Fancy Free is an authentic five bedroom island cottage for rent in the Ottawa area. This Victorian cottage is on an idyllic private island, a half-acre in size, located in a UNESCO heritage area in eastern Ontario – Big Rideau Lake. Rental includes the use of a small motorboat, a sailboat and several light craft. Maximum group size is eight. Rentals are for a minimum of a week. The rental season runs from late May to early October.  For a full description of Fancy Free’s amenities please see the About page.

A warm welcome

One of the things that sets Fancy Free apart is the care we take to ensure that our guests have the optimum experience possible. That begins with a good introduction to the cottage and island. Every guest at Fancy Free is welcomed personally on the first day and taken over to the island by boat for a quick tour. Once you are well-versed with where to find everything you need and how it all works, you have the island to yourself.

This warm welcome ensures our guests are comfortable and sets the scene for a memorable vacation that dozens of families have told us was their best family holiday ever.  

2024 Weekly Rates in CAD:

  • Sat June 1- Sat June 15: $2309
  • Sat June 15-Sat June 22: $2519
  • Sat June 22- Sat June 29: $2939
  • Sat June 29- Sat Aug 31: $3464
  • Sat Aug 31- Sat Oct 12: $1994

Fancy Free closes for the winter the week after Thanksgiving.

How do I book?

You can start the booking process by contacting us using this form.



Check availability here:

Fancy Free is available for rentals from late May to mid October. The minimum rental is one week in length. We regret we are not able to offer long weekends unless the week following the weekend is also booked.

Booking & Deposit:

A non-refundable deposit of 20% is required to reserve the cottage, and a damage deposit of $400.00 is required upon rental, which is returned after the owners have had time to inspect the cottage and the telephone bill has cleared.

When your booking is confirmed, you will receive a package with detailed directions, maps, etc. Arrangements are made to greet all guests upon arrival and to tour the property with them, making sure they are comfortable and settled in.


Cancellation policy:

The deposit of 20% is non-refundable. The balance payment of 80% is refundable upon written notice of cancellation up to six weeks before the start of the rental. If the cancellation is made less than six weeks before the rental start date, the owners will return the balance payment only if the cottage is re-booked.


Please feel free to contact the owners, Tom and Pamela Gough at pgough@sympatico.ca or 416-236-2037.

Rocking chair photo credit John Edkins.

island cottage for rent in the Ottawa area


Fancy Free 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. LINK TO MAP

This island cottage is for rent in the Ottawa area.

Find out about Day Trips in the area here.

Group Size Limit

Fancy Free Island has a maximum group size of 8 persons at any one time.


Fancy Free welcomes children. Children who have not learned to swim need to be watched closely on the island for safety reasons.


Pets are allowed with approval.

Photo by John Edkins.

Photo by by John Edkins 2011
Island cottage for rent in the Ottawa area


There is no smoking or vaping allowed on Fancy Free Island or in Fancy Free cottage.


Guests are not to exceed the cottage limit of eight people at a time


We provide complimentary private parking for up to two vehicles on our mainland docking area.

Photo credit John Edkins.