Vacation Time Real Estate Inc.
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Are you looking for a Muskoka Ontario cottage rental?
Or perhaps you have a private Ontario waterfront cottage for rent and you would like a reliable licensed cottage rental brokerage to professionally market and manage your rental cottage or vacation home interests.
Vacation Time Real Estate Inc. an active leader in lakeside cottage and vacation home rental accommodations.
Incorporated in January 1991, Vacation Time Real Estate Inc. is Muskoka's only Real Estate brokerage that specializes exclusively in privately owned vacation home and cottage rentals in Muskoka! If you own a cottage or vacation property in Muskoka, or, are just looking to rent one, you have come to the right place. We live, work and know Muskoka, Ontario. We have the expertise, professionalism and knowledge to assist both cottage owners and renters in their mutual goal of satisfactory, trouble-free cottage rentals.
Over the last decade we have listed for rent over six hundred Muskoka cottages and successfully arranged more than seventeen hundred cottage rentals. This has resulted in a loyal and dedicated client and customer base that trust our judgment, honesty and integrity. You can place your faith in us that we always strive to serve our clients and customers to the very best of our ability. We want your cottage rental business and are willing to work for it.
Vacation Time Real Estate Inc. views all of their cottages and only accepts cottages that meet their high standards. When searching for a cottage, we are there to help with the search so that you can choose the cottage most suitable for your family vacationin Muskoka. Our goal is not just to rent a cottage but to match up a renter with the best possible cottage for them. On our site, searching for a cottage is not that difficult. You can search by time period, or by a specific cottage or lake . We strive to match a cottage owner with the appropriate renter and never rent a cottage without the owner's approval. We look after the rental application, the rental agreements between all parties and offer Privacy Act protection for both the cottage owner and renter. As well, we are available to provide rental evaluations for both the cottage owner and prospective owners. For those looking to purchase a cottage in Muskoka, we are available and qualified to refer you to a Real Estate (Sales) Brokerage or even handle the complete Offer to Purchase.
Muskoka Ontario is famous for its many beautiful lakes, and no wonder. This very popular Ontario vacation destination area boasts more than 900 individual lakes. Muskoka’s four largest and best known lakes, Lake of Bays, Lake Rosseau, Lake Joseph and Lake Muskoka, when combined, account for over 30% of the total lake surface in the region. The several hundred small and medium size Muskoka lakes that make up the other 70% are every bit as beautiful as the “Big Four”. Vacation Time Real Estate has a wide selection of cottage rental properties on many of the best Muskoka lakes, big and small. We will help you find the ideal Muskoka rental cottage for your cottage country vacation in Muskoka.
Gravenhurst is the first major town that you come to when you enter the Muskoka Lakes Region. It offers dining, shopping, live theatre and scenic boat cruises on Lake Muskoka and Lake Rosseau. If you travel around Lake Muskoka, you will come to the Town of Bala where there is a lovely waterfall, a popular bakery and museum. Port Carling is the next town and an area where you may see some famous people and movie stars that own cottages in Muskoka. Bracebridge is located at the northern part of Lake Muskoka and has a movie theatre, boat cruises and great waterfalls. For those who want to enjoy the Huntsville area, this town offers a lookout, pioneer village and lots of shopping. Lake Of Bays, Fairy, Mary, Peninsula and Lake Vernon are all in this beautiful area and offer many cottage rentals for you to enjoy!
Muskoka, Ontario is famous as one of Canada’s favorite vacation destinations. A world-class tourist and wilderness area, Muskoka, Ontario is a year-round resort and cottage country Mecca. Located approximately 90 minutes north of Toronto, the area known as the Muskoka Lakes covers over 2,500 square miles of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Well-known for its many large and pristine lakes, countless islands, granite outcroppings, dense forests, parks and towering pines, Muskoka has been a favorite Ontario tourist destination for over a century. No one who visits Muskoka is likely to forget the magic of this very special Ontario cottage country region. Muskoka is certain to charm you with its warm and friendly people. Surrounded by its many tranquil lakes, the pink granite rock of the Canadian Shield, and the warm hospitality extended by Muskoka businesses located in its many towns and villages, you will understand why, for generations, families, tourists and vacationers return again and again to cottage in Muskoka; to relive memories of the past and to create new ones for the future. Come to Muskoka and you may never want to leave.
With just over 50,000 permanent residents, joined in the summer by 100,000 plus more seasonal property owners, Muskoka is a major Ontario cottage country summer colony. Many Muskoka cottages have been passed down through families from generation to generation. While Muskoka has both seasonal family cottages and year round family cottages, Muskoka is also known for its large mansion-like summer homes, both year round residences and seasonal summer estates. Lake Rosseau, Lake Muskoka and Lake Joseph, Muskoka’s three major lakes are where you will find the most expensive cottage properties, but there are also many more modest and economical cottages on these lakes as well. Over the past few years, many celebrities and Hollywood star have built vacation homes in Muskoka. So many, in fact, that the New York Times has nick-named Muskoka “Malibu North”. Don’t be surprised if you bump into Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg or Cindy Crawford, while picking up some groceries in Rosseau or Bracebridge.
In Muskoka you will find many interesting things to see and do. In addition to the wealth of outdoor recreational activities in Muskoka, Muskoka visitors will find many other exciting attractions and activities, including provincial parks, golf, live theatre, museums and historic sites, antique and craft shops, ski hills, horseback riding, theme parks, festivals & fairs, boat cruises, Las Vegas style gambling at Casino Rama, and fabulous shopping opportunities and fine dining in the towns and villages of Muskoka and area, including Rosseau, Bala, Bracebridge, Huntsville, Gravenhurst, Orillia, Barrie, Midland, Penetanguishene and Port Carling. Visitors from outside Ontario will be happy to discover that all the exciting attractions that the city of Toronto has to offer are less than 2 hours away from Muskoka.
During your Muskoka vacation, whether you are an avid golfer or a rank beginner, you will want to try out at least one of Muskoka’s many great golf courses. The Muskoka region is renowned as one of the most popular golfing destinations in Canada. Offering an amazing assortment of golf clubs and courses, there is a Muskoka golf course to challenge all skill levels and to suit all budgets. Here, along with many par-3 courses and 9 hole executive golf clubs, driving ranges and mini-putts, you will discover more than 30 championship courses, designed by some of the greatest golf architects in the business, including The Rock Golf Club, designed by Nick Faldo, the Grandview course, designed by Mark O’Meara, and Taboo, the home course of Canadian golf champion Mike Weir.
Some of the finest Ontario vacation rental properties available are here in the district of Muskoka. An extensive and diverse area, the Muskoka District is made up of several distinctive regions. For convenience, Muskoka real estate can be divided into five main areas – the Muskoka Lakes, the Huntsville and the North Muskoka area, Dorset and the Lake of Bays, the Bracebridge, and the Gravenhurst area. Vacation Time Real Estate has a wide selection of cottage rental listings in every part of Muskoka and we are always happy to share our extensive knowledge of the area to help you to decide where to cottage in Muskoka. To view all of our beautiful Muskoka lakefront cottages for rent, you have three options. You can search Muskoka rental properties by date, by specific property detail and location, or you can view rental properties by a specific lake.
We are a licensed Real Estate Brokerage in the Province of Ontario. As such, we are accountable for our actions to the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO). Also, as a licensed Realtor we subscribe to the Canadian Real Estate Association's Code of Ethics and Standards of Business Practice.
Vacation Time Real Estate Inc. is a member of the Muskoka Real Estate Board, Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), the Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville/Lake of Bays and West Muskoka Chambers of Commerce and the Muskoka Lakes Association.
We feel that to properly service our cottage rental listings, it is important that we only accept properties located within a one hour drive of our Gravenhurst office. This area includes all of the District of Muskoka as well as parts of the neighbouring districts of Parry Sound and Haliburton.
Thinking of an Ontario cottage vacation? Look no further than our Muskoka cottage rental directory for everything you need to know. Here you can search from dozens of great private homes and cottages and cottages for rent. Cottages rental information is constantly updated and Vacation Time Real Estate has categorized available vacation rental properties so that potential renters can quickly match their requirements to the vacation property rental that best fulfills their needs. Ontario cottage country is the perfect destination to enjoy a cottage getaway. Let us help you find the perfect private cottage for your next vacation in the Muskokas. Nowhere in the world can you experience a holiday by the lake the way you can in Muskoka, Ontario’s oldest and most preferred cottage country destination. A Muskoka cottage rental vacation has so much to offer, for both vacationers from Ontario, and visitors to Ontario from across Canada, the United States and abroad. For visitors from outside the province, Muskoka, Ontario is the ideal vacation destination. Less than two hours from Toronto, Muskoka offers spectacular scenery and plenty of things to see and do. Vacation Time Real Estate has dozens of quality cottage rental properties available throughout Muskoka. You have come to the right place to find out everything you need to know about renting a great private cottage in Muskoka.
Gravenhurst is located at the southern edge of Muskoka and is known at the "Gateway to Muskoka". It is approximately a two hour drive from downtown Toronto. Therefore, most vacation properties can be reached in less than a three hour drive from downtown. The town of Gravenhurst, Ontario encompasses a large area of the District of Muskoka. This Ontario cottage country town borders two lakes; Lake Muskoka, one of Muskoka’s largest and most prestigious lakes, and Gull Lake, a very popular cottage lake. Kashe Lake, yet another well-known Muskoka cottaging lake, is just 10 kilometres from the centre of town. The town of Gravenhurst has many popular tourist attractions for area visitors, including the Bethune Memorial House and Visitors Centre, and the Gravenhurst Opera House. The town’s most sensational attraction is the Muskoka Wharf, an 89 acre waterfront development of shops, services, accommodations and attractions. The Muskoka Wharf is home to the RMS Segwun and the Wenonah II. These classic steamships offer a variety of tours around the Muskoka Lakes. The Muskoka Boating and Heritage Centre, an interactive museum that celebrates Gravenhurst’s rich steam ship and boat building heritage, is also located at the Wharf.
The town of Bracebridge, Ontario is located about 15 kilometres north of Gravenhurst. It is situated on the Muskoka River; approximately 10 kilometres from beautiful Lake Muskoka. Founded in the 1800s, Bracebridge is the seat of the Muskoka District. Visitors to Bracebridge will find it a pretty little town, full of old time charm. Along its well preserved main street, you will find plenty of interesting shops, restaurants and visitors attractions. The town of Bracebridge has many parks, walking trails and scenic vistas, especially of the waterfalls and the Muskoka River that run through the heart of town. Bracebridge is home to many Ontario attractions. Santa’s Village, a Christmas theme park, is one of its most famous attractions. It has been delighting families on vacation for generations. While cottaging in Muskoka, be sure to find out about what’s happening locally. Bracebridge has many annual events and special happenings throughout the year, including fairs, fall festivals, arts shows, studio tours and cars shows, to name just a few.
For the history buff, Bracebridge has a number of historic buildings and historic sites of interest that are well worth viewing while on your Muskoka cottage country vacation. The Bird Mill Power Station, located on Wharf Road, was built in 1892 to supply Bracebridge with electricity. Bracebridge, Ontario became the first municipality in Canada to own and operate a hydro-electric generating station. The Bracebridge Public library on Manitoba Street has been serving Bracebridge for over 100 years. It was one of the famous Carnegie libraries; build with the help of a $10,000 grant in 1906 from American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and is a reminder of the important role Carnegie played in public education in rural communities like Muskoka. Known locally as the “Bird Cage,” the Woodchester Villa on King Street is one of the finest octagonal homes in Ontario. Built in 1882 by Henry Bird, the villa has been restored and is open to the public.
The Village of Dorset, located on the beautiful Lake of Bays, straddles the districts of Muskoka and the Haliburton Highlands. It is a picturesque little town with a number of shops, restaurants, galleries and many interesting attractions. Dorset's main street is connected in the middle by a single lane bridge that crosses over the narrows of the Lake of Bays waterway which runs right through town. Throughout the summer months, Dorset is hopping with cottagers, sight-seers, area visitors, boaters, and sometimes the occasional black bear looking for a hand-out. While in Dorset, plan to visit their famous Dorset Observation Tower, as well as the Dorset Heritage Museum and the Bigwin Steamship Restoration Project. Another claim to fame, Dorset is home to Robinson’s General Store, a cottage country tourist attraction for generations that offers something for everyone. Voted “the Best Country Store in Canada,” Robinson’s has an amazing selection of merchandise ranging from giftware, hardware, groceries, clothing and everything you need for your Ontario cottage vacation.
Towering over the village for Dorset stands its famous lookout tower. Rising 82 feet, high atop a mountain, it has been a Lake of Bays landmark and a popular Muskoka tourist attraction for generations. Open from mid May through October, the view from the tower offers visitors a breathtaking vista of Muskoka’s eastern edge with its beautiful forests and lakes, including Lake of Bays and many small Haliburton and Muskoka Lakes. A fun outing for the entire family, try to fit in a visit to the Dorset tower during your Muskoka cottage rental vacation. The view is always spectacular, but especially from mid-September to mid-October, when the trees are ablaze with fall colour. The original Dorset fire tower, built in 1922, was part of a network of observation towers used to protect the area’s large stands of timber from forest fires. The tower immediately became valuable to the local economy as a tourist attraction, and in 1960, when technology eliminated the need for fire towers it was slated to be torn down. The community came together to build the replacement tower that stands today. Along with scenic trails, picnic areas and parking, an onsite kiosk sells t-shirts, sweatshirts and caps bearing the Dorset Tower logo.
The charming village of Port Carling, Ontario is a true Muskoka cottage town with much to offer Muskoka cottagers and summer tourists. Port Carling is known as the Hub of the Muskoka Lakes because of the staggering amount of boat traffic that flows through town. Situated on the Indian River joining Lake Muskoka to Lake Rosseau by way of a lock system, Port Carling is a Mecca for all types of watercraft. This vibrant little Muskoka tourist town has so much to offer and bustles with excitement, especially during July and August when cottagers and vacationers arrive in full force. Port Carling offers gift shops, boutiques, antique shops, art galleries, restaurants, lovely parkland and so much more. Watching the boats navigate the locks at the centre of town and the drawbridge that frequently rises to allow larger boats access is a favorite Port Carling past time.
The Muskoka Lakes Museum is a popular Ontario cottage country attraction located in Port Carling. Open seasonally from Victoria Day until Thanksgiving, the Muskoka Lakes Museum showcases the history of the Muskoka Lakes, with emphasis on the area’s aboriginal peoples and early settlers. Focusing on the Muskoka Lakes lumber industry and boat building, the museum has many fine pioneer and marine displays that include an 1875 log cabin, old wooden boats, early gas engines and early native artifacts. A great place for families on a Muskoka vacation to explore and learn about the past, the Muskoka Lakes Museum offers permanent and seasonal exhibits, school programs, children’s summer activities and programs, adult workshops, informative lectures and many special events. Each month there is a new exhibit on display and a new art show is presented in the adjoining Catto Art Gallery.
The town of Huntsville is a vibrant Ontario cottage country vacation destination that has much to offer with many exciting attractions, galleries, shops and special events. While in this charming resort town, visitors are sure to be impressed with the eye-catching Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery, an ambitious mural project located in various locations throughout downtown Huntsville. The mural project, in celebration of the contribution to the heritage of the Algonquin and Muskoka lakes region made by Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, recreates some of these famous Canadian artists best loved paintings. A walking tour guide is available from the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce to assist visitors who wishing to see all the murals and learn more about them.
Rich in history, Huntsville, Ontario has a proud pioneer heritage. Here, situated on a 90 acre site with a lake and nature trails, you willfind the Muskoka Heritage Place, a popular Muskoka attraction that includes the Muskoka Museum, Muskoka Pioneer Village and the Portage Flyer Train.Close to Huntsville’s historic downtown, Muskoka Heritage Place features two museums, 18 authentic pioneer buildings, and an authentic open-aired train.The history of Muskoka is told throughinformative displays and costumed narrators demonstrating pioneer life in the 1800s. There is a gift and souvenir shop, and during the summer months, a snack bar. Site map translations are available in French, Japanese, Dutch and Germanfor international visitors to Muskoka.Muskoka Heritage Placeis open from Victoria Day weekend to Thanksgiving weekend.
While on your vacation in cottage country, check out the great selection of live entertainment that is available throughout the year in Muskoka. Celebrating the performing arts, the Algonquin Theatre offers entertainment in Huntsville, Ontario year round. Located in downtown Huntsville, the Algonquin Theatre, in the Huntsville Civic Centre, hosts a wide variety of first-class plays, presentations and live musical performances by top international, national and local artists. Representing all musical genres, from classical to pop to country music, this large and modern theatre has hosted such famous entertainers as Blue Rodeo, John McDerrmot and Sarah Hammer. Visit the Algonquin Theatre website to see what entertainment is available during your holiday in Muskoka.
The Huntsville area is home to many talented artists and crafts people. During your Muskoka vacation, you will discover dozens of different art galleries and artist studies that are open to the public. Many local artists invite visitors into their studios to shop and offer demonstrations on how the article is made. If you are interested in arts and crafts, the best time for year to book your Muskoka vacation is the fall when many of the Muskoka studio tours are in full swing. The Muskoka Fall Studio Tour, Canada’s oldest studio tour, takes place on either the last weekend of September or the first weekend in October. This self-guided tour is free. It takes participants on a scenic drive through the beautiful Muskoka countryside with its brilliant fall colours in full display with stops at the studios of award-winning artisans and artists.
Algonquin Provincial Park is one of Canada’s best known and most visited tourist attractions. Located in central Ontario’s North Muskoka, Algonquin Park is right next door to some of the most popular Ontario cottage country areas, including Huntsville, Dwight and Lake of Bays. Ontario’s oldest provincial park, Algonquin is also one of Canada’s leading eco-tourist destinations. Comprised of 7,725 square kilometres of forest wilderness, wildlife abounds in Algonquin Park, where thousands of species of animals and plant life thrive in this protected sanctuary, including large populations of deer, moose, wolves and bear. Within the Park, visitors will find thousands of kilometres of walking, biking and hiking trails, canoe routes, camp grounds, picnic areas and several park attractions, like the Visitors Centre, the Logging Museum and the Art Centre. A visit to Algonquin Park makes a wonderful day trip for both families and couples enjoying a cottage vacation rental in Muskoka, Huntsville, Haliburton, Dorset, Bracebridge or Dwight. There is something of interest for every member of the family. As well as touring the Algonquin Park Logging Museum, Visitors and Art Centres, other activities include mountain biking, horseback riding, canoeing, hiking and cross country skiing. The Park has nineteen interpretive trails, varying in length from less than a kilometre to approximately thirteen kilometres. Every trail has its own trail guide to educate visitors about the Park’s many different historical and ecological features. So take some time during your Ontario cottage rental vacation and visit a great Canadian landmark that is also a National Historic Site of Canada.
The North Muskoka town of Rosseau, located on the northern shore of Lake Rosseau, in Parry Sound district, has been welcoming tourist for over one hundred years. This pretty little place has lots going for it and is worth a visit. Rosseau has interesting shops, restaurants, a marina, a popular public beach, and the landmark Rosseau General Store. This white wood-framed two-story general store looks today very much as it did when it first opened in 1875, with original wooden floors and interior displays. The store sells a wide variety of goods including groceries, hardware, clothing and giftware. Shopping there is like taking a journey back in time. During the summer months, Rosseau’s scenic waterfront hosts a large farmer’s market every Friday with many participating vendors, as well as live entertainment. If you are in the area in late August, be sure to attend Rosseau’s annual Fall Fair.
Recognized as the Cranberry Capital of Ontario, the quaint little Muskoka town of Bala is best known for its annual Bala Cranberry Festival and for the famous live summer entertainment venue, The Kee. Bala is scenically situated at Bala Falls, where Lake Muskoka meets the Moon River. Bala has a long history of welcoming cottagers and tourists to the Muskoka Lakes Region. For more than a century, the town has functioned as major cottage country hub, starting from as far back as the late eighteen hundreds when tourist arrived by train to catch a steam ship, such as the R.M.S. Segwun, the Islander and the Cherokee, at the Bala Government Wharf, and continue on their journey to nearby lodges, resorts and private cottages on Lake Muskoka and beyond.
The Bala Cranberry Festival is held annually on the weekend following Thanksgiving. This popular Muskoka event draws visitors from far and wide, and offers something for everyone, including live concerts, arts and crafts vendors, midway food courts, petting zoo, demonstrations and displays, fireworks, and a whole lot more. Bala’s other major attraction, The Key to Bala, is a popular Muskoka concert venue that features world-class entertainers and major bands like Rush, Kim Mitchell, and the Tragically Hip. The Key was originally known as Dunn’s Pavilion. Built in the 1940s by Bala businessman Gerry Dunn and was the grandest music pavilion in cottage country. In its hay-day, Dunn’s Pavilion drew huge crowds to Muskoka, to hear musical greats like Louis Armstrong, The Dorsey Brothers, Count Basie and The Glen Miller Orchestra, and dance the night away in their finest attire.
The Ontario cottage country town of Bala has one other claim to fame. Acclaimed Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery, who penned the famous P.E.I. based Anne of Green Gables novels, also wrote a book that was set in the Bala, Ontario area. Montgomery vacationed in Bala in 1922 and was so taken with its charms she used Bala and the district of Muskoka as the setting for her book The Blue Castle. The former tourist home where Montgomery dined during her Muskoka vacation has been restored to look as it did in 1922 and is now the home of the Bala Museum. Open to the public, the Bala Museum features L M Montgomery historic memorabilia, an Anne of Green Gables gift shop and book store, and a wealth of exciting events for the entire family.
Vacation Time Real Estate is a leader in lakeside cottage and vacation home rental accommodations. We have a fine selection of cottages for rent and cottages for sale in and around the Ontario cottage country communities of Rosseau, Dorset, Port Carling, Algonquin, Bala, Gravenhurst, Port Sandfield, Muskoka River, Lake of Bays, Bracebridge, Huntsville, Dwight, Mactier, Windermere, Minett, Ufford, Utterson and Torrence. Each of these popular Muskoka Ontario vacation destinations is unique and offers visitors a wide range of things to see and do while on their cottage rental holiday.
While the majority of cottage rental inquiries received by Vacation Time Real Estate are for summer cottage rentals for weeks during the busy months of June, July, August and September, we also handle requests for Ontario cottages for rent throughout the rest of the year as well. We have many wonderful four-season cottage properties that are available for rent year-round, including weekly winter cottage rentals, spring cottage rentals and fall cottage rentals. There are also a number of Muskoka rental properties that offer seasonal cottage rentals for long-term stays.
Vacation Time Real Estate is an experienced Muskoka real estate rental company, as well as a respected Muskoka real estate brokerage firm. When you entrust Vacation Time to manage the rental of your cottage property, you can feel confident that we will handle every aspect of the job efficiently and professionally, and make the entire process hassle-free. We take care of every aspect of your vacation property rental, including advertising the property, answering phone inquiries and screening potential renters. After we have found the right renter for your cottage; we will handle all the necessary paper work, including obtaining a signed rental contract and collecting security deposits and rent. We make arrangements for keys and take care of returning security deposits.
We are well established in Muskoka and have developed relationships with many of the trades and business people here in cottage country. If, by chance, something should go wrong with your rental property; a pipe break, a refrigerator stops working pipes, and it needs to be fixed without delay, we can act as a liaison between you as the rental cottage owner and a qualified service person. This is especially important if your vacation rental property is located hours away and you don’t have the time to spend driving up to fix things yourself. When you hire a professional real estate rental company, like Vacation Time Real Estate, renting your Ontario vacation home couldn’t be any easier.