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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 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)


In the setting of its own private 2-acre island located in McGregor Bay, you will find our charming cedar log cottage. This amazing structure was built more than 50 years ago by Native artisans and is as beautiful today as it was then. It consists of two bedrooms, two baths, a living room, modern kitchen, and a glassed-in screened porch. The cottage comfortably sleeps seven. When the windows of the porch are open, it provides 2/3 open-air comfort. The kitchen is more than adequately equipped with modern appliances, which includes a Jenn-Aire range and grill, refrigerator, freezer, and solid maple butcher-block countertops. A washer and dryer are also located in the kitchen area. Satellite TV, Wi-Fi and telephone are also available. A wood-burning stove insert has been added to the fireplace to provide sufficient heat on chilly days. The island is conveniently located near the marina where your car will be parked. Transportation to and from the island can be booked with G & J or Still water marinas (water taxi; for rates please contact marinas directly), or arranged with the owners. A motor boat is also available for an additional charge.

Since every trip different please contact us to discuss the cost and details.

416-316-8859 or email at

Complimenting the cottage, are two decks. The front deck (with a hammock and redwood deck furniture) is just steps away from the waterfront, and provides spectacular views of both sunrises and sunsets. The waterfront provides a great swimming/sunning/fishing area. There are two kayaks (with paddles) for use. A boat and motor are also available for an additional charge of $500 per week. Great fishing is at your fingertips.

The rear deck provides a beautiful serene setting overlooking a quiet view of the water where you will spot all kinds of wildlife. There's a gas grill, patio table, chairs and umbrella. Very rarely will you see a boat back's that quiet!!

There is a separate art studio -- and the area lends itself to spectacular views for both artists and/or photographers. The famous Canadian artists -- 'The Group of Seven'.. used McGregor Bay as a base for many of their famous paintings.

This is a wonderful opportunity to relax and restore in one of the most beautiful and unique areas of North America.

Additional info:

Cottage phone number: 705‑863‑3140

J & G Marina (705) 285-4293

Still Water Marina (705) 285-4359

Cottage owner phone number: 416-316-8859. Any questions or issues - please give me a call or email at

Keywords: Private Island, Charming Cedar Log Cabin, Serene Natural Setting, Fishing Paradise, Pristine Waters, Spectacular Sunrises and Sunsets, Artist's Haven, Relax & Restore, Pike, Valley, Island

More Details

Dmytro & Olena
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Dmytro & Olena

We are Dmytro and Olena Matviychuk. Travelling to McGregor Bay, we fell in love with this magnificent region and decided to be a part of it. Previous owners Jim and Lorraine Skala created really great place to relax and enjoy every moment of the stay on the island. Lorraine is an artist. And we are really proud to have some works of Lorraine in the cottage. We hope to have our own family amazing holidays on the island and will be happy to share this experience with others.

There is no place like a small island to bring back a family experience. Just a few words from Rachel Fields' great poem......'Once you have slept on an island, you will never be the same'.....says it all


Why Dmytro & Olena chose Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands

Imaging being on your own on the beautiful private island. Enjoy every minute being outside of the city rush. Don't forget to look at the night sky. This place gives unforgettable experience and provides enjoyment that is offered nowhere else on the globe.

What makes this cottage unique

It’s the place people go to escape

a place made of cabins, pine trees and lakes.

But no matter how far you drive

there’s no sign to say “You’ve arrived.”

So just follow your heart til you find

your special place that brings peace of mind.

As you breathe in the air and unwind

your cares are all left behind.

It’s no mystery where the northwoods start.

When you’re “up north”

you’ll know in your heart.

— Suzanne Kindler 1996

An artist's paradise! Catch & eat fresh fish every day! Spend a relaxing afternoon in the hammock reading a great book! Or go out in the kayak with your camera. It's a photographer's paradise as well.


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
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Check in / Check out time may vary if agreed with the owner.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Luxury bedding with down comforter
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Comfortable bed with down comforter
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Private corner in living room-breezes-fireplace,luxury beddi
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , sofa bed located in screened-in porch
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
2 Kayaks


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(8 traveler reviews)

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Beautiful Private Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews
Milverton Ontario Canada

Stunning, Amazing, Best Vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the week of July 19. There is not enough amazing words to describe this vacation. I have teenagers and they absolutely loved it, and keep asking when we are going to go back. We caught fish off the dock every day, and in our boat my husband landed his first Muskie. Lots of things to see, and we were introduced to lots of wildlife which was the highlight. A vacation that will never be forgotten and one that we will definitely do again if you will have us.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this review. You are welcome back anytime. It is so heartwarming to hear that you see the same beauty we have seen for 50+ years. Glad we could share it with you!
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Marshall, MI

Charming Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful rustic island cabin with all of the amenities. Great sunsets and sunrises from the two large desks along with morning wake-up calls from the pair of loons that cruise the nearby waterways. The fishing was great from both the boat and the two docks (nice to separate the teenage fishermen and their hooks). Our teenagers loved exploring the island to find just the right fishing spot. They even found a great spot for their overnight hammocks with great water views.

The early morning visits to the dock by the resident mink was quite a treat although the 30 minute dock visit by the river otter was outstanding. On the deck, we were close enough to hear him enjoying his fish catches.

The cabin is well stocked but is starting to show a bit more of the rustic elements. The caretaker Jerry could not have been more helpful. This was one of the few vacations that I really did not want to leave.

Given the rocky island edges and the depth of the water, I would not recommend this for young children. For teenagers interested in the outdoors, the internet was of no interest, they went for the kayaks and fishing versus their game consoles. Bring a great book, as the decks are ideal locations for a great read.

We spent one afternoon off the island and enjoyed a great harbor walk in Little Current (20 minute drive) along with a great fish dinner at the Anchor Inn.

Can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for that lovely review. It always makes us feel so good when people enjoy the natural beauty as we have over the years. This cabin has been in our family for over 50 years. We are getting older now and it's harder to travel up there than it used to if we can share it with people that love nature and rustic living, it brings us much joy. You are welcome back anytime!
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Just the ticket

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great week at this cottage. The high points were;

1. Although the cottage is rustic, it is well equipped with modern appliances that all work, well-stocked kitchen, games, puzzles, music center with lots of great cassette (remember them?) compilations, large modern barbeque, powerful showers, well-stocked herb garden. It is also roomy.

2. It is in a lovely position - peaceful without being isolated, on its own pretty island and in the middle of a huge expanse of waterways and islands

3. So relaxing - I decompressed in about half the time it usually takes. Being on an island makes you less prone to always wanting to be doing something. I made a new friend in the hammock on the front deck, where I variously had afternoon naps, drank early evening cocktails watched the sun go down but generally hogged.

4. Plenty to do; great fishing (you don't even have to leave the island, I had a fine time off the dock and at various other points around the island), kayaks for your use, a useful boat with outboard (lots of PFDs), swimming, cruising the islands and the hot tub, which was our kids favorite.

5. Really helpful and friendly caretaker (Jerry).


None really. Espanola (North on 6) is where to get your groceries on the way through, but is a bit grotty. Little Current (South on 6) is closer and quainter. What was once obviously a beautiful garden is a little overrun now, so bring your gloves and trowel if you are a gardener!

If you do get off the island (and I recommend not), then the Red Dog Grill at Whitefish Falls is friendly and has good food.

Went away with some lovely memories and our kids declared it their best holiday ever, despite the lack of computers.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cobourg, Ontario

A Special Place

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely, clean, airy, well-equipped cottage in a very quiet and private location. It is everything the owners promised and more. The water is crystal clear, the island is private and fun to explore and there are lots of places to hang out and relax. It is a very short boat ride from the mainland but feels a world away. The owners make it very easy for renters, providing lots of information as well as many supplies. My husband and I and 2 kids had a wonderful week and we hope to be back next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and relaxing stay on the island...

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this cabin was unlike any other. We had a wonderful time during our week long vacation - a surprise for my mom's 60th birthday. We had an absolutely amazing time!!! There was everything that we could have imagined needing provided, and plenty of space for all of us (7 in total), inside and out. The weather was beautiful, the water was pristine and warm, and the cabin itself was cozy, comfortable, and welcoming. We all left feeling, relaxed, recharged, and grateful for the time we spent at this enchanted place. Thank you to Jim and Lorraine for sharing this slice of heaven with us.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you being such wonderful guests. You are welcome back anytime. We knew you would love it!!
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Beautiful "Enchanted Island"

  • 5 of 5

As a youth, I spent all my summers at Lake Panache and had heard a lot about the beauties of McGregor Bay. I finally got to visit this area and was quite impressed. This island is surrounded by plentiful wilderness (we saw many deer, one bear, beavers, a mink, otters, a snapping turtle and loads of birds and waterfowl. The cottage itself is quaint and provides all the comforts and conveniences for a very pleasant stay. On our visit, the fishing wasn't terrific (it was too warm). But the scenery was absolutely incredible. It was so peaceful on this enchanted island that we felt very removed from the urban grind. Also, I would be remiss to not mention the owners' wonderful hospitality. We will be back

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
77 Miles
Sudbury Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Red Dog
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
South Baymouth
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Espanola Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Red Dog
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Providence Bay

If you like nature and pristine water to swim in, you will love our island. You can catch your dinner right off the front dock, or jump in for a refreshing swim. Or just take a nap in the hammock on the front deck.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $149.86

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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