December 2020

Merry Covid Free Christmas!

Susanne spreading the Christmas cheer.
Snowy haze (photo courtesy of Tom Thomson)
Mike contemplating what? (Tom Thomson photo)

It’s that time of year when I send off the annual “Beaver”…our VBL newsletter to our friends and guests. This edition has hit the post office and should be winding it’s way as we speak. One of the main reasons for the newsletter is to recap the past season; refreshing the memories of our guests, and to let those who didn’t make it know what they missed. With a season such as 2020, it was a bit of a creative exercise…I hope you find it interesting.


Tom Thomson is a well regarded photographer from Kenora, Ontario. On a recent visit to the lodge Susanne asked if he was related to another Tom Thomson whom she had a framed picture of…

Tom Thomson circa 1910 Lake Skugog

This latter Tom Thomson (check the yellow underlined link…he was a famous Canadian artist), turns out to be our visiting Tom’s great grandfather’s cousin….and a photo he hasn’t seen before.

Tom Thomson and his great uncle Tom Thomson!

Susanne originally bought the framed photo in the gift shop of the ferry that runs across Georgian Bay, from Manitoulin Island to Tobermory. Now that’s a coincidence!

Let me leave you with some vintage photos of VBL past…

Some of the old gang…circa 2011
Scott Stroupe, the only man who ever got stuck backing down the hill to launch his boat.
Foggy morning fishing
Northern lights over VBay
Lots of snow back in 2014
A collage of winter 2014….year of the big snow!

So there you have it…

A bit of a mixture of new and old. We hope that things return to normal in the coming months and that we’ll get to see most of you in the near future. Till then, stay safe and have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Merry Christmas! Gord & Susanne (Tom Thomson photo)
Stella and Lilly circa 2014 “All we want for Christmas is a squirrel for dinner”!

9 thoughts on “December 2020

  1. We stayed there in 2018 and absolutely loved it. We did the portage and still talk about how you were waiting on the dock for us to return and the awesome day we had. We are hoping to come back in 2021. Merry Christmas

    1. Like most yanks,we missed our vacation in June. We hope for life to have some semblance of normal in 21. If not, are there any tunnels under the border?
      Gord and Suzanne Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

  2. Like all the brightly coloured holiday scenes. Like Tom Thompson I have fished at Lake Scugog, caught muskies there too.
    Looking forward to seeing the creative BEAVER newsletter.
    Seasons Greetings one and All!

  3. Already my thoughts turn to 2021. With a couple of vaccines now available, we are hoping that we will be able to come up for the musky week. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and look forward to quality time on Eagle Lake and the warmness of “Musky Week”.

  4. Merry Christmas to all, and a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!! I, for one, am looking forward to seeing 2020 in the rear view mirror! Let’s all hope the vaccines work, or that herd immunity kicks in. I read this morning that Canada has now developed the newest (more contagious) strain of the virus from either Europe or the UK. Stay Safe up in the Great White North, I would like to be able to return!

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On behalf of the Boyes Group, I would like to pass on our sincere thanks for hosting the Muskie Madness Week and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at VBL and had a great time!! This was our 7th year on Eagle Lake and we have stayed at a few other lodges but VBL takes the cake hands down! You can definitely count us in for next year. I’m happy to see you post some of my pics, they turned out well. Thanks again Gord for a wonderful week of fishing and your stellar hospitality, you run a first class operation, we look forward to seeing you next year!

Trevor Benner

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