Top Ontario Cottage Country Destinations


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With the first rays of summertime heralding the arrival of another cottaging season, it’s officially time to explore the beauty of Ontario. As a province overflowing with quaint, historic towns and beautiful lake front views, Ontario is home to several cottage country destinations. If you’re looking for a perfect Canadian respite, try escaping to a cottage town filled with charm and character. Whether you’re in the mood for outdoor activities like boating, fishing and camping or ready for golf and shopping, here are our favourite cottage spots for Summer 2016.

Georgian Bay

Featuring more than 30,000 islands and 2,000 kilometers of shoreline, Georgian Bay is a one-of-a-kind destination which attracts cottagers all across Ontario. Towering cliffs, bright blue waters, and endless beaches make adventure easy to find. While you’re there, visit the lively Wasaga Beach and scenic Killarney Provincial Park.


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Local stories say that Queen Elizabeth called Goderich “the prettiest town in Canada,” and rightly so, as the town is a winner of multiple Communities in Bloom Awards. Located on the shore of Lake Huron, the town is famous for its breathtaking sunsets, glistening magically over the vast lake. Explore marinas, parks, beaches, walking trails, golf, fishing, museums, and the rich heritage that the charming town has to offer.


Located just one hour north of Toronto on the shores of Lakes Simcoe and Lake Couchiching, Orilla is a vibrant city and an attractive cottage destination. With great dining, trendy shops, elite water spots and boating, and the stunning views at Bass Lake, it’s not surprising that Orillia is a popular getaway from fast-paced cosmopolitan life.


There is no shock as to why people call Elora “Canada’s most beautiful village”, as pretty much every corner in the pretty town is an opportunity to take a photograph. You simply can’t go wrong with a rushing river, a historical mill, and gorgeous classical stone storefronts. Check out the local music festivals and the numerous outdoor activities, and see why Elora is a deeply treasured cottage country destination.


Haliburton is a widely loved Ontario cottage country town and hosts many Ontario summer camps and resorts. Whether you visit Haliburton for a jam-packed family vacation or are going for a romantic couples retreat, there are countless cottage rentals and lodges to meet your needs. Located just 90 minutes of Toronto, Haliburton is a go-to location for summertime kayaking, canoeing and campfires.

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