A lot of Ontario cottagers automatically pick Muskoka as their go-to getaway zone. However, there are many other places you can go that are just as good as Muskoka! Skip the crowds this year and find a quiet, peaceful place to enjoy your time away. Here are some of our favourite non-Muskoka getaways.


Cambridge. This beautiful Ontario town is far away enough from Toronto to shake off all those big-city feelings, but it’s close enough for you to take a break from the bustle without putting too many miles on your car. Here, enjoy a world where nature meets urban in a historic setting! The town is filled with parks and nature areas, but it also has theatres, museums and other indoor activities for foul-weather days.

Browse or book a cottage in Cambridge.


Grafton. Originally named “Grover’s Tavern,” this town still features the real Grover’s Tavern at its centre. You can dine at the old tavern when you visit this sleepy little town and you can walk the historic streets to imagine what like must have been like during the War of 1812. Many of the buildings hail from this era and others have been constructed to reflect the town’s historic roots. If you want a relaxing getaway with an old-fashioned touch, this is the perfect place to get it!

Browse or book a cottage in Grafton.


Bancroft. The charming town of Bancroft was built along the York River way back in the mid-1800s. It’s little wonder why this place was chosen as an ideal spot to settle! The town has all the beauty of the Canadian Shield and Algonquin Park and is close to a multitude of outdoor adventures. Today’s Bancroft is quintessentially small-town Ontario, with the charms you love about close-knit communities and close proximity to Toronto.

Browse or book a cottage in Bancroft.


Fenelon Falls. If we had to pick one word to describe Fenelon Falls, it would be “adorable.” This town is characterized by white picket fences and tiny shops. Grab a snack at the bright pink Pie Shack or fine country treasures at The Barn & Bunkie. If you get your fill of the town, you can go hang out on the water at the nearby Kawartha Lakes.

Browse or book a cottage in Fenelon Falls.


Huron County. Leave the city of Toronto far behind you and head to Ontario’s loveliest rural setting! Huron County has the wide-open spaces you’re craving and also offers plenty of fun on the shores of Lake Huron. You can find a cottage here in one of the many small communities dotting the county, such as Goderich or Blyth. Huron County boasts endless historic sites, provincial parks, nature reserves and quirky attractions. Why not find a cottage in your favourite town and then spend some time driving through Huron County? There’s plenty to see here and none of it involves traffic jams or busy sidewalks. Here, you can spread your arms and breathe.

Browse or book a cottage in Huron County.

If you’re looking for a cottage or home vacation rental in any of these communities, CanadaStays can help! Check out our website’s listings of wonderful vacation rentals in each of these areas. You’ll be sure to find the perfect place to relax and get away from the city!


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