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The Bay Cottage - A Serene Island Retreat

4.9/5(10 reviews)
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The Bay Cottage Autumn - 1/37
View from the dock looking down the bay - 2/37
The sunny dock (shady one is on the other side) great for swimming, sun bathing, reading, or fishing - 3/37
Our local heron - 4/37
Ahhhh.... - 5/37
Early morning on the lake - 6/37
The Great Room, high ceiling, flooded with light, pull out couch - 7/37
In the Great Room looking towards the dining area - 8/37
Dining Room (in Great Room) - 9/37
Queen bedroom - 10/37
King Bedroom - 11/37
Twin Bedroom #1 - 12/37
Twin Bedroom + Trundle Bed - 13/37
Fully Equipped Kitchen (fridge, stove, microwave, dishwasher, double sink) - 14/37
Relax on the deck with lakeside views - 15/37
Screen porch with seating area, gaming table/eat in table, great lake views, access to deck - 16/37
Screen porch with seating area, gaming table/eat in table, great lake views, access to deck - 17/37
Porch with Awesome Views includes seating area, eating or game area and sliding glass doors to deck - 18/37
Deck with barbecue, picnic table, and incredible Bay views - 19/37
Read a book in the hammock, take a nap, or just take in the view - 20/37
Dock and Shallow Beach (Right), Row boat, Canoe, Sail Boat, 50HP fiberglass boat - 21/37
Boat included in rental (pictured at marina and not at the cottage) - 22/37
Canoe or row around the bay and beyond - 23/37
Canoe on small sand beach (row boat to the right) - 24/37
Sailing home - 25/37
Be adventurous, rediscover nature - these two teepees were built by two young boys and their dad - 26/37
Robinson Crusoe basketball court - shoot hoops, play badminton, run around - 27/37
Shallow entry beach (with ducklings!) perfect for kids - 28/37
View from the dock, calm waters are perfect for canoeing, rowing, swimming, and fishing - 29/37
Relax in the Hammock - 30/37
Ducks visit the cottage every day and have been doing so for over thirty years - 31/37
Hummingbirds Visit Often - 32/37
Northern Map turtles in the area live up to 20 years - 33/37
Delicious coffee, tea, pastries, cookies, and legendary butter tarts at Tea Beards in Gravenhurst - 34/37
Eat in or take out - Pick up delicious, organic, freshly prepared food at Relish in Gravenhurst - 35/37
Herons are frequent visitors to the shoreline - 36/37
The famed vintage Segwun Steamship travels the waters every day - seen from Bay Cottage dock - 37/37
$2650 / week
$2650 / week
DescriptionLocationAvailabilityRatesReviews (10)


Sleeps 10
4 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
not allowed
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An Island Getaway in the heart of Muskoka
(make sure to read the reviews below)

Our comfortable and spacious cottage is waiting to welcome you and your guests. Calm waters, great swimming, fishing, canoeing, boating, tubing, reading, relaxing, exploring. A paradise for kids, a relaxing retreat for adults.

Watch the famous RMS Segwun steam-wheeler ply the lake waters, feed baby ducks right off the dock, and enjoy other wildlife close-up - deer, map turtles, otters, hummingbirds, loons, and herons. Your rental includes a canoe, row boat, small sail boat, and 50hp speed boat (available with proof of valid Ontario pleasure craft license available online)

This island get-away is ten minutes from Gravenhurst and less than two hours from Toronto but a world away from the daily grind. The Muskoka Lakes were recently selected by National Geographic Explorer as one of the top vacation destinations in the world. Come and find out why...

?Unforgettable Memories?
July 2014
Overall: 5.0

We spent a week in mid July in this cottage and had a really great time. The place is clean and comfortable and it's the same you see in the pictures. All amenities and equipment were in good working order. My most favorite times were in the morning, eating breakfast in deck with lake-view. We felt the privacy and comfort of the home. I definitely recommend this cottage if you want to stay relaxed and enjoy feeling lazy!


4 bedrooms :
- 5 single beds
- 1 Queen bed
- 1 King bed
- 1 Sofa bed
Coffee maker
Dishes and cutlery
Microwave oven
Internet access
Telephone (local calls)
Linens Provided





Province: Ontario
Region: Muskoka / Georgian Bay
City: Gravenhurst
Closest ski resort:-
Distance from ski resort:-
Nearest Body of Water:Lake Muskoka
Waterfront: Yes
Other Town/Lake/Area:Bala
Note: Ten minute drive from Gravenhurst. Park at Campbell's Landing Marina (one parking pass included with rental). Water taxi service available. Boat comes with rental with proof of valid pleasure craft operator's license. Lake Locator #35LM7


Last update: November 09, 2019
December 2019
January 2020
AvailableNot available


(Fri & Sat
--$2650--1 Week
Rates are in Canadian dollars


Security Deposit$500 (Security deposit will be refunded within 14 days of check-out)
Booking Deposit50% due at time of booking (The balance is due 15 days before arrival)
Payments on CottagesInCanadaNo
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  • Cleaning fee : $150.00


50% Deposit due at time of booking. Balance due 2 weeks prior to stay. $500 security deposit required and fully refundable within two weeks after stay if there is no significant damage. $120 cleaning fee.


(10 reviews)
(10 reviews)

Our family had a fantastic time at the Bay Cottage last summer! We have young kids (ages 5 and 2) and the beach access was easy, water toys were plentiful, and the dock has both sun and shade options. There's wildlife to interest the kids; we fed ducklings right off of the dock, saw a heron and turtles from the canoe, and enjoyed the frequent visits from the hummingbirds. The cottage itself is also family-friendly, from the travel crib to the various arts and craft supplies, the puzzles and games, to having furniture with rounded corners. We were pleasantly surprised by how easy it was for a family with young kids.

The owners are also great to work with - very accessible, communicative, and organized. They really want you to enjoy your time at this special cottage, and you will!

Stayed: July 2018    Submitted: Apr 13, 2019
Owner response:
Thank you, An! We are so pleased that you and your family enjoyed your stay. Having brought up all our own kids at the Bay Cottage it makes us happy to know that your children are having a great time swimming, exploring, doing crafts and enjoying all that Miller Island has to offer. We look forward to welcoming you back this summer.

We had a terrific time at this island cottage ... Fantastic waterfront ; quiet bay away from the main boat channels, clean waterfront , great for swimming with kids ; gentle sloped beach entry or jumping off the dock; carefully and attentively-stocked cottage that really takes into consideration what the guests will need; the cottage was very clean, comfortable, and very spacious; big deck with BBQ, and awesome screened room for family evenings , lots of games and books ( the Zits comics were a hit ). The ladies are super nice , and really care about providing a great holiday experience for their guests . The small boat was nice to explore the area, and had enough zip out in the open to make it fun. Loved Lake Muskoka. Overall, Just a really nice holiday , and super nice owners to work with . Thank you .

Stayed: June 2018    Submitted: Jul 08, 2018
Owner response:
Dear Ashif,
We are delighted that your family had a great time at the Bay Cottage! I know you were initially a little trepidatious about trying Island Life so we are extra happy that it was a great experience. We always say, once you vacation on an island you'll never want to go back to the mainland. Thank you for such a positive review and we hope to welcome you and your family back for years to come. Megan, Stephanie & Leslie

Our relatives from France said " these have been the best holidays we have ever had ".Yet they have had holidays all over France,Spain, Italy,...Of course,Muskoka is special with its wilderness,its tranquility, its wildlife . But the comfort of the Bay Cottage, its cozy atmosphere, its size (perfect for 8 adults with 3 children),have certainly influenced greatly their opinion. This is a cottage we want to rent every Year !

Stayed: August 2017    Submitted: Sep 02, 2017
Owner response:
Merci beaucoup Jean-Claude! We loved having you and your family stay at the Bay Cottage and look forward to welcoming you again next year.
Warm regards,
Megan, Stephanie & Leslie.

Terrific holiday!!! The Owners are very accommodating and a pleasure to deal with. The cottage and property are well maintained. The setting is private and quiet with wonderful views from any location around the property. The layout worked very well for our group size with lots of room in and out rain or shine. The cottage is well equipped for holidays and made our stay very relaxing needing nothing other than food and water. We were a group of 10 and never felt crowded. We arrived at the marina and used the water taxi which was very convenient to get a large amount of gear to the cottage. The boat provided with the cottage worked well for seeing the area. The owners are very accessible however we didn't need contact them for any reason. We left with the feeling we could easily enjoy another week, We look forward to our next stay .

Stayed: July 2017    Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
Owner response:
Thank you so much, Ron! We love how much you and your family appreciated our little slice of heaven in Muskoka. We look forward to welcoming you all again next year.
Warm regards,
Megan, Stephanie, & Leslie

How does one begin to describe the perfect cottage get-away? I suppose we should start with its owners Megan and Stephanie. Both women were very thorough and very accommodating in all aspects of this rental. By the time we rented the cottage we felt we had known the two of them for many years.
The cottage slept eight of us very comfortably. It was spacious and it offered everything and a wide variety of games and puzzles. The screened in porch was ideal for evening gatherings and the dining area when not eating on the deck was ideally located off the kitchen with a big dining room table.
It was our goal as our children had all grown, to revisit the traditional family vacation. The Smith cottage on Miller Island was the perfect choice as it provided awesome sunsets and full moons reflecting off a shimmering lake. Sunning and swimming off the deck was ideal and while there were other cottages around, the serenity was much appreciated. It was very apparent the Smith cottage was loved and had a family history all its own.
If we are forced to find a negative it would have to relate to the Campbell Landing where our boat was launched. While the owners Colleen and her husband were very nice people, the efficiency of the marina was lacking. It wasn't easy to find docking to use our cars again. However, our intentions were not to drive anywhere other then to golf and shop. We managed to golf.
Every member of our family recommends the Smith cottage on Miller Island.

Stayed: July 2017    Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
Owner response:
Thank you so much Mary and Gord, for your kind words and wonderful review of The Bay Cottage. It makes us so happy to be able to share our beloved cottage with other families. We also felt like we'd known you forever! Hope to see you again next year. Megan, Leslie, & Stephanie

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