All your questions about Barry's Bay Cottages answered

Please see all of your Frequently Asked Questions below. If you have any additional questions, please contact us.

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Frequently asked questions.

What is a self-catering cottage?

A self-catering cottage is designed to be just like owning your own cottage without the hassle of repairs or house cleaning. There is no official office onsite, but there is an on-site Property Manager to help with most small repairs and questions you may have.

What should I bring?

We try to supply all of the basic amenities in each cottage including cookware, dinnerware and linens & towels. We do not supply spices, saran or foil, paper towel or similar type items. We also suggest you bring any personal items you would normally use at the beach or camping such as folding lawn chairs, a flashlight, and bug spray.

Is there cell service?

Yes, we have found that most cell providers reach the area and provide good coverage on the property.

Is there LTE?

Yes, we have found that there is LTE on the property.

How is the WiFi/Internet Service?

Our WiFi service is limited, so please prepare accordingly. There are very few options for ISPs in rural areas and the satellite provider we use is the only option available to us. It maxes out at 10 Mbps and has limited bandwidth. This is enough for basic tasks, such as checking email and web browsing but will not allow for video calls or streaming. We have added additional routers throughout the property to strengthen the signal within the cottages.

Starlink was recently approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). We have applied for updates - fingers' crossed!

Can I bring my own boat or other motorized water transporation device?

We do not have a boat launch and there is no public boat launch on Carson Lake, so only boats that can be hand launched can be accommodated. We provide canoes and kayaks and paddleboards for those interested in getting out on the water. These are available free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are asked to return them to the common dock area after use and to ensure the life jackets and paddles are returned to the storage shed.

Can I rent a boat?

We have two 12 ft aluminum boats available for guests to rent for fishing or touring the lake. Single, three day and weekly rental options are available. Reservations must be made in advance of arrival, and all drivers require a Pleasure Craft Operators Card to operate the boat.

Do you have a restaurant at the resort?

There is no restaurant or food services on site. There are many options in the Barry's Bay town and surrounding area that offer everything from family dining to upscale restaurants.

Are pets allowed at Barry's Bay Cottages?

Pets are welcome in designated cottages (2, 5, 7, 9 & 12) only. Pets must be registered when reservations are made. We allow a maximum of 1 large dog or 2 small dogs in any cottage. Please refer to our pet policy for more information.

Is there parking at each cottage?

Parking spaces are conveniently located next to each cottage. There is typically room for 2 vehicles at each cottage.

Do you supply firewood?

It depends. We provide each cottage with a bundle of wood, except during winter, as we're not able to get as much wood from our supplier. Additional bundles can be ordered online at the time of reservation for $7 or you can often find bundles in the town of Barry's Bay at the Metro, Valumart, or similar stores.

What time can I check in?

Arrival is any time after 3:00PM ET. Depending on how busy the cottages are, early arrivals and late departures may be possible. Please email for special requests.

What time can I check out?

Departure time is anytime before 10AM ET. Depending on how busy the cottages are, early arrivals and late departures may be possible. Please email for special requests.

Can you accommodate large groups or events?

Typically, we would happily welcome small events at our resort, such as family reunions or weddings. That said, during COVID-19, we do not have any gathering spaces so it is not possible. We will update our website and social pages when we have the proper facilities and when COVID-19 has passed.

Where is the nearest town?

With Barry's Bay only a 5 minute drive away, everything you need or have forgotten is close at hand. The quaint cottage town really comes to life in the summer and has a good variety of specialty shops and artisans. It also provides the basics like grocery stores, a Beer Store and LCBO, Tim Hortons, pharmacy, and places to get fishing tackle and last minute supplies.

Are there activities for children?

The shallow, sandy beach area and 20 foot water trampoline are the most popular places for kids. However, the canoes, kayaks and paddleboards are equally popular. There is also a large playground area, a lounge or games room with pool and ping pong, as well as board games and puzzles. Fishing off the dock and exploring the trails and woods are other alternatives. Please note that during COVID-19, not all of these activities are available.

What is the lake like to swim in?

Carson Lake is a very clean, sandy bottom lake. Our small beach area has a shallow gradual entry into the water making it quite safe for small kids, but it is also possible to swim from the private docks found at all waterfront cottages. We usually swim from late June through to September. The lake is quiet and cool - a perfect way to enjoy a summer afternoon.

Which cottage would you recommend for families with small kids?

Cottage #3 (Loon Call) or Cottage #4 (Dragon Fly) are closest to the beach area and the playground allowing parents to supervise from their own patio or yard area. Cottage #5 (Gray Wolf) and Cottage #16 (Trillium) are also close to all the amenities, and feature a bit more privacy.

How is the fishing in Carson Lake?

Lake trout and smallmouth bass are the most common fish species. The fishing for both species is quite good. In fact, the lake trout fishing is very good through the ice in winter as well as early and late in the season. The open water season runs from late April to the end of September, while ice fishing usually starts in early January and lasts through to April. Bass fishing starts in late June and closes in mid October.

How close are the walking or snowmobile trails?

We are very close to a great multi-use trail system that follows the old railbed or OFSC B102 Snowmobile Trail into Barry’s Bay. This system links with trails leading to Algonquin Park, Wilno and much, much more. In winter, it is possible to zip across the lake on skis or a snowmobile to access the trail. Bikers, trail runners and ATVers can pick up the trail system off Arbor Vitae Road or at the end of Otter Lake Lane on the opposite side of the lake.

What are some of the popular activities to enjoy in the area?

On top of fishing and paddling on the lake, a notable attraction in the area is Algonquin Park. Day trips to the Visitor Centre/Museum and trails along the Highway 60 Corridor are popular. So too are short canoe trips. For rentals contact Algonquin Bound (

Other popular activities include ATVing and snowmobiling, as well as road biking and mountain biking. There are several fantastic road routes to explore outside of the trail system described above. For a little more challenge, the Spectacle Lake, Bear and Brunett Mountains Trail system to the west and Thomas P Murray Recreation Trails to the south offer great variety. Another popular activity is rafting trips on the Madawaska River through the Madawaska Kanu Centre.