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
  • classic Tarzan swing over the water
  • small sandy beach for young children to wade


Photo credit Paul Dewar


This private island retreat (Ottawa area) is one hour by car north of Kingston and is easily reached from the United States via the Thousand Islands International Bridge. It is one and a half hours by car south of Ottawa.



Rental Rates

2020 Weekly Rates in CAD:

  • $2199 May 23- June 20
  • $2399 June 20-June 27
  • $3299 June 27-Sept 5
  • $1899 Sept 5-Oct 10

Fancy Free closes for the winter after Thanksgiving.


Our visitors say…

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

Newsletter January 2020

As we move into a new year and a new decade, I’d like to take a few moments to thank the many people who have helped to make Fancy Free the very special spot that it is. Some of these are friends, some are family, some are neighbours, and some are guests who over the […]