Once upon a time... Lake Agassiz
The land that Solace House is built on is part of what once constituted ancient Lake Agassiz, the massive "inland ocean" formed from glacial meltwater at the end of the last Ice Age, that covered the flat plains until some 8500 years ago. Driving east from Winnipeg, one encounters gradual and undulating rises in the land as the prairie turns to forest — sand eskers and gravel ridgelines bear witness to the retreating waters.
Approximately 32 acres of the 40-acre property is treed, predominantly with aspen (Populus tremuloides), balsam poplar, willow, oak, birch, and tamarack, along with several prominent stands of towering white spruce (Picea glauca). A varied understory is home to remarkably diverse fauna and flora, including a variety of edible berries and mushrooms. Solace House sits in a small, tailored clearing near the road, while a larger clearing 2/3 of the way back in the land features a natural meadow, shallow marsh, and a 3-acre pond.