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Crown land camp lot

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I was thinking of buying a woodlot for a camp and was wondering what you guys think of leasing a crown land camp lot.
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I had a camp on a crown lease until last year. At the time I had the feeling they were holding my camp ransom. Sold it for less than I had in it just to get out . I got the lease in 2001 and abided by all the rules. There was no camp on the lease as the original camp had collapsed and burnt. The lease I signed stated what I was to pay and that the lease expired in 2010. The lease was in a very remote location with the only access by boat. It took me 2 years to lug all the material up and build a small camp that we planned on building on to. According to the lease I had to have a building on the lease within 2 years. In the spring of 2004 we received our lease bill which had gone up 3 times the amount on our signed lease. I called the crown lands people and was told the reason for the increase was because we were now considered waterfront. Nothing had changed as far as water conditions since the signing of the lease but any water is considered waterfront, so I was told. Last spring we received another letter informing us the lease was going up again. The gentleman that wanted to purchase my camp was told about the increase and didn't mind the rate. He also knew he would have to have the lot surveyed even though he didn't own the land. He got it surveyed in August which cost him a fair chunk of change. No, I'm not a big fan of crown land leases.
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