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August 19, 2017

Fiddler Lake Resort, Laurentians

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Top 5 places to pretend you have a cottage

Finding a prime vacation rental can mean endless Web searches. Resorts that rent cottages let you find peace with a lot less hassle.

Pacific edge

Tofino on Vancouver Island is gorgeous, but pricey. Move down the coast a little to Ucluelet, BC and you can snag a cosy beachfront cottage at the Terrace Beach Resort with a hot tub overlooking an inlet. Cabins from $199 per night, double. terracebeachresort.ca.

Rustic Rockies

There are plenty of cookie-cutter resorts in the Rockies, but the rustic Storm Mountain Lodge near Banff, Alberta offers two things they don’t: history and privacy. Spaced out on a forested site, the restored log cabins date to the 1920s and have no TVs, Internet, or even kitchens. Cabins from $169 per night, double. stormmountainlodge.com.

Pull up a chair

Muskoka is prime cottage country, but you don’t need to mortgage your life away to enjoy it. Cedarwood Resort in Bracebridge, Ontario has simple plank-lined cottages on scenic Lake Muskoka. (The area was flooded in April, but should bounce back by summer.) Cottages from $250 per night, double. cedarwoodresort.com.

Log cabin luxe

Getting away with friends or family? Rent a three- to eight-bedroom log cabin at Fiddler Lake Resort in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains. It’s wonderfully secluded, but you’re 20 minutes from the shops, restaurants and aqua park in Saint-Sauveur. Three-bedroom cabin from $50 per person night. fiddlerlakeresort.com.

By the sea

Two and half hours from Halifax, the Seaside Cottages at Ginger Hill near Lockeport, Nova Scotia offer simple and sweet two-bedroom homes on two secluded beaches. Cottages from $125 per night, double. seasidecottages.ns.ca.

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