Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Bunkie, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)
Dmytro & Olena
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 Manitoulin District
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.
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Paradise on McGregor Bay
For those of you who are like us and have been looking for an opportunity to experience island cabin living on McGregor Bay look no further! The location is very convenient to where you park your car, but far enough off the path to not be on top of boat traffic. My family of four plus my cousin and his wife stayed for one week.
The cabin is original cedar log construction with an added kitchen area and out buildings. There are two dedicated bedrooms in the cabin, a king bed in the main room, and an outbuilding with bed we relegated to our son, who was happy to exchange local bathroom access for some privacy. The front screened-in porch was cool and breezy, and a couple of well-spaced trees provided a nice water view for our travel hammocks.
The two decks really make the cabin shine - with a large deck in the front and an even larger one in back, allowing us to escape sunshine and find breezes throughout the day. The rear deck faces a natural area with much wildlife. We took the kayaks on many excursions to the 'back bay' to enjoy some quite time with Nature.
Dmytro and Olena shared a detailed description of the premises prior to arrival which really helped with packing. Dmytro met us at the dock and ferried us to the cabin, where we met Olena. Our tour was detailed and everything matched the written description which made orientation easy.
Believe what is written about the kitchen - supplies, spices and cooking utensils abound, including a set of uncharacteristically sharp knives - a real find at any VRBO!
The days were warm and nights cool, so a little open window planning and strategic fan placement helped keep temperatures comfortable. If we would note one issue it would be that the second bath has a small shower which was hard to keep from dripping on the floor. The main bath shower is very comfortably sized, and we all agreed to use it after a couple of trials in the little one. No worries and no lineups as time in McGregor Bay is unstructured - you take a shower when you need to take a shower!
To close with a special note: the septic system on the island is excellent, which is a find on the hard rock of McGregor bay! We will definitely be looking at this property when we return.
Location, Location, Location
The island property is located in a perfect spot on McGregor Bay, only a 5 minute boat ride from the marina yet set back from the main boat route to the bay. I would argue it's nicer than advertised, a clean and well-maintained "rustic" cabin that has all the modern amenities most folks would need. Our group of four buddies had plenty of space to be together or relax alone, and the two decks and screened porch offered different options for chilling out. The beds were all excellent, the bathrooms were simple yet functional, and the kitchen had a surprising variety of cookware, implements, and basic staples. The fishing was spectacular: we caught many impressive lake trout, smallmouth bass, and northern pike all within 300 meters of the island! The host Demytro was easy to communicate with, punctual, and very helpful getting us loaded in and familiar with the property. I never go back to the same place twice, but my group is considering a return to this gem!
Enjoyed every minute of it! Intend to go back.
Lovely, clean log cabin. great swimming from the dock. Well stocked kitchen. Fifteen minute kayak ride from the marina. Lots of places to visit, swim, hike, climb and kayak. Nice owners.
great family getaway on private island
we stayed on pike island for a week in mid august with our family of 6 (4 kids age 4 to 14)
plenty of room for all of us and all the ammenities of home. Fishing in the bay and right off the dock is unbeatable (many 30" pike, 20" bass and even a muskie).
kids had a great time and the owner Dmytro was awesome to deal with. Cottage comes fully stocked and even has washer and dryer for laundry.
Highly recommend whether for a family or a group of adults, you wont be disappointed.
Classic cottage in amazing area
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
Stunning, Amazing, Best Vacation ever!
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.
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!
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.