Welcome to our timeline, the Presidents’ Suites story. The journey which started back in 2002 has been very exciting as we have been developing something new and unique in this very beautiful Temiskaming area of Northern Ontario.
We hope that you will appreciate our progression and involvement in the community and that it will give you a sense of where we are heading.
The Presidents’ Suites Story
It All Started Here
Nicole Discovering Haileybury
While I was travelling throughout Ontario as executive director for tourism organisation Direction Ontario, I was overwhelmed by Haileybury, such a quaint little community nestled on the shores of Lake Temiskaming. Like many people travelling along the TransCanada highway 11, I had not given myself the trouble of driving on secondary Highway 11-B to discover Haileybury, Cobalt, New Liskeard and Lake Temiskaming.
Acquiring the Ferland House
During one of Nicole’s visit to Haileybury, Jack Perry, the harbourmaster of the time, pointed out to a magnificent historical residence on Millionaires’ row, which was at the time for sale. Before long, she had made an offer on the house, planning to convert it into an accommodation for executives travelling in the region. At the time she did not really know that the house had been built in 1906 by Arthur Ferland, owner of the Matabanick Hotel, one of the first mine owners in Cobalt, and a great community leader of the time.
First Web Site
The first web site of the Presidents’ Suites is developed in 2010. At the time, the web site was trying to capture as much content as possible about the Temiskaming region and its communities. The site was the most important tool in attracting new guests from all regions to the Presidents’ Suites.
Moving Full-Time in Haileybury
In 2010, Nicole and Jocelyn decided to move full-time in Haileybury and focus their efforts in the development of the Presidents’ Suites. Up to that time, the business was ran mostly out of Nicole’s Kapuskasing office with local part-time employees taking care of the property and getting everything ready for the guests.
Home Sweet Home
The Presidents’ Suites is featured in the Home Sweet Home publication. Under the story ‘If Walls Could Talk’ by Darlene Wroe. In the article, Nicole likens Haileybury to Niagara-on-the-Lake and she also stated that Presidents’ Suites want to be a catalyst in attracting visitors and groups to do things in our beautiful community.
The Guest House
Temiskaming Interactive Circuits
The Presidents’ Suites partners with ARTEM cultural Centre to develop the Temiskaming Interactive Circuits (TiC) project. The project was to develop an innovative and affordable way, with the use of the internet and mobile devices, to promote the touristic and cultural aspects of the area Temiskaming region.
The Prospector’s House
The Prospector’s House is added to the President’s Suites historical homes. It is the first home to be developed with a thematic associated with the history of the region, the Cobalt mining era. The decor of the home was recognized by the IDEA 2014 national award.
Historical games and publications were developed to promote the Prospector’s House and the concept of using our rich history to attract people to the region. The head frame and guess who memory games along with he ‘The amazing lives of Cobalt-Haileybury’s Prospectors’ were developed in partnership with local artists.
Collaborating With Community Organisations
In 2013, the Presidents’ Suites collaborated with several community organisations in order to assist in the development of a strategic and marketing plan. A few of these organisations were ARTEM, the Festival des Folies Franco-Fun, the Camp Jeunesse en Marche and the Temiskaming Art Gallery.
Guest Speaker Series
Inspired by the TED concept, the Presidents’ Suites Guest Speaker Series was launched. Nicole & Jocelyn wanted to share with the community the knowledge, passion and inspiration of some of our renowned and talented guests. Short talks/demonstrations are organized a few times a year where our guests present on a specific topic.
The Lumber Baron’s House
The Lumber Baron’s House, built in 1906, is added to the President’s Suites historical homes. It is the second home to be developed with a thematic associated with the history of the region, the Lake Temiskaming lumber era. The decor of the home was recognized by the IDEA 2015 national award.
The rich history of the Temiskaming region is very important for the Presidents’ Suites and we are trying to convey this history over to every one of our guests with historical activities such as our historical scavenger hunt, our mystery day and our pirate treasure hunt.
The Presidents’ Suites becomes a perfect setting for corporate meetings and get-togethers with the addition of a larger meeting room in the Lumber Baron’s House. Smaller meeting rooms are also available in other homes. A corporate marketing brochure is developed. Groups experience a different social interaction which seems particularly conducive to productive meetings.
The Little Crooked House
The house was added to our list of historical homes in 2015. With its eclectic design, the Little Crooked House is unique and it certainly surprises all of our guests. The eclectic style encompasses different periods and is brought as a whole through the use of texture, color, furniture and fabrics. The Little Crooked House is the perfect one person or one couple house.
Updated Web Site
A fully updated web site now represents what the Presidents’ Suites are all about in 2016. With its five historical homes and island, along with all the associated historical activities and products, Nicole and Jocelyn have truly developed a unique business model.
Destination Temiskaming Blog
A new blog about the Temiskaming region is launched as we believe that this region is unique, attractive, and deserves to be shared. The blog posts feature special sites, hidden gems, artists, local products, unique people and interesting businesses.
Wellness & Well-being
We believe that wellness is essential to a good and happy life. Our vision is to add a wellness pillar to the Presidents’ Suites and to provide a retreat center where people could experience renewal and deep well-being. We believe that as human beings, we need to seriously consider major changes in the way we are living.