During your orientation meeting, you will be provided with keys, a map, a suggested route and some safety orientation and gear before you head out. The total distance to the cabin is approximately 12 km although there are longer route options for the ultra-keen. You will be provided with a free shuttle service to help get your food and gear out to Norm’s should you require it.
Guests are responsible for providing all of their own food and beverages for the duration of their stay at the cabin unless it part of a Blaq Bear Eco Adventure Routes package. In either case, guests are required to bring their own linens, sheets or sleeping bags, towels and dish cloths. Please recognize that we are limited by the physical capacity of the ATV used for the purpose of transporting your supplies and gear. In this regard, plan to bring your food and beverages in not more than two standard sized coolers and consolidate your gear in a maximum of one backpack per person and one bag for the linens. We will shuttle your gear plus sufficient drinking water to the cabin and ensure that the cabin is warm, clean, organized and functional for you upon your arrival. If you wish to bring anything in excess of this amount it will be up to you to carry it in and out yourself.
The best part of what’s at Norm’s is the surrounding natural beauty and tranquility, but the cabin itself, just completed in 2015, runs a close second. It’s a beautiful two-storey structure constructed of squared pine-timbers with chinked seams to withstand the rigors of Algoma Highlands winters.
The main floor of the cabin is open-concept consisting of a kitchen area, dual dining areas, each with views of Bone Lake, and a lounge area with wood stove and futon. A spacious lower deck provides an area for sitting out in the sun and drinking in the view of the lake and the surrounding rolling hills. Inside, the stairway, constructed of solid white pine timbers provides access to the second story, which is divided into two bedrooms and a storage closet all of which are locked.
A propane wall mounted heater and a wood stove provide heat for cooler months. The cabin does not have running water but the kitchen area has a sink, as well as a four burner propane range, a propane refrigerator and a full array of standard kitchenware including pots, pans, coffee maker, tea kettle, utensils, plates, bowls, cups and even a corkscrew! Drinking water is supplied and wash water can be obtained by boiling lake water. Dry fuel wood and kindling is provided by the conservancy and conveniently stacked under the stairway. Two outhouses are situated outside. Detailed instructions on safe and appropriate use of the woodstove and propane appliances will be covered both in the orientation and via written protocols readily available in the Norm’s cabin binder. Safety gear at the cabin includes a fire-extinguisher, smoke alarm and CO monitor and overnight guests will be provided with a SPOT unit for emergency communications.
Norm’s cabin provides a very safe, comfortable and tranquil location where you can kick back, relax and enjoy the natural world. There is no internet and cell service is spotty. Enjoy the natural rhythms associated with the environment.