Farr Island ia a beautiful historic and private five-acre island on Lake Temiskaming only a few kilometres from Haileybury’s marina. Farr Island is one of only nine islands on Lake Temiskaming which is 110 km long. The island, owned by the Presidents’ Suites, is used as a day destination for their guests. What a treat to add a visit to the island during your holiday or visit to the Temiskaming region.
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A Perfect Day Destination
Farr Island is the perfect day destination for the Presidents’ Suites guests. Our guests will be able to enjoy a day at the beach, do some fishing or just to have the opportunity to take a picnic. We can also bring groups over for gatherings, anniversaries, corporate retreats and destination weddings. We can also arrange a pirate treasure hunt for your children.
The feeling of being on an island is unique. As you walk around the island, the scenery and the waves will change. The West side, the side where our dock and the beach is, is the closest to the main land and is also protected from the Northerly winds. Water is therefore very quiet and peaceful. If you go to the South side, you will see the lake narrowing down and it often reminds people of the Saguenay Fjords. The east side is open to the north-east winds. Most of the time, waves will be several feet high. Great place to sit to watch the sunrise. Haileybury on the north side is the only town visible from the island.
The island is also a very popular fishing spot on lake Temiskaming. Most of the time, you will see boats anchored around the island. The West side is shallow while the East side is deeper with an underwater rock escarpment, which attracts fish.
What You Will Find On The Island
- A reception area for 50 people with a large platform, a 20×30 party tent, kitchen facilities, tables and chairs
- A small beach
- Trails around the island
- Resting areas at different locations around the island
- An outhouse
- A small beach
- A dock
- Exterior games
How to Get to the Island
The island is approximately 3 km from the Villa where our dock with our kayaks and canoes are. Our kayaks and canoes are available to our guests and we also have all the necessary equipment required. For the experienced paddlers, the ride will be 35 minutes but it could take approximately an hour for a less experienced group. We can also bring groups to the island with our pontoon boat. It is stationed at the marina and it only takes 5 minutes. We can bring people in groups of 15.
As you leave the Villa, you will be heading south towards the Marina. On your way, you will also pass the town hall, the sailing school, ‘the most expensive house in Canada, and Mill (or Farr) creek. As soon as you get to the Marina, you will see the small island. It will be sitting right there and you can’t miss it. The dock in on the west side, the side closest to the main land. Water can get really rough very fast on lake Temiskaming. We strongly suggest that you verify the weather forecast prior to travelling on the lake. It is also a good practice to stay close to shore.
A Glamping Vision
The long-term vision for the island would be to develop it as a glamping destination. Glamping, a global trend that emerged in the last decade is a fusion of glamour and camping. A new word for a new kind of travel. Glamping is a way to experience the great outdoors without sacrificing luxury. It is designed for travellers who want to experience the positive aspects of camping without the ‘uncomfortable negatives’ of camping. The island could be the ideal glamping destination with guests staying for the first night in our of our historical homes and then spending a few days glamping on the island.
History of the Island
The original aboriginal name of the island was lost over time. At the end of the 19th century, Captain Percy, captain of the Meteor, used to get wood from the island to feed his ship’s boiler. At that time the island was known as Percy Island. If you go to the southwest corner of the island, you will see a large steel anchoring ring on top the bedrock. The anchoring device was probably used for the Meteor. Locals also called the island Gull Island and this is still true today.
At the beginning of the century, the story was that the island was given by the Government of Ontario to C. C. Farr, the founder of Haileybury, for his work and dedication in the development of the Temiskaming region. However, in reality, the island was purchased by the C.C. Farr’s wife in Louise Georgina Probyn in 1905 for the amount of $30. The island was then renamed Farr Island. At the time, this island was approximately 6 acres in size. Since then, the water level has been brought up due to the Temiskaming dam complex and the size of the island is now more around 4 acres. The dam system was built to control the water level in Lake Temiskaming upstream and the flow of the Ottawa River Downstream.
The island always stayed in the Farr family until it was acquired by the Presidents’ Suites in 2014. The island was acquired from Gordon and Stuart Hayward who were C. C. Farr’s great-grand children.
A Few Photos of Farr Island