Historic Walking Trails

The walking trails not only connect us to historic landmarks and activities dating back more than a century ago. They also serve as a welcome exercise opportunity for walkers and joggers, a pathway for Island tours regarding historic sites and waypoints, a resource for nature lovers and children’s scavenger hunts, and a ready means to move from one activity to another around the Island. For all these reasons, we have been moving forward each year with additional progress toward completing the inter-related circuitry involving multiple phases of the trails. To provide the reader with a visual depiction of what these words express, we have included below a “Google Earth Map” of the Ojibway Island with the trails and landmarks clearly identified.

As seen on this Map, we have illustrated walking trails (1) fully completed, (2) proposed for future completion and currently walkable, and (3) planned for future restoration but not yet accessible. The kiosk erected at the trail head in the Spring of 2014 contained the trail map painted and contributed by Carol Prior, but did not yet have what are designated as phases # 2 and 5 completed. The completed (first category above) trails on this “Google Map” include the most recent phases finished by North Shore Barge in the Fall of 2014 and the Spring of 2015 – # 2 running from the Movie Hut and Southeast to the back beach; and # 5 from the large soccer pitch, passing well South of the tennis courts, up to and around the children’s playground, then connecting at # 2 just East of the Movie Hut. In addition, new in the Spring of 2016, we have now completed and made fully accessible the category (3) segment of trails which is designated #7, running from the large soccer pitch in the middle of the island West to and around the old Volleyball Court and Incinerator and back again.

Each phase of the completed trails has been restored through tax-receipted donations at the costs originally quoted by North Shore Barge in 2011 and, now in the case of the new #7, at a significantly discounted cost courtesy of North Shore Barge as its further contribution to OHPS. The restorations of phases 1, 2, part of 3, 5 and 6 were accomplished over effectively three years. The final 1 ½ of the initial six phases (being the remainder of # 3 and all of # 4, reflected in the second category above) and new phases are being scheduled as funds are raised. Since those final phases are walkable, we decided to proceed with the third category of trails (the new #7) which has now been finished as of Spring 2016. Work on those final "walkable" initial phases (the rest of #3 and all of #4) will be done as funds are donated to allow proceeding.

Meanwhile, thanks to a generous donor, another wonderful addition placed on the trails for the start of the 2016 season are six-foot long benches at spaced intervals throughout the trails circuit, to provide either the gazing nature lover, eager photographer or weary walker a spot to rest and take in the beautiful island scenery at his or her leisure. 

The trails have served as a wonderful resource for exploration and recreation, and will do so for years to come. Donors to date have contributed generously to trail restoration for each of the successive phases, including over each of the past winters and with gifts In Memory of Susan Worts. We thus remain hopeful that members of the Ojibway community will continue to assist in restoring and preserving the trails as a bridge and access to our historic past. If you are interested in doing so now, please proceed to the DONATE link on this website, follow the instructions, and designate your contribution for the “Walking Trails.” 

Back Beach Swim Pavilion

By the Spring of 2014, due to the ravages of time and concern for the children’s safety, the old swim pavilion had to be demolished. Because of the stated desires coming from many parents and grand parents of campers and back beach users, plans were undertaken that Summer and into the Fall to design a new structure faithful to its historic predecessor and capable of restoring the back beach area to its intended usability and functionality. Drawings were prepared in conformity with the historic restoration criteria, cost estimates were obtained for site preparation and construction, and then the Historical Society Board reviewed with Club Board representatives the exact site location and determined a workable schedule for building the restored structure.

As explained in the OHPS Fall 2014 Newsletter and accompanying letter to “Friends of the Ojibway Camp,” the new pavilion will be situated in the back beach area but more proximate to the swim docks where it will better serve the children. Initial site work was started last Fall, and the plans call for completion of the pavilion structure as the necessary funds are raised from the user community.  This would return an integral component of the Ojibway facilities to the capability of serving its historic purposes for the young and eager offspring of our community. It is the place where children come to have fun, learn new skills, form lasting friendships, find a spot of their own amidst the Island heritage, and develop a cohesiveness through programs and activities that form a life-long bond with the Pointe au Baril area.

This Spring sufficient funds were raised to complete the site relocation, grading and preparation, installation of the foundations and building of the platform on top for the continued construction of the pavilion. The OHPS will keep you informed on back beach progress as we move through Summer and into the Fall; and you can always take a hike on the Walking Trails to the back beach area to check out the site and building status.  Meanwhile, if you have not yet donated to this Swim Pavilion project (for which a tax receipt is provided), I encourage you to click on this website’s DONATE link, follow the instructions and indicate your desire to support this back beach development effort for the benefit of the younger generation that is our future. 

Basswood Cottage Restoration

The Ojibway Historical Preservation Society is pleased to announce the plans for the Basswood Cottage Heritage Restoration. This project was initiated through the interest of the Dalglish family and funding provided by The Dalglish Family Foundation. The Basswood Cottage is one of five original guest cottages that were built between 1906 and 1908, during the early years of the development of the Ojibway Hotel property. It continues to be rented to guests through the summer season and is valued for its privacy, waterfront location and views. 

The construction of the cottage dates to the early years of the hotel. It is a single storey building and was originally a two bedroom structure with mirror image bedroom and bathroom units on either side, fronted by a covered verandah. In the centre of the cottage is a two-sided cobblestone fireplace. In later years, a kitchen was added and the verandah was enclosed with a new front deck. The bedroom on the south side became a living and dining area. The cottage looks west over the bay with spectacular views and its own boat dock. 

The focus of the restoration plan will be to reinstate the rustic vernacular character of the original cottage exterior. The covered verandah with round log cabins, multi-paned wood windows and twin glazed entry doors will be in keeping with the original photographs. The construction of a small addition to the rear of the building will restore Basswood to a very comfortable two bedroom cottage. Other work will include a new shingle roof, replacement of all windows, a new kitchen and bathroom and fully updated interior finishes. Construction work will be complete for the 2016 summer season. 

The primary funding for the Basswood Cottage project has come from a generous donation of The Dalglish Family Foundation. The Ojibway Historical Preservation Society is grateful to the Dalglish family for their commitment to the efforts undertaken to preserve the historical integrity of the Ojibway and to the important role it plays in the Pointe au Baril community. Funding to complete the project is still required and any member of the community interested in supporting this initiative can proceed to the DONATE link on this website and follow the instructions.