Rooms with a View

Relax in one of these scenic cottages, cabins, and lodges this summer. It's the perfect place to enjoy fishing, hiking, and canoeing in Northeastern Ontario's great outdoors!

Looking for a remote lakeside cabin to rent this summer but don't know where to start? We've rounded up these amazing remote cabins, lodges, and cottages with water views for your vacation-planning pleasure! And rest assured, it's easy to practice safe physical distancing up here in Northeastern Ontario.  

Whether you'll be using the rental as a base for fishing, hiking, or kayaking excursions, or if you're planning to spend most of the day just relaxing on the porch enjoying the fresh air, there is no shortage of picturesque options throughout Northern Ontario. Here are 15 great options for connecting with Canadian nature in rustic style. 

Smoothwater Outfitters & Lodge


34 Smoothwater Rd

Temagami, ON P0H 2H0
(705) 868-6464

Set on James Lake at the edge of Temagami’s wilderness, this is a great place to experience the region’s rugged surroundings. Accommodations range from a simple campsite to well-appointed rooms, and everyone staying here is welcome in the expansive Gathering Room for reading, playing board games or just hanging out before a canoe trip. Speaking of, Smoothwater has all visitors’ outdoor needs covered, offering canoe rentals, food and gear outfitting and assistance with trip planning and permits. For those staying closer to property, three meals of rotating, seasonal dishes are served each day in the home lodge.

Andorra Lodge

P.O. Box 156

Temagami, Ontario POH 2HO
(705) 569-3288

The only camp on the 11km-wide Net Lake, this lodge, in the center of Ontario’s Temagami district, is a favorite for those fishing walleye in the summer months or ice fishing for northern pike in winter. Travelers can book two- and three-bedroom cottages, each equipped with its own living room, porch, fireplace, satellite television and kitchen (the grocery store nearby is open seven days a week during peak season). Set on prime Ontario trail areas, Andorra also makes for a great base for ATV and snowmobile outings. 

Great Spirit Lodge

18-T Island 203

Temagami, ON P0H 2H0
(705) 237-8974

Set on stunning Lake Temagami, the four cottages comprising this lodge each offer hard-to-beat views of the water from their own private decks (not to mention each comes with six beds, a fully equipped kitchen, comfy living room, and flatscreen TV). Run by the friendly Nobes family, Great Spirit Lodge is an ideal spot for fishing, paddling or boating, with every cottage permitted to dock two boats. 

Temagami Shores Inn & Resort

6612 ON-11

Temagami, ON P0H 2H0
(705) 569-3200

This gem on the shores of Lake Temagami features a range of suites and rooms, as well as three standalone cabins, each with its own kitchen, bathroom and porch where you can enjoy those lake views. It also boasts its own licensed restaurant complete with outdoor patio, as well as a docking system that can house up to 22 boats. Hikers will also be pleased to know they will be just steps away from Point Finlayson Provincial Park, and one of the most accessible stands of old growth pine in White Bear Forest.

White Pine Lodge

Parcel 13466

Haileybury, ON P0J 1K0
(705) 648-3833

About 20 km west of Highway 11 (plus a one-minute boat taxi ride) will bring you to this rustic lodge. It offers six different cottages, ranging from one to four bedrooms, and each equipped with full kitchen, dishes, and propane barbecue. Visitors can explore Lake Evelyn Lake and Montreal River or go hiking in the nearby forest looking out for eagles and osprey—and unwind at the end of the day at White Pine’s wood-fired, cedar-barrel sauna. Located in the boreal forest region, it’s also a great place to stay for those looking to catch the Northern Lights. 

Timberlane Rustic Lodges

249 Mill Rd

Mindemoya, ON P0P 1S0, Canada
(800) 890-4177

Hidden away in a peaceful spot along the south shore of Lake Manitou at Timberlane Bay, this full-service lake resort provides visitors with a range of private cabins or rustic suites to choose from. Guests will want to enjoy a few home-cooked meals (including the must-try pastries) at its dining room, set in a century-old farmhouse. Those looking to relax after a day of fishing or boating with a game of pool or darts can kick back for a few hours in the rec room.

Island Spring Cottages

113 Ketchankooken Trail

Mindemoya, ON P0P 1S0, Canada
(705) 377-4075

One of the more charming lodges on Manitoulin Island, this lodge offers 11 well-appointed cottages of varying size, each with its own kitchen and with great views of Lake Mindemoya. It is a great home base for a fishing outing, and offers boat rentals.

Red Lodge Resort

363 Red Lodge Rd

Sheguiandah, ON P0P 1W0, Canada
(705) 368-3843

More than 80 years old, this beautiful property has lost none of its hospitality or charm. It sits on Lake Manitou on Manitoulin Island, offering stunning views of the water, forest and surrounding valleys. Its expansive offerings includes a number of different room and cottage types, as well as a waterfront gazebo and campfire area.

Kesagami Wilderness Lodge


Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
(800) 253-3474

For more than two decades, this property, set on the pristine Kesagami Lake, north of the city of Cochrane, offers guests private and newly refurbished log cabins of their own or deluxe staterooms in the impressive main lodge. The on-site restaurant offers hearty fare (including the famous Michelbob’s Ribs) that will go over well with visitors after a busy day of sportfishing or hiking. 

Nanmark's Lighthouse Resort

340 Lighthouse Rd 

Callander, ON P0H 1H0
(877) 220-7358

Set on the peaceful south shore of Callander Bay, Lake Nipissing, this family-owned fishing resort offers a modern lodge experience without losing any of the rustic offerings expected of a cottage vacation. One-, two- and three-bedroom cottages are available, including the recently added Nipissing Hideaway, all offering spacious decks and lake views. Guests can rent one of the property’s cedar-stripped boats for fishing outings or explore the variety of golfing, shopping and dining options in the Callander Bay area. 

Rufus Lake Outfitters

PO Box 262 Stn Main

Kapuskasing, ON P5N 2Y4
(705) 367-0595

This remote getaway sits along a bay on Rufus Lake, one of five interconnected lakes known as the Opasatika Lake Complex—and is the only outfitter on the entire lake system. This has helped make it a popular spot for hunting and fishing, offering boat rental to those who need it. Visitors can choose between the property’s two- and three-bedroom cottages, all of which come equipped with stoves, heaters, and refrigerators.

Horwood Lake Lodge

PO Box 694 STN MAIN

Timmins, ON P4N 2K3
(866) 242-9992

This lodge is set on the shores of Horwood Lake is a favorite for trophy fisherman looking for walleye or northern pike—not to mention fans of ATV tours, mountain biking, kayaking, or blueberry picking. Eight cabins are available, with the largest able to accommodate up to 10 beds, and each with kitchen, bathroom and wraparound deck with lake view. Fun fact: the entire property runs on solar energy, which also means guests are discouraged from bringing their own electric appliances.

Auld Reekie Lodge & Outfitters

7 Auld Reekie Camp Road Box 58

Gowganda, ON P0J 1J0
(705) 624-3512

This property is located southwest of Timmins, in the remote wilderness region of Gowganda, where visitors will find an abundance of fish and wildlife, as well as plenty of hospitality. The lodge includes a handful of well-appointed lakefront cottages, complete with four-piece bathrooms, satellite TVs, WiFi, and appliances. But it’s the classic lodge experience that keeps people coming back. The property includes a licensed bar and dining room, serving up meals three times a day.

Marten River Lodge

36 Marten River Rd

Marten River, ON P0H 1T0
(705) 892-2351

Set on 12 acres of accessible waterfront along the beautiful Marten River waterway and a series of four lakes, this nearly 100-year-old lodge is an ideal spot for those looking to fish pickerel, bass, northern pike, and lake trout. Guests can enjoy the peaceful northern Ontario scenery from the screened porch of one of the nine, fully-equipped cottages. Guests get free use of the property’s kayaks, canoes, or water bikes, as well as access to its horseshoe pit and basketball court. The dining room serves up a hot breakfast, boxed lunch and three-course dinner, crafted by master chef Hans Peter Binz. 

Cedar Meadows Resort & Spa

1000 Norman St.

Timmins, ON P4N 8R2
(705) 268-5800

For those looking to get a bit pampered while getting away from it all, this 49-room, five-chalet property set on the Mattagami River brings a bit of luxury to your traditional Northeastern Ontario getaway. Guests can get a massage or facial at the on-property Le Spa Grande Nature or take a dip in the popular Nordic Baths or enjoy a meal of contemporary Canadian cuisine at the Voyageur Dining Room. Of course, those looking to get outdoors have plenty of options, as well: the property offers canoe rentals, wildlife tours and easy access to biking and walking trails—and snowmobiling trails in the winter.

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About Alex Palmer

Alex Palmer is a New York Times bestselling author who writes about travel, culture, and history for outlets including Smithsonian, Slate, and National Geographic. Learn more at alexpalmerwrites.com

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