Cosy Cottages in Canada You'll Want to Call Home

Escape to the wild with a cottage surrounded by meadows, forests and lakes
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8 February 2021

Sometimes, you just want to get away from it all. The Canadian wilderness is unbeatable: find cottages tucked away in pine forests or perched next to a lake; some even offer private beaches, if you’re looking for that extra touch of seclusion. From leafy Prince Edward Island to traditional log cabins in British Columbia, these are the best cottages for your next trip to Canada.

Knotty Pine Cottages

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Sitting pretty on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island, along one of the world’s best road trip routes, the Cabot Trail, Knotty Pine Cottages makes for a scenic break. With eight cottages and 10 oceanfront cabins to choose from, our pick is Cabin D for its four-poster bed and deep soaker tub, overlooking the sparkling sea. Pets can be brought along too, for a small charge.

Shining Waters Cottages

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On the northern end of Prince Edward Island, Shining Waters is a collection of 38 cottages and an 1850s inn. With pastel yellow and ivory-hued clapboard facades, the cottages range from cosy one-bedroom abodes to sprawling three-bedroom, two-storey homes. There’s a beach nearby, two onsite pools and a large playground, perfect for the younger family members.

Wander Resort

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Wander Resort in Ontario is far from your regular run-of-the-mill cottage. Here, Scandi-chic reigns supreme with floor-to-ceiling windows offering prime vistas of the water nearby. Blond wood fixtures, rattan lampshades and plenty of pillows and rugs add to the hygge feel. There are deep soaker tubs in the bathrooms and, for when you want to dine al fresco, there’s a private outdoor dining area and firepit too.

Sandbanks Summer Village Cottages

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Equidistant between Toronto and Ottawa, on the shores of East Lake, these cottages make for an ideal warm weather retreat. All are individually-designed with modern interiors, including fully-equipped kitchens, porches and most have outdoor areas with barbeques. The cottages are part of a resort – you can make use of the onsite swimming pool, tennis court and playground.

Cavendish Lodge & Cottages

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Plonked on pretty Prince Edward Island, with Cavendish Beach and the National Park just moments away, these cottages offer a stylish, rural stay. Surrounded by leafy trees and sprawling lawns, each of the 15 lodgings are fitted with a warm pine interior, full kitchens and tiled bathrooms. Anne of Green Gables fans, the author’s home is just five minutes away.

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  • Granite Pines, Jayne's Cottages

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    Perched within the enchantingly named Honey Harbour in Muskoka, Granite Pines sits on 4.5 acres (1.8ha) of undisturbed land, including your very own private beach. When you’re not lounging on the wraparound stone patio or toasting marshmallows on the firepit, cook up some freshly-caught fish in the marble kitchen. There’s also a cozy wood-burning fireplace for colder nights.

    Greenwich Moonlight Bay Cottage

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    Another Prince Edward gem, this cottage is placed on the quieter, eastern end of the island. When you’re not strolling along Greenwich Beach (just a four-minute drive away), this cosy white clapboard two-bedroom cottage has a large deck for outdoor dining and a sunroom facing the shimmering bay. It’s the perfect spot to curl up and read a good book.

    Larinda's Landing Oceanfront Cottages

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    A short drive from Nova Scotia’s capital, Halifax, these cottages sit in beautiful St. Margaret’s Bay. Each of the eight buttercup-hued cottages have lovely water views (best seen from the comfy Adirondack chairs) and luxe coastal-themed furnishings. When it’s time to cool off, there’s a private golden sand beach on your doorstep, plus Peggy’s Cove lighthouse is just a 30-minute drive away.

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    Glacier View Cabins

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    As its name suggests, Glacier View Cabins offers stunning views across British Columbia’s snow-capped mountains, endless pine forests and the shimmering Atlin Lake, close to the Yukon border. Each of the three log cabins have wooden interiors and spacious decks (with barbeques) to make the most of the views. If you can, opt for the Birch Mountain Log Cottage for a two-storey, sun-drenched abode. Here, you can experience the real Canadian wilderness – keep your eyes peeled for bears.

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