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Yurt in Yarker, Canada
Our Yurt - Your Getaway. Rustic Luxury!
Reconnect with nature all year round at our enchanting yurt. Perfect for a romantic holiday. Nestled in the woods, directly across the road from the lake, it is private but not secluded. Your stay includes outdoor leisure equipment for fun on the lake every season. Just relax, I do the dishes! There's no running water in the yurts well-appointed kitchenette but everything else you need is there! The toilet is in an outbuilding by the yurt and a gorgeous guest shower room is up at the house.
Feb. 17 – 24
$203 CAD per night
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Cottage in Leeds and the Thousand Islands
Smugglers Getaway Riverfront B&B
Enjoy your privacy in this Riverfront cabin in the historic Smugglers Cove on the St. Lawrence River in the heart of the 1000 Islands. You'll enjoy the entire cabin with fantastic River views from your own patio. Conveniently located off of the 1000 Islands Parkway, one of the most beautiful scenic drives in North America, guests may enjoy walking, hiking and cycling the paved and scenic 37 km Waterfront Trail. You're welcome to arrive by boat or car; private entrance to your cabin.
Sep. 17 – 24
$343 CAD per night
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Guesthouse in Perth, Canada
Lakefront Cozy Cabin, Perth, On
Come and enjoy sunsets, stargazing, wildlife and our beautiful lake! A private, picturesque getaway suitable for a couple or solo travellers. 20 min SW of Perth/Westport,50 min. to Kingston, 1 hr to Ottawa. Our cozy guest cabin offers you a place to relax, rejuvenate, and explore. We want your stay to be a special one so please read the complete listing details. We are located in a natural lakefront setting in cottage country, so you must be comfortable with wildlife.
Feb. 13 – 20
$175 CAD per night

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Chalet in Westport, Canada
Xanadu - Zen waterfront retreat on Upper Rideau
Mar. 18 – 25
$380 CAD per night
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Treehouse in Chesterville
Tiny House Off-Grid Cabin & Wood Burning Sauna
Sep. 6 – 13
$210 CAD per night
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Cabin in Leeds and the Thousand Islands
A-frame Cottage Lakeside, Charleston lake
Jan. 29 – Feb. 5
$277 CAD per night
Cottage in Lansdowne
Cheerful Bright Cottage on the Water
Jun. 29 – Jul. 6
$283 CAD per night
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Guesthouse in Mallorytown
Adorable country guesthouse on Graham Lake
Sep. 25 – Oct. 2
$178 CAD per night
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Cottage in Athens, Canada
Windermere Cottage on Charleston Lake.
May 4 – 11
$282 CAD per night
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Cottage in Athens
The Dance Hall Cottage on Charleston Lake
Sep. 20 – 27
$481 CAD per night
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Cottage in Lyndhurst
Waterfront retreat in Leeds and The 1000 Islands
Apr. 23 – 30
$406 CAD per night
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Cottage in Lyn
Beautiful and Secluded Waterfront Cottage
Apr. 13 – 20
$342 CAD per night
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Yurt in Leeds and the Thousand Islands
Eco-Friendly Luxury Yurt by Charleston Lake
Sep. 2 – 9
$310 CAD per night
Cottage in Athens
Blue Bird's Nest - cozy 3 bedroom lakeside cottage
Oct. 9 – 16
$329 CAD per night
Cottage in Leeds and the Thousand Islands, Canada
Grippen Lake Getaway: Waterfront Cottage for 10
Nov. 9 – 16
$452 CAD per night

Your guide to Charleston Lake

All About Charleston Lake

Located in Eastern Ontario, 90 minutes from Ottawa, Charleston Lake is one of the prettiest lakes in all of Canada, boasting dozens of islands and 100 miles of shoreline adorned with hidden coves, secluded bays, and spectacular rocky cliffs. All of these distinctive features make it a spectacular location for boating, canoeing, and kayaking. The 6,000-acre lake forms part of the Charleston Lake Provincial Park, which is within the Frontenac Arch Biosphere — named after the stretch of exposed granite — recognized by UNESCO for its importance for biodiversity. The park also contains two beaches with some of the cleanest water in Ontario, ideal for a refreshing dip for swimmers of all abilities. The terrain is rocky and rugged, with forest landscapes offering many great hiking trails, including the 2.6-kilometre Sandstone Island Trail that brings you to the foot of unique rock formations. The more challenging nine-kilometre Blue Mountain Trail leads you to the top of the mountain for stunning views of the lake and surrounding area.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Charleston Lake

Summer at Charleston Lake sees mostly warm, sunny days for enjoying your stay in one of the many cottage rentals in the area. In July, the Charleston Lake Fireworks display is an annual celebration with a spectacular fireworks show over the lake. In nearby Athens, the popular Cornfest in August is worth visiting with its entertainment and kids’ games. In spring, you’ll enjoy sunny days with a mix of rain, so it’s a good idea to come prepared with a jacket. Fall is a great time to visit the region, with brilliant yellows and oranges filling the landscape. September welcomes a major country music festival in nearby Brockville, which showcases local and national musicians. If you’re visiting in winter, you can expect cold conditions and snow, so be prepared with proper waterproof boots, gloves, hats, and warm clothes.

Top things to do in Charleston Lake


It’s fun to explore the coves and bays of the lake from a kayak. You can set off from the Charleston Village public boat launch and paddle past Indian Head Rock, then wind through a series of large and small islands. The sandy shores at Huckleberry Hollow make for pleasant rest areas, but you can also continue to the Blue Mountain Trail, where you can jump out of the kayak and take a walk up the mountain for spectacular views over the lake. Kayak and canoe rentals, as well as maps, are available at local marinas.

The Sandstone Trail

The 2.6-kilometre loop within Charleston Lake Provincial Park is one of the park’s most interesting trails. On it, you’ll encounter unique rock formations caused by erosion. The trail’s highlight is a spectacular rock shelter that feels more like you’re walking through a cave. This shelter was used by the First Nations who lived here more than 1,000 years ago.

The 1000 Islands Tower

It’s a 30-minute drive to nearby 1000 Islands, where 130 feet above the town, the breathtaking views of the 1000 Islands and Saint Lawrence River will be your reward. The journey up the tower is via an elevator, and three observation decks offer panoramic views and spectacular photo opportunities. You’ll also find a gift shop where you can pick up souvenirs and maple syrup.

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