Red Bay is about 20 minutes north of Sauble Beach, one a string of sandy beaches along Lake Huron. We know this area well as I spent my summers near there at our family cottage. Haven on the Bay, where we stayed for two nights, is an outstanding B&B whose owners, a transplanted Toronto couple, created a superbly renovated, 6 guest room B&B in a large two-story house. The photos on their website do not do the accommodations justice - each room in the upstairs area of the house is themed in a different color, fresh crisp linens, hardwood floors, everything was in pristine shape, unusual for a beach B&B where families come and go and can be hard on the furnishings. Ours came with a nicely appointed en-suite bathroom, though some rooms share a bath (which is furnished in high-end appointments and spotlessly clean). The rooms have excellent soundproofing, important when you have a variety of guests, including children.
The large living room downstairs includes several board games, toys and activities for children (stored away in a chest), and a tv with Netflix and DVDs for those who aren't content to sit on the many comfortable seating areas to read a book. Outside is a peek-a-boo view of the lake, and a lovely English-style garden with a vegetable/herb box. There is also a fire pit for marshmallow toasting.
Breakfast in the table-cloth dining room included a selection of home-baked bread and other goodies, plus a main course and fresh fruit, and was really delicious. Most food is locally sourced from small growers. Our hosts were welcoming to us as well as families with small children, which made this quite a treat given the quality of the accommodations, which included many original art works and lovely furnishings that vacationing adults and couples would appreciate.
Quiet Red Bay beach, a 5 minute walk from the B&B, is unique - island-sheltered, the water is warm, crystal clear, with a sandy bottom. However, it does not have big waves, but a very shallow walk-out for several hundred yards. Perfect for young children, who will see minnows and frogs while they splash about. Also great for wind-sailing or kayaking, and for swimmers who don't mind reaching the deeper water.There is also a kid's play area with swings and slide. If you want open water waves and a more robust experience, take a trip down to Sauble Beach. Downside at Sauble is it is a driving beach with car traffic (and a charge to enter) so you will have to watch your little ones carefully.