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What is all the fuss about Cottage Country?

Find out about the concept of cottage country north of Toronto and why it is at the top of many Ontario vacation and getway destinations for weekends away and weekend holidays. See Ontario Cottage Country

Cottage living 2.0: Don't leave your style at home - The Globe and ...
For many Canadians, spending the weekend at their 'summer places' used to involve roughing it in ramshackle lakeside retreats, where cut-off ...What if you don't have a cottage but have the style? See the quick list or options for cottaging and resorting put together by Ontario Travel North of Toronto website http://www.400eleven.com/type-of-resort.html

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Ontario Cottages & Chalets

Ontario cottage experiences are associated with romance at the lake, summer and winter vacations. Lakeside locations in resort destinations north of Toronto are the preferred setting, however country cottages and chalets beside ski hills are more of a winter preference.  Warm wood burning fireplaces after a cross country ski or snowshoe, or ice fishing  are favourite Ontario signature experiences. A cottage country getaway is unique to Ontario north of Toronto.

Ontario Cottages and Cabins

The notion of a cottage vacation at a cottage resort can be as luxurious as you could imagine or as basic and rustic as a cabin in the woods. Depending on the nature of the experience from fishing with the guys, to a father and son canoe trip,  to a romantic getaway with a spouse,  travellers can select from a variety of Cottages and Cabins north of Toronto GTA.  Or, visitors can rent a private cottage. See private cottage rentals 

Ontario Cottage Resorts

Many Ontario resorts evolved around a main lodge surrounded by lakeside cottages.  There are a number of family owned resorts with a number of cottages on site.  Cottages are available for rent either as stand alone housekeeping units, or as units with meal plans and recreational programs for guests.  See Ontario Cottage Resorts for weekly or weekend cottage rentals.

Ontario Winter Chalet and Cottage Rentals

There are many options from romantic cottage and chalets with fireplaces, hot tubs and jacuzzis for two or a Honeymoon couples cottage or ski hill chalet. Cottages & ski chalets  for 10 or more guests for larger families or larger groups who like to snowmobile, snowboard, or ski together on trips north in Cottage country for their Ontario winter getaway  or Family Day holiday weekend. See private cottage rentals 

Fractional Cottages or Condos  

The new way of enjoying cottage country and cottaging is sharing a purchase with partners, whereby you purchase a week or several weeks of the same cottage unit. The cost is much less for the original purchase.  See Fractional Cottage ownership at Cranberry Golf Resort in Collingwood-Blue Mountain and Blue Water Acres on Muskoka Lake of Bays.

Cottage Shows in Toronto

One of the best places to assess the scale and scope of cottage country and the many varieties of cottage accommodation is the CottageLife Show held every spring and fall in Toronto.

Cottage Country is a 'State of Mind"

Cottage country in Ontario has a distinct image for many who have been associated with the annual summer vacation and the traditional opening of the cottage on the May 24 weekend. Often this image is deeply rooted through several generations.  Grandparents and great grandparents may have built the summer cottage over a century ago. Today however the image has changed as the cottage, or the trip to cottage country takes one to a year round second home. Second homes,  year-round chalets and condo resorts in cottage country are replacing the traditional cottage experience. If you want to discover the 'cottage' and discover cottage country the traditional cottage experience is still available near resort towns. villages and cities north of Toronto GTA. 

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