Now that the ban on short-term rentals is lifted, it’s time to make up for lost time and shake off the stir craziness at a great Canadian cottage! While cottage country rentals are undoubtedly hot properties these days – the time to act is literally right now – there are cottages still available throughout the country this summer. If you’re in the market for a summertime vacation rental, these seven reliable sites can help you book your dream stay (word of advice: you may have to search them all to snag a spot the week you’ve booked off work).
Toronto-based company Canada Stays is Canada’s largest vacation rental source, with properties all over the world and – naturally – across the country. The site offers rentals that accommodate from two to up to two-dozen vacationers. A helpful and appreciated feature shows trending destinations. Find more information here.
Muskoka District Rentals
Those looking for a luxurious stay in the best of Muskoka will find it through Muskoka District Rentals. Marketed to those who appreciate the finer things in life, this site features stunning, multi-million-dollar cottages on the most exclusive lakes in Muskoka (Lake Rosseau, Lake Joseph, and Lake Muskoka, plus more) for those with pockets deep enough. Find more information here.
While the concept of cottage renting has been a thing for decades in Canada, Airbnb is probably the best-known site for renting a short-term rental in Canada – and cottages and cabins are no exception. The hospitality industry disrupter is simple to use and makes it easy to communicate with its well-vetted cottage hosts. Find more information here.
Cottages in Canada
As its name suggests, Cottages in Canada is a go-to for cottages everywhere from Muskoka, to Mount Tremblant and Banff. Conveniently, this popular site displays pricing for stays longer than one night, with weekend rates, week rates, and monthly rates. For those who get a taste of the cottage life and want to make it permanent, the site also features cottages for sale. Find more information here.
Vbro, or “Vacation Rentals by Owner” is another reliable site, with over 1-million vacation homes available worldwide – including many dog-friendly options. On this site, users can easily view transit and attractions as well as past guest reviews. Unlike cottage-specific sites, Vrbo features accommodations of all types, but has no shortage of Canadian cottages and cabins. Find more information here.
Cottage Portal is easy to navigate and filled with cottage options across Canada of varying price points. The site invites users to search cottages by region – whether that means British Columbia, Algonquin Park, the Maritimes, and everything in between. It displays featured cottages as well as specials. Find more information here.
Ontario Cottage Rentals
Ontario Cottage Rentals conveniently breaks its cottage options into categories like luxury rentals, those for large families, pet-friendly, and newly added, to name a few. This site offers a relatively smaller but well curated selection of cottage rentals from across Ontario for varying budgets. One of the best sites to book a cottage! Find more information here.