"The Bay"
More Details

FAQ's ----- Frequently Asked Questions.

Q: Is smoking permitted?
A: Smoking inside the cottage is not permitted.

Q: Do you allow pets?
A: Well behaved pets are permitted.

Q: How is the sleeping arranged?
A: Sleeping accommodation is as follows:
       Master Bedroom, 1 queen bed.
       Second Bedroom, 1 double lower bunk, single upper and pull out lower trundle.
       Living Room, 1 queen pullout couch & 1 double pullout couch

Q: Is there car parking availability at Birch Island Landing?
A: Yes parking is available at both marinas.

Q: What type of boat can I rent from Still Water Marina?
A: Still Water Marina rents aluminum fishing boats that are ideal for the waters of McGregor Bay. Their boats typically include 15 HP outboards. Please call Still Water Marina if you plan to rent a boat from them and ask for their current rates.

Q: Are there docking fees at Still Water Marina?
A: No but there is a launch fee if you bring your own boat. It depends on the size of your boat but it is nominal.

Q: What is the address and phone numbers for the marinas?
A: Still Water Marina, McGregor Bay Road, Birch Island, Ontario. P0P 1A0 -- Phone # (705) 285-4359. email:
   J & G Marina, 18 Mcgregor Bay Road, Birch Island, Ontario, P0P 1A0 -- Phone # (705) 285-4293. email: jgmarina@hotmail.com2

Q: What is the distance and time to the cottage by boat?
A: It's 10 miles and time depends on the size of boat and the load but typically it takes 30 to 40 minutes in a smaller boat.

Q: How big is East Sampson Island?
A: The island is one of the larger islands and is over 2 Kilometers long and 1.5 Kilometers wide.

Q: How many other cottages are there on the island?
A: When the land in McGregor Bay was originally sold by the Government to cottagers only one plot was sold per island regardless of the island's size. This has preserved the quiet and unspoiled nature of McGregor Bay.

Q: What is the distance to other islands?
A: There are hundreds of islands in McGregor Bay, probably over a thousand. They are of all different sizes, some with cottages and many without. It is possible to make the trip from the mainland out to the cottage without being more than a few hundred yards from the shore of one of these islands. It is also possible to choose a route that favors more open water, more popular with sailors.

Q: Can I use my cellular telephone at the cottage?
A: Cellphone coverage has drastically improved over recent years and it is now possible to get good coverage throughout most of McGregor Bay. The internet is also available by using wireless hubs, rocket sticks and Mobile hot spots, if you have them.

Q: Where can I buy groceries?
A: Espanola has two good large grocery stores. There is also a small store at J&G Marina at Birch Island which has some basics.

Q: How do I find my way to East Sampson Island and the Cottage?
A: We provide a detailed chart of McGregor Bay with the route marked on it, before the rental date. If guests would prefer to be guided in they can use the services of a water taxi from the marina. This is a larger boat and can take much of the luggage and some passengers, which will also speed up the trip. This service is approx. $80. and should be booked from the Marina ahead of time.

Q: Do I need to bring my own drinking water?
A: The water that is supplied to the cottage comes from the lake and is unfiltered. There is a ceramic filtered drinking water system installed in the kitchen.

Q: What are the check in and out times?
A: Check in is after 2:00 p.m. and check out at 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays.

Q: I have been to McGregor Bay before and would like to know your island number?
A: When McGregor Bay was first surveyed by Thomas Paton earlier in the last century, all the islands where given numbers. East Sampson island is TP1800.

Q: Can you tell me the co-ordinates for the cottage?
A: 46deg03'33.17N 81deg35'44.22W . Here is the location in Google Earth. Satellite

Q: How's the fishing?
A: In a word, good.


  Email or Phone (905) 895-8710 Liz and Andy Betterton