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Beautiful Private Island

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Sleep cottages + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-7)

Our island is about 4 acres, with a variety of trees from white birch, oak, maple, white pine and lots of cedar. We have wonderful swimming right off our dock. Trophy pike, musky , bass, perch, splake, lake trout, pickeral and pan fish abound. Remember, you are in the Great Lakes. Because we are located in a sheltered bay the water temperature is great for swimming and other water sports. The island is conveniently located and easy to get to and from the small marina where your vehicle will be parked.

This is truly a special place offering a great get away with modern conveniences. For those into photography this is the place. You will find fantastic sunsets, wildlife and wonderful panoramic views everywhere you look. I also recommend a day trip exploring Manitoulin the worlds largest fresh water island. You will feel like you've gone back in time, with beautiful pastoral landscapes, split rail fences, inland lakes and quaint port towns offering shopping and great places to eat. But if you are like me, you may not want to leave the bay. For those who treasure nature and a comfortable retreat away from resorts and the city. One of our recent young visitors said 'this is better than Disney!'

We also offer Guided Fishing Excursions from 3 days to 1 week. Our most popular is the Father/Son-Daughter trip. Of course Mothers can come too. We provide the guides, boats, food, bedding ect. Basically all you need is your proper clothing, fishing equipment and camera. We can handle most of the rest. Check out our Video Links!!!

Since we tailor each trip to your needs the costs vary. Please contact us at:


Please come, you will not be disappointed. Thank you and 'Happy Trails'. J. Dillon

Island Info:

Phone #'s:

Island- 705-863-0322 Internet Password can be found on Router

John Dillon- 734-834-2316 email-

J&G Marina- 705-285-4293-(Harold)

Cleaner-Marjorie King-705-285-1097

Greater and Guide- Bully King-705-285-1097

Please call me first if you have any issues

Wewant to make your stay a memorable and stress free one. You will find most everything you need. We don't want you to worry about bringing anything but your food, clothing, camera, sunscreen and flashlights. You will find our kitchen has most any appliance you will need. We also try to provide garbage bags, paper towels, toilet paper etc.

Check in is 3pm/check out is 10pm unless other arrangements are needed and can be met. Our cleaner may need to overlap slightly on rare occasions for a short time. We ask our guests to strip the sheets and start a load before leaving to help the cleaner.

Please remove all items from the refrigerator and take all garbage from the island. I provide large bags since the marina charges per bag to dispose of garbage. There are recycle bins at the marina.


You will find our kitchen well equipped.

Gas stove, full sized fridge and small drink fridge on back deck, toaster, microwave, food processor, kitchen aid, 2 coffee pots(drip and Perk), coffee grinder, malt/shake maker etc.

The water is filtered but there is a 5 gallon dispenser for those who choose to bring their own which can be purchased at local stores and the marina. You will find most spices you have forgotten to bring. Feel free to borrow anything you need.


You will find 2 areas in the main Cabin to hang out. The area by the stone fireplace is a magnet to congregate for conversation or enjoying a hot cup of coffee or your favorite beverage. The Lower level has a card table for games, puzzles etc. and a day bed for those wonderful afternoon naps or reading that great book. You will find an assortment of games: chess, cards, backgammon, scrabble, chinese checkers and others. You will find a wide selection of books on shelves to be enjoyed.


You will find a small sleeping loft in the main cabin with 2 twin beds, great for young ones as a "little get away".

+the main breaker panel is found behind a picture just left go the fireplace.


In the bath house you will find an antique clawfoot tub and shower, flush toilet and washer/dryer. There is another breaker box above and to the left of the washer.

Sunmar Composting Toilet

This is the most environmentally friendly type of waste system for an island setting. You will find detailed instructions but I will go over them with you once you arrive.


This cabin offers a queen bed and a small woodturning stove. The open ceiling, walls and floors are covered by local cedar.

"Girls cabin", As the name implies we built this cabin for our daughters and comes with 2 twin and 1 double bed.


Keywords: Cottage,Private Island, Georgian Bay, Fishing

More Details

john dillon
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018

About john dillon

My name is John Dillon. I am presently retired from teaching and various business ventures. I have a wonderful wife, Tes, four great children and two grandchildren. My children and grandchildren have been coming to the island all their lives. We have been blessed to be able to spend our summers in such a special place. As I tell everyone, the island is my therapy. Each summer I come away with a renewed spirit and a clearer head. I am looking forward to growing old, I should say older, and spending more time here with my wonderful family and friends. And I enjoy being able to share this special place with others so they may create lifelong memories of their time with their family and friends on the Island.

john dillon purchased this cottage in 1984

Why john dillon chose Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands

This is rare opportunity to spend time on a private island in a world class setting. Having the opportunity to catch Trophy Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, Muskie and Rainbow Trout. There are also lots of pan fish too. We offer Guided fishing excursions from 3 days to a week for 4 guests at a time. Great for Father/Son or Daughter weekends. We provide boats, guides, lodging,food,shore lunches, and fish cleaning. The best Pike fishing is from Ice out to Late June. Bass from Mid June through the Summer. We specialize in Trophy Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass.

What makes this cottage unique

A great place to explore, relax , cook your own pizzas in a wood burning oven, hang out in an 18' TiPi, relax in a great wood fired Sauna and photograph lifelong memories.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were able to enjoy all that you suggested…campfires in the teepee,sauna runs to the lake,Pizza in your amazing outdoor oven, and beautiful Lake Topaz. Sunrise kayaking through the bay mist was also amazing. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality throughout our stay," the check ins",meant a lot and you never made us feel like a bother when we had questions. We definitely hope to come back again.
Jul 2015
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Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Antique Clawfoot tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Loft - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (5), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Wood burning outdoor Bread/pizza oven. 18' Teepee. Clawfoot tub


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Beautiful Private Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

idyllic retreat

  • 5 of 5

Dillon's island is indeed a special place...private yet convenient, cozy, comfortable and also thoughtfully laid out, with an amazingly well-provisioned kitchen. I kept thinking I would need something that wasn't there, but after a few minutes of looking, I always found it! We took full advantage of the wonders offered, including a half-day fishing with Ojibway guide Bully King. He was terrific and we caught 4 fish, which he cleaned and de-boned for us to enjoy later that night at dinner. We also hike up to Lake Topaz (lovely), kayaked around the bay, and had a pizza night, using the wood-buning oven on the island. The sleeping cabins were comfortable and roomy, and exploring the 4 acres was excellent fun for our dog. Thanks John, we hope to see you next summer!

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto ON

classic cottage experience

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place! Our family of four (kids age 11 and 8) had a glorious time exploring the island, finding the teepee, reading in the hammocks and many chairs set about in perfect spots, catching rock bass off the different docks, paddling the canoe over to check out the beaver lodge across the small bay, and exploring the larger Bay in the easy-to-run motorboat. We were there in early July so the water was cold—and the sauna helped warm us up before and after a leap off the diving board.

The kitchen has everything you need to cook, particularly to bake--including cookbooks, baking pans, a KitchenAid mixer, food processor, blender—as well as a deep fryer, ice cream maker, milkshake machine! We had fun using the pizza oven for both pizza and baguette, and grilled on the large gas barbecue. We ate mostly on the deck, overlooking the water. Maybe because it has been a dry season, there were surprisingly few mosquitoes, even in the evening.

The cottage and sleep cabins were clean, and beds were comfortable, with nice cotton linens. A good washing machine and dryer made life easier, and the shower is hot and water pressure good. This is classic Canadian cottaging, where you spend most of your time outdoors, but the buildings make it easy to cook, wash, sleep, and shelter from the wind, rain and sun when you need to.

John was welcoming, helpful and available over the phone for troubleshooting and advice about day trips, but also let us feel the place was ours for the week. He clearly loves this place—and also loves to share it. We felt more like members of the family than paying guests. Thank you, John, for a wonderful family vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Toronto, ON, Canada

Island vacation

  • 5 of 5

Thank you very much for the perfect vacation. Our family enjoyed every minute on your island. Serenity and tranquility of the mornings, bright colours of forest, even rain and storm - everything was great. Special thank you for the boat. Fishing was one of the main goals, and pike fresh from the lake was so tasty. We had a very good experience with local people, too. In the middle of the big city no one will offer you help. But in the middle of the lake, people who passed on the boats stopped and asked if we were OK and offered help. It was great experience to go fishing with local man you recommended. Without him we would get lost in 5 minutes. Looked like he can drive the boat in the middle of the night and with closed eyes. He knows all the rocks in these lakes. And, maybe, the rocks know him too :)

Your cottage with cozy fireplace, cabins, and real wooden sauna are perfect. Everything is done to be able to accommodate and make comfortable even the pickiest person. We really admired cottage decorations and your library. And your kitchen - there is everything one may need to make a good dinner.

I hope we will be back.

Thank you again.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
Red Dog
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
12 Kilometres
Little Current

The Bay offers a tremendous number of adventure excursions by boat to world class scenic and geologic sites. Also Manitoulin Island, 'the world's largest fresh water island', is only 12 miles south and is like going back in time offering the photographer wonderful landscapes and many options for those looking for local

culinary opportunities.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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