Between swimming in the lake, relaxing with a beer on the dock, and making s'mores by the fire, a cottage provides the backdrop for a quintessential Canadian summer experience. With awesome companies like Airbnb continually offering incredible Ontario vacation rentals for cheap, it's easier than ever to plan a mini-vacation with your friends. The best part is that many of these places can accommodate large groups, so when you split the cost evenly, a weekend away becomes insanely cheap.

With tons of beautiful places not too far from Montreal, Ontario has a plethora of cottage options for you to make your best summer memories.

Cozy Lake Cottage

Price: $195+ per night

Neighborhood: Bonfield

Sleeps: 8

Why You Should Go: This Talon Lake hideaway comes with a dock by the water and a relaxing gazebo. After ice fishing nearby, you can cozy up by the fire pit and grill out on the charcoal barbecue. A separate bunkie near the cottage that sleeps four is included.

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Lanark Highlands Cottage

Price: $145 per night

Neighborhood: Lanark

Sleeps: 4

Why You Should Go: If you're looking for a true retreat in nature, this cottage is for you. The lake is great for swimming and fishing and just across the water, there is a wilderness reserve to explore. The accommodation comes with a private dock, raft, canoe and BBQ.

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Peaceful Lakefront Cottage 

Price: $265 per night

Neighborhood: Mountain Grove

Sleeps: 7

Why You Should Go: This beautifully spacious, solar-powered property sits on ten acres and offers private lake access. It even includes a separate bunkie close to the water for added privacy and comfortability. Guests can use the kayaks and canoes free of charge.

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Loft-Style Modern Cabin

Price: $150+ per night

Neighborhood: Central Frontenac

Sleeps: 5

Why You Should Go: This stylish and innovative cottage has all the amenities you could ask for and tons of privacy to make your getaway as relaxing as possible. a peaceful few nights by the lake on the dock should ensure a rejuvenating experience.

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Calabogie Waterfront Cottage

Price: $245 per night

Neighborhood: Calabogie

Sleeps: 6

Why You Should Go: Nestled on the edge of the lake, this spot offers access to all the outdoor sports you can imagine. The warm and cozy abode offers over 50 amenities as well as access to a semi-private beach.

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Lake Muskoka Cottage

Price: $229+ per night

Neighborhood: Gravenhurst

Sleeps: 6

Why You Should Go: Lake Muskoka is one of the most popular lakes in the region, so you're making the right choice to spend a weekend here. The dock is a great size, there are canoes, kayaks and paddleboards to use and the swimming conditions are ideal.

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Tree Top Cottage on the Lake

Price: $315+ per night

Neighborhood: Port Severn

Sleeps: 10

Why You Should Go: Get the best of both worlds at this cozy spot that offers views of both the lake and the treetops. The waterfront cottage offers 115 feet of shoreline, a wrap-around porch and a welcoming interior filled with sunlight.

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Georgian Bay Escape

Price: $239 per night

Neighborhood: Parry Sound

Sleeps: 6

Why You Should Go: There's no shortage of things to explore at this cottage in the heart of Massasauga Provincial Park. The secluded escape is only accessible by boat and offers a waterfront dock, access to several channels, a full kitchen and a wrap-around deck.

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Tiny Beach Oasis

Price: $450+ per night

Neighborhood: Tiny

Sleeps: 16

Why You Should Go: This beachy cottage is massive, offering over 3,000 square feet of space to relax and enjoy tons of welcoming decor and amenities including a private yard, two decks and a firepit. You'll be just steps away from several beaches where you can spend the day before coming back for drinks at the bar area.

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Caribbean Dreams Cottage

Price: $350 per night

Neighborhood: Lion's Head

Sleeps: 6

Why You Should Go: You'll feel like you're on an actual Caribbean vacation at this 1,100-square-foot cottage with panoramic views of Isthmus Bay. Enjoy the crystal clear water from the private beach and relax indoors in the open-concept space. Hammocks, a ping pong table, kayaks and much more are available for your use.

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Barry's Bay Bungalow

Price: $125+ per night

Neighborhood: Barry's Bay

Sleeps: 6

Why You Should Go: This cottage is not only serene and private, but it's advertised as a "hiker's paradise." Tons of trails are nearby with lookouts that provide breathtaking views of the region. If you and your friends are the active type, this cottage is the perfect choice. There is also a dock and water access in a private cove on the lake.

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