The only vacation you'll regret is the one you didn't take. Sometimes we need to step back from our daily lives and give ourselves time to relax and recharge. But, we understand vacations can sometimes be expensive. So instead of going internationally, plan a staycation closer to home to save your funds. We've made a list of cheap Alberta cottages you can rent with your friends for under $250 a night and they're just what we needed.

We can smell the grilling burgers and roasting s'mores already. There is nothing like spending a weekend canon balling into the lake or reading a book in the hammock.

One of the best parts about renting a cabin with your friends is not only can you carpool together but you can split the cost too.

Over on Airbnb, there are so many stunning places to book, from eye-catching A-frame buildings, tree houses and even classic log cabins. But we suggest you claim your ideal weekend as early as possible before your dates are gone.

You might be surprised how much you can get for not much money. There is even a location on our list that is under $100.

It is time to text your friend and begin making road trip plans; the only struggle will be picking which spot to stay at first.

Cozy Cottage 

Airbnb Alberta

Price Per Night: $160

Neighbourhood: Sylvan Lake, AB

Why You Need To Go: There is plenty of space for you and up to five other friends in this 4-bedroom cottage that has a spacious deck with a BBQ area.

These prices and terms of occupancy are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.

Cozy A-Frame

alberta cottage

Price Per Night: $179

Neighbourhood: Sylvan Lake, AB

Why You Need To Go: It is a bright A-frame with plenty of style and room for six people. This spot would be ideal in the summer, as it is only a few minutes to Sylvan Lake beach.

These prices and terms of occupancy are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.

Bear Bungalow

Airbnb

Price Per Night: $114

Neighbourhood: Rocky View County, AB

Why You Need To Go: The rustic cabin is really charming surrounded by towering trees. Inside it has gorgeous wood log walls that make it feel cozy.

These prices and terms of occupancy are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.

Wood Cabin

Airbnb Alberta

Price Per Night: $245.50

Neighbourhood: Slave Lake, AB

Why You Need To Go: There are two cabins next to each other, with each one comfortably fitting six people. The spacious rentals have dock access at Lesser Slave Lake, making it perfect for swimming or boating.

These prices and terms of occupancy are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.

Woodsy Cabin Getaway

airbnb alberta

Price Per Night: $213

Neighbourhood: Red Deer County, AB

Why You Need To Go: This cabin is an absolute gem and has a hot tub where you can relax. It is also next to the river where you can go kayaking.

These prices and terms of occupancy are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.

Baby Bear Bunkie

Airbnb in Alberta

Price Per Night: $98.50

Neighbourhood: Bragg Creek, AB

Why You Need To Go: This mini chalet is very budget-friendly and close to hiking trails.

These prices and terms of occupancy are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.

Hidden Treehouse Chalet

airbnb alberta

Price Per Night: $171.00

Neighbourhood: Kehewin, AB

Why You Need To Go: You can sleep in the trees by booking this secret treehouse with your BFF.

These prices and terms of occupancy are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.

Cabin In The Woods

airbnb alberta

Price Per Night: $160.00

Neighbourhood: La Crete, AB

Why You Need To Go: There is so much to love about this property, not only does it have twinkling patio lights, but it comes with free breakfast too.

These prices and terms of occupancy are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.

Cottage With Mountain Views

Airbnb Alberta

Price Per Night: $147.20

Neighbourhood: Foothills No. 31, AB

Why You Need To Go: You can escape to 80 acres of gorgeous forest where you might even see deer. It is a peaceful spot to relax outdoors and soak in the mountain views.

These prices and terms of occupancy are confirmed at the time of publishing, but they can change at any time.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.