Bartlett Lodge Acquires a Unique Piece of Canadian History

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Bartlett Lodge, an award winning eco-friendly Algonquin Park resort, has acquired a log cottage owned by Canadian painter and philanthropist Isabel McLaughlin. To be erected at Bartlett Lodge this May and June, "The Cabin" will be a guest lounge and will include 2 rooms available for Bartlett guest accommodations.

Bartlett Lodge (, an award winning eco-friendly cottage resort located within Algonquin Provincial Park, has acquired a unique piece of Canadian History. A log cottage owned by Canadian painter, patron and philanthropist Isabel McLaughlin will be erected at Bartlett Lodge this May and June. "The Cabin", as Isabel called, it will be a guest lounge and will include two rooms available for Bartlett guest accommodations.

Isabel McLaughlin, born October 10, 1903, was one of 5 daughters of Col. R.S. McLaughlin of Oshawa, Ontario. "Colonel Sam" was the founder of General Motors of Canada. Isabel studied in Paris at the Sorbonne in her late teens and then at the Ontario College of Art under Group of Seven member, Arthur Lismer and artist Yvonne McKague Housser. Isabel counted many famous Canadian Artists among her friends. She traveled with Lawren and Bess Harris, entertained A.Y. Jackson at "The Cabin" and worked closely with Prudence Heward, Anne Savage and other members of the Beaver Hall Group of Painters.

Isabel McLaughlin was an attractive, talented, popular and wealthy woman who chose to remain unmarried. Her independence gave her time to travel and participate in many arts organizations. In 1933 she helped found the Canadian Group of Painters and served as President in 1939. Throughout her life, she made donations to many charities and provided financial support to other artists. Isabel was one of very few Canadians to receive both the Order of Ontario in 1993 and The Order of Canada in 1997. Isabel died in Toronto on November 26, 2002 at age of 99.

Although the origin of the Isabel McLaughlin cabin that Bartlett Lodge is reassembling on their Algonquin Park resort property is unknown, the large white pine logs used to construct "The Cabin" were found in the Muskoka, Algonquin Park and Ottawa Valley area. It was probably built in one of those areas between 1840 and 1870. Isabel McLaughlin had the building moved and re-erected just north of Toronto on a rural property she owned in Aurora, Ontario. "The Cabin" became a popular place for Isabel to entertain her artist friends. Her personal papers contain references to visits at "The Cabin" with Lawren and Bess Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer and Yvonne McKague Housser. The original building had a glass solarium at the back where Isabel would paint and entertain.

Bartlett Lodge has a long history accommodating visitors to Algonquin Park. Located on Cache Lake the lodge was first open 1917. Over the years, the lodge fell into disrepair until present owners Kim and Marilyn Smith purchased the historic log cabin resort and transformed it into the charming Algonquin Park resort that it is today. The Smith's vision for Bartlett Lodge was to preserve as much as they could of the lodge's past, while adding modern day amenities and protecting the future by introducing state-of- the-art energy saving technology and environmentally sustainable practices. The addition of "The Cabin" blends in nicely with Bartlett's policy of preserving the past for future generations.

"In keeping with our commitment to sustainable tourism, we have chosen to re-erect, or if you prefer, recycle this historic building. The floor of the building and the roof boards are re-used wood taken from a church in Nova Scotia. More than 80% of "The Cabin" is built with recycled material," says Kim Smith. The Smiths are thrilled with the acquisition of Isabel McLaughlin cabin and to be able to offer their resort guests the opportunity to stay in this historic cabin. "We invite past and future guests to stay with us and enjoy our latest addition to Bartlett Lodge," adds Smith.

About Bartlett Lodge:
Eco-friendly Bartlett Lodge offers exceptional lakefront cottage rentals, luxury canopy tent accommodations and fine dining in a pristine wilderness setting. Located within the borders of world famous Algonquin Provincial Park, Bartlett Lodge is a Modified American Plan cottage resort, acclaimed for its commitment to the environment and famous for its exceptional dining room. Rustic, yet elegant, this lakeside Muskoka resort is ideal for family vacations, romantic couples, weddings and group functions. To book your fabulous Algonquin Park vacation, visit, or call toll free 1-866-614-5355.

Contact Information:
Marilyn & Kim Smith
Bartlett Lodge
P.O. Box #10004
Huntsville, ON, Canada P1H 2G8
Telephone: (705) 633-5543
Toll free: 1-866-614-5355
297 Lakeshore Road E., Suite 2
Oakville, ON, Canada L6J 1J3
Telephone: (905) 338-8908
Toll free: 1-866-614-5355


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