Ontario cottages are the ultimate getaway in almost every season. Ontario cottage country is on the rise, growing every year.  No matter the season, Ontario cottage country has a certain magic that is hard to compare elsewhere.

What once was an area for family cottages, has now grown into an entire community.  Ontario cottages have started becoming home year-round for many families; with city centres, schools, farmer’s markets and government offices opening up it is the best place to settle down.

With its huge expansion, the large cottage communities have rightfully earned the name ‘Cottage Country‘, which are a few areas in northern Ontario.  Here you will find everything you need from stores, to restaurants, to cottages for rent.

The main areas known for excellent cottages for rent include Rideau Lakes in Eastern Ontario along with Parry Sound, Muskoka, Haliburton, Georgian Triangle, Simcoe Lake and Kawartha Lakes in the Central Ontario region. These areas are scattered with man-made and natural lakes offering the perfect place to have a home away from home. 

There are many who do not own cottages, but fret not!  Cottage country offers cottages to rent for a weekend, a week or longer.  When looking for cottage rentals in Ontario’s cottage country, you are bound to find something matching your requirements. 

Depending on the season, most cottages will offer some kind of water activity such as boating, fishing, or simply enjoying the surroundings.  If you are looking online, they will state ‘4 season’ if they are available for rent year round.  Cottages can be situated on the lakefront while others are a short distance from a local lake. 

Some cottages have specific regulations pertaining to smoking and pets, so it is best to inquire ahead of time of any special requirements you may have.  Usually cottages in Ontario’s cottage country are homes for half the year so please be respectful of the area.

Ontario cottages vary in size, and the cost of the rental often depends on how many rooms are available, the specific location (proximity to lake), what is included (boats, hiking equipment, etc) and how many people are in your party. 

The price range of a two bedroom cottage sleeping up to 6 guests for a week stay ranges from approximately $650-800 CDN.  The larger cottages have around 8 rooms and can sleep 20 people comfortably. For the large cottages in cottage country, the price range is between $5,000 -8,000 CDN weekly.

An Ontario cottage is a great place for enjoying your summer with the family, and is relatively cheap for the smaller cottages. You can also rent one for you and your friends and once you divide the price between the group, the individual price can range from $80 to $140 (depending on the number of guests and price of cottage).

Rideau Lakes is a beautiful township in Eastern Ontario that is known for some of the best cottage rentals.  It also has some great historic trails and scenery, farms are plentiful, and the people are genuine. The resident population of Rideau Lake is just over 10,000 (as of 2006 survey). 

Parry Sound is located in Central Ontario and its cottage rentals are not all it is famous for.  It was the birthplace of hockey star Bobby Orr and also has the world’s deepest freshwater port. With a population just under 6,000 residents, Parry Sound is a great place to escape to, offering some of the finest cottages for rent at a reasonable price.

Muskoka in Ontario is one of the most popular of all cottage country regions. It has a population of around 6,500 residents, but grows to 34,000 in the summer. The beautiful greenery and cool refreshing lakes is not the only thing bringing people back to Muskoka; the number of cottages to rent is high and the prices can be very low.

Haliburton in Ontario is one of the older regions of cottage country and got its name from author Thomas Chandler Haliburton who was popular in the mid 1800’s.  It is a family favourite for locals in southern Ontario and for tourists visiting the region. It has an average population all year round of about 16,000.

Georgian Triangle, Simcoe Lake and Kawartha Lakes are also located in Central Ontario.  Each region is unique and has a lot to offer. So plan an escape today to the relaxing regions of cottage country and experience what Ontario really has to offer.