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Ontario Getaway: Summer Cabin Getaway - Greystone on Golden Lake

Ontario Getaway: Summer Cabin Getaway - Greystone on Golden Lake

Experience a quintessential summer getaway in Ontario at Greystone on Golden Lake. This post is sponsored by Greystone on Golden Lake but all opinions are my own. Thank you to Desmond and Cindy for the wonderful experience and stay. 

The Experience: Greystone on Golden Lake 

Greystone is a family-friendly Ontario getaway 3.5 - 4 hour drive from Toronto that sits at a prime location near some of Ontario’s best-known natural parks and attractions, including Shaw Woods, Bonnechere Provincial Park and Algonquin Park. 

On the property, there are nine cabins available - ranging from 1 bedroom to 3 bedrooms - and a Bed & Breakfast with 5 rooms. Click here for all available bookings at Greystone.

J.R.’S Hideaway Cabin at Greystone on Golden Lake

We stayed at J.R.’s Hideaway during our time at Greystone. J.R.’s Hideaway is a cozy cabin retreat for two on the Greystone property with a wrap-around deck with a lakefront view. 

The cabin has an adorable kichenette indoors, barbeque on the deck, corner stone fireplace, and a Queen sized bed. Click here to book on Airbnb.

It was an effortless experience staying at this cabin. Most cottages or cabins we rent require us to bring many basic essentials, such as towels, garbage bags, toilet paper; however, we found that Greystone was well stocked with many of these essentials and offered a truly relaxing summer experience. See below for a more detailed list of what the cabin offers. 

Note: Dogs are allowed at this cabin but please make arrangements with management beforehand.

What to do in the area

There are many activities to choose from on the property and in the surrounding area from canoeing to hiking trails in the Algonquin. 

On the Property

  • Water Activities on Golden Lake - Spend some time on the water by the cabin - Kayak, Pedal Boat, Canoe, Stand Up Paddle Boards are all available to use for free on the property by the beach. Life jackets provided. 

  • Fishing - Bring your rod and try to catch some fresh bass or pike to fry up for dinner

  • Communal Campfire Area - every evening at sundown, they set up a campfire and encourage guests to sit around the fire, exchange stories and indulge in s’mores. 

  • Outdoor Swimming Pool - great way to relax during the summer and beat the heat 

  • Board Games & Puzzle Night - The cabin supplied puzzles for us to solve and the main house was well stocked with many board games that we could borrow and bring into the cabin. 

Around the Property

  • Scenic Bicycle Ride - Scenic 20 kilometer loop of the valley

    • See the Bonnechere River, rocky cliffs, traditional homesteads, and a one-lane Bailey Bridge. 

    • Typically takes around 2 hours to complete

    • Bike loop can be combined with a trip to Blueberry Mountain (see below) 

    • This ride provides a taste of everything that Renfrew County has to offer.

    • Free bicycles available for use at the property 

  • Hike Blueberry Mountain for amazing views of the Bonnechere Valley 

    • Direction: Travel across Highway 60 and up Tramore Road. The unmarked trailhead is located at the junction of Kilby Rd and Tramore Rd. 

    • Views of Bonnechere Valley, Bonnechere River, Round and Golden Lake and the Wilno Hills from the top of the mountain 

    • You may see bear, moose, deerk, fox, wolf, coyote, fisher, marten and other aquatic animals such as mink, otter, muskrat and beaver 

  • Algonquin Hiking Trail 

    • Highway 60 Corridor 

      • Beaver Pond Trail - 2 km loop trail 

      • Booth’s Rock Trail - 5.1 km loop trail that visits two lakes and a spectacular lookout, returning via an abandoned railway 

      • Algonquin Logging Trail - easy-to-walk 1.3 km trail. The loop trail exhibits the logging history of the Algonquin area from a recreated camboose camp and a fascinating steam-powered amphibious tug called an “alligator”

      • More detailed maps are available at the main house 

    • Algonquin East Side / Sand Lake Gate

      • Hiking - The Barron Canyon Trail is a 1.5 km loop trail 

      • Canoe - explore the Barron Canyon by canoe by accessing the canyon from Squirrel Rapids. From here, paddle a short distance to the first 420 m portage. A further 2 km upstream, and you will reach the bottom of the Canyon. You can find an empty campsites to have lunch and then head back downstream to the start. 

      • More detailed maps and directions are available at the main house 

  • Foy Beach - Located on Round Lake, Foy is a large sandy beach of Foymount Provincial Park. The beach is well shaded and it's a great place for picnics 

  • Explore the Basin Lake Area, a lesser known area of Algonquin park. Pick up the Walks of the Little Bonnechere brochure from the main house 

  • SkyLight Drive-In - Built in 1954 and converted into a Drive-In Movie Theatre in 2014 

  • Try a Beavertail in Old Killaloe, the birthplace of Beavertails, fried dough pastry topped with sweet conditions and confections like sugar, banana slices, etc. 

  • Grumblin Grannys - Eclectic gift shop in Barry’s Bay. Browse for bracelets from Burma, blouses from Bali along with paintings by local artists. 

What to Bring

What was supplied by Greystone on Golden Lake: 

  • Basic Essentials

    • Linen and Towels

    • Bedsheets

    • Paper towel, Cloths and soap

    • Toilet Paper

    • Garbage Bin / Bag 

  • Cooking & Eating

    • Microwave 

    • Generic condiments - salt, pepper, sugar, olive oil. 

    • Pots and Pan 

    • Dishware (Plates, Bowls, Mugs)

    • Cutlery (forks, knives, spoons) 

    • Cork screw 

    • Coffee machine, toaster

    • Cutting boards 

    • BBQ, Cooking grills, Tongs, Spatula 

    • Can Opener 

    • Strainer 

    • Aluminum Foil and Cling Wrap

  • Other

    • Lighter 

    • Scissors

    • Hair dryer

    • Hangers

    • Shampoo 

  • Entertainment 

    • Puzzles 

    • Board games (you can borrow in the main house) 

What to Pack (specifically for summer): 

The cabin supplied most items needed; however, consider bringing these additional items to add to your stay!

  • Clothing: 

    • Swim clothes + cover up 

    • Warm clothes for night time

  • Food Ideas: 

    • Breakfast: Eggs, bacon, soup 

    • Lunch: Baked potatoes fully loaded, sausages, corn 

    • Dinner: Steak, lamb chop, asparagus

    • Snacks: Chips, Popcorn, Prosciutto, Cheese 

  • Beverage Ideas: 

    • Cider, Wine, Beer

    • Hot Cocoa, Marshmallows, Skewer sticks 

    • Apple Cider and cinnamon sticks

    • Coffee, Tea

  • Other: 

    • Any specialty condiments you like to cook with 

    • Butter

    • Cooler to bring drinks to the beach or on a hike 

    • Book or kindle

    • Bug Spray 

    • Sunscreen 

Groceries & Dining Options

We chose to bring our own groceries to cook over the BBQ but our host kindly provided these dining and grocery stores options in the area. 

Dining Options 

  • Sands on Golden Lake - Intimate lake-view dining 

  • Wilno Tavern - Polish food. Tuesday Blues night is a must see! 

  • Golden Lake Chinese Restaurant - Chinese food. Buffet on Saturday and Sunday 

  • BeaverTails & Creekside Grille - Burgers, Fried Fish and Amazing Kale Chicken Salads

  • Wilno Station & Country Kitchen - A traditional country kitchen located at the Wilno Esso Station 

  • Espresso Ur Self - Cafe in Eganville serving organic coffee, specialty teas, espresso, homemade panini sandwiches, fresh salads and more 

Grocery Stores

  • Killaloe Freshmarket (188 Queen Street Killaloe) - closest grocery store to Greystone 

  • Grandma’s Pantry (183 Queen Street Killaloe)

  • Metro Barry’s Bay (28 Bay St, Barry’s Bay) - Has great organic product and variety

  • Eganville Foundland (8754 Ontario 60, Letts Corner) - Open 24/7 in the summer 

  • The Cottage Cup / Boathouse Cafe (3 Kokomis Rd Golden Lake) - Great for souvenirs, wild meats and locally roasted coffee bags. Check out the Boathouse Cafe for burgers, poutine and milkshakes

Other Cabins on Greystone on Golden Lake 

Here are a couple of other beautiful cabins on Greystone:

Overall, it was an incredible experience for us and I would recommend it to families or couples interested in getting away from the city and enjoying a relaxing experience by the water.

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Carolyn JX Chen Travel Wanderlist

LIST BY: CAROLYN CHEN

Carolyn Chen has done two backpacking trips around Europe and spent six months studying abroad in Italy. She loves finding the most beautiful scenery, hidden gems and indulging in great food. 

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