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“A really bad experience”

Twilight Isle Resort
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Twilight Isle Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Evansville
Reviewed August 5, 2012

If you are willing to see your 3 bedroom cottage (booked in advance) given to someone else the night before and instead receive a 2 bedroom + pull out couch for the same price, then go for Twilight Isle Resort.
Althouhg the interior of the cottage is somehow clean, except for the very dirty pillows, mattress and furniture, the outdoor experience is the worst, there is no clean paths to access the water and the exterior look of the cottages is terrible, a absolute run down property.
Definitely not the place to experience beatiful Manitoulin.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 13, 2010

We live in Northwest Indiana,USA so it takes an overnight to get to Twilight Isle. But we would travel further than that to stay at what we call 'our paradise'. We have looked at every nook and cranny on Manitoulin and have found nothing comparable. Twilight Isle is far enough from the road that you never hear traffic, the air is sweet, it has the best stargazing, it has an excellent bird population on Campbell Bay which is about 10 feet from our couch!!! Our favorite cabin has a huge picture window facing West right on the bay. From there we can hear the waves lapping on the shore, the loons calling, watch the sun set. Out at the point of the isle one can watch the sunrise and the moon rise. The bluff across the bay was spectacular with fall color this year which added to the spectacular scene. The owners are very helpful, warm and friendly. The cottages provide exactly what one needs to be comfortable while enjoying nature in a quiet little place. We have a Roadtrek but we know that there is no place on Manitoulin better than Twilight Isle Resort. We would never stay anywhere else. We spend a week in the Spring and hopefully this year two months in the Fall. If I could I would spend 6 months!!! If you want a pretentious hotel with glitzy cocktail lounge, swimming pools, room service, expensive restaurant and all that goes with those things then Twilight Isle is not for you. But if you are looking for a quiet place that reminds you of the way things used to be, before technology and craziness took over our world then Twilight will provide you with a restful and peaceful vacation. And the natural areas surrounding it will provide you with interesting things to see and learn from morning till evening.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2010

I have been going to Twilight Isle since I was a young child, and now bring my kids there. My family and I are long time visitors and will continue to go back every year. We choose to take the drive around route (7 hrs from Toronto area) instead of the ferry route because it just ends up being easier. The kids love the fishing, swimming, small park, nature walks, canoeing and more. There are alot of scenic tours and landmarks to see during your stay, and plenty of photo opps. The best part of the whole trip is the fresh air and clear skies. The only place I have ever experienced the "northern lights" and have caught a meteor shower or two in my days there.

You can choose to rent a cabin or you can rent a tent site as there are public showers and restrooms to use. Yvonne and Ted (the owners) are wonderful and even have a little tuck shop in their office. I would not hesitate to return in the future.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 2, 2003

My husband and I (we're 30 years old) embarked on our first vacation since our honeymoon. His work had given him a week-long paid vacation and we wanted to go somewhere special, somewhere where we could take our dog, be in nature, sunbathe, swim in a lake, barbeque every day, sit by a campfire at night with a cold beer, see the occasional wild animal and have privacy. We wanted to rent a cottage and we wanted this cottage to be in Manitoulin Island - the largest freshwater island in the world. We found all this at the Twilight Isle Resort. Located on the center-west end of the island, it is on a tiny isle, just off the Bayfield Sound. There were spectacular sunsets and sunrises, no mosquitoes or other annoying bugs, the weather was lovely, except for a thunderstorm one night. Thanks to its location, it enjoys a sort of microclimate, clear skies, warm breezes, warm water. There are two ways to get there: by ferry through the southeast point of the island (South Baymouth) or by land, crossing a bridge on the northeast point of the island (Little Current). Whatever you do, get there during the day!! We missed the ferry on our way there and had to wait for four hours in Tobermory to catch the next one. It takes about 2 hours to cross over and by the time we got there it was pitch dark. This, plus the fact that there are few or no streetlights (makes for better stargazing though!), and their signage isn't as intuitive as one would expect, ended up in getting lost several times and it is certainly scary when it's so dark you can't even see your feet. We came back home through the other route which is a longer drive but takes you home faster in the end because you don't have to wait for ferries. The ferry route takes about 4 and a half hours from Toronto to Tobermory, 2 hours from Tobermory to South Baymouth (on the ferry) and then it's about an hour drive to the Twilight Isle. From the Twilight Isle to our house in the east end of Toronto it took exactly 7 hours through the other route. The actual resort has several little cabins, each with its own firepit, picnic table and pair of muskoka chairs. All have a view of the water. The cabins are small, modest, but well-equipped. Ours had two bedrooms with a double bed and dresser in each, a good-sized kitchen/living room with a couch, a kitchen table and chairs. The kitchen has a microwave, stove/oven and sink, comes with dishes, cups, pots and pans and the owner will lend you whatever else you need. The bathroom had a shower, toilet and sink and I must say the water pressure was lovely. The resort has a small sandy beach with a set of swings, the water is ok for swimming if you go in deep enough. It was kind of weedy though so if you have an aversion to the slippery mucky feeling, I don't recommend it. I sunbathed and dunked myself in the shallow sandy area when I got too hot but didn't really swim. They have three docks for fishing boats and they are also great to nap on. They rent motor boats, I believe for 50 dollars (CDN) per day. Not sure about the gear. One thing we didn't like is that the tip of the isle, with the most amazing view, is not used at all. There's definitely great potential for a pebble beach and instead they use that side to burn their garbage (which is another bad thing but apparently there isn't much of an alternative with the garbage disposal system they have on Manitoulin). The hosts were also really pleasant people that you only really see if you need them so it's also quite private. Prices are quite reasonable. We paid 475 dollars (CDN) for the entire week and 5 dollars a day to bring our dog. All in all, the place gets 5 stars from us but we hope someday they will take advantage of the enormous possibilities the location has to be even better. Manitoulin itself is a haven for nature lovers. Just driving down the highway you can see moose and deer. There are a million hiking trails, tiny and not so tiny lakes within the island as well, beautiful beaches. Our only problem was trying to find a place to buy fresh fish. It seems that unless you fish you can't really try the delicious bass, rainbow trout, pickerel and salmon the island waters have to offer. Also, their restaurants are pretty basic and definitely do not serve up any of what the island has to offer in terms of game and fish. Manitoulin is a pretty untouched corner of the world and that was our greatest delight. We were able to hang out and relax. To get away from the noise of the world and remember what it was like before city life. The Twilight Isle Resort Yvonne and Ted Fogal Evansville, Ontario, Canada +1-705-282-2871 or 1-800-541-2285

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Address: Box WS, Evansville, Ontario P0P 1E0, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Northeastern Ontario > Manitoulin Island > Evansville
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Number of rooms: 12

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