Cottage weekends are a huge highlight of Canadian summers. Whether you were fortunate enough to grow up with a family cottage, or had friends who were, trekking it up north for a weekend of swimming, BBQing and bonfires is a must-do. It’s all about beers, buds, and the great outdoors right? To us maybe. But to some with the financial means, a weekend up north can be a whole lot more luxurious. Take a look at six Ontario gems we found on Airbnb that you probably can’t afford – but hey, keep dreaming.
Muskoka | $715/night
Shaped like a boat, this $716/night Sparrow Lake cottage boasts floor to ceiling glass windows with modern interior and is just steps to the lake. The cottage features a private deck, three bedrooms, and accommodates six people comfortably. Hammocks are hung inside overlooking the lake for extra rest and relaxation, and a private dock with a canoe is included on the property. If you’re in the market for a unique seven-day cottage adventure, this one’s for you.
Huntsville | &790/night
Serene is right, this Muskoka getaway has everything you need for the most peaceful vacation of your life. Otter Lake only allows quiet canoes, sail boats, and paddle boats on its water making for a quieter-than-usual cottaging experience. The design gives off a sense of home with its full kitchen, living room, dining area and loft with brick and wood interior throughout. Not only is it available in summer, it can be rented out any season as the activities are endless. The town is only ten minutes away and offers shopping, dining and entertainment, that is…if you ever leave this place.
Parry Sound | $1300/night
Get your credit card ready, because this one can’t be turned down. This luxurious cottage mansion is situated on its own peninsula and has 123 acres of private property for fourteen of your closest fam and friends. If its secluded lake views, a grand fireplace, and spiral staircase isn’t enough, look out from the deck and feast your eyes on nothing but water and greenery. This is definitely a dream that you’ll never want to wake up from.
Glenelg | $450/night
This two-storey log cabin in Glenelg is everything you’d imagine a country log cabin to be. It has high ceilings and a wooden interior throughout with hiking the Bruce Trail, boating, swimming, golfing and fishing just outside. Winter activities are also available including snowshoeing, skiing, and snowmobiling followed by a relaxing dip in the hot tub.
Muskoka | $1200/night
This 5-acre property in Parry Sound is surrounded by forestry, has a private shoreline and gorgeous views of the lake all throughout the house. The rental fee includes access to a variety of boats and encourages activities for up to 12 people to enjoy including golfing, fishing, and trails. There is also a patio for outdoor dining overlooking the trees and water, and a few other sitting areas for added comfort. This property is sure not to disappoint for a cool $1200/night.
Georgian Bay | $850/night
This Muskoka cottage is located on a private bay and features a huge deck that surrounds the entire property. Up to fourteen people can enjoy what this place has to offer, including paddleboats, canoes, swimming, fishing, the list goes on. There’s a long and welcoming pathway leading from the house to the dock and multiple eating areas, including a quiet gazebo attached to the cottage. This is everything you need for the perfect summer getaway, and it will leave you itching for next year.
(Photo: Lorimer Lake Timberframe Dream Home)