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Elgin House, History of Muskoka, Lake Joseph Club, Glen Home, Canadian Methodists, Muskoka Lakes, Muskoka Tourism

Elgin House, Lake Joseph
Past and Present
by Ray Love

Elgin House, Lake Joseph Past and Present is a history of an important and successful summer resort in the Muskoka Region of Ontario from 1885 to the present. It details the efforts of four generations of the Love family to create a world class summer resort from modest beginnings.The resort was unique in that it catered to the many well to do Canadians and Americans with strong religious beliefs including several of North America's founding families. The book revolves around a series of Love family stories and is set in the context of developments in Canadian history throughout the twentieth century.

The book contains 58 images of the resort through it's history including a number by the Muskoka photography legend Frank Mickelthwaite. It concludes with a description of the present day use of this property in the form of the luxurious Lake Joseph Club, a Thomas McBroom designed championship golf course, villas and lake front dining facility.

Elgin House, Lake Joseph is the story of a Muskoka pioneer family who were able to create a world class hotel from their corner of Muskoka wilderness. Beginning in 1885, the Love family sought to make a living from the Canadian Shield by farming and saw milling. When the tourist boom hit Muskoka at the turn of the twentieth century the Loves' built a small hotel. Within two decades they had expanded Elgin House to one of the largest and most luxurious Muskoka resorts serving over 400 guests. You will follow successive generations of the Love family as they try to improve on the vision of the founder Lambert Love. The resort lasted until the early 1990's and was replaced by another first class development known as the Lake Joseph Club. This is a must read for anyone interested in Muskoka history, architecture or the entrepreneurs that contributed to the success of early Ontario.

Ray Love was raised at Elgin House until the age of 17. He became a high school Geography and History teacher, first in Toronto and then in Muskoka. He completed his career in education as a Muskoka elementary school principal. Throughout his life Ray has read, researched and given talks on Muskoka history. He currently lives in Huntsville with his wife Susan where he is an active participant in the community. They have three grown children.


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