SIX NATIONS — The long awaited Grand Opening of the new cabins at Chiefswood Park was held via a virtual event on YouTube Tuesday morning.
The event was moved to a video ribbon cutting ceremony and virtual tour due to uphold physical distancing recommendations surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
SNGRDC President Matt Jamieson gave introductory remarks thanking local workers for building the project, saying it was something that the community can be proud of.
The cabins at Chiefswood are just one part of a revisioning for the park. An original 20 cabins were planned, however according to SNGRDC there were significant archeological finds beneath 5 of the proposed sites, so those cabin plans were scrapped and the park went instead with 15 cabins.
In total there are 10 small cabins, 5 large cabins, some are wheelchair accessible and one is pet friendly. All of the units have heat, air conditioning, a kitchenette with microwave, cooktop and refrigerator as well as a full bathroom. Bedding, dishes and TVs are included along with wifi service.
The log cabin style design plays off of the historic log cabin building at Chiefswood Park, complete with dovetail ends, a nice nod to the history of the park which includes the old Lickers homestead and the historic home of E. Pauline Johnson. Each cabin is named after a tree species found in the Carolinan forests that surrounds Six Nations.
The virtual event included a timelapse video of the construction process. That video and the replay of the virtual launch event can be seen on the SNGRDC You Tube channel.
Cabins are now available for guests to come and stay. The park is also boasting new camping sites with electricity and water hookups for RVs and tent camping in the woods on the lower level adjacent to the river. For information contact Six Nations Tourism at 519-758-5444.