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Bonavista Bay

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Area: Kawartha
  • Town: Buckhorn
  • Sleeps: 11
  • Type: 4 Season
  • Water: Big Bald Lake

About This Cottage

Nestled into a quiet bay on Big Bald Lake, this beautifully re-designed cottage welcomes you with a fusion of traditional design and modern style.

Featuring a large family gathering area in the family room and updated kitchen, you and your guests can relax on the sectional, dine at the custom table or relax at the breakfast bar while preparing snacks and drinks. Or of course there’s the option to eat outside at the patio table and watch the lazy activity on the lake.

There are 3 bedrooms inside the cottage with a somewhat uniquely-styled bunk room that is accessed via the second door in the washroom. An additional sleeping area in the loft style Bunkie, provides a queen and double bed.

This newly renovated cottage has incorporated everything you could possibly think of. From the fridge and washer/dryer cleverly hidden on either side of the kitchen prep area, the UV water filtration system and new AC unit, you can relax and enjoy your time in the bay.

Whether you’re exploring the lake in the canoe and kayaks, having dinner across the bay at Marley’s Restaurant or simply sitting back on the deck taking it all in, Bonavista Bay is a year-round destination you are sure to enjoy.

The cottage is located in Catalina Bay on Big Bald Lake and has a natural shoreline to the right, with a forested area separating the property from a small neighbouring resort. With normal water levels, there is a small walk-in area with hard sand underfoot. Although weeds should be expected as summer progresses swimming is fine off the jumping rock in the narrows.

This is a great area for exploring, from visiting the pretty town of Buckhorn with waterfront restaurants, a great bakery and art gallery, to taking the drive to Bobcaygeon and enjoying a Kawartha Dairy ice-cream from the source, or sipping a cold beer while watching the boats go by. You can even do some wine tasting at nearby Kawartha Country Wines.

We think you’ll love this location, it’s one of our favourites too!

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Rate and Rental Information

  • Please note that bookings less than 7 days in advance are subject to confirmation of availability with owner
  • This property books Sunday to Sunday in High Season


Rate Table
Please note that a $84.75 (including tax) booking fee applies to all bookings
Please note that a $7.91 per day (including tax) Accidental Damage Waiver applies to all bookings
High Season: June 26 - September 7, December 18 - January 3
Weekly (Sunday to Sunday) $2,400.00
Low Season: September 8 - December 17, January 6 - June 25
Weekly $1,500.00
Weekends/Short Stays (Minimum 2 Nights) $900.00
Extra Nights (after 2) - $120.00
Note - after 7th night, pro-rated weekly price applies
Holiday Weekends (3 Nights)
New Years, Christmas $1,350.00
Extra Nights (after 3) - $265.00
Note - after 7th night, pro-rated weekly price applies
Thanksgiving, Victoria Day, Easter, Family Day $1,350.00
Extra Nights (after 3) - $120.00
Note - after 7th night, pro-rated weekly price applies

Inside the Cottage

  • Sleeps up to 11 (Maximum 7 adults)
  • 3 bedrooms (queen, double & twin bunks with adjoining twin), bunkie with queen on lower and double in loft area)
  • 1 bathrooms (3-piece with shower)
  • Fully-equipped kitchen with stove, fridge, microwave & dishwasher
  • Living area with access to deck
  • Satellite TV
  • Unlimited high-speed wireless internet
  • Washer/dryer
  • Central AC

Outside the Cottage

  • Propane BBQ
  • Patio area with dining furniture
  • Fire pit
  • Dock & Deck
  • Canoe, 2 kayaks

Things you need to know:

  • Up to 2 well-behaved dogs are permitted at this property - sorry no cats
  • A post-rental cleaning service is included for all rentals; however, the cottage is to be left in a tidy condition
  • Linens and indoor towels are provided for all rentals - please bring your own outdoor towels
  • The cottage has a westerly exposure


With normal water levels there is a small walk-in area with hard sand underfoot. However, there is significant weed in the bay, which may make swimming uncomfortable. Just beyond the narrows, and within easy paddling distance, there is a 'swimming rock' where the water is weed-free and clear.


Big Bald Lake is located within the lower-tier municipality of Trent Lakes, which consists mostly of Precambrian Shield, dating from 600 to 1200 million years. The granite is normally pink but interlaced with other colours of white and black as one heads north. These areas are primarily "Igneous" granite which was subject to intense heat and pressure during the movement of the Earth's crust. The changes took place as the rock mixed with other elements in the Earth's crust. The mixture is mostly with black and white marble. The region also has sections of Limestone Flats. When the lakes that covered most of Lake Ontario dried up some 450 million years ago the lake sediments hardened and lifted to form a top layer of limestone over the area. With the ice age small glaciers left a thin layer of soil. The area around what is known as Flynn's Turn (intersection of Peterborough County Road 36 and Country Road 507 just to the north) is a prime example of a limestone flat. (Original Source with additions - Wikipedia)

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  • BBQ Grill
  • Screened sunroom
  • AC/Central
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • TV Cable/Satellite
  • Firepit
  • Dock
  • Kayak
  • Canoe
  • Generator
  • WiFi
  • Waterfront
  • 3D Walkthrough
  • Summer: Sun-Sun only
  • Cable TV
  • Labour Day
  • MaxAdults
  • WiFi Unlimited
  • Canada Day
  • Pets Allowed
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Winter Rentals