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Ontario Cottage Rentals - KEESHIGONONG Retreat cottage in WIARTON

KEESHIGONONG Retreat cottage
COTTAGE NAME: KEESHIGONONG Retreat cottage (#277)
LAKE OR BAY: Sydney Bay

Maximum Occupancy: 6 (Max 4 adults, 2 children)
Average guest rating:3.75 stars3.75 stars3.75 stars3.75 stars3.75 stars (based on 6 reviews)
Pets Allowed No Smoking Sunsets Maximum Occupancy: 6 Saturday to Saturday bookings
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Dates: Weekly: Min #
Oct 23 - Oct 26, 2019 $700 7
Oct 26 - Nov 2, 2019 $700 7
Nov 2 - Nov 9, 2019 $700 7
Nov 9 - Nov 16, 2019 $700 7
Nov 16 - Nov 23, 2019 $700 7
Nov 23 - Nov 30, 2019 $700 7
3 Night Rental Rates: $500
All rentals subject to a $95 process fee
& $85 Accidental Damage Waiver.
All prices in Canadian funds.
KEESHIGONONG Retreat cottage
Lakeside view of Cottage
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Cottage Lakeside Deck
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View of Bay from top of driveway
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Looking Out from Kitchen
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Main Living Area
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Living Area KEESHIGONONG Retreat cottage
Bedroom One
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Loft KEESHIGONONG Retreat cottage
Other End Of Sleeping Loft
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Office KEESHIGONONG Retreat cottage
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Rainbow in front of Cottage

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Shot of side deck at Cottage
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Sunset from Cottage
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Arbor on side of Cottage
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Side Shot of Cottage with gardens
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Sydney Bay
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Another Sunset
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Yard with view of escarpment
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Solar panels
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Sydney Bay
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Horseshoe Pit at shoreline
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Grassy area at shoreline
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Looking Down the Shoreline KEESHIGONONG Retreat cottage
Driveway to cottage

Note: Many of the pictures on this web page have been taken using a 16 mm wide angle lens. We use this lens to show as much detail as possible in each of the rooms of the cottage.This makes the rooms seem larger than they really are.

Please Note: The water levels in Ontario have been fluctuating in recent years. Therefore, some of the photographs of shorelines/beaches on this website may not fully reflect current waterfront conditions.

Cottage Profile

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 sunset.

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 refrigerator.

The dining room has a large table and enough chairs to sit eight comfortably.

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 away.

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 so marked.

Please Note:
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.

  • Wiarton: 30 km 
  • Hope Bay Prov. Nature Reserve: 25 km 
  • Lion's Head 35 km
  • Boat Launch Facilities:Cape Croker Park 3 km  and in the village of Wiarton
  • Bruce Trail: 2 km
  • Golf Course: Wiarton 30 km, Hepworth 40
  • Sand Beach:Cape Croker has two small sand beaches one at the Cape Croker Indian Park , and one on the other side, Wiarton Public Beach 30 km
  • Sauble Beach 50 km
  • Wiarton Beach Park: 30 km 
  • Grieg's Scenic Caves (Hope Ness) 25 km
  • Bruce Caves Conservation Area 11 km 
  • Bruce Peninsula National Park: Tobermory 70 km 
  • Horse Back Riding: Purple Valley 10 km
  • Hospital 20 km  Wiarton
  • Spirit Rock Conservation Area 25 km
  • Tourist Information 30 km Wiarton
  • Conservation Areas: Shallow Lake Bird Sanctuary 45 km
  • Fine Dining: Wiarton 20 km
  • Boat / Kayak / Canoe Rentals: Cape Croker Park 3 km
  • Cape Croker Indian Park 3 km
  • Native craft stores and workshops 3 km

No child safety issues. Children should not be left unattended by the water.

Weekly rentals run from Saturday at 4:30 pm to the following Saturday at 11:00 am

Five Stars out of Five.

The owner stops by on a regular basis to maintain the composting toilet and gardens around the property. His intention is not to intrude but is simply there to maintain the operation of the cottage.”

Shoreline consists of clay and flat limestone rock. Gradual entry. Great fossils for the kids to explore, but please remember to leave them at the shore for others to enjoy to.
There are two sand beaches close by one at the Cape Croker Park and one 2 km away.


Cottage not designed for wheel chair access

No docking facilities on the property. Boat launch facilities are located .5 km from cottage at the Cape Croker Park

Sunsets & Sunrises.
The sun rises over the shore in the east and the sun sets over the bluffs in the west.
  • Two storey cottage with sleeping loft
  • Living Area 1250 square feet 
  • Deck 500 square feet
  • Solar Power
  • Number of Bedrooms: 2 bedrooms plus large sleeping loft
  • Beds: 1 Queen, 3 Queen size futons (owner will supply foam slabs if renters want a softer bed)
  • Number of Baths: One two-piece bathroom with composting toilet.
  • Small Radio / Tape Deck (Portable)
  • Propane BBQ
  • Woodstove
  • Firewood
  • Hammock
  • Horse shoe pit and shoes
  • Fire Pit
  • Canoe with Paddles
  • Life Jackets
  • Patio Furniture
  • card and board games
  • Reading material
  • Childs pool table(small)
  • Arbour over deck for shade, (not shown in photographs)


  • Maximum number of people: Four adults or up to 6 with a minimum of 2 children- guests may stay for $50 per night each(owner discretion)
  • Individuals 16 years of age or older count as adults
  • Pets negotiable: Cats are not permitted. There is a $75 fee per dog to a maximum of 2. Pets that are staying indoors at night must be in a kennel. Pets must be on a leash outdoors.
  • No Telephone
  • Cell phone service available
  • Smoking not permitted in the cottage (outside smoking permitted)
  • Drinking and wash water is supplied directly from the community's water line -- cold water only at this point, but it can be heated on the stove.
  • There is no indoor shower at the cottage. However, there is an outdoor cold water shower on the east side of the cottage. A camp shower-bag can be warmed in the sun for hot water. Hot showers are available at the Cape Croker Indian Park, 3 km to the west
  • New Solar Pannels Installed 2016
  • Linens and Towels not supplied
  • Cottage must be left clean
    at the end of rental
PHONE: Toll Free 888.447.9590 (North America) or 519.793.3108 (Intl)
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm, Weekends 9:00 am to 6:00 pm EDT
Address 2832 Highway # 6,
P.O. Box 70, Lions Head, N0H 1W0
Email info@rentcottage.com

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