Heading into August, there are perhaps only a handful of opportunities left to get away with your friends and embrace the beauty of summer. At this point, cottage weekends are a coveted essential of Canadian summers; lakes, campfires, s'mores, and beers by the dock are in our blood.
With incredible natural beauty in abundance, Quebec has an absolute wealth of cottage country for you to explore. From close, convenient areas, to remote, rustic getaways, there is sure to be a waterfront cottage to fit your budget, timeline, and group size.
The best part about planning a cottage weekend is that it doesn't have to be expensive. The ever-amazing Airbnb has tons of listings to fit your budget, and when you split the nightly price between a decent group of friends, these beautiful cottages can be yours for insanely cheap. So grab your hoodie and pack of PBR, and head out for some much needed time away.
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1. Cottage in the Gatineau hills - Lac-des-Loups, QC
Price: $82 per night
Accommodates: 4 ($20 per person)
This quiet, simple lakefront property is nestled in one of the most beautiful areas of Quebec: the Gatineau hills region. With tons of nature to explore nearby, there won't be a dull moment at this cottage. A canoe and kayak are also available for you to use.
2. Waterfront paradise - Shawville, QC
Price: $274 per night
Accommodates: 12 ($22 per night)
This stunning cottage has a huge, open-concept modern interior, so your large crew will never feel cramped. But trust me, you won't be spending much time inside - with a gorgeous expanse of property, you'll be by the lake all weekend long.
3. Cottage on Lake Patterson - Cayamant, QC
Price: $95 per night
Accommodates: 6 ($15 per person)
Having spent time at a cottage in this area, I can attest to this lake's beauty - and the water is pristine for swimming and fishing. This cottage has new features, and can comfortably accommodate a group. There is also great hiking nearby if you're looking for an adventure.
4. 'Sandy lake' cottage - Notre-Dame-du-Laus, QC
Price: $106 per night
Accommodates: 6 ($17 per night)
This cottage takes the term 'lakefront' to the next level; with an incredible stretch of sandy beach, and a vast area to relax by and admire the water, the property is just unbeatable at this rental. Also, it has a floating water slide - do with that what you will.
5. Exquisite North Gatineau chalet - Saint-Therese-de-la-Gatineau, QC
Price: $254 per night
Accommodates: 8 ($31 per night)
With a pool table, fireplace, outdoor shower, hot tub, and impeccable lakefront area, this chalet is an idyllic destination for a truly awesome weekend with your friends. Living in the lap of cottage luxury for just $31 a night per person? Count everyone in.
6. 'Classic Canadian' log cabin - Harrington, QC
Price: $117 per night
Accommodates: 6 ($19 per night)
I wish I could've included every single photo of this absolutely breathtaking property - please visit the page, and then call your friends ASAP, because you'll want to rent this cottage the minute you take a look. The interior design fits so perfectly with the 'classic Canadian' vibe of the cottage, and it's so rustic and cozy, you'll want to stay forever. If this isn't a lakeside paradise I don't know what is.
7. Lakeside retreat cottage - Montcalm, QC
Price: $133 per night
Accommodates: 6 ($22 per person)
Looking for a quiet, private, serene location for your and your closest friends? This cottage is your ideal choice. With a silent stretch of lake and a beautiful, high balcony to hang out on, you're sure to leave your time here feeling rested and restored.
8. Lakefront cabin - Mont-Tremblant, QC
Price: $235 per night
Accommodates: 6 ($39 per night)
An ever-popular vacation destination for Montrealers, the Tremblant region is full of gorgeous cottages, and this great property is just the tip of the iceberg. With a relatively private lakefront area, and cozy, upscale decor, a weekend here will be the perfect balance of comfort and adventure.
9. Private lakefront chalet - Lac-Supérieur, QC
Price: $117 per night
Accommodates: 6 ($19 per night)
Honestly, any property with a hottub is an immediate yes - I mean, the opportunity to relax in one after a day of water activities is just luxurious. This lakeside cabin has this feature and so much more, and the surrounding nature is truly breathtaking.
10. 'Log home' chalet - Lac-des-Plages, QC
Price: $70 per night
Accommodates: 6 ($12 per night)
If you and your crew are on a tight budget, this beautiful rustic cabin is an absolute steal; I mean seriously, for $12 a person per night, no one can make the excuse that they're too broke for a cottage weekend. With three bedrooms and more space than meets the eye, this cabin can meet all your basic needs and more, and the privacy is unbeatable.
11. Lakefront cabin - Val-des-Monts, QC
Price: $122 per night
Accommodates: 7 ($17 per person)
Another ultra budget-friendly option, this rental has an absolutely beautiful landscape, with the cottage set atop a hill for an optimal view of the water. With two sections of porch to relax on, and hammocks strung up beside the lake, this property is guaranteed to provide just as much relaxation as good times.
12. Cottage on Lac St-Germain - Denholm, QC
Accommodates: 12 ($26)
This cottage is advertised as being great for large groups, so if you and your squad always struggle to find a place to accommodate all of you, this place is welcoming you with open arms. This place has that distinct feeling of being nestled in the woods, and with the privacy of the property, it'll feel like you have the lake all to yourselves.