ONTARIO’S GEORGIAN BAY: BEHOLD THE BEAUTY, ENJOY THE PRIVACYBy Private Islands Magazine • Feb 21st, 2012 • Category: Islands for Sale
With its dramatic landscape of windswept Eastern White pines, pretty beaches, granite cliffs and shimmering lakes, there are few regions as stunning as Ontario’s Georgian Bay. The history-rich area, which was named after King George VI and served as inspiration for the celebrated artist troupe The Group of Seven, is situated in Lake Huron, the second largest of Canada’s five Great Lakes. Fishermen, hikers, boaters and anyone who just wants to get away from it all find this 5,800-square mile region which boasts 30,000 largely untouched islands a serene paradise.
In fact, those private island owners who call Georgian Bay home are so enchanted with the area which is said to have been created when a powerful Native Huron god named Kitchikewana tossed a ball of earth at the area during a fit of passion over a lost love, that they often find themselves simply coming for a look at an island and purchasing it on the spot.
For potential buyers, the opportunity to own property so resplendent, so rich with history and with such overwhelmingly private vistas is a chance to live out a dream. These arresting properties cause many owners to confess that they prefer to keep the exact location of their properties close to their chest so as to be able to enjoy the beauty and privacy of their idyll unfettered. Here, we learn about ten unique Georgian Bay private islands that can be yours.
St. Waleran Island
Located on the north-western side of St. Waleran Island (the other half of this 8-acre island is vacant) lies a 4.25-acre property that is one with nature. Built of wood, stone and glass, the cottages are pod-style, with lovely low rooflines that are barely visible from the water, offering owners ultimate privacy. The highly-regarded builder’s goal was to minimize the impact on the environment and topography. When not lounging on the various outdoor decks, residents of St. Waleran will enjoy the main cottage’s vaulted ceilings, floor-to-ceiling fireplace and beautiful reclaimed wood floors. Comprised of a main cottage, guest cottage, drydock boat house, workshop and two protected harbours, St. Waleran also has a beautiful sand beach, and is just a short boat trip to the Umbrella Islands, a favourite picnic spot in the Bay.
Since the 1930’s, Chamberlain Island has been the summer retreat for a prominent Toronto family. The 12 acre property has been developed over the last 80 years, starting with a modest 1930’s log cabin, and now featuring accommodations for 16 people across the main lodge, a 3,000-sq.-ft. master cottage and three fully-equipped sleeping cottages, all with cozy granite fireplaces. One of the special aspects of Chamberlain is the series of outdoor terraces and wooden walkways connecting the cottages and incredible gardens, as well as offering breathtaking views of the water. Located in Sans Souci, the island is just a five-minute boat ride from the private Sans Souci tennis club and community center. And for functionality, Chamberlain offers conveniences, such as a laundry house, sauna, two boat houses and two protected deep water harbours.
If a custom cottage is your calling, built your dream retreat on this blank slate property aptly named Belle Island, due to its gorgeous water views and picturesque trees. This 8.5 acre island is located in one of the most desired areas of Sans Souci and is only surrounded by other premier islands. Offering a natural harbour, this beauty is ready for your family’s special touch.
When one island’s just not enough, consider the Tyron Islands, an archipelago of three islands comprising two main outer islands and a third smaller one. On a total of 6.4 acres in the Wah Wah Taysee area of Georgian Bay, there are two modern cottages designed by noted Architect Bill Dewson. Using the regions natural resources, such as Douglas Fir and Owen Sound limestone (used for flooring, countertops and the focal point fireplace) these stunning structures are built to last. Gleaming hardwood, and picture windows are just a few of the features of this unique offering.
The next owner of Bernyk Island will enjoy a majestic private escape, offering something for every member of the family. Children will enjoy the natural sand beach, parents will love the massive wood-burning fireplace, and grandparents will bask in the glory of the oversized screened-in porch. The compound consists of a collection of useful buildings: a Swiss-style main lodge, A-frame master cottage, a stone walled sleeping cottage, a pavilion-cook house, a caretakers’s cottage, a Japanese tea room, a Quanset hut and a water-side sauna.
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