The Ultimate Guide to Cottage Rentals in Ontario

by | Aug 15, 2023

If you are looking for a chance to escape the busy city chaos and listen to Loons making some tremolos, consider renting a cottage in Ontario. With renting, you open yourself to experiencing many cottages in Ontario without being tied to one. However, so much goes into renting the perfect cottage at a spot where you get to experience a magnificent view. Views like the sunrise and sunset organize a gathering for your audience or rolling mountains beckoning you to explore. So here is a guide on what you should do before, during and after renting a cottage.

Consider Your Why Before You Rent a Cottage

In his masterpiece,”Start with Why” Simon Sinek states that successful individuals and organizations have a clear and compelling sense of purpose or “why” they do what they do. This applies to cottage renting too. You should understand your why before renting the cottage, and the following questions may help you with that:

  1. Why do you need to experience staying in a cottage? Is it to reconnect with nature and enjoy a slower pace?
  2. Is there anything specific the cottage rental must have, such as serene lakeside views, outdoor activities, or peaceful surroundings?
  3. Who will you be enjoying your cottage rental with?
  4. Are you looking forward to evoking feelings like tranquillity, adventure, rejuvenation, or a combination?
  5. How much are you willing to spend to experience everything on your checklist? Remember to include miscellaneous expenses for unexpected costs, such as emergency supplies, unforeseen repairs, or spontaneous activities.
  6. What do you want to be your takeaway from this experience? Is it personal growth, stress relief, a change in perspective or something else entirely?

Always Plan Ahead

After you’ve determined why you need a cottage, you can start a well-organized planning process that aligns with your priorities. Planning ahead involves

  1. Determining the dates you want to rent the cottage. You must be specific about the dates because different seasons bring varying activities that you are likely to enjoy by renting a cottage.

The table below shows some of the activities you can enjoy when you book any of our cottages in Haliburton, Ontario.

Season   Highlights
Summer Warm weather invites you to indulge in outdoor adventures and enjoy the vibrant energy of the season.
Fall Cooler temperatures are ideal for couples to enjoy quiet moments together and explore scenic trails.
Winter Winter sports, snowy landscape brings along limited outdoor adventures but cozy evenings by the fire with loved ones create heartwarming memories.
Spring The tranquil ambience is ideal for unwinding with leisurely walks, nature photography, or simply taking in the peaceful beauty that emerges after winter.


  1. Do thorough research and book in advance to avoid the risk of finding the cottage you had your eye on already booked.

Remember to always be keen on the terms and conditions, cancellation policies, and payment details when booking a cottage rental in advance. Reviewing these details ensures you have a smooth and stress-free experience.

Respect the Set Rules and Maintain Privacy

During your stay, you should always follow the cottage owner’s and the park’s rules to enjoy your stay. For instance, here is how you can follow the set rules:

  • Separate recyclables, compost, and garbage properly to preserve natural beauty, reduce pollution, and support sustainability.
  • Conserve energy by using lights and appliances mindfully to reduce the carbon footprint.
  • Use water efficiently, and in case of any leaks ask for help promptly.
  • Observe visitor safety rules by Parks Canada. For instance, observe wildlife from a safe distance and avoid feeding it unless you have permission from a park official.
  • Follow leave-no-trace principles and stick to marked trails to keep ecosystems intact.

Then, during checkout, follow the rules to protect your security deposit and avoid misunderstanding. Also, remember that most cottages especially The Cedars Haliburton cottages, have a high demand because of their location. So, check out on time to allow ample time for cleaning and preparing the cottage for the next guests.

Enjoy the Serene Beauty of The Cedars Haliburton Cottages

To enjoy the beautiful scenic views of Ontario, Canada, book a rental with The Cedars Haliburton Cottage Rentals. We have two beautiful cottage rentals nestled in the heart of Haliburton, Ontario Canada. As a result, breathtaking views surround you which also will provide an enchanting backdrop for your photos or videos. Our cottages are also outfitted with more than average modern amenities, you will have the opportunity to experience cottage life in style and extreme comfort. In addition, our cottages provide more than just comfortable lodging. On-site, we have a yoga studio where you can embark on a journey of holistic well-being, enhancing your stay with tranquillity and rejuvenation. Contact us today to book a cottage and experience the serenity firsthand in Haliburton, Ontario Canada.