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Destination guide

Lake Joseph: Ontario's cottage country

In the heart of wooded Muskoka, where waterways and rivers carve the landscape, Lake Joseph vacation rentals are your ticket to join the well-to-do weekend cottage-goers of Toronto. Overlooking secluded sections of coastline, peppered with private pontoons, and ringed by large gardens where lanky pine trees soar to the rooftops, these cozy boltholes and timber-faced country lodges offer a fine balance between luxury and adventure. You can kayak by day and relax in spa pools by night, go hiking by morning and hit the hot tub by afternoon.

Things to do

Cranberries and Muskoka history in Lake Joseph

While the wooded banks and secluded bays of Lake Joseph are surely its main attractions, there are altogether different sorts of draws awaiting in the nearby towns. Start in Port Carling, where the al fresco art gallery that is the Port Carling Wall welcomes all who come to visit. Just to the south of that is the Johnston's Cranberry Marsh and Winery, where tasting sessions of Muskoka's tasty cranberry creations are offered on the lakeside. The Muskoka Lakes Museum is there, too. It's timber-built rooms host pioneer relics and collections of curious inventions.

Activities

Lazing, loafing, and floating in Lake Joseph

Lake Joseph offers an escape in the beautiful Muskoka backcountry. If you're done lazing on the deck of your private Lake Joseph vacation rentals, you can opt to hit the waters on kayaks or powered pontoons, sling the fishing rods in search of walleye and bass, or just don the walking boots for contemplative strolls through the maple groves and pines. A smattering of golf clubs, luxurious day spas, and yoga centers are at hand whenever you want to soothe the spirit. And there's even scenic motorcycling routes between here and the banks of Lake Huron.

Weather

Long summers on Lake Joseph

For lazing on that private deck and sunning yourself in the garden of your Lake Joseph vacation rentals, there's really no other time to visit this beautiful corner of Ontario than during the summer. That runs from May to September, and sees the cottage country around the waters come to life with crowds of Torontonians looking to escape the heat of the metropolis. For a quieter stay _ and slightly lower rates _ consider fall. The woodland looks wonderful then, as it changes from green to rust-red and gold.

Natural features

Explore Muskoka lake country around Lake Joseph

Lake Joseph unfurls northwards from the town of Port Carling into the depths of the beautiful Muskoka region. A postcard-perfect image of the Ontarian backcountry, its banks are covered with pockets of maple and pine, and its inlets are spattered with boulders and the timber boat jetties of old Victorian cottages here and there. There's no designated reserve but the whole area around Lake Joseph has clung steadfastly to its rustic character. You'll find empty roads for scenic drives, hidden ponds, and woods where moose mingle with white-tailed deer.

How many vacation rentals are available around Lake Joseph, CA?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 397 vacation rentals around Lake Joseph. From 304 cottage rentals to 80 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

Can I rent a waterfront property near Lake Joseph?

The lulling sounds, the immeasurable sense of peace, the stunning views... is there anything nicer than being around the water? Vrbo has 217 waterfront vacation rentals in this destination. Open to other ideas? Vrbo is teeming with other options to discover, including:

  • 106 lakefront vacation rentals.
  • 98 beachfront vacation rentals.
  • 87 beach vacation rentals.

Can I stay near Lake Joseph in a large group?

Whether you're taking off on a special trip with your relatives or spending a few nights away with your old school crew, it's always stacks of fun being in a new place together! The good news is that Vrbo has options to suit you. The leading choice for bigger groups here are cottage vacation homes, and you'll find 56 available. Properties for rent in this area that are perfect for large groups include:

  • If yours is a crew of 8, we have 76 vacation homes ideal for that size. Stay a night for as little as $82.
  • If you have 6 in your squad, you'll be pleased to find out that there are 63 vacation homes perfect. You can book one for as little as $85 per night.
  • Looking for vacation rentals catering to 10 people? You'll be delighted to learn we have 55 that'll be ideal. You can book one from just $168 a night.

So don't worry! When you book with us you can bring your mom, your grandma and all your besties to Lake Joseph.

Where are the cheapest rentals near Lake Joseph?

Say goodbye to sterile, drab chain-hotel rooms! Revel in the freedom of living like a local in a budget-friendly rental instead. Check out all the great options that can be snapped up now on Vrbo. You'll uncover loads of deals to boast about in Crystal Beach. The average price in this amazing area is $344 a night, and you'll have as many as 15 rentals to choose from.