Lake St. Peter is east of Algonquin Park on the western reaches of the Ottawa Valley. The lake is quite varied in depth and has two large sections. The area is known for its provincial park and has been the subject of one (or more) Group of Seven paintings. We are only 1/2-hour from the entrance gate of Algonquin Park and 40-minutes away from the Visitor centre.
Lake St. Peter is smaller than most lakes, but has been a popular cottaging lake for many years. This is probably related to the fact that the government released good, cheap crown land in the mid-40s. They offered nice, 2-acre, water-access lots for $1,000. The only stipulation was that the buyer build before winter. As a result this has been a cottaging lake for many years.
We own a cottage that was built in 1945 and love the fact that it has so much history. It is small; the electrical is "antiquated", and our family loves it.
There are plenty of stories I would love to capture of people who live on the lake. For instance, our neighbours met as teenagers on the lake in 1961. They married and until 2 years ago cottaged in a 2-room cabin at the end of our bay. They raised 2 children and visited the cabin for almost 40 years before they rebuilt their cottage into a size suitable for their children and grandchildren.
Our cottage has gone through many hands before we acquired it. A journalist for the Toronto Star owned the place before we bought it. He thought it would be a quiet, peaceful place to write his columns. I think he found out the place was more suited for play than work.