- exclusive use of summer home and beautiful private island retreat on Big Rideau Lake
- antiques in every room
- water view from every window
- comfortable accommodation for up to eight
- free private parking and use of boats
- excellent swimming and fishing
- classic Tarzan swing over the water
- small sandy beach for young children to wade
Photo credit Paul Dewar
Fancy Free is a private island in the Ottawa area. It is located in an area of internationally recognized historical and environmental interest with two UNESCO designations: World Heritage Site and World Biosphere Reserve. Fancy Free is located 1.5 hours by car south of Ottawa and one hour by car north of Kingston. From the USA, it is easily reached from New York State via the Thousand Islands International Bridge.
2021 Weekly Rates in CAD:
- $2199 May 22- June 19
- $2399 June 19-June 26
- $3299 June 26-Sept 4
- $1899 Sept 4-Oct 16
Fancy Free closes for the winter the week after Thanksgiving.
Our visitors say…
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.
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…
Glad to be back as usual. Starting to wonder what I would do without this well-looked-forward- to week. Absolute relaxation!
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!
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!
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!
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!
A UNESCO-Acclaimed Landscape: Daydreaming and Day Tripping at Fancy Free: When Fancy Free reopens for the season in May 2021, it will be 140 years old. Since the time it was built, it has been passed down within the original families. Amazingly, it has never been sold. Our guests tell us that the exclusivity and […]