The Keeshigonong Cottage ("Home of the Cedars") is a truly
unique vacation retreat.
The cottage, which is located on Sydney Bay on the undeveloped shores
of Georgian Bay, is an environmentalist's dream. This cottage is
environmental friendly with electricity supplied by solar power
and a composting toilet.
There is now potable running cold water at the cottage.
There are no indoor showers here, there is however both a camp shower
that you can warm up in the sun and also a cold water shower outside
at the cottage. There are showers at the Cape Croker Park, 3km away.
This waterfront cottage is situated on a 50-acre lot, surrounded
by a mix of cedars, birch trees and alvar.The property features many walking
and hiking trails. as well as kilometers of shoreline you can stroll at
If you step outside the west door of the cottage you step
into an alvar- a rare eastern prairie with its own unique plants and flowers.
If you step outside the northern door, you have a completely private and
unobstructed view of Sydney Bay, a sheltered bay on Georgian Bay. Walk
around and enjoy some of the best natural scenery in Ontario.
The interior of the cottage is bright and airy. The cottage interior is
of an open concept design - living, dining, and kitchen areas form one
large room. The living room boasts a cathedral ceiling, a feature which
helps keep the cottage cool in summer and warm in the winter.The effect
of the ceiling and the large windows is to retain as much daylight as
possible for as long as possible. Suspended from the high ceiling is a
chandelier that holds real candles. When it is lit it provides light and
a peaceful atmosphere for the whole cottage.
There is no shortage of counter and cupboard space
in the kitchen. There is a new propane gas stove, as well as a propane
The dining room has a large table and enough chairs to sit
In the living room you will find a pull-out queen-sized
futon and a comfortable lazy boy chair. The living area has laminate flooring
and a wood -burning stove. Firewood is provided.
Two sound proofed, private bedrooms are located on
the main floor. One offers a queen size bed and the other a queen
size futon. Both have a night table, dresser, and reading light.
The loft is very roomy, and comfortable. It has a rocking
chair and two queen size futons. There is also a child-sized pool table.
To minimize the impact on the environment, but still
ensure our guests' comfort, the cottage has an odour-free composting
toilet inside. All you need to do is add a little peat moss.
Down by the shore you will find a horseshoe pit as well
as a firepit where you can roast marshmallows while listening to the waves
lap against the shore.
If you hike north along the shoreline for about a half-hour
you will reach Cape Croker Tent and Trailer Park Restroom, shower and
laundry facilities are available here.This park also offers natural trails,
beach volleyball and native cultural activities - many artists and craftspeople
of the Nawash reserve can be found here.
Fresh fish, caught daily, are sold on the reserve at a location a five-minute
drive from the cottage. You will also find a convenience store a few kilometers
Wiarton is a short drive away. There are many little shops in Wiarton
featuring locally-handcrafted items. Many studios/shops in the outlying
areas specialize in oil painting, woodworking, stained glass & pottery.
Wiarton is the home of famous painter Paul Duff. His studio is open for
visitors during the summer and is located north on Hwy 6 approximately
8 km away.
Some pieces of original art on the walls of the cottage is for sale when
This cottage is powered soley by the sun. Please do not bring electrical equipment that requires highpower. Examples of such equipment include juicers, blenders and TV's. Portable computersare fine if they are not running continuously. Smaller electronic devices such as iPods, cell phones, tablets and speakers are ok.