Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome.  Sandy Bay Cottages is a family oriented resort featuring clean two, three and four bedroom housekeeping units sleeping up to 8 persons.
 
Located  near the mouth of the Trent River on the south shore of beautiful Rice Lake, Sandy Bay Cottages offers terrific Weekly Rates.   All packages are inclusive of  gas  BBQ's  and free use of paddle boats and Kayaks (kayak accessories for rent).   
 
The season begins the first Saturday in May and ends Thanksgiving Weekend in October.
 
For the children in the family (big and small) there is a full playground area equipped with swings, slides, climber, merry-go-round and, of course, a lovely sandy beach for  swimming.  Every Thursday in July and August we have a children's fishing derby in the morning and potluck supper in the evening where all our guests are welcome to share food and friendship.  There is a  recreation hall that is open every evening with  a pool table, shuffleboard, table tennis and card tables for your enjoyment.  Limited WiFi is available.
 
Fishing  is excellent. Species  include  Walleye (Pickerel),  Muskie, Large and Smallmouth Bass, Carp, Panfish (Bluegill, Rock Bass, Perch and Crappie). Everything  is  at  hand including bait,  two  fish cleaning stations,  boat launch, fuel and complimentary fish freezing.  

Esther Cui invite you to come and stay at Sandy Bay Cottages.  The welcome is a warm one, the sunsets are spectacular and the fishing is rated as some of the best in North America.  To arrange a  memorable family vacation , give us a call at (1-705-9777-555) or toll free at (1-800-716-5278).  We'd love to speak with you.
 
What to bring
Bedroom
  • Bed sheets for double and twin beds
  • Blankets if you anticipate cold weather
  • Fans if you anticipate hot weather
  • Blanket cover if you want to use our blanket 
Bathroom
  • Towels (hand and shower)
  • Wash cloths
  • Body soap 
  • Shampoo and conditioner 
  • Personal hygiene items
Kitchen
  • Scissors, condiments, salt and pepper shakers
  • Tinfoil, garbage bags, coffee maker filters (basket style)
  • Bakeware for oven and BBQ,
  • Plastic cups for children
  • Your favourite fry pan with flipper is optional
Other
  • Outdoor Card/Fishing Licience.  (If purchasing a fishing licence at Sandy Bay Cottages, please bring your outdoor card even if it is expired)
  • Everything you need to cook and clean on the BBQ as well as a firelighter or matches
  • Water shoes, beach towels, beach toys
  • Fire-sticks for wiener roast
  • Lawn chair is optional
Life Jackets

We only supply size-large with boat rentals.  For all other life jackets needs, bring your own or they are available for rent at the store.  (See Boat and Visitor Rates page)

If you have any further questions please call 1-705-977-7555 or 1-800-716-5278
Fishing Info

Fishing Licenses Available for Purchase at Our General Store
 

Fishing Season - Year 2015
Species Season Water Temp F.
 Panfish, Crappie, Perch, Bluegill, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass Open year round 65
 Walleye (Pickerel) Second Saturday in May to Nov. 15th 63
 Muskellunge First Saturday in June to
 Dec. 15th
63
 Largemouth / Smallmouth Bass Third Saturday in June to 15th Dec. 71 and 66

License Fees
 
 Fishing License Fees  - Year 2015

Includes 13% HST      Resident Status        

 License Type Ontario  Canadian Non-resident
 Annual Sports Fishing  $31.72 $57.42 N/A
 Conservation Fishing  $19.01 $34.95* N/A
 Temporary Sport Fishing N/A N/A N/A
 Temporary Conservation Fishing $N/A N/A N/A
 1 Day Sport Fishing $15.77 $15.77 $25.27
 Annual Fishing N/A    $85.53*
 Annual Conservation Fishing N/A    $53.91*
 8 Day Fishing N/A    $55.80*
*   + $11.94 for outdoors card - if req'd

For Each License Type, Possession Limits
 
 Fishing License - Possession Limits

License Type/Limit 

 Fish Species Standard Conservation
 Walleye (Pickerel) 4* 1*
 Largemouth / Smallmouth Bass 6 2
 Muskellunge (112cm/44in minimum) Total of 1 0
 Crappie 30 10
 Perch 50 25
 Bluegill/ Pumpkinseed/Rock Bass/Sunfish 300** 15
 Catfish 12 6
 Carp No Limit No Limit

* between 35-50cms/14-20ins
** with no more than 30 over 18cms/7ins

For American Citizens Please Note:
Limits now apply to pan fish and must be identifiable in your packaging. For more information on transporting and packaging fish please check here:

Packaging and Transportation of Sport Fish
Exporting, Transportation or Storing Fish
Ontario Fishing Regulations Highlights
Reservations and Terms
Reservations and Deposits    
Inquiries can be made by mail, phone, email. A deposit of $200 per cottage, per weekly rental is required to confirm all reservations.   Deposits required for boats - $100 for a 16ft boat and $200 for a  pontoon boat.  Deposit must be received before February 1st to secure the reservation.  (Personal cheques are accepted for deposit only).  Cheques payable to : Sandy Bay Cottages  (address: 92 Sandy Bay Rd, RR 1, Alnwick/Haldimand , ON, Can. K0L 1Y0 ).  Reservations made after February 15th must be confirmed by a deposit within 14 days otherwise the reservation will be cancelled. We cannot hold your cottage longer.
 
Hours  
Reservations accepted 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily.  Reservation phone 1-705-977-7555 or 1-800-716-5278. Arrivals up to 11:00 p.m. daily.  No arrivals after 11:00 p.m.
Upon Arrival
All guest to register at store upon arrival. Balance of cottage rental fee is due upon arrival.  We accept Cash, Visa, M/Card and Direct Debit.  (Personal cheques are not accepted on arrival)
 
Other Fees
A security/damage deposit of $100 per boat and $200 per pontoon boat will be required to secure boat reservations.  Deposit will also be used as damage deposit and will be refunded at close of rental. (14 ft boats do not require reservations deposit, damage deposit may be requested on arrival).  A cleaning deposit of $50 per cottage may be requested on arrival.  An extra charge applies for people above maximum occupancy (Boat and Visitor Rates).  No over crowding will be allowed.
The Recreation Hall games as well as the Volleyball, Basketball and Horse Shoe equipment require a small deposit which is refundable when equipment is returned.
 
Cancellations  
Deposits are refundable (less $50.00 administration fee) if written notice is received 60 days prior to arrival date.  Cancellations made with less than 60 days notice will be refunded (less $50.00 administration fee) upon our ability to re-book accommodations. The pontoon deposit is non refundable.
 
Check-in Time  
Check-in 2:00 p.m.  Check-out time is 9:00 a.m.  No arrivals after 11:00 p.m.  Adjustments will not be made for late arrivals or early departures.  Please let us know upon booking, your approximate arrival time. 
 
Visitors and Quiet Time 
All day visitors must leave by 10:00 p.m.  For the comfort of other guests, no noise after 11:00 p.m. please.
 
Pet Policy  
For the comfort of all of our guests, we do not allow pets.
 
Other 
Sandy Bay Cottages absolves itself from any liability, loss, injury or damages, however caused.  Due to insurance regulations, no storage of gas or gas containers on Sandy Bay Cottages property.   We supply size "large" life jackets only with the boat rentals.  For beach use, bring your own or rent from our store.  All life jackets and other equipment to be returned undamaged to store by Friday at 9:00pm or other agreed time for a deposit refund.
 
Firearms 
Please note.  Legal  registration of all firearms are a Canadian requirement.  For carefree travel we recommend leaving them at home.