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“We had a wonderful stay at Rock Island Lodge. The location was absolutely beautiful.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Rock Island Lodge

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Rock Island Lodge
Ranked #1 of 3 Wawa B&B and Inns
Toronto
2 reviews
“We had a wonderful stay at Rock Island Lodge. The location was absolutely beautiful.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2011

The lodge is set in a picture perfect location. Nestled on the rocks where Michipicoten River and Lake Superior meet. The rooms are modestly decorated but comfortable. The staff are friendly and very helpful and the lodge offers a large selection of canoes and kayaks to rent from.

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  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2011

My husband and I spent our honeymoon at the lodge and it was the best! We've been married for four years and this summer, we are thinking of coming back.

So many wonderful memories of kayaking down the river, seeing a black baby bear, eagles...such tranquility.

We bought a camera in Wawa and captured some of the most beautiful photos. I've recently taken up water coloring again and have found inspiration from these photos.

It's not a fancy building, but it's cozy and clean. The grounds are beautiful and the staff are great. No complaints here. I can't wait to return:)

  • Stayed June 2010
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peterborough
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2010

A small lodge, located on a small peninnsula jutting out into lake Superior. The location is hard to beat.
The room was basic, but clean and comfortable, and the window only meters to the water. Do not arrive expecting a four-star resort...it's not. But the location is pure five-star. (and really, the lodge is quite cozy, just not fancy) The staff are very laid back, but they do know what they're doing, and will look after you if you give them a chance. Lots' of kayaks and canoes just waiting for you. If you're strictly into the building itself, and don't care where you are, then maybe you'll "walk-in & walk-out". Otherwise, grab a lawnchair and a glass of wine (BYO) and watch the sun go down, surounded by Lake Superior. It would be hard to find a better location. A great find, we return whenever we can.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Toronto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2010

don't kid yourself this place is a bit rustic. it;s a base for tripping and adventures, on the edge of a wild lake up north,not a hotel or luxury joint,. just relax, and adore the views!!!!!
\ aree kitchen can be used to cook your own meals as can the bbq, but neither are the cleanest just very convenient. we were treated very well on our day paddle with our guide. we also took a one way trip down the local river but i wished they hadn't left us to get into boats ourselves: the water was moving right along and i got quite spooked. after my tears and resignation (we'd received essentially no advice on paddling the long series of what turned out to be very small rapids) i enjoyed the leisurely paddle as the mighty michipicoten river took us on past eagle after eagle and jumping salmon. truly a spectacular memory.
initially we were told no meals were availalble (even though website says there are) but there is in fact a cook, sometimes. or go to kinniwabi pines for truly good euro/ausian food but slow friendly service. wawa had surprisingly good groceries or at least , they surprised this city slicker .

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Stillwater, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2010

I stayed at Rock Island Lodge in early October.
I was impressed with the lodge in every way - lovely beds with soft comforters; beautiful grounds; a simple and friendly breakfast by the fire place.
Best of all was the wooden deck and chairs next to the water - I stayed up well into the night to view the amazing stars and listen to the waves.
And I appreciated the lack of TV noise.
I have made a promise to myself to return for a full week next year.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Oshawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2010

stayed at rock island for 1 night sept 2010 what an awesome place.My husband and I were doing a fall trip.Rock Island was recomended by the owner of B&B in the Soo and we were not disappointed. Scenery was out of this world especially the sunset.What a kaleidescope of colour. Wish we could have stayed longer.

tom and maura

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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SuperiorSeaKayakers, Owner at Rock Island Lodge, responded to this review, February 26, 2013
I am very sorry that we did not meet your expectations of a "normal" B&B. Since then we've made great efforts to better describe what we are all about both on our website and with TripAdvisor images. Our focus is on offering our guests a friendly relatively informal atmosphere, clean rooms modestly themed to local artists, people or Voyageurs, good homemade meals, an appreciation of eco-tourism and up close and personal views of Lake Superior's spectacular coast.

Because we are also an adventure company, we also offer guests and visitors all kinds of outdoor activities including hiking, sea kayak, canoe and SUP rentals, excursions and instruction. Some partake, some just enjoy superior. Some for a night and some for a week.

This retired British couple booked two rooms with us for 2 nights. They arrived after sunset. I don't know for sure but suspect that our staff person (in this case a summer student & sea kayak guide) could have done a much better job with welcoming them. I apologize for that service failure.

We all learned the next morning that the two couples had left the night before and without a word. They did call or cancel the second nights booking. It was quite worrying. We heard from them and learned of their disappointment more than a month later. Their email requested we pay a full refund and also pay for the night they stayed at a local hotel OR ELSE they promised to write a negative Trip Advisor review. Promise kept.

While these comments may be unfairly motivated, this unfortunate experience never would have happened had we not properly communicated our themes while they we doing their trip planning.

So If you're looking for a 5 star resort or a B&B with Queen Victoria beds and a rag doll collection smiling at you from a corner chair we'll happy help you find that elsewhere. If you want a space that is connected with Lake Superior, friendly-intimate (without TV or phone but with wifi) and a common eating relaxation area, stellar sunsets and soft adventure opportunities, then I feel confident that we will easily meet your expectations.

Warm regards,
David
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2010

we booked this b and b because our regular b and b was not available, big mistake. we arrived late 6pm and found the "lodge"down a narrow rough track, first impression "bleak house", at first couldn't find anyone to show us around then a young man appeared from nowhere and shown us the way in through the kitchen, i say kitchen but i was very dubious of eating there, looking around i was not very impressed, cracked windows, scruffy looking common room and this is as far as i got, my wife and my sister both said "were not staying here it's a dump" so we had to book in at a local motel.
in my opinion this "lodge" is at best only fit for groups of men who want to go canoeing or fishing and should not described as a "normal" b and b. this is very misleading

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Rock Island Lodge

Property: Rock Island Lodge
Address: 10 Government Dock | Lake Superior, Wawa, Ontario P0S 1K0, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Northeastern Ontario > Wawa
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Wawa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rock Island Lodge is located on the shores of Lake Superior at the mouth of the Michipicoten River near Wawa, Ontario. We have 4 guest rooms, each with en suite bath. All of our rooms are no farther than 50m to the water's edge. We operate bed and breakfast-style with additional meals available. Situated between Lake Superior Provincial Park and Pukaskwa National Park, our location is ideal for those of you who like to get outside and explore. ... more   less 
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