This family friendly cottage is on a quiet, clean lake with stunning scenery. It's spacious & comfortable. And close enough to town that you can drive in, but off the beaten path enough that you feel like you can completely unplug. Enjoy the songs of loons and other wildlife, great fishing and canoeing, plus unbelievable views of stars at night. The sun sets behind the cottage so the best way to watch is from the water. (Sunset cruise, anyone?) You can also see brilliant sunrises if you're up.
This cottage is my happy place. Watch the moon rise from the dock or sun set from the lake. Enjoy the peace and quiet.
Hiking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, lounging – you name it, you can do it.
Located on Drag Lake in the Haliburton Highlands, just outside of Haliburton Village, the cottage is spacious and comfortable. It's the perfect escape about three hours from Toronto, and feels secluded, even though we have neighbors. It sleeps up to 10 people comfortably (3 queens, 1 double, 1 bunk set). One bedroom is an open-concept loft, and is accessible by pull-down staircase (not recommended for young kids or elderly guests).
Other amenities include 1.5 bathrooms, a full kitchen with dishwasher, laundry, a kid-friendly deck, two docks, BBQ, canoe, kayak, fire pit and more. It's close enough to town to drive in if you forgot something, but you probably won't want to leave. NO internet or cable TV, but lots of DVDs to watch on the flat-screen TV in the evenings or for rainy days.
There's a rocky shoreline with a sand bottom at the property (for swimming, you can walk out or use the ladder from the dock). And don't forget this area is called Haliburton Highlands for a reason (rolling hills). The driveway is less than a minute walk to the main door, but you'll get a little exercise walking from the cottage to your vehicle.
The lake offers sand beaches just minutes away (by car or canoe) as well jumping rocks for the more adventurous (access by canoe only). There's also a public boat launch about five minutes away by car, should you choose to bring your own.
Haliburton Grocery Stores: The closest one is Foodland. They have decent fish and meat as well as local fruits and veggies. There's also an Independent grocery store (Loblaws chain).
Liquor/Beer Store: Haliburton Village has both. They’re pretty easy to find.
Restaurants & Coffee Shops: There's a Tim Horton's near Haliburton Village and a few local restos/cafes if you want to eat out. Nothing too fancy. McKeck's is on the main street, and offers standard pub/bar fare. It's a good place to watch sports.
Other nearby Haliburton attractions include: Haliburton Forest and Wolf Sanctuary, weekly farmer's market, antique/vintage shops, sculpture gardens, several golf course, go karting, seasonal berry picking and more.
Public Beaches: There are three public beaches on the lake. The beach area is largest in August and September when the water levels are lowest.
Water-access beach: This beach is on the other side of the lake and it’s right beside a rock face of use-at-own-risk jumping rocks. You can reach it by canoe in about 30 minutes.
Closest & smallest beach: You can reach this beach by canoe in about 10 minutes, by car in 5 minutes or walk in about 15-20 minutes. The beach area is quite small but it’s great for small children as the water is shallow. It has a picnic table, fire pit and portable toilet.
Larger beach & boat launch: This beach is about 10 minutes by car or walk in about 45 minutes It has a picnic table, boat launch, sand beach and fire pit.
No public transportation from cottage.
Wildlife lives nearby, so guests are expected to dispose of garbage/recycling/compost in a proper manner and not leave any refuse outdoors at the property. The town dump is open five days/week. Access card stays with the property.
Please note: Towels not provided. Other restrictions may apply, See House Rules for more.
You may choose to bring your own wi-fi stick or hot spot, but please note the area inside the cottage does not provide a strong internet connection, even when you bring your own device.
The tap water is filtered but you may prefer to bring bottled water.
Tip: Make sure to bring insect repellent and sunscreen to make the most of your visit.
1. This is a quiet, family cottage and family lake. No loud or late parties. Please be respectful of our neighbours.
2. Smoking is prohibited indoors and discouraged outdoors. If anyone smokes outside, please make sure to collect all smoking refuse. Don't throw anything on the ground.
3. No people other than those in the guest party may stay overnight on the property.
4. Guest agree to keep the property and all furnishings in good condition.
5. Canoe: You will find the canoe (and a kayak) in the crawlspace under the cottage. Guests agree to put the canoe in the water from the floating dock. When using the canoe, guests agree to return it to the storage space under the cottage and store it upside down. Guests will always store canoe upside down when it's on land. Guest will carefully carry canoe to water, and will not drag it across the yard. Guests will find paddles inside the cottage. Paddles must be stored standing up (never on their sides). When using canoe, guests agree to take life jackets (not provided) and bail kit (provided).
6. Pets allowed only with prior permission.
7. No street parking. Park on the property only, and only on the "upper driveway." Guests shall not attempt to use the lower driveway. Maximum number of vehicles is four cars (or three vans/trucks/SUVs). Please note: It may be easier to carefully back in, than back out of driveway due to incline.
8. Please keep all perishable food in the fridge and in closed containers.
9. If lighting a fire, guests will use only the designated firepit and make sure all embers are out before going inside. Strongly recommend keeping a bucket of water near the fire for this purpose. Guests must bring their own firewood unless agreed upon prior to arrival.
10. Strict: No bathing in the lake.
11. No housekeeping service during your stay, unless arranged prior. Bed linens can be provided. Towels are not. Please bring your own towels.
12. The cottage is on a septic system. Please do not flush anything other than toilet paper. No feminine products or paper towels should be flushed at any time. If it is found that such products have been flushed and clogged the septic system, guest will be charged the service call to clear it.
13. Guest agrees not to put any grease or coffee grounds down the drain. Use compost for coffee and dispose of grease in the garbage or glass jar found in cupboard under the sink.
13. Guest agree to put all garbage in provided garbage bags and never leave garbage outside. Guests agree to use the dump whenever garbage accumulates. The dump card and schedule is on the fridge. Repeat: No garbage should ever be left outside. Guests agree to take their garbage when they leave, unless other arrangements have been made.
14. Water levels vary throughout the season. For guest safety, diving is not permitted from either dock.
15. Internet: The cottage is not equipped with wifi or internet. Guests are welcome to bring their own rocket stick/mobile internet device (hotspot), however the signal strength is weak, so streaming video or watching Netflix is difficult.
16. Umbrella: If using it, make sure to weigh it down with rocks/sandbags before opening. There’s a pile of rocks on the main dock for this purpose.
17. Wood Stove: Please use responsibly. Do not to overload it. Clear out ashes after each use.
18. Guests will not feed the wildlife.
19. At least one member of the guest party will bring a cellphone. No landline at the property.
20. Guests are welcome to use any condiments they find in the fridge (e.g. relish, mustard, ketchup) and spices/cooking oils/tea bags/spreads or other items they find in the cupboards. The liquor cabinet is off limits. Guests agree to replace any item that they finish.
21. Have fun!
I'm originally from Toronto, and recently moved to New York with my family. I have my hands in many pots but my 'day job' is in magazine editorial and content/innovation strategy. It's pretty exciting to work at one of the world's biggest media companies on one of the top brands.... for now. Other things about me: ran the NYC marathon, love good food, drink and adventure... Not much of a homebody, but spending more time on the homefront these days as the hubs and I have grown our family to three. I like to take care of things. As a guest, I will treat your home just like my own. As a host, I'll do whatever I can to make your stay more fun. Promise.