When the rest of Canada thinks of Quebec, we usually think of its cities: the arts, culture, and food of Montreal, or the rich history of Quebec City. But what many people don’t know is that Quebec is home to its own cottage culture, inspired by the province’s beautiful, scenic mountains and lakes and the quaint towns nestled in the countryside. Quebecers may not call their country vacation homes cottages (they prefer “chalets”), but they nevertheless have waterside getaways that rival any of the best cottage in Canada. If you’re interested in checking out the beautiful wilderness of Quebec, there are plenty of luxurious and scenic cottages available for short-term rental. Here are six that will have you planning your next vacation in Quebec.
This incredible view in Les Eboulements from $228 a night
An entire wall of windows ensures that this 5-bedroom vacation home on the shores of the St. Lawrence River has a mindblowing view. If you’re looking for a quiet place to escape, this rental offers the perfect antidote to hectic city life. Spend mornings staring out over the glittering water from the comfort of the large wraparound deck. Next you can head out for a day of hiking, or, if you prefer, checking out the nearby shops and sights, which include a chocolaterie and even an alpaca farm. Of course, you could also always stay home, sipping wine and cooking in the fully equipped kitchen, or firing up the grill and stargazing from the outdoor hot tub.
This secluded lakeside spot in Chute-saint-philippe from $1,142 a night
If you’ve ever truly wanted a place to yourself, this chalet offers that opportunity in the rarest of ways. The cottage sits on the edge of its own small private lake, which you can use at your leisure. Want to spend a day kayaking without a motorized boat in sight, or sit at the lakeside after dark? Or perhaps you just want to sit and take in the sound of total silence. All that and more is available at Méchante Cabane. The cottage itself stylish and modern, a log cabin construction with hip furniture and all the amenities you could need, including a working fireplace and satellite TV. Your days at this rental are truly your own. Sleep in, go for a hike one of the many nearby trails, or take advantage of their home concierge service, offering activities or your own personal chef. Whatever you do, you’re free to do at your own pace in this private paradise.
This modern architectural marvel in La Malbaie from $500 a night
This little cubic cottage won an architectural award for its interior design, which arranges the rustic wooden finishes we associate with cabin living in a charmingly light and airy formation. Inside, there are huge windows, a fireplace, a modern kitchen, and a sun room. Outside, there’s the glorious St. Lawrence Estuary and the beautiful woods. And a quick drive away is the town of La Malbaie itself, a place rich in history where you can find golfing and restaurants, including one that used to be an old prohibition house. The best of all worlds is available to you from this sleek perch on the edge of the river.
This elegant cottage in the woods in Mont-Tremblant from $1,370 a night
Do you dream of spending your days surrounded by trees? This elegant yet cozy five-bedroom rental in Mont Tremblant is nestled in the forest as part of the quaint Mont-Tremblant community. Mont-Tremblant is a well known ski resort in the wintertime, but it also has a lot to offer in the summer, when ski hills are replaced by hiking trails, ziplines, and horseback riding. There are also lots of cute restaurants and places to shop at the town’s bustling pedestrian village. This rental is a resort in itself, with lots of space, cathedral ceilings, a games room, and even a gym. It’s the perfect place to pamper yourself.
This beachy retreat in La Malbaie from $600 a night
“Breezy” is the word that will probably come to mind when you see this three-bedroom villa surrounded on three sides by the St. Lawrence River. There’s a definite light and carefree vibe here, with light permeating the white-walled space, falling upon accents of wooden furniture. With bed frames that look like they could have been built out of reclaimed driftwood and windows everywhere, this is the perfect place to take a siesta after a morning out on the water. There are plenty of sights to see, including — right from the villa windows — belugas and whales. And surrounded by 27 hectares of forest hiking trails, you’ll have plenty of space to explore.
This classic cottage in the woods in the Charlevoix Mountains from $517 a night
Most people are looking for a few basic qualities in a cottage: good views, a homey atmosphere, beautiful surroundings, and a chance to hunker down and play games with a glass of wine. This four-seasons rental on the St. Lawrence in the Charlevoix Mountains has all of that, making it the perfect family getaway package. It’s exactly what we think of when we picture a weekend at the cottage. The property has four cozy bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a lounge with a fireplace, a moose rack, and double knotty pine cathedral ceilings. Them tre are two outdoor terraces, ideal for sipping a morning coffee or an evening beer, and an outdoor hot tub you’ll fantasize about retreating to each day. It’s also a quick drive away from Quebec City, so you can take a day trip to explore one of Canada’s oldest cities and soak in Quebecois culture.
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