Ode to Crow Lake
by Peter Albright
There is a lake – with countless islands that are
And the inlets and bays all run heaven knows where;
Where shiner minnows and chubs dart through the
And Northeren, Bass and Muskie spawn.
There is a lake-with forests unspolied and still,
Where the blue waters are so cold and deep
sparkling in the sunlight so clear and clean;
Where schools of lake trout challenge a fisherman’s
Just drifting or trolling with thoughts all his own,
With crows breaking the silence with loud raucous calls.
There is a lake-where graceful gulls wing their
Screeching and squabbling over discarded delights,
While the fisherman enjoys his tasty shore lunch;
Stretches his legs with hat over his eyes or picks enough blueberries for a couple of pies,
With blazing sunsets you wouldn’t believe
And the loon’s lonesome call breaks the stillness of eve.
There is a lake-Oh! how it beckons and calls;
I want to go back to Crow Lake-
And I will.
Obituary for Joyce Ann (Tolen) Albright
With great sadness the family of Joyce Ann (Tolen) Albright announce her sudden passing on July 27, 2022.
Joyce Ann was born January 29, 1933 in Gameland, ON. She was the daughter of John and Anna Tolen. She attended Pratt School, then Rainy River High School.
Joyce had a great love of animals, at one time she had a pet groundhog.
In 1950 Joyce married Earl Sandmoen. They had one son Wayne.
In 1956 they moved to Niagara on the Lake. Joyce and Earl settled on a street facing Lake Ontario in the town of Niagara on the Lake. Joyce did a lot of volunteer work, as well as part time work as a cashier.
In June of 1973, Earl and Joyce were invited to attend the Queens Dinner at the Pillar & Post Inn as a reward for their volunteer work.
In 1974 Joyce became the Front Desk Manager at the Pillar & Post Inn in Niagara on the Lake.
In 1976, Joyce married Peter Albright. In 1977 they bought Muskie Bay Camp in Nestor Falls. They operated the camp for 16 years. In 1993 they sold the camp and moved into their retirement cabin on Crow Lake. They spent the summers at Nestor Falls and the winters in Niagara on the Lake.
For the first 10 years of retirement, they travelled a lot, including a trip to Sweden to visit Joyce’s relatives.
In 2012, Peter went into a retirement home and Joyce moved in to the Golden Age Manor in Emo, to be closer to Wayne and Ann.
Joyce was predeceased by her parents John and Anna Tolen, brother Victor and his wife Dorothy and Wayne’s father Earl Sandmoen and husband Peter Albright.
Joyce is survived by her son Wayne (Ann) Sandmoen, and stepchildren David (Heather) Albright, Lynn (Bryan) Lawrence, Cathy Bell and Mariann Albright, grandchildren Myndi (Erin) and her children Jacob & Katie, Michael (Sonya) Beaushene and David – James Lawrence and his daughter Grace Megan Bell, Jonathan (Cheryl) Lawrence and their sons William and Alexander Lawrence, Cassie and Mason Albright, and nieces Sandra (Jim) Hogan – Cynthia (Rick), nephews Gary (Joy Anne) Tolen and Brad (Doreen) Tolen. Also, Earls remaining family – special is his sister Sandy, and sisters -in-law Mary de Montmorency, Lena Bellingham and Margaret Bogie.
Joyce had many friends, two very special friends from her teenage years are Bob and Vivian Locking.
Graveside service to be held in Blue Cemetery on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.
Obituary of Peter David Albright
Peter David Albright ~ August 24th, 1923 – May 13th, 2022
Passed away peacefully at his residence on May 13th, 2022, at age 98. Dear husband of Joyce Ann (nee Tolen), much loved brother to Mary deMontmorency of Beamsville, Margaret Bogie of Hamilton, Lena Bellingham of Lewiston New York; father to Lynn, Catharine, David (Heather) and Marianne, stepson Wayne; grandfather to James and Jonathan, Meghan, Lauren, Cassie, and Mason. Great-grandfather to William, Alexander, and Grace.
Peter was a proud WWII Veteran, a great farmer, and a hard-working supervisor at General Motors in St Catharines for over 35 years.
He spent his retirement years managing Muskie Bay Fishing Camp in Nestor Falls with Joyce and made many wonderful friends through the years, while enjoying glorious sunsets and the best lake trout fishing in the world.
Dad was a proud Legion member and the last surviving founding member of Beamsville Branch 612.
Many thanks to the wonderful staff at Niagara Gardens in St Catharines where he resided, for his care these past few years.
Muskie Bay Camp
by Joyce (Tolen) Albright
Muskie Bay Camp located on Crow Lake (Kakagi Lake) had its beginning in 1947. Joyce’s father and mother, John and Anna Tolen, purchased crown land as their camp building site. While living in a tent they cleared the land and even before the road constructed by Linton Judson, the materials were carried in by hand and three cabins were built that first summer. Joyce’s parents were assisted by family friend, Marius Amot, a carpenter who in laters years purchased Muskie Bay Camp. Much of the lumber for the cabins were lined with knotty pine. In the next couple of years, three more cottages were added.
We think that Muskie Bay Camp has had more than its share of wonderful people staying. Many of the children and grandchildren of the original people are still coming to Muskie Bay Camp.
In 1966 due to Joyce’s mothers illness the camp was sold to long time friend Marius Arnot, who had worked for her parents for many years. Marius operated Muskie Bay Camp for eleven summers. Then in 1977, Joyce and her husband Peter Albright purchased the camp.
In 1993 Jeff and Martine Monet purchased Muskie Bay Camp from Joyce and Peter Albright. They built the main lodge/motel in 1994 they added a new septic system, as well and many improvements to the cabins.
The Trinkner’s Puchase Muskie Bay in 1999
We purchased Muskie Bay Camp and renamed it Muskie Bay Resort in 1999 we are the current owners Paul and Christine Trinkner.
Paul’s parents in 1970 put a down payment on a camp near Kenora. While they were in the process of purchasing the camp Paul’s brother had a fatal accident, resulting in his death. Paul’s mother devasted from the loss, could not go through with the move from Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Canada. Paul had always wished to live his parents dream of running a camp in Canada. After taking our family to Canada on vacation we talked about how we would love to live that dream. After many steps and leaving our daughter Desiree behind and the process of selling our home in Iola, Wisconsin the lord answered our prayers.
We have three grown children that are now married and we are blessed with 8 Grandchildren. Our daughter Desiree and her family live and work in New Braunfels, TX. Our son Josh and his family live and work in Appleton, Wisconsin. We live here with our youngest son Jacob, his wife Ashley and their two sons, Ashton and Devin.
We are the Trinkner’s, this is our home and we welcome you to join us and to share with us the” good life” we live at Muskie Bay Resort.
1-877-228-2076 1-608-469-3644 cell phone 1- 807-484-0573 landline