Looking for a summer getaway, but hoping to avoid the airport frenzy? If international travel is off the table for your 2022 warm weather plans, don’t fret––there are plenty of places to explore in Ontario that make for an excellent getaway (and the best news? No waking up at 5am to catch a crowded flight).
Located less than an hour outside of Kingston––a quick drive and ferry ride, to be exact––is Howe island, the fourth largest in the Thousand Islands chain. Howe island is home to beautiful natural views, bike trails, and scenic waterfront properties for you to plan your next weekend vacation.
Round up a few friends and snag a weekend at this luxurious AirBnB, Howe Haven Lodge, which features a huge octagonal, open-concept living space, complete with 360 degree views along the window-lined walls. This cottage retreat is nestled on a 30+ acre estate, with waterfront access, a firepit, kayaks, and a private outdoor dining area. The house sleeps 8 comfortably, with 3.5 bathrooms and tons of space for you and your guests to relax. The rustic design of the space is complemented by the vaulted ceilings and a huge, red brick fireplace in the centre of the common area. This is the perfect cozy retreat to enjoy the lush naturescape of the Thousand Islands area. Just don’t forget to bring your own groceries, as Howe island is a true escape, with no shops or convenience stores for those last minute essentials.
With many Ontarians making the decision to forgo international travel this summer, local vacation rentals are filling up fast (have you tried booking a campsite recently?). To avoid disappointment, be sure to book your rental well in advance. Happy exploring Ottawa!