A one-of-a-kind retreat in a rare Canadian Carolinian forest
It’s just moments on foot from the sandy beach on ocean-like Lake Erie which so resembles the high rolling waves and setting of early Martha’s Vineyard that former Ivy Leaguers living in Buffalo and its suburbs built their cottages here in the 1900s. They settled in a large crescent-shaped shoreline of Port Colborne, Ontario called Lorraine Bay. It was in those days mostly an American enclave. Many original families still have their cottages here and their descendants form the unique and exclusive community called the Lorraine Bay Association which conducts summertime events such as tennis matches on beautiful private courts, picnics and softball games in a private field. It also maintains the private road and antique stone bridge that leads from Weaver Road across a canal to (and beyond) the land known as: The Bog at 1456 Firelane 1, Port Colborne, Ontario L3K 5V3 NOTE that The Bog House and land has been sold to a couple from St. Catherines as of 21/09/18. Lynda Kramer was the real-estate agent.
The Bog House is nestled in on 7.2 acres of a Carolinian forest of mostly virgin land and is designated by Ontario as a Provincially Significant Wetlands. Endangered native plants are present here, along with massive maples, pines and other native species. Although it is on a peat bog, the land isn’t wet anywhere near the house.
It’s near a stop on the renowned Friendship Trail:
The Bog House is just a 3-minute bicycle ride up Weaver Road to the famous Friendship Trail which can take you directly into downtown Port Colborne, but also to Port Erie and the Peace Bridge, 16 kms to the east. It’s parallel to the north shore of Lake Erie.
Beginning at the Port Colborne border in the west, this relaxing and picturesque trail takes visitors through lush farmland, quaint villages, pristine watersheds, and quiet residential areas as it leads to historic Old Fort Erie, Lake Erie and the Niagara River Recreation Trail.
Much of the trail is located upon an abandoned rail line, meaning it is level and smooth; an easy ride for children and adults alike. The trail is used by walkers, cyclists and rollerbladers in the summer, and hikers and cross-country skiers in the winter. Of course, the trail is also wheelchair accessible.
Providing views of the Buffalo Skyline on the horizon, the Friendship Trail extends 17 km east across picturesque Six Mile Creek and through quiet residential streets as it leads to historic Old Fort Erie, waterfront parks along Lake Erie and the Niagara River Recreation Trail beyond. The majority of the trail is relatively level and smooth, making it easy walking and riding for children and adults alike.
Features of The Bog House:
It comes fully furnished. All furnishings seen in the photos are included in the purchase price. When it was bought by the current owners, The Bog House was an uninsulated 2-storey 1927 wood-frame cabin in the distinct Martha’s Vineyard architectural style. It was strictly for summer cottage and fall duck hunting uses. It had 1 bathroom upstairs with 3 bedrooms. One, a “kid’s room,” is smaller with 2 single beds. A huge single bedroom is also on the 2nd floor, with a king bed and room to add a fourth bedroom by installing a wall in the centre. There are 2 entrance doors already. The current owners, who are selling, added a large ground-floor Master Suite with king-size bed, bubble-bath/shower-tub combo. It was placed where a dilapidated screened-in porch once stood behind the huge native stone fireplace and chimney. The former outside of the great stone chimney is a beautiful and prominent feature in the bedroom, running up the east wall and through the high ceiling. There are modern lighting fixtures in the ceiling.
They created a large, well-equipped kitchen with a 6-burner Viking gas range and modern sink. They maintained the original painted wood floor, adding shelves, drawers and other kitchen paraphernalia. The original Bog House had a containment tank that needed regular pumping out. That was understandable for a seasonal cottage, but not for year-round occupancy. The new owners spent $40,000 to design and build a state-of-the-art septic system that passed stringent Ontario environmental regulations regarding the sensitive fordest where its drain field was built.
They insulated all the external walls to R40, installed a natural-gas furnace in 2014 and a forced-air air conditioner was online earlier. Inside The Bog House the temperature is perfect no matter what the season or outside temperature.
A full complement of television stations are available via satellite and two large-screen TV sets are located in the master bedroom and in the living room. See the real estate broker’s listing price and features here.
Features of the portion of the 7.2-acre property where The Bog House sits:
An approximately half-acre naturalized pond with fish and a flat-bottom aluminum boat adjoins the stone road leading to The Bog House. To the east a flowing creek runs along Weaver Road, past The Bog and into Lake Erie.
Aside from the grassy lawn, the property remains in its natural state, although that isn’t required by any level of government.