Crowe Lake, Marmora's Secret

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario

Where do people who live in cottage country own their own cottages? Bet you never thought of that question before.

In the Quinte area we are surrounded by water on all sides. We have lakes, rivers, streams, and every type of fresh water body imaginable. You wouldn't think that folks who live here would have to own a cottage, but many do. Why not? the price of waterfront property is so reasonable in this area, why wouldn't you if you can afford it?

crowe lakeOne of the popular spots for locals is Crowe Lake near the little town of Marmora Ontario. Crowe Lake is a popular place in the summer. There are several camp grounds on the shores of this lake and there are all kinds of activities. Cottages on Crowe Lake range from the old fashioned smaller bunky type cottages all the way up to the upscale modern and very costly variety. It's a rather big lake, so there's something for everybody. The one thing everybody can share, no matter what their budget may be, is the spectacular view. It looks like a lake one would see in a beer commercial.

crowe lakeCrowe Lake is fed by the Crowe River which runs south from Bancroft and used to be a very important logging river. The logs would run down the river into Crowe Lake where some of them would be processed by the mills in Marmora and others would continue on down into the Trent River to Trenton. I have often thought that one of those fellows who reclaim old logs from the bottom of lakes and rivers would make a fortune around here.

crowe lakeIf you ever find yourself driving from Ottawa to Toronto (or vice versa) along highway 7, it would only be a five minute diversion for you. Marble Point Road, the road one takes to get to Crowe Lake runs right off of Highway 7 just a couple of hundred metres west of Marmora. It's worth a little side trip.

Crowe Lake is great for fishing and boating, and there's even a few sandy beaches for the swimmers in your family. The water is fresh and clean and on quiet days (such as the day I took these pictures) it reflects the clouds in the sky like a mirror.

If you are looking for a cottage on a lake with fresh clear blue water and you don't have a Muskoka kind of budget, then Crowe Lake might very well be the place for you. It's about two hours east of Toronto and two and a half hours west of Ottawa. Just take Highway 7 and you'll be there in no time. Call me when you get here though, I may have a couple of cottages to show you.


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Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

This really looks like a beautiful location and someplace I would love spending time during the summer!!!!

Nov 17, 2012 06:08 AM #1
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Malcolm, you definitely live in a lovely area!

Nov 17, 2012 08:33 AM #2
Paula Bradfield
Keller Williams Performance Realty - Salida, CO
Your Salida Colorado and Down Valley Realtor

Malcolm, I had no idea you lived in such an amazing area! wow. thanks for this post.. i love the photos. you have the water. we have the mountains, eh?

Nov 17, 2012 09:10 AM #3
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Woweee! Your photographs of Crowe Lake are just beautiful! Why keep it a secret?! ☺

Nov 17, 2012 09:42 AM #4
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Malcolm, this post is so tempting.  Who could resist the urge to come for visit and look for that vacation spot?  Great pictures!

Nov 18, 2012 07:26 AM #5
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON


Beautiful photos! I've always liked Crowe Lake and the surrounding area.  I stil remember the flat white marble rocks in Marble Lake pretty.


Nov 18, 2012 09:49 AM #6
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Crowe Lake in Quninte sounds and looks beautiful, Malcolm.  And, I know just the realtor who could make buying a cabin easy!  Malcolm Johnston, of course.

Nov 18, 2012 08:27 PM #7
Liz Hill

Your pictures are beautiful Malcolm. They really do beckon one to peaceful places, and what can be more peaceful than lakes and trees?


Nov 18, 2012 10:02 PM #8
Justin & Krystal Knott
LIV Sotheby's International Realty - Breckenridge, CO
Breckenridge CO Real Estate & All Summit County CO

Malcolm, Crowe Lake in Quinte sounds like a wonderful place to purchase real estate or visit for a camping trip.  Thanks for sharing!  --Krystal

Nov 18, 2012 10:47 PM #9
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker


Thanks for posting this. It is an excellent example of a great local blog.


Nov 22, 2012 10:46 AM #11
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Malcolm - I didn't realize you lived near Crowe Lake.  I read a wonderful book called Crowe Lake, written by Mary Lawson.  Have you read it?  Love the photos.

Nov 22, 2012 10:50 AM #12
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

Gorgeous shots Malcolm. We suggested this because it is an excellent community post about Crowe Lake. We had no idea how beautiful it is there!

Nov 27, 2012 05:48 AM #13
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

wonderful photos as usual Malcolm - Your area looks beautiful! I can see why people want to move there!

Dec 02, 2012 12:33 PM #14
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

What a great post Malcolm.  I have never thought of this, and yet, perhaps, to a degree, I am living it.  We would regularly go to our cottage just off Sturgeon Lake when we lived in Caledonia and when we lived near Bolton and in Beeton.  We find ourselves visiting out cottage much less frequently now that we live in a more rural area on a treed lot across from a horse farm, and instead find ourselves looking for other things in our vacation time...

Dec 02, 2012 08:49 PM #15
Gloria Cook

Looking to buy a building lot with lakefront or access to Crow Lake, Crow river or Bob Lake. If there is waterfront or access cottage for sale around the 160,000 mark please email me Thank you

Jan 16, 2013 12:40 AM #16
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