If you are planning to go to the Voyageurs’ Lodge for one of those famous apple fritters before season closing on October 11th, you’ll only be able to do take-out.
In a Facebook post, the lodge has decided to do take out services until October 11th due to recent spike in COVID-19 cases. The full post follows below:
Dear Voyageur Friends and Customers:
In light of the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in Ontario, Gail and I, and our staff, have decided to finish the Cookhouse season off with Take Out only. Take out only will begin this Monday Sept. 21st (hey the first day of fall), and continue until we close the Cookhouse on Sunday Oct. 11th.
With the more than tripling of cases in Ontario in the last 3 weeks to over 400 daily, we feel it is the responsible thing to do for the safety of our staff and customers. We recognize that many of these cases are in larger population centres, but here at the lodge on the Trans Canada highway, we serve travellers from all over Canada everyday.
Our staff have remained safe and healthy through the last 5 months of serving Canadians, and we really want to finish the year off on that note. They have worked tirelessly with masks and shields on, sanitizing tables and chairs and equipment continuously, and monitoring the social distancing of guests. We will continue to offer our great burgers and fish dinners in a take out manner, and we will ensure that our lodge guests are fed with meals to go back to their rooms at night. The Take Out service at the Cookhouse will be open daily from 11:30am till 7:00pm, and you can call in, order online, or order in person.
All motel lodge guests will be given a complimentary morning package with a muffin, juice, fruit and yogurt – so that they can start their day off with some nourishment.
This is a big decision taken by us, and it comes after alot of thought and discussion with our staff. We feel it is the best thing for us to do right now at this moment in the Pandemic.
Our General Store/Agency Store will still be open daily from 8am till 7pm, and our guest rooms are still available for travellers. Our Apple Fritters are still being sold daily but you can expect that by 2-3pm they will be sold out.
River Rock Gifts will be open Thurs. – Sunday from 11am till 6pm for the next few weekends, and again will be watching Covid movements to make decisions there.
We remind all guests who go indoors into one of our shops that masks are required, social distance from others, and sanitize your hands upon entry.
The fall colours this year are amazing, (and in full bloom right now) and we encourage all of you to make your yearly pilgrimage up the north shore to see the trees in their fantastic reds and golds.
Thank you so much for your understanding of our decision at this time. We have been so grateful for your support since this all started, and we wish all of you health and safe being while we proceed through this second wave.
Cheers to all of you and stay well.
Frank and Gail and the Voyageurs’ Team