Pike Bay Ontario; one of my first cottage memories
Pike Bay Ontario is found on the Lake Huron side
of the Bruce Peninsula just north of Oliphant
and Red Bay.
Pike Bay was the first place I went
with my Grandparents as their friend a doctor owned a cottage on that Bay.
It was a shallow Bay and is still shallow today.
My Grandma and Grandpa didn't drive so we went up there for 2 weeks
with my parents dropping us off. For me as a 5 year old it was
an adventure and no big deal to be in a remote cottage town without a
We made jam from gathered berries caught fish for dinner and walked to
the General store each night. We played Gin Rummy, Grandma made toasted
cheesies and fried egg sandwiches. We watched the Raccoons come by to
visit at night.
They were dark old cottages with screened in porches and I believe out
played with whomever was on vacation at the other cottages and it
seemed to work.
In fact my mother and father's family went cottaging in Pike Bay long
before I was in the picture and it is still a thriving cottage
community today although the cottages are much bigger and of course
have in door plumbing.
If you are looking for a place to stay in the area and don't have a
cottage you can check out By the Bay Pike Bay Resort, they offer a
mixture of camping, motel rooms and cottage rentals. They also have
boats to rent if you want to go out onto Lake Huron fishing.
The Cedar Bough Diner (shown above) is less of a diner these days and
more of a haven for Homemade preserves and amazing woodworking. You
will find it on your way into Pike Bay.
This area is a great middle ground to be able to explore more of the
Bruce Peninsula (you are 40 mins from Tobermory) and still access towns
south along Lake Huron (30 mins to Sauble Beach).