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Great Reasons to Rent a Cottage This Year!

Vacations come in many forms.  There is often a lot of debate on how you will spend your limited vacation time, but I would like to share just some of the great reasons why renting a cottage may be a good choice for your vacation this year!

*Trips abroad are an amazing experience and there is a time and place for them, however, if you are looking at some wonderful, simple downtime with family and/or friends, or a brilliant romantic getaway on the water, renting an Ontario cottage is a fabulous choice.  There is nothing better than being at the lake on a hot, sunny, summer day or roasting marshmallows by the fire at night, or experiencing the many activities taking place during the summer in and around cottage country.


* The great thing about renting a cottage is that you’re not tied to the same place every year.  With the number of cottages and different locations available in Ontario, you never have to visit the same place twice.  However, if you’ve fallen in love with a particular spot and you’ve been a great guest, owners are usually happy to have the same people back to their special place over and over again.  It gives them peace of mind that their cottage is being well cared for while they are away and gives you the opportunity to experience the same great feels year after year until you are ready to move on to something different.

*For those that have thoughts of buying a cottage, considerations such as; costs of ownership, lack of freedom to go other places, family commitments (such as regular weekly activities with children), tying up your money, all come into play.  If you really won’t use a cottage much because of other commitments, these are some serious considerations and pros for renting.

*With the huge inventory of cottages available for rent, you can keep your vacation very casual with a more rustic cabin or boathouse getaway or, have all the amenities of home in a luxurious cottage by the lake.

*Sharing this experience with others can make your vacation at the cottage more fun as well as being able to share the costs of the rental, water toys etc.  Many families vacation together in the same rental cottage year after year without a problem, but, if you prefer your own space and still want to share the experience with family and/or friends there are often cottages available for rent side by side, in the same bay, or a short boat ride away.  There are also larger cottages available that have several separate living accommodations on the same property such as; the main house, a large Bunkie or guest house and a boathouse.  This allows everyone to play together but gives you your own space when you need it.

*Another enjoyable factor about renting a cottage is that there are many pet-friendly options available, allowing you to bring your dogs along on vacation with you.  This is especially important if you plan on being away for an extended period of time.

*Some people want to extend their cottage time beyond their scheduled vacation and still have a place to go to all summer while they continue working.  With some cottages still being within an hour or two of their workplace, they choose a small cottage to rent for the whole summer and drive back and forth.

Enjoy the sweet sounds and smells of nature this season at a cottage of your choice.                                                                    CHECK OUT SOME OPTIONS HERE!


Medical Attention While on Vacation

We never want to imagine getting sick or hurt on our vacation, but unfortunately, it does sometimes happen. It’s inevitable that when you are in a different place and exposed to different elements that at some point you may need immediate medical attention, a doctor’s office for urgent care or even just a drugstore for some over the counter relief. Some of the common reasons for a doctor/drugstore/emergency visit are; ear infections from swimming, bug bites, cuts and scrapes, allergic reactions and overexposure to the sun.

We have compiled a short list of hospitals, walk-in clinics and drugstores in cottage country so that you aren’t scrambling when you really need to see someone or get some relief. We will also keep this list in our cottage manuals so you have easy access to it if needed. Our hope is that you never have the need to consult this list but we have you covered in case you do. There are also a few options on the list for veterinary care should your pet require medical attention while staying at the cottage.

South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, 75 Ann Street, Bracebridge, 705-645-4400
Huntsville District Memorial Hospital, 100 Frank Miller Drive, Huntsville, 705-789-2311
Royal Victoria Hospital, 201 Georgian Drive, Barrie, 705-728-9802
*All of the above hospitals are open 24 hours

Walk-In Clinics (Urgent Care)
South Muskoka Medical Centre & Walk-In Clinic, 230 Manitoba St, Bracebridge, 705-646-7634
Bracebridge Medical Centre, 55 Hwy 118 W, Bracebridge, 705-645-1027
Muskoka Medical Pharmacy Walk-in Clinic, 348 Muskoka Rd. 3, Huntsville
Cottage Country Family Health Team, 5 Pineridge Gate #1, Gravenhurst, 705-684-8062

Huntsville’s Hometown IDA Drugstore, 10 Main St. E., Huntsville
Pharmasave Huntsville, 29 Main St. E., Huntsville
Rexall Pharmacy, 55 Muskoka District Road 118 West, Bracebridge
Shoppers Drug Mart, 248 Manitoba St., Bracebridge
IDA Gravenhurst Pharmacy, 180 Brock St., Gravenhurst
Shoppers Drug Mart, 511 Muskoka Rd. S., Gravenhurst
*Most grocery stores in Muskoka have a pharmacy within and the Independent’s have a health food and natural health care section. Also for those looking for more natural remedies, The Natural Food Market in Bracebridge is a great spot for a visit and you can even pick up a whole food meal at their deli.

Centennial Animal Hospital, 1008 S. Monck Drive, Bracebridge, 705-645-3077
Bracebridge Animal Hospital, 17 Balls Drive, 705-645-5090
Gravenhurst Veterinary Services, 140 First St. S., Gravenhurst, 705-687-5158
Chidiac Animal Hospital of Gravenhurst, 150 Bay St., 705-687-7292
Muskoka Animal Hospital, 96 Hanes Rd. #2, Huntsville, 705-789-7979
Huntsville Animal Hospital, 705-789-5181
Muskoka Lakes Veterinary Services, 3 Lee Valley Dr., Port Carling, 705-765-5690
Port Carling Veterinary Services, 155 Medora St., Port Carling, 705-765-3935


6 Hot New 2019 Cottages

6 Hot New 2019 Cottages

Ever wonder what Jayne’s Cottages gets up to when the lakes are frozen and docks have been put away for the season? We add to our stock of incredible luxury cottages for the summer season ahead, of course!

Scroll through six new cottages that will have you wishing the winter would hurry up and let us get back to lake!

Glenavy Estate

9 Bedrooms | 9 Bathrooms | Cottage in Muskoka Lakes

Designed by renowned architect Greg Weis, this grand estate offers over 600′ of water frontage on beautiful Lake Rosseau! The waterfront boasts a sandy beach area, swim dock with ample lounge furniture and deep water entry, brand new hot tub, and a firepit near the water’s edge! The property also boasts a large 3 slip interior boathouse with upper level living quarters and a furnished sundeck. The grounds are also home to a pickle ball court and golf swing practice area. Glenavy Estate truly feels like a private resort unto itself!

Black Birch Lodge

6 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Cottage in Minett

Brand new build on Rosseau! Featuring 6 bedrooms, 3 baths, Muskoka room, and large stone firepit area overlooking Lake Rosseau! Sandy beach water entry and level land for kids to play! All day sun! > 5 minutes to JW Marriott, 15 min Port Carling!

Just Beachy

4 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | Cottage in Nipissing South

Just Beachy is a modern 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom cottage located on a private bay, Mutchinbacker Bay, on Lake Rosseau. Spend endless afternoon catching rays on the 200′ pristine beach waterfront! Features waterside firepit, children’s playground, and gorgeous Muskoka room!

Another World

7 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | Cottage in Port Carling
Situated on a private bay on Lake Rosseau, Another World is the perfect retreat for those looking for ultimate privacy. Stunning 7 bedroom (4 main cottage, 3 boathouse), 5 bath cottage on Lake Rosseau! South exposure, ping pong table, media room, incredible sundeck! Another World is conveniently located just a 10 minute drive from the village of Rosseau, 20 minute drive to Windermere House, and a 30 minute drive to Port Carling!

Ultimate Private Rosseau Retreat

7 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | Cottage in Windemere

Nestled amongst two private bays on Lake Rosseau, this Muskoka showstopper is home to two separate sleeping quarters. West facing and tucked in a private bay, this unique property boasts a main cottage, guesthouse, waterfall, tennis court, large Beach, and water toys aplenty! Private Bay Rosseau is located a quick 15 minute drive from the town of Rosseau.

Dock Holiday 

5 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | Cottage in Mactier

Contemporary build with a clean and sleek interior, Dock Holiday boasts modern comforts and amazing lake views! Located north of Foot’s Bay, Dock Holiday enjoys all day sun and is home to over 1 acre of professionally landscaped grounds, mature trees, and well-manicured pathways down to the water.  Play the day away on your private jungle gym, lily pad, & 3 kayaks. Dock Holiday is centrally-located north of Foot’s Bay on Lake Joseph.


9 Best All-Season Hikes in Muskoka

9 Best All-Season Hikes in Muskoka

Muskoka’s trail network covers some 4000 sq kms of rugged terrain. With lush forests, spectacular granite outcroppings, fascinating wildlife, and sweeping vistas and lookouts, it is evident why some of Muskoka’s tracks are known to be the best hiking and wildlife seeking trails in Ontario.

Read on to discover Jayne’s team’s handpicked top 9 hiking trails in the Muskoka-area.

1. Strawberry Point Trail

  • Municipality: Bracebridge
  • Trail head: Strawberry Bay Road
  • Length: 5 KM
  • Difficulty: Difficult

This trail traverses country lanes and wooded areas of evergreens and hardwoods before reaching a height of land that provides a panoramic view of Lake Muskoka. The trail continues to the lake and offers a site suitable for a picnic or a swim!

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2. Wilson’s Falls Trail

  • Municipality: Bracebridge
  • Trail head: Macaulay Public School
  • Length: 3.6 KM
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Hike the nearby trail, with trail head access at the end of Sander Dr. Wilson Falls is the wildest and most scenic falls on the North Branch of Muskoka River. Located just to the north of the Downtown area off of River Road, Wilson’s Falls has a great walking trail which provides a spectacular view of the falls. A picnic area is also available.

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3. Bracebridge Resource Management Centre

  • Trail head: Bracebridge Resource Management Centre
  • Distance: 19km
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

The Bracebridge Resource Management Centre offers groomed cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking and mountain biking trails within a woodland setting along the Muskoka River. Hikers can enjoy up to 19km of trails during the spring, fall and summer.
The area features attractive wooded areas, a variety of flora, fauna and bird life as well as scenic vistas along the Muskoka River.

More information: Visit the Muskoka Trails Council

4. Ragged Falls Oxtongue River Hiking Trail

  • Municipality: Lake of Bays; just off Hwy 60
  • Trail head: Oxtongue Rapids Park
  • Distance: 2 KM
  • Difficulty: Moderate

The Ragged Falls Oxtongue River trail is just over 1km but it offers a great view of the Ragged Falls. It is just off Hwy 60 near the Algonquin Park border. The small plunge basin at Gravel Falls demonstrates the powerful, erosive force of glacial melt-water. Also accessible are the parking lot, washrooms and marked hiking trails that lead to a lookout over the falls. Ragged Falls has been named one of the 10 best waterfalls in Ontario.

More information: Visit their website

5. Dwight Heritage Walking Tour

  • Trail Head: Hwy 60, Dwight, ON
  • Distance: 1.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate

This tour takes about an hour and a half to walk through the main central region, with side trips by bike or car to the more outlying points of interest. Park in the Municipal lot, take some time to explore the shops in the village itself, and be respectful of the beautiful private property.

More information: Visit Lake of Bays Township

6. Hillside Hamlet Trail

  • Trail Head: Grassmere Beach
  • Length: 3.6km
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

This 3.6km trail is nestled in the community of Hillside and follows a paved road into a hamlet filled with Bed and Breakfasts, birds, woodlands, and plenty of nature. Enjoy the quiet atmosphere of this community as they welcome your visit. With plenty to see and a great grand finale, your day at Hillside Hamlet can be complimented by the many amenities around you.

More information: Visit the Muskoka Trails Council

7. Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve

  • Trail Head: Buck Lake Landing
  • Distance: 70km+
  • Difficulty: Easy to Difficult

Limberlost is famous for its varied and totally free hiking trails. In total, Limberlost offers more than 70 km of woodland trails and extensive woodland roads, with trails that cater to evening strollers as well as those seeking more strenuous exercise. More than two-thirds of the trails on the Limberlost Reserve are groomed and qualify as high quality trails, as opposed to rugged hiking paths. As such, they are suitable for joggers as well as individuals who prefer to enjoy nature at their leisure.

These trails are also great for mountain biking enthusiasts.
In the winter, head on out to the trails with your snowshoes, or bring your cross country skis to experience their 25 km of groomed trails.

More information: Visit their website

8. Bracebridge Bay

  • Trail head: Bracebridge Bay Park
  • Distance: 1.3km
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

The trail travels along the Muskoka River and around Bracebridge Bay. The surface is pavement and gravel. The only incline is the stairs by Bracebridge Falls. Ten historic information plaques identify points of interest along the route. There is ample parking at Bay Park for this 1.3km ‘near urban’ hike.

More information: Visit the Muskoka Trails Council

9. Muskoka Lakes Farm and Winery

  • Trail Head: Cranberry, Bala
  • Length: 10km+
  • Difficulty: Moderate

The trails form a route between wetlands and hills, hardwood forests, barren stone ridges and cranberry marshes. Over 10km of trails that originate at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh and Winery, in Bala – the Cranberry Capital of Ontario.

Pair some local wine or cider with your hike, or join a daily winery tour. Shop in locally inspired stores and sip in the picturesque landscape.

More information: Visit their website