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Our family has been providing quality wilderness vacations on Esnagi Lake for 60 years! Debbie’s grandfather, Ivan MacLachlan, started with the original “Camp 88 Lodge” location in the late 1950’s and her father, Don MacLachlan, acquired Mar Mac Lodge in 1972. Don and Marcy MacLachlan successfully ran Mar Mac through the 70s, 80s and into the 90s, while raising their four children. Not a feat for the faint of heart!!! Debbie MacLachlan was raised on site and she and Ken Johnston took over operations in 1994. More recently, Emily and Will Johnston grew up on the property and both spent much time working in the business.

Emily spent a few years globe trotting and experiencing resort life around the world and we are now thrilled to announce she has expressed an interest in Mar Mac’s operations. She is currently away studying Hospitality and Resort Management at the post secondary level. Emily is very customer focused and has a special passion for the culinary arts. You may have experienced some of her creations over the past few seasons.


Will currently has decided to find out what life outside of a remote wilderness location is all about.  He is exploring life in the big city of Toronto while he studies Business Management at George Brown College.

Fun fact: back in the 1950’s and 1960’s Ivan MacLachlan’s mother, Grace MacLachlan, spent time on the lake helping to establish the original business. This makes Emily and Will the FIFTH generation in a direct line to participate in operations on Esnagi Lake!!

When Ken is not at the lodge he spends his time enjoying the outdoors and hunting, traveling both for pleasure and for marketing purposes, and is an avid curler. He offers his time back to the industry by sitting on the board of directors for  Nature and Outdoor Tourism Ontario (NOTO).

Outside of Mar Mac life, Debbie is actively involved in women’s hockey, hiking, running and cycling. She too is an avid outdoorsperson and loves to travel to experience nature-based tourism in different regions of world.

Multi-generational experience and a high commitment to customer service ensures that we can provide you with one of the finest wilderness vacations offered in Canada.