After many work hours and investigation it was agreed that a 5 year lease, with option to purchase at a fixed price, was the best route. The lease was a wise move as issues such as applying for new and updated permits, zoning changes, environmental study requirements, potable water upgrades, septic permits, Township and local neighbor issues, and not to mention funding from members all surfaced as being critical components required to complete a successful purchase.
Three years into the five year lease the member operated Association purchased the land, lodge, and all rights concerning Rideau Mac Resort. Over the period the membership spent well over $100,000 plus countless volunteer hours were donated by the families to reach the dream of ownership.
The Association members were extremely fortunate to have the full and very kind support of the McNamee family, of which without Rideau Mac would not have survived. The McNamee’s were close to the members, long term friendships existed, and it is sad to note that Mike McNamee passed away suddenly during the lease term, and wife Diane McNamee passed shortly before the final purchase took place. Their memories live on though. The Association selected a shoreline area, marked it with a tree and seating, where a stone has been placed with their names engraved. The house on the main road #1129 as you turn into the community is where Mike and Diane lived, and now occupied by the son Peter McNamee. Perth Lawyer Scott Hughes, son-in-law & McNamee family legal counsel, provided much appreciated support numerous times to the Association during a very complex business process. Martin Vervoort was legal counsel for RMRA, whom also deserves praise for his professionalism and dedication to the families of Rideau Mac. Mark Snider of McIntosh Perry consulting engineers provided excellent service in the critical areas of planning, re zoning, environmental studies and alike. Finally, to our many USA and Canadian lodge guests that have returned faithfully for decades, our deepest appreciation goes out to you.