Testimonials

I don’t want to leave! Love the house, wonderful old photos, fireplace, fishing, great weather, otter, loons, sitting on the porch reading- hope heaven is like this!
S. W. Plymouth, PA.
Glad to be back as usual. Starting to wonder what I would do without this well-looked-forward- to week. Absolute relaxation!
J.R. Michigan
Fancy Free Island has proven how useful the internet can be. Our holiday has been everything we hoped for, and more! Having previously stayed in other cottages in past visits, none remotely compared. We hope to come back again to enjoy the beauty, calm and tranquility the island has offered us.
J. Sparr Derby, England
There is nothing that compares to the peacefulness of this lovely island. Our family has tied its heartstrings to it. We treasure every memory and can't wait for next year. Thank you!
J. F. Albrightsville, Pennsylvania
Rounding the corner of the porch this morning, coffee in hand, I startled the heron from his sentinel post on the old stone wall. He flew to the mainland, great wings flapping noiselessly, and I was reminded that soon we will be gone. It’s been an enchanted week, halcyon days and we knew it and admired them even as they slipped through our fingers like sunfish.. .
J.L. Toronto, ON
Thank you so much for sharing your idyllic little island with us! We all had such fun and leave refreshed and renewed. We will miss the loons at night and impromptu rope-swing marathons!
S.H. Middleton, DE
Thank you! We have never seen the lake more beautiful. We had perfect weather and a week of total relaxation...can’t wait to return...
S.W. Harrisburg, PA
An amazing reminder of what an Ontario cottage is like... although this is a cottage like no other! Like many others before us, we had an amazing week that seemed to fly by! Each day was a new adventure, treasure hunting, picnic on Long Island, boating to Portland, Tarzan-swinging, inner tube golf all around the island, s’mores and singing, amazing stars and moon watching, catching fireflies, waving to all who pass us by and last but not least THE FISHING!
P.M Winnipeg, MB
Wow! Do we have to say much more? This place has been everything we were looking for and more! [Fancy Free’s] charm and character is wonderful and the history and stories [it holds] must be amazing. We all enjoyed ourselves tremendously.
Elizabethtown, PA W.E.
We had a wonderful week in this special place. Our dog Aqua was in heaven and our kids got their first extended taste of cottage life... constant swimming off the dock, countless swings on the Tarzan rope and the easiest and most rewarding fishing that they could possibly experience. They are forever spoiled and will be shocked to learn someday that most fishing does not result in a fish at almost every cast!
C.M Ottawa, ON
Tom and Pam, I find it hard to put into words the feeling and memories that beautiful Big Rideau Lake evokes in me and my family. I have been vacationing on this lake since I was five years old. My husband and I continued this tradition with our children and now grandchildren... we have all fallen in love with this island and home. I say “home” because any other word would not describe Fancy Free. The history, the photographs, the love and attention your island receives is so deserved..we will all be sad to leave, including the dog.
S.W. Harrisburg, PA
This place is a quaint little treasure that makes you believe you belong here the minute you step on the dock!
A.D. Gloucester, ON
We had a wonderful time re-connecting with our Canadian roots, and we were especially pleased to have the family all together for a fabulous weekend of fun, swimming, canoeing and eating! We enjoyed our holiday here immensely, exploring reading (your collection of Canadian books is fantastic), and relaxing... thank you.
J.R-W. Leura, NSW, Australia
Thank you Pam and Tom! We have waited a whole year for our one week of peaceful bliss on this beautiful island. This year it was once again filled with wonderful times and precious family memories... we leave here with the fondest of memories and can’t wait to return next year.
J. F. Albrightsville, PA
Thank you for sharing your wonderful cottage. We had a fantastic week! Dogs spent hours jumping off the dock! Loved all the old photos, they really put things in perspective. Too bad the whole world can’t be this peaceful!
J.R. Butler, PA
Pirate Fest 2007 @ Fancy Free!...another amazing holiday, third year in a row..can’t wait for next year already.
M.H. Toronto
Enjoyed a great time at an island we have admired from the water for many years...
D.W. Toronto, ON
We had a lovely week: canoed a lot, swam, played on the rope swing, tried to wind surf, made trips to Ottawa, Perth and Westport, and spent time just reading and relaxing. Always feels that we get most relaxed just before we have to leave! We will take many happy memories with us.
D.R. Lancaster, PA
Fancy Free Island has proven how useful the Internet can be. Our holiday here has been everything that we had hoped for, and more! Having previously stayed in other cottages over past visits, none remotely compared. We hope to come back again to enjoy the beauty, calm and tranquility the island has offered us.
J.S. Derby, England
Lucked out with beautiful weather. Truly the place to be for pure relaxation. One note for wanna-be castaways: we decided to boat over to Portland. On our return, we took a left at Albecurque and ended up enjoying the scenery for another two hours. The good news was that in typical husband fashion, I was able to convince the family that was Mom’s fault!
L.M. Osgoode, ON
There is nothing that compares to the peacefulness of this lovely island. Our family has tied its heartstrings to it. We treasure every single memory and can’t wait for next year...
J.F. Albrightsville, PA
Yet another fabulous year at Fancy Free. Our second visit will not be our last. Weather was fantastic, fishing superb, lots of bass all around the island, don’t go far for them! A small island with big character..
T.L., and family England, Scotland, and Canada
Truly enjoyed all that the island offered visually and esthetically: the calm and reprieve from the city. The jumping rope was a source of entertainment for all. The boat show was incredible and the people of the Rideau Lakes very welcoming. Our two boxers enjoyed the freedom the island provided too!
P. and J. H. Gatineau, Quebec
Peaceful sunrises to flaming sunsets. What a place to reconnect with family, to recharge those worn out batteries of ours, to appreciate life in all its splendour. Thank you for giving us a chance to discover this little piece of heaven. Merci mille fois!
B.R. Manotick, ON
Sitting on the verandah in the morning with a cup of coffee is the perfect way to start the day. We enjoyed the solitude of this island as well as all the birds that visited us...kingfisher, hawks and woodpeckers. From the pictures at the cottage it’s easy to see that Fancy Free has been an important part of your family for generations... thank you for sharing it.
Y. and D. Bailey Brampton, ON
We had a wonderful time..so relaxing. Exactly what we needed. Really enjoyed sitting in the Adirondack chairs and watching the loons and the changing patterns of the water (mesmerizing). Thanks!
E.D. Kanata, ON
There is so much to love about this little island: the hummingbirds on the porch in the morning, the sound of the loons in the evening, the little frog that would peek into the window at night. The stars were amazing and the sunsets were glorious. We swam, fished, canoed, read, relaxed, and re-connected. We were fascinated by the family photos from the past and the feeling of being connected to the past, just by being here..even the dog had a great time!
M.C. Ottawa, ON
Wow! Did we ever have a great time... a perfect week of weather at wonderful Fancy Free. Our week started off with all the space we needed and the most water fun ever thanks to the Tarzan swing and all the great boats and toys. The stars came out every night after the most brilliant of Ontario sunsets. The kids had so much fun and the adults revelled in it...
M.H. Toronto
We hate to leave! But what a week we had! Fancy Free is truly a magical island. We have had the most incredible and satisfying vacation we’ve ever had. ..we fished, swam, took a boat ride every night and loved standing on the dock with the kids staring at the gorgeous sky of stars. We’ll never forget our perfect week here…
P.D. Downington, PA
Thank you so much for a unique and memorable vacation. Once again, the weather was beautiful, the fishing was great, the accommodations were perfect, and the ‘relaxation factor’ was five-star!
A.B. New Jersey
We had a wonderful time at Fancy Free in June. It was all that we had dreamed it would be…the kids did lots of swimming and the fishing was a great success…Thank you for sharing your little piece of paradise with us.
K.B. Pennsylvania
We are just getting back into the swing of things after our fabulous time at Fancy Free. We would like to thank you both- our trip and stay was everything that we had hoped it would be…it is truly a family haven.
S.B. Calgary
We ate, fished, hiked, explored, played and lost ourselves on Fancy Free. By day two, the city was a memory. The island was the perfect antidote.
T.Y. Toronto
Once again, Fancy Free was the highlight of our summer vacation. We saw a black martin, a muskrat, a beaver, blue jays and a Pileated Woodpecker, as well as plenty of loons. The abundant wildlife always amazes me!
J.S. Thailand
Fun in the water off the front dock at Fancy Free.
Fun in the water off the front dock at Fancy Free.
Pirate Day on Fancy Free, 2005
Pirate Day on Fancy Free, 2005