Have you ever wanted to ESCAPE to your own private island?  Well…now you can! Explore’s Adventure Island is an exclusive haven in Canada’s Cottage Country. Located at the head waters of Lake of the Woods, on gorgeous Shoal Lake, Ontario, this vast nine-acre island offers plenty of space to enjoy the great outdoors with the serenity of home inside a spacious Timber Frame cottage.

Introducing Explore’s
Adventure Island

Equal parts inspiration and dedication set the stage for Explore, Canada’s source for over 300,000 outdoor adventurers and brands since 1981. The greatest Canadian destinations combined with current gear reviews gives you everything you need to start or continue your family’s adventures. Explore has teamed up with Timber Ridge Homes to help you create the ultimate family experience within the true splendor of the Canadian Shield. 

Celebrating Explore’s upcoming 40th Anniversary with the release of this highly anticipated Island, we are offering a special 15% discount for families & friends to enjoy! 

There is over 3,000 sq. ft. of living space for your perfect family experience! The 1,640-sq.-ft. cottage features an open-concept living area with full size kitchen and a fireplace alongside the living quarters consisting of four bedrooms that comfortably sleep 12 people. Outdoors, time seems to slow down, conversations grow livelier, and families draw closer when everyone gathers together on your spacious 1100-sq.-ft open deck with outdoor kitchen, bar and dining area including 440-sq.-ft timber frame pergola with an inspiring Barkman Concrete fireplace and 400-sq-ft of covered deck. 

A 8ft x 40ft boat dock is attached to the 40ft x 14ft swim dock deck where many hours can be spent hanging out by the water! In addition, an 8ft x 24ft dock is safely positioned for overnight boat parking in what we call “Bass Bay”.

Spend quality time off-the-grid and take advantage of everything the island has to offer with world-class views of the breathtaking landscapes of Lake of the Woods/Shoal Lake, an outdoor experience you deserve…can’t forget about the world-class fishing! 

Enjoy your day re-energizing yourself on the water or hiking the 1.5 km nature trail around the island, or the countless trails on the mainland. The island is surrounded by old gold mine caves on nearby uninhabited islands. These can be explored with a short kayak trek. Endless hours of swimming, kayaking, boating and snorkelling are there to behold at your new home away from home. In winter, experience snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling to appreciate the region’s snowy season. You’ll have plenty of bird sightings with an eagle’s nest high above the property.

To Us, the Cottage is Family! While we’re most well-known for building incredible timber frame homes, we do have opportunities for families that would prefer to rent a cottage for their escape from the stresses of life.

So, your ultimate FAMILY experience is NOW accessible!  Cherished family memories will be made with the time spent together in the mystic setting of Explore’s Adventure Island! GO EXPLORE!

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  • 1,640-sq.-ft newly adventure-enhanced cottage
  • Comfortably house 12 guests in 4 bedrooms
  • Plenty of additional camping options
  • 2 bathrooms
  • An 1100-sq.-ft open deck including 440-sq.-ft timber frame pergola with masonry fireplace and outdoor kitchen
  • 520sft of swim dock/sun lounging area at the water’s edge with a 40ft mooring dock
  • 1.5km hiking trail around the island.