Stoney Lake is famous for being one of the most beautiful lakes in Ontario… as well as one of the most treacherous. It ain’t called Stoney for nothing!
Cruising among the granite islands, exploring bays, fishing, snorkeling, or just admiring the varied architecture of the lake can fill weeks.
But, as the saying goes, an island is just a rock that’s higher than the water level, and there are plenty of rocks that are just below the water level. (We just made that saying up, but let’s pretend we didn’t.) We strongly advise anyone bringing a boat to bring a GPS, either as an app or a separate device. Good charts will show both the official channels and any shoals or other hazards.
Stoney Lake features an interesting mix of charming cottages from 1880, former resorts, charming mansions and some of the worst architecture imaginable. We won’t tell you which we think is which.
The shores, islands, and bays are dotted with countless notable cottages. Wave to the people on the docks – many will share their stories!
Head (carefully) into bays, and watch for turtles, deer, muskrats, otters, beaver, and more. Many birds can be seen throughout the year.
Immediately around Viamede, there are islands and bays worth exploring. Some go farther back than you think, ending in wetlands full of birds, turtles, and other wildlife.
Need a Map?
We have a super handy Google map with layers indicating interesting landmarks, fishing spots, wildlife viewing hotspots, shopping, and more! Click on the brackets in the top right corner to see a larger version and turn layers on or off.