Located on a private island on spectacular Big Rideau Lake near Portland, Ontario, Fancy Free is a historic five bedroom Victorian cottage available for rental for a maximum of eight people.

Fancy Free Island is a place apart. Experience the magic of Ontario cottage life on a private island.

Fancy Free’s rental fee includes exclusive use of the summer home with an accompanying motor boat and sailboat, plus numerous smaller craft for lots of fun on the water.

Close to the mainland, yet separate, Fancy Free is the ultimate retreat. With sunny days and starry nights, summer memories are made here.

Fancy Free is a historic landmark of the Rideau Lakes, a designated Unesco World Heritage Site in a region of international cultural and environmental significance.

Amenities Include

  • 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.



Rental Rates

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!
S. W., Plymouth, PA.

Newsletter January 2023

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. […]