Hipcamp host Paul W.,
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This is an ideal cosy semi-wilderness getaway place for a couple, or a couple with a kid, or for a couple of friends who want separate rooms.  Come and smell the pines! The cottage is accessible by canoe (we provide an ultra-safe Grumman 17 foot canoe, paddles and life jackets) after the lake thaws in late April. In the Spring, there are wonderful clear vistas and there's fo

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This is an ideal cosy semi-wilderness getaway place for a couple, or a couple with a kid, or for a couple of friends who want separate rooms.  Come and smell the pines! The cottage is accessible by canoe (we provide an ultra-safe Grumman 17 foot canoe, paddles and life jackets) after the lake thaws in late April. In the Spring, there are wonderful clear vistas and there's forest walking with great visibility. The woodstove keeps it totally cosy indoors. There is often perfect seclusion with no one else on the lake. May is a great time to go, although it's too cold for swimming until June. In summer, it's a magically rustic summer escape with fabulous swimming in a warm lake.  

The cottage is an artistic gem on a safe and quiet lake with beavers and loons and numerous bird species -- owls, herons, hawks, ospreys, and many migratory songbirds. In over 20 years experience on the lake we've seen no bears. It's a cosy three-room place with a small bedroom (8x12) with an antique double bed; a main room (16 x12) with a single bed; and a kitchen (8X12). Sleeps 3, max. 

There's a cheery, pleasant and kid-friendly outhouse about 15 feet from the back door of the cottage. 

Groups of 2, or 2 people and a child, maximum. No big dogs, and no more than one small dog per group. There are beavers active nearby as well as porcupines and lots of other wildlife that we don't want disturbed by dogs. 

Access is by canoe only. It's a simple 15-minute paddle from the car park (except on the rare days its extremely windy, in which case canoeing steering skills and paddling strength are needed). We provide an ultra-safe very-hard-to-tip Grumman 17 foot aluminum canoe as well as life jackets and paddles. Or, bring your own canoe, but no motorized craft, thanks. 

The place is great for swimming, hiking, sailing, fishing, landscape painting, writing poetry, making music, napping, and lazing on the dock in the afternoon sun. (Kitchen dancing has been known to happen from time to time as well). There's a campfire pit with cooking counters and benches and a set of pots for small campfires and cookouts by the dock. So, depending on the weather,  and your inclination, you can cook indoors on gas, or outdoors on the fire. The cottage has a fully-equipped indoor kitchen, put together by people who love to cook, and eat, and socialize over food and wine and music.

There's solar-powered lighting, and a solar-powered cooler that keeps drinks and food cold. There's mininal phone service - texting works fairly reliably, but phone and email/mobile internet connection is sporadic at best. There's a wood stove for cool nights (bring some wood). We have 20 acres of forest so lots of room to roam and gather wood for your outdoor campfires. If you're burning our cut logs in the woodstove indoors please leave us a few bucks to pay for our wood cutting costs.

The lake has about 15-20 cottages but we're in a secluded cove with open forest for miles to the south and east behind our cottage. There are no roads anywhere near us. However, there's a small cabin about 150 metres to the north, and every once in a while the owners use it and that does break the seclusion. They're respectful and friendly, and they seldom come.

From our dock there are half a dozen docks visible along the forested southeast shore of the lake. If you come on weekdays you will likely have near-total seclusion. But the summer weekends are much busier, especially the holiday weekends. After Sept 1 the whole lake is completely quiet. If you want near-total seclusion come anytime between Sept 5 and May 24. 

This place was made by and for lovers, artists, poets, musicians, dreamers, writers, environmentalists, ecologists, escapists...and their children. 

Enjoy!

Lodging provided
Cabin
1 site
Up to 4 guests per site
Boat
No wheelchair access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
Bins available
No showers
No wifi
Laundry absent
Have a question? Send Paul a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 2PM
  • Cancellation policy: Super Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 2 nights
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within an hour
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Boating
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Wind sports
Climbing
Swimming
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Canoe Cottage Summer Joy! in Ontario.

Lake

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Hipcamper Manuel
Manuel S.
recommends this listing.
August 13th, 2022

We loved Paul’s cottage. We enjoyed canoeing and hanging by the lake. Sunset views from the deck and up the small hill where the cottage is located are breathtaking. We had good communication with Paul before and during our stay.

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Hipcamper Stella
Stella Z.
recommends this listing.
July 26th, 2022

love the cottage, so artistic and has a lot of personal touch. my husband said on the second day that he hasn't felt this relaxed for a really long time. We will miss this private and peaceful place and plan to come back!

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Hipcamper Alanna

Cute and cozy!

Alanna B.
recommends this listing.
July 24th, 2022

Paul’s place was great!!! Easy to find in the canoe. Super cute and cozy. Had just about everything we needed. Only thing I would say is the ground is not flat by the fire so couldn’t get comfy…. But it’s still great! Thanks Paul and Rosa!!

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Hipcamper Sarah

Great

Sarah M.
recommends this listing.
July 13th, 2022

We had a great time at Paul's cottage. Quiet, serene and quaint. Incredible collection of books and a cozy kitchen. A great place to disappear from life for a few days. Paul was very attentive to our stay, gave us advice on the local area and trails nearby.

Hipcamper Liz
Liz C.
recommends this listing.
July 6th, 2022

Beautiful , peaceful lake and such a lovely, whimsical cabin

Hipcamper Lindsay
Lindsay B.
recommends this listing.
November 2nd, 2021

We had the privilege of visiting Paul's cabin not once but twice in the last month or so. We knew as we paddled away after the first trip that we wanted to return as soon as possible.

The cabin itself is truly a work of art, and its intricate, whimsical details and delightful decor are definitely what stole our hearts. The kitchen is fully equipped with any and all utensils one may need. The lounging area is perfect for relaxing by the woodstove while enjoying some music, reading a book, attempting Scrabble or mastering the art of colouring. We had a few rainy days during our stays, and despite the weather, we had a wonderfully cozy time relaxing indoors.

The exterior of the cottage and the waterfront are both gorgeous (outhouse included). We had a great time exploring the entirety of the lake in the canoe, and also thoroughly enjoyed our morning coffees and sunset vino on the dock.

Paul is a remarkably hospitable and attentive host, even with limited cell service. He has truly gone above and beyond to ensure our visits to Ragged Lake were exceptional, and his generosity is sincerely appreciated.

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Hipcamper Laura

Charming cabin getaway

Laura D.
recommends this listing.
October 27th, 2021

We had an incredible weekend at Paul's cabin! The instructions and tips he provided us with leading up to our stay were so helpful and we had no trouble settling in once we arrived. The cabin has everything you could want for a quiet weekend in the woods, including a radio (bring extra batteries if you want to listen all weekend), games and loads of art, books and trinkets to spark your curiosity. The kitchen is well equipped and we had fun cooking up some delicious meals in the wood stove. The lake is beautiful for paddling, swimming (with easy access in/out) and we had a great hike around, using the maps and materials provided by Paul in the cabin. We were so charmed by the construction and thought put into Paul's cabin - it's not hard to fall in love with this spot, especially curled up next to the fire on a cool night. We didn't want to leave and can't wait to book our next stay!

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Hipcamper Tara

Late october

Tara D.
recommends this listing.
October 25th, 2021

We had the most lovely time at Paul's cottage! We chose a late October weekend - the views of the lake were stunning. We were warm and cozy the entire time thanks to the indoor fireplace and many blankets :) It's the perfect place to unwind with a good book. We played board games, took lots of naps, paddled the lake and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. The location was perfect and very private. Paul has literally thought of EVERYTHING - including a fully stocked kitchen and phone chargers. We can't wait to come back :)

Hipcamper Hayley
Hayley A.
recommends this listing.
October 19th, 2021

I had a lovely stay at Paul's Cosy Canoe Cottage. Paul was a very thoughtful, communicative host and was quick to answer any questions that arose. The cottage was the perfect place to relax - curling up by the fire with a glass of wine and a good book! I will definitely be back.

Awards

Best of 2022 Cabin
Finalist
Best of 2022 Ontario
Finalist
Property
Summer Joy! Cosy Canoe Cottage
State
Ontario
Country
Canada
CA$170/night
1 Site

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