Dobson's Dam is a wonderful riverfront property that you will find just south of the Bruce Peninsula on the North Saugeen River. This location allows cottagers to take in a variety of area attractions as well as enjoying the peace and relaxation of the very large surrounding property.
True to its name, the cottage is situated next to a small dam, which provides a unique series of features. Above the dam, the river is slow and lazy, with water suitable for swimming and fishing. Avid canoeists can canoe the river above the dam - depending on water levels you may be able to canoe all the way to McCullough Lake - or other destinations for a more relaxed trip! Something possible with this cottage is the "lazy river" tubing experience...just port your inner tubes as far up river as you wish, then let the current gently guide you back to the cottage. If the water is high enough, you can also canoe below the dam. Naturalists will relish the opportunity to study turtles and waterfowl - we were delighted to see a loon swimming underwater alongside our canoe! As mentioned, the property is extensive, and you can walk for kilometres on you own private trails, seeing a variety of birds and wildlife. Make sure to take your camera with you. Of course, you will also want to spend some time relaxing at riverside enjoying the sounds of the waterfall.
The cottage itself is newly refurbished and very comfortable. The main floor houses 2 bedrooms as well as the kitchen, living and dining areas and a 4-piece bath. The living and dining areas both enjoy views of the river, with the dining room enjoying a corner window view across and downstream. The lower level houses a very nice bedroom with an adjacent 3-piece bath, as well as a seating/games/TV area. There is also a walkout to to a sheltered patio area under the upper deck.
Out and about, you will find that you are within convenient driving distance to a number of possibilities. Kimberley, with Talisman Resort, is about 60 km to the east, while the Lake Huron port towns of Southampton and Port Elgin are about 50 km to the west. For your basic shopping needs, the towns of Hanover and Paisley are both within a 20 km radius. Chesley is just 7 km away and has a gas station, grocery store, LCBO, hardware store and pharmacy.
Note - the owners of the cottage own another property down the laneway and will occasionally make use of the trails on the property to get to the river area above the dam. Access to the trails is away from the cottage however, and your privacy will always be respected. It is entirely possible to walk the kilometres of trails and canoe the river without seeing another human being for the entire week.
If you want something relaxing, fun, private and a short drive from the city, you will want to make Dobson's Dam your choice for a getwaway.