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Let us tell you a little bit about us. Where we're from, what we've done in the past, what our plans for the future are and how it all came to be.

Two crazy Swiss Immigrants living in Canada since 1996 traveling the Country in a 5th wheel together with their two cats ....
Let's introduce ourselves:


November 23

Raised in: Spiez, Switzerland
Sign: Sagittarius
Languages: Swiss German, German, English
Favorite meals: Mom's spaghetti and piccata, bread and cherry pudding
Favorite drinks: Beer, white wine spritzer
Favorite movies: Sister Act, Hunt for Red October, actionmovies based on Tom Clancy novels with
Harrison Ford, Tom Hanks or Sean Connery
Favorite songs: Too many to list


There is the lovely and multi-talented Sue:

She rather swings a hammer than to use a sewing-needle.

Likes traveling, cats & dogs, reading good books and vacationing in Cuba.

Dislikes snakes and spiders, rude people and getting up early.


Februar 1, 1963

Passed: August 9, 2014
Raised in: Liebefeld, Switzerland
Sign: Aquarius
Languages: Swiss German, German, French, English
Favorite meals: changes, likes to experiment
Favorite drinks: changes, likes to experiment
Favorite movies: Movies? Give him Food TVand he is happy!
Favorite songs: French and Swiss troubadours

The other part of the team is openminded and curious André:

He is always looking for something new and exciting to explore. Let's go around this corner - there may be something we haven't seen yet!

Likes traveling, cooking and making new friends.

Dislikes are changing - they may become acceptable.

How we came to live in Canada

We have always shared a love of traveling and enjoyed exploring new sights, cultures and cuisines but we had never planned on living outside of our native Switzerland. Not surprisingly though, it was during a trip abroad that the foundation to our future in Canada was laid. We didn't know it at the time but it was some great properties we saw with "For sale" signs on them when we were traveling the west coast of the United States that got the ball rolling. "We should buy that" became a standing joke between us. Little did we know that a few years later the joke would become reality.

One day in 1995 André came home from work with a newspaper sales ad for a cottage resort in Ontario. We decided to write a letter to the seller and get more information. From that moment on everything went very fast: a few weeks later, in November, we traveled to Callander to take a look at the place. December 24th, after discussing our options, scrutinizing the books and researching tourism and everything related to living in Ontario's Near North, we called the owner and told him we would buy the camp if we would get visa to live in Canada. The same week we applied for immigration at the Canadian embassy in Paris, France.

The first correspondence we received from Paris was a letter explaining the process to us. The one thing that stood out the most was that it could take up to 18 months to get a decision which then still could be a "no". At this time we decided that it would be a good idea to inform our families what we were doing and to keep them posted as things progressed. To ease the shock a bit and thinking that maybe by the time we would receive the visa the camp would have sold and, with no place to go, we would not leave after all, Sue initially ended the updates to her parents with a "don't worry mom - it's not gonna happen anyway." But it did.

In hopes of speeding up the process we kept in constant contact with Paris and even took our required physicals right away instead of waiting for prior steps to be completed first. But even so were we very surprised when on May 10th, 1996 a registered letter from the embassy arrived. After sitting down and having a glass of wine to calm the nerves we opened the letter to find our visa!

The rest is history. We sold our condo and the cars, quit our jobs, hired a moving company to ship our stuff and held a series of farewell parties. On July 29th, 1996 we boarded a plane to Toronto and were on our way.

July 1996 to October 2011

So here we were: the proud new owners of Rockview Camp on Lake Nipissing - five housekeeping cottages, rental boats and all. New to the country, new to tourism, new language and knowing all but 2 persons - the sellers. Everything was different. From tools, measurements in building supplies (feet and inches instead of meters and centimeters) and how things are done to even the smallest thing like cleaning products we didn't know the brands or names of. There was only one thing we could do: learn and learn fast! So we did. Thanks to the help of the previous owner we were soon able to run and maintain the resort. The size of the property made it possible to run without employees but it also meant that we had to do as much as possible ourselves. Hiring a contractor to fix something eats away at the profit a place this small and after all we needed to make a living. So we learned everything from maintaining boat motors to carpentry, plumbing, roofing you name it. Of course we also had marketing, customer service, accounting and all the other administrative tasks to tackle. It's fair to say that we had a major challenge. But we grabbed the bull by the horns and always tried to stay ahead of the pac. In some cases we even became industry leaders for the region when being the first ones to offer something new like wireless internet to our guests.

Throughout the years we met so many nice people. Fellow camp operators and neighbours many of which helped us with great advise and sometimes even rolled up their sleeves and gave us a hand. But it was the guests who made running Rockview Camp an experience we would not miss for anything. Some lasting friendships developed over the years and some of these people have grown very close to our hearts and we were as excited as them when they came back the next year and it felt like a family reunion. We have many fond memories and still maintain those friendships.

After the camp

In October of 2011 we sold the camp and turned the page to a new chapter in our lifes. We had some ideas on what we wanted to do next but nothing firm yet and so we rented a house with the goal to take the winter to make plans. First though Sue went to Switzerland to visit family and then we spent two wonderful weeks in Cuba, our favorite vacation destination.

After many discussions and looking at the pros and cons we did decide to realize a dream of ours and to travel Canada for an extended period of time. We had been living here for 15 1/2 years and haven't seen any of this great country. So we bought our fifth wheel and are about to start this new adventure.