Depending on where you live in this country, you might call it a cottage, a cabin or a chalet. But no matter the name, warmer weather in Canada means one thing – it’s time to hit the road to spend some quality time in our great outdoors.
Travel journalist and cottaging enthusiast Caleigh Alleyne stopped by The Social to share some ideas on how you can get the absolute most out of your summer cottage trip, and the places you absolutely need to visit.
Booking a trip
Timing for booking often depends on the size of your group. For a larger group or multi-generational family travel, you’ll want to book a touch earlier because the inventory for larger cottages is less. The best time to book a summer vacation rental is in January. By April 1, the majority of the larger summer rentals have been booked up.
Luckily for you, however, the inventory of rentals has increased lately due to a number of vacation rental properties now existing online, allowing more travelers to find and share their accommodation easily. If you’re flexible on your summer travel dates and are willing to do some researching, taking a peek at sites like AirBnb, HomeAway, and VRBO is a great place to start. Looking through online travel agents like booking.com, hotels.com and Expedia are also great ways to ensure you find a vacation rental property that suits your group, travel style and in the place you want to explore.
Many people don’t realize just how many vacation-worthy locations Canada has, opting to go abroad for the summer. Enjoy this beautiful country and the hidden gems it has to offer this cottage season with this list of places you absolutely need to visit!
Heading to Canada’s northern territories have been increasing in popularity as more people realize just how stunning Yukon is in the summer. While now isn’t the best time to see the Aurora Borealis in Northern Canada, you do get to experience 24 hour daylight – there’s something truly magical about enjoying a walk under the midnight sun.
Summer travelers that visit the Yukon tend to plan road trips to explore the outdoors in the North. With over 70 mountain rivers that course through pristine landscapes abundant with wildlife, the Yukon is perfect for canoeing through the Big Salmon, the Wind or the Salmon, or rafting along the Firth. Many travelers also explore Kluane National Park, or plan their road trip along the Dempster highway, Canada’s only all-season public road to cross the Arctic Circle.
Cranberry lodge guest house
The Cranberry Lodge Guest House is a traditional log cabin brings you back into the gold rush era when Yukon flourished. With three bedrooms and comfortably housing 8 guests, this cabin is located north of Whitehorse in the forests of Ibex Valley and surrounded by mountains and stunning views. The space is decorate in tasteful northern inspired decor and is ideal for families as it is equipped with a large dining table and custom log built furniture. For those hoping to catch a glimpse of the northern lights, consider shifting your travel to a touch later in the fall when the phenomenon returns.
The River Den, Quebec
The River Den is a 4 season houseboat docked in picturesque Wakefield Quebec on the Gatineau River. This dream boat is a floating tiny house that is truly a unique, all-Canadian experience. While this home does not have hot water, electricity, or a fridge, it is equipped with a wood stove, dry composting toilet and cooler. If you’re looking for a rustic and eco-conscious travel experience, then this is for you.
Float home, Vancouver
This West Coast style Float Home is the perfect way to have a vacation or a staycation on the water. With three bedrooms, this space is ideal for a family traveling to British Columbia or those looking for a space big enough for a group of friends. This float home also features 16-ft barrel ceilings, exposed wood beams and floor to ceiling windows so that guests can enjoy the Pacific Ocean views.
To get the rustic experience without the hassle, Parks Canada has a collection of Oasis and MicroCubes at various locations all across Canada that offers the comfort of a bed and a campsite already set up and ready to go in a beautiful wilderness destination.
Enjoy a private waterfront escape in the historic Cape Breton area in Nova Scotia. This beautiful Bucklaw Cottage was designed by the architect Nicholas Fudge with over 500-ft of private waterfront, 3 bedrooms accommodating up to 8 guests and a 16×16 wall of windows from the kitchen that fills the main area with natural light. This is unquestionably the perfect spot for your east coast getaway.
The cottage is secluded with only one neighbour separated by a 500-ft forest, making this your family’s chance to have a private and tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Located along the mountainside in The Laurentians, this contemporary cottage area is a harmonious blend of modern amenities and a secluded cottage experience. It is located within driving distance to five ski areas for the active traveler looking for a blend of relaxation and outdoor adventure. This property has two bedrooms and can accommodate six guests with a laundry room, a modern kitchen and a living room with gas fireplace and sofa bed.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Arguably the most popular cottage-style resort in Canada is the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper National Park. This luxurious retreat has been a popular spot for The Royals (rumour has it Harry and Meghan were planning to go there for their honeymoon and that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip stayed in the Outlook cabin). The accommodation for this resort ranges in cabin sizes spread throughout the property to give you an immersive wilderness experience with a bit of luxury.
East coast cottages
Price Edwards Islands offers a serene, peaceful escape for families. From North Rustico to Cavendish you can explore the stunning coastal views along the Gulf Shores Parkway taking you all the way to the homestead of Anne of Green Gables.
Throughout this region, you can find a number of cottages and campgrounds like Anne’s Windy Poplars and Fairway Cottages that offer private detached accommodations with access to central facilities like playground areas, heated pools and a space for campfires.