Near Westport,in Ontario, Canada, lies a camp of cottages...
on Bob's Lake. It was built in the 30's or 40's I believe by the Broughtons. They were my great-aunt's aunt and uncle. I'm not sure when, but my Great-Uncle and Aunt ended up getting it and still own it to this day.
There are a number of cottages, with their rustic charm, and each one has a toilet room and a varying number of bedrooms. There is a shower for the men and shower for the women connected to the main lodge, so you have to go out side of your cottage to get there. Hey, I said the place was rustic. Nevertheless, the campground as a whole feels like 1960s fishing camp heaven.
What does one do at Bowers Camp, you wonder? Well, since my family has gone here many many times (every few years since I was 2 years old, and then since 2001 or so every year except this summer), we have experienced all kinds of weather and all the things you can do there. Now remember, this is supposed to be vacation, so yes there isn't like nightlife or something in Maberly, Ontario:-)
There is a little general store where we'd get icecream, and we'd go into Westport for shopping and dinner one night during the week, but other than that, you go out on the boat and catch a ton of pan fish and swim and clean the fish and then eat the fish. Then drink beer (if there was any left after frying the fish in it) and play cards. We've also watched movies on dad's laptop before. It may not sound like fun for everyone, but I have enjoyed all 9 times I've gone.
There have been times where you could drop your line in the water with no bait and catch a beautiful rock bass or sunfish. Or, catch a nasty pike and try to get him off the hook...have fun with that!
The scenery is beautiful, all the pines and little islands in the lake make for excellent hideaway coves to fish in. The lake is also like glass- you can ski, tube, swim and it's like a pool- only a tad murky;-)
I have many fond memories of this place. Many include falling off the floating docks into the water, falling down the huge hill to get to those docks, feeding the raccoons, fending off the mosquitoes, waiting for the showers to become vacant. Hearing the loons as I go to sleep on a pretty uncomfortable mattress, sorting food waste from trash from grease (for those loud pesky raccoons!), playing horseshoes up by the trash burning area. Laughing with my family, sometimes crying- since you're in such close quarters for a whole week! Regardless, I'm hoping to take my husband and my son there next year to experience the Canadian wild that I've grown up loving.
Bowers Camp on Bob's Lake in pictures...
Kraig Herbert on June 10, 2017:
I have a lot of fond memories at bowers camp, I spent a great deal of my summers at bowers. vacation always started with the first two weeks of july , that was timkens shutdown were my dad worked, then back home for a week or two and back to bowers camp with my grandparents celyon and gladys miller for anywhere from three to five more weeks of vacation time. I do miss skiing on water that is like glass, as i am an avid boater still these days'
m,ildred davis on September 08, 2013:
enjoyed camp since 1948
Allison Rae (author) from Ashland, Ohio on February 02, 2013:
Hello everyone, I've started a Facebook page for sharing photos and memories of the camp: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bowers-Camp-on-Bobs...
Ed Eaken on October 01, 2012:
I still have the fondest memories of Bowers's camp. My very best to Dale and Helen. I'm 55 years young now and tell Dale some things never change (he'll understand).
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James Napier on April 03, 2012:
Hi Allison: Wow, your pictures bring back many childhood memories. My Mom and Dad, Howard and Margaret Napier used to go up every summer in the 70s and 80s. I have great memories of fishing for bass with my dad there. Please tell Dale and Helen my mom and dad says hi. Dad is 87 and mom is 86 this year. They are living with my sister in Chattanooga Tenn. now. I will show Dad this site.
Randy rininger on November 15, 2011:
Hi Steven, I'm with your grandfather in Brimfield Ohio. He said your camp had no web-site. We look on my iPhone. Nice camp. Your grandfather said he love you!!!!
Renee Birklund on July 18, 2011:
We loved this web site, you nailed it!! That is exactly how we would describe it. We have had 3 generations there at the same time and have many good memories!!
Debbie wallace on June 06, 2011:
Thanks for the reply! it is still nice to see that it is being used and appreciated by some anyway.
We'll keep our eye on it this summer and wave as we go by in the boat!
Enjoy your summer !!
Laura "Richuiti" McGing on June 03, 2011:
My family and I use to come up every year in the 8o's & 90's. Tell Dale and Helen a big Hello and hug. We were the Stitt's, Heim's, Richuiti's. Miss going there. I loved the pics and history.
Allison Rae (author) from Ashland, Ohio on April 19, 2011:
Debbie, (and Larry- sorry the reply is so late!)
Yes the camp is still operating, my aunt and uncle are getting up in age and they choose not to fill cabins every year since it's just the two of them taking care of the place. They have a few families and couples (including us!) that come back year after year. They really aren't taking any new people on anymore, I suppose unless they are guests of people they know just because of their age, I assume. Sometimes it's harder to take on a lot of change when in your late 70s! Thanks for the comments.
Debbie Wallace on April 19, 2011:
Hi there !
just came across your site... we have been on Bob's lake for the last 8 years on Mudd bay and have admiired Bowers camp every summer. e are only a two minute boat ride from there. Nice to see some pics and read a bit of history ! is the camp still operating? We have not seen many people there over the last few years.
Keep up the good work !
Larry Azbell on October 14, 2009:
Hi me and my family have been coming to bobs lake forlike 25 years now.....never heard of bowers tho...do you have a phone number and like a price range per week....thank you ......email firstname.lastname@example.org