Looking for a cottage in Ontario?
There are many great locations to consider buying a cottage in Ontario, and there is no wrong choice. Each location is just as beautiful as the next. Here is Fivewalls' top 10 list of locations in Ontario to buy a cottage:
1. Sauble Beach
The first cottage in Sauble Beach was built in 1877, followed closely behind by other settlers. Sauble Beach became a popular destination for people of all ages. From golfing, to going in and out of shops downtown, to relaxing in the sun on the beach, there are lots of activities to keep you occupied. Fishing is another popular activity where you can catch largemouth bass, salmon and trout. If you want to tour around to other spots, Southampton is 15 minutes away and Tobermory is an hour.
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Southampton is not far from Sauble, and it is another great location for people of all ages. The beaches stretch for several kilometres and offer scenic views at every turn. Cottage goers love to take their boats out on the water or walk along the boardwalk. Downtown offers boutiques, sporting goods and delicious ice-cream.
3. Big Rideau Lake
Located in Eastern Ontario and an hour away from Ottawa, Big Rideau Lake is a popular fishing spot where you can expect to catch largemouth bass, trout, perch, and even musky. Waterfront cottages will typically sell anywhere from $350,000 - $750,000, but vacant land is also available for purchase.
4. Rice Lake
Rice Lake contains 20 islands and the lake itself is 37 kilometres long. Hiking and fishing are very popular in the area but there are lots of attractions to check out too, such as the Lang Pioneer Village museum and Indian River Reptile Zoo that houses snakes, alligators, turtles and more! Cottage prices can range anywhere from $350,000 and higher.
Haliburton County is widely known for its cottage goers and tourists. Kayaking, canoeing, hiking fishing, and checking out local restaurants will never leave you bored. Maple Avenue Tap & Grill or Head Lake Grill offer delicious comfort food or a big burger to satisfy your craving. Cottages are a bit pricier in the Haliburton area. With a beautiful waterfront view and trees surrounding your property for privacy, it really is worth it.
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Tobermory is a very popular tourist destination, especially because of their provincial and National parks offering beautiful views, crystal clear waters to swim in, and the infamous Chi-Cheemaun Ferry that takes you to Manitoulin Island. There is definitely not a hiking trail shortage either, since the Bruce Trail winds its way through the area. Downtown offers a few little shops or a bite to eat and is an hour drive to Sauble or Southampton if you are looking for day trip options.
7. Manitoulin Island
Manitoulin Island can be reached by the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry (which runs from May to October every year) and takes almost two hours. The ferry itself offers activities for kids and a café. Fishing, golfing, hiking, or enjoying a meal at a restaurant with your family are just a few of the things you can do. Pierside Resaurant offers a great view and a menu for people of all ages, and Mindemoya Grill will fill any of your cravings.
Did you know? The history of Manitoulin can be dated back to 10,000 – 2,000 BC. and it is one of the largest lake islands (landmass within a lake) in the world.
Muskoka is a great getaway location in any season. From ice skating trails (at Arrowhead Provincial Park) in the winter, to taking a boat cruise to Algonquin in the summer, the possibilities are endless year-round. There are great restaurants in the area and a couple different breweries and coffee roasters. Cottages are a bit pricier in this area as well, anywhere from $450,000 or more. But your waterfront property will leave you feeling nothing but relaxed.
Orillia’s cottage prices can range anywhere from $350,000+. Throughout the year, there are many different festivals and events to check out, like Movies in the Park that is free. Just pull up a lawn chair and enjoy! Historical museums can also be visited, or you can relax at Couchiching Beach Park. Orillia attracts people of all ages, from preschoolers to young adults looking to start college.
10. Lake Of The Woods
Lake of the Woods’ body of water reaches Ontario, Manitoba and Minnesota and there are over 14,500 islands in it! It is a very popular fishing destination for fishermen hoping to catch pike, trout, musky, whitefish and more. Vacant waterfront land is available for purchase and a couple small cottages from the low $200s. Land typically requires a 25% down payment and you will need to consider if you want to draw your water from a well or use a septic system.