- Ontario waterfront resort & marina
- Ottawa Valley cottage rentals & trailer sites
- Family vacations & weekend getaways
- Fishing, wildlife observation, canoeing, kayaking & x-country skiing
- Year round recreation & group retreats
The White Pines Cottage Resort is Eastern Ontario's premier four season vacation and fishing destination. It is situated on Black Donald/Centennial Lake, which at 27 miles long, makes it one of the largest lakes in Eastern Ontario. With hundreds of miles of pristine forests and waters, this beautiful waterway is predominantly surrounded by crown land creating an ideal setting for outdoor and nature enthusiasts. The White Pines offers year round lodging and numerous opportunities for relaxation, recreation and fishing (the nearest village is over 28km away). Enjoy a peaceful walk on our nature trails, paddle down the lake, or lie on the dock and listen to the symphony of the late night loon call. We have worked hard to provide warm hospitality in a relaxed family atmosphere and intimate setting. The most wonderful fishing and family vacation awaits you at The White Pines.
The White Pines is nestled in the heart of the Madawaska Highlands, part of the Ottawa Valley, which stretches from Ottawa, westward to the wilderness of Ontario's world renowned Algonquin Park. More than one half is wilderness, with 6 million acres of clean waterways, rolling hills and dramatic landforms. It is one of the most activity enriched regions in Ontario. The Madawaska Highlands follows the Madawaska River from Algonquin Park to Calabogie. This is a majestic hilly region with many wilderness acres, hardwood forests, and hundreds of lakes. Our secluded cottages are strategically placed within a gorgeous mature pine forest. The topography is a rugged wilderness setting which is habitat to abundant wildlife including deer, bear, moose, fox, wolves, otter, beaver and mink. Bird enthusiasts and photographers will be overwhelmed with over 60 species of birds.
Anglers come from all over Canada and the US for the fishing prospects. Game fish species in Black Donald Lake include walleye (pickerel), smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, muskie, northern pike, channel catfish, whitefish, yellow perch, brown bullhead, burbot and rock bass. While many trophy fish have been caught here, it is mostly the stories of the one that got away that make it back to the campfire.
Centennial Lake Nature Reserve is protected for its unusual geographical feature and many rare plant species. It is a great day hike. While we have many attractions close by, including the championship Calabogie Highlands Golf course, downhill skiing at the Calabogie Peaks, and the Calabogie Motor Sport Track, we are far enough away to ensure an undisturbed and peaceful vacation. Ottawa, Canada's capital, only 130km away, is a unique destination where you can enjoy sightseeing, shopping, live theatre, a casino, and a sports arena that is home to the Ottawa Senators. An hour drive in the other direction takes you to Algonquin Park, one of Canada's largest and oldest Provincial Parks, located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River.
Our charming lakeside cottages have been recognized as the most beautiful and well maintained in the area. There are 7 housekeeping cottages for your enjoyment, six two bedroom and one three bedroom. They have fully equipped kitchens, 4 piece baths and some feature fireplaces and jacuzzi tubs. There is wi-fi available in each unit and throughout the property. Outdoors there are fire pits, picnic tables and deck chairs. Most come with private docks, and all have private decks overlooking the lake. 3 of our cottages are kept open for the winter season. Great pride is taken in keeping our lodgings sanitary and pristine and the grounds well maintained. Every year we put in over 6,000 flowers. Stroll through the well manicured acreage, dotted with numerous perennial and annual gardens. The Drift Fence Gallery on site, offers wonderful prints of the wildlife and landscape from the surrounding area along with showcasing other local artisans.
Our resort is open all year so there is an abundance of activities in the area during all of the four seasons. In the spring there are the most colourful sunsets to photograph from the last lingering ice. In summer, we offer many amenities for you and your family to appreciate. Swim in the crystal clear water at the sand beach, or lie on your private dock, only a few feet away from the porch steps, and listen to the waves lapping at the shore. Paddle in the kayaks and canoes, or rent one of our motor boats and explore the lake. Experience the most colourful fall foliage show in the Ottawa Valley. Our private network of hiking trails covers many acres of unspoiled land. Go and see the beauty that nature has provided. Spend your holiday season in a winter wonderland surrounded by thousands of Christmas lights. During the spring/summer/fall, Black Donald Lake offers the finest recreational activities in the Ottawa Valley. During the winter months, our lake is transformed into a dreamland, with many miles to explore on x-country skis, snowshoes, snowmobiles or skates. We offer romantic getaway weekends, fishing vacations and memorable family vacations throughout the year.
Every year we look forward to the mix of new customers and our 4th generation of repeat patrons who have vacationed with us since the 1970's. The White Pines is a well known and respected vacation destination in Eastern Ontario. It provides unparalleled beauty, remote flavour and unspoiled experiences. Nature buffs will love The White Pines for the biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, and canoeing. Photographers will be overwhelmed with the beauty of the landscape, and stargazers will be transfixed as the northern lights dance across the sky. For the anglers, we provide some of the best fishing in Ontario. Let us be your host so you can find out for yourselves why Ontario is "yours to discover", and make memories for years to come.
NEWS 2015 / 2016
2015 was a wonderful year with many heartwarming stories, meaningful events, and amazing new families that joined us. While summer had a late start with the spring being wet and cold, it did not stop the chess masters plotting at the giant chess set, or the fishing pro's pulling away from the docks in the early morning hours on Black Donald Lake.
This past year, two amazing things happened for The White Pines.
We were chosen by Fodors Travel guide for their "10 Amazing Ice Castles around the World." Every winter we undertake building an ice castle. Cutting ice blocks is nothing new to us. Up until 10 years ago, we cut 800 blocks of ice every winter to put into our ice house to sell to tourists throughout the following summer. The saw frame, saws, tongs and mostly the memories were collecting dust. It was time to resurrect our past. It is a painstakingly long and hard project. Each block can weigh 60-70 pounds. With our 2014 ice castle being chosen as one of the world's best, the challenge was on to build it even bigger and better than before. 925 blocks later yielded a building 30x30 with 3 square and 1 round turret weighing approximately 60,000 pounds. Many people came out to help, as it took over 2 weeks to erect. The final product was featured in myFM radio station, The Renfrew Mercury, the Ottawa Citizen with a wonderful article by Bruce Deachman, and on TV with CTV's Regional Contact and Joel Haslam. Hundreds of people came with their families to enjoy it and take pictures day and night. It was absolutely overwhelming for us. The castle was always only built as a hobby, and something to do 'just because we could'. Now, with so many people wondering what we are going to build this year and many more wanting to help we have decided that we will do it for a cause and help raise money for a deserving charity.
It is also with great pride we introduce our video 'At the White Pines'. This amazing song was written, performed and dedicated to us by Darby Hittle. Kenny Hartlaub further enhanced Darby's heartfelt message with video and photo's of family and friends. The final product produced by these two creative individuals has far surpassed our expectations. Words cannot describe the depth of gratitude that we feel towards these two men whose families have been long time vacationers at The White Pines. We hope they realize just how remarkable they are when witnessing those who watch the video, and the powerful journey it takes them on.
The White Pines is a charming holiday destination offering thousand of Christmas lights and is ready for you to wander among the decorated cottages and surrounding gardens and trees. Enjoy a romantic getaway for two and relax in front of a crackling fire. Bring your family, and take pleasure in the many miles of scenic groomed trails. This family resort caters to both, the adventurous, or those just wanting to enjoy the quiet solitude of the wilderness. We are pleased to present vacation specials in the low season (Sept-June). Plan your vacation now to take advantage of these special rates, and for our American friends, the low dollar.
We are grateful for the path our dream has put us on and the wonderful people along the way who make our lives so happy in so many ways. Many of you have come to our home for generations and have become our extended family. We take pride in sharing our little piece of paradise with you and, in doing so, help you create beautiful memories for generations to come. Our deepest and sincerest thanks truly go out to all of you.
From our family to yours, we wish you a wonderful year in 2016. Appreciate your family and friends, and take time to live, love and laugh.
Shawn, Valerie, Brandon, Taylor and Madison