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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 3-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. Anything you could possibly want to use in a kitchen is there, so you don’t need to worry about bringing any kitchen stuff. The kitchen is more than adequately equipped with modern appliances, which includes a Jenn-Aire range and grill, refrigerator, freezer, coffee maker, toaster and solid maple butcher-block countertops. A washer and dryer are also located in the kitchen area. The cottage is serviced by a septic system and has normal indoor plumbing with hot and cold running water. We supply all bedding and towels. To help lighten your load we also provide: paper towels, toilet paper, trash bags, laundry soap, dishwashing liquid. Cottage also equipped with satellite TV, Wi-Fi and local telephone. A wood-burning stove insert has been added to the fireplace to provide sufficient heat on chilly days. The island is conveniently located 10 minutes away from the J&G or Still Water marinas where your car can be parked. For guests without a personal boat there is a water taxi service. A motor boat is also available for an additional charge.

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. 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/BBQ, 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.

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 day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About Dmytro & Olena

Travelling to McGregor Bay, we fell in love with this magnificent region and decided to be a part of it. Our cottage is a really great place to relax and enjoy every moment of the stay on the island. We have our own family amazing holidays on the island and 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands in Manitoulin District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • 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. Deposit is non-refundable.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • 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 ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Luxury bedding with down comforter
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Comfortable bed with down comforter
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Private corner in living room-breezes-fireplace,luxury beddi
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 Sofa bed/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 ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 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 centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
2 Kayaks


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Beautiful Private Island
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Classic cottage in amazing area

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week at this traditional, yet very comfortable, MacGregor Bay cottage. Our hosts Dmytro and Olena made sure all the details were in order before our arrival so the kitchen was well stocked with essentials and a thorough briefing was given both before and upon arrival to the cottage. The cottage is a 5 minute boat ride from the Stillwater Marina. Since we were not very familiar with the waters around the Bay, this was very helpful. MacGregor Bay can be pretty tricky to navigate by boat as there are a lot of shoals and difficult channels so being so close to the mainland was a comfort. We rented a small boat for the week so we could explore the area at our leisure. There were 2 kayaks as well so it was fun to paddle around the back of the island. There was a beaver and/or a muskrat that made his appearance most nights as we ate on the back deck of the cottage admiring the view and the wildlife. Hummingbirds flew in to the feeder often and we saw large herons and many loons out on the lake.

The cottage was clean and well kept. We comfortably slept 7 people. There are two bedrooms and a part of the living area that functions as another bedroom. For us, we did not mind this “communal” living arrangement at all because we were with family. I wonder if the small artist studio might one day be converted into a bunkee? There are 2 bathrooms and 2 showers so the facilities were ample. There were plenty of towels-both bath and beach towels.

The fishing at this cottage was very good, even just off the dock. My husband and daughter went out with a guide from Stillwater Fishing (Brian) and my husband caught a 20 pound muskie!

Overall, we had a great week relaxing, swimming, kayaking and boating. No hassles whatsoever! Thanks Dmytro and Olena-you were very good hosts! Sarah and Irv

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: 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!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: 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.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: 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.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: 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.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2013
  • Date of Stay: 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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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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands, Canada

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High season
15 Jul 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
9 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Dec 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2019 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £112.14

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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