|7274 ON-534, Restoule, ON P0H 2R0, Canada|
Bing & Dianne Hoddinott
Some 65 miles southwest of North Bay lies Restoule. A small community between two lakes (Commanda to the south and Restoule to the north), Restoule was an Aboriginal camp ground. It is thought that the name Restoule was adapted by the local natives from the name of a trader in the area. It is not known when this was, but the Dokis Reserve to the west was signed for in the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850.
The land was declared suitable of agriculture by the government of Ontario, and was advertised as “open for settlement” by the Free Land Grant of 1868. Fifteen acres of land could be had for cultivation so long as it was cleared by anyone over the age of eighteen. That individual also had to build a home within five years.
Nowadays, Restoule and the surrounding area is a hotspot for cottages. It is not as popular as areas like Muskoka due to its distance from southern Ontario, but many still enjoy the area. To the west lies Bear Valley, Golden Valley, Arnstein, Loring and Port Loring. Port Loring, in particular, has strong ties to its heritage; descendants of the founding families still call it home. All of these communities are a part of the Ontario Federation Snowmobile Trail System, and visitors and locals alike enjoy adventuring on well-groomed trails.
To the north is Restoule Provincial Park, surrounding Restoule Lake. Visitors can partake in activities like biking, fishing, hiking, hunting and more. The lake and its surrounding waters are home to a variety of species, including lake trout, pike, large and smallmouth bass and more. With over 2600 hectares of land and water to explore, there’s something for everyone in the area.