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Frequently Asked Questions


     I'd like to visit Oiseau Rock. What is it, and is it close?
     I have friends/business in the Deep River area. Are the cottages close?
     Will someone be on hand to take us on some day trips?
     Why do you require a 50% deposit?
     Can my dogs come with me to Oiseau Bay?
     Can I book a stay that's less than a week in summer?
     How do I drive to Oiseau Bay Cottages?
     Do I need a four-wheel drive vehicle to get there?
     Where can I rent a boat?
     What about fishing at Oiseau Bay? 
     What should we bring?
     Can we drink the water?
     Are there shops nearby to do our grocery shopping?
     How should we pack our food?
     What does "off-grid" mean for me and my vacation?
     Do you have cell service and Internet access?
     How much privacy is there between cottages?
     How is the swimming at Oiseau Bay?
     Are there birds and wildlife there?
     Can I bring my tent to stow away some extra visitors?
    
     I want to come for an afternoon to have a look around or show some     
         
friends. Can I do that?    

I'd like to visit Oiseau Rock. What is it, and is it close?

Oiseau Rock is a magnificent rock feature jutting out of the Ottawa River not far from our property boundary. It is a sacred Aboriginal site. It has ancient Algonquin aboriginal pictographs, and there are many legends and lore surrounding this amazing place.

You can hike to the top of Oiseau Rock, where there is a spectacular lookout, a picnic area, and a crystal-clear spring-fed lake for swimming. You can paddle or boat to the trailhead from here (a ~1-mile trip by water), or you can access a new trail opening 2010 by vehicle. A trip to Oiseau Rock is an unforgettable event.

I have friends/business in the Deep River area. Are the cottages close?

Our offices are in Deep River, Ontario, but the cottages are 8 miles downriver on the Quebec shore of the Ottawa River. If you have access to a boat in summertime, it is a short boat ride to visit Deep River. If you will be travelling by vehicle, then it is about a 2-hour drive to Deep River (and a 1-hour drive to Pembroke). That said, we are a little too "off the beaten track" to use as a home base if you plan to do a lot of visiting. Our happiest guests tend to make very few (or no) trips into town.

If you'd like to paddle in or ski in, it is an 8-mile journey down river from Deep River to get to us.

Will someone be on hand to take us on some day trips around the property?

We'd love to take a few hours to show you somewhere really special. We do not charge for day trips and we're happy to take you around this area that we love. If you're happy with what you saw afterwards, and if you're glad we spent part of our workday with you, you'd be welcome to leave a tip upon your check-out.

Why do you require a 50% deposit?

A 50% deposit is common for small vacation rentals like us. Unlike a hotel or motel in the city, we NEVER overbook, we turn away many bookings once you've reserved, and we cannot fill your spot last minute if you cancel. The deposit ensures you that we're serious, and us that you're serious. It's a win win!

Can my dogs come with me to Oiseau Bay?

Yes! Our cottages are pet-friendly. Our resident hound dog hostess Lucy gets along well with other dogs, and your canine companions will have lots of room to run, chase, and swim. There is a charge of $10.00 per night per dog. We ask that you keep your dogs off the furniture and barking to a minimum.

*Please, do not feed our dog Lucy people food. We have worked diligently to train her--please don't undo our hard work! We also have an outdoor barn cat that is not allowed in the buildings and is not allowed to be fed by the guests. Thanks for helping us keep Kitty Lin in line!

Can I book a stay that's less than a week in the summer?

In July and August especially, we tend to only book full weeks (Saturday to Saturday). However, if you have a shorter window of time in mind, email us and we'll see what we can do.

How do I drive to Oiseau Bay Cottages?

Driving directions can be found under the "How To Find Us" tab. We have a locked gate at the edge of our property, so you will have to contact us before you come to get through.

Do I need a four-wheel drive vehicle to get to the cottages?

We recommend having a four-wheel drive to come in. If this is not possible, smaller cars can also make the trip. Be mindful as you drive on the back roads, especially of your clearance. Please review our Small Vehicle Tips if you are driving a car in.

*A 4WD is necessary when coming in the winter and early (wet) spring.

Where can I rent a boat to use at Oiseau Bay?

If you'd like to have a motorized boat while you are here, we recommend renting one from Deep River. Try Ryan's Campsite at (613) 584-3453.

What about fishing at Oiseau Bay?

There is great fishing all along this stretch of the Ottawa River. We are also only a couple of kilometers away from some great fishing lakes. You will need a Quebec fishing pass, which you can pick up at one of the convenient stores as you drive here. Or, if you're boating in from Deep River, pick one up in Swisha. Also, legally you need bait purchased in Quebec. Keep your receipts for your minnows!

What should we bring?

Flashlights (1 per person), child's lifejackets (if necessary), bath and beach towels, bug repellent and sunscreen, bandaids for scrapes, a cell phone, driving directions from our website, slippers in the cooler seasons, and don't forget your butter! Bring all of your cold food in coolers, and as much frozen as possible. We also recommend biodegradable shampoos.

*What you shouldn't bring: Avoid bringing glass, any appliances that plug in, fireworks, little candies with little wrappers, factory packaging, and complainers.

Can we drink the water?

Yes.

Are there shops nearby to do our grocery shopping?

There are small convenient stores in the townships about a half hour's drive from Oiseau Bay. We recommend bringing all of your food in coolers from your home base. There are also large grocery stores in Pembroke, Ontario on the drive in.

How should we pack our food?

Please bring your perishable food in coolers, and bring frozen things already frozen. Please do not bring liquor, wine, or beer in glass bottles (common wilderness/Park etiquette).

What does "off-grid" mean for me and my vacation?

We do not have 120-volt electricity on the property, but we do have lights, stoves and ovens, refrigeration units, etc.--basically, everything you're used to except for hair dryers! You'll be surprised by how easy and comfortable it is to live off the grid. Just please be mindful that you do not waste resources.

Do you have cell service and Internet access?

You can get cell service where the cottages are. Bring your 12-volt cell car charger to keep your phone powered. We cannot power laptop computers, but if you have sufficient battery power and a USB go-anywhere Internet stick, you should be able to connect. But don't be afraid to leave the computer behind and really "let go of it all." You deserve it!

How much privacy is there between cottages?

The 4 cottages are spaced around a large wildflower field over about 0.75 kilometers. Each building has its own lawns, BBQ areas, etc., and each feels very spacious. It is about a 2 to 5 minute walk between buildings.

*Check out our little map. Click here.

How is the swimming?

Good.

Are there birds and wildlife there?

Birders, they don't call this place "Oiseau Bay" (Bird Bay in French) for nothing! We are close to a peregrine falcon and bald eagle nesting ground, and there are oodles of north-eastern Ontario birds of all kinds.

In terms of animals, don't be surprised if you see deer and moose tracks, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, wild turkeys, fox, geese, loons and grebes, and butterflies of all sorts.

Can I bring my tent to stow away some extra visitors?

Probably not. We do not allow tenting on the property unless its by a group that is already booking cottages.

There is also an additional charge of $35.00 per person per night if you exceed the number of guests per cottage. Thank you.

I want to come for an afternoon to have a look around or show some friends. Can I do that?

We ask that new friends don't drop in on us unexpectedly, especially during the busy summer months. Other guests have come here for privacy and seclusion, and we respect that.

Of course, we love showing like-minded people this special place. There's so much history and beauty here! But our main focus is cottage rental. So, if you'd like to set up an appointment with us, we would be happy to show you and your group around if we are available to do so.

Because we'll spend a good part of our workday giving you a tour and telling you as many stories about the property as possible, we ask for a $50.00 donation for groups of 4 or less, and a $75.00 donation for groups of 5 or more. If somebody books a future cottage rental that same day as a result of their time with us, then that donation will come off the price of their rental. Thank you for your understanding. 

 

 
 
 

 

Cam Hilborn
Owner/Operator
and your on-site host

Postal Address
(office address only)
 P.O. Box 795, Deep River Ontario, Canada
K0J 1P0

Cottage Location
(And yes, we are remote)
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Phone:
(613) 639-9727 

Email:
info @ oiseaubayresort.com


 

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