An Introduction to Cottage Country and Sunny Point Resort and Cottages
Cottage country – n (Canadian) any lakeside region where many country cottages are located; home to urban vacationers who are seeking peace, relaxation and the great outdoors.
For many residents of Toronto and eastern Ontario, cottage country is equivalent to Muskoka, the Kawarthas, Parry Sound or Haliburton and every summer, people flock to these regions for a chance to unwind and soak up summer. I have found reports of over 2 million visitors making the trip to this region every year and have dreamed of one day joining them!
Childhood dreams become reality
As a kid, I always dreamed of having a cottage as my friends and their families migrated every weekend to their respective lake side homes. As a teen, I heard of the summer parties and longed to be a part of it. As an adult, I long for the tranquility and the chance to unwind in such a natural environment. I have given up the dream of owning a cottage of my own – I want to explore so much more of the world and tying myself to one plot of land, no matter how pristine, may no longer be my picture. There in lies the beauty of places like Sunny Point Resort and Cottages – I don’t need to be an owner when I can rent, be it a week or a weekend, one of Ontario’s dreamy waterfront properties.
Always up for an adventure, I recently explored the Explorers’ Edge Region, one of Ontario’s premiere tourist destinations only 2 hours north of Toronto. I basked in the excitement of ATVing and mountain biking, gently paddled on Georgian Bay and canoed in Algonquin Park. It was a whirlwind of activity packed into 3 days. Everything I did could be considered a quintessential Canadian wilderness experience (see Adventures with Explorers’ Edge for more details, links and photos) and I reveled in it all. Included in the experience was one night in a cottage in cottage country – what a tease!
Introducing Sunny Point Resort and Cottages on Otter Lake, Parry Sound
We arrived at the cottages at dusk after an activity packed day. Our host, Andy, greeted us with his super friendly chocolate lab who was only too happy to try and distract us from our check in (Sunny Point is a pet friendly resort). Night fell quickly as we were escorted to our respective cottages or cabins in the woods – it was amazing how dark it was out there. Without the pollution of city lights, you really felt like you were in the middle of nowhere. Too bad we arrived to a cloudy night – I can only imagine the stars you would see had it been clear.
The cottages range in size and all have one thing in common – they are all waterfront. They all come equipped with a modern kitchen, satellite tv, wood stove, screened in patio, bbq and a private dock! You heard me…each cottage has a its own dock! Even better, a lightweight canoe is there, ready for you to enjoy!
The resort is set on 84 acres of private beach, offering the utmost in cottage life. They have a 3K hiking trail, 2 tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts, and on the beach front – a diving tower, water slide and water trampoline to complement their collection of boats that are available to guests. Rainy days – not to worry, kids of all ages can enjoy billiards, ping pong, air hockey and so much more in the recreation centre!
Of course, Andy teased us with all this information as we arrived after dinner and left early the next morning. There were 5 of us in my group and we all agreed that we didn’t want to leave and that it was terribly unfair for them to show us what cottage life could look like, and not give us the time to experience it, but alas, there were more adventures to be had and not nearly enough time! I know I will be back, and next time – I will be staying longer! One of those cottages has my name on it!
I was a guest of Explorers’ Edge for this 3 day Canadian adventure and my one night at Sunny Point Resort. As always, the opinions I have expressed are purely my own, including the need to return to fully experience cottage country life!