Directions to Badour Island Retreat

Getting Here

Bobs Lake is located in Ontario, Canada. Before making a reservation, please be aware of entry requirements to Canada on the Government of Canada Travel & Tourism website. Pour la version française, cliquez ici.

Driving time by car:
Ottawa – 90 minutes
Kingston – 45 minutes
Toronto – 3 hours
Philadelphia, PA – 7 hours
Syracuse, NY – 3 hours

Nearest airports:
Kingston Airport (YGK) – 60 minutes by car
Ottawa International Airport (YOW) – 1 hour, 45 minutes by car

Thousand Islands Bridge photo by King of Hearts – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

No matter where you are coming from, you have to get to Route 38. Google Maps will tell you how to get there.

For your destination address, copy/paste the lat/long:

44.67304720390743, -76.619853560846

It is taking you to Pine Shores Marina, Tichbourne, ON

BEWARE: if you type in Bobs Lake Cottages, it will take you to the wrong place—you will end up at our drive-up properties.

Directions from Ottawa:
  1. Take highway 416 to highway 7 and continue through Perth and Maberly to highway 38.
  2. Turn south through Sharbot Lake and continue through Oconto.
  3. Turn left to Bradshaw Road, then continue to “Directions from Bradshaw Road” below.
Directions from the USA:
  1. You will cross the border at Landsdowne (Thousand Islands Bridge) – https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/do-rb/offices-bureaux/223-eng.html
  2. After clearing the border, you’ll be at highway 401.
  3. Take exit 611, then turn north on highway 38.
  4. Continue through Tichborne to Bradshaw Road. You will see a sign that says Bradshaw Road to Bobs Lake Road. Turn right at that sign. Continue to “Directions from Bradshaw Road” below.
Directions from Bradshaw Road:
  1. You will very quickly see a sign on the right that welcomes you to Bedford Township.
  2. At .5, cross railroad tracks and KEEP STRAIGHT, continuing on Bradshaw. If you are going to Badour, DO NOT TURN RIGHT ONTO BOBS LAKE ROAD. Follow signs to Brown’s Camp.
  3. At 1.3 miles the road gets worse.
  4. At 2.2 miles, turn RIGHT. Follow signs to the old Bedford Twp Dump (do not go left to Brown’s).
  5. You’re still on Bradshaw Rd.
  6. Road gets worse. At 2.5 miles, the old dump is on the left and you will see a Pine Shores sign. At 2.9 is a swamp on the right.
  7. At 3.1, cross over Pine Cone Lane and continue to Pine Shore Marina Lane at 3.1 miles.
  8. MAKE A LEFT on Pine Shore Marina Lane, and find a parking spot on the side of the road (not the numbered spots) unless you are parking by prior arrangement in our spot. You will have to call Martha when you have turned from 38 and she or another staff member will meet you.

Detailed directions from Philadelphia, PA to Pine Shore Marina

  1. 76 West to 476 North. Toll booth for northeast extension ( 476 North)
  2. Go 66 miles to Lehigh Tunnel (66 miles)
  3. Take exit 39 marked Clark Summit/Scranton to 81 NORTH – Wilkes-Barre. You will stay on 81 north all the way up to Watertown. Here are some markers: Binghamton takes 3 hours (180 mi), Cortland is the halfway mark and 3 1⁄2 hours (222 mi), Syracuse is 4 hrs (253 mi) and Watertown is 5 hours.
  4. Right before you enter NY, if you’re hungry, Dobbs is a really good diner right off of exit 230 (it closes its doors at 8:45 PM.) It is just about 3 hours from Philadelphia, or 162 miles. Two nice towns to stop in for ice cream are Whitney Point (exit 8, 192 miles from Philadelphia.) They have a liquor store there as well.
  5. Into NY, further up is Nedrow Fireside Diner, off of exit 16. That one is grungier than Dobbs, run by American Indians, fun and cheap.
  6. Pulawski [after you have passed Syracuse] has 28 flavors of soft ice cream at the shop right before you get back onto 81 North (the route takes you through the whole town however.) Also tackle shops there.
  7. At Watertown, take exit 45 for a great supermarket (Price Chopper). You will see the red and white Staples sign from the expressway. Price Chopper is right next to Staples. Fill up your tank. Gas is more expensive in Canada.
  8. After Watertown, you will still be on 81 North and you will see signs for Thousand Island Bridge/ Canada. Follow those signs and you will shortly be at the border [you’re allowed to take in 2 bottles of wine]. After customs, start calculating from 0 (push the little button that gives you 0000).
  9. Right after customs to the right you will see the sky deck, and Black and Decker factory outlet. That’s a good place to change your money and get a fishing license.
  10. Take 401 West (towards Kingston, Toronto)
  11. At 34.8 miles, take exit 611.
  12. Turn left onto 38 North, towards Sharbot Lake (if you get to Sharbot Lake, you’ve gone too far).
  13. [You can take a detour into Kingston by turning right. There is a great supermarket just five minutes down the road and then to the right (Loblows) and a COSTCO’s five minutes down the road and then turn left.
  14. At 50.3 miles, right before the town of Verona, is the last supermarket you will pass.
  15. At 55.9 is a big yard on the left with boats.  Next door is the last place to get gas (which you should have gotten in US where it is cheaper).
  16. At 64.9 is the town of Parham. Right away, at 65 miles, bear right to stay on 38 North (a closed “Foodtown” may still have its sign out).
  17. At 66.8 is the town of Tichborne
  18. At 67.3 you cross railroad tracks
  19. At 68.1 you will see a sign that says, BRADSHAW ROAD TO BOB’S LAKE ROAD
  20. TURN RIGHT AT THAT SIGN ONTO BRADSHAW ROAD and put the numbers back to 000.
  21. You will very quickly see a sign on the right that Welcomes you to Bedford Township.
  22. At .5, cross railroad tracks and KEEP STRAIGHT, continuing on Bradshaw. If you are going to Badour and Isaacs Acres, DO NOT TURN RIGHT ONTO BOB’S LAKE ROAD.  Follow signs to Brown’s Camp
  23. At 1.3 miles the road gets worse.
  24. At 2.2 miles, turn RIGHT. Follow signs to Bedford Twp Dump (do not go left to Brown’s)
  25. You’re still on Bradshaw Rd.
  26. Road gets worse. At 2.5 miles, the old dump is on the left and you will see a Pine Shores sign. At 2.9 is a swamp on the right.
  27. At 3.1, cross over Pine Cone Lane and continue to Pine Shore Marina Lane at 3.1 miles.
  28. MAKE A LEFT on Pine Shore Marina Lane, and find a parking spot on the side of the road,(not the numbered spots) unless you are parking by prior arrangement in our spot. You will have called Martha when you have turned off of 38 and she or another staff member will meet you.
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