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IMPORTANT COVID INFORMATION

Monday, June 8, 2020

 necessary forms and information we require prior to your arrival and what to expect once you are here.

We may have reached out to you already but the following information is important for you to read and reply to us as well:

  • The length of stays may be different than originally booked as we need to allow a full day in between reservations in order to clean & sanitize thoroughly & properly.  We will or may have already contacted those reservations affected by this change. If you have not heard from us, please contact us before your reservation dates.

 

  • Check in time will not be before 3 pm and check out time cannot be later than 10 am. We won’t be able to make any exceptions to this rule to allow the proper amount of time between reservations.

 

  • We are having people drive into the parking lot, our cell phone numbers will be posted there at the stop sign. Call us on arrival so we can make sure launch area is clear and you check-in as smooth as possible. A suggestion would be to get your stuff loaded in your personal boats in the parking lot while waiting.  Staggered check in will be our priority to keep with social distancing.

 

  • Your cabin door will be taped with an initial on it, this means your cabin has been disinfected and ready to use.

 

  • Social distancing in effect as well. Regardless of how many cabins are rented to a group unfortunately.

 

  • You will need to bring your own linens, towels, facecloths, blankets and pillows for your stay as we will not be providing them at this time. Sorry for any inconvenience but we are easing into the reopening and trying to avoid any problems. Also, try and shop local where you are comfortable.

 

  • Meal plan bookings, at this time, all meals will be take out only. Prepared and picked up at set hours.

 

  • Daily maid service will not be offered in order to minimize exposure to our employees and yourselves.

 

  • Boat rentals, it is preferred that you bring your own personal life jackets if available as we are required to sanitize ours after each use

 

  • We will require a signed guest screening form from every member of the group.  This form will include first and last names, place of residence, cell phone number and email. This will be mandatory. This form is attached as a PDF below and can be emailed back to us at memquisitlodge@gmail.com or text picture of to 705-690-7689 (Char)

 

  • All payments will be processed either by etransfer or credit card on check out. Receipts will be emailed.  All accounts will be settled prior to departure, currently no more than 2 people at a time in the office. We are currently allowing 2 people at a time in the office/store and have been mandated by Public Health that masks must be worn in any commercial business.

 

  • Gas, minnows, worms & ice are available. Please call or text us to make arrangements for service/pick-up

(Frank 705-929-3334 or Char 705-690-7689) We are in the store/office, you can come to side door and knock for service as well.

 

We want you to feel safe and also enjoy your time away from your home with us.

Memquisit will make all efforts necessary to keep you safe and offer you the much needed vacation.

Please bear with us as we navigate through this new way of running our business, your patience is appreciated, we are all in this together.

In an effort to try and be as contact free as possible, the attached PDF files include:

  1. check in form- reply to email to acknowledge that you have read it and agree
  • guest screening acknowledgment printed signed and emailed or text photo to 705-690-7689 Char PRIOR TO ARRIVAL
  • guest code of conduct acknowledgement signed from group leader and emailed or text photo to 705-690-7689 Char
  • Please open all attachments and follow instructions.

    We know this is a lot to go through and absorb, but it is necessary for us to make sure everyone is safe including your selves.

    Quick Update

    Friday, June 12, 2020


    Today in Ontario, our government announced we are allowed to gather in groups of 10, the people within that group can change but cannot exceed 10. This will greatly help our situation with small groups looking to come up and spend some time fishing and escape from the new day to day. We must keep in mind that within this group of 10 we still need to practice social distancing as best as we can, if the 2 metre distancing guideline cannot be met, it is recommended that you wear a mask and of course wash your hands frequently.


    We have had a few questions as it relates to shopping locally for guests that are at camp. We would prefer if possible for each group to bring the groceries and supplies that you will need for your stay from your local grocery store. We are offering our services, daily to go to our local stores, for things you forgot or need. There is no law against shopping locally once you are here, although we would encourage you to wear a mask if you are to shop locally and be patient as the local Foodland in Noelville as well as the Beer and Liquor store only allow so many people in at a time and there are wait lines to get in at certain times of day or near weekends naturally.


    The soft opening has come together with a few surprises as we are faced with different challenges to get used to, but we have had a few guests this week and getting a routine established. We would like to ease your mind by saying, Memquisit is going above and beyond recommendations to look after you and your safety, once you are here. We are more than confident that everyone is doing their best to lower their risk as well as the risk for people around them once they leave home. We are following all provincial and federal directions and practicing what is needed for you all to have the opportunity to enjoy some time away from home.


    The chatter on the Canada/USA border is that its closure to non-essential crossings will be extended to the end of July. Although we would prefer a different outcome we will need to wait for an official announcement on June 20th. With proper guidelines in place, we are anxious for many of our regular guests whom we have known for years as well as new clientele from the USA and Canada looking to come up. We will look after you once you are here and want you to have a worry free vacation.


    Until we get to see each other, stay safe and stay in touch with loved ones who can’t get out, its important Frank & Char

    MEMQUISIT OPENING JUNE 8TH 2020

    Thursday, June 4, 2020

    Great news for us and the tourism industry in Ontario today. We can open as of June 5th. But, with such short notice, we won’t be ready until Monday June 8th. This does come with restrictions which we will happy to follow. Groups of no larger than 5 for now but government is letting us know to stay tuned as they expect to increase this number in the near future. Please contact us if we haven’t already to confirm or book your stay. We have been receiving a lot of calls and we will do our best to fit everyone in within the safety measures of the Ministry of Health and Memquisit Lodge .

    covid 19 update

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    COVID 19 UPDATE JUNE 02 2020

    As we enter June, Bass and Musky season just around the corner, Charlene and I have reached out to all parties who could possibly offer any insight into the tourism industry. Our main lobbying organization; Noto, our local Ministry of Health and the local Ontario Provincial Police Detachment, as well as the local Member of Provincial Parliaments office and other stakeholders in the industry have all been contacted. As some as you may already now, the State of Emergency for Ontario has been extended now until June 30th 2020. We watch and listen in anticipation daily to Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford and his updates for news pertaining to our specific industry and all we can say is that we are still on the list of non-essential businesses and are unable to rent cabins or boats.

    The Restaurant could be opened for take-out but not viable obviously with no one in camp, the general store and restrooms therefore remain closed. Our Marina is able to open to guests which have privately owned cottages on the lake which includes our launch and gas facilities by calling ahead to either cell Char 705-690-7689 or Frank 705-929-3334.
    We will remain closed to drive in business for parking and launching or crown land camping access for the time being and recommend if you wish to due crown land camping with your own boat you may access the waters through Sucker creek Landing, a municipal launch for parking and launching at no fee. This will give you access to West Bay and West Arm of Lake Nipissing.

    We were hopeful that with the announcement of crown land camping restrictions being lifted June 1st and some parks from the province opening June 14th, that the government would allow us to open by doing so within the constraints from the Ministry of Health and be able to offer accommodations to families living under the same roof and / or groups of no larger than 5. But this is not the case so far.
    We are all anxiously waiting on the daily for any update for our industry. As long as the cases of Covid-19 keep going down in Ontario and testing stays up, then opening of more sectors of business may hopefully come sooner than later. The Premier has now discussed briefly a plan to possibly open up regionally but has offered no details as to what this would look like or involve.

    We have reached out to a few upcoming reservations to get some customer feedback. For folks with upcoming stays we encourage you to call us as time nears closer to your dates so that we can either move your stay to a later date in this season or as some have done postpone to next season.

    As for our guests from the U.S the border closure is still in effect to leisure travel until June 20th and expect to hear some discussion on an extension if applicable by June 15th to 17th.

    We wish that everyone stays healthy and safe and think and dream about fishing at Memquisit, naturally. As soon as we get any hint that we can possibly due business within whatever constraints set forth, we are going to be on it like a bass on a frog!!

    COVID 19 update May 25 2020

    Monday, May 25, 2020

    COVID 19 – UPDATE - May 25 2020

    We hope this short update finds everyone staying safe and living their best life possible during all this.

    Frank and I just wanted to give a few links to answer some of the questions we have been getting.

    We are still keeping everyone informed on our website under the news tab and on our social media pages. We still have not had any direction as to when we will be able to open fully and rent cabins. If your dates are fast approaching, we encourage you to contact us to make other date choices if we haven’t already contacted you.  Anyone who would have to use the border crossing, if your dates are before June 21, we ask that you contact us as soon as you can to make other date choices as soon as possible.

     

    Camping on crown land is still prohibited

     

    The extended Border Closure was announced about a week ago and has been extended to June 21

     

    Our Marina is open for launch and parking for day use only

     

    Our Gas pump is working now and is open for business

    • You must call ahead to make arrangements  (cell phones: Frank 705-929-3334 or Char 705-690-7689)
    • Payment made by e-transfer or call in credit card information
    • One boat at gas dock at a time
    • You must practice social distancing and respect and follow the restrictions set by Government and the posted signs at Memquisit Lodge

    The Provincial State of Emergency is up on June 2nd, we are hoping to get some direction and be able to announce some good news of some sort.  Until then, stay safe and keep checking in for updates.

    COVID - Update May 15 2020

    Friday, May 15, 2020

    Covid 19 – Update May 15, 2020
    The Plans to open Memquisit are underway for this season, today would have been our opening day, but until we receive clear direction from our Government, we cannot confirm when that exact date will be.

    In early May, the Ontario Provincial Government implemented Stage 1 of Phase 1 with essential businesses, primarily healthcare. Yesterday, they have announced that May 19th 2020 we will begin Stage 1 of Phase 2 regarding lifting restrictions for certain types of businesses, unfortunately, lodges were not mentioned, so we wait and keep our fingers crossed that we will be included in the next phase or stage. We are hopeful that the Ministry of Tourism will update us with the guidelines and procedures for seasonal businesses to follow very soon. We are anxious to accommodate everyone, and have been receiving many calls and emails of late. As soon as we get a timeline we will want to open in a safe way.

    The border closure between the U.S and Canada is closed to leisure travel and is due to expire on May 20th, we are hearing rumors at this time that this date will be extended to June 20th. So we will be in contact shortly with all of our reservations that may be affected if this extension in fact takes place. For those inquiring at this time we do recommend later season plans for vacation as we are unsure how long the border will remain closed to travel for leisure.

    So for our accommodations side of our business the Lodge we will remain closed until possibly June 2nd.

    For guest that use our marina to access their seasonal camps, we are able to open and allow access as of this Saturday May 16th, and will offer use of our launch within the safety guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health for your safety and ours. We will only allow 1 group at a time at the main launch, if there is a second group here at the same time you will be asked to stage and prep your boat in our main parking lot until our launch is free from previous group. Please be advised that you are encouraged to keep social distancing at all times and only travel with members of your immediate household. Please purchase enough supplies to last the duration of your stay as to not impact our local community resources. Please know that the local building and hardware stores will deliver to our property and / or offer curbside pick-up at their store location. Our Lodge will remain closed for the time being this includes washroom facilities / restaurant and general store. To add to all of this, our gas bar has recently broke down and is in the works of getting repaired, so we are not able to sell premium gas at this time. Also a note that a provincial wide fire ban is still in effect meaning no open fires including campfires can be made.

    Our spot here on the West Bay of Lake Nipissing is quite unique in its setting. We have 17 cabins, all secluded and separated from each other. This makes it easier for us to offer you a relaxing place at minimal risk along with capability of practicing social distancing while you enjoy the outdoors and peacefulness of nature at its best.

    With over 287 acres of free space to roam and take it all in, we can provide you the opportunity to destress and maybe put things on the back burner, even if just for a moment.

    We are currently taking reservations, online, by phone or by email. No deposit required as we are uncertain if the dates you book that we will actually be opened.

    Once we are able to open, here are a few thoughts on what to expect:

    In order to ensure the safety of our guests and staff here at Memquisit Lodge, we are going to implement a pre arrival screening and some other changes to how we run for now anyway:
    • Prior to your arrival, we will email the check in form and have your reply to that, this will allow us to speed up your check in once you arrive and practice social distancing. We will require you to inform us if anyone with you has had the corona virus or has been in contact with someone who has had the virus. Any guests experiencing symptoms of covid 19 will kindly be denied access to Memquisit Lodge.
    • The main lodge will remain closed for now, this means bathrooms, store, games room and lounge. At this time, the gas bar is also closed, we will post when any of this changes. When you arrive, you will be able to call or text Frank or I and we will meet you in the parking lot by your vehicle.
    • We are hoping that our kitchen will be allowed to offer takeout and be able to run things as normal as possible.
    • You will require to bring your own bedding along with pillows for your stay.
    • We are going to stagger reservations, this means that there will have to be 2 days between reservations allowing us to do an extreme disinfecting and sanitizing accordingly and an air out day as well.
    • Our personal cell phones will be given like we normally do and we will be able to help with things forgotten or needed by going to do the errands for you. Example, groceries, beer/liquor store, pharmacy etc.
    The province wide fire ban will be lifted May 15th 2020 at midnight, we have called our Local Fire Department to confirm as well.
    • We encourage outdoor activity, so bring your canoes and kayaks, fishing rods and outside games to take advantage of every moment.
    • Once you have been checked in, we ask that you head to your cottage and not to socialize with other cabins.
    • A detailed disinfecting checklist will be displayed on the back of each cottage front door. Our cleaning staff will be asked to sign off on each cottage disinfection checklist after each cottage changeover. Lodge management will inspect each cottage after it has been cleaned to ensure proper disinfection and sign off as a precautionary measure.
    • Regular washing of hands will be required.
    • Check out morning, we will text you to settle up the account at that time you may provide the credit card you wish the transaction to go on.

    We truly hope this update finds everyone healthy and coping as well as they can. Remember to keep in touch with loved ones, facetiming really helps us get through just seeing their faces. Until we see each other, stay safe.

    Char and Frank
    Memquisit Lodge

    COVID 19 UPDATE

    Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Hope this update finds everyone healthy and enjoying some of the nicer weather, Charlene and I wanted to take some time to update everyone as our last post was just over 2 weeks ago.  There are last bits of snow left on the North side of the property but it will not be gone shortly.  Our water levels are slightly low for this time of year but with the recent 2 days of rain it is surely rising and will most likely be at a close to normal level for May opener.    

    Again, here are some local numbers to update as of Friday May 1st locally and provincially.

    Greater Sudbury District with a population of just over 185,000 has 59 confirmed cases of which 46 are resolved and 2 deaths.  Here is the link with detailed statistics if anyone is interested. https://www.phsd.ca/health-topics-programs/diseases-infections/coronavirus/current-status-covid-19

    North Bay / Parry Sound District with a population of just over 120,000 has 17 confirmed cases of which 16 are resolved and 0 deaths.  here is the link for anyone interested in the numbers.  https://www.myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/nipissing-parry-sound-covid-19-dashboard.asp

    Provincially with a population of over 14 million, we have 17,119 confirmed cases with 11,390 resolved and 1176 deaths.  According to the Health Experts our efforts to social distance and all steps taken so far have helped flatten the curve. 

    So again, I am repeating myself from April 19th update.  Thursday April 17th, our Provincial Government had extended the state of emergency for Ontario and its expansion on non-essential business for an additional 28 days which will bring us to May 12th.  They must re-evaluate the details every 14 days which would make possible changes to the list of non-essential businesses on April 30th. (That did not happen for our industry)

    This Friday May 1st our Premier Doug Ford announced that some restrictions would lift to some business as of this Monday May 4th but again we are not on this list.  We expect that this could be the same notice we will get for tourism, a 3 to 7 days’ notice leading to the May 18th long weekend.

    So, what does this mean for the Memquisit Lodge as of today May 5th?

    • Accommodations:  we are legally closed by the province until May 12th.  do not open until May 15th, so, if we are taken off the non-essential list on or before May 12th, a regular opening would be possible 
    • Restaurant:  we are legally closed to May 12th.  We do not open until May 15th, so, if we are taken off the non-essential list on or before May 12th, a regular opening would be possible 
    • Marina:  we are legally closed by the province to May 12th.  We do not open until May 15th, so, if we are taken off the non-essential list on or before May 12th, a regular opening would be possible 

     

     So, for all of our guests from the Province of Ontario and neighboring Provinces, the lodge will update and look to open as soon as advised that we can legally do so from our Provincial Government.  Now as we are a glass ½ full kind of people, this may come with short notice as early as May 12th with string’s attached for sure.  We are in the process of opening as we would normally for May 15th.  Now to err on the side of caution which some have done, we are still proposing postponing at this time for any reservation for May 2020 to a later time in this year.  Again, no cancellation fees will apply if you need to move your reservation and charges will remain the same. ie if you had to move to an in-season date range from an off-season date range, the charges will remain off-season as your original booking.

    Now for all our guests from the U.S, our Federal Government in conjunction with U.S counterparts have the border closed for tourism and recreational  to May 20th which is just before Memorial Day weekend, so, we are asking to err on the side of caution and move reservations if you are booked in May to a later date in the season.  Again, no cancellation fees will apply if you need to move your reservation and charges will remain the same. ie if you had to move to an in-season date range from an off-season date range, the charges will remain off-season as your original booking.

    Rest assured, that we will update as we get information and direction pertaining to our industry and we will reach out directly to our reservations if there is possible impact.   As we get closer to our opening weekend, we are sure that the tourism industry will get the necessary attention and answers it needs

    Until we see each other, take Care

     

    Frank and Charlene 

    COVID 19 update

    Monday, April 20, 2020

    April 20th 2020 - Covid 19 Update
    Hope this update finds everyone healthy and coping as best as they can with our new day to day challenges, Charlene and I wanted to take some time to update everyone as our last post was just over 2 weeks ago. The ice is gone in West Bay and we have a little snow left on the North side of the road. Our water levels are slightly low for this time of year and we are sure it will be nowhere close to last season’s level. Repairs to snow damage to lounge roof/ceiling in 2019 are underway and moving along slowly but surely.
    We are sure that everyone is on information overload regarding Covid 19, but we would like to share local numbers from our Ministry of Health and numbers for the Province to give perspective.

    Greater Sudbury District with a population of just over 185,000 has 42 confirmed cases of which 33 are resolved.
    North Bay / Parry Sound District with a population of just over 120,000 has 14 confirmed cases of which 10 are resolved.
    Provincially with a population of over 14 million, we have 10,578 confirmed cases with 5200 resolved and according to the Health Experts our efforts to social distance and all steps taken so far have helped flatten the curve.
    On our last update our Provincial Government had expanded their list of non-essential business legally required to close but we were unsure of the fine print. Being 6 weeks from opening in a fast-moving chain of events, we felt no need to panic. We have had some clarification from different levels of government and associations. Here is what we have been informed as of today.


    We are breaking down our business into 3 categories; Accommodations, Marina and Restaurant.
    As of last Thursday April 17th, our Provincial Government has extended the state of emergency for Ontario for an additional 28 days which brings us to May 12th. They must re-evaluate the details every 14 days which would make possible changes to the list of non-essential businesses on April 30th.

    So what does this mean for the Memquisit Lodge?
    • Accommodations: we are legally closed by the province until April 30th and possibly right up to May 12th. We technically do not open until May 16th, so, if we are taken off the non-essential list on or before May 12th, a regular opening would be possible
    • Restaurant: we are legally closed by the province until April 30th and possibly right up to May 12th. We technically do not open until May 16th, so, if we are taken off the non-essential list on or before May 12th, a regular opening would be possible
    • Marina: we are legally closed by the province until April 30th and possibly right up to May 12th. We technically do not open until May 16th, so, if we are taken off the non-essential list on or before May 12th, a regular opening would be possible


    So, for all of our guests from the Province of Ontario and neighboring Provinces, the lodge will update and look to open as soon as advised that we can legally do so. Now as we are a glass ½ full kind of people that could come with short notice as early as May 12th with string’s attached for sure. Now to air on the side of caution which some have done, we are still proposing postponing at this time for any reservation for May 2020 to a later time in this year.

    Now for all our guests from the U.S, our Federal Government in conjunction with U.S counterparts have agreed to extend the border closure for tourism or recreational reasons for an additional 30 days to May 20th which is just before Memorial Day weekend, so, same as above the border could open if we are thinking glass ½ full but we are asking to air on the side of caution and move reservations if you are booked in May to a later date in the season.

    Again, no cancellation fees will apply if you need to move your reservation and charges will remain the same . ie if you had to move to an in-season date range from an off-season date range, the charges will remain off-season as your original booking.

    Please know that we want to make the best of 2020 within the reality of something we have no control over and will react with you all so that we can find something that works.
    Again, just to repeat from our last update in early April, no cancellation policy will be enforced for the 2020 season. Deposits are held in trust and will be fully refundable by credit card transaction (24hours) may take 7-10 business days to see on your credit card statements or by cheques (3-5 business days) sent by mail. If your situation has changed of which we are sure it has for many in regards to personally or financially, please take the time to communicate with us toll free 1-888-898-5326 or via email at memquisitlodge@gmail.com

    So, our thoughts are that locally we may see some restrictions lifted if our numbers keep on the same trajectory, and if the province decides to allow movement within regions / districts. It would be nice to be able to support local businesses as they re-open and get back to business as usual with no restrictions.

    The reality is, 95 percent of our business is from South of us where there is much larger population. Even with all the restrictions in place, the virus, seemingly so easy to transmit, as we see the impact on retirement homes and long-term care facilities, we know the need to ease back to norm cautiously understanding the severity of not. We have shown that with big sacrifice we are able to flatten the curve but at what point will restrictions start to lift or change, no -one can really say at this time, but know that we will be ready to do business as best as we can and as soon as we can.

    Rest assured, that we will update as we get information and direction pertaining to our industry and we will reach out directly to our reservations if there is possible impact. As we get closer to our opening weekend, we are sure that the tourism industry will get the necessary attention and answers it needs

    Until we see each other, take Care

    Frank and Charlene

    COVID 19 - update

    Friday, April 3, 2020

    Good day to all, Charlene and I wanted to wait until April 3rd to update our friends/guest’s as to what is going on at Memquisit Lodge so that it was not taken as an April fools’ prank, although we wished this all was. All joking aside, our focus is on the Covid 19 virus and its impact. No one is immune to this as far as the possible effect on one’s health and the impact on everyone financially regardless of what shoes you put on in the morning.
    Our Provincial and Federal Government in co-ordination with the advice of our Provincial and Federal Health officials have set guidelines at this time for our industry and us personally.
    But before we go on about different details of life as we know it today and if you are not a person who likes to get into the weeds as they say. Please know that we take the health and well-being of our staff and guest’s very seriously and we will open in part or in full only if deemed possible by Ministry of Health and Government’s. We will do our due diligence to keep everyone safe within parameters set forth by the Ministry of Health as we make progress towards the recovery of North America and the World in the containment of the Covid 19 virus. We want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Memquisit will create policies as needed and make them available to all guest prior to arrival to ensure the safety of staff, guest’s and ourselves. We at this time do not want to put the cart in front of the horse.
    We would like to ask our guest/friends who have a reservations or are part of a group reservation or are thinking of reserving, to allow a few more weeks to go by before making any decisions, as things are still changing quickly, even daily around us and we are still 7 weeks away from May 16th opener.
    You may, if possible, want to look at moving your group stay or family stay if your reservation is scheduled for May 2020 to the Summer or Fall dates 2020 as we feel that May 2020 may be impacted, especially for guest’s from the US with the border closing in effect. To anyone looking to move dates we will hold charges as they were booked.
    Now keep in mind that we usually book 1 reservation per day at this time of year and we have received 2 in the last 2 weeks so the calendar is not filling up as it would normally.
    No cancellation policy will be enforced for the 2020 season. Deposits are held in trust and will be fully refundable by credit card transaction (24hours) or by cheques (3-5 business days), if your situation has changed of which we are sure it has for many in regards to personally or financially, please take the time to communicate with us toll free 1-888-898-5326 or via email at memquisitlodge@gmail.com
    Here are the weeds part of the update,
    We are being asked to practice physical distancing (social distancing). Be 6 feet apart if you are not having any symptoms related to Covid 19 at all times. Only go out if necessary, needs (medication and groceries) ideally not more than once a week, ideally at 1 stop only for 1 person only. We are being asked to not gather in a group larger than 5 while keeping social distancing. These measures are in place to try and protect us from contracting and spreading this Covid 19 virus and we have been following these guidelines which in our location is maybe easier as we are already sheltered geographically.
    The only exposure we have had was our son Sebastian who was working for a local electrical contractor but has been laid off for 1 week now, and our tenant which is no longer in school as they are all doing online learning. Schools will remain closed to all until May 4th at this time. So, we are keeping busy with low cost chores for now and trying to keep ourselves occupied as best we can. (Vacuuming, dishes, vacuuming, cooking) as the spring melt is on.
    As for business
    Locally as of last night, we have 23 confirmed cases of Covid 19 in the Sudbury district all related through international travel and/or close contact, and 6 confirmed cases in the North Bay Parry sound district, 5 related to international travel or close contact and 1 from community transmission. We have not heard from the gossip chat cats of any cases near us to date.
    For our U.S clients, our federal government in conjunction with U.S counterparts have agreed to close the border for tourism or recreational reasons for 30 days from Sat March 21st but this date is fluid and could be moved if necessary. I believe (keep in mind I have no major degree of any kind) that this date will be moved but the big question is when? We will only know in the next few weeks as the original date of 30 days gets nearer (April 19th – 20th) and the outbreak makes its course through the U.S and Canada.

    For our Canadian guests, our provincial government has placed a maximum gathering size of no more than 5, as well as asking to refrain from unnecessary travel. It also has closed many deemed non-essential businesses for the time being. Again, we will open in part or in full only if deemed possible by Ministry of Health and Government’s. We are trying to flatten the curve, which from news today looks to peak by mid-April. This will enable our health care system to put forth its best effort to care for everyone and minimize the loss of life.

    We are in the works of repairing the lounge but will not be taking on any other new projects for spring 2020 until we feel we have a timeline to open and projected revenues for our 2020 season.

    Wishing for everyone to stay healthy and safe and we hope to see all of you sooner than later.

    Charlene, Frank and the Crew from Memquisit

    2018 in a nut shell

    Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    Wow, what an awesome season.  Just now getting closed up.  A lot of little things getting done with some bigger projects on the list for this fall. Latest spring I think we have ever had here, with still 6 inches of ice 10 days before opening weekend.  Scramble. Stay tuned for the list of accomplishments this season. Just wanted to thank each and everyone of you for your continued support over the past 20 years. Without you all, tourism in the north would be non existent and for that we are tremendously grateful.Front deck on cabin 8 - stripped and redone along with some support beams.

    Accomplishments for 2018:

    • moved and fixed collapsing wood shed
    • took down old cabin 14
    • roof on cabins 1,2,4
    • all new beds in cabin 5 along with 1 queen added to accommodate couples

    On the wish list for 2019 opener:

    • new bathroom at cabin 1
    • new bathroom at cabin 16
    • new front door on cabin 12
    • more aluminium boats added to the fleet
    • Front deck on cabin 7 - strip and replace decking
    • Front deck on cabin 5 - strip and replace decking
    • Front deck on cabin 4 - strip and replace decking
    • all new beds in cabins 4,7,8 along with 1 queen added to each of those to accommodate couples

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    Getting caught up

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    Well, after a long time waiting, here we are on our new website.  I’m not much of a blogger, but I will try my best to post often and keep everyone up to date on what’s going on at Memquisit Lodge.

    Our spring came late this year, the last bit of ice finally melted on April 21st.  This didn’t give us much time to get all our projects done before opening weekend. Thank the heavens that Frank had some extra help this year, Larry has joined our crew.  Larry owned his own business building pretty well everything you can think of, houses, house boats, docks, decks, re-shingling roofs etc. he has decided to semi-retire and work for Memquisit helping with his ideas and expertise, Frank managed to accomplish with him the following so far:

    • Re-shingle the roof at Cabin 7
    • New front deck on cabin 17
    • New back deck on wash house for the cleaning crew
    • Re-shingle the roof at Cabin 5
    • Re-modelled bathroom at Cabin 12
    • Finish the main dock (first half was completed in August 2015)
    • New dock at Cabin 12
    • New deck at Cabin 11
    • Dock repair cabin 11
    • Changed walk-way after the bridge
    • Added deck over roots at cabin 4 deck
    • New fridge cabin 9
    • New bbq cabin 12
    • New bbq cabin 9
    • Repaired some windows

    We also purchased 9 new 16 ft alumacraft fishing boats with new depth finders. To add to the 2 we bought in 2015 season.

    That’s about all I can think of at this time.

    Thanks for taking time to read.

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