Pinewood gift shop is open for Christmas shopping until December 15! You'll be sure to find gifts for everyone on your list. Take home some delicious eggnog fudge for a family Christmas treat.


Clearwater Bay is the first area of open water that you will see on Lake of the Woods, when driving eastward on the TransCanada from Winnipeg.

Clearwater Bay is considered the prime address for cottages on Lake of the Woods. Quick access from Winnipeg being the main reason. However, the location has lots to offer for both cottagers and vistors alike.

We welcome you to visit our site often and keep up with what's happening in Clearwater Bay, Lake of the Woods.


Winter Safety

Clearwater Bay, Ontario offers many great winter activities including snowmobiling and ice fishing among many. Have lots of fun, but be safe!

The following safety tips are strongly recommended by the OPP...

·         Do not use alcohol or drugs – before or during snowmobiling.
·         Operate at safe and reasonable speeds 

·         Stay on trails and in areas where snowmobiling is permitted.
·         Use extra caution when riding during the evening or night.
·         Keep your snowmobile properly maintained.
·         Know the terrain you travel.
·         Avoid travel over unfamiliar bodies of water.
·         Listen to the weather forecast before you venture out.
·         Always wear a safety certified helmet and proper layered clothing.
·         Ride with a buddy or with a group.
·         Inform someone where you are going and when you plan to return.
·         Carry emergency supplies.



Four-laning Highway17 ,section 3 information session

Saturday July 24h there will be a information session about the four-laning between Rush Bay Road and Kenora held at the Clearwater Bay Firehall. Presentations will be held throughout the day with specific start times. Be sure to checkout the link. Clearwater Bay residents are urged to attend. The presentation should clear up any rumors that are circulating.

The last information session held in May was very informative. Photos and drawings of the highway with details on possible routes were presented. These same presentation boards will be shown Saturday.

Last week in a session held at City hall, the City of Kenora council decided to support a group asking for all road work to remain on the north side of the highway . Twinning, rather than developing a four lane super highway would be the least detrimental to the environment in our area. 



Highway 17 Update

The Transportation Enviromental study for the section of Highway 17 between Gundy Road and Rush Bay Road, Section 2, is complete and is made available for public review in Kenora. Displays are located in town at the Kenora Public Library, City of Kenora and the Keewatin Branch Library.

The public is encouraged to review the document and make comments before Dec. 10th, 2009.

The study for Section 3 is underway and notices will published at a later date. With this section being a concern for all Clearwater Bay residents, be sure to consult the website as the only paper carrying the government notices would be the Daily Minor News.
and click through to the reports.



Pinewood Rustic Log Furniture

If you just love that rustic look, and are finally ready to buy rustic log furniture for your home, the Pinewood Giftshop in Clearwater Bay now carries several lines of log furniture for you to choose from. They are ready to help you in making good choices for your home, cottage or condo. You will find it online throughout the year at:

Do you have a cottage that is overwhelmingly rustic? Or are you seeking to add rustic furniture to one or more rooms of a more conventional home? Here are a few things to consider before you buy;

Homes that feature large logs, spacious ceilings or are roomy in general require a different flavor of rustic furniture than their more conventional counterparts. If large logs make up the walls of your room, or you have a massive fireplace, you'll need a larger log look for your furniture as well. Otherwise, your log furniture will seem dwarfed and insignificant.
Larger furniture makes a room feel full without being cluttered. A few large pieces of log furniture will look better than many small ones, in both rustic or conventional homes and could actually save you money. There is also much you can do with artwork and lighting to make the best use of your space.

You will notice cracks in your rustic furniture. This occurs naturally in the drying process and adds to the rustic look.These cracks do not diminish the function or design of log furniture. They are not manufacturing defects, just a natural part of seasoning, enhancing the beauty of the wood.

A variety of wood types are used to create rustic log furniture.

Northern White Cedar grows in Northern Michigan and Canada. It withstands the abuse of seasonal elements without breaking down or rotting like other woods. It is a beautiful light tan color when freshly milled.

Hickory is a very durable, flexible wood. Furniture with unpeeled hickory accents accounts for one of the best-selling lines of log furniture. The wood is heavy yet durable and creates a beautiful contrast when combined with other woods such as northern white cedar.

Red Cedar (also know as Aromatic Cedar) is not a member of the cedar family at all, instead belonging to the juniper family. Everyone knows the deep aromatic smell of the red cedar. The wood is heavy, and naturally insect and rot resistant.

Clothes stored in a chest made of red cedar will be protected from moths. Red cedar has tight knots that add character and beauty. It is sometimes purple, but most often a brownish red that will in time become browner even when preserved. Furniture built with red cedar will last a long time and can definitely be handed down from generation to generation.

Not all log furniture is created equal-no matter how stylish or comfortable it may be. The quality of the materials used in log furniture, and the craftsmanship employed, vary widely-and this is often reflected in the price. While there are always some bargains to be had, it is quite true that you get what you pay for in log furniture.

With this thought in mind, buy the best furniture you can. It will look better and last longer if you do.

Look for well-fitted, carefully crafted connections. Dove-tailed drawers are especially known for holding together well. If you want your furniture to be finished, look for a long-lasting, tough and evenly applied coating.

The ideal log furniture store has many repeat customers who not only purchase again from their store, but recommend them to others. Quality stores are interested in more than a quick sale.

Pinewood understands the value of delivering top-quality log furniture-furniture that will last a lifetime and add a truly rustic touch to your home. Items can be picked up in the store or ordered for delivery anywhere in Canada. You can reach Pinewood by phone at 807 733 2366, or stop in at the store. Pinewood is located on Highway #1, 20 kilometers west of Kenora, Ontario in beautiful Lake of the Woods, Canada.


Highway twinning for Clearwater Bay summer residents

A 10-kilometre stretch of the TransCanada Highway at the Manitoba-Ontario border, a route taken by many Clearwater Bay cottagers all summer long will be expanded from two to four lanes. In the summer, traffic almost doubles from 4,000 vehicles a day to 7,000. Twinning the highway will create a safer roadway for both area residents and holiday travellers to the Kenora tourist region.

The construction of the passing lanes approved earlier, will be halted until new plans are drawn up for the twinning of the highway. However, paving will be completed on the section of highway from the border to the Rush Bay turn off. The $100-million upgrade to twin the highway is scheduled to begin next year, pending environmental assessment.

A route planning and design study is now underway to expand an additional 30 kilometres between the border and Kenora. Clearwater Bay cottagers and other area residents should be sure to watch the local papers and radio stations for information on public information sessions to be held on the progress of the plans for the highway.


Outdoor Resin Furniture

Resin patio furniture or plastic patio furniture is the latest trend and spreading fast. Gone are the days when outdoor furniture was a dingy set of white flimsy chairs.Resin patio furniture has actually moved into being both practical and functional.

Recycled plastc Adirondack chairs and furniture have been designed for comfort and are built to last. They are unaffected by sun, rain, snow, even chlorine and saltwater. There is no need to paint or sand your outdoor chairs or apply a treatment seasonally. They do not rot, warp, crack or splinter. And because the furniture has solid color throughout, you can leave your adirondac chairs outside year-round because they will not fade.

Manufacturers make resin and plastic patio furniture in such a way that it closely resembles painted wood. There are some that make their plastic Adirondack chairs and resin patio furniture out of Polymer. This material is made of HDPE which is a high density version of polyethylene plastic. It is a hard, strong, and heavy plastic resin that has been purified and UV protected. Other manufacturers use a synthetic wood substitute made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and containers. The plastic is permeated with UV stabilized coloring that is consistent throughout.

With such life-long features, it is no wonder why people are getting sold on plastic patio furniture. Outside of caring for and cleaning your furniture with soap and warm water, you can “sit back, relax and forget about it."

Most recycled plastic furniture manufacturers use stainless steel hardware in their construction process. The hardware used has a high level of corrosive resistance that complements the already unique nature of the furniture allowing you to leave it outside year-round. The solid, heavy-duty construction keeps all furniture made of recycled plasticon your deck or in your yard. An adorondack chair made of recycled plastics, on average, weighs between 45 to 60 lbs.

Outdoor chairs comes in a variety of colors and styles. The Adirondack style has been a very popular version for patio furniture. You can choose colors such as white, aqua, beige,lime, yellow, red, forest, blue, and more.

Although you may spend a little more for the recycled patio furniture styles, you will find it is an investment worth considering. Whether you are looking for furniture to place on a rustic lakeside deck or for a condo patio, you may find exactly what you are looking for at The Pinewood Restaurant and gift shop located in Clearwater Bay. Pinewood carries a good selection of both chairs and bar table sets in stock and online .Check out their line of comfortable chairs and accessories at:



Lake of the Woods Cottages - Rental Service

A new service has been launched in the Lake of the Woods for cottage owners. Lake Life Property Management is a full service cottage rental service that makes renting your cottage hassle free. The new company handles bookings, screening cliental, cleaning and meeting with the renters to give and collect the keys.

In today's economy, many cottage owners are looking for ways to keep or upkeep their camps. Renting out the cottage for even a few weeks only, could also allow an owner and family to take a well deserved winter holiday.

If you are an owner or a renter and are looking for more information, email:


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