From drinks on the patio to day trips for ice cream, summer is one of the best seasons of all. A major plus of summertime for many is booking a vacation. Escaping to a cozy cottage and striking up conversation with friends by a campfire is a blissful element of warm summer nights. Even on a budget, there are tons of cottages to rent near Ottawa that won't break the bank. 

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From expensive cocktails to pricey activities, summer adventures can add up. There's no need to fret because you can still get all the bells and whistles of a real vacation in Ottawa within a reasonable price range. It's time to pack up your bags, bring the marshmallows and take a road trip to a cheap cottage for a last-minute summer escape

Waterfront Paradise

Price: $180 per night

Neighbourhood: Luskville

Sleeps: 6

Why You Should Go: This quaint and quiet escape near Ottawa sits only five minutes away from Luskville Falls and Gatineau Park. Enjoy serene river views from the sunroom, a dock-style deck for sunbathing with direct access to the water and full beach access. You'll have no trouble sleeping in because the bedrooms have no windows.

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Rustic Glamping Cabin

Via Glamping Hub

Price: $270+ per night

Neighbourhood: Ladysmith

Sleeps: 6

Why You Should Go: Hidden deep in the wilderness, this rustic getaway is a true off-the-grid experience with an outhouse, wood stove, gas furnace and outdoor solar shower. The cabin takes glamping to the next level with a screened porch, a BBQ and a cozy indoor fireplace.

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Cozy Chalet

Price: $275+ per night

Neighbourhood: Luskville

Sleeps: 9

Why You Should Go: This sleek, barn-style chalet offers picturesque views of the Ottawa River on the spacious screened porch. You can reconnect with outdoors while enjoying the in-ground pool, kayaks and outdoor fireplace.

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Waterfront Family Log Cabin

Via Glamping Hub

Price: $174+ per night

Neighbourhood: Clarence Creek

Sleeps: 6

Why You Should Go: Get cozy in the sleeping loft and relax by the fireplace at this classic cabin in a gorgeous waterfront community. You can enjoy dinner al fresca-style in the outdoor dining area or at the river-side picnic table. Wifi, a full kitchen and several other amenities will have you well taken care of during your stay.

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Waterfront Retreat

Price: $181+ per night

Neighbourhood: Kemptville

Sleeps: 4

Why You Should Go: This riverfront abode on the south branch of Rideau River is fully renovated and complete with a massive deck, firepit and barbecue. It's a great location for boating, fishing and kayaking.

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Eco-Friendly Cabin Getaway

Via Glamping Hub

Price: $203+ per night

Neighbourhood: Chelsea

Sleeps: 7

Why You Should Go: Mix rustic living and luxury at this eco-friendly escape that boasts a gorgeous spiral staircase, slate bathroom floors and three cozy bedrooms with fresh linens. Stay warm by the fieldstone fireplace or enjoy the surrounding nature in the outdoor tent or waterfront dock by the Gatineau River.

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Quaint Cottage

Price: $200+ per night

Neighbourhood: Ladysmith

Sleeps: 6

Why You Should Go: This peaceful resort is packed with water-filled fun. Relax on one of the many decks to enjoy views of the lake or take a dip in the water. Canoes and paddles are included, as well as a floating party island, a fire pit on the dock, hammocks and even a vintage Nintendo game console.

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Tree-Nested Cottage & Spa

Price: $399 per night

Neighbourhood: Chelsea

Sleeps: 4

Why You Should Go: Connected to Gatineau park, this listing is the perfect place to relax outdoors with a fire pit and private hot tub. You'll only be a one-minute drive to the water, where you can boat or swim.

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Floating River Den

Price: $281 per night

Neighbourhood: Wakefield

Sleeps: 2

Why You Should Go: This unique and spunky boathouse floats right on the water. The fully-insulated tiny home has no electricity, fridge or hot water, but a cooler is provided. There's a loft, a wood stove, a steel grill floor, a swimming ladder and circular windows for an authentic nautical vibe.

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Meech Lake Peaceful Retreat

Via Vrbo

Price: $448+ per night

Neighbourhood: Chelsea

Sleeps: 6

Why You Should Go: This classy lodge sits right on the water, offering stunning views of the mountains and lake. You can chill in the comfy chairs on the dock or go kayaking at this modern-meets-rustic property.

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The Fat Squirrel

Via Airbnb

Price: $88+ per night

Neighbourhood: Ottawa

Sleeps: 6

Why You Should Go: Unwind in the in modern jacuzzi and sauna and dry off by the fireplace at this rejuvenating escape. The large porch offers a BBQ so you can fire it up and cook something yummy for an outdoor dinner.

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Waterfront Cottage with Spa

Price: $240 per night

Neighbourhood: Val des Monts

Sleeps: 8

Why You Should Go: Located on the tranquil Grand Lake, you can tap into your inner zen with the hot tub and indoor sauna here. Enjoy the natural light pouring in from the large windows as you relax by the indoor fireplace. A private dock and an outdoor deck with a grill are also included at this warm and welcoming listing.

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Waterfront Log Cabin

Price: $225+ per night

Neighbourhood: Val des Monts

Sleeps: 10

Why You Should Go: You'll have over 12 acres of forest to explore at this secluded getaway with scenic views and lots of hiking opportunities. From mountains to beaches, you can have it all. You'll have access to the water by a dock just a short walk away. Enjoy countless amenities including a full kitchen, fire pit and indoor and outdoor games.

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The Loonie Lodge

Price: $549+ per night

Neighbourhood: Val des Monts

Sleeps: 10

Why You Should Go: This luxurious lodge is complete with a massive deck with a hot tub and sits directly on the gorgeous Lake McGregor. You'll be living a life in leisure with modern amenities, a lofted bedroom, large windows and vaulted ceilings.

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Vintage Beach Cabin

Via Cottages In Canada

Price: $180+ per night

Neighbourhood: Perth

Sleeps: 6

Why You Should Go: This retro cottage is over 100 years old and offers waterfront views, a dock, a sandy beach on the bay and an open lawn surrounded by magical fauna. Right near the heart of historic Perth, you can explore the many famous features of the town.

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