Situated just 2 and a half hours north of the GTA in Ontario, the Lake of Bays is a little slice of heaven, just north of Bracebridge and east of Huntsville. It is made up mostly of the towns of Dorset, Dwight, Hillside and Baysville. There are is ample opportunity to find a cottage rental in this part of the province of Ontario. With each of these towns there is a lot of different lakes, big and small, all of which have public access for boating, and public beaches to enjoy. What makes this area special is the support of the township to encourage public access to the lakes and rivers, and promote safe boating, fishing, canoeing, and overall nature enjoyment, all year/season long.
There are 3 provincial parks: Arrowhead, Algonquin, and Ragged Falls, also with access points to the waterways. I have been asked my preference for the outdoors, cottaging or camping? I say the same thing all the time, “I prefer to go to the cottage.” This isn’t to say I’ve never been camping, and it’s not fun. It is, and I enjoyed it and would still love it too. But my preference is to be able to have some of the minor conveniences that a dwelling in nature would provide for, simply put.
Whether you decide to camp or rent a local cottage, the best time of year to visit the Lake of Bays is in the autumn when the leaves change colour. It is a spectacular site to see! And the township is encouraging many who are interested in establishing a business locally to pursue it. The local towns have all kinds of business opportunities and are encouraging more and more. It’s a great place to visit with the family, with ample shops, general stores, artisan boutiques, restaurants and more to explore. Check out the highlands and the local trails in the various towns for more sites to see.
I think one of the most pleasant and convenient extras a cottage rentals community can offer are public beaches and public access into the waterways. By opening up the heart of their community, Lake of Bays shares their lovely little slice of heaven with the rest of the Ontario community and local visitors to the area. Other communities could learn from this generosity. Now get out there and explore!Author: SweetMarie
July 1, 2012