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Kennisis Lake cottage rentals

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Cottage in Dysart and Others
The Birchwood Cottage Co - Redstone Lake
A truly stunning boutique cottage located in the heart of Haliburton. A scenic 2.5 hour drive from the GTA! Newly renovated with luxury finishes throughout. Positioned North West on the clear and pristine waters of Redstone Lake to take advantage of the jaw dropping views! Set on 4.25 acres, an enchanting set of steps lead you past exposed rock faces to 200ft of private water front with dock & decking area for diving, swimming & relaxing. A perfect couples retreat or family vacation destination!
$379 per night
Cottage in Dorset
Beautiful Waterfront Cottage on Kennisis Lake
A truly stunning four-bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom, waterfront cottage on Kennisis Lake located in the Algonquin Highlands in the heart of Haliburton. Spectacular views of the region's most desirable Kennisis Lake, with 115ft of shoreline within gorgeous natural surroundings, combined with beautiful accommodation. It is the perfect couples retreat or family vacation destination! If you are looking for privacy and relaxation, look no further! Excitement and adventure are just moments away!
$184 per night
Cottage in Dysart and Others
H2H Kennisis Lake Haliburton Cottage: Scenic views
Large 2500 sqft Bright Rustic-Luxury chalet-style cottage Couples Getaway & Family Vacations in Haliburton Ontario. Elevated 'scenic-lookout' quality panoramic lake views. 5 minutes to Haliburton Forest Trails, private fully fenced & gated lot, 2.5hr GTA. Elevated over pristine waters of Little Kennisis Lake. Two huge wraparound decks, private wooded lot, enchanting natural granite steps & pathways lead you past firepit, hammocks, to private waterfront. Dog friendly, Kayaks, SUP boards, Canoe
$299 per night

Other great vacation rentals in Kennisis Lake

Tiny home in Dysart et al
Pine Cabin | Haliburton Tiny Cabin in the Woods
$121 per night
Cabin in Dysart et al
Cranberry Cabins - Cozy 1 Bdrm Year Round Log Home
$170 per night
Cottage in Algonquin Highlands
Ahead by a Century Cottage
$146 per night
Rental unit in Algonquin Highlands
Windfall Apartment
$94 per night
Cottage in Minden Hills
Mac's Hideaway Lakeside -3bdr/dog friendly/hot tub
$176 per night
Cottage in Dysart et al
The Edge of Kennisis Lakes (Castle Aidan)*Hot Tub*
$288 per night
Cottage in Haliburton
Cozy "Brownie House" with a Million Dollar view
$180 per night
Cottage in Dysart and Others
Enjoy the 'Lake Life' at family friendly cottage
$243 per night
Cottage in Algonquin Highlands
Waterfront Algonquin Cottage with Stunning Views
$221 per night
Cabin in Haliburton
Haliburton Lakeside
$111 per night
Dome in Algonquin Highlands
Spacious 4BR Cottage w DOME! Hot Tub, Sauna, Wifi!
$190 per night
Cottage in Dorset
Charming Cottage on Kennisis Lake w/ Hot Tub
$364 per night

Your guide to Kennisis Lake

All About Kennisis Lake

Located in Haliburton Highlands in southeastern Central Ontario, the 4,100-acre Kennisis Lake invites visitors to explore its rocky, irregular shoreline in canoes or kayaks, sample freshly caught perch and bass dishes at local restaurants, and cast a line or two of their own for trout and walleye. The local wildlife isn’t confined to the water — the forests that envelop the lake are home to bears and moose.

In summer, the lake’s deep blue waters are an ideal spot to spend sunny days power boating, water skiing, and pontooning, while winter trips are rewarded with snowmobile paths and miles of skiing and snowshoeing trails to the south. A trip west to nearby Dorset Lookout Tower will give you the lay of the land — the observation deck on the former fire lookout tower sits 465 feet high above Lake of Bays.

When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Kennisis Lake?

The best time to book a Kennisis Lake cottage rental is in June or July. The temperature is moderate and the days are sunny, providing the perfect conditions for scenic hikes or days out on the water in a kayak or on a paddleboard. The area is a popular summer destination, with swimming courses and outdoor activities on offer during peak season.

The forests surrounding the lake are best explored during fall, when the maple and aspen in Haliburton Forest are at their most resplendent. Winter sports aficionados head to the region once the leaves have fallen, as a number of ski resorts and cross-country skiing trails are within easy reach of the lake.

What are the top things to do in Kennisis Lake?


Kennisis Lake is a haven for fishing enthusiasts, from experienced anglers to beginners. During extremely cold weather, ice fishers drill rectangular holes into the lake’s frozen surface and catch Haliburton Gold lake trout by sending hooks or spears into the icy depths.

Norah’s Island

At 22 acres, Norah’s Island is the largest island in Kennisis Lake. According to the final wishes of its previous owner, the island was donated to a land trust to protect it from development. It features native trees, some bat species, and rare varieties of orchids. Visitors can travel here by boat for tranquil picnics among the ferns and honeysuckle.


While there are plenty of opportunities to admire the lake’s placid waters from the rocky shore, boats are the most popular way to enjoy them. The south shore marina offers supplies, licenses, lessons, and boat rentals if you’re keen to skipper your own vessel. Alternatively, you can leave the controls to a professional. Keep a lookout for deer and waterfowl appearing between the trees.

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