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:
Linen and Towels
Paper towel, Cloths and soap
Garbage Bin / Bag
Cooking & Eating
Generic condiments - salt, pepper, sugar, olive oil.
Pots and Pan
Dishware (Plates, Bowls, Mugs)
Cutlery (forks, knives, spoons)
Coffee machine, toaster
BBQ, Cooking grills, Tongs, Spatula
Aluminum Foil and Cling Wrap
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!
Swim clothes + cover up
Warm clothes for night time
Breakfast: Eggs, bacon, soup
Lunch: Baked potatoes fully loaded, sausages, corn
Dinner: Steak, lamb chop, asparagus
Snacks: Chips, Popcorn, Prosciutto, Cheese
Cider, Wine, Beer
Hot Cocoa, Marshmallows, Skewer sticks
Apple Cider and cinnamon sticks
Any specialty condiments you like to cook with
Cooler to bring drinks to the beach or on a hike
Book or kindle
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.
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
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
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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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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