There’s a lot to do in Ontario.
From staying close to your cottage and making the most of water activities to exploring new places; hiking the trails in a Provincial Park; following a unique Arts Tour, or delighting your taste buds with locally harvested fruit or a freshly baked butter tart, there is something for everyone.
On The Water
Getting out on a lake or river is a big part of a cottage country vacation and you’ll want to plan ahead so you can make the most of it. Whether you rent a boat or use the non-motorised watercraft that come with the property, if you know how to use it before you go it’ll save a lot of time, meaning that you can take to the water from the moment you arrive.
It’s worth checking out our links before you start your vacation
Cottages aren’t just for summer so if you get the urge to escape the dirty snow and sidewalks of the city, you might want to check out the idea of taking a trip to cottage country.
Winterised cottages are cosy and comfortable and most have wood stoves or fireplaces for warming up after a busy day of winter activities. Some have outdoor spas for that memorable experience of soaking in a tub while the snow gently falls around you. There’s plenty to do in winter from snow-shoeing to cross country skiing and tubing – have a look at all the activities you could try and book your spot today.
Festivals, Fairs and Arts Tours
Every month brings a festival or fair to cottage country. From sno-fests in winter to maple syrup events in spring; on-the-water festivals in summer to cranberry harvesting in the fall, you’ll find something to visit. Add in a weekend at a cottage and you have a mini-vacation for the whole family.
There’s outdoor activities for every age group whether its hiking, biking, geocaching, canoeing, golf, photography, painting…and that’s just a few ideas. Every cottage country area is unique and has activities that will appeal to you from a snowmobile adventure to walking in the clouds in the Haliburton Forest.
We’ll help you plan your trip so you don’t miss out on any opportunities to get outdoors and have fun.
A Taste of Ontario
Ontario has a wealth of local produce for you to enjoy. Farmer’s markets abound in the summer and you can find an abundance of freshly harvested corn, blueberries, peaches and tomatoes to name but a few of the wonderful fruits and veggies you’ll come across in a market or a roadside stand.
Then there’s baking! Whether it’s blueberry pies, butter tarts or artisan breads, there’s a local bakery or stand where you can buy a sweet, savoury, or gooey treat. You might be surprised at the unique tastes of cottage country.
Parks & Beaches
We’ve all heard of Algonquin Park, but did you know there are dozens of smaller provincial parks that have their own special features? From marked hiking trails to skating paths to canoe and kayak rentals, these amazing parks are a day-trip destination in themselves.
Then there’s the beaches. Not all cottages have sandy beaches but you can find nearby public areas where the kids can play in the sand and enjoy some shallow waterfront entry. We help you find the ones to visit.