If you’re planning a staycation this summer, look no further than this. There are so many unique accommodation opportunities around Canada’s capital city, and you can be transported into another world just minutes from downtown. Some of the most incredible Airbnbs near Ottawa include a "straw castle," a mountainside cottage and even a Mongolian-inspired yurt!

Being a tourist in your own home can be pretty exciting, especially if your city has plenty of unique and unusual homes to rent nearby.

Across the National Capital Region, there are so many awesome local Airbnb experiences, ranging from woodland cabins with life-changing views, to simple and rustic treehouses.

All of these experiences are located within a couple of hours of Ottawa, although you'll feel like you're a whole world away from the city.

Whether you’re looking for a solo-adventure within your own city, a romantic getaway, or simply an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, these unique stays are the mini-vacation you’ve been searching for.

With options available for almost every budget, what are you waiting for?!

Straw Castle

Price Per Night: From $141 per night, plus taxes & fees

Minimum Stay: Two nights

Neighbourhood: Harrington, QC

Why You Need To Go: This rustic paradise is known as the “Straw Castle,” as it’s made from straw bales and cement. It has a peaceful and private location in the forest, so you’ll be able to totally switch off and escape your day-to-day concerns. The castle also comes fully equipped with a mini-kitchen and a fireplace, and the electric comes from solar power. Sounds cool, right?


Cabin On The Bay

Price Per Night: From $118 per night, plus taxes & fees

Minimum Stay: One night

Neighbourhood: Cantley, QC

Why You Need To Go: This gorgeous and cozy cabin is perfect for anybody who wants to have an off-grid experience, without being too far from home. Just 15 minutes from downtown Ottawa, this cuddly cabin is solar-powered and has no running water. That said, it’s decorated so beautifully you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a hotel!


The River Den

Price Per Night: From $350 per night, plus taxes & fees

Minimum Stay: One night

Neighbourhood: Wakefield, QC

Why You Need To Go: Just a short drive from the city, you can test your sea legs on The River Den. Docked in Wakefield, this dreamy accommodation is a unique experience for anybody who wants to try something a little different. The floating home has a carpeted roof deck too, which is “perfect for stargazing, yoga or suntanning.” 


Cabin Under The Stars

Price Per Night: From $120 per night, plus taxes & fees

Minimum Stay: Three nights

Neighbourhood: Plantagenet, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking for an Airbnb with a top-notch location, this one's for you. This cabin has floor-to-ceiling windows in all directions, so you can enjoy the extraordinary forest views all day, and then uninterrupted views of the starry sky at night.


Cocoon Chalet

Price Per Night: From $98 per night, plus taxes & fees

Minimum Stay: Two nights

Neighbourhood: Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides, QC

Why You Need To Go: The “Cocoon” is a serene retreat just a short drive from Ottawa, but it will make you feel like you’re a whole world away from home. It’s got such peaceful vibes, and it's the perfect place to get back-to-basics with nature. This impressive space also sleeps up to six guests, so there’s plenty of room to bring your loved-ones along.


Mountainside Cottage

Price Per Night: From $372 per night, plus taxes & fees

Minimum Stay: Two nights

Neighbourhood: Sainte-Adèle, QC

Why You Need To Go: This mountainside home is seriously beautiful, both on the inside and the outside. With panoramic views of the Laurentian Mountains, there’s no better place to get lost in nature, while also enjoying the luxuriousness of the property. 


Off The Grid Lakehouse

Price Per Night: From $190 per night, plus taxes & fees

Minimum Stay: Three nights

Neighbourhood: Wentworth-Nord, QC

Why You Need To Go: Located on a small peninsula, this home is only accessible by boat, which makes the experience an adventure in itself! There’s no neighbours and no nearby properties, so you’ll really feel like you’ve got the world to yourself. With “incomparable” views of the lake and the sunset, as well as your own private beach, this is a rentable slice of paradise.

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Cottage Getaway

Price Per Night: From $159 per night, plus taxes & fees

Minimum Stay: Two nights

Neighbourhood: Golden Lake, ON

Why You Need To Go: This precious little cabin just screams “romantic getaway.” It’s got a private deck with seating, that overlooks the panoramic views of Golden Lake. It’s fully equipped with all the modern amenities you could possibly need, so you’ll have nothing to worry about upon arrival.


Isolation Treehouse

Price Per Night: From $190 per night, plus taxes & fees

Minimum Stay: Two nights

Neighbourhood: Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you’ve always wanted to experience life off-grid, this treehouse is for you. The unusual Airbnb has no power or central water, so you’ll need to arrive prepared. Here, you’ll be able to embrace nature with over 100 acres of deep forest, a waterside location and wildlife all around you. 


Mongolian Yurt

Price Per Night: From $141 per night, plus taxes & fees

Minimum Stay: Two nights

Neighbourhood: Harrington, QC

Why You Need To Go: This “authentic Mongolian yurt” is a forest retreat like no other. Overlooking a valley, this peaceful place is spacious and modern, while still offering a totally unique experience. A window has even been inserted into the roof, so you can actually stargaze from your bed! Dreamy.


Maison de Hobbit

Price Per Night: From $178 per night, plus taxes & fees

Minimum Stay: One night

Neighbourhood: Nominingue, QC

Why You Need To Go: You can star in your own The Hobbit movie in this inspired “Earth House.” Created to mirror the home of Bilbo Baggins, this awesome rental is certainly one of the region’s most unusual places to stay. Whether you're a film fanatic or simply a lover of all things weird-and-wonderful, this place is bound to lead to an unexpected adventure. 


The Earthship

Price Per Night: From $141 per night, plus taxes & fees

Minimum Stay: Two nights

Neighbourhood: Harrington, QC

Why You Need To Go: Calling all eco-warriors! This eco-lodge is known as “the Earthship” because it’s been made almost entirely from natural and recycled materials. With enough space for four guests, this experience is too cool not to share with your BFFS.

Airstream Luxury

Price Per Night: From $240 per night, plus taxes & fees

Minimum Stay: Two nights

Neighbourhood: Wakefield, QC

Why You Need To Go: You can really get the best of both worlds here. This huge Airstream travel trailer is the tiny home you’ve always dreamed of. It’s got everything you could possibly want from a short-term accommodation, including a designer kitchenette, plush leather sofas, a TV and a snuggly bed. 


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