With summer here and blistering temperatures in the forecast, many Toronto families and couples are thinking about a summer vacation in Muskoka. If you want to avoid the congestion of Muskoka yet still remain in cottage country, you may want to try Parry Sound, which is a 25 minute drive northwest of Muskoka. Like Muskoka, Parry Sound still features whistling pine trees and wind-swept islands throughout Georgian Bay that were the subject of many Group of Seven paintings. The following Parry Sound cottage resorts offer lakefront views and comfortable accommodations for a moderate price. Don’t forget to stop in at Henry’s Fish Restaurant on the water if you are boating near San Souci.
Mill Lake Cottage Resort
Mill Lake Cottage Resort is in McDougall about ten minutes from Parry Sound and includes five housekeeping cottages, all of which are beautifully decorated. The cottages range from one bedroom to four bedrooms and include satellite TV, as well as their own deck and barbeque. All of the cottages are close to the lake. Some are winterized and have fireplaces. There is a 100 foot sand beach and complimentary canoes, kayaks and paddleboats. You can fish for Northern Pike, Crappie, Pickerel, Bass and Trout in Mill Lake and boats are available for rent on site. Peak summer weekly rates range from $950 to $1796 plus HST. No pets are allowed.
This 10-cottage resort near Parry Sound features free wireless Internet and most cottages have Satellite TV/DVDs, decks and gas barbeques. You can choose from one, two and four-bedroom cottages. The resort features a sand beach, volleyball, basketball, badminton and a children’s playground, as well as complimentary canoes, kayaks and paddleboats. Fish for Lake Trout, Smallmouth or Largemouth Bass on Silver Lake. Summer rates are $900 to $2,000 per week.
This pet-friendly Parry Sound cottage resort features Deluxe cottages that sleep up to 6 and have renovated kitchens with dishwashers, satellite TV with DVD/VCR, screened in porches, propane barbeques, private docks and your own canoe for $1900 per week during peak periods. Plus, when you rent a cottage for a week, you can rent a boat and motor for $100 for the week. Deluxe cottages are $2,175 per week and are larger, newer and have a deck. Premium cottages, which are more private and closer to the lake are $2,400 per week. One bedroom and two bedroom suites with kitchens are available for $850 to $1375 per week during peak times. This Parry Sound cottage resort features a sandy beach with a roped in swimming area, water trampoline, water slide, canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, rowboat, playground, basketball courts, tennis courts, mini putt, billiards and ping pong. You can fish for pike or bass off the dock, but will have to go deeper into Otter Lake for trout.
If you prefer to travel by water to your Parry Sound cottage, you’ll enjoy staying at the Craganmor Point Resort, which is a 15 minute boat ride from Parry Sound on McLaren Island in the South Channel of Georgian Bay. The resort includes seven waterfront cottages featuring screened porches and gas barbeques. Wireless Internet is available. The cottage resort features complimentary paddle boats, canoes and kayaks, as well as boats and motors available to rent. You can fish for Walleye, Bass, Lake Trout, Northern Pike and Muskie in Georgian Bay. There is also a general store, ice cream shop and restaurant on site for those nights you don’t feel like cooking. Cottages rent for $695 to $1,395 per week during the peak season.