Algonquin Park is the oldest and one of the largest provincial parks in Ontario and is home to over 1500 lakes, 1200 km’s of streams, abundant wildlife and fish species, campgrounds and canoe routes, a small handful of lodges with gourmet dining, and just over 300 cottage leaseholds. The majority of these cottages can be found along the Highway 60 corridor lakes.
Algonquin Park Leases
My current listings include leases on Smoke Lake, South Tea Lake and Cache Lake. Park leases have traditionally renewed every 21 years. In January 2018, a new five year ‘conditional’ lease came out with each lease given a list of compliance items, that if completed, would enable the leaseholder to apply for a subsequent 16-year lease (through to December 2038), for a total of 21 years as usual. Each of the lease listings detailed here will be sold compliant and ready to apply for the second lease. Cottages and auxiliary structures such as bunkies and docks are owned by the leaseholder and the land is leased from the Ontario government.
Cottages are, for the most part, rustic, boat access and without hydro, which for the lucky few who own and enjoy these traditional summer cottages, is the main appeal: a true getaway from our busy and connected lives. Purchasing a Park leasehold offers a chance to own a well-priced cottage on some of the most beautiful lakes in Ontario, where no further development will be allowed, and where privacy, motorboat restrictions (20HP max) and peace and quiet reign supreme. Cottage communities on these lakes are typically multi-generational, home to decades-old friendships and traditions such as annual regattas. It is a rare opportunity to have the chance to become a Park leaseholder. Here is your chance to begin your own family traditions at these properties, being offered for sale due to aging and spread out families and higher lease fees.
18 Cache Lake is known as Keewaydin or West Wind and sits privately above Cache Lake, capturing breezes and sunsets, and is a short, easy boat ride from the landing. It offers rustic charm, two bedrooms, well equipped off-grid kitchen, large deck, running water, a dryland boathouse, handy workshop area below the cottage and excellent dock.
55 Cache Lake, or Twin Tamaracks is a cedar sided, well maintained charmer sitting privately right at the water’s edge in Hilliard’s Bay, enjoying island dotted views, level terrain and complete serenity. A hand pump brings water to the rustic kitchen sink, two outhouses take care of business and an open living area and enclosed porch offer places to relax. Good outbuilding could be a bunkie and the dock is where it all happens, whether arriving by motorboat or heading out for a paddle.
34 Tea Lake is an ideal family compound with a main cottage with living area, basic kitchen and large screened porch. Continuous decking leads to two bunkies, one with a large open space and the other with two adjoining bedrooms. Views galore from all buildings, complete privacy, excellent deep water swimming and a perfect Park boat for ferrying people and gear is included in the sale.
281 Smoke Lake has the rare bonus of hydro, hot/cold running water, new grey water pit for the new deluxe shower and kitchen sink, and an ‘incinolet’ toilet. It has stunning views right down Smoke Lake from the main cottage with three bedrooms and two bonus bunkies. Steep and rugged, this property is accessed by boat or by footpath and also includes a great 16’ boat to explore Smoke, Canoe and Tea lakes or paddle from Smoke into the interior via Ragged Lake.
1059 Cache Lake sits in complete privacy down a narrower, quiet arm of the lake and can be accessed by boat or by foot via the old railtrail. With two small bedrooms, a large newer master bedroom, kitchen and enclosed porch/living area, this basic cottage has everything you need. It also features a fantastic screened bunkie and excellent storage shed and large dock.
For further information on what is involved with being a Park leaseholder, find details in the Algonquin Park Master Management Plan and the Ontario Parks Cottager’s Toolkit. As with any activities in any provincial parks, there are rules that must be followed. To have access to this beautiful setting and to be able to purchase a true cottage at these prices, it is simply worth it. Please inquire for full details. 705 787 5463 or email@example.com
More articles courtesy of Elissa Boughen, Sales Representative, Chestnut Park Real Estate Ltd.
The Muskoka Lifestyle. It’s how Elissa grew up, how she lives today, and what she loves. Elissa knows this area intimately, from its lakes and waterways to its towns, villages, roadways and trails. She is the agent to help you find your way here – whether you are new to the area and looking to make the Muskoka lifestyle a part of your cottaging or full time living plans, or whether you are familiar with this magnificent area and looking to make a change.
With an extensive background in sales and negotiating, dedication to outstanding customer service, and a genuine interest in achieving the best for her clients, Elissa will help and guide you with your real estate needs and goals. Confident, personable and professional, Elissa has the local area knowledge and the real world skills to get the job done. Thinking of buying or selling a home or cottage in Muskoka? Let’s talk: 705 787 5463 or firstname.lastname@example.org