History of Olive the Lake
Welcome to Olive the Lake - a cottage experience. Olive the Lake was created in in 2008. However, the camp goes back much further than that. Previously it has been known as Camp Richfield. It was originally built in the 1930's as a logging camp and a place to sleep while workers were clearing the highway to Northern Ontario.
Highway 11 was first called Ferguson highway, and that old road runs right by our property. The lodge ran for many years under an owner with the last name "Richardson". Why did they name it Camp Richfield? Back in the 40's the lake we are located on was called "Field Lake" not "Olive". Mr Richardson merged the name Richardson and Field lake to call it Camp Richfield. Neat!
What did they do during the winter? Camp Richfield in the 60's was a booming business during the winter. They built an "Ice Station". The family would cut cubes of ice out the lake and sell it to Northern Ontario freezers. We still have one of the freezers here in the Drop Shot General Store.
Sled dogs were also bred and raised on one of our islands for many years. Some remnants of their stay are still here today, and you can see the old doghouses and bowls if you know where to look!
Many guests from years ago have signed their name and catch on the interior walls of our fish hut, check it out when you're cleaning your catch.