Write on the French River

The Lodge at Pine Cove


Why venture to the French River? Because Ontario’s premiere lodge in the heart of the Canadian Shield offers something special. Kim T, a lodge guest, writes, “This is a piece of Canadian heaven. We had the most wonderful getaway, and plan to return every year. A beautiful location, great food, an awesome little cabin.”

When asked what she liked best about the Lodge at Pine Cove, one retreatant wrote, “We liked the screened porch, the cleanliness, the ambiance, the bed, the linens…everything!”

To understand how beautiful the Lodge is, please read some of the 100+ reviews on Trip Advisor Our guests will tell you about their canoeing, kayaking and hiking experiences, the delicious cuisine (including hamper breakfasts), our immaculate cottages, friendly staff and attention to detail.

Cottages have from one to three bedrooms. All cottages have full kitchens. All cottages have a river or cove view, a refrigerator, kettle, coffee-maker, fine coffee and tea, modern bathroom, natural soaps, creams, shampoo and conditioner, screened-in porch, living area and fabulous beds.



Your artisanal breakfast arrives at your cottage each morning in a wicker hamper filled with homemade granola, yogurt, fresh fruit salad, juice and freshly baked croissant.

Lunch and dinner are served in the Lodge. For dinner, you will be offered a soup or salad, entrée, dessert and coffee. Wine, beer and spirits are available at an extra charge.

Please make us aware of any food restrictions you may have.


Other Activities

You will have access to canoes and kayaks to explore the French River and Wolseley Bay. Hiking trails that begin onsite lead to spectacular spots along the river. There is a pool table in the Lodge as well as a selection of games and historical books in the Lodge’s Toni Harting Library. We also encourage you to explore the villages of Noëlville and Monetville, about 20 minutes away by car, both in the heart of Ontario’s historic francophone region.



Internet service via satellite is available in the Lodge at no charge. Since our use of broadband is limited, you will not be able to download (or view) movies, or download music or other large files. There is no cellphone reception and Skype is not available. You are, however, welcome to use our telephone.


Getting to the Lodge

The Lodge at Pine Cove is a 3½-hour drive from Toronto (Hwy 401 and Hwy 7) and one hour from Sudbury. If coming from farther afield, you can fly into Toronto and either rent a car or take the bus. Or, you can fly into Sudbury. Pick up from the bus stop or in Sudbury is available for a fee.


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