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Stay on the water this summer in these stunning floating accommodations

Check out these unique suites that get you as close as possible to the water’s edge.
Floating Water Villas at Chic Shore: Temagami, ON

If you’re the type who considers time by the water an essential part of any summer getaway, these novel accommodations are sure to take your vacation experience up a notch. 

With these floating accommodations, you’ll be staying right on the water. With zero travel time to factor in, you can make the most of every minute!

Floatel: Penetanguishene, ON


These very cool on-the-water accommodations at Hindson Marina on Georgian Bay in Penetanguishene offer five different rooms, from the spacious, two-bedroom Commodore suite to the one-king-bed Admiral’s room. All feature large windows so you can soak in the views of the water and shoreline, and behind the marina there’s a marsh where you’re likely to see Canada geese, trumpeter swans and lots of other wildlife. 

You’ll have all of the comforts here, including satellite TV, air conditioning and free WiFi. There’s also an adjoining BBQ cabana for guests to enjoy, a children’s playground and a heated, in-ground swimming pool. Watch the boats sail in and out of the harbour from these unique, pet-friendly accommodations. If you’re lucky, you may even get some homemade butter tarts! 

Lac Seul Floating Lodges: Hudson, ON


This is a truly unique experience where you get to stay on your very own houseboat. The dock for these floating lodges is on Lac Seul in Hudson, Ontario, known for its world-class fishing. The lake is chock full of walleye, northern, musky and smallmouth bass, with the fish literally at your doorstep! 

A houseboat rental lets you really get away from your everyday routine; you are surrounded by nature, right on the water, experiencing the best of Northwestern Ontario up close and personal—both the pristine wilderness and life on the lake. The houseboats include lots of comforts, including two bathrooms, a back-up generator, cookware and dinnerware, a flat-screen tv, reading lights, USB charging outlets, a screened-in porch, lawn chairs, a propane BBQ, and life jackets. 

If fishing’s not your thing, that’s okay too. You can bring your canoe or kayak and spend hours exploring Lac Seul. Nature lovers will want to bring their cameras to capture images of the wildlife in their natural habitats. Sunrise and sunset are spectacular here too. 

House boating works equally well for groups large or small; just bring your favourite people for what’s sure to be a memorable getaway. 

Floating Water Villas at Chic Shore: Temagami, ON


These accommodations you have to see to believe. The Temagami Water Villas include a floating geodesic glamping dome and a stunning A-frame you can rent for an unforgettable stay. The villas are fully equipped with luxurious amenities and thoughtful touches, ensuring guests’ comfort. The Grand Villa sleeps five and is perfect for young families. The A-Frame Villa is ideal for two, whether it’s a romantic couple’s getaway, a weekend away with a friend or a parent and child vacay. 

You’ll be staying in a serene, private area with views of Lake Temagami that can’t be beat; enjoy the view from bed or from one of the outdoor sitting areas or fire pits. Your rental also includes a canoe and paddle board, so you can get out onto the lake and spend hours on the water. There are some pretty fantastic extras available too, such as opting to have your fridge stocked in advance or booking the floating hot tub. The folks at Chic Shore have thought of everything. 

Gordons Bobcaygeon Holiday Rentals: Bobcaygeon, ON


These river bunkies are floating cottages located on Jelly Bean Row on the Bobcaygeon River. Each of these small cottages floats in its own boat slip beside the marina. Most units sleep up to five guests and include a loft bedroom, two bathrooms, full kitchens, dining and living areas, and a flat-screen tv. All of the bunkies feature sliding doors that open up onto a deck and access to a swim platform and ladder. Many also include their own BBQ, picnic table and umbrella.

Bobcaygeon River connects Pigeon Lake and Sturgeon Lake via Lock 32. Gordons Bobcaygeon is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and the lock. Watch the boats go by or rent your own watercraft (boats, canoes, paddle boards and kayaks) from nearby Buckeye Surf and enjoy time out on the water. Best of all, this is a pet-friendly property so you can bring the whole family!