Lake Nipissing, Canada

Just three hours north of Toronto, this secluded sportsman’s dream home looks out over Canada’s Lake Nipissing with its 100 miles of shoreline.

Lake Nipissing, Canada

Drive four hours north of Niagara Falls and you’ll reach the beautiful, rocky shores of pristine Lake Nipissing, its 337-square miles of water beckoning with unmatched hunting and fishing opportunities. Down a half-mile private drive where deer and grouse can often be seen, and on one of Nipissing’s protected bays, a magnificent custom log home rests on 35 beautiful acres. This home is a tribute to a very talented sportsman, his wife, his unwavering attention to detail, and an immense amount of effort. Three years in the making, this is a place impossible to replicate. Only a mile away is an optional 100 acres of hunting paradise, where huge whitetails, black bear, moose and turkeys roam free. Ruffed grouse are also plentiful, and big flocks of ducks frequent the cattail marshes and shallows nearby. The two parcels can be bought separately, or together.

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This is the lake-facing side of the home and shows three levels of the turret. The large screened porch (the screens retract when not needed) features a fireplace, grill and small deck.

Passing within yards of the home, a river flows gently over pink granite at the top of a 100-foot high private waterfall, which cascades to the bottom, then continues out into the bay. At the foot of these falls are the primary spawning grounds for most of the walleye and smallmouth bass in the lake. Lurking beneath the surrounding waters are more than 40 species of fish, including walleye, muskie, bass, and pike that await your fly or lure. Get your landing net ready.

The half mile winding drive follows the Wistawasing river as it approaches the main home and private waterfall. Moose, beaver, whitetail deer, ruffed grouse and a black bear have all been seen along the drive.
The half mile winding drive follows the Wistawasing river as it approaches the main home and private waterfall. Moose, beaver, whitetail deer, ruffed grouse and a black bear have all been seen along the drive.

In front of the home is a natural stone fire pit for grilling and bon fires. Seating at the pit offers an amazing view of the river, and your own 100 foot waterfall… just 75 feet from your front door. At the bottom of the falls, a natural swimming hole awaits the adventurous.
In front of the home is a natural stone fire pit for grilling and bon fires. Seating at the pit offers an amazing view of the river, and your own 100 foot waterfall… just 75 feet from your front door. At the bottom of the falls, a natural swimming hole awaits the adventurous.

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This two-bedroom home (there are separate guest quarters) is built of real lumberjack-sized logs, not dowels. Overhead, they average 14 inches in diameter, with many substantially larger. In the walls, each log is laser-scribed to its neighbor to fit so tightly they require no chinking. Examine the image above closely and you’ll see a home more than 12-years-old, yet the wood appears brand new.

A few of the many, many custom features this home offers are these hand-forged fly rod door pulls. Note the hefty metal decorative bolts on the custom 3 ½ inch thick doors. On the inside of these doors, the pulls match the cabinets and drawers in that they are forged tree limbs.
A few of the many, many custom features this home offers are these hand-forged fly rod door pulls. Note the hefty metal decorative bolts on the custom 3 ½ inch thick doors. On the inside of these doors, the pulls match the cabinets and drawers in that they are forged tree limbs.

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Eventually, your eyes settle on this unique totem. Hand-carved, hand-painted trout swim silently upward over rocks and around vegetation circling the huge log column only to get caught by the Osprey at its top!

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Vaulted ceilings soar, showcasing the custom, massive log construction of this magnificent home. Granite floors, two inches thick, sweep your eyes past handsome custom leather furnishings, inward toward the recesses of the kitchen and dining areas. A 900-pound moose-shed chandelier floats above, while massive whitetail trophies, watch from the second floor.
Vaulted ceilings soar, showcasing the custom, massive log construction of this magnificent home. Granite floors, two inches thick, sweep your eyes past handsome custom leather furnishings, inward toward the recesses of the kitchen and dining areas. A 900-pound moose-shed chandelier floats above, while massive whitetail trophies, watch from the second floor.

Even before you enter the home you are astounded. A 600-pound elk shed chandelier hangs above hand-made, castle-like doors foreshadowing what’s inside. The doors are arched, 31⁄2-inch-thick, 900-year-old cedar, and feature hand-made fittings from The Scottsdale Art Factory in Arizona. The door pulls are custom-made, forged fly rods, bent as if a giant muskie is on the line. Entering the home, you’ll see the astonishing two-inch-thick granite floors. Each stone from the Parry Sound quarry is unique and unaltered. It took two, time-honed craftsmen almost six months to lay the floor, and each stone was handled four times on average. Next, your gaze is drawn to an eye-level granite, fieldstone fireplace flanked with walleye andirons, then to a vertical center column where hand-carved, hand-painted trout “swim” up and around, embellishing a giant, spiral-cut log column. Above, you see native blankets and wolf skins draping the railings, while huge whitetail deer from the property preside silently from their massive log perches.

Most of the furniture remains with this home, including the buffalo hide chairs resting comfortably in front of the granite hearth, and the fringed cowhide leather chairs in the living area – all made by First Nations artisans. Just off the living area is the perfect cozy office, or a fly-tying space with its own French balcony.

Beyond the totem is a fully appointed kitchen with cabinets made of 900-year old standing dead Cedar. GE Profile appliances gleam in the foreground. Through the open door is a comfortable guest bedroom.
Beyond the totem is a fully appointed kitchen with cabinets made of 900-year old standing dead Cedar. GE Profile appliances gleam in the foreground. Through the open door is a comfortable guest bedroom.

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The fully appointed kitchen features cabinets also made with 900-year-old cedar. These cabinets have custom-made, hand-forged drawer and door pulls that bring a hint of the forest inside. GE Profile stainless steel appliances brighten the kitchen. In the dining area, a stunning table with benches and captain chairs hand-crafted by Toronto artisans provide seating for eight. Adjacent to the kitchen is a guest bath with a hand-painted sink and toilet featuring the owner’s favorite game birds. Just outside the dining area you’ll experience magnificent views of the lake from a deck that features retractable screens, a fireplace, and a gas grill. Also off the kitchen is a comfortable guest bedroom.

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Climb the solid, half-log stairs, and you’re greeted by a polar bear rug and a massive king-sized, log framed bed. Beyond the bear a door opens to the private bathroom. Note the rich colors of the Heart Of Pine floors and the Brazilian Cherry wall behind the bed.

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Follow the massive, half-log staircase upward with its forged, chain-link rail, and you’ll arrive in the master bedroom. An authentic polar bear rug lies on Heart Of Yellow Pine floors. A handmade, king-sized cedar log bed appears ready to cradle you for a good night’s sleep. Beautiful Brazilian cherry walls direct your eyes upward again to tremendous log and truss-work supporting the Australian cypress ceiling. A large master bath with his and her sinks, a shower, small antique refrigerator, and a cedar-lined, walk-in closet are all just steps away. On this main bedroom level is the most beautiful spot for an office you are ever likely to see. The uppermost floor of a three-floor turret, it provides an incredible view looking out over the lake. Here, sunsets will inspire your most creative ideas. Have you considered writing a book?

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Imagine working away at your desk from this space. Get creative, inspired by the 25-mile lake view. Could you really call it work? Can this room really be tax-deductible? Well, you might need to speak with your accountant about that.

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Downstairs, the basement is again finished with Brazilian cherry (200 percent as dense as white oak) walls and beautiful tile floors. The turret is an exception. Here, softer cork underfoot makes this the perfect workout room. This room also overlooks the lake.

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This level provides an amazing surprise feature: A reconditioned, authentic bank vault door allows access to a humidity controlled walk-in vault for storage of your most precious valuables. The vault resides within the fireplace’s immense concrete foundation, thereby providing absolute security and piece of mind.

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Front of the guest quarters showing the large garage for parking cars, boats, jet skis and other essential toys.

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Back of guest cabin showing glass-enclosed deck and rear part of dog kennel. A huge musky, estimated at 50 pounds, resides directly below this deck.

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The 26 by 40 foot heated garage provides plenty of space for equipment.

A few minutes away from the home is a matching log guest cabin. It too, will be sold mostly furnished. The cabin’s bottom floor has three large garage doors and plenty of heated space for your automobiles, boats, jet skis, and snowmobiles. In back are five fenced dog kennels, two of which have two-way doors allowing your dogs to easily get out of bad weather. As a convenience bonus, the kennel was designed with a unique sewage disposal system that is virtually care and maintenance free.

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The layout features this custom log bed in the main room. Up the ladder is a kid’s loft area, and through the door a full bathroom. Behind the wood burning stove’s stone wall another comfortable bedroom awaits guests. Views of the lake from the cabin and its deck are mesmerizing.

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This overview shows the second floor of the guest quarters with the kitchen area at top center and the bed at right.

Enchanting lake sunsets can be seen from the guest cabin’s deck.
Enchanting lake sunsets can be seen from the guest cabin’s deck.

The second floor of the guest cabin features gorgeous Australian cypress flooring, kitchen with eating island, log bed, comfortable dining and living areas, and a bathroom with shower. Off the main room is a smaller second bedroom located beneath a loft area that could be used as a child’s bedroom. Sliding doors lead to a private, glass-enclosed deck. The view from this deck can be in excess of 25 miles!

A 16KW generator automaticallyprovides electricity to the home should power be interrupted.

Home and 35 acres: $6,750,000 USD.

Dividable 100 acres: $1,500,000 USD.