The main lodge was completely redesigned to include a full-scale banquet kitchen capable of simultaneously servicing the new pub, two outdoor patios, the existing restaurant, and various events in the rentable space on the second level.
The iconic Opinicon Resort was a renovation project on a massive scale. It included an overhaul of the main lodge, 15 cabins and the ice cream shop. The site features 13 acres occupied by 30 different buildings.
What was once a fishing lodge and known as the "Great Dame" of the Rideau Canal, was transformed into a resort for vacationing families. The first phase of construction at the Opinicon Resort was completed in the summer of 2015.
Design Insight - Revamped
Old World Charm
The original dining room was remodeled while maintaining its original charm and character.
A New Watering Hole
A pub was added onto the resort to cater to the cottagers and boaters along the Rideau Canal waterways. It is furnished with custom designed banquets and bar that are reminiscent of an old English aesthetic.
"The team has vision, loads of talent, a deep understanding of the fundamentals and a keen desire to deliver outstanding projects."
The sunken lounge next to the Tiki Bar views out to the Opinicon Lake. Guests can socialize and play games in this space that features works by local artists.
Design Insight - Ice Cream Shop
The 1950's style ice cream shop is well loved by generations of locals. Iconic elements from the original shop were restored in the renovation - including the mint-green walls, the prized taxidermy fish, the water skis and the bar stools.
All 15 of the existing cabins were retrofitted to allow for comfortable stays for overnight guests.
Families and visitors have vacationed at the Opinicon Resort for generations. The Resort is a treasured place for many.
"Linebox has been able to harmonize the historic core of the century-old resort and restaurant with modern necessities in a manner that respects the past, yet provides space for building a strong future in the community".
Photographer: Union Eleven
Construction: DW Martin