Looking at the cottage from the beach

Hackensack Cottage
39 Beach Lane
Grand Bend ONT N0M 1T0

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The family of Dr. Howard M. and Flossie Meyer has been vacationing in Grand Bend since approximately 1932. While living in Hackensack, NJ, in order to see Flossie's family in Kitchener, Ontario and vacation at the same time, they began renting various cottages in Grand Bend.  Soon, extended family members including aunts, uncles and cousins, began to join them on their vacations.

 After World War II was over and supplies were easier to acquire, Dr. Meyer purchased one of the first available tracts of beachfront property from Mrs. Ida Eccleston.  In 1947, he had the cottage built with the intended idea of providing plenty of sleeping space.   As was the custom at that time to name the cottages, the family decided to name their cottage after their home town in New Jersey -- Hackensack.


Since the completion of the cottage in 1947, the Meyer family has enjoyed spending time each summer on the beach and in the water.  The cottage has been the summer retreat for the four children of Dr. & Mrs. Meyer, their children and now, their grandchildren.


Some necessary improvements and upgrades have been made throughout the years, including the addition of “city” water and new windows in the living and dining room area; however the structure of the cottage has remained virtually unchanged.  Desiring to keep the warm and inviting feeling, the family has left many of the original features of the cottage including the hardwood floors and the paneled common areas.