BEST BURGER IN callander bay

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In 1880, George Morrison, a bookkeeper from Oxford County in Southern Ontario traveled by ox-cart from Muskoka to Lake Nipissing. There he built a raft and floated his family and possessions across the lake to the south-east bay. Logging companies had taken interest in the abundant Eastern White Pine that grew in the area. He was one of its first pioneers and his wife was the first white woman. On June 1, 1881, he opened a Post Office in his general store and named it after his parents' Scottish birthplace of Callander. It was officially incorporated in 1886 - the municipality renamed itself from North Himsworth to Callander in 2003, adopting the name of its major community because, in the words of then-mayor Bill Brazeau, "Nobody knew where North Himsworth was."


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1886 Lake House Bistro is located in beautiful Callander Bay, Ontario.  Against the backdrop of Lake Nipissing, 1886 is a casual cottage bistro with black & white photos, hand-crafted butcher block tables and barn board accents. 1886 is a restaurant for winter or summer enthusiasts still dressed in their gear, families with small children and intimate dinners for couples enjoying each others company. Come be comfortable in your outdoor work gear, dress up to impress or walk down from the beach or boat launch in your flipflops - there is no dress code - be cottage casual.

Open for Lunch or Dinner.   Offering a Children's menu for the little ones under 10 years old.  The dinner menu is classic bistro with a comfort influence.  1886 is proud to work with farmers in Powassan, Trout Creek and Sturgeon to source ingredients when in season.  


1886 is a casual first come first serve establishment.  We do NOT take reservations but recommend that you come early (before 530pm) or after the dinner crowd (730-8pm) to avoid the rush.  Call us at 705 713 0423 to find out how busy we are before driving, boating or walking over.  We have a great bar area where we encourage you to have a drink while waiting for a table.  For more detailed information about our non-reservation policy please email us at bistro@1886lakehouse.com.  


Executive Chef Guy Bedard

A native of Temagami, Ontario Chef Guy brings nearly 35 years of culinary experience to Callander Bay.  Chef Guy found his 'callling' to great tasting food as an 8 year old child when he saw a recipe for Sole Almondine on the back of a spinach bag and asked his mother to purchase the ingredients so he could make it.  After that success he was on his way making homemade soups - even providing his Uncle Paul with step by step instructions so he wouldn't mess up the recipe!  Chef Guy graduated from the culinary program at Algonquin College and apprenticed at Fairmont Hotels where he earned his Red Seal Certification.  

When not creating great dishes at 1886 Chef Guy can be found playing guitar and spending time with his son.

Favourite Food:  Atlantic Lobster with drawn butter

Favourite Drink:  Craft Lager

What's on the playlist:  Beatles, Bowie and Cake


Sous Chef Greg Luckey

Born in North Bay and moving to the big city as a child, Greg has returned to his roots to be closer to his family. Greg has spent many years in the kitchens of Burlington, ON most notably as sous chef at Canyon Creek Chophouse. Greg started cooking when his very active family was always busy with sports and he learned to cook between games. He then decided to do an apprenticeship expanding his knowledge and love for flavour.

When not sourcing new local ingredients Sous Chef Greg can be found cheering his Maple Leafs and Blue Jays as well as spending time with his brothers on the ATV trails.

Favourite Food: PIzza - any toppings work!!

Favourite Drink: Craft Lager especially Beau’s Lugtread

What’s on the playlist: Tom Petty,

Wine Guy Shawn Carr

Returning to Callander Bay where he spent countless summers and vacations Shawn has found a tight knit community of friends with whom he attended Nipissing University while taking his Bachelor of Business Administration. Shawn enjoys great fishing days and watching the Habs beat the Leafs (not likely for awhile 'sigh'!)

Shawn previously worked at some of Canada's most prestigious restaurants and resorts such as Emerald Lake Lodge, Araxi Restaurant and Deerhurst Resort.  Gaining a love for the industry he decided to partner in restaurants in Whistler, BC such as Wild Wood and Elements then in Golden, BC with Whitetooth Mountain Bistro and Rockwater Grill.  Achieving a Wine Spectator 'Award of Excellence' in many past endeavours continues as a goal for 1886. 

Local food, craft beer, cool cocktails and enjoying the company of friends and family over a bottle of wine sounds about right doesn't it?

Let's go fishing!

Favourite Food:  Mom's Lasagna

Favourite Drink:  Red Burgundy

What's on the playlist:  Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, Floyd


Callander Food Bank

1886 is committed to helping those in our community through the Callander Food Bank. The Callander Food Bank is located at 78 Lansdowne St and services the communities of Astorville, Corbeil and Callander Bay. They are open on Tuesdays from 9am - 12pm. When you purchase a $3 Charity Bread Basket 1886 will donate $2 to this well deserving organization to help those in need.

Raised So Far: $2002.00