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What are the sleeping accommodations at BBay?
Bedroom #1 is 12' x 12', large window looking out over waterfront, French doors onto 2nd. floor deck overlooking waterfront.  Has double bed with 5" foam mattress that will sleep 2 adults comfortably. View of waterfront from 2nd. floor deckMaster bedroom
Bedroom #2 is 16' x 10', 2 large windows looking out over waterfront, door out onto 2nd. floor deck overlooking waterfront.  Has bunk beds with 5" foam mattress that will sleep 2+2=4 adults comfortably Bedroom # 2 (Waterfront view) at BBay's beach house vacation rental cottage on Manitoulin Island, Ontario Canada
Bedroom # 3 is  8' x 18'   Has bunk bed with 5" foam mattress that will sleep 2+2=4 adults comfortably.  Has small windows looking out over woods. Bedroom # 3 at BBay's beach house vacation rental cottage on Manitoulin Island, Ontario Canada
Bedroom # 4  is 8' x 18'   Has bunk bed with 5" foam mattress that will sleep 2+2=4 adults comfortably.  Room has window looking out over woods.
 
Bedroom # 4 at BBay's beach house vacation rental cottage on Manitoulin Island, Ontario Canada
Bedroom # 5 is  8' x 14'   Has dresser drawers and access to attic loft.  One double bed is currently set up in this bedroom.  Room has window looking out over 2nd. floor deck. Bedroom # 5 (with loft) at BBay's beach house vacation rental cottage on Manitoulin Island, Ontario Canada
Living room has pull-out couch that will sleep 2 adults (in  semi comfort ?).  Has 2 large picture windows (4' x 16') looking out to waterfront.
 
Living room at BBay's beach house vacation rental cottage on Manitoulin Island, Ontario Canada
Travel Trailer:    14' x 7' trailer has 2 bunks which sleeps 2+2= 4 adults on 3" foam mattresses, has icebox, propane stove, dining table (converts to one bed), propane light, electricity from camp generator, located 100 ft. from main cottage, 14' x 14' deck with swing seats, private location surrounded by trees. Travel Trailer (sleeps 4) at BBay's beach house vacation rental cottage on Manitoulin Island, Ontario Canada

Total Maximum sleeping capacity:  8 adults.
 
What do we do for drinking water?
The water system currently at BBay is described in full on the BBay Facilities pages  There is drinking water available at the kitchen sink, and the main floor bathroom tap.
What are the toilet facilities at BBay?
Inside the main floor bathroom is a flush toilet.  It is a high efficiency (1/2 pint water flush) composting toilet.

Also, there is a low technology, natural, environmentally friendly composting and waste processing system (ie. single hole outhouse) located about 20 yards from the cottage.  

What is available for baths and showers?
There are three options for bathing at BBay.

  1. There is an indoor bathroom on the main floor of the cottage with sink (hot & cold running water) bath tub, and shower.
     
  2.  There is one of the world's biggest bathtubs available at BBay (Lake Huron).  We suggest using Ivory bar soap; as it always floats and you don't lose it.  In addition, it is very environmentally friendly compared to soaps with oils included (ie. Ponds, Dove, etc.)

  3. There is an outdoor shower with solar heater and electric water heater (electric heater requires generator).  See BBay's Auxiliary Facilities for more info and pictures.
What are the "indoor facilities" like (shower, toilet, tub)?
There is a main floor bathroom (approx. 8 ft. wide x 12 ft. deep), linoleum on the floor, door with locking knob.

There is a full size bath tub with shower.

There is a small bathroom vanity with marble top, mirror over the sink, and lots of light.  There is a small window facing the back side of the cottage.  There is hot & cold running water at the sink and tub.

There is a full size hot water heater just outside the bathroom; providing more hot water than you'll ever need.

The dry wall on the inside of the bathroom has been done sufficiently to provide privacy.  The exterior walls have not been drywalled, awaiting installation of the insulation and electrical wires.  The drywall already installed  has received a coat of paint for most of the walls; some parts have not been taped, mudded, and painted as of yet.

The toilet is a low water flush toilet (1/2 pint, 500 ml per flush; as compared to a traditional city toilet which uses 8 to 12 gallons, 40 litres).  The toilet is connected to a composting toilet system in the basement (high efficiency, no odour).  BBay staff take care of the composting toilet system in the basement.

All you have to do is add a scoop of wood shavings with every flush (in white container beside the toilet), then flush normally.

Lake, Waterfront, Beach

Question Answer
How far to the waters edge?

Last year (at another cottage we rented), we had to walk down three roads and over a bridge, but the website had said 200 meters to the water.

We found out too late that it was 200 meters "as the crow flies".

Close-up view of waterfront view from main deck of cottageWe believe in "full disclosure".  See BBay Facilities where we compare BBay to a typical single family dwelling, in a typical  subdivision, in a typical Canadian suburban centre (ie. our house in London, ON).  Hopefully, you can get full answers to all your questions, as well as the questions you "should" have asked (ie. you currently assume to be the same as at your house, &/or you forget to ask).

The picture to the right shows the view of the water from the main deck of the cottage.  I estimate it to be 200 yards (by crow and foot) from the cottage door to wet feet at the water's edge of Lake Huron.

You have about 2400 ft. of private shoreline available to explore on our property, can walk all the way to Providence Bay (about 2 km) by way of shore, or go all the way around the island if you'd like (approx. 600 km in total).

Manitoulin beach pictures

We have been to a beach near Providence Bay and it was always cold there with the wind coming off the water, has it been like this in the last few years?
Water in N. Canada tends to be colder.  However, the bay at Black's Bay is very shallow, so in the summer it tends to heat up after a few good days of sunshine.

The further out you go, the deeper it gets, and the colder.  However, I swim in it all the time during the summer.

The Mindemoya River that empties into Providence Bay (at the sand beach in town) tends to be much warmer & most small kids play in the water at the mouth of the river (where it meets Providence Bay) for hours on end  & find it nice.

When the wind is out of the South  to South-West, it blows in over Lake Huron.  This tends to take about 5 off the air temperature from other wind directions.  I find this very cooling during a hot summer.

If you want to bake your body, go inland about 200 yards, surrounded by trees in a clearing, and spread out your beach blanket in the sun.  The reduced wind will heat you very quickly in the summer sun.  There is a nice clearing right beside the orchard (about 300 yards from the cottage) for doing this.

What do you have as outdoor facilities?
Outdoor showerThere is a outdoor shower with heated water at the beach.  Last year, the renters said it was FANTASTIC!




There is a 1 seater outhouse about 20 yards from the cottage.

There is a hand pump for lakewater, dish pan, mirror, soap dish, and clothes line about 20 yards from the cottage.  We find this is very useful for getting kids & adults washed up before meals so that there isn't a huge line up at the kitchen sink while meals are being prepared.
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