There is no doubt about it. The virus has us all in its grip. There is not a day without “news” about an outbreak, a restriction or even a cure for it. There is no way to know what to believe and what to discard. As a result, we all go half nuts for one side or the other of the spectrum.

Big Whiteshell Lodge

I’m not taking sides or trying to haul people over to the “other” side here. One thing we can all agree on is that we all wish this would be over, and soon. Yet the frenzy doesn’t seem to want to leave us, so we need a retreat from it.

Not everyone has a “cabin at the lake” to calm down from the city excitement. So it is very nice to know that there are places like the Big Whiteshell Lodge in, you guessed it, the Whiteshell Provincial Park in Manitoba. This was the second time in a few weeks that we decided to get away from the nastiness over the virus in the city.

Big Whiteshell Lodge cabins

Big Whiteshell Lodge cabins

Between getting harassed over the way to wear a mask and requirement to stay away 6 feet from my spouse, we had enough of it and decided to go back to rent a lodge. This time around, the temperatures were a bit lower than before, so we left our cross-country skis at home.

Big Whiteshell Lodge seen from the lake

Big Whiteshell Lodge seen from the lake

Skiing by –35C (not counting wind chill) didn’t seem like a healthy plan. A few hikes in the woods, however, did us a lot of good. Time to get the hiking boots out with an extra pair of socks to keep those extremities warm and off we went. We did try to find out what the lake was offering one evening, but the cold got us back in the cabin in less than 30 minutes.

Cozy and warm

Cozy and warm

The “Lodge” has been around for a long time, but recently has been acquired by a new owner. They are actively renovating all the cottages with new floors and new… well, everything. When I took a look a few years ago, before the new management, it looked like all the cabins were being used for storage. A huge pity for such a beautiful location. The above shot is from New Year, when we were there, hence the lighting.

Sunrise

Sunrise

This time, we had a more renovated cabin, with all amenities you can think of. Stove, fridge, microwave and coffee machine are there, kitchen needs and cutlery, everything is there. All you have to do is come with your own food and have a nice time.

A view over the Big Whiteshell Lake

A view over the Big Whiteshell Lake

Yet this time came with a little bit of unwanted excitement. When we headed out there, the forecast was for –25C overnight. I had completely forgotten to check my plugin cord for the car. It turned out to be one of those 4ft types, unlike the usual cord in my car. The car is new, so I decided to leave it unplugged overnight. After all –25C is reasonable and the car should start the next day without issues.

A trail into the wilderness

A trail into the wilderness

The starting procedure of turning a key, the next morning, turned out to be short lived. After turning over the engine a few times, I found that the living part of my car was lethargic and needed something more. A boost of some kind. The battery turned out to be fine, but when I looked at what the car displayed for temperature, I understood that it was not really “adapted”. Minus 35 Celsius is not a laughing matter, not for humans, not for moving gear. I got a plugin cord from the manager and a few hours later the car was back in business. Can’t blame the car for this…

Fabulous evening colours

Fabulous evening colours

The next day, it was a long weekend, we did some more hiking, walking, eating and relaxing. Then a short walk over the lake to catch the evening sky colours.. Overnight the car was plugged in again and on Monday we were back on the road.

Grey Jay breakfast

Grey Jay breakfast

On the last morning we were greeted by Grey Jays in search of breakfast. We gave them a few things, and the were off to nicer places. As you can see, they were very fluffed up against the cold.

But the car started and we were on our way back to the city. A nice relaxing weekend, without phone, internet or even anyone yelling at us about masks or distance.

Until next time…

Ken Krueger
Luckily I own a cottage at Big Whiteshell lake, and have frequented the Big Whiteshell Lodge and met the new owners two years ago. Gary and Heather have turned the experience of entering their store into a very pleasant experience, they are wonderful , friendly people and have done an unbelievable job of upgrading an totally rebuilding the store . Their selection of liquid refreshments is incredible, and of course at city prices, so why not pick yours up there? Gary and Heather have made long weekends in the summer months a great experience with live bands and great food including fresh fish fries and other terrific food. Highly recommend stopping by to check the place out if you are in the area .

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Henk Von Pickartz
4 days

Best of Luck in your new home Anton en Greet Dank je :-)

Anton Peereboom
4 days 21 hours

Best of Luck in your new home Anton en Greet

Henk Von Pickartz
5 days 22 hours

Best of luck in your new home! Thank you! :-)

Marian
5 days 23 hours

Best of luck in your new home!

Hilma Sinkinson
1 month 4 days

I am in love with your images of the cold prairie winters. I lived in the middle south of Manitoba and want to get a licensed ...

Dan Topham
2 months 13 days

As always, I enjoy your photo bytes and this one is right up there. After using the flip screen on lay Canon 60D I have ofte ...

Me
3 months 16 days

You mentioned swimming by one of your photos. I see no one swimming. Can we swim at Fort Whyte? They seem to have a dock o ...

Vernon Cole
3 months 22 days

I am looking to see if there are any pictures of the original house situated at Munson Park

John Pelechaty
3 months 25 days

---Great blog once again Henk - enjoyed it very much....

Henk
4 months 1 day

Thanks for that piece of info. I had a hard time seeing that burn inside... :-)