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A Family Log Home is a Canadian Retreat

A Canadian couple’s weekend retreat is a family log home built as a place to make memories now and in the future.

Story by Suzanna Logan
Photography by Joseph Hilliard and Larry Arnal


In the early morning hours, when sunshine spreads over the dense, towering forest surrounding Peter and Debbie Snucins’ lakeside escape, a certain quietness prevails. Only the gentle lapping of the water breaks the silence. But it isn’t long before the bustle begins at this family log home.

On any given weekend, the Ontario home is bursting with family and activities centered around sun, sky and water. Depending on the season, the Snucins and their guests fill the days with mountain biking, boating, snowshoeing or snowmobiling before gathering to relax over dinner and fiery sunset views.



“Our dream was that this would be a gathering ground where we could spend time together, and it was built on the basis that it will eventually be passed down through the generations,” Peter says of the 6,000-square-foot log home he calls the “family compound.”

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