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Vacation in a cottage - what to expect
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When you visit Canada and Ontario you should consider to stay for a certain time in a cottage. It is a good way to learn more about our life style and our beautiful nature. We will show you what to expect.
Naturally, there are differences between the various cottage resorts. Some have a restaurant, others not. The cottages may be differently equipped, some are more suitable for handicapped people than others and naturally prices and location must be compared. This applies also to hotels.
Cottages are in demand. You must do your booking in time.
Even we did that and I hate planning vacations. I want to be free and do not want to commit myself to schedules.
Most of our cottage vacations we enjoyed in the "Rockview Camp" on Lake Nipissing. We have been there in late summer and in winter for ice fishing.
The camp is located close to Callander in the former tourist region "Northeastern Ontario".

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We have been here several times - but never in the main season. Once we even came in winter to try ice fishing.
The small complex had been taken over by a family from Switzerland and improved it every year.
I do not know the reasons but it changed ownership again - maybe they retired already.

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We always rented this cottage;

Rockview Camp had its own little sandy beach which was very close to our cottage. It was very clean - not litter or dead fish which you can find occasionally somewhere else.
We always had beautiful weather and even in September the water temperature was so warm, that even Elizabeth, my wife, went swimming.
Only whenever we visited the close by city of North Bay we experienced rain. As soon as we came back to our cottage it stopped and the sun was out again.
Lake Nipissing is very shallow and the few children had great fun at the water.

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There is also a playground for the children, but we came normally not during the high season and it was very quiet.
We did little tours - just browse through our web site.
We had rented one of the smaller cottages. It still had two bedrooms. One with a double bed and the other one with two single beds.
The bathroom was fully equipped and we preferred to use the shower instead of the bathtub.
The main room was divided in two sections - the cozy living area with a nice carpet and the kitchen.
We found there a large fridge with freezer, a gas stove, sink with hot and cold water, cupboards with all necessary equipment.
Satellite TV and (at this time) a video recorder were standard in all cottages, same as a gas fired furnace, which we loved during our visit in winter.
All cottages have a covered porch which gives you the feeling to sit outside when you open the windows. Please make sure that the screens are in place. Otherwise you have to fight with lots of bloodthirsty little creatures. We learned very fast not leave any doors open.
Rockview camp had a little store which offered only a few essentials. If you want to prepare your own breakfast or meals you have to go shopping in one of the nearby villages or even in North Bay.
You must not be afraid that the food gets bad. A large refrigerator with a freezer compartment keeps everything cold - including the beer.
In front of the every cottage you will find a barbecue and it always fun to barbecue some good meat or a fish, which you caught during the day.
All kitchen utensils are provided, same as pillows and sheets for the beds. However, you must bring your own towels.
Naturally, you have neighbors. During our stay it was very quiet. There were two fisherman from the USA. They left early in the morning with their boat and returned late.
I was told that no noise is allowed after 10:00 pm. I was very happy about that because I made some bad experience with very noisy guests in a hotel.
For cold days you will find a gas stove
If you want to try fishing you can purchase a permit in the camp - but please familiarize yourself with the regulations. There are controls and any violation of existing restrictions is not cheap!
You can also rent a boat in the Rockview Camp. Because we are for a long time friend with the owners, they invited us to an exciting tour, when my parents in law came one time with us to this resort.

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The cottage which we rented could ever accommodate Elizabeth's parents when they came with us

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Elizabeth in the morning

Most of the time Elizabeth, my wife and I came alone.
Once Elizabeth's parents accompanied us and we still felt comfortable in the same cottage. We had a great time!

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Wir haben davon nur wenig gekocht

When we moved into the cottage everything was in place and spotless. The Swiss owners would never do it differently.
During your stay all the cleaning is up to you. Please take your shoes off when you enter the cottage. You do this also when you are invited to somebodies house. It is like in Japan.
Use the vacuum cleaner when cleaning is needed.
You must also not be afraid that any sewage is spilled into the lake. The water is clean. The tab water comes from the lake and is chlorinated. We used it for coffee or tea, but purchased also bottled water.
Fortunately, the rules are getting stricter. However, there may be some exceptions on the small islands.
All cottages are suitable for winter use. Visitors come to popular ice fishing or snowmobiling or other winter sports.

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We were able to use the beach belonging to the camp on Lake Nipissing in September almost for us alone.
We had most of the time beautiful weather, only one night it occasionally rained for a short time.
We loved the small sandy beach and the crystal clear water, which was still quite warm.
You could go very far, what many parents of smaller children will certainly like.
There is also a playground, with some equipment for the little ones.
Canada is very kid friendly.
But there are also places (especially resorts) reserved for adults only. Sometimes you can understand that.
We made small boat tours, explored the area, went to dinner and enjoyed all of nature.
We show you some of this in our website.

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Our little cove

Elizabeth is not afraid of water as long as it has bathtub temperature. Here she has taken a book so she does not have to go deeper.

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September is no longer a bathing season for Elizabeth

If you want to try fishing you can purchase a permit in the camp - but please familiarize yourself with the regulations. There are controls and any violation of existing restrictions is not cheap!
You can also rent a boat in the Rockview Camp. Because we are for a long time friend with the owners, they invited us to an exciting tour, when my parents in law came one time with us to this resort.
We never would have found the beautiful places without that.
I am confident that André or Susanne, the previous owners, would have helped you with good advice
I still do not know the new owners! They never responded to my e-mail.

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Of course you also have neighbors.
When we were there, it was very quiet. We were alone except two men who came from the US and spent every day fishing.
They left the place early in the morning and did not return until the evening.
I was assured that from 22:00 o'clock on no noise will be allowed.
If you want to fish yourself, you can buy a permit in the camp for little money. Inquire however after the regulations.
You may only keep a limited number of fish. "Catch and release is a common method to not endanger the stock.

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