FAQ's & ATTRACTIONS

cottage life

Are pets allowed?
Pets are allowed with prior approval. A cleaning deposit of $150.00 may be required. Your pet must be under control at all times.

Is smoking allowed?
Unfortunately, smoking is not allowed anywhere on the property at Hemlock Point.

Do we need to bring our own dishes, pots and pans?
We provide all of the dishes, cutlery, pots and pans. You will need to bring your own dishwashing soap and paper towels.

Do we need to bring our own bedding?
No, we provide sheets, blankets, pillows, pillow cases and towels for 3 Queen beds and two single beds. A maximum of 8 people.

Is the water safe to drink?
We have a tested filtration system in the cottage only. The water is safe to drink from the taps in the cottage. The water in the Bunkie is not tested and should not be consumed.

Is the water around the dock safe for swimming?
Yes, the water is safe and there is a shallow area for children or non-swimmers. As with all swimming areas, you should not dive into the water at Hemlock Point until you have made sure of the depth and that there are no under-water obstructions.

Can we bring our own boat?
Yes. Because the road to Hemlock Point is narrow and sometimes very steep, do not tow your boat to the cottage. Please make arrangements for launching and trailer parking at Mountain Trout House Marina. We are a 3 minute boat ride away.

Is Kawagama Lake safe for boating?
Yes, Kawagama Lake and Bear Lake are safe for boating. The local cottager’s association has made sure that the lakes are marked according to Transport Canada standards. Getting a chart of the lake from Mountain Trout House Marina is always a good safety measure.

Can we purchase our food and supplies there or should we bring them with us?
Robinson's General Store and the LCBO are located in Dorset which is 6kms from Hemlock Point. They are both well stocked and can fill most of your needs.

Are their interesting things to do in the area?
Yes, please see Attractions below.

Are there medical facilities near by?
Both Huntsville and Bracebridge have excellent hospitals. They are both about 50 minutes by car.

 

Attractions

Hemlock Point on Kawagama Lake is conveniently located in the northwestern corner of Haliburton County, just minutes away from the town of Dorset. Surrounding towns include Dwight, Baysville, Huntsville and Bracebridge. Minden and Haliburton are about 50 – 60kms south of Dorset.

Dorset
Shopping includes the world famous Robinson's General Store in downtown Dorset. In addition, the Dorset Lookout Tower gives you an excellent view of Lake of Bays and the surrounding area right up to Algonquin Park. A children's play area, Colebridge Park is located across from the LCBO. Three restaurants service Dorset offering a variety of foods and prices. The Trading Bay Dining Company is located across the bridge, beside the post office. Zachary's is located on the other side of the bridge across from Robinson's. The Nordic Inn, located on Highway 35 just west of Dorset, offers accommodations as well as restaurant services at The Tower Bistro. A number of stores in Dorset offer everything from furinture at Rafters to electronics and hot tubs at Avery Audio to pottery and hand made treasures at Chetolah Fresh Air Studios. The best take out pizza is available at Pizza on Earth located at the corner of HWY 35 and Clan MacKay Rd. The Dorset Heritage Museum gives you an excellent idea of what the past was like in this area.

Kawagama Lake
Mountain Trout House Marina is located out of sight but just a relaxing 3 minute boat ride from Hemlock Point. Here you can find all of your marine needs as well as boat launching and trailer parking facilities. Fuel is available every day during the summer along with hand-scooped ice cream and frozen yogurt. During the weekends the Chip Truck is open for fresh cut fries, Poutine, Boo Fries and Sweet Potato Fries. Boat rentals are also available. There are also marina facilities at Old Mill Marina.

Kawagama Lake has approximately 1000 cottages, 300 of which are accessible by boat only. Bear Lake can be reached by boat from Kawagama and is home to Bear Mountain and the Bear Lake Falls. These destinations can easily be visited in a day by boat. With many Islands and bays, Kawagama is a beautiful lake for boating. Small Mouth Bass and Lake Trout keep the fishermen busy during their seasons.

Surrounding Area
Algonquin Park is just 40 minutes from Dorset and is well worth the drive. Travelling through Dwight to the Park, be sure to visit Henrietta's Bakery along with the Palmer House and The Dwight Garden Center. The Dwight General Store is known for their steaks and the Oxtongue Craft Cabin is conveniently located on Fox Point Road.

A number of towns and villages surround the area, providing a variety of shopping, dining and recreational opportunities. Huntsville and Bracebridge would be the biggest communities, followed by Minden, Baysville and Dwight. All are worth a visit if you have time.