While summer is the prime time for a cozy cottage, there’s never a bad time for a getaway. Luckily we have plenty of great options to do just that across the province! Ontario has plenty of incredible road trip destinations and stunning landscapes that many of us take for granted. If you’re looking for a great escape, check out these amazing Ontario cottage rentals.
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Trillium Resort & Spa in Muskoka
There are plenty of Muskoka cottage rentals around but Trillium Resort & Spa is a little slice of paradise in the region. Located on the shores of Devine Lake in Port Sydney, this rustic escape features seven chalets and ten cottages. Experience the tranquillity of their 86 acres of gorgeous forest as you wake up to lake views from their chalets. Or if you’re lucky enough to snag the “Falling Water” chalet, you’ll be treated to sounds of the on-site waterfall with your own private terrace overlooking it. Enjoying a coffee while listening to the sounds of the water flowing -can you picture a more idyllic way to start your day?
Trillium Resort & Spa offers plenty of year-round activities to help cater your visit to your needs. Looking for a tranquil getaway to rest and recuperate? Spend some time in the sauna and outdoor hot tub, book a massage and/or treatment at the on-site spa, or spend some time meditating by the waterfall. Would you rather get the blood pumping and explore? There are six kilometres of hiking trails along with access to mountain bikes, canoes and kayaks. In the winter, strap on some cross-country skis, go for a snowshoe or enjoy a leisurely skate.
Sound like the perfect Ontario cottage rental to you? See what others have to say about their stay and plan your escape to the Trillium Resort & Spa!
Carriage House in Niagara-on-the-Lake
converted carriage house and former blacksmith shop with a rich history dating back to the 1800’s – fully updated with brand new modern amenities and a splendid garden. This updated and fully appointed space abounds with character and was originally used as a carriage house for the owner’s horse and buggy. In the late 1800’s it was converted into a blacksmith shop by the Swedish born Otto Lofgren who also ran the forge down the road at the Queenston Quarry. Relics from his days of black-smithing have been found on the premises and the stone carriage stair out front bares his family name.
Centrally located near the Falls, Niagara Parkway, Niagara-on-the-Lake, casinos, wineries and the largest outlet mall in Canada.
The heated bathroom floor was a great luxury, and the fireplace creates a nice atmosphere.
The home looks just like, or even nicer in person than in the pictures.
Port Franks Cottage in Lambton Shores
If you’re looking for a romantic escape to cozy up with your partner, this is the cottage vacation for you! Head to the Port Franks neighbourhood of Lambton Shores for a fantastic adults-only getaway.
This cozy studio cottage features a plush king-size bed with a lavish canopy that pairs perfectly with the bright, minimalist decor. You’ll have everything you need for your stay including a small fridge/freezer, coffee maker, kettle, wine glasses, etc. Cozy up by the fire with a glass of red (or white!) and you’ll be transported to a world of luxury. Top it off with the odd surprise of fresh baked goods from your hosts and you won’t want to leave!
Step outside and spend some time on the terrace to admire the perfectly manicured gardens. You’ll also have access to the shared fitness centre, barbecue facilities, hot tub and sauna. Enjoy a relaxing fire under the stars before retreating under the covers for a solid night’s rest. Be warned though, you may have trouble getting out of bed in the morning!
Lazy Days at the Lake in Kingsbridge
This cozy little spot is in the community of Kingsbridge just north of Goderich. Enjoy your stay in this beautifully well-equipped cottage complete with modern furnishings, hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings. The large windows combined with the cottage’s location up on the ridge gives guests an unobstructed view of Lake Huron.
Even if you escape with the family, Ma and Pa can enjoy some cozy quality time in this three-bedroom cottage. The master bedroom has a queen bed, walk-in closet, and an ensuite four-piece bathroom complete with a cocoon tub! There’s even a walk-out to a “honeymoon deck” where there are no kids allowed. 😉
Be sure to take some time exploring the community. Enjoy a round of golf, grab some eats at the farmers market in Goderich or head to Burdan’s Red Cat Bakery. If you’re really feeling adventurous, hop on a boat tour or take to the skies with an aerial tour for some truly beautiful views of the area.
Home of the Living Sunset Near Tobermory
Head to the Miller Lake area for this brilliant four-bedroom cottage. Located right on the shores of Lake Huron, this cottage is fantastically located and has plenty of privacy. Let the sounds of the waves wash over you as you settle in. Sleeping up to 10 people, the cottage offers two bathrooms (both with heated floors!) and a fully equipped kitchen. Stove with double oven, dishwasher, microwave, Magic Bullet… anything you may need for your stay. Yes, that includes all the utensils, too!
Crummy weather during your stay? No problem at all! You’ll find a wide variety of board games, decks of cards and more to help keep you entertained with Mama Nature rains on your parade. Netflix is always an option too, but the service can be a little spotty. Don’t count on having WiFi as it can be touch and go, but you’re here to disconnect so embrace that and enjoy your stay!
Why is it called Home of the Living Sunset? It’s because of the incredible sunsets you’ll enjoy from either the lakeside firepit or the huge lifted patio! Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or the perfect family vacation, this is definitely one of the Ontario cottage rentals on this list you don’t want to miss out on.
Not So Tiny Cottage Near Georgian Bay
Just steps from the beautiful waters of Georgian Bay is where you’ll find this incredible cottage in Tiny Township. Treat yourself to a little luxury with this three-bedroom abode. It features a gorgeous open-concept kitchen that’s fully equipped with everything you may need for your stay. Each bedroom is spacious as it sleeps up to six with two and a half bathrooms at your disposal. This Ontario cottage rental might be a little big for just one couple but it’s certainly fantastic for a group of friends or a family getaway. Plus having full access to laundry facilities means that this spot is perfect for extended stays!
Not only is the cottage gorgeous but it comes with a number of bonus amenities. Get ready for some friendly competition with a ping pong challenge or a foosball tournament in the basement “man cave”. In the backyard, take a moment to decompress and enjoy some quality time in the wood-burning barrel sauna. Afterwards, stay cozy with a campfire under the stars as there’s no better way to finish off the day.
Located across the road from the Simcoe Forest, there are plenty of great hikes and dirt biking at your disposal. Tiny Marsh is also just 7 kilometres away where you can enjoy their boardwalks and feed the local chickadees who will eat out of the palm of your hand. It’s also a five-minute walk to Bluewater Beach, one of Southern Ontario’s gorgeous beaches. One of the perks of being a guest – you can avoid those pesky parking fees by leaving the car at the cottage!
Log Cabin in the Blue Mountains
Want to enjoy a morning coffee on the rooftop porch? Cozying up with a glass of wine in front of the hand-crafted wood-burning fireplace? Catching gorgeous sunsets by the covered patio? Enjoying a crackling fire beside a tranquil pond? How about a 12 minute drive to Collingwood and the always beautiful Georgian Bay?
If you said yes to the above, you’ll want to head to the heart of the Blue Mountains for a stunning retreat in a custom-crafted log cabin. This extremely private escape overlooks a beautiful spring-fed pond and offers picturesque views of the area. The cabin is a perfect romantic escape in Ontario and many have celebrated honeymoons and anniversaries.
Located in Grey County, it offers plenty of great adventures for outdoor explorers, art enthusiasts and more. Fall is an absolutely magical time in the area. If you visit in the winter months, be sure to spoil yourself with a trip to the Scandinave Spa as it’s one of the top things to do in Grey County in the winter.
Whitestone Lake Cottage
Head towards Parry Sound for this four-season cottage of fun! Completely renovated in 2011, this three-bedroom cottage is surrounded by two acres of lush forest. Wake up to beautiful views in the lake-facing bed and enjoy your morning coffee on the deck or by staring out the floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room. Enjoy golden hour as the sun sets from the dock and then cozy up by the fire pit to roast marshmallows.
Visit in the summer months to enjoy perks like the use of a paddle boat and canoe. While the lake itself can be a little busy, there’s still lots of room for paddling, swimming, fishing and more! Nearby you’ll find plenty of great spots for breakfast and ice cream. As peak season winds down, you’ll fall in love with the gorgeous autumn colours with some fantastic hiking trails. Once winter sets in, strap on your snowshoes or cross country skis and enjoy the surrounding winter wonderland. It’s the perfect spot for snowmobiling and ice fishing if that’s what you’re into!
You won’t find any WiFi or cable here but for those rainy days or chilly nights, there are plenty of DVDs and games to keep you entertained. Whether you’re looking for a solo adventure, family getaway or a romantic escape, the Whitestone Lake cottage is a great option!
Bruce Bay Cottages in Northern Ontario
Looking to rent a cottage in Ontario that’s seriously unique? How about a little Northern Ontario road trip to a lighthouse that’s been converted to a cottage? Combine this with impeccable views of Lake Huron’s North Shore and you’ll be in for a fantastic getaway with Bruce Bay Cottages & Lighthouse!
The McKay Island Lighthouse has kept sailors safe in Bruce Bay since 1907. While its days of lighting the way are long gone, it now has a new life as a three-bedroom cottage! This spacious getaway offers a fully-equipped kitchen as well as two bathrooms. The entire place sleeps six comfortably making it a great spot for families or even a romantic getaway. Snuggle up with a hot beverage in front of the huge windows and watch the waves along the North Channel while catching the golden hour colours!
RELATED: Read more about all of the great things to do in town and nearby with my guide to Bruce Mines!
Besides the lighthouse, there are also eight waterfront cottages of various shapes and sizes. Each one features a cozy wood stove, fully-equipped kitchen, all bed linens, private porch, barbecue, picnic table and fire pit complete with Muskoka chairs. If you’ve forgotten something, pop by the main house to pay Pat and Larry a visit as they have a store that may help! Their top-notch hospitality makes this one of the best Northern Ontario cottage rentals around.
Guests also have access to both French and McKay Islands during their stay. You’ll find a number of trails on the property to allow you to escape to nature. An additional perk is that kayaks, canoes and paddleboats are available for guests to utilize on a first-come, first-served basis. Just don’t forget to grab a life jacket from the boathouse before you depart!
SOMETHING TO NOTE: Bruce Bay Cottages are only available from May to October but the lighthouse is open year round.
Highlander Cottage on Lake Superior
This one is quite the trek as you’ll have to drive to Thunder Bay, however I’d say the panoramic views of Lake Superior are worth the effort!
Enjoy the privacy of no neighbours as you stare out at the greatest of the Great Lakes. The cottage offers two bedrooms, one on either side of the house, each with its own bathroom. It also has two decks with one just off the kitchen making it easy to entertain and still be a part of the conversation while cooking. With a fully equipped kitchen and a gorgeous view, you have the recipe for a fantastic getaway!
Take in the sights of the stars from the fire pit area or make your way down to the rocky edge of Lake Superior. There are plenty of great hiking trails in the area to stretch your legs and explore. With Thunder Bay not being too far away, you can always check out the great things to do in town or wander the area hunting for waterfalls. Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have a beautiful spot to put your feet up and relax in Northern Ontario.
More Amazing Ontario Cottage Rentals
As you can imagine, there are a plethora of incredible spots across the province. If the aforementioned accommodations didn’t quite tickle your fancy, here are a few more ideas for cottages to rent in Ontario.
One of the most sought-after companies for Ontario cottages has to be Cabinscape. These off-grid, tiny cabins are not only ecologically responsible but absolutely gorgeous. Surrounded by idyllic natural beauty, these picturesque abodes offer a brilliant escape into the wilderness. Honestly, just take a look at some of the photos and they’ll have you dying to book your own as soon as possible.
Another great spot for some stellar Ontario cottage rentals is in the town of New Liskeard. Here you’ll find Mowat Landing Cottages is a family-friendly complex that offers both one-bedroom and three-bedroom lakeside cottages. They’re all heated with a woodstove and come equipped with everything you’ll need – even a BBQ and firewood! All you need to worry about is bringing your toiletries, bathroom supplies and your eats and treats. With canoe, kayak, boat AND snowmobile rentals, you’ll have plenty to see and do year-round. Click here to book a cottage now!
Of course, another great option is always a getaway to a provincial park. Ontario Parks has cabins at 16 of their parks that you can rent. Amenities can vary though typically they offer a refrigerator, heating (electric and/or woodstove), kettle and barbecue. You’ll need to bring your own bedding, cutlery and utensils, food, and anything else you may need for your stay. If you’re curious to know what they’re like, you can read about my experiences at Silent Lake Provincial Park’s cabins as well as the cabins at Windy Lake Provincial Park.
If you’re still looking for the perfect Ontario cottage rental, head on over to VRBO as you’ll find a number of additional options. Be warned though, you might spend hours ogling at all the beautiful properties you’ll see!
Whether you’re looking for a quick weekend of relaxation or to enjoy a tranquil week-long getaway, these Ontario rental cottages are sure to help you recharge.