Thank you to Lois Yantha of Barry’s Bay for sharing these materials from the original Gun Mountain Lodge “back in the day.”
Current contributor Gil Glofcheskie remembers Gun Mountain Lodge well. He was in a unique position to earn some cash during his school years and recalls, “My Dad was the guide at the Lodge. I helped him out some times. I also skinned bear for hunters, handled the dogs during the deer hunt, and placed hunters on stands.”
Asked for his Lodge memories, Glofcheskie replied, “Adventures of a life time — way too many to express.” Some of those adventures: Meeting people from the States. Their generosity to me. Trips into the park where we caught 5 lb speckles. About the Lodge owners, he said, “Lovely folks who treated me well, helped form my ideas about people and helped influence my life. Made me possibly a little more worldly – hopefully.”
Who were those “lovely folks?”
Alliene Fenwick (nee Tate) 1912-1996 was the force behind Gun Mountain Lodge.
I first knew Alliene Fenwick in the summer of 1965 when I was working at the Tourist Information Bureau, a small building that was set up in front of the old arena where ValuMart is now located. She was operating Gun Mountain Lodge. I often wonder how she ended up in Renfrew County. She was a very strong business person who seemed to have the correct take on anything that came up in the realm of tourism.
That view was widely shared. For example, Fenwick was on the Board of Directors of Mount Madawaska co-operative ski hill. A news report of the grand opening in February 1971 ended with the words: “But there was a special ovation for Mrs. Alliene Fenwick, to whom goes the credit for the original idea …”
Fenwick’s obituary explained that although she was born in Tennessee, her business career progressed to marketing director for a major firm in Cleveland. She put those talents to use promoting tourism in the Madawaska Valley where she built and operated Gun Mountain Lodge (later called Gun Mountain Chateau). After a lengthy illness, she passed away in 1996 in Nepean.
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