Surprise Lake

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Surprise Lake

Surprise Lake is a Canadian shield lake located at 48.619474, -89.334319, in Lappe, Ontario, 17 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay.

Approximately 50 camps divide up the waterfront property on the southern portion of the lake, and about 20 are on the northern portion. The two portions are joined by a small culvert that is traversible only by very small boats like kayaks.

It has been the site of two generations of Currie "camp" sites.

"Camp" is a Thunder Bay slang term for cottage, or small summer home usually by a lake.

First Camp

Jack Currie and Lucy Currie moved to Surprise Lake in the early 1970s, moving from Waverley Park Towers, 405 Waverley Street. They made this first camp their year-round home. Jack's obituary noted that "during the 1980s they lived at Surprise Lake and were a central part of the social life there."

In the early 1990s, when Jack's increasing age made it difficult to maintain the property, they moved to Academy Towers in Thunder Bay, and sold the camp to their youngest son Ron Currie. Ron and his family maintained it as a summer home until selling it in 2006 (see below).

This camp was the site of many family reunions, including Jack and Lucy's 50th Anniversary celebration in June 1989, and Ruth Newman's family reunion in summer ~1991, 1996, 1998, 2000, and 2003. Dan Griffiths visited in summer 1992.

Second Camp

In 2006, Ron Currie and his wife Mary Ann Currie sold the first camp and purchased a larger camp, 200 metres south of the first camp. It has been the site of further family reunions, including in 2006 and 2010. It was the site of Carolyn Trottier's wedding reception in July 2016.


CBC News, 14 August 2014. Camp Losing out to Cottage as Southerners Head North