Your travel bucket list: Dog Lake, Ontario

Your travel bucket list: Dog Lake, Ontario

A man casting from a boat on Dog Lake.

Memory… is the diary that we all carry about with us.

~ Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

For some, a bucket list is about returning to a favorite place that’s also a favorite memory. To Christina Bartish that special place is in Ontario, Canada, on Dog Lake just outside the remote village of Missanabie. With a population of 62 and a steady stream of tourists seeking the lake’s walleye and its serenity, the area provides vacationers the respite they seek from everyday life.

“There is an outpost cabin about nine or 10 miles out on the lake,” says Bartish, a Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative member who lives in Sullivan. “My family and I spent a vacation in this cabin some years back.”

In Missanabie, on a later visit to this remote village, “I found a small book entitled Two in the Bush at the bare-necessities store. On the cover was a photo of the outpost cabin where we stayed.

“The book, written by John Moore, is a detailed account of how he and his wife, natives of Indiana, bought the rights and built their home, the cabin, on this piece of wilderness,” she says. “Now I want so much to go back and take a second look around with a new set of knowing eyes.”