Escape to nature at Bruce Bay Cottages & Lighthouse on 2 private islands, French and McKay in Lake Huron. The islands are located in historic Bruce Mines, Northern Ontario, Algoma Country. Only 45 minutes east of Sault Ste. Marie and the International Bridge. An ideal setting for family fun, romantic getaways, or to let Nature revive you.
Be a lighthouse keeper in the 1907 McKay Island Lighthouse located on the easterly point of 15 acre McKay Island. Enjoy the panoramic view of the North Channel of Lake Huron and watch the sun rise. Sleep to the lull of Lake Huron’s waves by night and watch the freighters by day. The only housekeeping lighthouse in Ontario, accessible by car.
Experience camping in one of the 8 cozy waterfront cottages with their open rafters and wood heat. Located on the 22 acre French Island accessible by car. The cottages are on Bruce Bay and face the Town of Bruce Mines and you can see its lights twinkling in the distance at night.
The cottages and lighthouse are fully equipped housekeeping units, immaculately clean and waiting for you to arrive with your food and clothes. Each cottage has a briquette barbeque, picnic table, bonfire pit, and Muskoka chairs for your outdoor enjoyment. The shallow entry beach at the cottages is great for young children or swim at Fox Den Beach and play on the floating raft. The walking trails, geocaches, canoes, kayaks, row boats, bikes, docks and bonfire wood are complimentary. All of our accommodations are pet friendly and the cottages are non smoking, Wifi hot spots available on the islands. Spend a day, a weekend or your entire vacation at Bruce Bay Cottages & Lighthouse.
Explore both islands by foot or bicycle and search for the geocaches, listen to the songbirds and observe the abundant wildlife.Dip a paddle into Lake Huron and discover the shore line or cast a line and fish for the elusive pike or just relax.
Book the lighthouse lounge banquet facilities, a nature setting for small intimate gatherings, seminars, weddings or to just elope Self cater or you can hire catering specialists.Amazing view of the North Channel. Open all year.
Enjoy a magical winter stay at the McKay Island Lighthouse. Winter activities on the islands include snow shoeing, tobogganing, star gazing, bonfires and enjoy the winter wonderland..Snowmobile the local trailsor sled across the frozen lake.
Escape to Nature and stay in one of the 8 fully equipped waterfront cottages with 1 to 3 bedrooms accommodating 1 to 6 guests.
Be a Keeper of the Light at the 1907 McKay Island Lighthouse on Lake Huron suitable for a family vacation, a romantic getaway or just you
Celebrate life's special events at the Lighthouse Lounge Banquet facilities ideal for small intimate gatherings, weddings or eloping.
The ice bridge was taken down yesterday so that is a sure sign spring is on the way. The ice bridge had a short season this year and did not go up until mid February. The birds are starting to arrive so that must mean an early spring.The Bruce Mines Chamber of Commerce & Algoma Kinniwabi are hosting a Tom Thomson event on Sunday March 30 as he painted the town of Bruce Mines in 1912. Michael Burtch Art Historian will be presenting the life of Tom Thomson and validating that indeed it is a painting of Bruce Mines. The McKay Island Lighthouse has availability in April so plan a spring getaway to watch the birds migrating back to our area.
Happy New Year! Winter has arrived on the islands. Feels like spring today as it is raining but more snow is on its way.Think summer and book your summer vacation! If you already have a reservation now is the time to confirm it.Look ing forward to the 2017 season.
Dec. 17, 2016 Island Keeper
Winter has arrived and the islands are a winter wonderland. The McKay Island Lighthouse will be open throughout the winter season. Come to the islands and enjoy the winter fun. Tobogganing, stargazing and winter bonfires are great winter experiences. Bring your snow shoes or cross country skis to follow the wildlife tracks around the islands.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The islands have been dusted with the first snow fall of the season! Larry & Sean have been busy filling the wood sheds for next summer. This winter the lighthouse will be open for the winter season and the plan is to turn our trails into snow show trails or rugged cross country ski trails. We are participating in Tourism Northern Ontario's Tourism Excellence North program and what a great experience it has been. The winter chores are all underway now.
The cottages are closed for the season and waiting for winter to arrive. The November Gales are coming book the McKay Island Lighthouse and listen to the waves while watching the freighters. Cottage 5 is now under construction and will be the first cottage to be upgraded. Plan a winter getaway at the McKay Island Lighthouse as it will be open for the winter season. Enjoy the winter activities on the islands!
The cottages are getting ready for the last weekend of the 2016 season. Guests this weekend will be dipping paddles into Lake Huron, hiking the trails to enjoy the coloured leaves, and maybe even get wet. The wildlife are busy getting ready for winter. Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving.
The last hoorah of summer! All guests will enjoy the summer like weather this Labour Day Weekend;-) Where has the summer gone but now fall is here so think of fall adventures down the line. Next weekend it is the Fall Fair at the arena and the Demolition Derby is Friday night. September 17th is the Sylvan Circle escape to nature in a cottage and enjoy the fall country road tour and stop to see all the Artisans and their creations.
The summer season is off to a hot start, guests are swimming, kayaking and enjoying the great weather. Cottage 7 has just had a cancellation for Friday July 22 for a week so plan a getaway and book today.
The otter and mink are entertaining the guests as well the foxes.
Come on down the line this weekend to the Cruisin Car Show and Community days Sat. June 11th.. Join in the fun, watch the parade followed by games at the waterfront and fireworks. Cottages are still available so make it a getaway weekend.
The raft at Fox Den Beach is waiting for swimmers so glad the weather is going to warm up for the weekend
The time has flown by where has the last 2 months gone? The resort is now open and guests are enjoying the warm weather and some have even ventured into Lake Huron for a swim. The islands survived the winter but the water levels are way up this year. Think you will be able to fish from the deck at Cottage 8
Holly and Sean Woodstra have made the move from Burlington, Ontario to Bruce Mines to manage the resort. They are an excellent addition to the staff. They have a passion for the islands and for fishing.
Bruce Bay Cottages & Lighthouse has been awarded one of the 25 Most Unique Accommodations in Canada, a list created by Flight Network. Check it out http://www.flightnetwork.com/blog/canada-25-most-unique-accommodations/
Spring is in the air. Lake Huron waves can be seen lapping under the bridge and the point of McKay Island. The squirrels and chipmunks are out and about. The Canadian Geese can be seen standing on the ice checking out their territory. Before long we will being to open up the cottages for the 2016 season. The maple syrup is running so come on down the line to St Joseph Island for pancakes and syrup and stop in Bruce Mines and check out the Antique Store.
Stay in the McKay Island Lighthouse for the March Break. The snowmobile trails in District 13 are now all green and ready for some great sledding. Craig Nicholson the Inrepid Snowmobilier and his crew will be arriving in our area tomorrw to enjoy our fine trails.
The ice bridge may not be ready but the trails in Bruce Mines are ready! Come to Bruce Mines and enjoy the scenery and the trails. Winter has finally arrived.
Winter has at last arrived and the islands are a winter wonderland. The lake now has a thin layer of ice which is lightly covered with snow. It is great fun to observe the animal tracks in the snow. The McKay Island lighthouse is going to be open for weekends this winter. Consider a winter getaway.
The warm weather this Labour Day weekend was enjoyed by the guests as they went for a swim or kayaking. The days are getting shorter and the smell of autumn is in the air. Think fall and plan a getaway weekend for the fall colours. and perhaps a road truip down Highway 129 to Aubrey Falls or up Highway 17 to Lake Superior
Escape to Nature for a week starting Aug 22 in Cottage 7. A cancellation has occured that has opened up this week. The last hoorah of summer
Installed the Migratory Bird Song Meter last night so for sure that is a sign that fall coming soon. It has been a great summer but we have had a lack of rain so we are under a no fire ban presently.
Escape to Nature for an end of the season getaway or a fall expereience. Guests are catching pike off the dockthis year as the water levels are up
Everyone has been enjoying the warm weather and playing in the water. It has been a great season so far. Cancellations has opened up cottages for the week of Aug 15th so check it out and book an escape to nature.
29 June 2015 - Island Keeper
The McKay Island Lighthouse is now available for 3 nights, July 1, 2 and 3rd. Come to Bruce Mines and experience Northern Ontario and sleep in the 1907 lighthouse
25 June 2015 - Island Keeper
Cottage 7 has just had a cancellation and is now open from Thursday July 23 - ThursdayJuly 30th. Escape to Nature for a relaxing getaway with family or friends, call now or book on line on our new website.
Summer has arrived so time to plan a stay vacation or a travel vacation to enjoy Northern Ontario
15 June 2015 - Island Keeper
Treat Dad to a Getaway Weekend and escape to nature. Special Father's Day package 50% off second night book it now on line at www.brucebaycottages.com Dip a paddle, fish, hike or just relax and enjoy the bonfire at night.
May 31 2015 - Island Keeper
Check out the June Specials for the Cruisin Car Show and Father's Day and book on line for the special rate. Step back in time at the Cruisin Car show and enjoy the waterfront view . Stop and shop all the vintage stores in Bruce Mines.
May 5 2015 - Island Keeper
The McKay Island Lighthouse is now available for the long weekend May 15th. The weather is like summer so get a jump on your summer getaways. Hike the trails, shop the antique shops and just relax. Book 2 nights and receive 10% off.
May 4 2015 - Island Keeper
Plan a special Escape to Nature for your Mother and stay in the McKay Island Lighthouse for Mother's Day Weekend! The peepers are singing, the lake freighters have arrived for the season and nature is awakening. Book on line or contact us and receive a 10% discount.
April 23 2015 - Island Keeper
The Canadian geese have returned for the 2015 season as have the wood ducks. The ice is leaving the shore line and the geese and ducks are enjoying the small open water spaces. The cottages will staff checking them out this weekend and the opening will begin next weekend. If it would only stop snowing...
March 22,2015 -Island Keeper
To celebrate the launch of the new website an opening special is being offered for the May long weekend. Book 2 nights and receive 10% off when you check in. Book now on line on the web site or contact us. Let the summer begin
You have all been waiting for this day! Bruce Bay Cottages & Lighthouse new website is now live and offers on line booking. Take a look and explore the new website. Special thanks to Rob LaRue for its creation and the many hours he has spent coding and making sure it functions as it is suppose to. The Guest Reviews is still under construction but feel free to leave your comments on the Bruce Bay Cottages facebook page.
Spring is in the air and a time for new beginnings. Let the snow melt and before you know it the cottages will be opening for the 2015 season. Keep an eye on this section as I will be updating it on a regular basis and will let you know when there is a cancellation or an exciting time being had at Bruce Bay Cottages.