Welcome to Meech Lake Retreat

Hello, thanks for stopping by to view our quiet oasis just a short 20 minute drive north of Ottawa, Canada. We purchased in 1998 and have enjoyed every minute since; the lake, the drive along the lake, the trail cycling/hiking, the proximity to world-class dining, the BBQs and the relaxing in the garden with a glass of wine. With a two-acre lot there is lots of room for the kids to run around. I love a full, flowering garden, so we have planted cultivated flowers but also allow the wild ones to stay so it’s always a surprise to see what colours there will be each year. All the photos on this site have been taken on our property by ©www.wpmcelligott.com Enjoy!

Click here to see what activities and points of interest are available within walking distance or a short drive of Meech Lake Retreat.

Originally built as a summer home, this county home is easily accessible by car and has lots of parking by the house. The large, private property features a large patio with BBQ and sweeping lawns & gardens leading down to Meech Lake. The lake front has a short set of stairs leading down to a seating area and the docks. There is a canoe and two kayaks available for use. The lake has few motor boats so it’s perfect for swimming and paddling.

The house, with its period construction, timber beam details and spectacular gardens, is an ideal setting from which to enjoy not only the lake, but the beauty and splendor of the Gatineau Park, Chelsea and the attractions of downtown Ottawa.

Situated beside cycling trails and some of the best hiking trails in the region Meech Lake Retreat is only a 25 minute drive to some of Canada’s renown National museums and galleries.

A morning adventure to Ottawa’s By Ward Market or National Art Gallery and an afternoon on the dock sipping a cocktail or kayaking is so easy from here. For a closer adventure take a 10-minute drive to Chelsea, home of le Spa Nordik offering complete pampering and a unique day spa experience.

Grocery shopping in Chelsea is a gastronomic delight featuring world class take-out foods from Les Fougeres, Le Boucanerie, The Old Chelsea Market, Le Resto, Pizza Luigi’s and Chelsea Schwarma. For your staples we have a unique Fresh Mart which carries a large assortment of organic and gluten free foods.

The kitchen is fully equipped with pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, refrigerator/freezer, a gas range, microwave oven, a chest freezer & drinks fridge and washer/dryer. Outdoors, there is a large stone patio with BBQ and seating surrounded by gardens, mature trees and a large lawn. The Sun Room is on the south-east side of the house  – perfect for a quiet breakfast or afternoon read. All bedding and towels are provided.


View of landing dock and floating dock with shade tree.

Morning sun on floating dock from landing dock.

View of the property from the garden.