About Riverside

The Dwight Riverside Cottages were first built in the 1930s to serve an increasing interest in tourism around Dwight and its beautiful Beach.

The first 5 rooms of the Motel were built in the early 40s, followed a few years later by the other 7 rooms. A restaurant (lost to fire in the 1990s) fed the hungry guests as well as locals alike.

The motel underwent a few ownership changes before we had the opportunity to continue the legacy of this fine property, taking over in April of 2018.

Expect for the Riverside to continue to be the gateway to Dwight and a welcoming place for young and old alike to come and Get Lost! (in Nature).

Timeline of Getting Lost


Dwight Riverside Cottages open to serve the expanding tourist influx attracted by the (rare for Muskoka) sandy beach found a few hundred meters away.  9 cottages are built along the Boyne river and in the trees of one of the most picturesque properties in the area


The Riverside Motel opens, offering 5 rooms in its modern (for the day) motor inn concept overlooking the Boyne river.

Later in the decade a further 6 rooms are added along with a cozy owners suite.


Some of the cottages are starting to give into mother nature and are retired…along with a car from a few decades earlier which can still be found if one goes looking hard enough.


A restaurant is opened to serve the busy Algongquin park visitors and locals alike.


The restaurant burns to the ground causing many cottage owners wonder where they are going to get their Sunday morning – I had a few too many the night before – breakfast?


The Koi pond is dug and the handful of fish initially introduced start to do what fish do in nature…reproduce! At last count (yes they were counted – in 2011) there were more than 200 fish, and perhaps a frog or 2 too.


The Felix’ arrive straight off the plane from Lenzerheide, Switzerland and set about living their dream in the Canadian Wilderness.  They would welcome guests from around the world for 7 years before they decide to retire and explore the rest of the vast country.


Dan, Triptta and Ella arrive with their very blind, very deaf cat on April 4, there is still 2 feet of snow on the ground which would remain until the first week of May.  Renovations begin to return Riverside to its formal glory as the premiere property in the Lake of Bays / Algonquin area.


Renovations are now complete!   Now you can really feel like the place is all yours by staying in the original owners suite for those needing a bit more space to hang out in at the end of the day.  The cottage will be shortly be back online for larger groups or longer stays.

Fall of 2019 will mark the start of environmentally friendly construction on our 3 season tents which will be sprinkled among the acres of White Pine, Oak and Maple forest on site.

Would recommended it to everyone. Was the first to stay in the newly renovated rooms! They are so nice! The property is a real gem too, a lazy river for swimming and reading a good book beside. See you again SOON!

Maria Herman – Toronto