Rideau Lakes Cottage for sale: 3 bedroom


#27 Birch Island, Rideau Lakes, Ontario

MLS®#: 1073276
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  • Property Value$224,900
  • Property Address#27 Birch Island, Rideau Lakes, Ontario, K0G 1E0, Canada
  • TypeCottage
  • StyleWaterfront Cottage
  • ParkingYes
  • Year Built1970s
  • Taxes$2,163.20
  • Lot Frontage269.44 ft
  • Lot Depth189.56 ft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Bathroom1 full

#27 Birch Island, Rideau Lakes, Ontario, K0G 1E0, Canada


Birch Island on Sand Lake, near Jones Falls, Ontario

The Rideau Canal at an Affordable Price!
A Unique Opportunity to Own a Private Piece of Paradise on the Historic Rideau Canal system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Located on Birch Island, in Sand Lake, this family cottage features a lovely wooded lot with 270 feet of shoreline. The property, which is one of the largest on the island, comes complete with a boat and motor, boat slip at Sand Lake Marine (a scenic 5 minute boat ride) along with parking for your vehicle. The property includes a charming, fully furnished cottage with 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, open living, dining and kitchen area, iconic acorn style wood stove, gorgeous screened sun-room, work shop, and storage shed.
You will enjoy the views of Sand Lake and listening to the loons calling, while you watch the sun or moon rises. The entire property has been meticulously maintained by the owners, with lovely perennial gardens, outdoor sitting areas, a bonfire pit, and a large sunbathing dock that can accommodate up to 3 boats. Sand Lake, located in the unique geological region known as ‘the Land Between” is renowned for great fishing, bird watching, wildlife viewing, and flora and fauna that occur only in this area. If you are looking for a calm, quiet, green oasis to forget the workaday world, then #27 Birch Island is what you are looking for!

Birch Island Residential Property Owners’ Association (BIRPOA) offers an annual membership to cottage owners for $40.00. The BIRPOA has a long history of working on behalf of the cottagers whenever relative Township business arises, as well as creating and maintaining Island features such as trails, signage etc. Birch Island has a pathway network throughout that you can jog, walk or bike. There is also a small free library where you can borrow books and games .This year the cottage owners collectively enjoyed Canada Day fireworks, the AGM BBQ and the Annual Canoe & Kayak Race.

If you prefer to have someone handle the opening and closing chores of your Island cottage, or even doing odd jobs, there are several local people whose handyman services can be retained. The Island is a friendly community where neighbours help each other, and Glover’s Marina has become the busy little hub of the Birch Island cottagers.

Room Sizes:
Cottage 40 x 25
Workshop 10 x 8
Living Room/Kitchen 22 x 17
Master Bedroom 10 x 9.6
Bedroom 10 x 9
Bedroom 10 x 9
3 pc Bathroom
Hallway 18 x 3
Screened Sun-room 22 x 8

Taxes $2162.00 per year
Sand Lake Marine $800.00 per year for boat slip and parking
Hydro $100.00 per month
BIRPOA Basic Membership $40.00 per year (not mandatory)
TV and Internet extra



Birch Island is the largest island in Sand Lake which is a part of the historic Rideau Canal System. The current size of the lake is due to the large horseshoe dam erected at Jones Falls over 170 years ago under the supervision of Colonel By. At the time of its construction it was considered to be one of the major engineering accomplishments in North America.

Four locks were constructed to permit boat traffic to proceed around the dam. They also are very impressive considering the primitive construction methods available at the time. Whitefish Lake is entered from the bottom lock for travel towards Kingston. Exit from Sand Lake in the other direction towards Ottawa is via the single Davis Lock.

Birch Island, also known at various times in the past as Morton Island and Muldoon Island, is comprised of part of 3 lots in 2 concessions in the Township of South Crosby (part of lot 9, concession 6 and part of lots 9 and 10, conces. 7). The eastern part of what is now Birch Island was obtained by an early settler from the Crown in 1807 in the name of Betsey Tozer. At that time Sand Lake was known as Davis Lake. The western part was obtained by James Muldoon from the Crown in 1876 which was after the construction of the dam at Jones Falls which flooded considerable land.

Of course, Birch Island was not always an island. Before the construction of the Jones Falls dam it was a peninsula and a part of the mainland on the south shore of Davis Lake. Before the arrival of the early settlers native people lived here, at least temporarily. Indian artifacts have been found on the island which archaeologists have estimated to be more than one thousand years old.

It is interesting to imagine the appearance of Sand (Davis) Lake before the dam was built. It was certainly a fairly large lake draining into the Cataraqui River over the rapids in the area known as "The Quarters". It has been estimated that the dam raised the level of the lake by about 10 feet to flood these rapids and to provide sufficient depth of water at the outlet of Davis Lock. Most of Eel Bay was created by this flooding.

In 1968 most of the remainder of the island was purchased from Howard by Birch Island Estates. The island was surveyed dividing it into lots as sites for cottages. A system of roads was planned since the island at that time was connected to the mainland by a causeway and bridge. Electrical power and telephone service were brought over by underwater cables from the mainland to the east end of the island.

Lots were sold to eager buyers and soon a number of cottages were being constructed. A number of the original purchasers continue to enjoy life on the island. Currently, there are approximately 100 cottages on Birch Island.


Dining & Eating Out -
Take a short boat ride over to Hotel Kenny for a nice meal or get adventurous and go though a lock and have a meal or ice cream cone at the newly renovated Opinicon Resort.

Sand Lake Marine - Gas, boat & motor repairs, storing & winterizing boats.

Cell Service - Yes
Telephone - Yes
TV - Yes
Satellite - Yes
Internet - Yes

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