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A Waterfront Community is Born: the Kennebec Shores Story

The Kennebec Shores story began around 2006. After being involved with the creation and success of one of Ontario`s premier lakeside subdivisions, Badour Farm Waterfront Community, I was asked to find another quality property for a second project. But how do you find hundreds of acres of land on a large pristine lake, accessible from good public roads in this day and age? And so the search began.
After dozens of candidate sites were explored, we came upon 250 acres of gorgeous rolling land with almost a mile of excellent shoreline on big, beautiful Kennebec Lake. And, with access right off of Highway 7, it was perfect. So how could this piece of heaven remain untouched all these years? It was owned by someone who recognized its recreational value and operated a cross-country ski resort on the site since the 1960s. At one point there was even a lift on the highest hill for alpine skiing. We bought the property in the winter of 2010.
It was time to get to work. Creating a new waterfront community in our modern regulatory environment is no small task. The subdivision was the first to be subject to the stringent requirements of Central Frontenac Township’s new Official Plan. We worked closely with the Township and the Kennebec Lake Association throughout the development approval process. The subdivision was carefully designed to respect sensitive natural features and to ensure the long-term sustainability of the lake. Recognizing the incredible recreational potential of the hills, ponds, scenic lookouts, and network of trails, we decided to give almost two-thirds of the property to the Township for parkland.
Frontenac County approved our subdivision on February 20, 2014. Kennebec Shores Waterfront Community was born. The County’s decision followed completion of extensive studies and reports, and review by the Township and numerous government agencies. We completed reports on archaeology, lake impacts, environmental impacts, land use planning, hydrogeology and terrain analysis, stormwater management and drainage, and traffic impacts, to name a few. We also prepared a land stewardship manual with specific information on the Kennebec Lake area that will be provided to each lot purchaser.
Municipalities have become increasingly concerned about the quality of roads servicing waterfront developments. In Central Frontenac, new subdivision roads must be four-season, paved, and of a high design standard. This can be a challenge in the rugged lands of the Canadian Shield. Nordic Road, named in recognition of the site’s history, exceeds these standards and follows a route that respects the character of the landscape. Building sites have also been carefully chosen and prepared in locations offering optimal privacy, ease of construction, and access to the shore.
We are thrilled as we watch our community take shape. The road is now built and we look forward to paving it once more work is done preparing driveways. The hydro lines were strung in the spring and high speed internet and phone lines are coming in September. As exciting as it is to see the physical work being completed, what I look forward to most in the coming years is seeing bicycles roll down Nordic Road, hikers follow our wooded trails, and hearing the distant sounds of families enjoying the lake. That’s what memories are made of!