Unique Cottaging In Southern Ontario

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Cottage season is soon upon us, and whether you’re looking to rent for a month or just get away for the weekend, we have rounded up some of the coolest ways to get out of the city. From treehouses up north, to a lakefront abode with a view of the Toronto skyline, here are some of the most unique cottage experiences you can have this summer in southern Ontario.

Treehouse: Durham, ON

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It will take you about two hours to get to this hangout in Durham, but it’s definitely an unique cottage experience. Reimagine your childhood dreams in this adult-friendly treehouse.


Private Island: Parry Sound, ON

Located right on Georgian Bay, it may be worth the two and a half hour drive north to have your own private island with some friends, right? You can only get here by boat, so make sure you’ve packed everything you need!


Solar Powered Cabin: Blackstock, ON

Located only an hour away from the city, you can even take GO transit most of the way there! Here, your only neighbour will be nature. Unfortunately there is no lake, just trees, but it still has all the essential cottage amenities you will need.  

Bunkie: Lake Muskoka, ON

You’ll have to make sure your collapsible floor and roof is closed at bedtime, but this bunkie is hidden just two hours north of Toronto i beautiful Muskoka.

Oakwood Escape: Dunnville, ON


Approximately an hour and a half from downtown, Oakwood Escape offers a mix between cottaging and camping with their “glamping” style site, perfect for those who like the outdoors, but don’t like sleeping on the ground.

Queen Charlotte Hut: Stony Lake, ON

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The Queen Charlotte Hut is located on Stony Lake about two hours from Toronto, and takes up approximately 200 sqft, boasting only cupboard space and a double bed up the ladder indoors. Everything else including the outhouse, sink and tent platform for guests are outdoors.


Bay Window B&B: Toronto Island, ON

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Who knew you could have a lakefront view right in the city? There are very few properties, but there are some right on our very own Toronto Island! Bay Window has the cottage feel with the option of included breakfasts.

Yurts: Algonquin Park, ON


This is the real deal if you like the bare minimum when cottaging. Located two and a half hours north of the city in Algonquin Park, the yurts are completely off the grid. This eco-friendly lodging gives you your own private waterfront lake along with a day pass to Algonquin Park.

What’s your favourite place for a summer getaway? Let us know in the comments.