Ridgeview Retreat overlooks Shadow Lake on the north end of the lake, within walking distance of the town of Norland. 

About Us

Our family has been on Shadow Lake for over 40 years. We would like to share our love of the area with you and will do our best to make your stay wonderful. 


"When I arrive in Norland, my worries fall away. I leave refreshed and ready to face the working world again."

"There's such an excellent view from Ridgeview. It makes me feel on top of the world."


We think you'll be head-over-heels enjoying yourself!


Ridgeview Retreat has 2 bedrooms and a loft, all with queen-sized beds.


Maximum 6 people
No smoking anywhere on the property.
One dog is welcome if s/he follows house rules.


All rentals from June to September are weekly. Please check our VRBO sitefor current rates.

Long weekend rentals are minimum of 3 days.

Check-in is at 4pm. Check-out at 12 noon.

At Shadow Lake your cares drift away

Cottage Details

  • 2 ground-floor bedrooms (queen-size beds), each with windows on two sides and a ceiling fan
  • loft with a window and queen-size bed overlooks the living room
  • large living room with TV
  • wrap-around porch provides spots for quiet reading, playing board games, or doing jig-saw puzzles
  • lots of screened windows provide flow-through breezes, supplemented on still days with ceiling fans
  • bright bathroom with modern, walk-in shower 
  • large modern kitchen with stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher, gas and charcoalbarbecue outside kitchen
  • new deck, gazebo, and outdoor dining furniture (2015)

Property Details

  • Lakefront property on a secluded deep lake on the Gull River system
  • Steep driveway up to cottage and stairs down to lake - may not be suitable for families with small children (but great exercise for others)
  • Lot is south-facing and very sunny but private with mature trees
  • Clear view of night sky for star-gazing
  • Sand beach with weed-free walk-in; no diving
  • Boathouse and dock (boat launch on river)
  • Canoe, sailboats (Laser, Albacore) available - you must provide PFDs and proof of proficiency
  • Excellent fishing on sandbar about 50' off shore (fishers found there most mornings) - you must bring own equipment and licenses

Shadow Lake

Ridgeview Retreat is at 108 Shadow Lake Rd 3, Norland, Ontario K0M 2L0.

Shadow Lake is in the Kawartha Lakes

Shadow Lake is a natural lake and is quite deep at the center. It is good for fishing, swimming, boating,  and water recreation.

Although not directly connected to the Trent system, our lake is considered a "flow-through" lake and the water levels vary depending on the needs of the Trent.

We are members of the Shadow Lakes Association which monitors our water levels and water quality as well as installing rock and channel markers in the lake in the spring.

Shops and Facilities nearby...

South to Coboconk (10 min)
  • Foodland
  • Beer Store
  • LCBO
  • CIBC
  • Home Hardware
  • Rona
  • Thomson's Marine
  • The Gull's Nest
  • The Pattie House
North to Minden (25 min): 
  • Kawartha Dairy - watch for the cow on the roof!
  • No Frills
  • Beer Store
  • LCBO
  • TD Canada Trust
  • Home Hardware
  • Canadian Tire


Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park one of the most diverse and least disturbed natural areas found in Central Ontario

Kirkfield Lift Locks (10 min west of Coboconk) is the second highest hydraulic lift lock in the world. 

Fenelon Falls (15 min south of Coboconk): more locks and tourist boutiques and restaurants. There's also a Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, grocery store, beer store and LCBO but Coboconk is closer to Norland if that's what you're looking for.
Highlands Cinema (20 min east in Kinmount) shows first run movies in smaller theatres furnished with seats from original movie theatres from around North America. The owner, Keith Strata, has taken his love of movies and movie memorabilia and extended his home into the surrounding woods to create five theatres and a museum that are open to the public only during cottage season. Leave at least 30 minutes for touring the museum. 


Norland: The Links at Monck's Landing is a family-run operation started a few years ago by our neighbor. It's become one of our favorites.

Minden: Beaverbrook is right in the heart of Minden and Blairhampton is about 10 minutes north of Minden.

Fenelon Falls: Byrnell Golf Club is located on the road on the way into Fenelon Falls from Norland. 

This property has one of the original cottages on the lake, dating from the 1920’s and, as such, in our opinion, is built at one of the best locations on the lake.  Although it’s a climb up the stairs to get to the cottage from the beach, the view from the porch and yard is worth it.  Also, being set back from the water, the yard is quite private and is screened by trees and fencing.

The cottage was renovated approximately 20 years ago to be a four-season home, but it still retains its character. The original wrap-around porch was enclosed with windows that bring in sunshine and can be opened to allow breezes to naturally cool the cottage on warmer days. It provides several areas for reading, playing board games, or doing jig-saw puzzles. We renovated the bedrooms in 2014 to improve the sound barrier between the rooms (drywall and insulation instead of just plywood).  

The kitchen is fairly modern with newer appliances and is well-stocked with appliances, dishes, pots, pans and utensils that should satisfy most needs.  Many prefer to use the gas barbecue, however, and plan their menus around it. In 2015 we added a 12' x 20' deck with a new screened gazebo and outdoor dining set for a perfect spot for outdoor meals or you can bring the food straight in from the barbecue by the screened door into the dining room.

The local grocery store in Coboconk caters to the summer cottage traffic and has a good selection of meat for the grill. The beer store is right next door to the grocery store and the LCBO is just around the corner.

The waterfront faces southeast and warms up quickly in the morning.  Early morning coffee or tea at the lakeside, while the water is still calm, is our favorite part of the day.  The ducks passing by will stop for stale bread, if offered. 

The cottage has a steep driveway with space for one car at the top and one at the bottom of the slope and stairs up to the cottage.

A canoe and a rowboat are available for your use.  Life jackets are not supplied so bring your own.  

Ridgeview Retreat

Open from July 1, 2017 to September 9, 2017.

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