While some people are looking to book a cottage this summer, you're thinking about getting away from the job in September or October. You know from experience that after the Labour Day Weekend, the families with school age children will have left cottage country and will have their children back in school. The country-side will be less busy and it will become a much quieter place.

The weather in the early fall might start to cool but there will be many comfortable days with warm sunshine. The fall can be the perfect time for being outside, hiking through the forest and exploring new places. It's a good time time for relaxing and enjoying being away from the hustle and bustle of the city. In the evening, sitting around a blazing camp-fire under a star-filled sky can be the ideal way to end a perfect day on vacation.  

Recently your friends and people at work have been talking about how much they have enjoyed visiting Tobermory and the Bruce Peninsula. You thought you would go on-line and you were excited to read about all the places to visit and enjoyable things to do in that unique area of Southern Ontario. Now you've started looking for a place to stay and you're wanting to find a clean and comfortable waterfront cottage to call home while you explore the beautiful Northern Bruce Peninsula. 

Well you're in luck because you have landed on a web-site specifically developed to showcase a private cottage located on the shore-line of a sheltered bay of Lake Huron about a ten minute drive south of Tobermory.

I hope you will consider this as your first step in a journey that will bring you to this place where you can be assured a restful and relaxing vacation.

Let's get that journey started.

Imagine for a moment... you're standing at the water’s edge of a sheltered bay off of a large lake. There is a forest of green trees behind you. You're breathing in fresh air that is slightly tinged with a hint of  white cedar. There's a clear sky overhead and a you sense a gentle on-shore breeze blowing through your hair. A vast sea of blue water stretches out in front of you and the lake is crystal clear and  is the most amazing colour of blue. You notice a few seagulls flying nearby and you hear them calling above the sound of the waves lapping on the shore. As you stand there savouring the moment, your heart-rate slows and you sense your mind and body begin to relax.   

There's no need to imagine this scene anymore because this place really does exist and it's only a morning drive north-west of Toronto. 

We call this place the Willow Bank.  

The Willow Bank is a modern and well equipped four bedroom Cape Cod style cottage located on the Lake Huron shoreline about 10 minutes south of Tobermory. The Willow Bank is the perfect all-season accommodation for guests to call home while they explore the beautiful Bruce Peninsula in Ontario, Canada.

The Willow Bank cottage does not cater to large groups and will only comfortably accommodate families and small groups with a maximum number of 7 people. 

The cottage is located in the Unesco World Biosphere Reserve just west of the Niagara Escarpment and only a short distance from some of the most popular tourist attractions in the area including the Bruce Peninsula National Park, Fathom Five National Marine Park, Flower Pot Island, the Grotto, the Bruce Trail and Singing Sands Beach just to name a few. 

Please take your time to look around this web-listing. I suggest taking a moment to read the description of the cottage in the "Details" section and looking at the photos in the "Photo" section. You might want to read what our previous guests have had to say about their stay at the cottage in the "Reviews" section. Rest assured that everything written and every photo displayed on this site are what you can expect to actually experience while staying there.

This spring I completely reworked the elevated front deck at the cottage replacing the wood decking with PVC and installed new aluminum and glass railings. The deck is now spotless and I believe that the view through the new glass railing of the far shoreline and Lake Huron is even more spectacular than it was before.

The Willow Bank cottage and the Northern Bruce Peninsula are magical places where good times are enjoyed and pleasant memories are made. 

I look forward to receiving your enquiry and will do everything possible to make the booking process as easy as possible.

Glenn A. Aishford

Owner- Willow Bank Cottage- Private Lakeside Retreat


  • Smoke free and Pet free environment
  • 4 Bedrooms that includes a one room Guest Cabin
  • Spacious bathroom with claw-foot tub and glass-door shower stall
  • Complimentary wireless high speed internet
  • Well equipped kitchen
  • Modern amenities including dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer
  • Large elevated front deck with lounge chairs overlooking waterfront
  • Gas BBQ and outside dining at patio table with chairs
  • 46" HDTV with Satellite receiver, Surround Sound and Blu Ray Player
  • Vast collection of Blu Ray movies and music concerts
  • Wall mounted gas fireplace in Entertainment Room
  • 2 Kayaks and a 2 person paddle-boat provided
  • Swimming raft anchored nearby in deeper water
  • Shoreline fire pit, two benches and complimentary firewood
  • Many bird feeders and hanging baskets of flowers
  • Located near the Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park
  • Shoreline firepit with complimentary firewood provided
Willow Bank Cottage- Private Lakeside Retreat-Tobermory

Sights and Sounds- Summer day at the Willow Bank