Whiteshell Business: West Hawk Lake Resort

011It’s a cozy cabin to come back to after a long snowmobile ride; it’s a place to get together with friends and family; it’s a beautiful deck to sit on and enjoy the summer day; it’s all at West Hawk Lake Resort.

002Located in the recently upgraded West Hawk town site, West Hawk Lake Resort offers a variety of cozy cabins that are in close proximity to West Hawk’s beach, hiking trails, snowmobile trail, and all of the West Hawk businesses.

West Hawk Lake Resort offers a variety of one, two, and three bedroom cabins that are available for rent year-round, including the feature Deluxe One Bedroom cabin that includes a wood-burning fire stove and a two-person jacuzzi hot tub.

The living room of the Deluxe One Bedroom cabin.

The living room of the Deluxe One Bedroom cabin.

Cabin9ajcuzz Each cabin at West Hawk Lake Resort includes:

• Queen size beds
• Fully equipped kitchens with microwaves
• Full bathrooms
• Satellite TV and DVD players
• High speed Wi-Fi available
• Gas barbecues
• Picnic tables
• Sundeck
• Outdoor fire pit



Cabin four living room.

West Hawk Lake Resort also has a grocery store, movie rentals, and a beer and liquor vendor. There is a playground available for all cabin renters, so you’re kids can have fun while Mom & Dad relax on the deck.

West Hawk Lake Resort store front.

West Hawk Lake Resort store front.

History of West Hawk Lake Resort

Originally known as the Holiday Resort, West Hawk Lake Resort was built in the early 1930s by O.C. Nellis and his family, who had come to camp in the area during the summer of 1932. The Nellis family loved the area so much, they decided to call West Hawk Lake home.

The first summer the family stayed there, which was also the first summer the original Highway 1 opened (now Highway 44), they camped on the spot where the store is now located and sold hotdogs from there. When the fall came, the Nellis family bought lumber and built a large building which housed the store, a restaurant, a post office, and living quarters for the family.

As stated in Olive Zimmerman’s History and Folklore of the Whiteshell Park South, the first school classes in the area were held in that building. The post office there was also the first in the area, and the mail came to Ingolf, Ontario and was then brought across West Hawk Lake by boat. In the winter months, someone walked across the lake by snowshoes to get the mail to the post office. Eventually the Nellis family built cabins and named the business Holiday Resort.

In 1957, under different ownership, a four-motel unit was built and the resort was renamed to the West Hawk Motel. In the 1970s, under the ownership of Bert and Noreen Vinet, the older cabins were replaced with larger, newer cabins and the store and the living quarters were also renovated. On August 1, 1974, the first year-round liquor vendor in the area was opened as part of the store.

Today, West Hawk Lake Resort is owned by Keith and Shannon Henwood, and features ten cozy cabins, a store, a liquor and beer vendor, and a playground.

For more information, rates, or to book a cabin, visit whlr.ca or call 1(204)349-2244.

— Written/Complied by Marney Blunt. With files from Olive Zimmerman.

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