In a normal year mid-June thru mid-Sept is warm, with max. temp. in
the mid to high 20s (celsius). Night time may be cooler.
Winters are cold and most years there is snow cover from
mid-November to mid-April. In December and January temperatures of -10
Celsius are normal with occassional dips to -20 or -30.
We are in the transitional forest belt which gives us an especially
beautiful mix of deciduous trees (birch, poplar, ash) and conifers
(pine, spruce, cedar.) Undergrowth tends to be thick. There is no poison
ivy. Berries are plentiful in season.
There is abundant wildlife locally. This includes deer, moose, fox,
coyote, wolf, bear etc. The only wildlife that is any danger are bears,
but these are black bears which tend to be timid and easily scared off.
There are no poisonous snakes.
Northern Ontario is notorious for black-flies and mosquitoes. The
black-flies have a mercifully short season, two or three weeks in late
May to early June. They do not bite indoors. Mosquitoes are a nuisance
mostly in June and July. Wood-ticks are also a nusiance in June.
We have five kutis (cabins) four of which are
completely winterized. In addition there is the "pavillion", a common
building with kitchen and shrine hall. There is also a sauna (bath -
house) and workshop.
The kutis are well insulated, equipped with wood-stoves, kerosene or
propane lights and a range for making tea or coffee.
Land and Water
We have ninety-two acres mostly forested. Our property borders on the
Arrow River. The river is not polluted and is suitable for bathing in
We are not connected to the electrical grid.
We make a limited amount of solar power and also use gasoline
There is a satellite connection to the internet and phone. We do not
have cell phone coverage here.
We have a well with hand-pump. The river water is not polluted, and is
suitable for bathing but is too muddy to drink. There is low pressure
running water in the kitchen (summer only.)
There is a small one-person sauna (bath-house) close to the well. We
fire it up twice a week. Also, many people like to wash in the river
during the summer months.
Is mostly done by hand and dried on a line. The only alternative is
to use a laundromat in Thunder Bay while in the city.