Birch Grove

The custom built "Birch Grove" cottage is situated on 11 acres of serene, private waterfront property, and is an ideal vacation spot for families seeking to escape together.  The attention to detail is obvious and you will be impressed by this four season bungalow.  On the main floor you will find 3 bedrooms, a full luxurious bathroom and laundry all separated by a pocket door for those who want to sleep in or nap!  The other side of the pocket door  holds another bathroom, georgeous big kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless steel applicances and large breakfast bar overlooking the living room.  High ceilings, windows galore, shelves equipped with books, games and movies are there for your enjoyment.  The large eat in kitchen area has ample seating with unbelievable views of the property.  The lower level is fully furnished with an additional 2 bedrooms.  Full bathroom and massive rec room with air hockey, foosball table, sit down arcade machine, and large sitting area are there for your enjoyment.   TV, playstation, more games and movies await the kids for those rainy days!  When you don't feel like staying inside, there is a fire pit with rock seating, and steps down to the dock with a row boat, canoe, stand up paddle board, and pedal boat for you to explore the wonderful and serene McTaggart Lake.  The lake is perfect to boat in, swim, or fish.

Pets are welcome at Birch Grove!

Everything to make your stay comfortable is there for you to use!  Books to read, movies to watch, linens, towels, BBQ, propane, dishes, coffee maker, microwave, Bell TV, internet, and much much more!  Just take your food and enjoy your stay!

Nearest Town: Humphry 8km, Parry Sound 20km

Water: McTaggart Lake

Hospital: Parry Sound 20km

Guest Reviews!

February 3, 2019

This was our first family trip in over 20 years.  We bonded so much as a family.  We spent the weekend at Birch Grove cross country skiing, playing board games, building puzzles and all cooking together.  The weather was great!  The snow outside was just magical.  Overall our stay was incredible.  We will be back again in the summer months again for sure!

Thank you!

The Farberov's


January 6, 2019

We spend a very relaxing and wonderful weekend celebrating our Mom's 60th birthday and we couldn't have asked for a better place.  The cottage was very spacious, cozy and clean!  We watched movies, played games, ate delicious meals and even ice fished!  It was a great time.

All the best!

The Chaston family


January 3, 2019

We had an amazing time,  the trees were beautiful, the lake was frozen (and we made a hockey rink), the cottage was very clean and comforting,

and the area is just beautiful.  We were able to play games and watch movies every night, and on NEW YEARS!, we listened to music and watched a movie (Annie).  Overall, the stay was amazing and we would love to come back again.

Happy New Years!

Samantha and family


December 21-23, 2018

Thank you for having us.  The lake was absolutely magnificent encased in ice.  The ambiance of the cottage was very welcoming.  Spacious, gorgeous, lovely, heartwarming...I could go on, but you get the idea.  The memories made here will forever remain in our souls.  It is with the utmost sincerity that I thank you.  "We'll be back."

XOXO hugs and kisses   : )

Team Friendship and Love <3


Nov 16-18, 2018

Dear host/hostess,

The winter blues never got to us while spending time here.  The beautiful birch trees, covering top to bottom of the backyard, providing us with a picturesque view to ever remember and to wake up to every day.  Enjoyed the character of the cottage with the birch elements, calm nature and elegance.  We spent a lot of time at your dining table, the fireplace, the balcony, and enjoyed it all.  We loved that you had various games and movies to entertain us.  

Nima and friends


Nov 4, 2018

Thank you for a great weekend with friends.  This place was so peaceful and comfortable.  Plenty of space for everyone!

We will be coming back.

Thank you

Jennifer & friends


Oct. 22nd - 29th, 2018

Thanks for having us!

We got so much more than we expected - and hey, Ontario gave us snow on the last day!  We want to come back sometime in the summer!

Tanja, Holger with Alina & Rosalie

from Falkensee, Germany 


Oct. 21/18

We had a very relaxing time at here at Birch Grove.  We played board games, arcade games, air hockey and foosball - so much fun!  We went for long walks down the road.  We sat at the dock in the sun.  Two of us even went out on the pedal boat - a little nippy but still great fun!  We had a fire each evening in the fireplace - very cozy!  We made great meals and ate at the large dining room table where we also had great conversations.  We would love to come back.  Winters must be beautiful here - a winter wonderland!  

Thanks so much Dean, for letting us enjoy your beautiful cottage and for the delicious wine!

Dulce, Gary, Patrick & Shannon (Guelph, ON)

Louis and Julia (Hamilton, ON)


October 14, 2018

Thank you for allowing us to spend a weekend at your amazing place.  We all had a great time.  We would love to come back next year.

Best regards,

Nitharshan and friends


Oct. 4, 2018

Great stay!  Great view.  Had a great time.

Heather & Family


October 2, 2018

Thank you for the loan of your beautiful property.  Our group enjoyed our time by the fire while watching football and having a beverage.  While others spent time by the dock enjoying the peacefulness of the North.  I am sure we will be back for a repeat next year!  With a special thanks to Dean for setting us up at the courses! which were absolutely fantastic!!

All the best!

Crew from Niagara Falls

Rick, Filippo, Justin, Anthony, Steve, Tom, Andrew & Chris


Sept 30, 2018

Thank you for providing a place for our family to gather for a few days.  We had a wonderful time enjoying our granddaughters.  We enjoyed canoeing and spending time on the dock, and mostly spending time together.  


 Heleen & family


Sept 18-22, 2018

We had an absolutely amazing three days here.  Birch Grove is the perfect place for having fun and relaxing.  We enjoyed swimming in the lake, relaxing on the dock, campfire, a walk in the surrounding woods and of course the very cool playroom in the basement.  Grandparents were visiting from Iceland and we were so happy they got to enjoy this beautiful place.  Our kids each brought a friend and everyone had a great time.  We did not catch any fish, not for lack of trying - boy did we try (oh well - next time).

Thank you for your hospitality

Gudmunder,  Johanna, Teitur, Fridrik & Isold

+ friends and grandparents


Sept 1-8th, 2018

This was the perfect week long vacation.  We make the cottage our home away from home.  Swimming in the lake was awesome and we loved paddle boarding across the lake.  Sitting by the fire at night was the best way to end a full day of fun!

Thank you for a great way to end this summer!

Maria and family (Toronto)


Aug 25 - Sept 1, 2018

What a beautiful place Birch Grove is.  Our whole family was here.  We went fishing and yes we caught pike, sun fish and bass.  We also saw a very large turtle by the dock.  Birch Grove is a very peaceful place.   When the sun was out everyone was swimming and boating.   On the rain days the games room was great.

Thank you so much so much Dean and once again, you have a wonderful cottage.

The Cox family


August 24, 2018

Thank-you Dean for the cottage.  We all enjoyed ourselves.  Would recommend it to others. 

Thank-you for the wine!

Dave & Marlene Wilkinson

Leamington, Ont.

Thank you so much for the cottage!  We liked swimming off the dock and paddle boarding.   And we liked fishing too.

P.S.  We saw a big, fat, brown, furry, flat tailed beaver

P.P.S.  We lost your canoe

P.P.P.S.  We found it later don't worry

P.P.P.P.S.  We got a lot of high scores on your machine

Sascha + Gemma Wilkinson

Kingsville, ONT


August 18, 2018

Great stay.  Two grandparents, 3 adult children and 3 grandchildren all had a lovely stay.  Swimming, walks, reading, chats and meal times is how we spent the time.  Entirely relaxing and fun.  The house is well laid out for a larger family with different bed times!  : )

The wine was appreciated, thank you.

Marcella, Richard, Christine, Jennifer, Andre, Nick, Sam & Lizzie

Kitchener/Waterloo, ON


August 7/2018

Birch Grove Cottage is such a lovely place!  Loved to sit out on the deck with our crew of friends and on the dock.  Swimming was great! 

Thank you for such a wonderful stay!

The bottle of wine was lovely, too!  : )

Cindy & Friends


July 14-21st, 2018

This is our third stay in one of the Serenity homes and once again, did not disappoint.  Birch Grove is beautiful with plenty of space for our big family!  We had fantastic weather all week, spending most of our days fishing, swimming, floating and making good use of the kayaks and paddle board down at the dock.  There were a few big fish caught as well by the young boys - a big excitement for them.  The large deck outside was great for us as well, spending our mornings out there watching the chipmunks, squirrels and a family of woodpeckers.  Like all the other Serenity cottages we have stayed in, there was more than enough things to do to keep us entertained and occupied in the evenings as well.  We have been able to create many great memories this week and can't wait for our stay next year!  Thank you for sharing your cottage with us!

The Cronk & Heeg family  <3  XO

Selkirk, Ont.


June 30 - July 7/2018

This was our first time @ Birch Grove.  The cottage was amazing however you know what they say about the weather!  We had severe heat warnings for 5 of the 7 days.  This made our sleeping a little uncomfortable.  Just a suggestion, you might want to provide more than 1 fan in the future.

However, over all we created a lot of great memories at the dock, fire pit and deck.

Thanks for sharing your nice cottage and for the bottle of wine.

Parete, Bacik & Zaccardi family

Windsor, Ontario

Owner's response:

Thanks for the heads up!  We will be adding air conditioning for summer 2019!


June 23-30th 2018

A lovely week here at Birch Grove!!  We had so much celebrations, wedding anniversary, 25th birthdays (twins), RN exam passed, relatives from England...a celebration of life everyday!!  The weather was day of rain.  

Thank you Serenity Vacation Rentals

We would love to return!!

Otto, Angie, Ellen, Katelyn, Bryan & Sally, Seth & Sarah, Chris & Jessica

St. Marys, Ont.

Coven, England

Bolton, Ont.

Stoney Creek, Ont.


June 16-22, 2018

We came to Birch Grove all the way from Sweden with our four kids to spend time with their grandfather.  

The kids have spent most of their time in the water!  On Wednesday we celebrated Swedish Midsummer with dancing around the Midsummer pole, flowers in our hair, pickled herring, meatballs and Swedish snaps!

Thank you!

Forsberg Gustafson family

P.S.  We saw a BIG snapping turtle!


June 4-10, 2018

Thank you Birch Grove for a wonderful family holiday.  Our group (ages 13-71) had a great time on our 4th annual getaway (first time at Birch Grove).  Our weather was perfect, beds comfy, lots of room for the 10 of us to make memories.  We are so pleased to have found this cottage through Serenity Rentals!  We look forward to returning next year.

Dennis Jackson & family

Stratford, ON


May 27 - June 2, 2018

My boyfriend, our two boxers and I had an amazing time here.  We caught so many fish (catch & release), swam, made good use of the canoe, peddle boat, etc.  We went on long hikes, went on a float plane ride (thanks to the brochures left for us) and had amazing weather the whole time we were here.

Thanks : )

Cindy, Justin, Zoey & Jaxson


May 18-21, 2018

We had a Great weekend at Birch Grove!  Nine humans and four puppies enjoyed Victoria Day weekend riding the pedal boat, doing a bit of paddle boarding and playing indoor games when the weather turned on us : )

Thank you for opening your door to our Venezuelan family of friends <3


Cesar & friends


May 16-18, 2018

It was an excellent fun filled experience with our Indian guest.  Cottage experience was amazing.

Desai family


April 27-29, 2018

We had a fun filled weekend here at Birch Grove!  Thank you for your hospitality and the kind bottle of wine upon our arrival!  We would love to be back here in the hot summer months!

Antonio & family : )


April 19th -April 22nd, 2018

We are a group of  friends & family that get together twice a year.  We really enjoyed this cottage!  Feels like home, in the woods.  Despite being near the road, the setting is still pretty serene.  Also appreciate the stairs down to the dock!  


Justin & friends


March 27 - April 2, 2018

During our one week here we celebrated one 50th Wedding Anniversary, two birthday, Easter and April Fool's Day!

Three generations had lots of space and lots to do.  The pre-teens explored the grounds, then came in rosy-cheeked and cold and from upstairs we heard lots of laughter from the games room.  We used the grill, enjoyed the dock and the views, and had a fun and peaceful time.  

We liked the walk down (and up and down and up) Portage Lake Road.  Lots of pictures were taken.

Thank you for providing such a comfy and lovely place!

Janet, Bruce, Sharon, Wayne, Margot, Andrew, 3 kids and Laddie


Mar 9-12/2018

Hills & Beckerlegs here to get together  & celebrate Dave's 45th

Two inch steaks and a tuxedo cake to celebrate, this place is great.  A few bottles of wine, big breakfast time, fish on the line, this place is fine.  Tuckered out dogs, many burned logs - not one frog.  This place is awesome.  Sun in our eyes, bright blue skies, homemade french fries, we hate goodbyes. 

Thanks for a fantastic weekend.  What a great way to spend a winter weekend!

Dave & Catherine Hill & Lilly too!

Wayne & Brenda Beckerleg & Cracker also!

Lynne & Morgan Hill - Hunter too!

Thank you for the lovely wine.  We enjoyed it greatly!


March 4, 2018

This was our first time at Birch Grove and we did feel sweet atmosphere of nature's and cottage's cheerfulness.  Thank you for your hospitality.  House games and spacious rooms and also "Scent-Free" environment : )  Our instant getaway dream truly came true.

Zeynep & family


Feb 26 - Mar 01, 2018

This is the third time our fishing group has stayed at Birch Grove, and as expected, we were not disappointed.  The weather was incredible (+8), and the fishing was excellent.

We will be back.

Lake Joe Gentlemen's Club, 2018


Feb 11/18

We came up to try our luck ice fishing.  We only caught two fish, a crappy & a pike but we still had an awesome time!  This is a beautiful spot & I look forward to coming back in the summer.



Jan 21/18

Thanks for a real good time!  Awesome place for chilling and enjoying the good life.  Skating on the lake was a highlight for the kids.

Thanks again - we WILL be back...



Jan 12-14, 2018

Thank you so much for the incredible hospitality.  You have a very beautiful cottage and we cannot wait to come back in the summer.

We played a lot of board games, went skiing and spent a lot of quality time together.

Also thank you for the wine.

Shravan J.


Jan 5th-7th, 2018

Birch Grove Retreat was the perfect way/place to welcome 2018!  We had a wonderful winter cottage escaped planned months in advance  Birch Grove was everything we imagined!  The lake was frozen and we went for a stroll, the cottage was secluded but wonderfully cozy. 

Thank you Sue and Dean for your warm hospitality and great service!  Look forward to staying with Serenity in the future.

Kathleen and friends


Jan 3-5, 2018

We held our very first Roselle staff retreat @ Birch Grove!  We spend two days relaxing, reading, playing board games, cooking up feasts and overall bonding.  Everyone slept wonderfully.  It was quite an inviting change to be away from the city and enjoying all the beautiful surroundings.  It was truly a winter wonderland.  We look forward to perhaps visiting again in warmer weather.  Thank you for creating such a beautiful home away from home.

Happy New Year

Roselle Desserts Team! 


Dec 23-26, 2017

We were here with our entire family and hoping for a nice relaxing weekend.  But this was beyond are ask.  We had so much fun.  Everything was so clean and inviting that it just felt home.   All the rooms were so cozy.  Kids had an amazing time downstairs.  We played so many games and it's funny to report that adults vs kids in Air Hockey will go down in history as "How adults lost 20 to 0" hahaha!  We are taking back the snow laden trees and frozen lake views that will delight us for days to come.

Thank you

Anuradha and family


November 27th - December 4th 2017

Rest, relaxation, peaceful, beautiful and calm.  These are just a few words used to describe the feelings we experienced here at Birch Grove.

Thank you so much for the personal touches to make us feel welcomed in your home (ie. the wine and sign).

We have made many wonderful memories here and enjoyed the beauty of your property.  The breathtaking view & scenery, long walks, perfect weather and jogging in the area and so much more that made our stay here unforgettable.

Thank you for sharing your amazing cottage with us.  Hopefully we will be able to come back soon to enjoy the comfort of home away from home.

Paul E. & family


Oct 20 - 22, 2017

Thank you for a lovely stay.  We loved the dock, the comfy beds & how clean your cottage is.  Memories to last a lifetime.

Hope to come back again soon.

Jenny & family   <3  : )


Oct 7 - Oct 14, 2017

We had a wonderful stay at Birch Grove with our and my brother's family for the week.  It was over Thanksgiving weekend and the beautiful scenery and fall colours really made us feel extra grateful for the time spent in this beautiful place.  We did lots of fishing, paddle boating, game playing & campfires/night fires and enjoyed the lazy days & great family meals & time that followed after our TG Celebration.  We will be back next year for sure.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us.

The Borisha's & Hamilto family


October 3 - 7, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Birch Grove.  We particularly loved the property's many amenities including the dock and deck.  It is safe to say that in the future we will look to return to the property or one of the many options available through Serenity Vacation Rentals.  Thank you for your attention to our questions and the welcome gift.

Best Regards,

Eliana, Mandie, Tony, Mary Joe, Jamil & Lindsay-Anne


Sept. 23-30th, 2017

Wow.  End of Summer heat wave first half of the week then bang!  instant Fall in 4 hours.  Enjoyed swimming and fishing.  Surprised the first fish was a pike!  Cottage is a beauty!  No complaints from here.  Our sibling gang of 9 adults really enjoyed the room layout.  Also the Pacman and air hockey were a bonus.

Thanks for sharing!

The Bennings


September 16 -23, 2017

Our family of 6 adults had a wonderful time this week and we created many memories!  We enjoyed the beautiful property and spent many sunny days on the dock.  Thanks for creating a lovely vacation home - we will be back!

McQuarrie-Zervos-Desmarais Clan <3


September 9-16, 2017

A much needed week long break was perfected by the weather and this cabin...It truly had everything we needed and more!  We had 11 adults and infant twins over the course of a week and there was more than enough space and activities to keep everyone happy.  Best part, the peace and quiet! Thanks for building a true home away from home : )

Looking forward to our next visit!

The Mistry & Lad Families : )  : )


Sept 05 - 09

Our first visit here & we loved it.  Thank you for the great bottle of wine you left for us to enjoy.

The cottage is so well equipped and spacious.  Our family of 10 adults had a  blast - the weather was terrible but we played games, cooked and hung out together.  Good times!!  We will definitely be back!

Trudy & Harvey DeJong & family


Sept 3, 2017

As longtime fans of Serenity Vacation Rentals we always appreciate the superior level of hospitality and care from Jackie & Dean...and every experience at each location has so many special "extras". Birch Grove is just AMAZING in so many ways. Sitting on the deck watching the lake sparkle, going for walks, hearing the kids laughing and playing in the games room and feeling "right at home and then some" are some of those "happy place" moments we always enjoy so much and look so forward to during our stay with SERENITY!

Thank you so much for everything
The Kopman Family <3 <3 <3


August 26th - September 2, 2017

We had a fabulous week of sun, board games, amazing meals and time together as a family!  What a beautiful cottage that has felt like home for us this past week.  Birch Grove is awesome.  We have taken some lovely photos on the dock of our family.  (Did you know that you have barred owls outside the far bedroom window.  Awesome sound!)  We will miss those lovely morning coffees on that beautiful dock and the late evening cocktails (on the dock) watching the sunset.  We loved using the paddle boat and small kayak as well as others that we rented.

Thanks for a great week Birch Grove of family fun and new memories.

Taylor W and family


August 19th - 26th, 2017

Spent a sunny (mostly) week here as a family of five.  Weather was hot plus a few thunderstorms so games room & DVDs were put to good use!  So much room in the lake house which is fantastic & the viewing the lake are simply breathtaking.  We swam in the lake, peddled & the boys went fishing in the row boat!  The boys even caught four fish from the dock! (not big enough to cook : )

Thank you for a lovely week Birch Grove!

Hannah, Max, Joe, Sammy & Abigail

Bromley, Kent, England


August 12th to 19th, 2017

Spent the week with my family and in-laws from Germany.  We all had a great time.  There are fish in the pond.  We caught one!  And had a fun experience with a bat!  Loved the foosball table and Ms. Pacman!  Beds comfy!  And great book selections!

Thank you!

Sven, Mandy, Ben and Lukas, Monika and Micheal Koehler

Toronto, Ontario

Magdeburg, Germany


July 22-29/2017

We had such a great week.  My grandkids loved the selection of movies (for rainy days), books and games.  We loved the swimming & jumping off the dock.  Our youngest granddaughter is now a good swimmer so we can all enjoy the water.  The older grandsons took the boats out and went across the lake.  We were here with 2 of our children and spouses, six grandchildren and there was a bed for everyone - such a big beautiful home - thank you for sharing!

The Vowles family

Courtice, Ont.


July 15-22/ 2017

Dock days, deck days = total relaxations!  Swimming, boating & fishing.  We had an awesome week and rarely left the cottage (only for Dairy Queen - hee hee).  We were totally comfortable as a family of nine people.  Awesome weather - we made some great memories and lots of laughter.

Thank you  : )

The Gooder Family

Brantford, Ontario


July 1st - July 8th, 2017

We had a wonderful time and had incredible weather!  We celebrated our daughter's first birthday on July 2nd which was so fun.  Thanks for letting us take over your cottage for a week, we created tons of new long lasting memories!

Breanne, Todd, Kinsley & Penny

Jill, Shannon, Maeve & William


17th June - 24th June

We had a great time - despite some rainy weather!  The cooler weather didn't stop us from even jumping in the water a few times! : )

Beautiful place!  We really enjoyed the spacious kitchen and deck for group dinners.

Thank you for the great week with friends!

Travis & friends


June 15 - 17, 2017

Beautiful place with amazing views.  Me & my family had a fantastic time, created a lot of memories.

Looking forward to coming back again.

Thank you,

Delshe & Family


June 8 - 15, 2017

A very comfortable and pleasant home, thank you.  We had a great time - loved the outdoors, the fire pit, the dock and watercraft.  Great and convenient location.  Saw beavers on the lake, which was special!  Recommend the cruise from Parry Sound, a relaxes and happy town.

From the Pellew family - a big thank you : )


May 26th - 28th, 2017

We celebrated a milestone at Birch Grove - we had a fantastic time & created wonderful memories!! : )

Great way to kick off the summer & we look forward to coming back!

Thank you for everything!!!

Tayler & family & friends


May 25, 2017

This was our first visit @ Birch Grove but it most certainly won't be our last!  We are hoping to make this an annual getaway for our families.  As this was the first cottage trip for our children, they thoroughly enjoyed fishing by the dock in the mornings and hanging out by the campfire at night!  Thank you for letting us stay at your lovely cottage and make new memories for our family!  We look forward to our return @ Birch Grove!

Consalves & Calpito families


May 19 - 22, 2017

This was our first time at Birch Grove and we absolutely loved it!  Even with 11 adults and 1 child, we had tons of space and lots of things to keep us all occupied despite the rainy weather during some of our stay.  The weather was perfect on Saturday and sitting on the dock on the peaceful lake was great.  It all went by too quickly!

Thank you for your hospitality - we can't to come back : )

The Chamberlain family


May 5 - 7, 2017

You know the old saying "you can't control the weather".  Despite the weather we were able to stay more than occupied for hours thanks to the numerous in-house games.  It was truly magical to celebrate the coming out of our good friend "Reggie" this weekend as we celebrated him & the next chapter of his life!  Thanks again for letting us enjoy the beauty of Canada!

Kyle & Family


April 26 - May 4, 2017

This was our second stay here at Birch Grove and it was great even though we had rain for most of our stay.  We came in late and went straight to sleep.  But the following day (our one day of sunshine) right as the rain was starting Mike jumped into the very cold lake.  Throughout the week friends came and went.  Kids really enjoyed the board games.  Adults loved the blast-from-the-past game downstairs.  Sadly watched the beauty of the area from indoors most of the time but still was a perfect stay (so perfect that we extended our stay for 1 extra day).  Hope to be back soon.

Mike, Iryna, Lisa and Baby Anna!!


March 19-26, 2017

Dear Dean & Jackie & family,

What a wonderful relaxing stay we had at your beautiful cottage : )  For the first half of the week it was just Tom (age 13) and I and we loved quiet time, long hikes, cooking new recipes.  We found Sobeys Parry Sound was well stocked and next to Starbucks! : )  The warm fire and large movie selection made for very relaxing evenings.  And what a beautiful view to wake up to!

We then had friends visit and had many game tournaments downstairs.  Taught the kids a thing or two about Donkey Kong! lol

We went hiking to the trails in Humphrey - so gorgeous, like a movie set.  Many awesome group photos of snowball fights in the woods.

We would certainly stay again.  Thank you for providing such an amazing space.

Amanda M. & Thomas & friends


March 15-19, 2017

Happy St. Patties from the Johnston's!

We had a wonderful stay here at Birch Grove.  Thanks for the hospitality.

May the luck of the Irish be with you!


March 3 - 5, 2017

Beautiful way to enjoy a winter wonderland!  Fantastic cottage, beautiful environment, great family memories created.  So much fun.

Trails are gorgeous!

The Whittakers


Feb 23 - March 3, 2017

Another great stay at Birch Grove ice fishing with family and friends.  Fishing was slow but still a lot of fun - telling stories and reminiscing of years gone by.  Looking forward to our trip next year.

The Ice Dynasty Club,

Mike, Steve and friends


Feb 20 -23, 2017

Another wonderful stay at the Birch Grove.  Great accommodations, great food and great friends.  We will be back.

Lake Joe Gentleman's Club 2017


Feb 17 - Feb 20, 2017

Family Fun.  So much fun.  All the Laffey's came & enjoyed family weekend together.  We celebrated 2 birthdays, cleaned off a rink for hockey & curling, played through the water (weather was very mild).

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful spot with us.

Linda & Nick L.


Feb 10 - 17, 2017

Thank you for sharing your beautiful cottage!  Our family of four & dog loved Birch Grove!  We had a beautiful week with tons of snow but mild temperatures!  We spent a lot of time outside and relaxed inside!  The rooms are all so comfortable and our son loved all the games we could play here!  We are really hoping to return.

Lea, Andrew, James, Grace and Plato



Feb 6, 2017

Great time, beautiful cottage.  Will be back!

Dan M.


December 31st, 2016

Dear Dean & Jackie,

Thank you for letting our family stay at Birch Grove for Christmas.  This cottage is truly beautiful.  Our family full heartedly enjoyed our stay.  From the complimentary wine, the beautiful lake view to the warm inviting fireplace.  We will definitely suggest this vacation to our friends.  We hope the next guests enjoy our much larger snowman we made.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

from our family to yours!

The Alle Family


December 24, 2016

We really enjoyed our stay; your cottage is beautiful; we'll visit again!  I hop the snowman we made is still there when the next family arrives.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family in Cancun and Toronto

Feliz Navidad!   : )

Debora S.


December 19, 2016

Great place to stay.  Lots of fun at the cottage with group of friends & family.  The facility is great with convenience of a home.  Would love to come back.

Sharma & Chawla family


December 11, 2016

We had a great stay here at Birch Grove!  We enjoyed the movies you had to offer!

Thank you for the bottle of wine!



November 29, 2016

Our family had a great time here at Birch Grove.  It was great to have all the conveniences of a home and not have to go out for meals.  It was a great family get-together and extended vacation weekend for my sister and I and we will surely be back again soon!


The Baal Family


November 6, 2016

This has been a great weekend away!  Highlights include the great view on the balcony during sunset and hanging out with the family in the cozy living room.  Would definitely love to come back in the future!  Thanks for having us, Curtis Family!

All the Best!

Sarah L.  & Family


October 30, 2016

We had a great stay here at Birch Grove.  We visited with a group of nine  20-30 year-olds and there was no shortage of activities.  The hosts were gracious, attentive, flexible, generous, and hospitable.

Thank you for a great stay.  We WILL be back.

10/10    A+    100%

Bhayana and Family

: )  <3



October 13, 2016

We had an amazing family Thanksgiving gathering here at Birch Grove.  We all enjoyed the fishing, the dock and the beautiful grounds.

Thank you for the bottle of wine.  We will be back again.

The Poshni Family

(Harper sister get-together)


October 6, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Birch Grove this week.   Thank you for the bottle of wine and soft music playing.  It was a nice greeting.  We came for a relaxing and restful time and it met our expectations.  Enjoyed a fine dinner at Crossroads Restaurant in Rosseau.   Great dock and chairs and such a quiet and peaceful lake.

Thank you Curtis Family!

Dave and Bev H.


September 25, 2016

Dear Curtis Family,

Your cottage is amazing!  A wonderful gathering place.  We enjoyed the lake and thank you for the bottle of wine.

Wishing you the best

Abigail T. & family


September 21-23, 2016

Thanks for the amazing cottage.  We really enjoyed swimming and sitting at the lake.  We would love to book this cottage again.

Thank you very much.

Al Mana family


Sept 12-19th, 2016

We had an amazing time at Birch Grove!  Did a lot of exploring the area and really enjoyed Cranberry Marsh!  Fishing was great - caught several small mouth bass!  

Thanks again Curtis family for the opportunity to enjoy your cottage.

The O'Connor family!


Sept 3-10, 2016

We had a great week at Birch Grove.  The weather was fantastic.  We enjoyed sitting on the Muskoka chairs on the dock and taking in the beautiful view and gorgeous sunsets  We also enjoyed relaxing on the deck and had a few meals out there as well.  Our dog spent hours chasing leaves.  We recommend visiting Muskoka Lakes Winery and Johnston's Cranberries.  Don's Bakery in Bala is amazing!!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful cottage with our family.

Elise, Carol, Rick, Chery, Mike, Vanessa & Chili


August 27th - September 3rd, 2016

We had a great time at this amazing place.  So peaceful & relaxing with everything we need.  The lake is great & the water was awesome.  Thanks so much for allowing our family to share your special place.

The Britt Family & friends


August 20 - 27, 2016

We had a wonderful week at the Birch Grove!  This was an ideal place to relax, spend time with family, enjoy the quiet and escape the city.  The house was perfect for us, a family of three generations (six adults and one toddler).  Great layout, well-kept property, and lots to do!

Here are some activities we would recommend doing during a stay at the Birch Grove:

1.  Enjoy the waterfront!  (we loved boating, lazing in the tubes, fishing, swimming & sitting on the dock)

2.  Campfires & marshmallows!

3.  Kawartha Ice Cream from Whatta Pizza

4.  Killbear Provincial Park (the Twin Points Trail & Lighthouse Point Trail were beautiful and easy.  We saw a black bear cross the road in front of us on        our drive to the park!)

5.  Log Cabin Inn (a casual fine dining experience with views!)

6.  Sawdust City Brewery tour

Thanks for a great week!

George, Valerie, Chika, Rodney, Lisa, Stephanie & Jeremy


July 23, 2016

Dear Curtis Family,

Thank you so much for letting us enjoy your beautiful cottage!  We had 7 of our 8 grandchildren with us as well as our kids.  Wonderful place to relax.  Enjoyed the dock, the umbrella on the deck, spacious rooms & all the movies & games.

My grandkids think that you should add a zip line from the deck to the lake!


John & Cathy V. & Family


July 9-16, 2016

Dear Curtis Family!

What a gorgeous spot!  We had an amazing time enjoying the *GORGEOUS*  Birch Grove Cottage!

We celebrated our Mom & Dad's 60th birthdays and 40th Wedding Anniversary!  It was a very special week for all of us (one family came all the way from Winnipeg!)  The Grandkids LOVED the rec room downstairs on rainy days and in the evening.  We all spent hours lakeside soaking up the beautiful weather and views!  Campfires were perfect and dinners on the deck were so enjoyed.  We took the kids to Santa's Village & the guys went golfing at Seguin Valley.  We attended the Rosseau Market on Friday too!

Thank you so much, we had an incredible time!

It was such a memorable week as a family and we hope to be back again!!

Much love and thanks,

The Brovold Family


June 25-July 2, 2016

Dear Curtis Family,

We had a fabulous time in your lovely cottage.  One of our kids enjoyed the interior so much that she didn't go outside for two days, ha ha.  Jokes aside, everyone enjoyed making s'mores by the campfire and taking kayaks out onto the lake.  Even though it was rainy on Canada Day, we had a good time inside watching movies and eating popcorn.  We even made a s'mores dip by putting chocolate and marshmallows in the oven!  Though the lake was smaller, the water was smooth and it was a lot of fun to explore the marshy area (despite the many bug bites we got while we were in there - if only you could see the pictures).

Our escape from the city was nothing short of absolutely spectacular.


The Tams and friends


June 11-18, 2016

Thanks for sharing your family cottage with me and my family.  McTaggart Lake was smaller than we thought but we took our kayaks to Rosseau or Joseph or Silver Lake for our adventures.  Being the beginning of the season we were disappointed that Santa's Village wasn't open but the ease of traffic and Gordon's Marina getting our dinghy & engine in was awesome.  Taught the grandchildren about inukshuk, built a few to leave our mark.  Taught them how to kayak, swim, fish, plays games, and cook.  They loved feeding chipmunks peanuts.  Our favourite was going to Rosseau & swimming, picnicing & kayaking.

Other than having septic issue, no internet & no downstairs tv or games because remotes didn't charge, we had a good time.  Thank God the black flies were done!

Thanks again.  Take care.

Robin W. & family

OWNERS RESPONSE:  Thank you for drawing those issues to my attention Robin!  We were glad we could get the appropriate service people in to get the internet working for you and the septic issue taken car of!!    : ) 


June 6-11, 2016

We had a wonderful stay at your beautiful cottage, enjoying the peace and tranquility of nature.  Such a nice change of pace from city life.  The cottage exceeded our expectations with its pure charm and beauty.  We are sad to leave but already planning when we can come back.

Thank you!

Niki, Mike, Jaidon, Amber & Julia


June 3 - 5th

Amazing stay!
We had a wonderful time, great amenities. Had a first get together in a long time with the family & we want to make it a ritual.
Thanks again!
King & Alexander family


May 27 - June 3rd, 2016

Dear Curtis Family,

My friends and I had a great time at the cottage. It was beautiful and we had so much fun.  We also think it would be a great idea to put a slide from your porch down to the lake LOL!  We had a great 31st birthday and will definitely be coming back.

Thanks again,

Allicia and Marty

PS.  We taught our 2 year old Bernese Mountain dog puppy how to swim for the first time.  She loved it.  A memory we will never forget.


May 25, 2016

Dream place!!  We enjoyed our time here and it's almost 10:30 am.  Just wanted to write something here for memory : )  LOL  Thank you very much for everything.

All the best.

Livian and Family


May 19-23, 2016

Dear Curtis Family,

Thanks for the great stay a your beautiful cottage!  We enjoyed sitting at the dock, fishing and taking your boats across the lake to see the beaver den! The kids enjoyed playing outside as will as playing in the games room for hours.  The weather was beautiful and therefore sitting on the patio and campfire was so relaxing.  We would have loved to stay longer but unfortunately our time to leave has come; but not without having seen Mars, Jupiter and Saturn with its rings on our last night with our telescope - the night sky was amazing!

Nicole, Christian, Kathleen, Mirko and families


May 9th, 2016

Another amazing weekend at Birch Grove Cottage with the family!  Caught a nice bass, saw some dear and a moose on a hike up to Algonquin, great wood fires nightly and the best panzerotti in Parry Sound (downtown) next to the coin-op car wash!  Thank you for your beautiful cottage.  Very relaxing weekend indeed.

Lejla and Family


May 3rd, 2016

We came to the cottage to celebrate my husband's and my 30th birthdays.  There was a group of 10 of us that came to celebrate.  We had a lot of laughs and made a lot of memories that will last a lifetime!  The cottage is beautiful and would be a place we could bring our families to in the future!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful cottage with us!

Darryl, Karen & gang


April 17th, 2016

What a beautiful place to relax & reflect on life.  I chose to spend my 40th birthday at a cottage and this place is way better than imagined.  Thank you for a beautiful home to share with family & friends as I celebrated a milestone & a new chapter in life.

Antoinette E.  & family


April 8th, 2016

Thank you for a truly wonderful, peaceful, relaxing stay at your beautiful cottage.  We had the best of both worlds with arriving to sunny spring weather to ending our stay in a winter wonderland.  Everyday filled with sunshine, every night with a sky filled with stars.  My kids & I came to disappear & spend precious time together sharing memories & stories of my oldest son and their oldest brother on the anniversary of his tragic death.  And we did just that, we also made new memories & my children laughed & smiled which to a mother is the greatest gift of all.  You have a little piece of heaven here.  Thank you for allowing us to share it and create new memories together as a family.

Sincere thanks,

Jenn, Kolby, Bella, Tally, Wes & Matty....and of course fur babies Weiser & Gizmo


March 25th, 2016

Thank you for a beautiful stay filled with tranquil hikes, delicious food / wine and some much needed relaxation.

Jessica T, Steve Z,  Dave Z, & Christina L


March 4th, 2016

This is our second year spending a great week ice fishing with friends and family.  After a long day of fishing in the great Canadian north it was great coming back to this wonderful cottage.  Plenty of room for all.

Look forward to the same next year at this time.

The Ice Dynasty Club


February 26th, 2016

Great week ice fishing on lake Joe!  Great cottage!   Excellent way to finish off a long day on the lake.  The games helped pass the time!   Hope to be back the same time next year!

Lake Joseph Gentlemen's Club.


January 15th, 2016

Happy Valentines Day!   Thanks for a wonderful spot for our group to come up and snowmobile for the weekend.   We had an awesome time and loved the cottage!

Deb & Brian & Friends


January 10th, 2016

Dear the Curtis Family,

Our stay @ Birch Grove was amazing.  You have a beautiful cottage!  We would love to come back in the summer.  Thank you so much for having us.

Mary Proulx & company.


January 2nd, 2016


Our vacation at Birch Grove has been amazing!  Thank you for letting us use your cottage to begin our new year.   We drank and overate and played in the snow like little children.   We will be back!!!

Maria, Justin, Marina, Aaron, Leanne, Anthony, Katie, & Brad

Samson and Buddz - the dogs.


December 28th, 2015

Well our group of 12 from Toronto, Calgary, Thunder Bay, & North Bay, all met here at Birch Grove.  We were all amazed by the FABULOUS cabin.  This was a great place to spend Christmas together.  We enjoyed the dock on Christmas day.  The lake was open, NO ICE.  We tried fishing, but the fish would have none of it.  Overnight the temp. dropped below 0 celcius and the south end of the lake froze, about 1/8" thick ice.  We walked along the road a few times.  This is a terrific area.   

What an amazing little piece of heaven.  The Schaefer Family had a wonderful Christmas at your beautiful "Home away from Home"   Grandma Liz Schaefer; (looking down & keeping watch of us all is Grandpa Al Schaefer, our 3 sons, wives & 6 grandchildren arrived on Dec. 24, set up a tree that Murray, Lori, Selena & Hanna brought from North Bay Ont.  Mike, Jen & Adam from Toronto came also; Mark, Rob, Reese, Gabriel, & Liam from Calgary Alberta flew in & Grandma Liz from Thunder Bay Ont.  Gabriel & Liam are Reese's twin brothers 9 months.  We never have had such a warm snow less Christmas.  We usually have tons of snow and very cold weather but such a really nice treat.  

So Thank-you so much Dean Curtis, Jackie, Noah, Amy, Andrew & of course pugs Nemo, & Lucy;  Hope to come back soon.

Happy Holidays.

Jen, Mike & Adam, Love Liz Schaefer, Robin, Mark, Reese, Liam & Gabe.  Selena Mcormay, Hanna

From the Schaefers


December 24th, 2015

Thanks for a great stay!  We had a wonderful time celebrating family Christmas.  The weather was very mild and we did hike on the Seguin trail - we spotted some flying squirrels!

Thank you,

The Hollenbeck Family


November 29th, 2015

We had a great time at BIRCH GROVE!  The views are amazing and the property is quite beautiful and comfortable.   It was such a relaxing weekend, we can't wait to return during the summer.

Stefanie, Jimmy, Roshelle, Ada, Barbie


November 15th, 2015

Such a great weekend!  Beautiful cottage and perfect weather!



November 8th, 2015

Dear Curtis Family,

We very much enjoyed the stay at your beautiful cottage.  We very much enjoyed our weekend.

K. McPherson


November 1st, 2015

Beautiful cottage, very warm and welcoming with great views!  We hope we can return soon.  - Chase & Angela Creemer

What an amazing weekend!  We had so much fun at Birch Grove....the men did not have much luck fishing, but hopefully that does not discourage us from returning!  Can't wait to come back  : )

Nikki, Morgan & Buster


October 24th, 2015

Amazing stay in such a beautiful place.  Visiting from the UK, it's an experience in Canada our previous visits hadn't explored until now.  Star gazing in the clear skies, rowing in the boat, BBQ on the deck, and exploration walks that all 3 families of 3 generations could enjoy together!!!   A million new memories to keep forever.

- I can only echo my daughters thoughts now we are coming to the end of our stay.  Just a suggestion - should the DVD's have worked on the lounge TV, that would have been a bonus.  Instead, we needed to watch them in the games room.   All in all, a lovely experience in a beautiful setting.

Sean & Dot Collier

OWNERS RESPONSE: DVD Player scheduled to be replaced this week!


October 18th, 2015

We had a great time at Birch Grove.  Beautiful cottage just like the pics.  Perfect for our large family.  Great memories around the dinner table, camp fire, and at the docks.  Can't wait to come back!

Thank you for the welcome wine!

Mel, Mark, Michelle, Jason, Pete, Eric, John, Em, Hoc, Easan, Kevin, Angela & our dogs Buckley, Miso, and Lily   : )


October 15th, 2015

We had a wonderful stay.  Cottage was very nice and comfortably fits us all.  Lake was beautiful and we enjoyed the hammocks very much.  We saw a bear which made late night doggy pees interesting.  So be warned they are around (even in day light!!).  Overall we had a fantastic stay and will be back for sure.

Thanks - Arvanitis Family


October 12th, 2015

Our family had a great time @ Birch Grove.  Comfortable and "homey" accommodations and lots of activities for everyone to enjoy.  We particularly enjoyed the games room in the basement.  We also took in the Cranberry tour @ Johnston's Cranberry Marsh, very cool!

Thank you Dean & Family

JK & Joan & Family


October 8th, 2015

Very pleasantly surprised that this "cottage" is just as advertised and even better.  We loved it all.  Did the 30K island boat cruise.  It is a must.

Thank you - we will be back and will certainly tell our friends.

Mark & Ana Parkinson


October 4th, 2015

Beautiful cottage!  Beautiful lake!  Had a blast!



September 27th, 2015

We had another great week.  Couldn't have asked for better weather.  Fishing was much better this year.  We went to the Johnson Cranberry farm / winery for the tour - highly recommended.

Thank you for the blueberry wine - delicious!   Also visited Huntsville & Bala.

The potlight over the kitchen sink and in the upstairs main bathroom are out.  Also couldn't get the DVD working - the remote is cracked??

(OWNER RESPONSE) - Thanks for letting me know about this.  The lights have been replaced and a new DVD player has been ordered!

Thanks again to the Curtis family.

Kevin & Tracie Keller

PS - We bought firewood but didn't use it - hopefully the next guest(s) can make use of it.


September 5th, 2015

We have had great weather this week & truly enjoyed your lovely cottage.  The kids loved the games downstairs & the VHS movies (We could not get the DVD's to work).  We caught fish off of the dock & enjoyed swimming.  The water was perfect!  It would have been nice if the cottage was cleaned properly before we arrived.  By your checklist it looks like it is the renter's responsibility to clean not a cleaning service & they did not do a very good job.   So we have left the cottage in much better condition than what we found it in.  I highly recommend getting a proper cleaning service between renters.

Dan and Laura B.

(Reply from Owner Dean Curtis - I'm very sorry that you didn't feel the cottage was cleaned properly.  We do have a cleaning service available if our renters do not wish to clean after their vacation.  We also do have a changeover crew who inspects the property and ensures it is cleaned properly for the next guests.  I have spoken with them regarding your comments to ensure that our standards are being met for the future.   We will also address your comments regarding the DVD player.  Thank you for your feedback!)


August 29th, 2015

Thank you for allowing us to stay at your wonderful cottage this past week.  We enjoyed all the activities inside and outside the cottage.  Our best memories were watching the sun set over the lake and roasting marshmallows by the campfire.  The cottage itself suited everyone and we made use of the large collection of DVD's, board games, and books.   We will recommend this cottage to everyone wanting to rent in this area.

Thanks again.

The Mills family.


August 15th, 2015

Dear Curtis Family,

Thank you so much for having our family here.  We had a ton of fun fishing, playing Monopoly and using the pedal and rowboats.  We spent a lot of time outside, either down at the dock or out on a walk.  We had a great time here and thanks again for having us.


The Abradjian Family


August 8th, 2015

Thank you for sharing this beautiful cottage with us.  In the spirit of Birch Grove, we cast a poem filled with fun and love:

McTaggart Lake in the summer

Behold - the lake noodles float with lazy fun.

McTaggart sits on Birch Grove

Laughter fills the air

Friends relax and laugh at happenstance

Birch Grove is a palace of time

and the kindles of love burn until morning

And we remember who we are

And where we came from.

I guess what we are trying to say is:

Let the sun shine on Birch Grove for a many beautiful years to come.

Kristen Street & Family.


August 1st, 2015

Dear Curtis Family,

Me and my family rented this cottage for a week and everyone's first comment upon arrival was that we wish we could stay longer.  The house is beautiful, all of the children made use of the move and game section.  That was only for a short time though, as all our days were mainly spent down by the water, swimming and sharing family memories.  If it was up to us, we would never leave, the location is beautiful and the area around it just as wonderful.  

Thank you for opening this place to us, and thank you for having a place so conducive to family living. 


The entire Wilson / Midwood Clan


July 18th, 2015

Fish to the right of the dock with worm with no weights.  We caught 20 big fish this way.

- Jackson

Dear Curtis family,

We had a great week at Birch Grove.  Thank you so much for letting us stay here at your beautiful cottage!  We had a great time fishing out on the lake and caught a ton of big fish.  The games room proved to be lots of fun during rainy days and many memories were made.  We enjoyed taking trips into town and the huge selection of movies meant there was always something for everyone to watch.  Thanks again for an awesome week!

Mia, Jason, Bella, Jack, Jacquie, Andrew, Maddy, Oliver and Nico


July 11th, 2015

Dear Curtis Family, 

What a fabulous, breathtaking, relaxing week we all had.  We were a party of 12 & I have to say the cottage was PERFECT for all of us.  Adults, teenagers & kids!!  It rained once during our stay & it did not upset us.   The camp fires, the paddle boat rides on the beautiful lake, sitting on the deck enjoying the view, being with friends & family in such a beautiful place, will have us wanting to come back for more memories!

We were also impressed with the FAST service we had with a minor problem on the 2nd day.  Thank-you for that. 

None of us wanted to leave.  We even had a visitor one night @ our camp fire,  Mr. Racoon!   Lots of laughs & giggles through out the week.  Thanks again.

Wade & Sue & Family

Angela Wells & Wm Wells & Ben Barnard


June 18th, 2015

Curtis Family,

Thank you for letting us stay in your beautiful cottage!!  The view is amazing!

Our two families (11 people total!) had lots of room and had a great time here.  We went hiking, played board games & watched movies!  The weather was beautiful & we couldn't have asked for a better week!

Dan, Erica, Mykenzie, Mykayla & Eric, Sonia, Adam, Owen, Sofia & Landen, Colken


June 6th, 2015

Curtis Family,

Thank you so much for the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing week at such a beautiful retreat!  We rented the Curtis Cottage early last summer and loved it!  But Birch Grove, WOW what a beautiful place!

Two couples and an 11 month old baby with our three dogs thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful, cozy, well equipped cottage.  We had fires, played games, walked all over and our dogs enjoyed swimming after us in the paddle boat!  We brought up our ski boat and launched it out of Gordon Bay Marina just up the road - They were amazing to us last year and once again didn't disappoint.

The week didn't last long enough!  We are already planning when to book again next year.  

Thanks again Curtis Family.

Melissa, Pete - Dogs Murphy & Devereaua

Chantelle, Mark - Baby Scarlett & Dog Mannie


May 30th, 2015

Last night as I tucked 7yr old Daniel in bed he cried, he does not want to leave!  5 year old Timmy just said (at breakfast), "no, I don't want to go, this place is the best place in the world!"  So the Herman family leaves reluctantly, taking some great memories with us.  Memories of fishing (and catching one!), of giggling over games, Risk and Crib.  Mommy robin on her nest and a great time at the beach & park in Port Carling and the waterfront & fitness trail in Parry Sound.   Bird sounds and frogs singing, breezes through screened windows and popcorn, oodles of popcorn.  Quiet times on the dock, swinging in hammocks, investigating the little path in the woods and lounging on he balcony, what a view!  Spider-dogs & smors on the campfire.

The great times totally overshadowed the issues we encountered:  broken oar upon our arrival (good thing it's a smaller lake!), air hockey table broken by previous renters so gone most of week (thanks for working hard to get it here Dean!); peddle boat broke after about 50 meters of peddling, first day, also sewage pump alarm went off after first morning flush every day.  We learned to flush a few times, adding more water to system fixed the problem.   Dean again thank you for sending help on day 1, and promising to deal with the issues.  I'm confident you will.

Our family, with six kids age 16, 13, 12, 9, 7, and 5, ALL had a great time and certainly hope to be back.  Thank you Curtis' for sharing this paradise.  May all who stay here take good care of it!

"It's "Sad-er-day", perfect"  (5 yr old quote...because we have to leave)

Ron & Robin Herman

OWNER RESPONSE - What an awesome guestbook entry!  Thank you for leaving those fun memories for us all to read!  Thank you for drawing those issues to our attention.    We have sent our handyman over to take care of them!   I hope you had some fun times on the replacement air hockey table!!  DEAN


May 21st, 2015

Dean & Jackie,

Group of six golfer guys really enjoyed our stay.  Cottage was very clean and well stocked.  We had a real nice fire on the first day.  We stayed at your other cottage same dates last year.

Thanks for everything,

Michael & Boys


May 18th, 2015

Dear Dean,

This place is absolutely amazing.  Thank you for having us & I cannot wait to return.  Your hospitality is amazing.  Beautiful location & amazing scenery. Thank you again.

Stacy Cordeiro & Family!


May 14th, 2015

Dear Dean & Jackie,

Thank you so much for having us here.  We enjoyed the beautiful cottage and the magnificent scenery.  We took multiple trips out on the paddle boat & the peddle boat.  We finally caught some fishies on our 5th day here!  That was definitely the highlight of our trip.  Thank you for keeping this place beautiful and wonderful.

The Sey family.


May 3, 2015

Great Weather!!

Great times with family.

"The Perkins Family"


April 22, 2015

Dear Curtis Family,

Thank you for this wonderful getaway!

(April 15th) Got in a bit late then we expected but we were amazed at how wonderful your cottage really is.  After a quick trip into Parry Sound for shopping we enjoyed a quick dinner.  Our older daughter Lisa (4) loves the games downstairs.  Cannot wait for tomorrow.  Now off to watch a movie.     : )   Good night.

(April 16th) Celebrated Mikes birthday with a home made Bounty Bar cake.  Roasted a few marsh mellows in the grills.  Lisa really enjoyed the hammock chairs (swing).   Really enjoyed a quick BBQ dinner at the table.

(April 17th)  Started our day out at the hospital.  Iryna & Lisa got ear infections, but still had a great time.  As we got in had a good talk, (never happens at home) about life.  Spent time on the deck when friends of ours dropped in.  The children had fun fishing on the deck for their plastic fish.  Steak for dinner.  This place is wonderful.

(April 18th) Beautiful weather all the ice is melting from the lake, enjoyed a full day of sun and heat on the deck.

(April 19th)  Still wonderful outside.  Warm t-shirt weather.  It was a joy to see all snow and ice disappear in a short time.

(April 20th)  It was a cooler day.  Spent the day mostly indoors and huge wonderful meals.  The kids had a blast playing in the games room and sleeping in the bunk beds.

(April 21st)  All went to Parry Sound and then sight seeing.  Spent a good day indoors as we had huge rain storm.

(April 22nd)  Clean up.  Bacon Sandwiches, time to go.

Thank you!

The Kowalewski family

Mike, Iryna, Lisa & Baby Anna  : )


April 12, 2015

Curtis Family,

You guys have a great cottage.  We had a fun time enjoying it.  Nice waterview and modern interior.  Summers in this place would be great.  We would consider coming back in the future.  We ran into issues with the bbq.  It is essentially non functional, we even replaced the tank.  DVD player wasn't working as well.  A pool table would be awesome.

Good times!


OWNER RESPONSE:  Thanks for drawing those issues to my attention Sasho!  We will look into that right away!   DEAN


April 5, 2015

Dear Curtis Family,

Thank you so much for letting us stay at your wonderful cottage for the Easter weekend!  It has been great!  We hope to come back in the future.  The rooms, accommodations, view, are just awesome!  Thanks again!

Just great!


Zuccala's, Radke's, and Pyke's


March 27th, 2015

Dear Curtis Family,

Thank you so very much for hosting my friends & family at your beautiful place!  The accomodations here are absolutely fantastic and the view is just amazing!  We all can't wait to come back in the summer time to see this beautiful place when all the snow melts.  You've made my birthday weekend so very special!

Best experience! : )

Thank you,

Alexandria C.

Family & friends


March 8, 2015

Thank you very much, we had an amazing weekend in Muskoka in your beautiful cottage!  We hope we would be able to come again soon!

The Grosqiau Family &

The Fontenay Family

from France 


March 6, 2015

Great visit back to place that I have enjoyed for many many years, ice fishing on lake Joseph.  Loved the accommodations .  My brother, myself, and our sons and their good friends have decided to make this an annual pilgrimage.  We will be here next year.

Robert & Adam - Alberta
Rosemary & Michael - Angus, ON
Mike - Stayner, ON
Michael - Angus, ON

February 23rd, 2015

Thank you so much for hosting our couples weekend up in your beautiful cottage.  We enjoyed the amazing scenery around us and loved hanging outside in the hammocks.  The place was sparkling clean when we arrived and couldn't have been happier with how our weekend turned out.

Thanks again!

Chris, Emmitt, Jesse, Brody, Ashley, Chad, Mother hen Betty.

February 20th, 2015

We had a great week here - snowmobiling, enjoying the outdoors & the cottage!  

Thank you!

Kelly, Brian, Lee, Shelley, Brayden(6), Curtis(3), Justin & Tania, Blake(5), Ava(2)

February 11th, 2015

Steve & I spent our honeymoon here!  Though it was a little big for just two people, we are expecting a little girl in May & hope to make this an annual summer trip!

Thank you Curtis family!!!

The Reids


February 8th, 2015

Dean & Family,

We had an amazing time at Birch Grove.  The cottage itself is beautiful!!  The overall experience was outstanding.  At a point when we did not know how to use the thermostat, Dean was prompt to help us out after one phone call.  Let's hope I can find some availability for the summer!!!  We will definitely be back!!

Thank you for the memorable time!

Michelle & friends

January 26th, 2015

To Dean,

Thanks for the great accommodation and wine, we really appreciate it!

Dean & friends.

January 3, 2015

Dean & Jackie,

This was our first time at Birch Grove.  What a great cottage!!!  It was like a winter wonderland outside and the views from this window filled cottage were breathtaking...

Our visit was a short 2 night stay but fun-filled and relaxing.  Would love to come back soon!!!

Thank you,

The Silvermans

p.s. Next time looking forward to spending some time in the games room.

November 23, 2014

Dear Curtis Family,

My family and I had such a great weekend winter stay at Birch Grove!  What a great way for us to enjoy our "mini-moon".  My husband, family, and I loved everything about your cottage and had everything needed for a very comfortable stay!  We can't wait to return during the summer to try some fishing on the lake and some of those hammocks we've been eyeing around the property!  The kids would like to say that they think all the games at the cottage were epic! and that they had lots of fun. 

Thanks again and all the best!!

Lejla & Family

November 15, 2014

We had the most wonderful, peaceful rest in your most beautiful cottage.  Already planning future trips back.

With thanks,

J.S. & L.L.

November 3, 2014

Just the two of us at Birch Grove this weekend.... what a great opportunity to get out of the city to relax.  The cottage had everything we needed & we will certainly look forward to another vacation here in the future.

Thank you Dean & Jackie

Matt & Denise

October 19, 2014

Thanks for having us over the weekend!  We had a wonderful time here.....  We tried out the boating and fishing around the lake and definitely couldn't forget the experience!  Cranberry Fest is also a great activity and we really enjoyed the cranberry sausages and chocolate.  Hopefully the guest after us will also have a good time!  Thanks again.

Very nice!  : )

We would definitely come back again!

Woohoo! Bravo! Bunch of thanks & may all the best things always for you & your family.

October 13th, 2014

We stayed at Birch Grove for Thanksgiving weekend, a family of 10. 

We loved it, beautiful place, very relaxing & enjoyable.  

The cottage is absolutely fabulous plenty of room for all of us.  We had a great time & are looking forward to come back in the summer.

Thank you for our weekend away!!

Mary & Joe Dias & Family

October 6th, 2014

Thank you Dean and Jackie for a great few get away days. 

We stayed at Birch Grove the first week of October and even though the weather was wet and over cast the cottage was warm and comfortable. I loved the open concept design and high ceilings. The cottage had everything we needed we couldn't of asked for anything better. The huge windows made us feel like we were outside and the views of the water surrounded by the amazing fall coloured trees were spectacular. 
While on our stay we enjoyed visiting Johnston's Cranberry Marsh and witness first hand the harvesting process. (Did you know they don't grow in water? That TV commercial has a lot to answer for!!)    We also went on the Island Queen's 3 hour 30,000 island cruise. I found it informative and a wonderful way to see the surrounding islands cottages and water ways. 

Thank you. 


September 28th, 2014

What a beautiful job you've done with BIRCH GROVE Dean & Jackie.

We had a fabulous week - amazing weather & a very relaxing week.  The fish weren't biting as much as last year but Kevin persevered & finally caught a few bass.

We had our friends Cathy & Craig up for the weekend & we enjoyed our time on the dock & the stars at night - great memories playing a game "Mexican Train"

Looking forward to coming back next year.

Kevin & Tracie Kellar

September 21st, 2014

We had absolutely an amazing time at Birch Grove!  We thank you very much for the use of your cottage.  The scenery and wildlife is breathtaking and our favourite part was the lake!

Best wishes from the GH family to your family!   :) 

GH University (Sonya Dey)

September 15th, 2014

All of my family was impressed by the appearance, comfort, and setting of Birch Grove.  We had a good time here despite the terrible weather.  My husband and I were also impressed by how quickly and effectively you responded to our problem with the furnace.  We know it can't be easy dealing with the issues that are sure to arise from a distance.

Thank you.

Cheryl & Bill

September 6th, 2014 

Cottage log, supplemental, 

It is the seventh day of our visit to the “Grove of Birch”. We came with seven but left with five after removing two.  For unspecified reasons they would not share the rations. After a three day recognisance, we sent two of our party off to explore the many islands departing from the “Parry Sound”, and report back.  They noted the indigenous species enjoy basking in the sunshine and consuming liquids out of glass bottles. Approximately five days later, we sent out three crew members to investigate the elusive “cranberry”.  When they returned they brought back many bottles of fermented fluids.  We sent two more crew members back the next day to retrieve more of the local “wine”. 

We will venture back to this destination again to enjoy the many fires, dock visits, and to allow our spawn to experience more of this wonderful land. Our furry four legged companions as well. 

Ladouceur –Flisak out. 

August 30th, 2014

We loved staying here.  We had a wonderful time.  Your cottage is beautiful and very welcoming.  We enjoyed fishing, campfires and swimming in the lake!  We hope to come back again next year.  There was plenty of room for 2 families, 3 kids and 3 dogs.  2 of the dogs even learned how to swim.

Thanks for a fantastic week.

Written by Gregory age 10

Pete, Joanne, Greg, Tyler, Rebecca, Craig, Connor, Alexandria, Matt & Peter

August 23rd, 2014

We had a wonderful time at Birch Grove.  The cottage was a great place to stay and play with a 10 month old and 2 four year olds.  We had a lot of success fishing off the dock and now have an avid 4 year old fisherboy.  He caught his first fish 1.5lbs on his spider-man rod!!

We enjoyed fun camp fires & cold dips in the lake.  The weather didn't co-operate all week but the cottage gave us lots of activities to do.

Thank you!!  

Nicola, Dan, Hannah, Josh, Margie, Chris, Teagan, Enna & Luke

August 16, 2014

Our family stayed at Birch Grove from August 9th, 2014 till August 16, 2014!  The cottage is beautiful and well equipped.  The kids enjoyed the games room.  The fishing was great as well!  Our kids made some furry friends - "Harold" the duck, "George" the chipmunk and "Cee-Cee" the squirrel - oh and "Gus" the dog from next door.

The hammocks & swings were well used.  Mother nature didn't fully co-operate this week yet we had an awesome time at Birch Grove!  : )

Thanks from Richie & Liz, Grace, Luke, Noah, Steve, Suzy, Nikolas, Victoria & Evan

August 9, 2014

The Henshaw's and friends

We had a wonderful time at your relaxing cottage.  We swam every day and had fun using the boats.  We saw lots of wildlife like an otter, squirrels, chipmunks, a fox, and lots of birds.  We had fun playing some of the board games you have here, even if family game night didn't work our so well and some people can't read the cards.  : 0    This cottage has a nice cozy and relaxing feel to it and all the rooms are beautiful.  Almost  every night we had a fire together.  The boys had a fun time in the rec room and everyone loved the packman machine.  One night we even had our grandparents over for dinner as they were down the road at the Ontario camp of the deaf.  That night we got out of doing the dishes, well sort of, our grandma likes to do the dishes but shes not the best.  Over all we had an amazing time  :)   Thanks a lot from the Henshaw's

Dawn, Doug, Taylor, Dillan, Dakota, Lea and Jamie & John

:)  Written by Taylor, age 16 :)

Thanks for the use of your cottage, it would have been nice to have a ladder going off the dock.  My husband almost broke his leg.


(Hello Lea and the Henshaw's -  I am glad that you enjoyed your stay and thank you for drawing my attention to the dock area.   We will be putting a dock ladder in right away to rectify the problem.  I hope your husband is ok and will consider coming back to Birch Grove!)

Dean Curtis
August 2, 2014

Our family of 4 had a wonderful time at your beautiful cottage.  We had fun at the dock, in the boats fishing, swimming and exploring.   What a wonderful spot you have here and the cottage is absolutely beautiful.  We all felt so at home here.  The kids loved the game room and the adults loved the retro game machine!  Pacman / Donkey Kong were the best!

Thank you for sharing your little piece of heaven with us!

Scott, Vicki, Aidan(13), & Coner (11) 
& Chewey (Labradoodle)

July 19, 2014

Our group of friends stayed from July 12th to 19th, 2014.  We had an amazing stay!  The cottage was well equipped with all amenities!  Our bedrooms are lovely decorated and clean : )

We enjoyed our time outdoors swimming, boating, bonfires, fishing, star gazing!  We also spotted turtles, dogs, squirrels and a very friendly racoon!  On the days we stayed indoors we enjoyed watching movies, cooking feasts and playing board & card games!

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to have an amazing vacation!

Laura, Andres, Logan, Julia, Henry, and Nathan  : )

July 12, 2014

Thank you for our family get away!  We had 2 families here & enjoyed our week together.  We used the boats, enjoyed fishing, saw a beaver many times this week in the water.  Lots of laughs around the campfires : )  Played games, cards & watched your great selection of movies.  Also our friends son saw a deer in the woods in  the front entrance of cottage.  Our little one enjoyed feeding the squirrels & chipmunks.  The new cottage is beautiful!  Best wishes to your family!

Thank you!

Charltons & Bedard families

July 4th, 2014

Our family stayed at Birch Grove from June 28/14 to July 5/14.  We had the most amazing stay.  We caught some fish, went swimming, paddle boating, and played in the water.  At night we played cards at the kitchen table, and watched movies on rainy days.  A racoon came to visit us last night on the deck.  He was very friendly and not afraid of our dogs.

We created some pretty amazing memories at Birch Grove and we hope to return next year to enjoy our time together as a family in such a beautiful, amazing cottage.  Every detail was well thought out and not one detail was missed.

Thank-you so much for giving our family the opportunity to enjoy your amazing cottage.

Judy, Harry, Karen, Steve, Robyn, Zane, Jaxson, Andrew, Ashley, Ryan, Rachael, and Calvin.

Dogs: Bronson & Charlie

Birch Grove

Fully equipped Kitchen, Dining Room, Family Room, 2 1/2 bathrooms Games room with Foozball, Airhockey, Playstation games, 2 X 50" TV's, sit down retro arcade machine, books, movies, and wireless Internet.
Large Deck across back of cottage with lake views 
Exceptional Privacy 
Parking: 6 Vehicles 
Heating: Forced air propane, Wood Fireplace

Air conditioning
Outside and Watercraft:
Fire pit, Large rowboat with oars, Family pedal boat, kids size kayak (under 140 lbs),  Canoe, Stand-up Paddle board, Life Jackets (various sizes), Deck table, chairs, and umbrella, Dock and Muskoka chairs
Refrigerator, Oven, Stove, Microwave, Toaster, Slow cooker, Kettle, Coffee Maker, and Propane BBQ.  Fully stocked just like home with dishes, cutlery, pots and pans, baking trays, serving dishes, salad spinner.   Washer, Dryer, All the comforts of home.  
 3 Televisions - 2 50", Satellite Dish, Playstation and variety of games, sit down retro arcade machine with 60 games, DVD Player, DVD Collection, CD Stereo, and Radio.  Air hockey table, Foosball table, Board Games, and Books.  


All beds and mattresses are newer and come with high thread-count sheets.  There are 5 bedrooms in total. The 3 upper level bedrooms each have a Queen  bed.  The upper level living room couch is a large sectional and has reclining chairs.  In the lower level, there are two more bedrooms.  One bedroom has a King bed, and the other bedroom has two sets of bunk beds perfect for kids.  The lower level rec room has a fold-down futon bed.  All linens, towels, and pillows are provided and are freshly made for your arrival!

Max. occupancy 12 people.


Available year round!

Red/Pink is booked - Grey is available

2019 - LOW SEASON:
January 2, 2019 to June 15, 2019 and

Sept. 14, 2019 to Dec. 30, 2019
Week: $1,495
Weekend - $995 (any two nights)
Additional nights - $100 (up to a week)


June 15, 2019 to June 29, 2019 and

August 31 to Sept. 14, 2019

(Full week rental only) $2,545


June 29, 2019 to August 31, 2019

(Week rentals only) $3,395


Family Day, Easter, Victoria Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's
(3 nights minimum) $1,575
Additional nights $100 (up to a week)

2020 - LOW SEASON:
January 2, 2020 to June 13, 2020 and

Sept. 12, 2020 to Dec. 30, 2020
Week: $1,495
Weekend - $995 (any two nights)
Additional nights - $100 (up to a week)


June 13, 2020 to June 27, 2020 and

Sept. 5, 2020 to Sept. 12, 2020

(Full week rental only) $2,545


June 27, 2020 to Sept. 5, 2020

(Week rentals only) $3,395

Max. occupancy 12 people.

About the Owners

We are the Curtis family (Dean, Jackie, Noah, Amy, and Andrew). We fell in love with the area when we were searching for a cottage in 2012. We were fortunate enough to purchase a piece of land on beautiful McTaggart lake and build our dream cottage. Our family has enjoyed many fun times at "Birch Grove" It is the perfect place for swimming, relaxing, and fishing. We enjoy night time campfires and watching movies from the DVD collection on cool summer/autumn nights. We also enjoy looking through the different stores of Parry Sound and some of the other Muskoka towns. We hope you enjoy Birch Grove as much as we do and we look forward to reading your guestbook entry on some of the fun times you've had!