Land O'Lakes - Cloyne, Tweed, Sharbot Lake , Ontario

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Land O'Lakes anchored by Cloyne, Tweed, Sharbot Lake

Fast Facts
  • Designated dark sky viewing area: far from the lights of the city the dark sky unveils the stars in a special way
  • Fishing, fishing, fishing
  • Snow, clean and white, clear and bright

Land O’ Lakes

Raw unspoiled cottage country, lakes as deep as the mountains that rise from the shore, beaches, rivers, hiking trails, and when it snows it really snows! Sunsets to set your heart a fire and a dark night sky that lets the stars shine bright. There is a series of communities offering provisions and services for the folks that live throughout this magnificent rugged countryside, a waterfront hunters paradise blessed with over 5,000 lakes.

Cloyne: A small village in the township of Addington Highlands, Lennox and Addington County, is located on Highway 41 about 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of Kaladar at the crossroads of Highways 41  and 7,  and  43 kilometres (27 mi)  south of Denbigh. Snowmobilers, cottagers, boaters, fishermen and campers enjoying Bon Echo Provincial Park head to Cloyne for small shops, groceries, antiques, hardware, gas, hunting and fishing gear. Looking for your waterfront dream? A modern well equipped waterfront year round home can be had on Mazinaw Lake for $495,000.

Tweed: An amalgamated municipality comprising the former Village of Tweed and the former Townships of Hungerford and Elzevir & Grimsthorpe in the County of Hastings. The village of Tweed is located on Hwy 37 just south of Hwy 7,  it is home to Stoco Lake part of the Moira River system (note to fisherman: dig out your muskie and black crappie lures and hang on!) Restaurants, shopping, provisioning available. The average price of a home is $250,000 while waterfront ranges from $350,000 and up.

Sharbot Lake:Found via Highway 38 just south of 7 offers a pharmacy, grocery, bank, medical clinic, law office, real estate services, and public library. The local post office services the village with lock boxes.

Bright Development ideas in Land O’ Lakes

Mark Snider, a professional land use planner, designed, project managed and now owns Kennebec Shores located off  Hwy 7 west of Hwy 38, one km north on Henderson Road visit Kennebec Shores or contact Mark at tel. 343.363.4446.

The Kennebec Shores story began around 2006.  After being involved with the creation and success of , Badour Farm Waterfront Community, Mark was asked to find another quality property for a second project. But how do you find hundreds of acres of land on a large pristine lake, accessible from good public roads in this day and age?  And so the search began. 

After dozens of candidate sites were explored,  250 acres of gorgeous rolling land with almost a mile of excellent shoreline on big, beautiful Kennebec Lake appeared in the Land O’ Lakes.  With access right off of Highway 7, it was perfect.  So how could this piece of heaven remain untouched all these years?  It was owned by someone who recognized its recreational value and operated a cross-country ski resort on the site since the 1960s.  At one point there was even a lift on the highest hill for alpine skiing. The property was purchased in 2010.

It was time to get to work. Creating a new waterfront community in our modern regulatory environment is no small task.  The subdivision was the first to be subject to the stringent requirements of Central Frontenac Township’s new Official Plan.  Working closely with the Township and the Kennebec Lake Association throughout the development approval process proved successful. The subdivision was carefully designed to respect sensitive natural features and to ensure the long-term sustainability of the lake.  Recognizing the incredible recreational potential of the hills, ponds, scenic lookouts, and network of trails,  almost two-thirds of the property was turned over to the Township for parkland.   

Frontenac County approved the subdivision on February 20, 2014.  Kennebec Shores Waterfront Community was born. The County’s decision followed completion of extensive studies and reports, and review by the Township and numerous government agencies.  Reports were completed on archaeology, lake impacts, environmental impacts, land use planning, hydrogeology and terrain analysis, stormwater management and drainage, and traffic impacts, to name a few.  A land stewardship manual was prepared with specific information on the Kennebec Lake area that will be provided to each lot purchaser.

Municipalities have become increasingly concerned about the quality of roads servicing waterfront developments.  In Central Frontenac, new subdivision roads must be four-season, paved, and of a high design standard.  This can be a challenge in the rugged lands of the Canadian Shield.  Nordic Road, named in recognition of the site’s history, exceeds these standards and follows a route that respects the character of the landscape.  Building sites have also been carefully chosen and prepared in locations offering optimal privacy, ease of construction, and access to the shore.

The road is now built, then paving and preparing driveways.  The hydro lines were strung in the spring and high speed internet and phone lines are coming in now.  As exciting as it is to see the physical work being completed, what will be most satisfying in the coming years is seeing bicycles roll down Nordic Road, hikers follow the wooded trails, and hearing the distant sounds of families enjoying the lake. That’s what memories are made of! visit Kennebec Shores or contact Mark at tel 343-363-4446.