When Tyleen and Rod Copland purchased Paudash Lake Marina in 2009 from Tyleen's parents, Des and Laraine Noblett, they reassured everyone on the Lake that the treasured Marina would remain an important feature of the narrows. Before buying the Marina, Rod was a mechanic at Chandos Lakeview Cottages & Marina. Tyleen was formerly a receptionist at a large Mississauga company while returning to Bancroft to work at the Marina on weekends. She later moved back home to work at the Bancroft Medical Clinic, which is now the Bancroft Family Health Team. When Des, Tyleen's father, suffered a heart attack in 2008 it was decided he needed to step back from full-time management.
And that's how the Coplands and, now, their dogs - three gorgeous Great Danes named Hunter, Toby and Monty - set up shop at Paudash Lake Marina. The summer of 2015 will be their seventh summer on the Lake and they love every minute of it. Tyleen's favourite part of each summer is seeing families and cottagers return year after year. She loves catching up with their winter stories. Even more, she loves being part of their summer lives as she has been since she was 12 years old helping her parents run the Marina.
Tyleen and Rod love Paudash Lake because it is a wide open body that isn't too large and has few hazards. They love that you can get around the Lake in under one day. The cottagers and customers are pretty great too! The Marina's amenities are many: boat rentals, barge rentals, dockage, boat launching, premium grade gasoline and propane, boat repairs, service, winterizing, storage, plumbing and hardware supplies. And, of course, there is the Paudash Lake Marina General Store featuring Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream and every other summer cottage essential.
Travellers from as far as The Netherlands, Ireland, Germany and Switzerland come to Paudash, along with many Ontarians. The Marina also hosts a number of visitors who arrive by plane from Kasshabog Lake, Orillia, Sudbury, the Ottawa Valley and more. The Marina ensures they always have aviation fuel for such fliers. Last year, the Marina hosted Sky-Mazing Parasail Adventures which will be returning on Saturday, July 4, 2015. The Marina will also host the Don Thomas Rock Bass Memorial Fishing Derby on July 11, 2015. The Paudash Volunteer Fire Department will host an onsite BBQ selling hamburgers and hotdogs with all proceeds going to the Fire Department. For more information on area fishing derbies, visit the Bancroft Bass Tournament Series.
Also on the Lake this summer is the free family fishing week from July 4-12 where families can fish without a permit. And on July 1, the Paudash Lake Boat Parade will leave from North Bay Beach and end at The Lakehouse Restaurant for refreshments. The boat parade is organized in part by one of the Marina's dockers.
This summer, Tyleen and Rod will be giving the exterior of the Marina facelift with a fresh coat of paint. As always, they are supportive of other businesses on the Lake, and those throughout Bancroft and Apsley. The Marinas all try to work together to get cottagers, vacationers and locals in need of finding parts, service and repairs back out on water quickly so they can continue to enjoy summer fun on the lakes.
If you're in the area this summer, please stop in and say hello to Tyleen, Rod, Laraine and Des at 1320 Macgillivray Road, Bancroft. Monty, Toby and Hunter will meet you in the driveway for a proper Paudash Lake welcome.