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Jayne’s 10 Favourite Boathouse Decks

December 17, 2019

The Boathouse Deck.

We consider the boathouse deck a middle ground between the dock and the cottage porch – where you spend the winding hours of the late afternoon after being on the water, before making your way back up to the cottage. It is a place to totally unwind, relax, and feel the wind through your hair.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a boathouse, an upper boathouse deck is an amazing use of space for an alternate seating area ideal for spending the days above the water. There are many things that make a great boathouse deck: they can be covered, uncovered or both, have access to accommodations in the boathouse, and have outdoor furniture for lounging, dining, or both. The only vital element is that it must have a killer view over the lake.

Here’s our top 10 picks for #JaynesFavourite Boathouse Decks!

#10 – Absolutely Shore

We are absolutely shore we love this boathouse deck! Absolutely Shore keeps the deck simple and airy with this gorgeous white wicker living room set with sky blue cushions. The perfect spot for a cocktail.

#9 – Westhaven

Even looking at this photo makes us instantly relaxed! Westhaven’s boathouse deck features a sectional, outdoor dining table, as well as two lounge chairs. There is both covered and uncovered areas on the deck, so something for everyone, depending on your preference! 

#8 – Star Acre

The boathouse at Star Acre actually has two separate decks: one as a rooftop deck and the other as a wrap-around deck to the boathouse interiors. The rooftop deck might just be the best place to sunbathe in all of Muskoka. 6 loungers, no shade, plus south exposure for all-day sun (I hope you brought your sunblock.) The middle deck features a covered living area that extends from the boathouse accommodations with a sectional, outdoor dining table, and a two-sided indoor/outdoor fireplace. The deck also wraps around the front where there are lounge chairs on the open deck. A deck space for every preference! 

#7 – Ouno Island

Ouno Island’s boathouse deck is a very inviting space, ideal for the entire group to come together as the day turns to night. With a couch and four chairs all arranged in a circular shape, we can just imagine all the amazing conversations and laughs had and to be had here.

#6 – Lake Joe Wonderland

Our favourite part of the wrap-around boathouse deck at Lake Joe Wonderland is the two round loveseat loungers – the absolute perfect spot for enjoying the view. And the dining table is a great feature for those who don’t want to go inside for lunch! 

#5 – Whistling Waters

5 lounge chairs looking into the water, a high-chair dining area, and a shaded living room set plus a gate to jump off the deck into the water. Spending your day rotating between these spots on Lake Joe Wonderland’s boathouse deck would be a pretty great day.

#4 – Hemlock Point

Hemlock Point’s boathouse deck truly has it all! There’s a row of four lounge chairs for incredible tanning with an amazing lookout, an outdoor sectional and a shaded area with an outdoor dining table! Careful renters, you won’t want to leave! 

#3 – Winchester

Despite being only a one-slip boathouse, the boathouse deck at Winchester utilizes the space impressively, making it a functional space for many different uses and deserving of the number 3 spot. The rooftop patio has both a covered and uncovered portion, with an outdoor kitchen with BBQ, a bar area, a propane fire pit, as well as an outdoor dining table under the covered portion. For those who like to be in the sun, the uncovered portion at the end of the deck has an outdoor sectional and coffee table with exceptional views of the lake. 

#2 – The Regency

Taking the second spot is The Regency. Like everything at The Regency, this boathouse deck is grand and luxurious. The deck is shaded with a high cathedral ceiling, making it the perfect spot to escape from the sun. It features gorgeous wicker outdoor furniture including a large sectional with white cushions, and 4 matching loungers and a breakfast table. And of course, lakeviews in every direction. 

#1 – Big Chill

There’s a reason this boathouse deck is our homepage photo… Number one goes to Big Chill! Big Chill has a massive boathouse deck off the upper boathouse living quarters. This space features an awesome living room set with two couches and an umbrella, two lounge chairs at the end of the dock for amazing tanning as well as lush green planters. We could spend the whole summer up there!


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