Cottage Canoe

453 Dunlop St W, Barrie
About Cottage Canoe:

A nice little place on 453 Dunlop Street West, near the Pioneer Energy gas station, the Cottage Canoe serves Canadian-inspired cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is a friendly place where you can have a nice family meal.

This place has its own parking lot with car and bike parking spaces, it takes reservations, packs a takeaway meal, but doesn’t do deliveries. You can order online via Skip the Dishes app and have your meal from the Cottage Canoe delivered to your home/office. The food served here is prepared by expert chefs and from all fresh, predominantly local ingredients. There are Canadian dishes, vegetarian dishes, and vegan options.

This restaurant served breakfast, lunch, and dinner, being opened seven days a week from 7 AM up to 9 PM, no exceptions. There is an excellent regular customer base, people that have experienced the tasty dishes prepared here and come back time and time again.

The many patrons of the Cottage Canoe have shared their experiences online on Yelp, Trip Advisor and Google Reviews, and I’ve used these to bring you a list of the pros and cons about this restaurant.


  • Excellent dishes prepared with fresh ingredients
  • Pleasant atmosphere
  • Comfortable décor
  • Vegetarian and vegan-friendly
  • Many homemade dishes


  • Some complaints about prices

The Cottage Canoe was established in 1993, under the name Country Kettle, and in 2012 it was rebranded as the Cottage Canoe. The restaurant décor tries to emulate a country cottage vibe. There are a lot of wooden walls, which along with the antler chandeliers make you feel like you are in a real cottage.

There are also small details like a canoe-shaped wine rack, a lot of canoe-themed paintings on the walls and a gas-powered fireplace that adds warmth to the place. There are wooden tables and chairs, with a long seating bench that runs on one side of the restaurant, providing a lot of seating space for accommodating large groups.

The menu is divided into a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. The breakfast menu is served from 7 AM up to 4 PM every day, and it has all the standard breakfast foods you may imagine: eggs, pancakes, breakfast sandwiches, bacon, sausage, different toppings, and sweet treats. There is an offer for their Cottage Jam which you can have for breakfast or buy a jar to take home.

The lunch menu has an offer for gourmet burgers, different salads and sandwiches, and wraps. The dinner menu is served after 4 PM and has starters like bruschetta, salmon cakes, and main dishes like a quesadilla, steak dinner, curry, Mac & Cheese, Liver & Onions and more. There is a separate offer for fish and chips and a poutine bar with fresh-cut fries with various toppings per your selection.

The Cottage Canoe serves alcohol from its full bar and has a good selection of red and white wines from all over the world, a good selection of bottled and beers on tap. It is a very good place to go and have a meal, as it holds a Trip Advisor certificate of excellence since 2015.

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