Fernleigh Lodge - Kevin and Melissa Phillips
Fernleigh Lodge is located on Kashwakamak Lake (formerly Long Lake). The historic Lodge has been kept in the Ahr family for over 3 generations. Since the 1920s, John Charles Ahr and friends visited Long Lake and built a small cottage at the time.

Later in 1932-33 a log Lodge was built that stil stands today as part of the main dining room. Over the years the property has grown immensely with new cabins and lodge facilities serving American and Canadian customers.

Kevin and Melissa Phillips, the current owner/operators of Fernleigh Lodge have contributed a large number of documents and photos that will be a valuable part of our local history. The following is from the Fernleigh Lodge website history page:
'Fernleigh lodge was founded in 1920 by John Ahr. He came to this area from Buffalo New York with a dream of building a fly-in fishing camp and that is what he did. Fernleigh Lodge was the first of its kind in the area and a popular one at that. All of the building were built by hand, the logs cut, floated down the lake and formed to make most of the building we have here today. Guests would fly or make the gruelling drive on nothing but 1 lane dirt roads. Fernleigh Lodge was a mans fishing camp, women were not allowed to come here till about the 1940’s or so. There was no electric and no indoor plumbing. The lodge had one of the first gas powered boat motors a 2hp motor. The lodge had only 1 motor so they would tie the boats together use the motor to pull the boats down the lake and then they would drift back.

Fernleigh Lodge employed a lot of the locals and was one of the biggest seasonal employers in the area. The many guides would come to work in shirt and tie to take the quests out fishing and cook their shore lunch’s on an island over an open fire. The kitchen and cleaning staff was managed by Johns wife Girt. She was a tough but fair boss and everything ran like clock work. In 1961 when John Ahr died, Girt needed help to run the camp so she had her nephew John Green come up to help. It passed hands a few more times before my Mom and Dad Lois and Arthur Parker purchased the lodge in 1981 after moving to Ontario from Ohio . We had vacationed at Fernleigh Lodge since I was a small boy so it has always felt like home to me. We always loved the “family appeal” of the lodge and that’s the way we kept it.

My Mom and Dad are now gone and I intend to preserve their traditions. My wife Melissa, son Owen and myself, Kevin Phillips, want you and your family to very much feel at home here at Fernleigh Lodge. You can always count on a warm welcome and ‘family style” hospitality from my family and our staff.'
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