18 May

Formosa Island a Presidents Place in Muskoka

Formosa Island on Lake Rosseau, Canada was once the beloved summer home of United States President Woodrow Wilson. He began visiting Muskoka in the 1890s with his family. In 1901 he purchased 100 acres near the Royal Muskoka Hotel that included Formosa Island. He was very protective of the land and would send out warnings not to light fires or cut any trees down. He had big plans for the property that included a camp, boathouse, wharf, ice and bath house. He served as the President of Princeton University, became the 34th Governor of NJ and then elected as the 28th US President from 1913-1921. He got a little busy and apparently never set foot in Muskoka after that. There is a curious story that in August of 1914 he signed the guest register of the Bala Bay Inn however there was no official record of him being in Canada as WWI was breaking out. One year before his death in 1924 at age 67 he would reminisce about Muskoka with his wife Eleanor, “ do you remember our picnics there and your mother reading poetry under the pines?” Muskoka continues to be an enchanting place and has touched many people for well over a century.

In: historic muskoka, in and around muskoka ontario, on the water

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  1. Brent Fullard says:

    Woodrow Wilson Got the Spanish Flu in the Pandemic During the World War I Peace Talks:


  2. Ed Boutilier says:

    Brent – thanks for the link. They only mention the Spanish Flu briefly in the Wikipedia. It appears from this article that the illness completely disarmed him and changed history.

  3. John Fortune says:

    Wonderful story Ed !

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