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Stay in vacation rentals and experience the best of Ontario

You'll never be short of somewhere to stay in Canada's second-largest province, whether you're in the market for towering city-center condos, spacious vacation homes, or secluded cottage rentals. Ontario offers a cornucopia of travel experiences for singles, couples, and bigger groups alike – from big-city shopping, dining, and museum-hopping in the Golden Horseshoe region, to tranquil weekend breaks in cottage country or canoeing in Killarney Provincial Park's 50-plus lakes. Still on the fence about visiting? Perhaps the world-famous Niagara Falls will give you that extra little incentive to book your Ontario vacation rental.


Sampling seafood dishes is always a must when you're in lake country; pickerel is a particular specialty in Northern Ontario. In Ottawa, why not tuck into a BeaverTail? Less sinister than it sounds, this cult snack is made of fried flattened dough with butter and a variety of toppings, and you can find them at Byward Market or in street stalls. Treat yourself to Mother Nature's bounty in the summer months by picking wild blueberries in northern Ontario, and don't miss the delectable cheddar cheese from Eastern Ontario. Top it all off with a drizzle of maple syrup and you're good to go!

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Must-see attractions close to vacation rentals in Ontario

The iconic Niagara Falls actually consists of 3 waterfalls: the largest one, Horseshoe Falls, straddles the border, while American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are on the US side. See them up close in the city of Niagara Falls, which also boasts a whole heap of other activities to keep you out of trouble. Parliament Hill typically tops any Ottawa itinerary, while Toronto is home to the CN Tower and the massive Royal Ontario Museum. For the outdoorsy types, Killarney, Algonquin, and Wabakimi are just some of Ontario's sprawling parks just waiting to be explored.

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Learn about Ontario's history near your vacation rental

Long before French and British explorers said bonjour/tally-ho to Ontario in the 17th century, the region was home to aboriginal tribes. Today, Ontario's archaeological sites and heritage attractions cover everything from ancient settlements to the province's post-colonial past. In Toronto, Fort York National Historic Site boasts a large collection of original buildings from the War of 1812, and the Fort York Guard seasonally demonstrates battle tactics and artillery drills. You might also want to call into Brantford's Bell Homestead National Historic Site, where Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1874.

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Transit options from your Ontario vacation rental

Major Ontario cities like Toronto, Ottawa, and Hamilton have extensive public transit systems, while rural destinations, including the heart of "cottage country" in Muskoka, are difficult to get around if you haven't got wheels of your own. Generally speaking, public buses ply the cities and sizable towns, or you can always hop on a Greyhound or Megabus coach. VIA Rail provides train journeys throughout Ontario, as well as Amtrak connections if you need to cross over to the US.

Essential info

Facts to remember when you're staying in Ontario vacation rentals

Ontario is home to more folk than any other part of Canada, and its capital, Toronto, is the country's most populous city; of Ontario's 14 million residents, nearly 3 million live in Toronto. Canada's capital, Ottawa, is also in Ontario. Tipping is standard in Canada; as a general rule, you should tip about 15% to 20% at restaurants and bars. The legal drinking age is 19 in Ontario, and if you find yourself in trouble, dial 911 for emergencies.

How many vacation rentals are available around Ontario?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 5,711 house rentals around Ontario. From 1,569 cottage rentals to 1,569 cabin rentals, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Ontario is on Vrbo.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Ontario?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ontario. From Vrbo Canada travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Muskoka Lakes: 356 vacation rentals
  • Toronto: 1,629 vacation rentals
  • Ottawa: 261 vacation rentals
  • Grand Bend: 76 vacation rentals
  • Quinte's Isle - Prince Edward County: 260 vacation rentals

And Vrbo Canada offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Ontario! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Ontario?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Ontario:

  • Toronto: 1,629 rentals
  • Ottawa: 261 rentals
  • Wasaga Beach: 469 rentals
  • The Blue Mountains: 446 rentals
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake: 361 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to Ontario?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in Ontario are:

  • Toronto, ON (YYZ-Pearson Intl.): 1,618 home rentals
  • Ottawa, ON (YOW-Macdonald-Cartier Intl.): 238 home rentals
  • Smiths Falls, ON (YSH-Montague): 23 home rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Ontario?

Vrbo Canada offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Ontario. From Vrbo Canada travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Point Pelee National Park: 40 vacation homes
  • Wasaga Beach Provincial Park: 521 vacation homes
  • Blue Mountain Ski Resort: 506 vacation homes
  • Elora Gorge Conservation Area: 63 vacation homes
  • Canada's Wonderland: 1,628 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around Ontario listed on Vrbo Canada where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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