The Portage Cottage on Balsam Lake

The Portage Cottage on Balsam Lake

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$4,500 Per Week (High Season)

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 The Portage Cottage on Balsam Lake






Sleeps 9, 3 Bedrooms + Bunkie, 2 Bathrooms, Very Very Private, Large Waterfront, Flat Property, Children/Elderly, WiFi, Satellite TV, Great Swimming, No Weeds,  Beautiful Sunrises, Cell Reception, Great Fishing, Fireplace, Large Portable A/C Unit, Includes Linens (not towels), Includes Cleaning Service (at the end of your vacation dates), Winter Accessible, Pet Friendly 

The Portage Cottage is part of the historic Laidlaw Fort Ranch on Balsam Lake, bordered by 150 year old Dry Stone Walls. It is a treat to be so close to this historical feature to enjoy a car ride to take in the scale of the walls or go for a leisurely walk to absorb the intricacies of the stone work. The cottage property features over 400 ft of waterfront. If you enjoy privacy, you will find it here! 

Due to the southeast exposure, the prevailing wind is offshore which makes for great swimming and boating on usually calm waters. Enjoy the relaxation of sitting on the dock or use the ladder to slip into the lake and relish swimming in the clear, clean water.  

While inside, snuggle up in front of the beautiful double-sided stone fireplace in the living area. Enjoy meals on the large dining table while taking in the view of the lake.  Be entertained by the extensive games and craft cupboard which is stocked full for a lot of fun for the whole family. 

Province: Ontario
Region: Kawartha Lakes
Nearest Towns: Kirkfield (8 km), Coboconk (15 km), Norland (25 km), Lindsay (38 km)
Nearest City: Peterborough (80 km)
Nearest Large City: Toronto (140 km)
Nearest Hospital: Lindsay Memorial Hospital (38 km)
Body of Water: Balsam Lake
Nearest Boat Launch: Free Public Launch (0.5 km)
Nearest Marina: Thompson’s Marina, Coboconk (15 km)
Nearest Beach: Blanchards Beach (0.5 km)
Nearest Golf Course:Western Trent Golf Club (15 km), driving range Hwy 48 (2 km) 


3 Bedrooms:
Bedroom #1: primary with king bed
Bedroom #2: 2 single beds
Bedroom #3: queen bed 

Sofa bed: double (family/TV room) 

Bedroom #4: 2 single beds (ceiling fan) 

2 Bathrooms:
Bathroom #1: 1 x 4 pc (sink, toilet, tub/shower)
Bathroom #2: 1 x 2 pc (sink, toilet) 

Each bedroom has a fan 

Double sided fireplace (living room/den)

Cottage water: well water filtered – potable 

Indoor entertainment: TV, satellite, Blu-ray, board games 

Kitchen details: Fully equipped with dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, toaster oven, kettle and crock pot

Large portable A/C unit – stands on floor and vents out a window in main living area

Washer and dryer 

Internet source: Starlink high speed
Quality of service: excellent
Works for streaming on Netflix and other web-based movies

Cell Phone Coverage:
Quality of service: good
Works for all major carriers 


4 parking spots 

Flat property with grass, shrubs and trees 

Multiple outdoor seating areas

Natural stone patio out front with sitting chairs and a picnic table 

Two Weber BBQs – one propane and one charcoal 

Firepit with seating

Children/elderly friendly 


Dock: 30 ft – water is 5 ft at the end of dock – with ladder

Waterfront: 425 ft 

Excellent swimming  – no weeds – few zebra muscles – may want water shoes for walking around in the lake 


Cottage faces southeast   


Kirkfield (8 km): short drive to general store, boasts the second highest hydraulic lift lock in the world at just under 50 feet 

Coboconk (Coby) (15 km): Foodland grocery store, several restaurants and stores, two hardware stores, an LCBO and beer store, rent a boat at Thompson’s Marina, visit Canada’s smallest jail and the Coboconk Train Station (a historic Laidlaw site open for visitors from 1-3 pm during July and August) 

Norland (25 km): shop at the couple of general stores and eat at the always amazing Riverside Restaurant – reservations are a must! There is a Tesla charger available there. 

Fenelon Falls (25 km): stores including Sobeys, several museums, great antiquing and the Fenelon Falls waterfall 

Kinmount (40 km): boasts the famous Highland Cinemas that shows all the new releases in a very cool museum-like space. We guarantee you will be amazed! 

Golfing: there is a lot of golfing nearby including and 


The cottage was very clean and lived up to our expectation. The dock and water provided lots of activities for our children and grand children. The fishing was excellent. Don P. (July 2022)

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Maximum 9 people.

Families preferred - no loud outdoor music and no fireworks

Check in: Friday 5 pm
Check out: Friday 11 am
Some flexibility during low and mid season

Rental Rates include all booking fees and taxes (if applicable)

Cleaning Service: Included (at end of vacation your vacation dates)
Linens: Included
Towels: Not offered (clients are responsible for all towels)
Pet Fee: No charge for first pet, $75 for each additional pet

Method of Payment:
Interac E-Transfer (preferred method)
Initial deposit of 50% due upon booking
Outstanding balance + $1000 damage deposit due 28 days prior to checking in
Damage Deposit: To be refunded within 7 business days upon check-out

Weekly rentals including a Statutory Long Weekend will be calculated using a prorated weekly rate

If booking less than 7 nights during High Season, please click “inquire” for a quote or send us an email to

Property Rates

SeasonStart DateEnd DateNightly RateWeekly RateMin Stay
Mid SeasonSep 5, 2022Oct 9, 2022$500$25002 Nights
ThanksgivingOct 7, 2022Oct 9, 2022$7903 Nights
Low SeasonOct 10, 2022May 18, 2023$500$25002 Nights
Winter Holiday SeasonDec 23, 2022Jan 7, 2023$890$45003 Nights
New Year'sDec 30, 2022Jan 1, 2023$8903 Nights
Family DayFeb 17, 2023Feb 19, 2023$7903 Nights
EasterApr 6, 2023Apr 9, 2023$7903 Nights
Mid SeasonMay 19, 2023Jun 22, 2023$500$25002 Nights
Victoria DayMay 19, 2023May 21, 2023$7903 Nights
High Season (Fri 5pm to Fri 11am)Jun 23, 2023Sep 3, 2023$45007 Nights
Canada DayJun 30, 2023Jul 2, 2023$8907 Nights
Civic HolidayAug 4, 2023Aug 6, 2023$8907 Nights
Labour DaySep 1, 2023Sep 3, 2023$8903 Nights