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Modern Waterfront Retreat in Muskoka
Experience modern waterfront living. Located on the Muskoka River, you are a short boat ride to the large Mary Lake or take the locks right into Huntsville. Minutes from downtown Huntsville which features great shopping and restaurants. In the summer, soak in up the sun on your private dock with a spot for your boat. Calm & clear water great for swimming is 30 steps from your front door. Enjoy the snow with skiing at Hidden Valley or check out a variety of winter activities at Arrowhead Park.
$339 per night
Cottage in Huntsville
Escape North to Muskoka A-Frame | 4-Season Chalet
Welcome to Muskoka A-frame, the perfect couple’s getaway or solo retreat, nestled in beautiful Hidden Valley. This classic 70’s A-frame has been re-imagined for the modern world. Wake up to swaying treetops, make gourmet meals & relax by the fire, with 2-story forest views. Hide away or make it your base for 4 seasons of adventure: 3 min to the private beach, skiing & snowboarding. Hike, canoe or ice skate at Arrowhead & Algonquin Parks. And visit Huntsville for local charm, just minutes away.
$165 per night
Cabin in Baysville
Muskoka Lakeside Cottage❤Dock❤Beach❤Paradise❤WIFI
Your Muskoka get away awaits! This relaxing and private 4 season cottage paradise is ideal for the whole family to enjoy. Just over 2hrs North of Toronto. The cottage is on a peninsula property with 420ft of prime Muskoka waterfront. The spacious 1900sq ft cottage has a custom kitchen with S/S appliances and a large island for entertaining. Exposed cedar beams and trim throughout. We have a beautiful 3 sided gas fireplace to keep warm throughout the winter and happily host year round.
$118 per night

Stay near Lake of Bays's top sights

Arrowhead Provincial Park354 locals recommend
Deerhurst Resort70 locals recommend
Lions Lookout119 locals recommend
Dorset Lookout Tower175 locals recommend
Dwight Beach38 locals recommend
Oxtongue River - Ragged Falls Provincial Park39 locals recommend

Other great vacation rentals in Lake of Bays

Condo in Huntsville
Lakeside in Muskoka
$107 per night
Cottage in Bracebridge
The Hudson - Riverside Cabin, Bracebridge
$134 per night
Cottage in Huntsville
The Rock Lodge, At Mary Lake (+ Hot Tub)
$152 per night
Cottage in Algonquin Highlands
All-season waterfront near Algonquin Park
$129 per night
Cottage in Dorset
Pine Cabin- 2 Min to Lakes/Snowmobile Trails
$103 per night
Chalet in Huntsville
The Chalet House
$139 per night
Condo in Huntsville
Cozy Fairy Lake Getaway
$140 per night
Cottage in Huntsville
The Coach House- Cottage Charm, Central Huntsville
$96 per night
Condo in Huntsville
Grandview Fairy Lake Lookout
$95 per night
Apartment in Huntsville
j&r guest suite
$63 per night
Guest suite in Huntsville
Serene Escape
$61 per night
Cabin in Dwight
Oxtongue Lake Islandview Cottage
$161 per night

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Lake of Bays

Total rentals

670 properties

Rentals with a pool

60 properties have a pool

Pet-friendly rentals

340 properties allow pets

Family-friendly rentals

480 properties are a good fit for families

Total number of reviews

22K reviews

Nightly prices starting at

$10 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Lake of Bays

All About Lake of Bays

The Lake of Bays region in the northeast of Muskoka, Ontario, is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. The township’s 100 lakes have a variety of appealing names — including Blue Chalk Lake, Porcupine Lake, Teapot Lake, and the Lake of Bays itself — and they’re alive with anglers, sailors, stand-up paddleboarders, and an array of local wildlife. In wintertime, the region transforms into a white wonderland for snowmobiling, ice fishing, and other seasonal activities. On land, you’ll discover walking and cycling trails, beaches, and parks to explore. Little hamlets and cottages dotted around the area promise indulgent bakeries and independent stores and restaurants. And if you visit one of the regular farmers’ markets, you’ll surely be able to sample the local maple syrup.

Lake of Bays boasts a thriving creative scene with many art shops and galleries showcasing all manner of crafts, including pottery, photography, painting, and woodturning. The region lies conveniently near several provincial parks to explore, and the Oxtongue River, which has both easy and difficult classes of rapids, is also within easy reach, as is the eco-tourism destination Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Lake of Bays

For sun and warmer temperatures, the best time to visit is between May and September, as the days are pleasant for hanging out on the waters, and the evenings are just cool enough for a sweatshirt or light jacket. But if ice fishing for lake trout or taking fat tire rides on the snowy landscape are your favorite ways to enjoy the freezing temperatures, then you’ll want to opt for a fall or winter trip.

As Lake of Bays is a year-round destination, there’s always something happening in one of the hamlets, villages, or areas of natural beauty. During each weekend in February, the villages hold winter festivals, whereas in August, you can enjoy visits to the artists’ studios. If you’re planning to take the Lake of Bays Scenic Drive, book your Lake of Bays cottage rental in autumn to take in the vibrant colors of the fall leaves.

Top things to do in Lake of Bays

Lake of Bays Scenic Drive

You can enjoy this 50-mile route by car, cycle, boat, or even snowmobile (weather permitting). Baysville, Dwight, and Dorset are a few villages along the way, and each one has a self-guided heritage walk, so you can stretch your legs and discover the local town before taking the scenic route to your next destination.

SS Bigwin

When visitors first started traveling to Lake of Bays over 100 years ago, the main method of enjoying the lakes was on a wooden steamship. Today, one original vessel remains — the SS Bigwin — which was renowned for ferrying international political figures and famous personalities across the waters. The boat was lovingly restored to its former glory in recent years and today offers cruises to the public. Departing from Dorset, you can take in the imposing cliffs and white pines as you glide across the lake in style.

Dorset Lookout Tower

Climb up to the 142-meter high observation deck at the Dorset Lookout Tower for 360-degree views across the incredible Muskoka landscape. The 90-year-old tower originally used as a fire lookout now welcomes visitors to take in the changing colors of the Lake of Bays region. Those with less of an appetite for heights can try the treetop viewing platform or just enjoy the cafe and gift shop on the ground.

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