, set up a chair and watch the light dance on the water. You want to nap? Grab a blanket, pick a tree and get some zzzz’s while the shade keeps you cool.

 

We’re already looking forward to our next set of guests arriving this weekend and have heard that we’ll see some of this weekend’s guests again in September. How cool is that? More awesome people coming in to the Lighthouse family 🙂

If you’ve joined us and have pictures to share, please tag us on your FB page or send them to: infolighthousecottages@gmail.com so we share your memories all over again!

Yours from the Lighthouse,

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The Boyd Family

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A New Little Camper Has Arrived!

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We are very excited to announce that we are grandparents!

Our daughter Mariah and her partner Max welcomed our grandson Greyson Wenceslas Edgar on June 23, 2017. 

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Greyson arrived at Oakville General Hospital at 1:14pm and clocked in at 7lbs. 12ozs. Mariah was incredible in her strength and desire to meet her son and we are very proud of the great job she did. We were able to be by her side through the whole miracle. In the true Lighthouse fashion of getting things done, Paula was on the road to Sprucedale after covering Greyson in enough kisses to last him until she gets to see him again. Well maybe enough for him, but never enough for her!

We look forward to welcoming little Greyson up to the Lighthouse this summer. If you are looking for Paula while he is here, you can be sure to find Grandma wherever he is 😉 Great Grandma Beama is sure to be right there as well. Uncle Logan will be sure to teach Greyson the ins and outs of managing Timothy the Mascot Chipmunk. Grandpa John will be watching over his family with a grin and a beer thinking of just how lucky he is!

Life is full of surprises and we are so grateful that our little grandson is here. I’m sure all grandparents say this but he is the cutest baby boy ever (next to Logan of course) and we love him to bits already!

Yours from the Lighthouse,

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The Boyd Family

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It’s Sparkling at the Lighthouse!

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July 1st is almost here! Are you ready to celebrate?

What’s better than opening weekend at the Lighthouse Cottages and Camping with an Ontario wide celebration of how fantastic Canada is? This year we’re bringing some sparkle to the celebration by bringing in the red and white, having sparklers for the kids and connecting with our Lighthouse community again. Yes!! Oh wait – that’s important news too. We’re open and so excited to see you all this year 🙂

Our amazing trailer folks are already in and gearing up for what we’re hoping will be a season of campfires and laughs. With all this rain, at least we know we won’t have a fire alert any time soon 😉 We just hope our firewood will dry out in time! We practice fire safety just like we do safety every where else at the Lighthouse but nothing says camping like a roaring fire and marshmallows toasting away. Forks crossed we can make some new memories this year across the firelight.

If you haven’t made plans to join us for the July 1st weekend, we’re happy to offer Cottages 1 and 2 as well as our large campsite. The cottages can each sleep 4 (or 6 in a pinch) so you can bring the family and cottage in comfort. If it rains, there’s always our amazing gazebo that’s stocked with games, cards and magazines to while away the rainy day. If you’ve got a huge group of friends and want to join us, our large campsite can fit up to 7 tents or 2 trailers. How many people you fit in the tent depends if you plan to sleep well that weekend 😉

If we’ve given you the best idea ever for how to celebrate Canada turning 150, we’d love you to get in touch and join us. Interested in learning more about the history of camping and cottaging in Canada? We’ve got some info on that too. Check out our Pinterest page for ideas on what to bring for the kids, recipes that will tempt any gourmand (or are easy enough for the husband to whip up ;0 ) and some bear talk.

We hope to see you soon so we can share your smiling face on our guest pages and some happy memories on our blog. Have you got a story you’d like to share? Contact us at: infolighthousecottages@gmail.com and we’ll share your happy times at the Lighthouse!

Yours from the Lighthouse,

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The Boyd Family

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Are We Thawed Out Yet?

Are you ready to kick winter to the curb? So are we!

Can you believe it’s almost time to start planning summer vacations?!? We’ve spent so much time up at the LCC during winter and 10 feet of snow that it’s hard to remember the gorgeous lake being anything but frozen. But good news! It’s thawed out, trees are budding and we’re finally able to make it to the main house without skidoo’s 😉

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First off – thank you to everyone who made last year so amazing. We have so many more stories to share from the Summer of 2016. You’ll see those tales coming up soon. Once again we had great adventures, surprise visitors (both people and wildlife!) and enjoyed the soaking the sunshine in to our bones. We definitely tried to remember that feeling when shovelling snow off the cabin roofs! Fingers crossed that this gorgeous spring is leading in to a sun filled summer.

This is our 3rd year (holy moly!) of being the proud owners of The Lighthouse Cottages and Camping. 3 years! And just like perennials, we know this is our year to take off. Haven’t heard that story? When you plant a perennial, the 1st year is sleeps, the 2nd year it creeps and the 3rd year it leaps! We took the first year to get to know the place and make some small changes. 2nd year we made even bigger changes and our LCC family started to grow. This year? More amazing updates and our LCC family has grown again!

How has the LCC family grown? Well first off – our trailer area is full. FULL! COMPLETELY FREAKING FULL! Thank you very much for entrusting your summer fun to our happy hands! We’ve also grown thanks to our fabulous campers and visitors that have come back each year. Nothing says lovin’ like a repeat smiling face around the campfire 😊. The more the merrier at the LCC but feeling that familiar handshake or hug is just the best.

If this has got your brain thinking, hmmmm … I need me some family time and some fishing time and some camping time and some marshmallow time, please give us a holler. We’d love to make sure you get the cottage or camp ground that fits your family!

Yours from the Lighthouse,

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The Boyd Family

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Bicycles, Birthdays and Booms!

Can you believe it’s the end of August? We certainly can’t. I know it’s  a common refrain at this time of year but seriously? Where the heck did the summer go? Luckily we’ve got one more incredible weekend before we close up the Lighthouse for the year and it’s going to go out with a bang!

But before we get to the boomtastic weekend that we have in store for our guests, we’d like to share a few shenanigans that have been happening around the Lighthouse. A first for us was our new friend Chuck. Chuck arrived and stayed for a night with nothing more than he could strap on his bike. And we don’t mean Harley. Think Schwinn except fancier and definitely made for long distance hauling. Why? Because joined us from Florida! That’s right. And your kids complain about having to ride their bikes to school? Chuck puts us all to shame with his level of endurance.

After a quick farewell lick from Roxy, Chuck was back on his bike to continue his cycling adventures. Thanks for joining us Chuck!

One of the great things about the Lighthouse (though we have problems picking one if we must be honest), is family. The family that we make each summer with our guests and the family that we are connected to during the whole year. This year, Paula’s sister Maureen joined us for a special day. Her birthday!

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We won’t share just what birthday it was but rest assured Maureen is young enough to have gotten REALLY excited at her PokemonGo catch on our beach. We love you Maureen and are so glad you were able to celebrate your special day with us!! xoxoxoxoxoxo

Last but not least are the booms! This long weekend we’ve got one trailer slot and one campsite left for you to come and join us for our end of year celebration. Weather and fire warnings permitted, we’ve got campfires and fireworks planned! We really value and appreciate that you choose to spend your hard earned vacation with us so what better way to say thanks than lighting up the night sky?

If you’ve decided that you just can’t miss becoming part of our family for the weekend and are itching to get your tent out, get in touch with Momma Boyd and get up here! We’ll keep a s’more ready for you 🙂

Yours at the Lighthouse,

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The Boyd Family

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With a Wow and Yippee!!

Well the long weekend is but a bunch of happy memories now but we didn’t want to miss the chance to share ours with you. We were a full house for the whole weekend and the fun just kept going!

The fish were biting like crazy and more than one happy fisherman was able to tell the truth about how big the catch was:

With how much we love our amazing Roxy, we know how important it is for The Lighthouse to be pet friendly. If your dog just can’t bear to stay home and is a friendly sort, then bring Fido along!

What else was going on? Phew. Our boats got a good workout that weekend and were working hard to get those fishermen out for their catch.

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Lots of fun in the sun and water too for kids and big kids alike 🙂

And when the weekend was over and the sun gave us another of its glorious sunsets, we sent our guests off with a wow and a yippee!

 

Huge Thank You to our guest Cheryl Scofield who shared her amazing photos with us. There are more up on our facebook page. We’ll have more tales from The Lighthouse soon!

Yours from the Lighthouse,

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The Boyd Family