Canoe Island Lodge has remained in the Busch family since its construction in the 1940s. This gallery shows photos from today and the early days.
Bill Busch used to pick up people at the train station in Lake George and give them rides to his Canoe Island Lodge in Diamond Point. He also provided meals for his summer visitors. Photo courtesy Canoe Island Lodge
The dining room at the Canoe Island Lodge is ready for vacationers during the 1940s. The dining room is currently the lobby of the Adirondack resort. Photo courtesy Canoe Island Lodge
Boating, sailing and swimming have always been staples of Lake George vacations. Summer people at the Canoe Island Lodge try out the Adirondack water during the 1940s. Photo courtesy Canoe Island Lodge
Bill Busch fires up the grill - set in a giant stone fireplace - at the Canoe Island Lodge in Diamond Point during the 1940s. Cookouts remain a tradition at the resort, which is still in family hands. Photo courtesy Canoe Island
Carla Busch Burhoe and her husband Tom take seats along the stone staircase that overlooks part of the Canoe Island Lodge in Diamond Point, Lake George. Carla's father, William C. Busch Jr., built the resort during the 1940s. It has been in family hands ever since. Jeff Wilkin photo
Bill Busch always made sure guests at his Canoe Island Lodge received souvenir group pictures. These visitors were up for early September vacations in 1947, and Bill - seated far right in the first row - made it into the shot. Photo courtesy Canoe Island Lodge
Lounge chairs on the private beach at the Canoe Island Lodge in Diamond Point, Lake George, will start filling this week as vacation season begins. Jeff Wilkin photo
A lodge brochure from the 1940s.
The names of the late Jane and Bill Busch, longtime operators of the Canoe Island Lodge in Lake George, remain on the resort's sign on Route 9N. Jeff Wilkin photo
Cars park outside the main building of the Canoe Island Lodge during the 1940s. Photo courtesy Canoe Island Lodge