The plucky fam­ily re­treat

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WHAT A ren­o­vated chicken coop, plus two other cab­ins WHere Sand­banks Pro­vin­cial Park HoW Big 450 square feet

You’d never guess that the pre­vi­ous res­i­dents of An­drew and Re­becca Macken­zie’s Prince Ed­ward County re­treat were chick­ens. Their con­verted 19th-cen­tury chicken coop, the cen­tre­piece of a trio of wooden build­ings that form their sec­ond home, in Sand­banks Pro­vin­cial Park, was once a hen­house owned by Lakeshore Lodge, a va­ca­tion re­sort es­tab­lished in the 19th cen­tury and shut­tered in 1972. When An­drew, a cre­ative direc­tor for Google Canada, pur­chased the build­ing in 2003, it had al­ready been con­verted into a cabin— but it was just barely liv­able. “The out­house had such a scary toi­let that it was a toss-up be­tween go­ing in there and driv­ing 20 min­utes to Pic­ton,” he says. An­drew wasn’t dat­ing Re­becca, the ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Culi­nary Tourism Al­liance, back then. They got to­gether in 2009, and the fol­low­ing sum­mer, they made it their first shared home. Shortly af­ter (lit­er­ally) shack­ing up, the cou­ple learned that Re­becca’s fa­ther had worked for Lakeshore Lodge as a teenager. “We love that it’s a place that weaves our his­to­ries to­gether,” says Re­becca.

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