Algonquin Park is one of the most popular camping destinations in the world, but for those who prefer a few more comforts, a diverse selection of cozy Algonquin rental cabins and cottages await your stay. Rent a restored Algonquin log cabin for an authentic heritage experience in the park’s interior, or choose a modern Algonquin cottage rental for a family staycation everyone will love. 

Read on to discover vacation rentals, classic cottage resorts and one-of-a-kind Algonquin cabin rentals—whether you’re after an off-grid getaway or something more deluxe, these stunning properties make inviting and convenient bases for exploring the park’s breathtaking natural beauty.

[This article is part of the Ultimate Algonquin Park Travel Guide 2021Find all the resources you need to plan an adventure-filled trip to Algonquin Park.]


Algonquin Ranger Cabins

Situated inside Algonquin Park, Ranger Cabins are rustic wooden cabins with limited amenities—most have no electricity, indoor bathrooms or running water! These are authentic, ranger-built heritage cabins restored by the park for rental use. Many can only be reached by canoe, however five Ranger Cabins are also accessible by vehicle, giving casual visitors an Algonquin rental with a unique opportunity to soak up a bit of park history.

Brent Ranger Cabins

Located on a peninsula jutting out from the north shore of Cedar Lake, the Brent Ranger Cabin and smaller Deputy Ranger Cabin are nestled among red and white pine with a scenic view of the lake. The main log cabin has four bedrooms (sleeps 10), a living room with a wood-burning stone fireplace and a kitchen. Modern conveniences include propane stove and fridge, solar lights, bunks with mattresses and vault toilets a short walk away.

Constructed in 1932 from pine logs available on-site, the Brent Deputy Ranger Cabin is an intimate one-room cabin that sleeps two and offers an outdoor kitchen with propane stove and solar fridge, picnic table and gorgeous lakeside deck. Cedar Lake is found on the less-visited north side of Algonquin Park, accessible from Highway 17.

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Kiosk Ranger Cabin

In the northwest corner of Algonquin park, Kioshkokwi Lake—also known as Kiosk—is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful large lakes and winding, trout-filled rivers located in this area of the park. The original Kiosk Ranger Cabin was constructed in 1927, and then relocated and rebuilt on its present site beside Kioshkokwi Lake in 1936, with electricity installed in 1956. Today, mature white pine trees shade this two-bedroom waterfront log cabin with five-star sunset views. The cabin is equipped with a sitting area, electric fridge, stove and heat, running cold water and toilets a short walk away. 

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Rain Lake Ranger Cabin

Accessed from the village of Kearney, on the west side of the park, this waterfront Algonquin log cabin enjoys a long view down Rain Lake from its secluded forest site. The Rain Lake Ranger Cabin features two bedrooms, a screened porch and propane-powered fridge, stove, lights and heater. Composting toilets are located nearby, and are shared with a handful of jump-off campsites used by paddlers heading into the park’s interior. From the cabin, visitors can canoe and fish on Rain Lake, portage farther into the park or take a hike on the Western Uplands Backpacking Trail.

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Algonquin log cabins

Wolf Den Nature Retreat

The Wolf Den Nature Retreat offers beautiful log cabins situated on the Oxtongue River, just a few minutes’ paddle from Oxtongue Lake. Conveniently located 9 km from Algonquin’s West Gate, these self-contained, fully equipped eco-cabins are perfect for couples, families or friends, with one to three bedrooms and gorgeous square-log construction. Across Highway 60, family hostel-style cabins share kitchen and lounge facilities in the Wolf Den’s main lodge. These are ideal for solo travelers and shoestring vacations—as well as being a fun, unique way to meet other outdoor enthusiasts and share stories about your experiences in the park.

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Algonquin Log Cabin at Voyageur Quest

Voyageur Quest combines unique off-grid accommodations, exceptional outdoor guides and outstanding local cuisine to create award-winning Algonquin Park experiences from their location on Kawawaymog Lake at the park’s northwest corner. Book a stay at their Algonquin Log Cabin to enjoy rustic ambience, delicious gourmet meals and a peaceful wilderness setting with daily guided excursions on foot and by canoe. Hike to spectacular forest viewpoints, enjoy a misty morning paddle on Surprise Lake and bask in the cabin’s sauna. Or choose an adventure package that combines a log cabin stay with backcountry canoe camping.

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Hay Lake Lodge & Cottages

Situated on the quiet east side of Algonquin Park, just a 15-minute drive from the village of Whitney and the park’s East Gate, Hay Lake is a peaceful place to disconnect from the city and reconnect with nature. Hay Lake Lodge offers five traditional Algonquin log cabins, well spaced along the shore of this lovely 16-kilometer-long lake. Each of the lakefront cabins features all the modern amenities of a fully equipped cottage, with one-, two- or four-bedroom layouts. Guests can paddle complimentary canoes and kayaks into adjoining lakes or up Hay Creek into the Algonquin Park interior.

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The Singin’ Ranger’s Log Cabin

Perfect for cabin lovers, aspiring off-gridders, eco-friendly travelers and Algonquin Park adventurers, this hand-built log tiny home is tucked among a private acre of trees just five minutes from the park’s East Gate and walking distance to the village of Whitney. The cabin is a labor of love for its owner/builder, Adam, who constructed it out of trees he felled on the property. High ceilings, ample natural light, and solar-powered electricity and hot water for showers make this cabin a comfortable as well as eco-conscious space. Amenities include a cozy loft (sleeps two), vintage Algonquin Park library, indoor composting toilet, propane stovetop and mini fridge/freezer. Adam is a former Algonquin Park backcountry ranger and hosts an outdoor campfire concert in the evening as part of your Airbnb experience.

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Algonquin waterfront cabin rentals

Limberlost Forest Cottages

Conveniently located a short drive to the West Gate of Algonquin Park and to downtown Huntsville, Limberlost Forest & Wildlife Reserve is also a stunning destination in its own right. Established in the early 1900s as a premier recreational resort, today Limberlost is a publicly accessible, private, year-round wilderness haven with 20 pristine lakes and more than 10,000 unspoiled acres of mixed forest. The reserve offers scenic canoe routes and an extensive four-season trail network, as well as 12 lakefront cabin and cottage rentals. Choose from rustic log camping cabins, traditional family cottages or luxurious private lodges—all steps from the water, canoes and kayaks included. And they’re pet-friendly!

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Algonquin Cottages at Voyageur Quest

Located on Kawawaymog Lake at the park’s northwest corner, Voyageur Quest’s private Algonquin Cottage Rentals offer all of the best outdoor activities combined with full 21st-century amenities. Well-equipped kitchens, running water, indoor washrooms, hot showers and electric lights make these off-grid, solar-powered cottages comfortable for everyone. The cottages include use of canoes, kayaks and SUPs to paddle right from the dock into Algonquin Park.

Perched on a tiny island in the middle of Kawawaymog Lake, the Algonquin Island Retreat is a cozy, paddle-in cabin perfect for couples looking for a private escape. Families enjoy the Manitou and Lost Dog Cottage, while the Nipissing Cottage Outpost is ideal for larger groups with ample docks, decks and an out-of-this-world floating sauna.

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Killarney Lodge

Nestled on a pine-clad peninsula just off Highway 60 in the heart of Algonquin Park, Killarney Lodge boasts both a fabulous lakeside location and an elegant, rustic ambience. Each of the lodge’s secluded log and pine cabins includes a personal canoe and a waterfront porch with intimate views of Lake of Two Rivers. Explore paddle-and-portage routes, cycle the Old Railway Bike Trail and enjoy casual or ambitious hikes—all right from your cabin door. 

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Bartlett Lodge

An Algonquin Park landmark since 1917, Bartlett Lodge is an oasis of luxury and fascinating history set amid the wild beauty of Algonquin’s Cache Lake. Whether your idea of the perfect vacation is a lakeside deck and a comfy reading chair, or an ambitious paddle-and-portage adventure to a remote lake, Bartlett’s cozy log cabins ensure you’ll end each day in comfort. Located near the mid-point of the Highway 60 corridor, guests park their vehicles at Cache Lake and board Bartlett’s freighter canoe for the short ride to their shoreside cabins. Private one-, two- and three-bedroom Algonquin cabin rentals are available.

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Arowhon Pines in Algonquin

Hidden in the heart of Algonquin Park’s backcountry, yet accessible by dirt road from the Highway 60 corridor, Arowhon Pines offers luxury without compromising on location. Experience Algonquin’s world-famous lakes, trails, wildlife and tranquility while “un-roughing” it with a king-size bed and fireside lounge chair. Private and shared lakefront log cabins feature one, two, three, four or more bedrooms. Paddle complimentary canoes, kayaks or SUPs through the portage-free chain of lakes north to Teepee, Littledoe and Tom Thomson lakes. Spend a morning hiking the lodge’s trail system, try your hand at sailing on Little Joe Lake or simply sit back in a Muskoka chair and take in the resplendent fall colors from your private deck.

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Algonquin waterfront cottage Airbnbs

 

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Otter Haven at Otter Lake

This newly renovated retreat on the shore of small, motor-free Otter Lake is pretty much our vision of the perfect Algonquin cottage—900 square feet of cottage comfort with a just-right rustic flare and idyllic lake views from the spotless living areas and cozy sleeping loft. Otter Haven sleeps four to six across three bedrooms and features a fully equipped kitchen, propane fireplace, air conditioning and peaceful outdoor lounge area. Take the complimentary kayaks for a tour around the lake, and swim from the cottage’s sand beach, dock or floating platform. Otter Haven is located a short drive from Huntsville, close enough to Algonquin to spend your days adventuring in the park and your evenings enjoying a lakeside campfire at the cottage.

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Staycation Cottage at Lake of Bays

Tucked in a quiet location on Dwight Bay, this unpretentious lakeside cottage is just 15 minutes from the West Gate of Algonquin Park and five minutes from the village of Dwight—home to a locally famous bakery and other amenities. With two bedrooms (sleeps five), wireless Internet, fully equipped kitchen, 150 feet of private waterfront and spectacular sunsets from the dock, this Algonquin rental is perfect for a low-key family staycation on the park’s periphery.

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Rose-Eh-Chalet, Bancroft

For a seriously serene Algonquin cottage rental close to the park’s southern panhandle, this newly updated, three-bedroom (sleeps five to six) beauty boasts gorgeous lake views from every window. Nestled in hardwood forest, the Rose-Eh-Chalet may look like your average rustic A-frame chalet, but step inside and you’ll be treated to a well-appointed kitchen, delightfully bright and cozy living areas flooded with natural light, and spa-like bathroom with rain head shower and pebble floors. The cottage’s outdoor spaces are just as lovely—a spacious deck with wood-burning fireplace and cheerful string lights, and a to-die-for dock with canoe and kayaks at the ready. Algonquin Park’s scenic High Falls and York River are a short drive away, but the cottage’s crystal-clear, no-motor lake invites you to stay right where you are.

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Camp Bongopix Cabins

With a rustic, sociable vibe and five retro-themed cabins by the water, Camp Bongopix offers a fun (and sometimes rowdy) cottage atmosphere for younger adults. These quirky one- and two-bedroom cabins are pet-friendly so you can bring your pooch (or adventure cat) to Algonquin Park. If it’s raining, play retro video games (there’s no WiFi) or sample the inventory of board games, VHS tapes and vinyl records. Each cabin includes a retro kitchen, bathroom and outdoor fire-pit. Grab a complimentary canoe to paddle across Galeairy Lake into Algonquin Park, and don’t miss the free campfire jam every Saturday night. Located on the Madawaska River near the village of Whitney, Camp Bongopix cabins are a five-minute drive from the East Gate of Algonquin Park and close to the park’s superb visitor center, logging museum and popular hiking trails.

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Rose-Eh-Chalet, Bancroft

If the Rose-Eh-Chalet (see above) sounds like your perfect Algonquin cottage rental, you can add pet-friendly to this Insta-worthy Airbnb’s list of charms. Pups (and people) enjoy the chalet’s peaceful forest setting and spacious grassy yard, and Carfrae Lake’s impossibly blue, loon-filled waters.

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Limberlost Forest Cottages

An Algonquin cottage rental at Limberlost Forest & Wildlife Reserve is both pet-friendly and conveniently located a short drive to the West Gate of Algonquin Park or downtown Huntsville. Fido will love the easy canoe routes and more than 70 km of scenic hiking and biking trails. The reserve offers 12 lakefront cottages and log chalets to choose from—all steps from the water, canoes and kayaks included.

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Oxtongue Lake Cottages

Located on the shores of Oxtongue Lake, just 10 km from the West Gate of Algonquin Park, Oxtongue Lake Cottages is a pet-friendly, family resort with one-, two- and three-bedroom beachfront cottage rentals. Each of the 12 lake-view cottages offers something special, from rustic log charm to tasteful modern décor, and all are situated steps from the resort’s lovely sand beach and grassy kids’ play area. Use of canoes and kayaks is included; explore the lake or make the half-day round-trip paddle up the Oxtongue River to Ragged Falls.

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Adventure Lodge Algonquin

The nine cozy log cabins and cottages at Adventure Lodge Algonquin create a romantic setting for this couples-only, pet-friendly retreat on the eastern edge of the park. Guests enjoy a Jacuzzi and wood-burning fireplace in each cabin, with all-inclusive gourmet breakfasts and dinners served right to your door. The Adventure Lodge is just a 10-minute walk from the town of Whitney, and an even quicker drive to the East Gate of Algonquin Park. Use of canoes and kayaks to explore the adjacent Madawaska River and Galeairy Lake is included with your stay.  

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Blue Moon Retreat

Adults and well-behaved pets are invited to relax and reconnect at this small cottage resort on undeveloped Purdy Lake, 30 minutes from south Algonquin Park. Blue Moon Retreat offers four comfortably appointed one- and two-bedroom cottages nestled in almost 12 acres of forested land with 800 feet of shoreline and unspoiled views of the lake from their private decks. Complimentary canoes and kayaks invite a tour of Purdy Lake’s clear waters, and a nature trail around the property is perfect for morning and evening dog walks. 

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Algonquin waterfront cottage resorts

Blue Spruce Resort

Just minutes from Algonquin’s West Gate, this fully equipped housekeeping resort boasts comfortable lakeside cottage rentals and a superb, on-site trail network for hiking or cross-country skiing/snowshoeing. With cozy, wood-burning fireplaces and lake views, the Algonquin cottages here are perfect for a couples getaway or a family vacation. Situated on Oxtongue Lake, Blue Spruce Resort guests enjoy use of the resort’s canoes, kayaks and paddleboards to tour the lake or make the half-day trip to spectacular Ragged Falls on the Oxtongue River. Algonquin Outfitters is just next-door if you’re planning a longer paddling adventure in the park. 

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Cloverleaf Cottages Resort

Also on Oxtongue Lake, Cloverleaf Cottages offers a traditional, family-oriented Algonquin resort experience with 13 beachfront and lake-view rental cottages to choose from. Enjoy a 450-foot sand beach, paddle to Ragged Falls or head into the park along Highway 60. Canoe and Smoke lakes access points, as well as the Whiskey Rapids and Hardwood Lookout trails, are nearby. All cottages include use of canoes and kayaks, and have wireless Internet and satellite television for those rainy days.

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The Pines Cottage Resort

Yet another option on popular Oxtongue Lake, the 10 cozy cottages and sandy swimming beach at The Pines Cottage Resort are ideal for family staycations on the edge of Algonquin Park. Children’s play area, programming for kids, and free use of canoes and kayaks make these fully equipped housekeeping cottages an easy option for busy families.

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White Birches Cottages

Nestled right on the shores of Oxtongue Lake, the 11 beachfront cottages at White Birches enjoy cool lake breezes from the resort’s grassy lawns. Lakefront living doesn’t get much closer than this Algonquin cottage rental. Each of these simple white-clapboard cottages is equipped with a full kitchen, picnic table, campfire area, WiFi, and use of canoes and kayaks. Choose from one- or two-bedroom layouts.

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Pine Grove Point

Situated on the shores of Benoir Lake at the southern tip of Algonquin Park, Pine Grove Point cottage resort and campground is just five minutes from the park’s Kingscote Lake access, and a perfect departure point for day trips to the spectacular High Falls. Guests can launch canoes right from Pine Grove Point’s dock and paddle up the scenic York River to the falls. Pine Grove Point offers a family-oriented camping and cottage resort experience, including four self-catering rental cottages, a sandy swimming beach, children’s playground, canoe and kayak rentals, restaurant, ice cream bar and camper’s store.

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