- 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
- high speed WIFI
- 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.
2023 Weekly Rates in CAD:
- $2199 May 20-June 17
- $2399 June 17-June 24
- $2799 June 24-July 1
- $3299 July 1-September 2
- $1899 Sept 2-Oct 14
Fancy Free closes for the winter the week after Thanksgiving.
Our visitors say…
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!
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!
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…
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.
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!
Welcome to 2023! As you are reading this you are probably dreaming of the upcoming summer and thinking about what life at a cottage on an island in Big Rideau Lake might be like. Let’s do a thought experiment and pretend you are going to Fancy Free Island for the first time, and it’s mid-June. […]