Welcome to Porter Lake Wilderness Retreat, your natural getaway in the quiet calm of an off-grid cabin on an undisturbed private lake.

Here is one of our many reviews of what it’s like back at Porter.

“Our stay at the cabin was incredible. We arrived and found that the location and cabin were exactly as described. The one thing the description failed to capture is just how beautiful and quiet the location is. We (myself and 2 co-workers) went to the cabin to unplug and relax for a couple of nights and were able to do just that. We were amazed at just how private the lake is. I wouldn’t hesitate to book the cabin again and will likely do so in the future. ”

Your turn could be next.

Stretch out in front of the wood stove or on the screened-in porch to enjoy the view across the lake at windswept pines, hemlocks and cedars. Better yet, jump in or wet a paddle in Porter Lake, a spring-fed back-country jewel on the outer edge of the French River water basin.

Access to the cabin is via a floating corduroy road, viable for a four-by-four vehicle three months of the year, but we recommend walking the mile back through long-abandoned homesteads and the farm fields of your host Peter Learn, a seasoned traveller who takes pride in his guests’ enjoyment.

Book now with Airbnb to spend some time on Porter Lake’s two miles of secluded shoreline. 

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About Porter Lake


Porter Lake

  • Latitude:  45° 59′ 52.7″ (45.998°) north
  • Longitude:  79° 47′ 15.4″ (79.7876°) west
  • Elevation:  260 metres (853 feet)

It was 1988 when a red Forerunner bounced Greg Cromwell’s heart into this remote corner of Northern Ontario bush and left it there. At the time there was no cabin, barely a clearing and a road carved through the gravel banks of the granite ridge.

Through fast friendships, rugby bull dog determination, focus from his bride Alison and inspiration from Porter herself, the cabin and trails took hold on the old homestead parcel of land. Coming in the road the remains of the original homestead log barn can clearly be seen atop a hill overlooking the sawmill site where only the pond to power it remains.

Today Alison and Greg call Australia home allowing others to retreat to Porter Lake where their friend of nearly 30 years, Peter Learn greets them at the neighbouring family farm.

Born and raised on a farm with thousands of acres of bush for a backyard, a more seasoned guide than Pete won’t be found in the area.

Your host and guide


We are proud to offer new mattresses and box springs to make sure you don’t miss a wink of sleep in the off-grid cabin. The washroom is outside but it’s civilized, we promise.

A wood heating stove compliments the propane cooking stove in the kitchen with gravity-fed water and propane lights. Or try baking a pie on the screened-in front porch barbecue. Better yet do it on the campfire, we dare you.


Swimming, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, skiing, fishing, hiking, fishing, bird watching, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, trail riding, snowmobiling, yoga and of course just relaxing. If there’s something specific you’d like a hand with, give us some notice and we’d be happy to see what we can do.


Get in Touch

  • Peter Learn and Greg Cromwell
  • Porter Lake Inc.
  • 506 Hawthorne Drive, Restoule, Ontario
  • +1 (705) 493-2311
  • greg@cromwellfarms.com

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