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Prior to European colonization, the Thousand Islands region was home to, or visited by, the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. Their name for the islands was Manitouana or the "Garden of the Great Spirit".
As colonizers, we recognize Pangea House operates on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe, and potentially others.
The first Indigenous people came to the Thousand Islands around 7000 years ago. We know of their presence from a stone hunting point found on Gordon Island, just east of Gananoque. It came from a Palaeo-Indian culture that inhabited southern Ontario from 9000 to 7000 years ago.
Indigenous peoples lived on the American and Canadian main shore and traveled to the islands by dugout canoe and then birch bark canoe. There are some 40 archeological sites in the islands that attest to the presence of the early people.
I was born in a very small town nestled in the cliffs of southern Newfoundland.
My parents are lifelong volunteers, who raised me to believe in community-building and helping those in need. As a result, I have happily spent almost my entire career in the non-profit sector.
The moment we arrived in Gananoque, I felt at home. The water called to me, and I have spent every spare minute of every season exploring all nature has to offer in this beautiful oasis. I enjoy being in nature and on the water, camping, traveling, searching for adventure, and writing about those experiences.
I was so happy to find a home and a beautiful community in Gananoque (Gan) in 2020 - with a curling and canoe club! I hope to give back as much as I get out.
Pangea House is a culmination of Geoff and my adventures and dreams.
Geoff Dennis (Cheoff Geoff)
There are two things in life I can confidently say I understand: food and hospitality. Luckily they go hand in hand.
I’ve been a chef in Toronto for almost 20 years, serving everything from fine dining menus to brewpubs and everything in between. It’s been my mission to be
genuine with the people I work with and the guests I serve.
The main ingredient of who I am and how I cook is travel. Every place I go I instinctively seek out street food and local cuisine. It inspires me. My travel experience informs my menu development.
I also like cooking with booze. Specifically, beer, as a complex flavour profile. Check out @CheoffGeoff to get a taste of my style.
It feels like a natural progression for me to pivot into hospitality and private dining in this magical little town of Gananoque. I look forward to hosting and feeding you.