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View from Bigwood Island Lodge in Archipelago
D207 Bigwood Island, Archipelago, ON

It’s the quintessential Canadian escape: a cabin on the lake. Something about a riff on the typical cabin combined with stunning water views and welcome privacy from spruce, pine, and hemlock trees is inherently relaxing. Looking for someplace to get away for the weekend? Opt for one of these five outstanding luxury lake houses:

Lake Muskoka Lodge

On the water’s edge on cottage country’s most well-known lake, this modern day lodge encompasses plenty of Canadiana charm. Warm wood creates a welcoming feel throughout the four-bedroom main building. An open great room features a wood-burning stone fireplace, accommodating dining area, and chef’s kitchen. All the rustic detailing of the house carries over to the three-garage boathouse and its self-contained suite.

$3,795,000 / 2+3 bedrooms plus den, 4 bathrooms, 1 half bathroom

Bigwood Island, Archipelago

It doesn’t get any more private than a 36-acre island north of Parry Sound, just off Byng Inlet. Instead of a lone building, five cottages on the craggy isle accommodate more than 20 guests. The fully restored main lodge dates back to 1905 and has 2,400 square feet of living area. It also features an idyllic wrap-around deck from which to view your small kingdom.

$4,800,000 / 9 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms

Wolfe Island Mansion and Guest Home

Situated on Wolfe Island, the largest of the world-renowned 1000 Islands, this four-storey, 6,500 square foot mansion maintains all the historic presence of its former rectory status, along with significant modern amenities. Exposed brick, arched windows, antique wood, and cast-iron fireplaces are a complementary contrast to the airy kitchen and modern design. Bordering an outdoor pool, a sleek guest home awaits.

$1,500,000 / 8 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 1 half bathroom

Tennis at Rideau Lake

It’s easy to stay grounded at this outstanding lakeside vacation retreat—despite the sky-high cathedral ceilings with exposed wood beams, soaring stone fireplace and sweeping natural light. The unique architecture, upper-level master suite with a private balcony, and panoramic views of Rideau Lake are enough to lounge inside for days on end, and the waterside tennis court can’t be beat.

$1,000,000 / 5 bedrooms plus den, 3 bathrooms

Elegant Waterfront Estate, Perth

Local history, boutique shopping, and fine dining are just a hop, skip, and a jump from this elegant upscale build. Panoramic water views are the cherry on top of the Brazilian cherry hardwood floors, three-car garage and vaulted ceilings. A custom Nuvo sound system throughout the house even reaches the over-garage yoga studio and sauna. Outside, the sparkling shoreline of Rideau Waterway offers views of passing yachts.

$1,325,000 / 5 bedrooms plus den, 3 bathrooms, 1 half bathroom

The significance of an expansive deck, sweeping water views, and the wind bringing a welcome hit of cool on a hot summer’s day are not lost on those who look to take off to a true home away from home. At the heart of cottage country, these incredible luxury lakeside homes prove there’s no need to sacrifice modern amenities or skimp on creature comforts, but instead welcome their habitants with the ultimate in cabin-style creature comforts.

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