FacilityPhoto by Chris Miner
The developed portion of the ELEEC is made up of 14 core buildings with more than 1,100 square meters of heated indoor space including a central Pavilion and 10 hexagonal 2-bedroom cabins. Together, these buildings can accommodate groups of 30-40 people comfortably for meetings, small conferences and organizational retreats.
At the centre of the ELEEC facility is the Pavilion, a common space housing a fully-equipped self-use kitchen, dining/meeting space for groups of 30-40 people, and washrooms with showers. Registered guests are also welcome to cook on the propane BBQ outside the building. In addition to WiFi, a projector and screen are available upon request for those requiring such amenities for conferences, meetings and classes.
All identical, each cabin is serviced with electricity for light and baseboard heat (off-season use only). Each cabin has a sitting area, as well as a non-serviced kitchen area with a full-sized fridge with freezer, as well as countertop, cupboards and shelves. Cabins have two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with a single bed bunked over a double bed. In addition, a pull-out single cot is available. While the maximum occupancy of each cabin is set at five persons, recommended occupancy is a comfortable 2-3 people/cabin.
A small sandy beach offers a safe area to swim that is defined with floating buoys in July and August. From June to October, a floating raft is in place nearby, or more adventurous swimmers can travel further across the deeper sections of the lake (pdf) to the east or north. Users swim at their own risk, however, as the beach at Elbow Lake is unsupervised.
Finger docks at the waterfront provide an ideal launching point for our fleet of nine tandem canoes, all of which are available for use by registered guests from May through October. All boats carry the required safety equipment; paddles and PFDs of various sizes are available near the docks.
Although Elbow Lake has remained free from harmful, invasive Zebra Mussels (Dreissenia polymorpha), we need your cooperation to keep it that way! Do not bring outside boats or equipment into Elbow Lake, as these may contaminate its relatively pristine setting.
Relax and enjoy the outdoors in all weather and seasons from our screened gazebo!
Our log cabin Nature Centre is used by Eco-Adventure Camp and ELEEC for educational programming, and houses a small museum of displays and collections.
The Rec Hall is used by ELEEC staff as indoor teaching space for our educational programs.
Still under renovation, the Day Lodge building contains a kitchen, dining area, washroom, and fireplace lounge in a more intimate setting. Smaller groups of 10-12 people may occasionally be accommodated here, to alleviate congestion in the main Pavilion.
Relax and unwind after your busy day! Recreational opportunities abound at Elbow Lake: From exploring the property’s 8 km of pedestrian trail; to canoeing, swimming and fishing by the lake; to sports on the grassy field or socializing around the campfire at the communal firepit; to simply taking in the quiet beauty of the Frontenac Arch landscape. All registered users and program guests have access to all recreational amenities Elbow Lake has to offer.
Fishing at Elbow Lake is catch and release only, using barbless hooks and absolutely no live bait. Adherence with this policy is part of the privilege of fishing in the nature reserve.