Destination guide

Lake Ontario is a jewel of North America

Maybe you're hopping between the Thousand Islands spying out Gothic castles and secluded bays shrouded by ash trees and cedars? Perhaps you're looking across from leafy Humber Bay Park to the soaring CN Tower and skyscrapers of Toronto? Or is it the gushing wonders of Niagara Falls you've got on the menu, crashing over the bluffs from Canada to New York State? Whatever you're planning on seeing here, Lake Ontario vacation rentals are your ticket to the lot. And they've got wine tasting, boating, shimmering sand beaches, and more all on the doorstep.

Things to do

Two shores filled with attractions on Lake Ontario

Lake Ontario's duo of shores means there are oodles of things to see. You could bag yourself Lake Ontario vacation rentals in Canada to explore the wonders of Toronto – the CN Tower, the prestigious Royal Ontario Museum. Lake Ontario vacation rentals on the beach at the Sandbanks Provincial Park offer sunset viewing and swimming spots just meters from your bed. Then there are the stays on the southern shores and New York banks, which place you within striking distance of Niagara-on-the-Lake and its Victorian shops, the roaring Niagara Falls – a must – and the Niagara Wine Region alike.


There's loads to do in Lake Ontario

There's one sure way to see all 7,300 square kilometers of Lake Ontario in one fell swoop: by air. These days, everything from hot air balloons to private small plane charters to whizzing helicopters can take you up into the skies to do just that – they say the Niagara Falls look even more dramatic from above. Sticking to the water is also a favorite. The New York shores are peppered with oodles of private fishing charters, and you can kayak your way between the Thousand Islands. Then there's the history exhibits, with everything from guided walks through old 1812 forts to First Nation reserves over in Canada.


From spring sunshine to winter snow in Lake Ontario

If it's glimpses of the crashing Horshoe Falls at Niagara you're after, be sure to hold off on that vacation to Ontario until the spring, summer, or fall months. That's when the ice melts and the waterfalls are in full flow. Those times – between May and September – are also the best for lazing on the dune-backed beaches of the Canadian shores, or for touring the streets of Toronto. Winter, in December, January, and March, is largely reserved for the cross-country skiers, or those who want to see a different, "wonderland" side to the region.

Natural features

Lake Ontario is sprawling

Lake Ontario covers a massive 7,340 square miles of land between the United States and Canada. Around its borders are all sorts of state and national parks. There are the iconic Niagara Falls, one of the natural wonders of North America. There are the Thousand Islands, dotting the St Lawrence River with their wooded bays. There are the Prince Edward Sand Banks, rising and falling in yellow tones along shores washed over by the Ontario waves.

Can I find a vacation rental around Lake Ontario?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,173 vacation rentals near Lake Ontario. From 1,359 Houses to 291 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Lake Ontario for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Lake Ontario?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Ontario. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • United States: 555,751 vacation rentals
  • Toronto: 2,254 vacation rentals
  • Canada: 31,229 vacation rentals
  • Finger Lakes: 1,425 vacation rentals
  • Ontario: 8,672 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Lake Ontario! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Lake Ontario?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Lake Ontario:

  • Toronto: 2,254 rentals
  • Niagara Falls: 677 rentals
  • Niagara Falls: 82 rentals
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake: 520 rentals
  • Buffalo: 115 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Lake Ontario?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Lake Ontario are:

  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ): 2,241 vacation rentals
  • Niagara District Airport (YCM): 551 vacation rentals
  • Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG): 186 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Lake Ontario?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Lake Ontario. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sandbanks Provincial Park: 335 rentals
  • Niagara Falls, ON (XLV-Niagara Falls Train Station): 659 rentals
  • Toronto Eaton Centre: 2,190 rentals
  • Fallsview Indoor Waterpark: 665 rentals
  • Thousand Islands Winery: 180 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Lake Ontario listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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