About the Area

The Edge of East Lake Cottages are situated on the shore of East Lake in Cherry Valley, just south of Picton, Ontario. East Lake became its own body of water following the retreat of the last glaciers (about 12,000 years ago) when winds and wave action built up the baymouth sandbar and separated East Lake from Lake Ontario.

To the west of East Lake, and connected by the Outlet River, is Sandbanks Provincial Park which hosts one of the most spectacular beaches in Canada. The park is easily accessible by foot, bicycle or car from the cottages. A Provincial Park Pass is included in your rental.

East Lake is not a deep lake and has become a very popular fishing spot for bass, perch, pike and pickerel. The water gets warm and the lake bottom by the cottages is clear, with a mixture of stone and sandy silt. The lake is dotted with of farms, cottages and year-round residences around its approximately 18 km perimeter. The closest large town is Picton, about 15 km away, although in-season there is an excellent general store called The Outerbanks near the park entrance, about two kilometers away, that also serves up coffee excellent sandwiches, ice cream cones and fresh baking. For the best ice cream in The County go to Slickers in Bloomfield, which also has a terrific collection of shops for browsing.

Driving Directions

From Toronto/London and other points west
Exit off the eastbound 401 at Exit #522, Wooler Road (Trenton). The exit is the first once you pass the Trenton EnRoute Service Centre. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right and follow Wooler Road until it ends at Highway 33. Merge to the right onto Highway 33 (The Loyalist Parkway).

Once on Highway 33 there are two options for continuing to the Edge of East Lake Cottages. One is a about 10 minutes shorter (via County Road 1), but the other takes you through the town of Wellington which has a grocery store, LCBO, etc. should you wish to stock up on supplies on your way through. Directions for both options are provided below.

Option 1 (slightly shorter route):
Follow Hwy 33 to County Road 1 (also known as Schoharie Road) which is just past Mill Street, Consecon. There is a left hand turning lane onto County Road 1 at the top of hill (there's a restaurant on the far left corner). Take County Road 1 to the second stop sign (about 18km). At the second stop sign, turn right and follow Highway 62 into Bloomfield. In Bloomfield, you'll pass a Mac's store on the right hand side. Just past the Mac's store, merge to the right onto County Road 12. Hwy 62 ends and merges with Hwy 33 which continues to the left at this point. There is also a green sign with arrows pointing you toward West Lake and Sandbanks at the turn. The road goes down a small hill and alongside the wall of a large old canning factory. Continue on this road to West Lake. Watch for a well marked resort called Isaiah Tubbs on the right hand side. A couple kilometers past Isaiah Tubbs, turn left at a white church onto County Road 18 (there's a blue sign just before the turn showing a left arrow toward Sandbanks Park). Follow this road to a 4 way stop (which marks the entrance to the park) but go straight through the stop sign. You'll travel a couple kilometers down the road and over a bridge at the Outlet. As soon as you cross the bridge, you'll turn left onto Outlet Road which is marked with a small green finger sign. There is also a large sign for Log Cabin Point at the corner where you turn on to Outlet Road. Once you are on Outlet Road, the cottages will be on your right hand side less than a kilometer up the road. The Cane Cottage is first at #72 and The Moody Blue cottage is right next door at #76.

Option 2 (shopping route):
Follow Hwy 33 all the way through Wellington (where you can load up on supplies), then through to Bloomfield. In Bloomfield, Hwy 33 joins with Hwy 62 at a stop sign by the Mac's store. Turn right at the stop sign onto Hwy 33. Just after the turn, merge to the right onto County Road 12. Hwy 33 continues to the left at this point. There is also a green sign with arrows pointing you toward West Lake and Sandbanks at the turn. The road goes down a small hill and alongside the wall of a large old canning factory. Continue on this road to West Lake. Watch for a well marked resort called Isaiah Tubbs on the right hand side. A couple kilometers past Isaiah Tubbs, turn left at a white church onto County Road 18 (there's a blue sign just before the turn showing a left arrow toward Sandbanks Park). Follow this road to a 4 way stop (which marks the entrance to the park) but go straight through the stop sign. You'll travel a couple kilometers down the road and over a bridge at the Outlet. As soon as you cross the bridge, you'll turn left onto Outlet Road which is marked with a small green finger sign. There is also a large sign for Log Cabin Point at the corner where you turn onto Outlet Road. Once you are on Outlet Road, the cottages will be on your right hand side about half a kilometer up the road. The Cane Cottage is first at #72 and The Moody Blue cottage is right next door at #76.

From Ottawa/Montreal and other points east
From the westbound 401, take exit #566 onto Highway 49 South for Marysville/Picton. Go south on Highway 49 toward Picton. Once in Picton, there will be a stop sign (a short block past a gas station on the right) at which the cars to your left (coming up a big hill) have the right of way. When it's clear to turn, keep to the right along Main Street. Follow Main Street through town(past shops, banks and grocery stores) to the second set of lights, where you will see an LCBO on the corner. Get in the left hand turn lane here and turn onto County Road 10. Follow this road through Cherry Valley (straight through the 2 way stop in Cherry Valley at which point the road becomes County Road 18), past East Lake on the right and a number of campgrounds/cottages on the lake. You will then come to a residential area in a little hamlet called Outlet. You will pass through there and about a kilometer up the road, you will make a right hand turn onto Outlet Road which is marked with a small green finger sign. There is also a large sign for Log Cabin Point at the corner of Outlet Road. Once you are on Outlet Road, the cottages will be on your right hand side about half a kilometer up the road. The Cane Cottage is first at #72 and The Moody Blue cottage is right next door at #76.