This is another post on Treeline Lodge, the lodge I spent a few summers at as a teenager. You can read my introduction to the lodge here, but basically it is a Tourism/Outpost Camp 150 miles north of Yellowknife, NT in the Arctic Tundra.
I’m going to try to describe the actual lodge in this post. I attempted to get an image from Google Maps, but do to it location, in the middle of nowhere, the quality stinks. I’ll start with everything that was within the “bear fence”, which was basically an electric wired fence that was meant to slow a bear down enough it can be dealt with.
First was the kitchen building, which was a long rectangle building. One entrance at the front of the building and another at the back for the cook and staff. As you walked in there were 4 large picnic styled tables with benches around them for camp residents to eat meals. About mid way down the building you would approach a built-in serving countertop, where residents would get their meals. As you went into the kitchen you would find an industrial sized grill and oven – I mean some means eggs on that grill. On the other side was an industrial sized sink, with countertop scattered throughout. There was also a large island table in the middle of the kitchen. As you passed through the kitchen you would walk into the pantry, with a big built-in, walk-in fridge on you right and freezers on the left.
Running parallel off the right side of the kitchen building were two building for sleeping quarters. Each building had 12 rooms with two beds in each room and a hallway running down the middle. They were very basic rooms, each bed with closet and bedside table.
Attached to the lodging building closest to the bear fence was a hallway that lead to a few different places. The first was the fully functioning bathrooms and laundry room. Each bathroom (Men/Women) was fitted with actual toilets, sinks with running water and showers. If you made a left turn while going down the hallway you would pass a very small room which housed two very large water tanks. These tanks – which I had to fill from the lake on a daily basis – were for drinking and washing water. Water was pumped from a clean lake and then filtered to the max and then pumped into the hot water tank or throughout the buildings. Continuing down the hallway would get you to the final room. This room was the rec room. There was a small library, a few table games and SATELLITE TV. The TV was a big deal, guys would come in from the field and this is where they would ended up after supper. The other reason that made this room unique was it 25ft (I don’t actually know) ceiling. I never did know why it was so high. At one point I thought it was because someone might have wanted to build a second floor, but I never found out.
As I have become long winded about the Lodge, I’ll break this into two posts.