quality homes
Quality Homes blog

Our Top Five Locations to Build a Cottage Right Now

If the idea of sitting out on the dock with a glass of vino while watching the sunset is appealing to you; or if you love the idea of taking your kids to the lake every summer and teaching them to fish and waterski, then cottage ownership may be something that you want to consider. In Ontario, there is no shortage of amazing areas where you can build the perfect cottage that your family can enjoy for generations to come.


If you are looking for your perfect spot, you may want to consider one of these areas from our top five list!


1. Lake Huron Coast


If you’re looking for a cottage destination that includes long sandy beaches, walking trails along bluffs and pretty little towns, then the coast of Lake Huron is definitely worth exploring. At the centre of this popular destination is Grand Bend – a thriving resort town that attracts both retirees and the younger, “summer break” crowd. This area truly has something for everyone from lounging on the beach, golfing, taking in a summer concert or a stage production at Huron County Theatre, or spending the day with your family at Canada’s largest drag racing facility, Grand Bend Motorplex. A little farther North, you have the beautiful towns of Bayfield and Goderich, both of which have sandy shorelines and well-kept marinas. Locating your cottage along the Lake Huron coast will give you many amenities of a world-class resort area within a short drive of your home.


2. Collingwood Coast


Close to Blue Mountain and Wasaga Beach, the Collingwood Coast is a lively area with a rich history. This is a particularly good cottage area for those that like to take advantage of both summer activities like beachcombing and summer music festivals as well as winter activities like skiing and snowboarding. The area offers an array of water activities, museums, nightlife, craft breweries and more.


3. Midland Tiny Area


Located on the beautiful Georgian Bay in Simcoe County, this is a great area for those pine forests, rugged bedrock and even some sandy beaches thrown in for good measure. Some of the local attractions include the Jesuit Mission, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and the Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. And if you have a sweet tooth, you won’t want to miss the annual Butter tart Festival which takes place in June!


4. Kawarthas


Just outside of Peterborough lies the gorgeous unspoiled cottage country area that is known as the Kawarthas. Lovers of the great outdoors flock to this area for its lakes, waterways, and wilderness areas, while foodies enjoy the area’s many bistros, pubs, and craft breweries. The Kawarthas is also conveniently located a mere 90 minutes from Toronto, so whether you wish to go up to the cottage for a week, a weekend or even just a day it’s easy to leave the city behind for a more tranquil setting.


5. Lake Erie Coast Line


The shallowest of the Great Lakes, Lake Erie is a draw for beachgoers who love to bodysurf as well as fishermen who can’t get enough of the lake’s famous yellow perch. Haldimand and Norfolk County are popular cottage spots – particularly areas such as Turkey Point, Port Rowan and Dunnville. Cottagers can enjoy an array of outdoor activities including cycling the many bike paths in the area, birding, hiking and water activities.




If you would like more information on building your own custom cottage, contact Quality Homes today. We’d be happy to answer your questions and provide you with a quote.



  1. Send us a message online: click here
  2. Give us a call: 1-800-265-2648
  3. Send us an email: info@qualityhomes.ca