The East Coast is truly spectacular, and it is home to so many gorgeous hidden gems. With the quaint fishing towns, long beaches, whale watching expeditions, and the friendliness of its residents, visitors from any background are routinely blown away by everything the East Coast has to offer.
As we approach the peak of summer, cottage rentals are soaring in popularity, and properties are booking up quickly. While most people are looking for somewhere close and convenient, there are tons of options still available everywhere on the East Coast - and these cottages are seaside, so forget plain old lakes.
If a road trip to the East Coast has always been on your bucket list, renting a cottage along the ocean front is the absolute perfect way to mesh these two summer adventures. Pack the car, blast some tunes, and head down east to enjoy some of the most beautiful places in Canada.
1. Cabin in the woods - Halifax, NS
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Price: $140 per night
A stunning cottage that is as much "in the woods" as it is facing a quiet stretch of ocean, complete with kayaks and canoes.
2. "Oceanfront comfort" cottage - Scots Bay, NS
Price: $160 per night
Are you ready to wake up to that view every day? Yeah, same. This cottage huge, and has its own private beach.
3. "Seaside retreat" cottage - Murray River, P.E.I
Price: $200 per night
The red sandy beaches of P.E.I draw thousands of tourists a year, and this cottage rests gloriously above a long stretch of one of them.
4. Tamarisk cottage - Brackley Beach, P.E.I
Price: $79 per night
If you think the front of this cottage is gorgeous, you should check out the photo of the ocean view. A little wonderful hideaway on a serene stretch of ocean.
5. Cottage "steps from the sea" - Green's Harbour, NL
Price: $76 per night
Ok, that sky. That view. This adorable little cottage is an absolute steal! Escape here with your significant other.
6. Cottage by the sea - Cape North, Nova Scotia
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Price: $133 per night
No, I'm not playing - that photo depicts your view from the deck of this cottage. Its situated on a little hill and perfectly secluded, with nothing but the roar of the waves to wake you up.
7. The "East Coast" cabin - Tors Cove, NL
For the budget-conscious, this little but adorable cabin is of incredible value. It's literally tucked away on a rocky hillside overlooking the ocean, with hiking trails and fishing villages nearby. Hurry and book it before I do.
8. Point Amour Lighthouse - L'Anse Amous, NL
Accommodates: 10 (!!)
Have a big group of friends that are trying to plan a vacation together? Look no further, because this historic lighthouse is pretty much the coolest, most incredible rental you could find. The photo says it all.
9. Lightkeeper's cottage - Bay of Fundy (Saint Martin's), NB
If you've never heard of the Bay of Fundy, the bay straddling the state of Maine and the province of New Brunswick, it's a must see. This little cottage overlooks a portion of the bay, with an unbeatable view that makes for a charming stay.
10. "Paradise point" cottage - Letang, NB
If you're interested in this outstanding property, I strongly suggest you take a look at the other photos available; the aerial view shows you just how incredible the location is. For the price, the view, and the level of privacy, this oceanfront cottage is unparalleled.
11. Cottage on Cabot Trail - Cape Breton, NS
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Accommodates: Up to 10
The privacy of this quaint cottage is really the shining feature. You have your own personal rocky beach, which is such a cornerstone of the East Coast landscape.
12. The "Sleeping Moose" cottage - Birch Plain, NS
I mean really, is there anything more Canadian than staying at the "sleeping moose"? This beautiful cottage has its own private beach, where whales are commonly seen from the front porch. The idyllic East Coast vacation.