Medical and health care services in Ontario are of a high standard and readily available. However, medical or dental treatment can be expensive, so we recommend that you have adequate health insurance. Also, if you are taking any form of medication, ensure you take an adequate supply and a copy of your prescription in case you need a repeat prescription during your stay.
Should you need to see a doctor call one from the phone book and if he/she cannot see you he will refer you to the nearest “walk-in” clinic or hospital emergency. Your cottage guide should have the number of the nearest walk-in clinic.
There are good hospitals in many of the cottage country areas. These locations are home to a great many retirees so health care facilities have been developed to cater to the resident demographic.
Emergency care is very good in cottage country areas, even in the more remote spots. If you have an emergency call 911 and give the address of the property which will be the house number on the green sign at the junction of the driveway and cottage road, and the road name or Fire Route number. Again, this information will be provided for you at the cottage.
First responders will arrive – usually the first are from the local volunteer fire department, and as they all turn up in an emergency there could be several vehicles. They are trained in emergency first aid, and can carry out limited life-saving procedures before the ambulance and paramedics get there.
Pharmacies are located in all the main cottage country towns and you will find that the pharmacists are well trained and can advise on over-the-counter medications.