Waterfront

With over 250,000 lakes to choose from, Ontario has no shortage of waterfront properties for anyone looking to get away from it all. Whether you’re looking for a vacation home, a rental property, or a permanent place to settle down, there’s not much that can beat the scenic beauty, relaxation, and opportunities for adventure that a lakeside or waterfront property can offer. 


And Southeast Ontario’s Cottage Country, stretching from Lake Nipissing to Wasaga Beach in the west, to Picton and Kingston in the east, and up past the border with Quebec, is probably one of the best areas to look.  View Waterfront Homes For Sale

Real Estate Statistics

Average Price $1.4M
Lowest Price $449K
Highest Price $9.8M
Total Listings 55
Avg. Price/SQFT $746

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270 Spence Lane, Athens

$9,800,000

270 Spence Lane, Athens

10 Beds 9 Baths 7,383 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 40334454

Re/Max Rise Executives, Brokerage

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270 Spence Lane, Athens

$9,800,000

270 Spence Lane, Athens

10 Beds 9 Baths 0 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 1316264

RE/MAX RISE EXECUTIVES

16 Riverside Drive, Kingston

$3,699,900

16 Riverside Drive, Kingston

5 Beds 3 Baths 2,597 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 40340384

Sutton Group-Masters Realty Inc Brokerage

412 County Road 2, Gananoque

$3,000,000

412 County Road 2, Gananoque

4 Beds 5 Baths 2,750 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 40359706

eXp Realty, Brokerage

185 Ontario Street Unit# 1602, Kingston

$2,200,000

185 Ontario Street Unit# 1602, Kingston

3 Beds 3 Baths 3,487 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 40353268

Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty, Brokerage

578 Thomas Road, Lyndhurst

$1,999,900

578 Thomas Road, Lyndhurst

2 Beds 2 Baths 1,414 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 40350293

K B Realty Inc., Brokerage

Lot 1 Isle Of Man Road, Kingston

$1,990,000

Lot 1 Isle Of Man Road, Kingston

4 Beds 3 Baths 2,720 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 40363121

Re/Max Rise Executives, Brokerage

60 Bedford Mills Road, Westport

$1,800,000

60 Bedford Mills Road, Westport

3 Beds 2 Baths 2,401 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 40316961

Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty, Brokerage

35 Rudd Avenue, Kingston

$1,799,900

35 Rudd Avenue, Kingston

3 Beds 4 Baths 3,441 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 40356148

Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty, Brokerage

136 Mill Street, Seeleys Bay

$1,584,900

136 Mill Street, Seeleys Bay

3 Beds 3 Baths 1,872 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 40363456

Your Home Sold Guaranteed Realty Centres Ltd.

Lot B3 Hetu Road, Gananoque

$1,559,000

Lot B3 Hetu Road, Gananoque

3 Beds 2 Baths 1,954 SqFt Single Family MLS® # 40341150

Re/Max Rise Executives, Brokerage

1335 Cardinal Heights Dr, Central Frontenac

$1,399,900

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1335 Cardinal Heights Dr, Central Frontenac

6 Beds 3 Baths 0 SqFt Single Family MLS® # X5790969

INTERNATIONAL REALTY FIRM, INC.

Waterfront Real Estate In SE Ontario


When it comes to acquiring a home for sale on the water in Ontario, you have three general options. You could opt to buy a home around one of the larger lakes, including the Great Lakes like Lake Ontario; you could look for a property next to one of the thousands of smaller lakes, including island properties; or you could secure a spot next to a river. 

Each of these options comes with its own pros and cons. 

You should also decide what kind of water access you want. This will depend on a number of factors, including the kinds of activities you like to engage in - whether you’re an avid boating enthusiast for example - and your budget. Obviously, more water access usually translates into a higher price tag. Alternatively, spots further away from the water will not only be cheaper, but might offer other benefits like shelter from the elements and more privacy.

Keep these distinctions in mind when looking for a waterfront home in Ontario:

Waterfront - Implies direct access to the water. Many of these homes will have their own dock, and perhaps even a boat house or boat lift. An important factor to consider are your “riparian rights”, referring to your usage rights over the water that your property fronts. Your waterfront could be public access, or you could have exclusive use of it.

Water access - This term denotes a property that is near water, with easy access to it, usually within a short walking distance. This could represent a shared living situation, such as a resort, and might also come with shared docks or marina facilities. 

Water view - This just implies that you’ll be able to see the water from your home. In Ontario’s Cottage Country, this will probably mean that you’re still close by.  

If you’re looking for a home for sale in Southeastern Ontario’s Cottage Country, then you might already have a picture in your mind of what to expect. A charming, traditional-looking cottage with a large deck and windows overlooking the water. An open-interior with a cozy fireplace and large bay windows. Or perhaps a mid-century home with a large sloping shed roof and floor-to-ceiling windows. 

Well you’re in luck because you can find exactly those in abundance. There are also many convenient options like condo units, villas, RV homes, and even prefab cabins with your choice of lot. The desirability of Southeast Ontario waterfront properties and the varieties of buyers and lifestyles mean that the market is diverse, innovative, and fill with many of the more traditional options that you’d find in Toronto’s suburbs. 

Not sure where to start? Take a look at these popular areas for buying waterfront homes in Ontario:

Muskoka - The Muskoka region is roughly a 2 hour drive directly north of Toronto. Starting at Gravenhurst, the area includes three large lakes: Joseph, Rousseau, and Muskoka. Hundreds of islands, many small communities, resorts, golf courses, and parks make up this beautiful area, so be sure to check it out. 

Rideau Lakes - Northeast of Toronto in Eastern Ontario. The area is located within Leeds and Grenville. There are many villages and hamlets throughout the Rideau Lakes area including 500km of lakefront properties along the multiple interconnected lakes. Lower Rideau, Big Rideau, Upper Rideau, Newboro Lake, and Lake Opinicon. 

Charleston Lake - Is a beautiful lake cut into the Canadian Shield bedrock in South Eastern Ontario.  With over 160km of shoreline, there are many stunning properties on the market. In addition, Charleston Lake Provincial park is 23 square kilometers and located on the South West side of the lake. The park is known for its, hiking trails, swimming, and campgrounds.


Reasons To Buy A Waterfront Home in Ontario

There are many reasons to get a waterfront property in Southeast Ontario. 

For a start, there are all the activities that people flock to enjoy in these wilderness playgrounds. In the summer there are any number of water-related pastimes, like canoeing or kayaking, fishing, sailing, or water skiing. If you would rather stay on land, there’s hiking and camping, or even riding around on an ATV. And if you’d like something more relaxed, you can always just relax outdoors, on a deck or a dock, or visit one of the eateries, galleries, or stores that are bound to be nearby.

In the winter your options on the lake change thanks to the freezing over. There’s skating, pond hockey, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and ice-fishing. 

What you’re looking to do here will alter what you should look for in a property, so consider these points when looking for a home for sale in Ontario. 

  • Where is the sun relative to your home? Will you have a good view of the sunset, or will the glare of the water be too annoying?
  • Are you looking more for peace and quiet, or some more excitement? Different lakes will have different rules regarding what can be done on them. For example, living next to a lake that allows motor boats will be significantly noisier in the summer. 
  • How do you feel about bugs? Remember that the warmer months in Southeastern Ontario come with a lot of annoying bugs, if that isn’t your thing, then opt for a more winter-friendly location. This will require thinking about how your property can be accessed, heating, and winterization

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