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Island Shores Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #4 of 5 Rossport B&B and Inns
Toronto
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 25 October 2010

our intro was their web listing which was out of date . it said the room was on the second floor with a view but she explained when i called that they had forgotten to change the listing after their reno. i was tired and had few options, so we booked anyway. our room was nice, but faced the parking lot with no glimpse of any island or shores. watch out you don't stay on the north side of building, either, as the blessed train runs throigh the north part of the village. (if you are camping, the train sound at rainbow falls prov. park is really quite silly: go up north to see nature and listen to the freight trains and transport trucks!!) after arrival, the tired and half listenng travellers were then told to make the second floor their home as it was a "common area" but we discovered that the kitchen was not, when we started washing up our utensils from our take out meal. my husband calmed and charmed her while i shrunk out of the open concept common area that was not a common use area as we had learned. not very relaxing.
in the a.m., since the voyageur room is right under the kitchen, we were awakened at 6:40 a.m. to footsteps on and on and on above us as the other couiple"s meal was being prepared. too bad, we'd wanted to sleep in til just before our 8 a.m. meal...it was a rainy day but oh well. now they know about their creaky floors and heavy footsteps/heels!
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i must say that both breakfasts were very fine: tasty, filling and prepared with care. also our hosts were very very helpful about finding us sights to see: it was too windy to kayak both days even if we could have reached the kayak guy but our hosts suggested some lovely local (northern) beaches and hikes and where to get really good italian food at a local gas station(!) (the serendipity cafe in contrast was a bit drippy...slow and ho hum typical food).
some nice touches in the B&B room and bathroom was very nice but they should not claim (as they did to us) to be "clean freaks". they were very genial company at breakfast time.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Barrie, Canada
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Reviewed 9 August 2010

We have stayed in a number of bed and breakfasts over the years and this one rates near the top. I noticed the previous review and must say that I have a very different perspective on the hostess' attitude. While NanettePrice, the hostess, was very clear and informative about breakfast seating options and other such household guidelines, I appreciated her direct professional approach. When it came to conversation about sightseeing and other things the area had to offer, or things we might need from her during the course of our stay, she was kind and friendly. Our alarm clock was not pre-set and there was generous opportunity to select your breakfast seating within a two hour window from 7:30 am to 9:30 am. Gerry Price, our host, was very friendly and is a wonderful cook. We spent two nights there and were fed decadent breakfasts both days with more offered than we could eat.

Our room, the recently remodeled Voageur Room was beautifully decorated and immaculate. The bed and other furniture in our suite was beyond comfortable!

We would stay again and are looking forward to a fall trip to buy more pottery from "Island Pottery" and we plan to stay at the Island Shores again.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thunder Bay
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Reviewed 27 July 2010

We stayed here for one night in July, when we were visiting the area, the house is beautiful as are the rooms. However, while the host (husband) was welcoming and polite, the hostess (wife) was incredibly unwelcoming to the point of being rude, emphasizing the 11:00 am check-out time (which having stayed at many hotels we fully planned to leave prior to this hour) and suggesting that we leave earlier (even presetting the alarm clocks to ring at 8:30 am).

The hostess was unfriendly when we arrived back from our event in the evening and greeted us in an abrupt manner, she also turned off each and every light in the house--which left us feeling uncomfortable, to the extent that we did not even run the bath as we were concerned that the noise might awaken the grumpy hostess. We had planned to sit out on the deck and look at the stars--but the house was locked up for the night and we did not feel comfortable leaving our rooms--so the only option was to go to bed quietly. I would not stay at this bed and breakfast again, nor would I recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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Reviewed 18 July 2010

When we arrived here the photos on the site were pale in comparison to what was actually there...it was just beautiful...from the drive up the driveway to viewing the whole B&B we were so impressed..
Cleanest place we have ever stayed in..best breakfast, lovely host and hostess, gorgeous themed room with brand new everything..every time I turned around there was something else to marvel at..and the whirlpool tub was the perfect finishing touch to a super experience...we will def. be going back there....

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Indy
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Reviewed 29 September 2009

We stopped here on a trip around Lake Superior. What a gem! The accommodations were absolutely gorgeous. There was something pretty to see everywhere we looked. The view from the Voyageur room on the third floor was quite nice and the stars at night appeared close enough to touch. The bed was so comfortable and the bath suite was roomy and clean with a view from the whirlpool outside to the woods. Breakfast each morning was prepared by our hosts and was a gourmet dish. Eggs baked in a puff pastry shell with home-made Hollandaise sauce, French toast with fresh wild blueberries, juices, teas, and coffee are just a sampling of what to expect. The hosts really enjoy meeting people and they are a wealth of knowledge concerning local attractions, dining, history, and they even advised us where to stay as we continued our journey westward. We heartily recommend this B&B to anyone travelling in Ontario and if you are going west into Thunder Bay have your camera or video ready- the scenery a few miles west of here on Transcanadian Highway 17 is beautiful.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Island Shores Bed & Breakfast
Address: 440 Main St., Rossport, Ontario P0T 2R0, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Rossport
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Rossport
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the heart of Canadian Wilderness on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior, Island Shores is a 4 star accommodation inspected and approved by the Federation of Ontario Bed & Breakfasts, and is also listed in 'Best Places to B&B in Ontario" ... more   less 
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Island Shores Bed & Breakfast Rossport, Ontario

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