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McGregor Bay Heritage Log Lodge

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Enjoy your own waterfront cottage; relax or barbeque on your deck overlooking a

Get back to nature for serenity and fun. Hike quartzite mountains, rock climb secluded shorelines, pick wild blueberries and raspberries, or fish for bass, pike, muskie and rainbow trout. Photograph or paint your scenic surroundings. You will be staying in an ideal central location for day McGregor Bay Heritage Log Lodge for trips around the bay.


The log cottage has the following sleeping accommodations, which can sleep 12. One queen size bed in the main bedroom and two bunk beds, one double bed, two single beds all in separate bedrooms. Additional beds in sun porch. The log building has lots of history where famous people have visited over the years. In its glory President Roosevelt visited in 1943. The Newmans were said to visit frequently as they were friends of the owners.

The kitchen has an electric stove, coffee maker, fridge, freezer and toaster. There is also a propane barbecue. Living room boasts a big rock fireplace which heats the building.. Water is pumped to the cottage by electric pump. There is a large electric hot water tank. The water is filtered but we do recommend boiling it or bringing bottled drinking water. The cottage is serviced by a large septic system and has normal indoor plumbing. The TV has a VCR and it is also possible to receive two Sudbury TV stations. There are games and playing cards.

There is a canoe and 5 kayaks supplied with the cottage. Remember to bring your fishing gear as fishing in the area is very good. Bass and pike are the most common fish caught locally. We provide basic cleaning materials and request you leave the cottage in a clean condition for the next renters. We request a $400 cleaning /security deposit which is refundable.

Additional Location Information

Mainland parking areas at Birch Island, Ontario, off Hwy. 6 between Espanola and Little Current. Property is located on Jumbo Island in McGregor Bay.

McGregor Bay, Ontario, is a particularly beautiful, rugged area. The Group of Seven chose to create many of their spellbinding portrayals of the Canadian Shield here and in other nearby areas. Surrounded by the white quartzite of the Killarney Mountains, the Bay is dotted with islands and shoals that make a wonderful scenic vacation setting for those who enjoy an unspoiled northern experience.

Cottaging in McGregor Bay is unlike the "gentrified" version experienced in more southern areas of Ontario. Island living requires an independent and self-reliant outlook. All your supplies are carried in by boat, and once you're there, you won't feel like going out to a convenience store just for a loaf of bread.

Although we do have neighbors, you feel you have the place to yourself. Most of the land is Crown Land, and you may freely explore any island that has not been built upon. 98% of the shoreline is wild. 

Wildlife shares the Bay with us. You will enjoy watching them, but please do not feed or interfere with them. Beaver and mink will swim by the dock. Waterfowl are abundant. Loons dive for fish all day long, and their strange cries will fascinate you virtually every night. Ducks, cormorants, gulls, terns, Canada geese and the Great Blue Heron live a successful existence in the Bay. You will thrill to watching birds of prey on the hunt. Various hawks, golden eagles and even a bald eagle soar for hours on the wind currents. Bring binoculars.

People in the Bay enjoy a relaxed pace of life. They tend to create their own amusements. You can have an easy climb in the nearby Killarney Mountains, journey for a picnic at Red Sand Beach, sail in the stronger breezes of the Outer Bay, or paddle your canoe in sheltered bays and channels. Of course the fisherman will enjoy casting for smallmouth bass, trolling for walleye and northern pike, or just still fishing for yellow perch. You should also count on catching up on your reading. 

Peace and tranquility are aspects mentioned by every visitor. There is a spiritual aspect to walking through the cathedrals of whispering white pines. The totally dark sky will amaze you on a clear night. You have never seen so many stars, sparkling right down to the horizon, and the family will enjoy counting meteors. At McGregor Bay, people discover their contemplative side, and come away with their energies recharged. Residents feel uniquely privileged to share this special place with nature.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 14, 2017

About The Owner

I grew up in the Bay summering with my parents and friends. Always has a special place for me and would like to share this with others.

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2009


Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Off Master Bedroom
  • There are 2 full bathrooms with stand up showers.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Master
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 bunk bed
  • There are 5 Bedrooms. All beds are new even though some pictures don't show them. 2 bedrooms have 2 single beds, 2 bedrooms have 1 double bed and 1 bedroom has 2 bunk beds.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


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McGregor Bay Heritage Log Lodge
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Beautiful views. Great cabin. Great docking. Great swimming.

  • 5 of 5

So many water toys. Great for swimming. Clean cabin with fantastic views. Spacious. Big kitchen with 2 sinks and fridges. It was all so good. Perfect week.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you had a good time. Thank you for sharing and taking care of the place.
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Gem of a Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Very nice property with lots of activities for the kids, good fishing ( Small and Big mouth Bass & Pike) and diving from the cliff as well. The people at the Marina (Murray & team) are very nice, helpful and friendly just like you would expect up north... We highly recommend it!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Million dollar view!

  • 5 of 5

Ample space to accommodate our family of 10. Newly remodeled kitchen. Large screened in porch was where we spent all of our indoor time. Beautiful docks were perfect for our outdoor living. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wow! Detailed review ... so much so that I ran out of room to tell you all about it!

  • 5 of 5

We were not prepared for this lovely gem of a cottage ... and as much as I sometimes am fearful of telling others about such a wonderful place (wanting instead to keep it quiet!), this is someplace special, and we, as a family, are grateful to Darwin for having shared it with us.

Arrival: We took the water taxi from the Marina to the cottage. Murray was quick, polite and helpful, loading out bags into the boat and out of it onto the waiting dock at the cottage. We also rented a boat, and we drove it to the cottage, following Murray. This boat was perfect for fishing. Upon arriving at the docks, we were thrilled to see the beautiful swimming area that these docks provided, as well as ample room for sunbathing, fishing and kayak launching. Did I mention that? 4 single kayaks, a double kayak and a canoe waited in the boathouse for our use. That was so perfect for us! Our fishermen were happy with the boat, while me and the three teenagers kayaked around Jumbo Island almost daily.

Cottage: I am a history teacher, and each day I wished I could talk to someone who had sat in this cottage. The stories it must be able to tell! The pictures Darwin has on this site do not do it justice! It is set perched on a little point up from the lake, and gets the perfect combination of sun, light breezes and shade.

Kitchen: The kitchen is new, with a new double door fridge, a stand alone deep freeze and an old click-handle fridge that I am certain has held the beers and wines of generations of guests! 2 sinks and a dishwasher (we did not use the dishwasher), an oven and a microwave rounded out the appliances. There are two coffee makers (in case one was not working), ample plastic cups, glasses and plates to be used. There was never a time we went looking for something that we couldn't find. Two people could easily work in the kitchen while others enjoyed other parts of the cottage.

Bedrooms: There are 5 bedrooms total. Master bedroom has a lovely corner view of the lake and the docks down below. It is set right off the kitchen and is a little separate from the other bedrooms. It is the perfect room for the early risers who want to sneak off for an early kayak or fish. The other 4 rooms have either twins, bunks or a double. All mattresses are new and very comfy.

Bathroom: Both clean and well stocked.

Deck: 2 BBQs, both the with propane tanks.

AH ... no more room for the review! End by saying thank you! A perfect cottage set in a beautiful spot!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed the place, everything you said I feel when I am there. Yes the history of the place is very interesting. There is a book I am trying to locate that shares some of that history. Amy's family are wonderful and I am learning the star rating. Wish I could change them to 5 stars plus. The place was left in perfect condition for the next guests. I hope you will come back and share the place again, bringing friends adding to the already rich history. For all other owners, you will not find a better family to rent your place. Thank you so much and take care.
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Sudbury, ON
Car: recommended

Get back to nature for serenity and fun. Hike quartzite mountains, rock climb secluded shorelines, pick wild blueberries and raspberries, or fish for bass, pike, muskie and rainbow trout. Photograph or paint your scenic surroundings. You will be staying in an ideal central location for day trips around the bay.


Rates & Availability

Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands Cottage Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $399.68
Pet Fee $199.84
Tax Rate 5.0%

Weekly rate includes water taxi in and out with 1 car parking at the Marina. Garbage fee per bag is $10 which you are responsible for removing your garbage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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