Local Area Information

Location, Location, Location

The Willow Bank is located on the water's edge of a sheltered bay of Lake Huron. It's the place you want to call home while you really experience the rugged and wild Northern Bruce Peninsula.

Fully enjoy and explore all that this area has to offer and have a clean and comfortable cottage to head home to at the end of the day.

Or you could decide to stay at the cottage for the day, relax on the front deck or maybe take the kayaks out into the crystal clear water of Lake Huron. 

Our Local Area- The Beautiful Northern Bruce Peninsula

The Bruce Peninsula is a long finger of land that juts out from the main body of Southern Ontario. The Bruce Peninsula is about 100 kilometres long (60 miles) and approximately 30 kilometres wide (18 miles) and stretches outward in a northwesterly direction from the city of Owen Sound. The Bruce Peninsula is the land mass that separates Lake Huron from Georgian Bay. 

The Bruce Peninsula is surrounded by water with Georgian Bay being on the eastern side while Lake Huron is to the west. Lake Huron is one of the Great Lakes and it tends to be shallower than Georgian Bay. The prevailing winds on the Bruce Peninsula during the summer is out of the west. These westerly winds tend to blow the warm surface lake water on shore in Lake Huron and off-shore in Georgian Bay. This naturally occurring phenomena on the Bruce Peninsula during the summer means that the water in Lake Huron tends to be warmer than the water in Georgian Bay. 

The Willow Bank cottage is located on the Lake Huron shoreline about a ten-minute drive south of the town of Tobermory. The cottage is in a very quiet and private location away from all the busy tourist sites on the Northern Bruce Peninsula. The most popular tourist sites in the area are the Bruce Peninsula National Park, the Grotto, Flower Pot Island or the Singing Sands Beach. These sites are located only a short drive away from the cottage but they seem to be a world away when you’re relaxing on the front deck of the cottage enjoying breathtaking views and watching your children playing in the warm shallow lake water in front of the cottage. 

The Willow Bank cottage is located on the northern shoreline of a sheltered bay of Lake Huron that it shares with only three other cottages. None of these other cottages is visible from the Willow Bank ensuring complete privacy for our guests. The opposite shoreline in the bay is privately owned and there are no buildings located there. The front of the cottage and the large elevated deck faces due south over Lake Huron so that visitors to the cottage can enjoy all day sunshine and refreshing westerly breezes. The cottage is surrounded by a forest of cedar trees. 

Wildlife

The Northern Bruce Peninsula is covered in a vast expanse of green forest. It is home to large numbers of wildlife. It can be exciting for visitors to see a wide variety of wildlife in their natural habitat. Beavers, otters, coyotes, Bald Eagles, white-tail deer, fox, rabbits, grouse, wild turkeys and an abundance of songbirds are just a few of the animals that you might see during your visit.

Lake Huron and Georgian Bay

Lake Huron is one of the five Great Lakes located in the virtual centre of North America.

In Ontario, there seems to be an endless number of vacation properties located on good lakes, but as I like to say, "There are only so many good cottages located on one of the five Great Lakes".

Lions Head, Wiarton and Sauble Beach

A short drive to the south of the Willow Bank cottage are the towns of Lion's Head and Wiarton. The town of Sauble Beach is located a little further south and to the west and it features a large sand beach and an amusement park that visitors to the cottage might like to visit.

Hiking Trails

There are a number of nearby hiking trails, including sections of the Bruce Trail that are routed along the shoreline and through the Bruce Peninsula National Park. These trails are available for people to walk, explore and enjoy.

Tobermory

The little town of Tobermory is 16 kms (10 miles) from the cottage. Take a trip into town to shop for groceries or browse through the many little shops. You might decide to take a glass bottom boat cruise to view sunken shipwrecks, lighthouses or for a day-trip to Flowerpot Island.

In Summary

Visitors to the Willow Bank cottage and the Northern Bruce Peninsula will likely run out of time on their vacations before they run out of fascinating places to visit or interesting things to do. And when you just want to just kick back and relax, the elevated front deck on the Willow Bank cottage is an excellent place for doing just that.

Highlights
  • Smoke free and Pet free environment
  • 4 Bedrooms that includes a one room Guest Cabin
  • One bathroom has a claw-foot tub and glass-door shower. Second bathroom has a glass-door shower.
  • 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
  • Shoreline fire pit, one bench, chairs and complimentary firewood
  • Bird feeders and hanging baskets of flowers
  • Located near the Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park
  • Just down the road from Singing Sands Beach
Location
Willow Bank Cottage- Private Lakeside Retreat-Tobermory