Ontario is the second-largest province in Canada and has the highest population, so it’s no surprise that there are a lot of cabin rentals in Ontario to choose from. Whether you’re on a budget or looking for a lakeside mansion, there’s likely something to suit your taste.
Fortunately for you, we researched the most popular destinations in Ontario to relax in nature and picked what we consider some of the best cabin rentals in Ontario based on looks, price (all under $500 per night), and location.
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Cabins in Ontario Near Toronto
Although Toronto is the largest city in Canada and one of the biggest in North America, there are still some excellent cabin rentals nearby.
Killarney Provincial Park Cabins
This iconic 645 km2 wilderness paradise showcases the wild Georgian Bay Coast of pink granite, the La Cloche Mountains, and over 50 beautiful lakes set among Jack Pine hills. In fact, this area even inspired artists such as The Group of Seven’s A.Y. Jackson, Franklin Carmichael and A.J. Casson, which is what persuaded the government to make it a park.
Sometimes, staying in cabins inside a national or provincial park can be a great option as you’re close to beautiful natural areas and the prices are generally reasonable.
This is a rustic one-room cabin that sleeps up to five with one queen bed and double/single bunk bed. It has a kitchenette, a dining table, and (our favourite part about staying in cabins)….. a fireplace (even though it’s propane and not wood). The washrooms are located outside a few minutes walk from the cabin but they’re both heated and have a tap for portable water.
Cabins around Sandbanks Provincial Park
Sandbanks Provincial Park is one of the most popular parks in Ontario. It’s known for its 3 beautiful beaches (Outlet Beach, Dunes Beach, and Lakeshore Beach) as well as more than 600 campsites, which make it a great place to go camping in Ontario.
This beautiful and updated cottage lies on the shores of Lake Ontario and Weller’s Bay. It sleeps up to 10 people with 4 bedrooms and 2 full baths. This rental has everything you need for a family getaway such as kayaks, paddleboards, a paddleboat, game boards, and so on. Plus, they lend you a provincial park pass while you’re renting.
Cabin Rentals in Georgian Bay
Ontario Cottages are very popular all year round as people like to escape from the bustle and hustle of the big cities. With Georgian Bay just a couple of hours away from Toronto, there are a lot of options for cabin rentals in Ontario, all around the bay. It’s also a big area that is not only home to a community but also to a national park. It’s home to one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world, the longest freshwater beach in the world, and the largest freshwater archipelago in the world!
To be honest, it can be overwhelming but after looking at tons and tons of listings, here are the best we found.
This is a bright and clean cottage with spacious bedrooms and a living area in the heart of Tobermory. Even though you can’t see the water from the property, this cozy cottage sits on a very private lot backing onto a forest with access to the water right across the street.
This is a unique property that is perfect for a couple on the shores of Lake Huron with beautiful views of the nearby islands. It only has one bedroom but it can sleep up to 4 people as there are futons in the living room. It also has a picnic area with a fireplace where you can enjoy spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
This cottage offers an amazing deal for big families. It can sleep up to 6 adults and 4 children and it’s right on the shoreline with direct access to the water. You can either enjoy a fire by the shore or relax on the deck while enjoying the views of Lake Huron.
This is what we call the perfect cabin/cottage setting in Ontario. A warm and inviting wooden chalet surrounded by trees overlooking Georgian Bay. This cottage doesn’t offer wifi with the main purpose that all visitors fully enjoy the crystal waters and sandy beach or maybe grab a kayak or paddleboard to go out and explore the beauty that this area is known for.
These waterfront cabins are affordable and comfortable and the best way to enjoy the national park. Six cabins are located at the Cedar Spring Campground and four others at the Christian Beach campground. All include pre-arranged boat transportation from Honey Harbour to Beausoleil Island with your booking.
Each cabin is equipped with all the basic gear you need for basic comforts such as beds, a table and chairs, lights, and cooking gear.
Cabin Rentals in Muskoka Lakes
For many Ontarians, Muskoka is the epitome of cottage country paradise. Due to its proximity to Toronto and Southern Ontario, the township has embraced tourism around its three lakes (Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph), offering a variety of water sports, boating, fishing, hiking, and any other outdoor activity you can imagine doing during the summer or winter.
Get beautiful panoramic views of Skeleton Lake from every side! This 2 bedroom cottage floating on the water is unique and peaceful. It has a deck where you can enjoy sun tanning or cook on the BBQ as well as a boat slip. Grab one of the two kayaks, canoe or paddleboard to explore around the little islands, or maybe grab a fishing rod as this area is known for great fishing.
This is a new year-round cottage located on the waterfront of 3-Mile Lake in the heart of Muskoka, featuring 4 bedrooms, 2 baths and a large deck with a BBQ and a fire pit.
This cottage is massive! An ideal place for a family gathering featuring a large open living space, a trampoline, and a boathouse with an extra dining area, sundecks, and 3 boat slips. This property is located on a quiet shallow bay in the north shores of Lake Joe, only 10 min away from Gordon Marina Bay, and very close to snowmobile and cross-country skiing trails during the winter as well as a couple of ski hills.
This private resort in Muskoka offers 19 cabins or cottages from rustic to luxurious along the natural Peninsula Lake waterfront.
Each cabin is uniquely different and beautiful, and they all feature a wood-burning stone fireplace, a small CD player, a small microwave and a bar fridge. None of the cottages have a kitchen but 2 meals (breakfast & dinner) are included per day with your stay.
Kawartha Lakes Cabin Rentals in Ontario
The Kawartha Lakes are a chain of lakes in south-central Ontario that form the upper watershed of the Trent River. The lakes are located on the boundary between the Paleozoic limestone regions of the Golden Horseshoe, and the Precambrian granite Canadian Shield of northern and central Ontario. It’s a stunning area to get out on the water and home to some great cabin rentals in Ontario.
Located just under 2 hours northeast of Toronto, Kawartha Lakes is home to 250 lakes and rivers that offer a variety of beautiful communities to explore, as well as diverse hiking trails and endless outdoor activities.
This is a beautiful and cozy cottage with two bedrooms, one bathroom and a laundry room. The property is surrounded by beautiful gardens and is just steps from your own private dock on gorgeous Cameron Lake, which is known for its excellent fishing.
Fenelon Falls in only minutes away and there you can find large food stores, shops, restaurants and banks.
This a charming wood cottage that can sleep up to 8 people featuring a large living area with a massive stone fireplace as well as a large back yard, a private beach, a boat, deck and fire pit.
Algonquin Provincial Park Cabin Rentals
Algonquin Park is probably the most popular park in Ontario due to its size and vastness of maple hills, rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes and rivers within an area of 7,635 square kilometres.
Oxtongue Lake Cottages
Located on the shores of Oxtongue Lake just 10 km from the West Gate of Algonquin Park, this resort offers 1, 2 or 3 bedroom cottages all equipped with wood-burning fireplaces, satellite TV and DVD players.
All cottages offer a spectacular view of the lake and have a comfortable deck sitting area to sit back and relax.
This is a beautiful log cabin lodge located on the Oxtongue River, just 9km outside of the West Gate of Ontario’s world-famous Algonquin Provincial Park. It offers two kinds of accommodations: The Eco-Cabins where can enjoy total privacy as they’re equipped with a kitchen, bathroom, living room, BBQ and wood or propane stove, and the Glamping Cabins, which provide comfort to spend the night and store food but without running water and a bathroom. The shared facilities provide BBQs, dishwashing stations, toilets & showers, limited freezer space, and a fire pit.
Located on Cache Lake at around halfway of Highway 60 inside Algonquin Park, this lodge which has been operating since 1917, offers an all-inclusive experience with three different kinds of accommodation to choose from: a cabin or cottage, a platform tent, and an artist studio suite.
The magic of this place starts at the parking lot where you park your car to then board a canoe for a short ride to the lodge. Rates are inclusive of breakfast, dinner, non-premium non-alcoholic beverages, your park permit, and all on-site amenities including canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, peddle boats, and mountain bikes.
Killarney Lodge offers private lakeside cabins, all with their own canoe! This lodge is located inside Algonquin Park, approximately 30 km beyond the East Gate on the Lake of Two Rivers.
Open for just 6 months of the year, this family-run lodge is an all-inclusive resort that allows you to sit back and relax as the accommodation rates include breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Adventure Lodge is located outside of Algonquin Park, just under 8 km from the East Gate. The lodge is open all year round and offers nine log cabins, all with real wood fireplaces. Six of them are also equipped with a whirlpool bathtub for a perfect romantic getaway.
This is also an all-inclusive lodge whose pricing includes breakfast and dinner with the option to eat in the dining room or in your own room without an extra service charge. It also includes daily use of firewood, an Algonquin Park Pass, and winter and summer gear to fully enjoy the beautiful natural setting around you.
Cabin Rentals in Ontario Near Ottawa
As one of the most beautiful cities in Canada, not to mention the capital city, Ottawa is a great place to explore. But not far from Ottawa is the chance to get out into nature and stay in some of the coolest cabin rentals in Ontario.
Chalet Buckingham is a beautiful four-season cottage recently renovated in 2018. This gorgeous waterfront property is on the Ottawa River, just 5 min from the Quyon ferry and 45 min from downtown Ottawa.
This cottage is the perfect family getaway featuring 4 bedrooms and a pull-out sofa that can sleep up to 13 guests.
Located 30 min from Ottawa, this cottage has the Ottawa River right outside the back door offering a great boating and fishing experience. The cottage features 4 bedrooms and a pull-out couch in the family room that can comfortably sleep up to 10 people.
This cottage has everything you could need to get away from the city including all linen and towels, board games, a DVD player, high-speed internet, a kayak, paddleboard, and a hot tub.
Bon Echo Provincial Park Cabins
Best known for the Mazinaw Rock, a 100-metre high rock adorned with over 260 indigenous pictographs, Bon Echo Provincial Park is a little bit over two hours (176km) away from Ottawa and is home to beautiful white cedar trees and resident moose.
The park offers 12 rustic cabins for rent with electric baseboard heating and is equipped with a kitchenette with microwave, mini-fridge, kettle, and a dining table with chairs. Outside you will find a propane BBQ, picnic, and fire pit. Visitors should bring their own bedding, food pots and pans, dishes, cutlery, and all other personal items.
There is a minimum 2-night stay and a 3-night stay on long weekends.
Located on Big Rideau Lake, part of the Rideau Waterway, Murphy’s Point has several areas of historical significance including the Silver Queen Mine, an early 1900s mica mine, with tours and other interpretive programs available from the end of June to Labour day and fall weekends. Located over one hour away from Ottawa (106 km), the park offers a great mix of wildlife habitats such as forest, wetland, old fields, and three lakes with boat-in sites available.
47 rustic cabins are available for rent. Each cabin sleeps five with a queen bed and double/single bunk bed and they each feature a kitchenette with a microwave, mini-fridge, and a coffee maker. It also has a propane/electric fireplace for additional comfort, and there is a dining table and chairs for inside meals. Outside you will find a gas BBQ and a picnic table. Toilet facilities and water tap are within a short walk.
Cabins in Ontario
As we mentioned at the beginning, Ontario is one of the largest provinces in Canada and has the largest population. It’s also home to hundreds of thousands of lakes, which makes it a great place for cabin rentals. As you probably guessed, there are tens of thousands of cabins and cottages in Ontario, so we’ve simply spent days researching some of the best ones we could find that are not far from the major cities. However, we can’t be everywhere, so if you know of other cabin rentals in Ontario, even if they’re up north or on the western side of the province, please let us know in the comments or send us an email. We’d love to add them! And if you have a cabin or cottage you want to donate to Must Do Canada, we’d love to hear from you. lol.
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