Dear viewer,

Here is the Lodge at Pine Cove guest book for you to browse. Laura Figari painstakingly put it together in her Buenos Aires apartment - Gracias Laura.

We have put the guest book on our website, so that you can read it, smile at the funny comments, hear what it is really like at the Lodge at Pine Cove and also to read the real book, when you visit the lodge, and see that what guests have written is,..... true.

As an innkeeper, it is humbling to read through this outpouring of affection for a place, for its people, its dog (he gets many mentions!) and its attributes. One would never do this to get rich but simply because one loves doing it, for all the reasons our guests mention and for, you will now share my secret, its true reward - read on:


June 8th, 2011. Peace and quiet that ́s what we needed. Everything was so perfect. Great attentions from your staff. Will be recommending this resort to all my friends. Francine and Robert Timmins.

June 9th, 2011. Thank you very much for a wonderful getaway! Food was amazing! Service was impeccable. We will surely return. Joanna and Mike Weatherill.

June 13th, 2011. We learned about the art of canoeing and we learned about the art of great hospitality! It has been such a wonderful time. Thanks for everything, for getting us hooked to canoeing, for letting us enjoy the beauty and interesting history of the French River region... and thanks for letting me get to know this beautiful song! Angelina and Michael.

June 15th, 2011. Hi and by Adam. I have a story. Once upon a time, the end. Adam age 83⁄4.

Alex, we had a wonderful time in your little corner of paradise. Thanks for the warm hospitality. How nice to enjoy some real peace and quiet! You are a wonderful innkeeper! We’d love to come back and would be happy to have you came visit us in Baltimore MD. Fondly, The Sterns (Amy, Ross, Ellie and Adam)

June 17th, 2011. Thank you to you Alex and your wonderful staff for an unforgettable stay. We will be back, and will highly recommend you lodge to our friends. Joille and Malcolm SANDERSON (Markham, Ontario) – Myriam and Christian BRIFFAZ (Montamel, Lot, France)

June 21st, 2011. Wonderful place with fine and fascinating people. Thank you so much. Mary and Doug Maclean (Ennismore, Ontario)

June 25th, 2011. Such peace and beauty are hard to find! Thank you for sharing it with us and for extending warmth and welcome. The “best” gluten free muffins were a treat as was the delicious food. Jack and Barb Kattner. Minneapolis, MN.

June 26th, 2011. Really enjoyed our stay. We ́d planned on a bug-free dry roof over our head. The “litter free” breakfast was a bonus and delight. Jo, Marcus and Kate Burham.

Thanks to everyone for such a lovely experience. The perfect getaway from Toronto. I ́m sure we ́ll be back. The cottage was so picturesque and even with rain it was still a perfect weekend. Derek and Laureen, Toronto.

June 2011. Serenity re-discovered. Shed your city rags for a paddle. Recharge your senses, pink rock and sparkling water. The smell of pine, wake to song birds and sample gourmet food. The tranquility is surpassed only by the genuine warmth and smiles of the host and staff. Thank you for sharing. Rob and Deb Garland.

Alex, Liz and Staff. A most enjoyable stay in the beautiful Simpson cabin. Lovely view from the screened in porch, delicious breakfast! Love that pain au chocolat!!! Great fishing and rides along the waterways. Hospitality was superb!!! Watch out Alex... Birkin is coming home with us! LOL! Hope to be back again. Take care, The Robsons. SSMarie.

“ Happy, super happy, super super happy!!!!!” Cathy

“It was really fun when we went canoeing for the first time. I felt like I really was in the wilderness!” Miriam, July 2011

“We had a wonderful time, everything exactly as we hoped and more!!! The hamper breakfast is great! See you in 2013” Robert, Lynne and the hole family

“An absolutely amazing time. What a beautiful place and we both feel totally chilled out and refreshed. Great food, fantastic scenery, wonderful kayaking and the staff were brilliant. We hope to return one day and will spread the word in Scotland! The best birthday I ́ve ever had in a while. Many, many thanks” Jonny, Sally, Edinburgh, Scotland. (let us know if you are in Scotland and we ́d love to see you there.

“ A slice of heaven. Thanks to all for a wonderful time and hospitality” Brian and Erika Moore, Burlington, Ontario.

“ My brain must still be in the canoe. I can ́t think so much to say, but thank you to all at Pine Cove”. Rick, Ben, Peter Mathes, USA.

“Outstanding. See you again soon. John and Anne Epstein.” July 13th, 2011

“We loved it here! The cottages, the paddling, the morning baskets were all spectacular. See you soon.” Julie and Herschel, july 2011.

“Thank you for an amazing holiday. Everything was spectacular!! We will be back next year! Jane and Owen, July 14th, 2011

“Loved every minute of our stay here, we will be back!” The scholters, 2011

“Great Spot, Great weather, great history” Doug Brock and Sue Child

“Beautiful Lodge and Cabin. We had a great vacation” Jania, Kevin, Matthew Brown

“Majestic location. Fabulous getaway!” Rachel and Mick Markus

“Thank you. Another beautiful stay and two great day-trips! See you in august” Anne and Denise

“Thanks Alex. It is getting even better! Very enjoyable!” Greg and Sue

“It is a wonderful place, peaceful and I really enjoyed with my friends. I hope to come back here with my husband on our next trip to Canada! Jay Butan from Sri Lanka, july 20th, 2011

“Wonderful location, great for kayaks and so peaceful. Thank you” Rand and Cathy Loverty, Mississauga, Ontario.

“Alex, you and your staff went out of your way to make an already outstanding getaway perfect for painting and wildlife (the beaver enjoying his evening swim) to our Sri Lankan guest, to letting us enjoy Champlain, we loved The Lodge at Pine Cove. Thank you and we will be back!” Shila Tomhill.

Wonderful time! Perfect weather! Loved the all-inclusive! Excellent staff. Great hospitality from all who worked here! Thank you! Cathy and Howard Stone.

Just an awesome time and great hospitality. Will be back again. Nigel, Josh and Caleb Brassington. Houston, Texas.

Alex et al, we had a wonderful time, thanks for all the  ́special ́ touches, including the conversation! We are leaving relaxed and happy. Can hardly wait to return. The Churchill ́s, Liz and Tony.

Thank you all for a wonderful time. It was even better than expected. The kids got to see so much of the amazing wildlife and didn ́t want to leave. We loved the trail and our “secret lake”. It was a holiday for the scrapbooks! So many wonderful memories. We hope to be back soon. The Karzorsky ́s, Shane, Bobbie, Alexandra and Luke.

“Terrific time”. Glen and Michael Sweeny.

Best fishing ever! Tony our friend and guide was the best guide we ever had. We hang out, caught some fish, and talked some fat! But and the end it’s the memories of the swim (and the fishing too!) and hanging with Tony will dominate our memories!! All the best, Ray Sharma.

So calm, quiet and relaxing! Love it here! We will be back!

July 29th, 2011. From a grateful guest to all that have made our experience in your wonderful Lodge a time magic one! Charlotte.

Thank you for all you did to make our week so enjoyable. Everything was great. Blanche and Marlene send a big hug for you Alex. They said they had a wonderful time as well. Joe and Bonnie Tatone. Richmond Hill, ON. PS: Hope to see you next summer.

Thank you for the GREAT accommodations. The only complain is we did not stay long enough. A fabulous time had by our family. Steven Goodman.

We found our souls. Federica and Tiberio.

What a wonderful mini-holiday Alex, you and your staff have redefined “Canadian” hospitality. Fondly, The Humphreys.

“To Alex and the staff: As always you have managed to thoroughly out do yourselves. Each year just keep getting better and better and we have come to cherish our time spent on the French River at The Lodge at Pine Cove. Best Regards” James Thompson, Toronto

“Grazie della vostra ospitalite. Speriamo di tornacci pronto”

“Thank you very much, we had a wonderful time” Karen and Bill

“I wish I could have stayed longer! Perfect” Reiko

“Wonderful stay!” Alberto

“With many thanks for such a lovely stay and wonderful hospitality!” Bonnie and Craig

“Another wonderful dinner, our annual evening at the lodge. Such wonderful memories to look back on and look forward to. Each summer I wish I was back here. Funny how life turns out, isn ́t it? We both look forward to many years of coming out here. Carina and Anthony, August 13th, 2011” PS: The chocolate truffles are completely exquisite.

“What a fantastic place for Rich to propose! We have named the rocks outside Spizzirri “engagement rock”. Thank you very much for your friendly smiles and hospitality. Looking forward to coming back! See you soon! Carmela (future Mrs Watts) and Rich, August 14th, 2011.

Dear Alex and Staff (and Birkin and Mota) Thanks for a wonderful stay. We will be back next summer. We will remember the cries of the loon until then. Karen, Matt, Sebastian and Max, August 14th, 2011

Pine Cove was a perfect spot for our 10th sisters weekend. The paddling was wonderful and dinners were an ideal award for our efforts on the water. Thanks! Jennifer, Susan and Melanie.

Thanks Alex, nice to see you again. Our friends that have been with us from New Zealand have enjoyed their stay. I love your up-dates and changes. Hope to see you again some time. Ruth, Peter and Ruth and Marcy, August 17th, 2011

Merci!!! Paris, France

Thank you for a very lovely stay! A real Canadian Summer. Thanks it was lovely. Angela, Olivia, Kassandra and Peter, Vienna, Austria, August 17th, 2011.

Enid & Ken, Pickering, Ontario: “Wonderful luxury in the wilderness!”

Christine & Michael, Toronto, Ontario “Perfect spot for our honeymoon, we will be back!”

Sandeep, Sartta, Sadhvi, Saurabh, Aug. 17/Aug 19 2011 “A perfect choice for celebrating my 50th Birthday. Just one big problem: you just don ́t want to leave this place! God bless you Alex, your wonderful family and team. Sandeep”.

John, Christina and Crystal, Aug 13-20th, 2011, Chicago & Windsor, Ontario: “One of the best vacations we have ever had. Thank you for such a warm welcome. We hope to be back soon. Crystal will miss Birkin!”

Fransen Family, Gronigen, The Netherlands: “We had a wonderful time! Hope to come back someday! Thanks so much for everything”

Claudia, Berlin, Germany: “Super hier!” 

Jennifer Clark, Caledon, Ontario: “What a wonderful place!”

Asha & Karel, Toronto, Canada “Fantastic time here. Too short though but we will be back one day!”

The L Family, Bobby, Cathy, Lauren and Samantha, August 2011 “Thank you so much, it was a wonderful time”

Xoxo Adi & Linda, August 2011: “Dear Alex, Liz and entire staff of the Lodge at Pine Cove, Since we forgot to sign the guest book this time we wanted to send a little note to say how much we loved our stay up there! It was hard to leave... hard to say good-bye to this majestic and mystical river and all its inhabitants. You have created a sanctuary up at the Lodge that is unique in all aspects. It promotes relaxation, tranquility and a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature. Wondering if you have thought of creating a facebook, page for the Lodge in order to attract that certain kind of clientele that is like-minded in its appreciation of this luxurious yet rustic gem in Northern Ontario? We look forward to coming up again. Adi is a wonderful singer!”

Innkeepers note - Adi and Linda come up each year - it happened by chance their first visit. Adi is a wonderful singer and we love having them both - they light up the place with grace and kindness.

“We are so glad we came back again this year! Many adventures this trip. Thank you for everything. Hugs to all!. Denise and Anne”.

“Dear Alex, A few books for your library! Thanks again for a wonderful, relaxing stay at Pine Cove. Magical as ever! Love, Moira”

“We hope this is the first of many weeks at Pine Cove. It is enchanting! We leave wanting more. And to learn how to canoe. Love Liz and Jack”

“Dear Alex, we wanted to say thanks again for the great time we had at the Pine Cove Lodge. It was such a nice time and we really enjoyed the canoe lesson we got from you and Nicki. Thank you both so much for it! It really helped us to enjoy the rest of our trip even better. Find attached some proof of our wonderful canoe trip in Algonquin Park. Hope to visit Pine Cove Lodge and the French River soon. All the best from Munich, Angelina and Michael”.

“How wonderful to see the cove in its splendor after 30 years! Thank you so much for the wonderful visit and hope to come back soon. Jan Strachan”

“Thank you, we had a wonderful time! What an amazing spot! We hope to come back soon!” The Battaglia Family, London, Ontario.

“Thank you for an excellent week. Love, Emma”

“Thanks for a wonderful time at Pine Cove. Cyhil”

“I had a wonderful time in Pine Cove, I hope I come back, thank you, Simona and Ronah”

Sharon and Andrew Baki- Burlington, Ontario. “Thank you for a wonderful time!”

“Thank you for a lovely stay” Michael, Toronto, Ontario.

“This has been a great holiday in a beautiful spot. Thank you for everything” Dan and Barb, Northspringfield, PA

“Spectacular, Superb! Don ́t want to go home! Marnie & Colin”

“This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed. It was exact the type of space I was looking for in booking our first year wedding anniversary. I love everything about the Lodge. Hopefully we can make this an annual anniversary tradition. Thanks for making this weekend so beautiful and special for Jack and I!” Andrea and Jack. August 2011.

“ We had a wonderful stay. Thank you so much! Absolute Paradise. Hoping to return again one day to see the “caravan” antlers on the wall”. Tim and Katie, September 2011. England.

“First time for the D family but not the last. Thank you for the offering of many exciting opportunities, cozy surroundings and warm smiles. A rejuvenating experience, thanks again to everyone!” Mark-Jan, Mary, Matthew and Tina.

“Lovely, Peaceful, restful, gorgeous-river, friendly and helpful staff. Thank you!” Jan and Peter. Mansfield, Ontario, September 2011.

We loved the area. Liz, Alex, Nicki and all the staff were very accommodating in every aspect. We enjoyed the hiking, paddling and will return! Thank you.” Gail and Glen, Mississauga, Ontario.

“Very nice and Serene!” Carole and Jean, Sudbury, Ontario.

“What a lovely area and a beautiful cabin. We came for some peace and quiet and the start of our holiday and are leaving very rested and relaxed. We loved Frances Simpson, the bed was super comfortable and what a great view! Thank you all for a wonderful stay at Pine Cove.” Jim and Emma. London, England, UK. September 2011.

“Such a beautiful setting! kind staff. The BBQ on the beach and a day of good fishing with good friends! Perfect get away!, September 2011, Diane and John.

Don and Nancy “What a great spot, we will be back” Blue Mountains, Ontario.

“What place, what people, what food, what beauty, what enchanting peace. Thanks Alex and Staff!” Toni and Ria Harting, Toronto, September 2011.

September 2011, Bill and Marylou, Guelph, Ontario. “Alex and Staff are the best. The Asado was wonderful, definitely the highlight! See you next year!”

Bill & Beth, Peterborough, Ontario: “Beautiful, relaxing and quiet! Great food and service!”

Pat and Doug, Toronto, Ontario. “Beyond all expectations! Beautiful place, lovely staff. Will recommend to all our friends!”

Sean and Keira MacFarland, Belleville Ontario and Scotland “Thank you for a most amazing stay and giving us the opportunity to share this small heavenly place with you. We will be back and look forward to the outdoors/lodge/ kayaking/culinary delights once more!!”

Richard, Juliette, Rachel and Michael. Meaford, Ontario. “We tried our best to fit it all in a trip to the Five Finger Rapids, fishing the North Channel, hiking, canoeing, kayaking and treasure hunting. Great food, great hospitality and wonderful surroundings. We look forward to our return”.

Mary and TJ, Simpson Cabin, New Orleans, Louisiana. “Thank you so much for the amazing time. What a beautiful treat to come here for a stay. You were most accommodating and friendly. Simpson cottage was more than special to us. What a view and such privacy and comfort. We hope to come back again and will be telling everyone about our stay!”

“What a beautiful location for a wedding! Love the spot!” Katie

“Thanks for ordering the perfect weather for the wedding and the rest of the weekend! Jen

“Thank you for facilitating this beautiful wedding” what a lovely spot!”

September 25, 2011. “Everything was perfect. All the little fine details like the natural soaps, warm blankies, amazing breakfast and dinner, wonderful staff, friendly atmosphere. We loved it all. Thank you for a superb well needed getaway. You exceeded our expectations.” Ginny and Carl, London, Ontario.

Jim and Paul “Many thanks for all your help and hospitality. Alex keep up the gook work. Don ́t forget to use the rubber bands. Cheers!”

“Merci for your hospitality. We enjoyed the paddling and the unexpected taste of Argentina!” September 30th, 2011

October 5th, 2011 “It has just been great! Thanks a lot for the awesome stay! See you guys in two years!” From Germany

“An incredible moment of relax and friendship amongst the leaves” Paul and Anita, October 2011.


“Exactly the relaxing long weekend we were looking for, excellent food, perfect. The cottage was very peaceful”. Amy and Stephen, Toronto, May 2010

“Dear Alex, Liz and Lucica: Thank you for a dream like stay. You are all so sweet and welcoming and we felt right at home. We will be back to the Spizzirri soon to catch some more sun, go kayaking and canoeing on the lake and to enjoy the delicious breakfast baskets. Thank you!” Sinzi and Padi, May 2010

“Dear Alex and Liz: We have found our second “Take Lake” (lake and bays) where we had spent over 25 years. The view, the peace, the wonderful hospitality and friendliness.. oh, we just adore it here!!!!! See you in September”. Bill and Kelly

“Lieber, Alex and Liz: Danke fur diesen wunderschonen aufenthalt. Wir kommen wiecker Versprochen! Das Fruhstuck und Abendessen war perfekt” Danke Regina u Cyrus. June 13 2010”

“Dear Alex and Liz: One of the most enjoyable and peaceful experiences. The cottages was absolutely lovely. And Daniel reconsider, our meals were wonderful. Thanks!” Sybil and Benny.

“Dear Alex and Liz: A most enjoyable time, even with the rain. Thank you for your hospitality. We are sure we will be back again” Andrea and Cathy

“Dear Alex, Daniel and Liz: What a magical place! Thank you so much for your hospitality. I will be back” Elizabeth, june 2010

“Dear Alex and all the staff: we leave with wonderful memories, I will say your breakfast is the best! The cottage was great, the water excellent! Thank you for all!” Natalia and Peter, June 2010

“Dear Alex and all the staff. Thank you for the lovely stay! We enjoyed our time here very much” Paul, Liam and Denise, June 30th, 2010

“Dear Alex. Thank you for the peace! Great location and awesome building, my dad said he would love to live here. Enjoy yourself you are living the dream!”

“Alex, Liz and staff. Had a great time. Would love to come back” Norm

“Lovely Place! And the fishing is great too, if you are into it. The people are very nice and Alex you are doing a great job keeping the place the way it is, thank you!” Raluca, Radu, Victor, Max and Lucky

“Dear Alex and all the staff: Thank you for a wonderful experience. You were right, Brebeuf was perfect! You were all so accommodating and so welcoming. We truly had an amazing time – great for the soul! We are looking forward to coming back and enjoying the breakfast hamper and the relaxing silence!” Ines and Jason, July 2010

“Thank you for a peaceful and dreamy holiday, really relaxed and took in the quiet atmosphere. One of the many highlights was the breakfast Hamper (delightful and filling). Also the boat trip you recommended with Captain René- a great adventure which included diving off the cliffs at Five Fingers Falls. We will be back”. Bonnie and Jack

“What a wonderfully peaceful and restful few days. I can ́t say in words the feeling of my spirit after my stay. Thank you!” Gidget

“Thanks for a wonderful stay and for your good advice about our canoe trip. This is a beautiful spot”. Elaine and Andrew, Emma and Sam

“Wonderful holiday, quiet, peaceful and very relaxing. We enjoyed everything about our stay. Thanks for a great time.”Dennis and Ruth

“We loved our stay. Enjoyed the beautiful nature... the serenity... the quiet...the peace. Thank you. Looking forward to our return”. Karen and Jeff

“To be during mid summer at the Lodge is to be in a state of peaceful and exuberance, once again”. Dave and Lan

“Somewhat speechless and in complete awe of nature at its best! Pine Cove Lodge is a Meditation” Adi, July 31, 2010

“Thanks for a wonderful, relaxing and heavenly stay!” Linda

“Always amazing to be here- It literally sets my soul at case. I ́m home” Corinne and Anthony, July 31, 2010

“A very special setting and thank you for looking after us so well” Toronto, August 2010

“Really enjoyed ourselves, feels like home!” Jim and Elizabeth, August 3rd, 2010

August 7th, 2010 “Very relaxing environment, peaceful and close to nature. Great time and people. Thank you!” Rob and Daniela, Toronto

August 6th, 2010 “A wonderful restorative visit to create special family memories” Maureene.

“Thank you for another spectacular respite from the busy pace of our lives. The scenery is spectacular and the hospitality incredible. The staff of Pine Cove made every moment a comfort and joy , particularly Lucica, Laura and Liz”. It has become home away from home for our summers. See you next year. Thank you so very much Alex, you have created an amazing heaven”. Deb and Jo, Oakville, Ontario. August 2010.

“We had a wonderful time again! Thank you all. The canoeing was terrific and the food too! And the view!” June and Denise, August 2010

“A hidden Gen. It was our first stay at the Lodge and we will definitely be back. Everything was first class. Thank you for your hospitality and wonderful service”. Carmen and Jim, Toronto, Ontario, August 12th, 2010

“Thank you very much for a great vacation! You were very welcoming and helpful. Our favourite parts were swimming in the lagoon and jumping off cliffs with Renee. Once again, thank you and I will never forget the calmness of the water”. Caitlin and The S’s.

“Thanks so much for a great vacation. We had another great vacation at the French River. We will see you next year”. Bill, Mary, James, Alex

“Dear Birken: You have a beautiful place and your people are all very well trained. Thank you, we will be back” Michael and Line. August 2010

“We enjoyed being here so very much that there is a good chance we will come back one day! Thank you very much! Ilsa and Stephan, August 16th, 2010. Germany.

“Thank you Alex, Liz and Staff for making this a great vacation for my son Bradley(9) and I. We created great memories together. Regards” Lean.

Thank you! Wonderful as always” Sarah and Alex

“Thank you very much for a beautiful and relaxing time at Pine Cove. We will definitely return!” Brent Leane, Sam Charlotte.

“The Lodge was a great excuse to remember the reasons we all love spending time up north. First class service through and through. Thank you” Laura, Diego, Massimo, Rolando and Michael

“A superb place in a wonderful setting. Sorry we were only here for one night. Next time we will stay for longer. This is Canada for us” Roz and John

Many thanks to Alex and all the wonderful staff! The perfect healing retreat for exhausted Torontonians. The Lodge is just full of TLC. All the little details have been considered. We will be back!” Claudette and Doug

“Thanks so very much to Alex and all the fantastic Staff! We had such a lovely holiday full of quality family time. The quiet beauty of this place is remarkable. The service was impeccable. We will be back! The H Family” Dylan, Lara, Ella and Alex

“The Lodge at Pine Cove is lovely. I enjoyed my relaxing stay, excellent food and welcoming staff”. Heather

“Thanks to Alex and the wonderful staff for making our week special. This is truly a gorgeous spot and we will be back again. This is now our special perfect place!

“We enjoyed the tranquility, beauty inside and out and the wonderful people. Thank you, it has been a delightful respite”.

“The stillness was beautiful, peaceful, cottages and buildings are first rate. This is truly a wonderful point in Ontario”. Doug and Susan

“we enjoyed our visit in the beautiful Pine Cove Lodge. Weather was great, staff too. Special thanks to Lucica for her great serving nearly every evening. My e- mail address is thanks a lot for a great time!” Alexander - Germany.

“Thank you for two amazing weeks. We loved it. Alex you created a magical place here. And your staff is awesome! All the best, Heidi, Christopher and Josh”

“Thank you for a wonderful time. The place is stunning and the staff are terrific” Marlene and Mike

“A wonderful stay, thanks so much, lovely and superb staff everyone! We will be back” Ryan and Gwen

Saturday September 4th, 2010 “We must depart, I am sure we will be back. The world you have built we have enjoyed! See you soon” Laura, Glenn and Dave

September 6th, 2010 “Thank you for a lovely 31st birthday! What a great place with great people, atmosphere and amenities! We will be back!” Alison, Brenda, Lita, Georgie, Laurie and Steph, Toronto, Ontario

September 6th, 2010 “Thank you for a wonderful weekend and getaway! Everything was fabulous! A great place for relaxation! Stephanie, Allison, Leslie and Heather

September 7th, 2010 “Amazing, you have achieved your goals, do something interesting, art and literature, create something beautiful and do something good. We enjoyed our stay here and meeting your staff. Love” Tamara and Neil from Australia

September 7th, 2010 “Thank you so much for such a fantastic getaway! Despite the rain we had a wonderful stay – we enjoyed the facilities, amazing food, and it was great chatting with you. Wonderful service and we will recommend it to everyone. Thanks” Jessie and Dan, Toronto, Sydney, Australia

September 12th, 2010 “What a gorgeous spot! Thank you to the generous super friendly staff. Leaving ahhh...... relaxed” Laura and Daryl, Toronto, Ontario

September 14th, 2010 “Alex: So sad to leave this paradise. Everything perfect as always. See you and your wonderful staff again next year!” Marylou and Bill, Guelph, Ontario

September 16th, 2010 “This was a cosy and gentle retreat. It was so peaceful and a wonderful relaxing getaway from the busy work environment. This was much more than expected. Everyone was worm and welcoming. Such a beautiful place. Alex you should be very proud of such a beautiful and special place that you have created. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful place with us. Hope to be back next year!” Danielle and Rob, Cambridge, Ontario.

September 21st, 2010 “Our guest for a magical place to exchange our rows to one another bought us here to Pine Cove. It takes more than timber, rock, sweat and nails to build a perfect home. Home is a place of shelter and comfort, but would be nothing without the hearts and souls of the people who fill it. Alex and his warm, helpful and friendly staff make the lodge a home for everyone who is fortunate enough to stumble upon this gem. Thank you Alex, Liz, Lucica, Ignacio, Laura and Birken for making our wedding and stay here at Pine Cove absolutely magical and perfect! We know we will see you again!” Chris and Nicole Young, Ethan, Leah and Lauren, Niagara Falls. PS: An extra special thank you to Lucica for her never ending and genuine smile.

September 23rd, 2010 “What a wonderful three days in such a serene, beautiful piece of our magnificent country! Thank you everyone for your ever present smiles and care in all that you do. We will return. Thank you again and do have a safe winter!” Jen and Gary Hazelton

September 24th, 2010. Again, another absolutely beautiful, peaceful holiday with such gorgeous surroundings (we loved McKenzie cabin) and all you dear people associated with this gem of place. Alex, Liz, Lucica, the superb chef, Birkin, Thank you all again. XOXOXO. Elsie Leskew and Bill Kelly. Orillia, Ontario.

September 26th, 2010. What an incredibly beautiful, serene “home away from home”. Thank you so much for this weekend! I shall be back. Sandy Dediesh.

September 26th, 2010. Nature beauty, fun in company of freedom, peace, good food and drinks, a service for quality of life. That’s what I found in this oasis away from quantity of life. When I want to experience all of this I know where to come. Blessing. Pier Paolo Alberghini.

September 27th, 2010. Beautiful, serene, quiet, exactly what we needed! Thank you for creating this oasis, home away from home. We spend our 7th anniversary here and know we will be back to celebrate more! Mark and Janice Couth.

October 1st, 2010. Thank you so much for a wonderful, quiet get away. We love this place! What a find! Peace, serenity, nature. What else could you ask for? We will be back! Ted and Marge VanJeest. St. Catherine, Ontario.

October 1st-2nd, 2010. From the Mac Donald – Glenney Wedding. THANK YOU! So very much! Everything was so perfectly planned and organized. It was so smoothly and beautiful. The setting was magnificent and the ambience so warm and welcoming! Thank you for all the extra attention to detail! All our guest loved their accommodations and their wedding experience. ALL said it was the best wedding they ́d ever been to. THANK YOU for all the behind-the-scenes helps in making it all happen so memorably for so many people. Sandra and Deb, Murray and Dan, Cameron and Robin.


“This place is very very special. Thanks for thinking of everything to make us comfortable and relax”. Maureen. Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

“Great place for food and service. Staff is very special and deserve a raise!”. Mary Moore (Brides aunt).

“Thank you Alex, Rory and Everyone at the Lodge for making this unforgettable weekend with your courtesy and Hospitality! I am looking forward to coming back again!” John, Terry, Lynn and Mitchell. Stratford, Ontario.

Mark and Bonnie. “Best time ever!” 

Mike, “Had the time of our lives” 

Frank & Ivonne, “Fabulous wedding!”.

Aly & Hugh.“it was an incredible 3 days. Your staff is amazing, your respect for the environment is inspiring. We will see you next year for a longer stay!”

Brad and Laura, Armand and Terri (Mountain Equipment Coop), Arnie, Danette. “A beautiful place- very relaxing!” “Great service and atmosphere” “Thank you so much, will recommend” “Beautiful, Love the setting, will be back, awesome!”

“Awesome. Be back soon”. “Beautiful” Sandra “Incredible setting, people and service” Linda

“Just beautiful, I will be back”. Glen 

“Great Place” Bill and friends (Honey Harbour) 

“Thanks!” Linda and Robin.

“Wild environment between comfort and service. Perfect balance, Thanks Alex and Danette for being so kind and to make us feeling at home. No os olvidaremos. Hasta siempre. 22 de Julio de 2009”. Ernesto y Cristina.

“We had a wonderful stay. See you in the future”. Diane and Bill.

“ A great family vacation for the four of us. All enjoyed the time here very much. Learned a lot about beavers, nature and canoeing, about the people living here and coming here year after year. Now we know why! Birgit

But: “We were not allowed to take Birkin to our home for a vacation!”

“Our new favorite place! Just like old Muskoka. Perfect”. Mara and Norman. Midland, Ontario.

Rakesh: “ We had an exceptional weekend celebrating our 3rd anniversary. We will surely return for an extended stay”. Brampton, Ontario.

“Thank you for our great time here. We always felt welcome and taken care from you, Alex and all the friendly others. Unforgettable the trip with you and Norman down the rapids. I enjoyed swimming in a tire so much! The pretty wet weather has given us time being togheter so thank you! Everything has been perfect” Ingrid, Jana and Jerg Kunze.

“ I may have overdosed on relaxation. If my pulse had gone any lower I would be collapsed wonderful! So relaxing. So quiet. So Wonderful. Marion”

“Perfect” Sandy and Brian “Thank you, we all had an amazing time” Sarah, Alex and Hugh

Dannette: “Alex and the rest of the staff have been marvelous. It is obvious they have all taken a page from your book. Thank you to you all.” Alex

“Alex, my first real taste of further north than I have been before. This time it was an escape to rest. I want to explore and get on the water next time! What a wonderful blend of rugged nature mixed with the comforts of home. Even a good cup of tea! Thank you so much. I needed this so much. What a magnet for interesting and lovely people. Nasha and I will be back! Danette, thank you for all your help. Looking forward to bringing Jamie to play with Solomon and Molly. Faith”.

“ We had a wonderful getaway! It was a pleasure meeting you Alex. Enjoy the rest of the summer. Marjorie and Barry.”

“We had a wonderful honeymoon here at Pine Cove. Relaxation was just what we needed. Fishing was great too! Thanks for all the hospitality! We will see you again.” Mike and Ashley.

“Thank you for all your hospitality. Had a wonderful time, lovely view and so enjoyed the loons” Cheryl and Steve.

“Thank you for the peaceful and restful time. We enjoyed in the wild beauty of the French River area. The swimming was glorious! And Thanks to Birkin for being such a good companion.. and everything” Debbie and John.

“What a nice surprise. Saved the day for our 17th anniversary (maybe saved the marriage too) Great food and very comfortable beds. Thanks for the welcome. Jim and Elizabeth.

“Our first Canadian Cottage experience: we will definitely be back! Great hospitality” Stan and Jenny

“A fantastic experience. Thanks for everything” Bart and Elaine “Thanks for another memory. Back soon”

“The tranquility of the Cove, a sight to behold, always too short” thanks so much. Anita and Tony

“A good time was had by all, a real pleasure” L. M. Terry”.

“I once knew a River named French, Up went the vogue and the wench, They had gotten out of Dodge, to have fun in the Lodge. And a year later, still in a marital clench!”· Mr and Mrs L.

“Thank you Alex and everyone who served us for another wonderful time” M&R

“Thank you Alex and the Pine Cove Family! A perfect place for a vegan, eco loving yogi! Can’t wait until next year and hope to bring a gang of yogis with me too! Thanks Tiff, Tillie and Sven. Thank you, the food was fantastic!

“Gil Stephens and Carrie, we had a wonderful time. Beautiful view, cabins were very cozy. Not to forget dinner, it was awesome. See you in the future”

“I will never forget Birkin, Big hug to him. Johann”.

“We came here six days ago to get a taste of Northern Ontario. What we forgot was a four course, five star meal: The tasteful and comfortable Pine Cove Lodge embedded in this overwhelming nature. It is really the place where you can leave everything behind which you wanted to leave behind during vacation. To top it off there is Alex and his wonderful team who have made this stay unforgettable. We are hungry for more and are already planning the next trip. Thanks to Alex, Danette, Rory and everybody else who made this such a wonderful experience. Howard, Johann, Henrik, Esther and Sebastian. Hamburg, Germany“.

Dave and Liz Cross “One again fantastic thanks for everything!” 

“We had a wonderful stay at Pine Cove and we will be back!” Thompsons

“Thanks for the great food, the wonderful cottage and canoeing was great fun. I loved Birkin, he was so friendly. Thanks to him, I feel more comfortable around dogs. Once again, thanks for a great stay”. Yasmin.

“Always Inspirational” Matt

“What a way to start our honeymoon! Thanks so much!” Olga & Peter.

Cathy & Ken “Awesome!, Merci!”

“Wonderful” John and Debbie

“Perfect location, lovely time, will come back” Bill and Joanne

“A short but very sweet stay” Margaret & Martin. Christian, Hanna, Maya and Charlotte.

“We thank you for your brilliant hospitality, your stunning lodging and delicious food. The weather you ordered was superb, and the scenery is outstanding. We relaxed re-charged and re-connected with nature. If we don ́t become regulars something is dangerously wrong with us. Send the Police! See you soon. Pamela, Harold and Murphy”.

“A great Ambiance – a wonderful stay. The perfect place to relax and recharge. Don ́t want to Return. Dick and Angela”.

“Thank you many times over for the beyond over expectations experience. As Alex said “It’s the all of it “here at Pine Cove”. Food, accommodation, the view, the quiet, the nature and of course the lovely staff. We will spread the word and will definitely be back!” Collingwood, Ontario.

“thank you for an exquisitely orchestrated blend of nature and Culture that cannot but refresh” David and Gail.

“50 fish in a week, wonderful. Biggest one was a 24 inch pike. All were catch & release, except for a 4 lb large mouth bass. He ended up in our frying pan. Thank you for a great outdoor/indoor vacation” Bill Matt.

“We had a wonderful relaxing stay. We enjoyed the canoeing and swimming in the water. Your hospitality was great! Thanks!” Heather and Pat.

“Again a great week!” Norm and Wilma.

“Thank you for your hospitality and great tips on canoeing. Hope to see you next year!” Anne and Denise.

“Alex & team: Your wonderful place is bested only by your excellent service. We had a marvelous time and hope to be back! Best Regards” Jim, Laura. Port Perry, Ontario.

“We loved our stay. Everything was wonderful. Many thanks to Alex and all the staff!” Ross and Linda.

“Alex: a wonderful paradise. Beautiful surroundings with an amazing host and team. To Danette: I will always remember the line “four women, four bottles and one night!” to the Chef: superb, superb!

“Alex and staff: Chris, Avan and I would like to thank everyone for the hospitality we were shown during our stay. We enjoyed ourselves and will be telling our friends and family how wonderful it is here. A special thank to Alex and Danette for your help and courtesy” Sincerely Tim.

“We had a wonderful visit, excellent food and beautiful scenery” Carol and Chris.

“What a wonderful place, peace filled, homey, comfortable. A fabulous way to complete a summer of adventure” Rick and Marylin.

“I had an excellent time. Thanks for sharing with us this wonderful place” David

“We had a wonderful time. Thanks for being here” Bob, Vivienne and Hazel. Ottawa.

“Thanks so much for making our stay so special. We had a wonderful and memorable week and we so appreciate the lovely attention to detail. We’ll be back!” Dave, Jo, Claire and Charlie.

“It was our first time here but not the last one... Thank you” Victor, Larysa, Inna and Katherina.

“Wonderful stay! Excellent food. Lots of fun on the water and fishing. Your cabins are very pleasant. We really enjoyed our stay!” Tom and family.

“We loved it. Beautiful site, great food and company! Thanks!” Stephanie and Rob.

“What a lovely spot and what lovely screened porches. Add to that beautiful weather. A special stay! Thanks!” Nora, Cathy and Diane.

“Great place to stay!” Pasa and Silvia. “Wonderful” Lymon and Dave.

“That Danette! Unbelievable! She is the single most important reason to come back. Alex you must give that girl a raise! Thank you. We loved our too short weekend with you” Sharon and Les.

“It was first class paradise. Thank you” Dorothy and Bill.

“Thank you to the staff for a wonderful stay and the exquisite setting of our great cottage. We’ll be back soon” Ian and Noelle.

“An excellent place, very comfortable and stylish and well maintained. We were smitten by the whole place/surroundings. Definitely plan on coming back” Margit and Aravind.

“Great setting, great service, great facilities, great Stars, perfect way to relax. Thanks. Now back to reality” Beu and Ernie Philp.

“Dear Alex and company, Pine Cove is truly a celebration of nature, bringing out the best in her and in us. Thank you for the ‘preservation’ and reminder of what’s most important in life. Your grateful guest, Dale

”Thank you so much everyone. Our stay here has been unforgettable. This is an amazing place and we will be back with our daughter some day. She is dying to come after explaining all the fun we’ve been having! Thank you again and see you all in the future! So sad to leave!!!” Robyn and Jesse.

“Thank you so much, you truly are a ‘rich’ man” Balyan.

“Hope to come back someday to this wonderful place” Sue and Neil, Solihull, England.

“A wonderful place, everything was topnotch! We will return!” Marylou (Angelica Houston).

“Alex and staff, accommodations superb top notch. Food and serving could not get any better. Beam me back up next year” Bill (Shatner).

“Love coming to the place and to visit you. So perfect. Thank you” Marilyn and Rob.

“A very special place with very special staff, the best! We loved our stay here, thank you so much. Wonderful library too!” Sue and Dave, Hayle, Cornwall, UK.

“When man is part of his canoe, he is part of all the canoes that have ever been. I think of that whenever I fall out of one” Dave. Cornwall, UK.

“Thank you, Alex, Dannette and Lucica for such a peaceful and comfortable stay in this beautiful setting” Muriel and Myles. Toronto.

“Great location, excellent job by everyone. The entertainment was a great addition. Well done to all and thank you” Perry.

** “Sometimes it is the magic of a place that brings it out in people. You have given us a fantastic experience. Thank you” Lieutenant Colonel Nishka Jardine Commandant, Canadian Forces School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

Innkeepers note - We were privileged to host 50 of our armed forces personnel at the lodge. Some of their stories, many from the strangest backwaters of the world, were quite extraordinary. How lucky we are that they serve, in order that our democracy can survive and flourish. - Alex.

“Well, where do I begin... The place is fantastic “breath taking” and that goes alone with the staff “simply delightful”. Thank you very much” Ken.

“A wonderful experiences!” Steve Mark.

“Service was great. Thank you” JH.

“We had a wonderful week. Thank you” Alison and Dave.

“We had been here only for two nights so short to see all. Wir waren begeistert, behalten alles in guten enieme.

“A lovely weekend in a marvelous place. Thank you. Until next time I hope” Marie Claire.

“We were really happy to stay in this wonderful and peaceful place. Hope to be back in Canada and also to the Pine Cove some time” Markus and Kirsten, Germany.

“We had a wonderful week here. Great weather, food and friendly faces. Very relaxing and amazing day trips from the Lodge” Brigette and Erik.

“We had an amazing stay! So relaxing and peaceful. We can’t wait to come back again next year!” Mike and Teri.

“I’ve lost track of time, what a great way to be. Thank you all and the chef” Anne and Dave.

“What a great stay and walk back in history. To think this was the trans Canada for our 200 years in the 1600-1800 and the return out to Western Canada where I am from . Thompson, Fraser, McKenzie and Anthony, exploring Canada to the Pacific Ocean. Rudolph and Carolyn, William and Joe (Love that breakfast).

“We had a very pleasant time, beautiful setting, comfortable beds and a very great breakfast. William and Joe”, Ontario.

“Amazing Place, wonderful hospitality, people and such a good company. Magical place”. David and Susan Jones, Wale

“Thank you Alex and all the staff”. Helen “Thank you Alex for letting me live here” Solomon May-October 4th

“I found a place where my soul sings, where my breath catches a wing, where the music of silence echoes across eternal time” Dennis, British Columbia

“We had a lovely stay. The cottages are beautiful. The breakfast baskets are a total treat”. Joseph and Jamie, Toronto, October 2009.

“Thank you very much, Alex, for a wonderful experience!” Letitia, Sorin, Andrei and Jad. Oakville, October 2009

“A perfect get away for us. Thanks so much. Dinners were awesome!” Charles and Nicole, Bowmanville, Ontario, October 09


Jara and Steve & John and Loretta “Thank-you for a huge slice of heaven”

Christian (Cleveland, Ohio): “I will be back soon. Thanks again for the peaceful experience”.

Jonathan & family and friends: “Thanks for the return visit. I am sure we will see you again!

Jim (Toronto): “An elegant and beautiful place”

Pat & Pat: “Awesome. Thanks for being here”

“Thank you for your sharing of obvious passion and love of the area and your facilities. We enjoyed very much”. Bob.

“Alex, thanks” Tony Harting “The most enjoyable photo visit. Will be back” Lan and Linda.

“Wonderful, warm and friendly escape. Best way to spend a 10th anniversary”. Wendy and Tim, Haliburton, Ontario.

“Peaceful, quiet and wonderful food”. Chris and Angela, Brampton, Ontario.

“Alex, now we can shoulder winter! Many thanks for your generous hospitality. We are refreshed and the French River still has a thousand more pleasures to offer visitors (adieu Birkin)”. Maini and Brian Jackson.

“Dear Alex, Thanks for another great stay at Pine Cove! It is a little piece of heaven”. Ali & Lou

“Beautiful Lodge! The scenery is unbelievable. We will definitely be back. We love Birkin”. Debbie, Emily and Frank

”thanks for an spectacular anniversary. Everything was perfect!”. Dave “Pure pleasure. Thank you Alex and Staff” B.D.

Thank-you for having a browse through the guest commentaries about the Lodge at Pine Cove and the French River. I must say in closing, that I have to thank my parents for starting me on the way to being a ‘host’ - they were extraordinary hosts. Although it took a long time for me to paddle my canoe into Pine Cove (that was quite literal) the paddle through the rapids of life were worth it, to find and be able to do what I do in this glorious little place.

Thank-you for visiting us on the web but the ‘real’ place is a heaven, so paddle on up here and see for yourself.