Frequently Asked Questions


Owner FAQs

What is a resort cottage?

A Great Blue Resorts resort cottage is a three-season summer home away from home, specifically built and manufactured for Great Blue Resorts’ owners to enjoy by Northlander Industries.

Many of our owners and renters have asked what goes into the fabrication of these affordable, resort cottages. Northlander Industries prides itself with using nothing but the best quality materials and up-to-date fabrication techniques. Being a proudly Canadian company, like Great Blue Resorts, Northlander’s recreational cottages are guaranteed to with-stand our country’s climate; Built By Canadians for Canadians!

Watch this video to learn exactly what goes into fabricating a resort cottage:

How much do resort cottages cost?

Our brand new resort cottage models start from as little as $99,900. Most of our customers purchase using our very affordable finance package, with down payments from as low as $22,578 and low weekly payments of $137. Learn more about how easy it is to become a resort cottage owner today (and start enjoying your cottage in less than two weeks!

From time to time, we also have pre-owned cottages available for sale. Contact our knowledgeable Cottage Sales Experts today to learn more!

What’s included?

Pack up Fido, the kids and your groceries for the weekend, we’ve got the rest covered. For a worry and stress-free cottage experience we have an annual resort management fee which covers most of the running costs: all utilities, garbage disposal, grounds maintenance, on site management and reception. The annual fee also covers family entertainment, resort activity programs, and full use of all resort amenities. Annual fees vary depending on your chosen location on each resort.

Is this a timeshare?

No, you purchase and own your recreational cottage outright. Simply select the model that best suits your family’s needs and then select the perfect site. As quickly as two weeks later you can start to enjoy 26 weeks of vacation including spring, summer and fall! In the event you no longer wish to stay on the resort, you are free to sell your recreational cottage.

Would you take a trailer/RV as a trade-in?

Yes, more and more people are looking at recreational cottage ownership as an alternative to a RV/trailer. We offer very competitive trade-in values against the purchase of a new or pre-owned cottage. Best of all, we do all of the paperwork, making it a simple transition.

Can I rent my cottage out when I’m not using it?

Yes, we have a fully managed rental program on some of our resorts. We take care of advertising, cleaning and our cottage owners receive revenue they can use toward their annual fees.

Can you finance a resort cottage?

Yes, with traditional bank financing through Dealerplan, a respected broker in the resort/recreational cottage industry. Average terms with good credit start from 4.99% OAC over 240 months, and require a 20% deposit down payment. There are no penalties or hidden fees, if you choose to pay loan early. Rates and terms may vary depending on approved credit and your personal financial situation.

Outside of my annual resort management fee, what other costs are there?

Just like your home or car, your recreational cottage requires insurance too! Ask about our CareFreePlus program to qualify for our competitive group insurance rate. This program also includes the summarization, winterization and complete cottage inspection. On average our owners typically spend $150-$200 on propane each year too.

How often do the resort management fees increase?

We make every effort to minimize increases across our resorts but, like most things, costs do increase from time to time. We make every effort to keep increases to a cap of 3-5% annually.

Rental FAQs

What is the Minimum Booking?

  • May 1 – June 16 & Sept 6 – Oct 30:
    A one night stay can be booked any day of the week
  • June 17 – Sept 5:
    A one night stay may be booked during weekdays (Sunday – Thursday), a two night minimum during weekends (Friday – Saturday) and long weekends, we require a three night commitment

Please note: You cannot check-in or check-out on a Saturday during peak season.

What Time Can We Check-In And Check-Out?

Check-in is 3:00pm. Keys are to be picked up at the Welcome Centre located on your resort. Please contact our office prior to your arrival by phone at 1-877-814-4141 if you will be arriving after 6pm.

Check-out is 11:00am. Keys are to be returned to the Welcome Centre by 11:00am on your departure day. There is a key box outside the Welcome Centre door for returning keys outside of office hours. There will be a charge of $100+HST to replace any lost keys.

Early Check-in and Late Check-out can be requested but is not guaranteed and may be subject to additional charges.

What is the the online rental booking process?

What comes with our accommodation?

Our cottages offer approximately 500 sq. ft. of indoor living space and sleeps up to a family of 6 — 4 adults and 2 children (children under the age of 16). They are fully equipped with a kitchen (full size fridge & stove, microwave, coffee maker and toaster), bathroom, 2 – 4 bedrooms, heating/air conditioning, TV with DVD player (cable is not provided, so we do encourage our guests to bring games and movies) and a full-size deck with a BBQ with propane, fire pit and patio set.

Select cottages provide WiFi access (these cottages are labelled with an orange “WiFi” icon when booking online).

What items do we need to bring that are not provided?

Want to know what to bring with you? Click here for the full list.

You will need to bring sheets and pillow cases for the beds, towels for bathing and the beach/pool along with personal toiletries. Also, be sure to bring DVDs as our accommodations are not equipped with cable TV. Feel free to contact us if you should have any questions!

Can I bring my pet to the resort?

Pets are welcome at pet-friendly designated accommodations. For those guests bringing pets, there is a pet fee of $85+HST per reservation. There is a maximum of two pets per accommodation.

Please remember our accommodations are privately owned and we must respect the owner’s wishes regarding pets. You must notify us at the time of reservation if you are travelling with pets. If you arrive for check-in with a pet not included on your reservation you run the risk of being denied check-in without refund.

Dogs are always required to be on leash within the resort including on the trails, roads, etc. Guests are responsible for picking up and disposing of pet waste at all times. Dogs are allowed to swim in areas off shore but are not allowed on the beach. 

Is there a laundry facility at the resort?

Bellmere Winds Resort has a coin operated on-site laundry facilities (washer and dryer) for you to use at your convenience during your stay with us.

What are your Rental Reservation & Resort Policies?

For a full list of the Rental Reservation & Resort Policies including Cancellation Policy, click here.

What is included in the Resort Fee?

The resort fee is a $30/night +HST charge that includes use of all of our amenities. Including the pool, splash pad, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, family events and much more!

Can I purchase a Resort Cottage?

Yes, you can! To learn more about ownership please look at the above tab. You can explore all of our resort properties in Ontario. During your stay with us, you can speak to one of our resort experts. You may also call us toll free at 1-877-814-4141 to book your tour at any of our resorts.

Do I require a fishing license to fish at your resorts?

Yes, you do require a fishing license to fish at our properties. Individuals under the age of 18, or over the age of 65 do not require a license. You may also decide to visit us during Ontario’s Family Fishing Week which is a license-free week or get a temporary license from Canadian Tire or Bass Pro Shop.

Are there fishing boats available for rent and do I need a boating license?

We have fishing boats available for rent at most of our properties. Be sure to inquire when you make your reservation. Our fishing boats are 12′ aluminum boats with a 9.9HP motor – life jackets are provided! You do not need a boating license, (if fishing, a fishing license is required) however, we do require that you complete a boater’s safety checklist and keep it with you while you are on the boat – this will act as your license should you need it. Before you go out on the water, one of our helpful team members will give you a detailed overview of how to operate the boat.