McCreary's Beach Resort sits along the banks of Mississippi Lake, comprising mostly cottages (privately owned) and rustic condos or rustic cottages, which can be rented.
Sure enough, it's an idyllic and secluded setting, with a small sandy beach and large playing area for the kids. The condo's offer a view over the lake (we were on the top floor) and the surrounding area is pretty packed in with the more modern cottages, which are offered to purchase.
The 'club house' includes a cafe (food delivery is slow, but quality excellent) with an outdoor terrace. It was never busy when we were there. The 'shop' carries limited supplies of foodstuffs, snacks and bare necessities. Since Perth itself is only 10-15mins drive away, you can stock up there and rely on the 'shop' for emergencies.
There's a 'play room' inside the clubhouse which is pretty much in it's original state also but with a few added modern features (like a Wii for example). In addition, there's a large indoor pool + jacuzzi which looked in great condition, but unused by us.
The condo we rented was well appointed although in it's original state, including old but solid appliances in the kitchen, original bathroom and 'rustic' furniture. It had been recently painted and the floor was relatively new. Mattresses also seemed to be relatively new. Dishes and whatnot are supplied in the kitchen, except some of ours had not been washed.
Air conditioning is provided in the form of a mobile unit fitted into the wall, along with a CRT (non LCD) TV and simple DVD player. Coffee machine, kettle, toaster, pans etc are also provided.
It's a pretty steep climb up the stairs if you're on the highest level so be prepared if you don't travel light. Parking is diagonally opposite to the condo. BBQ is supplied though we never used it as someone else was hogging it.
Entertainment wise (not the place to go for an adrenalin rush), there was live music advertized on the weekends, canoes/kayaks to use on the lake and fishing boats available for rent ($100/day). We rented a boat as part of the 'package' we purchased - the boat was new with 25HP engine which took us around the lake in its entirety in 1.5 hours. Better for fishing of course.
Perth is close by and there's a good selection of restaurants and shops. Ottawa is about 45 minutes away in the opposite direction.
Service provided is generally good - staff in the clubhouse are friendly and responsive. The resort itself seems to be well maintained (except the condo's need a coat of paint). Beach and kids park are raked over (but it would be an added bonus if the poo left by the geese is removed from the kids play area). Since most of the properties are privately owned, visitors have their own 'agenda' - this is a place to chill out and enjoy summer.
Negative would be the price - you could easily stay in a 4 star hotel for the same $ (albeit without the same view) in the summer months.
Overall, if you don't mind the rustic features and 'aged' look and want to escape for a few days, this is a great place for you. Sit by the lake and watch the world go by......
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- McCreary’s Beach Resort is just a 60 minute drive from Ottawa in the town of Perth, Ontario. McCreary’s Beach is the perfect vacation destination with a wide range of activities for every member of the family. Take a dip in our indoor pool, unwind in the sauna, enjoy a game of squash, take the kids out fishing, or just sit back, relax and take in the gorgeous views of Mississippi Lake! ... more less
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- McCreary's Beach Resort Perth, Ontario, Canada