The History of Clyffe House

Five Generations of Muskoka Hospitality

by David B. Scott



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/28/2018

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 72
ISBN : 9781466946385
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 72
ISBN : 9781426955655

About the Book

The History of Clyffe House – Five Generations of Muskoka Hospitality is a unique story about the oldest resort in Muskoka run continuously by the same family. The story, as told by the current owner, David Scott, is a powerful testimony to the value of tradition, family, and friendship. In 1869, David’s great-grandparents, James and Fanny Jenner, newly married in Gloucester, England, crossed the Atlantic for Canada on the maiden voyage of the steamship Prussian. They carved a homestead out of the virgin Muskoka forest and raised seven children. Tourism to the area became a viable option when the railway arrived in 1885, and the couple established Clyffe House, one of the first hotels in Muskoka. The captivating beauty of Muskoka and the warm resort atmosphere resonate through the memories shared by the author, and those contributed by former and current guests and staff. After reading the story about this 131 year-old resort, it’s no wonder that many guests returned year after year, decade after decade, and even generation after generation.

About the Author

Author, David Scott, is a retired high school teacher and the fourth generation of his family to own and operate Clyffe House. David took over the management of the hotel from his mother and aunt in 1975, eventually moving home in 1989 to teach at Huntsville High School for the remaining years of his teaching career. David enjoys the beauty of Muskoka with his wife Arlene, his four children and six grand-children. David has also co-authored These Memories I Leave to You, a history of the Mary Lake settlers, with his friend and neighbour, Ryan Kidd.