We were excited about this cottage as soon as we saw it from the road. The distinctive red roof was visible through the treetops from the top of the hill, like a big welcome sign. The name "Red Roof Cottage" was a natural choice, but there is much more to this than its cover. The first thing you notice when you come in the door is the very nice use of open concept space to create a bright and airy atmosphere and...hey, look at that view! Perched nicely above the lake, you are looking right down Hudsons Bay...no not THAT Hudsons Bay...the one that sits at the west end of Whitestone Lake and is great for swimming and exploring by canoe or kayak. The living room is the spot that offers the nicest view, and you will gather here often during your stay, whether it is to enjoy that view, play a game, read a book, or enjoy the game or a movie on TV. On cooler nights you may enjoy a toasty fire in the wood stove. Adjacent to the living room, the dining room sits your group in simple elegance, convenient as well to the fully equipped kitchen. Depending on your family, you may wish to sleep everyone in the cottage, or you may wish to make use of the bunkie to sleep two of your group. A unique feature of this cottage is the staircase that descends to the waterfront. Following the path of a trickling brook and incorporating a scenic bridge, the staircase makes every trip to and from the water a pleasant experience - you may even choose to dally along the way! The lake is clean and pleasant. The water is deep off the dock and offers good deep water swimming. There is also a shallow entry to the left of dock, a spot where children and non swimmers may wish to play. Whitestone Lake is great to explore in a canoe - the adventurous may want to canoe into Dunchurch for a meal or ice cream. Anglers should be happy with the catches available in the lake, very good for fishing. If you can tear yourself away for a while or simply want a day out, you will find the town of Parry Sound appealing, with most big city amenities as well as a vibrant marine culture. The smaller towns of Dunchurch and McKellar offer the basics as well as an LCBO.