Is Happynest a private cottage or is it a resort?

Happynest is very much a PRIVATE STAND-ALONE cottage on a 1.3 acre PRIVATE wooded lot with 180 feet of PRIVATE waterfront with large PRIVATE dock and sand beach.
There are so many features and serviced that many people mistakenly presume it must be a resort. The fact is that we offer many MORE features and services than any resort in our area and MOST of them are included in the rental fee.
We are able to provide these extra things because we live year-round on the same awesome lake and so we offer the best of both worlds – complete privacy but immediate help if there is anything you need during your visit.
Because we live on the same lake, we are able to provide the complementary tour of the lake, take people water-skiing or tubing, set you up with a temporary boat driver’s license, remove your garbage every day and prepare the sauna for you, or babysit your kids or your dog, show you the good fishing spots and the cliff jumping rocks, answer all your questions or even loan you the proverbial cup of sugar.

Does the landlord live on the same property or in the same building as Happynest?

NO, the owner lives across the cove from Happynest on a separate 1.3 acre lot.

Happynest has a lot of sleeping places. Will I be sharing a kitchen and bathrooms with other renters?

We understand that at some ski resorts, strangers are expected to share their living space but NOT at Happynest.When you rent Happynest, the only people in the building or on the 1.3 acre property will be the people you invite to share your vacation with you.

How close is the nearest cottage?

Because of the very low density of cottages that sparsely populate our 160 k.m. of unspoiled shoreline few people are even aware that it exists. This sleepy, quiet restful lake has on average fewer than one cottage per kilometre of shoreline. The properties are a spacious 1.3 acres so cottages are not crowded together cheek by jowl like they are in older cottage settlements. This makes 90% of the shoreline left completely untouched in it’s natural state with breath-taking natural beauty and tranquillity to explore and become one with nature. The lake is surrounded by hundreds of square miles of protected forest with zero farms and zero industry so the water quality is second to none in all of Ontario. The only difference between our area and the more famous Algonquin Park is that there are NO busloads of tourists here trampling the flora and fauna to bits. The lake here provides very pleasant swimming temperatures all during the school holidays and beyond. The lake is 20 metres deep so the fish can find cool water at the bottom to stay healthy and with 90% of the shoreline undisturbed, they have lots of places to spawn.Because the lake is long and narrow (shaped like the letter “Z”) it is always calm for boating, canoeing and water sports. (You will never lose your holiday boating time because of high waves like on Georgian Bay or the larger lakes.) Because Happynest is on a cove, there is zero boat traffic going past your dock – very peaceful. Even on the main lake there is 90% less boat traffic because there are 90% fewer people.

I see that Happynest come with three boats. Do I need a boat driver's licence to drive the motor boat?

We will provide a temporary driver’s licence FREE OF CHARGE, which is valid for the duration of your cottage rental.

Do I need to bring life jackets?

Each boat at Happynest is equipped with all the required safety gear including the proper number of adult life vests.Please bring life vests for any members of your group who weigh in at less than 90 pounds if they are going to beriding in the boats.

Is Happynest pet friendly?

YES, We know that your pet needs a holiday to with the family like every other family member.

What is there to do in the area?

Swim, canoe, paddle boat, motor boat, go fishing, sight seeing, star gazing, hiking, take picnics, walk to the completely undeveloped lakes that surround us, visit the dam and waterfalls, have a campfire on your property, read, watch any of our movies on the DVD, enjoy satellite TV programming, use our whirlpool spa and sauna, go water-skiing, tubing or wind-surfing, visit the pub/restaurant/store at the marina one mile away, visit some or all of the 5 dining rooms that overlook different parts of the lake, (two of which can be reached only by boat and so you get a boat ride as part of the deal and you can dine – including the boat ride – for under $15.00 per person), do Sunday brunch at yet another century old local hotel on the lake, visit the local provincial park and walk on their sign-posted, informative nature trails, use their public beaches, explore their museum, hike along the French River and visit the no charge Heritage Centre, visit the restaurants, golf courses, and recreation facilities near the French river, visit the fabulous local craft store, farmers market, pottery place, or 130 year old country store set up as a museum. In Parry Sound, take the 1000 island boat cruise, live theatre, festival of sound, climb the fire tower and look over Georgian Bay. In Sudbury, visit Science North (much different than the Ontario Science Centre), the Big Nickel Underground Mine, theatre, restaurants or golf courses. You could also hire a plane and take a ride over the area. After you have done that, you can just sit on the dock or the screened deck (or in the living room) and absorb the scenery (if you have any time left).

How much parking is available at Happynest?

There is enough room for 10 or more cars at Happynest.

Can I bring my own boat?

CERTAINLY! Our lake is an awesome place for boating with 160 k.m. of shoreline to explore.There are two launch ramps nearby and gas for sale at the marina one mile away.
When people bring their own boat, we offer to help them to launch it and then guilde themback to Happynest, pointing out any underwater hazards so as to keep you and your propeller happy.

Is the fishing good?

There is a good reason that we supply a fishing boat (in addition to the paddle boat and canoe).Our lake is stocked with hundreds of thousands of pickerel9 (Walleye) every year. There are also small mouth, and large mouth bass, pike and some whitefish and crappie.
Since the lake has an average less than one cottage per kilometre of shoreline and almost NO rental properties. (non- rental properties tend to sit empty 90% of the time) there is relatively little competition for the fish in the lake.
There is no better water quality in any lake in Ontario and the lake is 50 – 60 feet deepso the fish are heatlhy for eating.
During the complimentary tour of the lake, we will point ou tthe good fishing spots. Bait and tackle are available at the marina one mile away of water. We can show you how to get in there by canoe for free. It is well worth the effort!!!

What is the swimming like?

The water is VERY pleasant for swimming from mid June until the end of August. Because Happynest is on a cove, which is relatively shallow, there are always people who are in the water on Victoria Day and even well into September.
There is no better water quality in any lake in Ontario – which stands to reason since the lake is fed by rain water from protected forests and is constantly moving over the dam.
There is a sand beach beside the dock at Happynest for little kids to enjoy the gradually sloping sand bottom and there is a place for them to dig in the sand and build little castles also.

Do I need to bring firewood?

We supply a load of cut and split dry wood for your camp fire free of charge. You can purchase addition loads delivered right to your fire pit as many as you wish.

I have only a small group. Can I afford Happynest?

Happynest was designed to accommodate family reunions and can sleep 20 or more under one roof. Feature for feature, it is almost impossible to beat our cost per person for large groups for the summer months.
If your family group is smaller, up to about 9 people, e can offer our alternate accommodations which we call “The Granny Flat” Also, outside of July and August, Happynest is priced to accommodate small groups.
Happynest is open all year.

Is Happynest open in winter?

YES. Happynest is available 365 days a year. Happynest was designed and built for winter use and has a winter wonderland view of the lake out of the picture window. Happynest has all electric heat with individual wall mounted thermostats in every room.
There is also a wood burning stove in the living room which keeps every one toast warm and cozy and we provide all the wood that you can burn in the fireplace.

What are the roads like in winter?

Our cottage road is ploughed by the same equipment that does the highways. We clear our own driveway with a tractor mounted 7 foot wide snow blower.
I have driven from Toronto 52 times a year for 25 years and have never owned snow tires and I drive a small car with front wheel drive.

What is there to do in winter at Happynest?

We keep a skating rink cleared (weather permitting) and which is flood lit for night skating and there is a toboggan hill right on the property.
Ice fishing is a rewarding activity too.
There are endless places to hike and explore.
There is access to snowmobile trails radiating in every direction.
Cross country skiing and snowshoeing is exhilarating. We can help you to arrange for dog sled rides or renting of snowmobiles.
We can also offer to take your kids for an age appropriate ride on our snowmobile and sleigh just for fun.

Where can I get answers to other questions I have?

Please send us an email or phone us, the phone number and email address can be found on our contact page!