About Us

The French Family

Our commitment to excellence

The property was purchased from the MNR in 1999 by then owners Larry and Jan. Recently, their son Mike, took over operations and imprinted on the business. The existing buildings remain intact with an incredible amount of hard work and commitment poured into establishing a new bench mark for a unique wilderness experience.

With over 30 years of experience owning and operating French's group home, the French family is well accustomed to dealing with and delivering programming. Their son Mike has pursued a path of education and culture, but ultimately remained passionate about teaching in a wilderness environment. Larry and Mike chased a dream while Jan anchored the ship and continued the tradition of assisting children and families in need. Spirit Point, although a distinct entity, builds off the reputation and the dedication to service which has been the main stay of the French family. After over a decade of blood, sweat and tears we are excited to build upon new memories, which will carry through for generations to come.

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Picture of the plaque that contains the poem "Spirit Point" written by Jan French

Spirit Point
Written by Jan French

Dedicated to Larry and Mike French
December 2007

Born of Native roots, with a wilderness soul,
They had both searched for something, that would make them feel whole.
They said their need was to live in the forest, with a lake for canoes,
Far from the civilized world, with vacant land they could use.

The father, born in the city, still hankered for more.
The son, well schooled and travelled, remained red neck to the core.
Then one day, out of the blue, their search was completed.
The MNR deemed the use of their Junior Ranger Camp “deleted”.

The old buildings were dusty, the brown siding well faded.
They both saw it as a gem, whilst I was jaded.
With no money we bought it and the hard work began,
But it was never too much for the son or the man.

Their commitment was contagious and I too joined their plight,
Working many long days and often into the night.
Always hoping and praying that someone would see,
We needed financial assistance to make Spirit Point “be”.
We sold much that we owned and mortgaged the rest,
While continuing to work, the thing we had come to know best.
Never compromising, wavering, or giving into the pain,
That plagued us mentally and physically, time and time again.

The trees they felled themselves and the big red tower was erected,
Which of course, was a much bigger chore than they’d expected.
When over 25,000 feet of log siding was milled, the nailing began
Proving once more, that nothing seemed too much, for the son and the man.

The inside and outside, all completed with their own hands,
Following a vision, that did not come, with any blue prints or plans.
The changes, the hiccups, the things that went wrong,
Quite honestly, I find it all worthy, of poem or song.

The scary times we’ll remember, the “wolves at the door”.
I could go on and on, cause there’s really much more.
Ten years in the making and their dream is finally complete,
For two men and the occasional helper, it was quite a feat.

Now as we open the doors to share “A Family Dream”,
Hopefully, you can feel a little of what transpired, behind the scene.
We welcome you all, sincerely hoping, that you enjoy your stay.
And as for us, we wouldn’t want it “any other way”

Picture of Hinsburger Lake as seen from Spirit PointSpirit Point is a multi-use year round wilderness facility, existing entirely off the grid. Located on a private lake just on the edge of Algonquin Park creates the perfect setting for an exclusive wilderness experience. Spirit Point can currently accommodate 68 guests in luxury with the potential for an additional 50+ people in our rustic tent area. Providing programming and workshops to educational institutions, clubs and public sector organizations seeking to develop and broaden their understanding of Aboriginal culture. The location also serves as a prime destination for groups seeking wilderness adventure through outdoor experiential activities and for a unique location to host both corporate and private functions.

Building off the legacy left behind from prior groups and individuals, Spirit Point resonates as a very special place where this positive energy is apparent and tangible. Hospitality is the key to our success, as every group feels welcome and at home. Great home style cooking, comfortable accommodations and a beautiful location create the most unforgettable experiences.

Spirit Point is currently focused on three distinct areas of business:

  1. Providing conferencing and lodging services to:
    1. First Nation organizations that implement their own educational/training programs targeted at Aboriginal and other groups.
    2. Groups seeking an authentic Canadian rustic experience. These include a wide variety of clubs and organizations.
  2. Exclusive rental of the facility for private events such as weddings, reunions, retreats and to other outfitters who lack the infrastructure to accommodate large groups.
  3. Customized experiential programs which are focused on team building and leadership.

 

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