The Whip-Poor-Will Lodge was located at the north end of Mazinaw Lake, about 20 Km north of the village of Cloyne, Ontario, Canada. It was built in its original layout in the mid to late 1930s.
The Levens family which, owned a farm house on the east side of the river above the bridge at the head of Mazinaw Lake, built the original lodge building in the mid 1930s after their endeavours with the Bon Echo Inn and they had decided to stay in the tourist business. The lodge was subsequently sold to people named Anderson who owned the place for only 2 or 3 years. Unfortunately, no one really remembers the Andersons.
The lodge was sold to Mort Hughes around 1940, who lived in or near Watertown, NY. It was managed and looked after by Amos Hughes, who in addition to having an hotel in Arden, Ontario, dabbled in real estate. The lodge was closed, or at least operated at a much reduced capacity during the war years to 1944, after which it was owned and operated by the Waldie family.
The "Old House", mentioned above was part of the sale and was subsequently rented out to tourists. When Waldies bought the lodge there were only 7 cabins and the farm house. They built 6 more cottages with all tourists eating in the dining room of the lodge. Hazel Waldie's cooking was renown.
The lodge consisted of the main structure pictured here which acted as the dining room , lounge and square dance area for the guests who were housed in the adjacent cabins spread over the large property.
This photo was taken probably around 1953 after the addition and large fireplace were added on the south side of the of the original structure.
The lodge changed hands several times after that and finally burned in the mid 1970s, with the chimney still standing as a monument, still evident currently.
Lodge history from the memories of Karyl (Waldie) Inwood & Ian Brumell
Owner: Cloyne & District Historical Society
Source: Flickr Commons