Island vs Mainland Cottaging – How to Get More Value for Your Dollar

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Muskoka Real Estate Matters – By Maggie Tomlinson

With fewer mainland listings available in the Muskoka cottage market, many buyers have been asking me to expand their cottage search to include water access retreats – so this week I thought we’d take a closer look at the perks of island vs mainland cottaging.

When weighing an island cottage lifestyle vs a mainland (drive-to) cottage here are a few things to consider:

Value – Getting more bang for your buck is something we certainly all love – with a water access property your Realtor can show you that you’ll get more privacy, more property, more Muskoka shoreline and usually a much more expansive view for your dollar. 

Privacy – Island dwellers enjoy a sense of peace that comes with being surrounded by water. And sometimes it’s great to know that family & friends can’t just drive right up to the back door! 

Enjoyment – Arriving at the cottage always starts with a boat ride, and often only a few minutes from the local marina or private landing. Island cottages are also known to take advantage of less bugs, more cross breezes and less humidity, making outdoor activities a lot more fun.

Have high expectations of your Realtor, ask questions & consider all of your options when buying a vacation property in Muskoka – seasonal vs year round – island vs mainland – you decide.

Until next time – stay safe on the water & on our roads – and happy buying and selling!


Maggie Tomlinson is a professional Real Estate Broker with Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited, Brokerage, serving her clients from the heart of Muskoka. Maggie has successfully been actively marketing and selling cottages, homes, vacant land and commercial properties for years.
If you have any questions about buying or selling, your answers are always just a phone call or email away.
705.644.9283[email protected]

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