Our Story

Welcome to Scotsman Point Cottage Resort. In 2020 we are celebrating 100 years presence in the beautiful Kawartha Lakes region! Known for our warm hospitality, we continue the tradition of helping families and friends create memories that will last a lifetime. Many of our guests are third or fourth generation Scotsman Point cottagers. We look forward to welcoming new guests each year and renewing the friendships made over the years. Whether it is about relaxing by Upper Buckhorn lake, fishing for your  biggest Muskie, Pickerel or Bass or enjoying the crackle of an evening campfire, Scotsman Point Cottage Resort has something for everyone. Make sure to ask us what is new and exciting this year!  Come unplug with us!  We look forward to seeing you soon. - The Staff of Scotsman Point Cottage Resort

Who we are


Scotsman Point is a family oriented resort.  With great fishing, fantastic children's program, lakefront cottages and more!  Our focus is that when you go home you will have created memories that will last, and of course leaving you excited to come back! All of our staff look forward each year to renewing resort guest friendships and to making new ones. Today, our three-season family Kawartha resort has 25 cottages on a protected 12-acre point on the north shore of beautiful Upper Buckhorn Lake, just a 99 minute drive NE of Toronto, Ontario, in the spectacular Kawartha Lakes region of Canada. Enjoy looking around our website and we hope to see you here in person soon!

History of the Resort

Andrea Childs was the past owner of Scotsman Point Resort. Her parents purchased Scotsman Point Resort, on the Trent Severn Waterway in Buckhorn, Ontario, Canada over 70 years ago. There have been guests who have been coming regularly to this Ontario resort for many of these years. In fact, some families are fourth generation cottagers at Scotsman Point.

In 1928 Bruce McKinty and his wife Pearl with the help of Curve Lake Village built five three bedroom cottages, 3 two bedroom cottages, 2 cabins, an ice house and a main building/store on what is now Scotsman Point Resort. In 1939, the McKinty's sold the property to Mel and Agnes Mathews of Toronto who operated the property as a fishing camp for 10 years. At that time a three bedroom cottage with a cedar strip boat rented for $25/week. Ross and Grace Smith of Toronto (the parents of the former owner) purchased the property in 1949 and at that time there were 8 cottages, 2 cabins, a two story main building with a store, a log ice house and a boat house. Each cottage had a wood stove, an ice box and an out house. Water had to be carried by pail from the well to each cottage and each room had one electric lightbulb. The land was very treed and the bay was edged with bullrushes. In 1955 a fire destroyed the main building and two three bedroom cottages next to it. In the years that followed, a new main building was built on the waterfront, existing cottages were remodelled and new cottages were built. The shoreline was cleared and the main dock and seperate slips were created around the bay. In 1971 the Smith's daughter Andrea, and her husband Norm Childs purchased the resort and Ross and Grace retired to a lakefront cottage next door. Scotsman Point at this time had 8 three bedroom cottages, 7 two bedrom cottages, 1 four bedroom cottage, 4 cabins and 5 apartment units. All the cottages and apartments had a three piece washroom, a more modern kitchen and hot and cold running water. Andrea Childs added a family activity program in the summer months with special events each day including pot luck suppers, a mini water regatta with beach and swimming races and more. This proved to be very popular with vacationing families and continues today. In 1985 the undeveloped shoreline on the far side of the point was cleared and 5 deluxe three bedroom cottages were built. Over the next few years all cottages were refurbished inside and full kitchens were installed. The lakefront TeaRoom was developed and in the 1992 renovation of the main building, a conference facility for small groups was created. Over the years Scotsman Point has become a special place for many guests and we have families who have been coming to rest, relax and enjoy for four generations. We look forward to sharing this special place with you, your family and friends.

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