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What’s at Norm’s?

  • The best part of what’s at Norm’s is the surrounding natural beauty and tranquility, but the cabin itself, just completed in 2015, runsNorms interior 1 a close second. It’s a beautiful two-storey structure constructed of squared pine-timbers with chinked seams to withstand the rigours 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 Bone Lake and the surrounding rolling hills.  In all seasons, the vista from the cabin is spectacular, but particularly so in September when the surrounding forests take on their coat of many colours.  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 and accessible only to paying guests.  Each bedroom contains a full queen-sized bed where you can stretch out those weary bones and features large windows overlooking the lake as well as separate walkouts to the shared upper balcony with even better views out over the lake. The balcony provides an excellent location for morning coffee or late night star gazing from the Adirondack chairs.   The cabin is capped with an attractive high-pitch red metal roof built to withstand
    Photo credit: Chris Scherwinski

    Photo credit: Chris Scherwinski

    heavy snow loads typical of the region and which makes that beautifully soft “ping-ping” sound on rain days while you are snuggled up with your favourite book (or person).  One room has a lounge chair and foot stool to make the ideal reading nook, while the other has an twin bed to allow for maximum flexibility in accommodating small families or paying guests that like each other, but not that much that they want to between the same sheets.  Fresh bed linens are provided for all stays and there are blankets and even fleece fitted sheets that make slipping into bed on those cold winter nights way more tolerable.

    Heat for the cabin is provided via a propane wall mounted heater and a wood stove, both of which may be greatly appreciated by winter visitors.   Once the cabin is warmed up to temperature, it can be easily Norms interior 2maintained at + 20 oC, even when its -20 oC outside.  The kitchen area has a two-compartment sink that accepts nothing but water down the drain pipe and is serviced by propane appliances including a four burner propane range/stove and a refrigerator/freezer 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 by the conservancy and wash water can be obtained by boiling either lake water or melting snow (two points if you know which water source is easiest in which seasons). Dry fuel wood and kindling is also provided by the conservancy and conveniently stacked under the stairway for your conservative use.

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    Outbuildings include two outhouses (one for boys and one for girls).  A woodshed which is locked and accessible only to paying guests ensures a constant supply of dry wood. 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.

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    All in all, Norm’s cabin provides a very safe, comfortable and tranquil location where you can kick back, relax and enjoy the natural world;  Life at the cabin is intentionally much different than the one you may be used to.  Ah yes – the life where you are constantly inundated with phone calls, texts, the latest world news disaster, facebook messages, your neighbour cutting grass at 7 am, instagrams and additional work demands from your boss or significant other. Rest assured – those will all still be there for you after you’ve returned from your well-deserved reprieve out at Norm’s cabin…. so enjoy it while you can.

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