The main cottage is 48 feet by 20 feet and is built on 24 concrete posts that are 10 ½ inches square. The fully screened porch, an additional 8 feet by 12
feet, is attached and off the dining room, which faces the lake. The French doors to the screened porch are leaded glass. The porch has a propane BBQ,
a wraparound build-in ledge for eating, 3 large oak chairs, a wall-mounted insulated food container, and a unique drawer unit. Fir timbers run the full
length of the cottage and forms a Cathedral ceiling inside. The interior walls are log siding and wood panelling. The exterior is Haida Skirl British
Columbia Red Cedar siding. The kitchen and dining room have linoleum floor tiles. The rest of the cottage has wall to wall carpeting.The cottage
is attractively and comfortably furnished with rustic, casual and antique pieces. Wildlife themes are throughout the home - caribou skins and head,
moose antlers, colorful blankets, pillows, throw rugs, bedding, wall art, dishes and glassware. The sound system is a Dolby automatic reverse cassette
one with 12 volt to 4 speakers. Cassettes vary in musical content. There is a 24’ flat screen TV with DVD. Heat from one source (high efficiency Hunter
Model C-31 that is centrally located) is sufficient for the entire cottage. A single wood filling (maximum 6 cubic feet) can last up to 12 hours. There are
bright red and green ceramic tiles on the 2 heat shields around the wood stove. Alternate sources of heat, which were never needed by the current
owners, include a wood burning stove in the kitchen and a propane wall heater. The fireplace is striking in appearance and has been refaced in stone.
The chimney has been partially dismantled for a fire insert and new chimney to offer a more efficient heat source. In the kitchen, there are new UNIQUE stainless steel appliances - refrigerator (with separate door freezer) and stove (with oven and broiler). The plumbing is
polybutylene pressure pipe with screw fittings. The water closet in the bathroom is standard flush to an efficient, trouble free septic tank system. The
glass-lined automatic hot water tank is propane gas. FOR THOSE WHO INSIST ON ATMOSPHERE, A FUNCTIONAL OUTHOUSE REMAINS ON THE
PROPERTY! A satellite phone has been used in the last few years but a radio dial telephone, complete with antenna for direct dialing and for direct
incoming calls, can be re-activated with Bell Canada. The telephone is 12 volt battery operated. The cottage has propane lighting throughout that
provides a golden ambiance in the evenings.
Alternative lighting is powered by solar energy. Florescent lights have also been installed and powered by a small Honda generator.
The roof on the cottage is metal, red in colour and was installed about 5 years ago. The same roofing material is on site for the Boat House, which still has asphalt shingles.
Boat House Details & More
Abutting the beach at the far end of the property, the Boat House is 31 feet by 13 feet of log construction with siding that includes asphalt and corrugated plastic. It has a well-equipped workshop at the back of it (1/3 of the size). The workshop has benches, a workhorse, various tools and equipment
and is equipped with a propane light. Attached to the Boat House is a 4 foot by 4 foot screened fish cleaning facility complete with stainless steel sink and counter and running water and drain.
The Boat House houses the propane tanks (4- 60 lb, 2-30 lb, and 2-20 lb tanks), fishing gear, oars, paddles, gasoline containers, a large generator, a live fish enclosure, landscaping equipment, and boat motors.
The plan to re-build the Boat House shortly after the change of ownership did not materialize – largely due to the stability and effective function of the building over many many years. In the last few years, the plan to create a structure of the same size, with boat house facilities and sauna on the ground level, and self-contained living space and screened porch on the upper level (to be named “The Loft”) was deemed to no longer be a physically viable project for the current owners.
The water supply to the cottage and Boat House is provided by a shallow well point driven deep into the sand and below the lake level, which delivers clear, clean, well filtered water. The water is pumped by a gasoline pump into a water storage unit, which is mounted on top of a 25-foot steel scaffolding structure, which stands on a concrete pad. There is ample water pressure for all uses in the cottage as well as to the fish cleaning facility. This longstanding system has worked well over the years.
There are 4 aluminum fishing boats – 16’, 15’, 12’ and 10’ (1 seat rower) that are included with the property. There are also 2 canoes – 1 is a Springbok.
The Future of Tranquility Bay Lodge
For over 29 years, the current owners of Tranquility Bay Lodge have truly had the best of both worlds!
Many dreams spawned on BURWASH LAKE
and often during enjoyment of the seemingly endless beautiful sunsets. Many of those dreams materialized throughout the years – not only resulting in many changes to Tranquility Bay Lodge but to exciting projects elsewhere.
The future of this exceptional property will undoubtedly lie in the vision, courage and dedication of the next proud owners.