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…

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

Newsletter June 2020

Summer is a time for joyful renewal in Canada. This year, it seems that more people than ever are seeking a nature-based retreat as a way to counter the stress and strain of our weeks of lockdown due to COVID-19. It’s been a very difficult year for many. We are putting together summer plans in […]