Unique Airbnbs That Should Be On Your Radar

If you’re looking to stay somewhere that is totally unique, there are so many different options around Ontario. You may not even know most of these places existed or were possible to rent. Many of the properties are for the more adventurous type, so be sure to check what kind of amenities are available before booking your stay. Make the most out of 2021 with a fun getaway that is truly one of a kind.

Off-Grid Airstream

Location: Feversham, Ontario

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Image via Airbnb/Off-Grid Airstream

Always wanted to stay in a camper van? Well, now is the perfect chance! This retro 1969 Airstream has been restored to perfection. Expect quality linens and everything you might need for cooking.  All is provided in the small but mighty kitchen. Nature lovers will be thrilled with this glamping-type experience, surrounded by a private forest and only a short drive from The Blue Mountains and Collingwood. 

NOTE: The camper is stationary and not for road-trips. 

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Forest Yurt

Location: Madoc, Ontario

Stay in the most immaculate yurt in the middle of the forest, surrounded by acres of property. The inside of the yurt is gorgeous and the entire experience was above my expectations. Even though there’s no running water, there are jugs of water provided so you can still wash your hands the old fashion way. When the sun starts hitting the yurt in the morning, it immediately starts heating up the yurt, but it does cool down quite a bit in the evenings.

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BoxCar Cottage

Location: Utopia, Ontario

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Image via Airbnb/BoxCar Cottage

Located on an organic Utopia farm, this two-bedroom cottage was made from a Canadian Pacific Boxcar Train (one of the few built between 1896 and 1914). Another extra special feature includes the indoor chemical-free indoor pool. There is also an infrared sauna to dry off in after your dip. The property is on 62 acres of trails and forests that are filled with wildlife, overlooking beautiful gardens with gazebos and their spring-fed pond. If you’re there during the right season, the owners will leave you goodies from their land, such as herbs, veggies, fruit, flowers and more. 

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The Red Tower

Location: Warkworth, Ontario

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Image via Instagram/@ethanabitz

Designed by artist and architect, Clive Russell with partner Sheree Rasmussen, The Red Tower was created for a truly unique experience. The tower is 10′ x 10′ and 18′ tall at the top of a hill on ecologically restored land with trails to explore. Each detail inside was designed to perfection and makes the best use of this space. Lounge on the large wooden deck during the days and toast up some s’mores in the evenings before snuggling into bed.

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Floating Geodesic Dome

Location: Essex County, Ontario

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Image via Airbnb/Floating Geodesic Dome

Take the private two-seater gator to transport you from your car to the other side of the creek where you will be staying. Situated along Fox Creek, the outdoor seating overlooks a winery on one side and water on the other (perfect for wildlife spotting). This one of a kind stay is available all four seasons. It’s considered a glamping experience with a little bit more luxury, with tons of amenities provided like air conditioning, electric space heaters, power bars to charge your electronics, a BBQ, a kitchenette, as well as small conveniences like shampoo, soap, towels, coffee, and more.

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Private Island Getaway

Location: Gravenhurst, Ontario

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Image via Airbnb/Stunning Log Cottage

If you are looking to splurge a bit for an insanely special experience, this is definitely a property you want to check out. This immaculate new log cottage is on a private island in Muskoka. The outdoor section is perfect for relaxing on the dock, with a hammock for reading, and swimming and watersports (a canoe and paddleboat are provided) in the lake. Feel completely on a luxury vacation with this beautifully decorated cottage with log cabin vibes. Cook up a delicious meal in this fully equipt kitchen and spend the evenings having a glass of wine in the whirlpool tub. 

NOTE: Even though this cottage is on a private island, there are two other cottages out of view from this cottage. It’s very private and secluded. To access the island, a 14′ aluminum boat with an electric motor is provided for the short trip from the shore to the island. Otherwise, be sure to rent a boat that will allow you to explore the entire area.

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Treehouse Retreat

Location: Ottawa, Ontario

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Image via Airbnb/Ethan Abitz

This off-grid treehouse is an adventurer’s dream come true. Surrounded by 100 acres of forest, with water only a short distance by foot, you will be able to hear bullfrogs and songbirds. The inside of the property is made of rustic pine and white oak with over 330 square feet of all customized work! The canoe is provided for idyllic paddles around the lake.

NOTE: This property is entirely off-grid (no power or central water). Please don’t book unless you can start and stoke a fire.

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PEC Vineyard House

Location: Wellington, Ontario

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Image via Airbnb/PEC Vineyard House

Located in Prince Edward County, this property is located on the Trail Estate winery (which is actually one of my personal favourites!). The immaculately designed cottage is located at the edge of their vineyard. What sounds better than that?! It’s also located in a prime spot of the county, only a short drive or bike ride from the lake or town of Wellington.

NOTE: September to October is when the harvest happens (and the hosts always invite you to join in!)

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Prince Edward County Church

Location: Ameliasburgh, Ontario


Originally built in 1888, The Massassagua United Church was converted into an Airbnb after renovations in 2019. You will be stunned by the decor of the church. The red brick exterior was kept during the renovations, creating a rustic feel in the most modern part of the home. It’s the perfect mix between old and new. Located on 2.3 acres, the backyard has tons of open space and gorgeous trees which back out onto the water.

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Tipi (Mattawa Buffalo Farm)

Location: Mattawa, Ontario

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Image via Airbnb/Tipi Experience

Stay at this secluded 18 foot custom built Tipi that sits right at the edge of the Amable Du Fond River, which flows out of Algonquin Park. This truly unique Northern Canadian experience is paired with full on wilderness, paired with fields of grazing buffalo, surrounded by forest and lots of opportunities for canoeing, campfires, and completely disconnecting. 

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Disclaimer: All information and prices are accurate as of the time of the posting. All opinions expressed are completely my own. This post is not sponsored. 

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