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Cottage real estate region: Lac la Ronge

View of Lac la Ronge on a calm early morning during the spring ice melt. Photo by Hihatimages/Shutterstock

A satellite map of 1,413 sq. km Lac la Ronge reveals an exceptional feature of this north-central Saskatchewan lake, which borders the Canadian Shield. Some 1,300 ice age–carved granite islands fill the lake’s northern half. Sand is rare along the granite islands, but there’s a beach nearly 40 kilometres long on the lake’s sparsely populated south shore. Lac La Ronge Provincial Park encompasses much of the lake, and most people lease land for their water-access cabins from the Saskatchewan government.

Because the area is so remote, cottagers usually visit for at least a week; many stay for the whole summer. Also, it can be difficult to get contractors out to these remote cabins. The government stipulates that cabin lots must be at least 800 metres apart or on separate islands, so quiet and solitude are the main attraction. There are about 20 title properties and 250 lease sites, most on islands. This far north, at 55 degrees latitude, summers are warm, short, and occasionally very windy.

The small town of La Ronge is the nearest centre and has groceries, a hardware store, a medical centre, and most services. Cottagers typically boat into Eagle Point Marina and drive the 5 km into town.

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