When it comes to vacations, there is perhaps nothing more exciting and adventurous than escaping to a private island. It may sound like something only wealthy politicians or Paris Hilton-types could get away with, but it's actually possible for you and your crew to rent an entire private island in Ontario.
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Vacation rental sites like Private Islands Inc. facilitate sales and rentals of islands throughout the world, ranging from lavish Caribbean destinations to smaller, rustic islands in Canada and the U.S. Although the prices may appear steep at first, these island locations can accommodate lots of people, so if you get your squad together and split the price, it's a surprisingly affordable getaway. The ever-popular Airbnb also has great options for private island accommodations.
With tons of lakes and private areas, Ontario has some great islands for rent that aren't too far from Montreal. This is an opportunity to completely disconnect, spend some quality time with your friends and share an experience that is bound to be unforgettable.
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Neighborhood: South River
Why You Should Go: This remote abode sits on Lake Kawawaymog, offering tons of water adventures (kayaks included). The thoughtfully-decorated space is embellished with stone, floor-to-ceiling fireplace centers and offers great views from the inside and out. The interior includes a private ensuite and loft and the exterior boasts a dock amongst tranquil waters, perfect for sunsets and stargazing.
Price: $220+ per night
Why You Should Go: This little island cabin is quite rustic with no electricity and minimal phone service, but when you're escaping to an island by boat (boat ride included), it can be refreshing to unplug. Located on the St. Lawrence River, you and your buds can enjoy private shores, a sundeck, hammocks and panoramic views of the sunset for a truly tropical escape.
Price: $249 - $335 per night
Neighborhood: Rice Lake
Why You Should Go: The description of this island sounds like a new-age utopia. From opportunities to pet a newborn lamb or baby pig to cooking homemade bread or pizza in the 100-year-old oven, this island getaway has a range of things to please every guest. The landscape is breathtaking and you can explore the water from the canoes and kayaks available.
Price: $300+ per night
Neighborhood: Honey Harbour
Why You Should Go: This secluded Glacis Island escape on the Georgian Bay has 360-degree shoreline access. Enjoy a newly-renovated kitchen, pine-clad bathroom, comfy beds and a private dock for swimming and boating.
Price: ~$82 per person
Neighborhood: Perrault Falls
Why You Should Go: This impeccable, 100-acre island on charming Cedar Lake offers clean, clear water ideal for fishing. The property has boats with cushioned seats available for guests as well as special fly-in trips to a secluded lake via a pontoon aircraft.
Price: $186+ per night
Why You Should Go: This secluded lakehouse nestled in the brush is on Potato Island close to Ottawa, so you won't be too far from civilization. You can experience plenty of privacy on a beautiful, quiet lake area with a swimming area, a deck, kayaks, canoes, rowboats, water toys and a new BBQ.
Price: 2,500 - $2,850 per week
Neighborhood: Sans Souci
Why You Should Go: Deepwater Island is a place you can experience the luxury of a private island in full. You'll be immersed in beautiful living quarters with cathedral ceilings and a granite fireplace, pristine waters, spectacular views and privacy like you've never experienced. This island has "dream vacation" written all over it.
Price: $497 per night
Neighborhood: Leeds and the Thousand Islands
Why You Should Go: This 0.7-acre island property has two separate accommodations: a bunkie and a fully-equipped cottage with a lounge, a screened veranda and a large deck with gazebo, so you and your group will have plenty of space. With expansive views of the water and excellent fishing and boating conditions, you'll have tons of ways to experience this spectacular region.
Price: $500+ per night
Why You Should Go: This private island in Muskoka provides plenty of comfort and joy with a private deepwater dock, a whirlpool tub, several outdoor lounge areas, hammocks, a covered porch, a paddleboat, canoe and an aluminum boat with an electric motor for the short trip from the shore to the island.
NOTE: Private Islands Online is a U.S.-based site, so the prices listed are in USD. The prices can change depending on the time of rental, so contact the business, or owner, for more up-to-date information. Airbnb and VRBO prices are in CAD.