Spring is in the air ... kind of! Although the nights are still cool, the days are really starting to warm up, and the air has that crisp spring smell. There is still some snow cover on the property, however what remains is just in the shaded areas, and where the plow has accumulation from the winter. It’s time, however, to leave winter behind us - we’re excited that there’s only one direction to look now and that’s forward! We cannot wait to get another season rolling here at the ‘Beam'.
Although the lake is still completely frozen, the ice does appear to be thinning significantly. It is a little early to determine how the water levels will be this spring, however we will update you on that early in May…and of course also follow up on the work developments mentioned below in this letter. Also, you can catch up on 2017 updates if you missed them by reading our previous posts (on the News page).
In mid-March, we took advantage of the warmer temperatures and opened up cottage #26 for the season earlier than ever before. It is fully ‘spring cleaned’ and now occupied. We also took advantage the few days prior to occupancy to remove the old wall furnace, (which some of you will remember was replaced in 2010 with a gas fire place). The wall has been restored, and painted up to match the room. For those of you who stay in #26, you will appreciate the additional space and nice aesthetic look, and for those who have not, you would never know that there was ever anything there. We also did the same in cottage #25, removing the old wall furnace. For those who make this cottage ‘home’ here at Sunbeam while staying with us, you too will appreciate the additional space, and aesthetically pleasing look. Although #26 has been opened early, we’re still a month or so away from being able to the season opening for cottages #25, #2, #3, #4, and #9, with the ground still frozen and exposed plumbing being at risk of freezing.
Thank you all for a wonderful winter/ice fishing season. It was a great season, despite some very odd mild weather in certain weeks. The ice conditions were great regardless, the fish were biting, and our guests were all very happy. There were a lot of great catches during the fall and winter season, and this is a promising sign going forward into the spring. (The lake was completely closed to fishing as of March 15th, and is set to re-open as usual on the third Saturday in May, the Victoria Day long weekend).
We always keep very busy over the winter months, however the real (physical) work starts around mid-April. In the very near future, we will start rebuilding some of the dock cribs, as well as some of the dock slips. Besides the dock work and extensive spring cleanup that we do every year, we will be adding new ‘gingerbread’ screen doors to the back 3-bedroom cottages, as well as to cottage #4, where we also added a new exterior a large window for more light. We replaced the ceiling fans in both cottages #3 & #26 with more modern looking ones, which sit tighter to the ceiling, making for a little more head room for our taller guests.
We are very excited to announce that we have purchased an additional trolling motor for the upcoming season due to the demand from last season. It is the same Minn Kota bow-mounted trolling motor, except that this one is the 2018 model. They are available on a first booked, first serve basis. If you are interested in booking one, you’re advised to let us know early. The motor commitment must be for the duration of your stay; cost is $90.00 weekly in any season, or $15.00 daily in Spring and Fall seasons if you are not spending a full week. Please call ahead to reserve to ensure availability. With the addition of the new one, there should be ample availability most weeks.
At this point in time, the upcoming summer season is shaping up to be a very busy one. There is still availability, of course; however it is becoming very limited for certain weeks. The spring & fall still have some great opportunities for weeks, mid-weeks or weekends; they do generally fill up, so call soon if you have dates in mind.
As mentioned in our December holiday update, in spring and fall we book on a 3-night minimum, however we made a slight change for the winter season, and indicated that we would carry that change through for the upcoming spring and fall seasons. Here’s how it works: any booking starting on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday must follow the 3-night minimum, however any bookings starting from Sunday–Wednesday can be for 2-night stays if that is your preference. The summer months are of course weekly only, Saturday to Saturday. This arrangement opens up some great mid-week opportunities for those of you who work weekends, or are retired, if you can only get away for 2 nights.
There is also opportunity at the conclusion of the summer for a shorter stay, just prior to the Labour Day weekend. The last Saturday in August, (25th) infringes on the Labour Day weekend, so we allow the same rules as spring & fall with 3-night minimum stays! This provides a great opportunity for a short stay with the family while the kids are still out of school, or for a quick fishing getaway before heading back to work.
You can actually see all availability right on our website calendar – click on our contact/availability tab. Should we not have the dates you are looking for, please do not hesitate to call, just in case we can work out another option for you.
As always, we are committed to great personalized service, with continued improvements and upgrades. If you have not yet booked for the upcoming season, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail us anytime, and it would be our pleasure to help arrange another memorable holiday here at Sunbeam.
Here’s to a great spring ahead…and a great season full of memories for all!
Darren & Sarah