Asked Questions (FAQ)
on BBL and its
|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
|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 # 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 # 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 # 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.
|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.
|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.
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
|What are the toilet facilities at
|Inside the main floor bathroom is a flush toilet.
It is a high efficiency (1/2 pint water flush) composting toilet.
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
|There are three options for bathing at BBay.
- There is an indoor bathroom on the main floor of the cottage with
sink (hot & cold running water) bath tub, and
- 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.)
- 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.
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
|How far to the waters
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".
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
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
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.
Additional FAQ's for those interested in renting the cottage for family