5 Amazing Stays in the Ottawa Valley

5 Amazing Stays in the Ottawa Valley

Ah, the Ottawa Valley. A land enriched with lakes and rivers and charming small towns. A day or an afternoon hardly does it justice, given its abundance of attractions, there is just so much to see. The best way to really explore everything the Valley has to offer is by staying a while. Not sure where to stay? Here are five incredible stays in the Ottawa Valley that will leave you wanting more!

These unique accommodations promise not just a place to stay, but a unique experience that you will cherish forever. The Ottawa Valley is a destination that offers adventures for every traveler. From luxurious retreats nestled in picturesque waterfront lots to charming inns brimming with history, each of these stays brings its own unique flavour to the table. 

Read on to discover where comfort meets the extraordinary, ensuring your next visit to the Ottawa Valley is nothing short of amazing!

To kick off this series, we are starting with a familiar face in the hospitality industry, Somewhere Inn, located in Calabogie. Though Somewhere Inn is relatively new, you may have driven past the former 1970s hunter's motel that used to occupy the land. The new owners have really spruced it up and made it into a true Ottawa Valley destination. 

Somewhere Inn, Calabogie

Nestled in the majestic landscapes of Calabogie, Somewhere Inn celebrates the beauty and serenity of the Ottawa Valley. This boutique motel is more than just a place to rest; it's an invitation to disconnect and unwind in the tranquility of nature. The Inn offers a touch of understated luxury that complements its surroundings perfectly. Somewhere Inn CalabogieThe oversized rooms are meticulously designed to ensure that each morning is a gentle invitation to embrace the day. With cozy fireplaces, luxurious soaker tubs, comfortable lounges, and beds that beg you to snooze a little longer, the Inn prioritizes relaxation and reconnection with nature and yourself. In a nod to a simpler time, the absence of TVs encourages guests to step outside and fill their afternoons with the vibrant hues of nature.

Somewhere Inn, Calabogie

The heart of Somewhere Inn, however, might just be its lobby, which transforms into a welcoming wine bar as the sun sets. Drawing inspiration from a cozy cabin gathered with friends, this space is where tales of adventure mingle with the clinking of glasses. Guests and locals alike gather here, finding common ground in the shared enjoyment of carefully selected wines and plates brimming with local flavours. 

Somewhere Inn in Calabogie is an ideal homebase for winter activities in  Ontario


Chalets Prunella, Ladysmith, QC

Escape the day-to-day at Chalets Prunella. Nestled within a 75-acre forest sanctuary and only a short journey of over an hour from Gatineau/Ottawa. This striking A-Frame cabin has been thoughtfully crafted both on the interior and exterior. Chalets PrunellaGuests can enjoy a range of amenities that include shared lake access, a private cedar hot tub, an indoor hammock for leisurely days, a cozy wood stove, and radiant in-floor heating, setting the scene for a cozy escape from the day-to-day. The cabin's design harmonizes with the wilderness around it, offering panoramic views that connect you to the forest's serene beauty at every turn.


Chalets Prunella caters to couples and small families looking for a unique blend of design, comfort, and natural beauty. The suHomemmer months invite guests to explore Lake Johnson, while the cabin's proximity to nearly 4 kms of private trails makes it an all-season destination for those who love to hike or snowshoe. With the amenities of home such as in-house laundry, BBQ, firepit, and a large shared pergola, this cabin ensures a luxurious yet eco-conscious stay. Lake Johnson's crystal-clear waters are just a stroll away, making for a communal yet intimate experience of the best nature has to offer.


Horton Shores, Castleford

Horton Shores is a captivating beach house retreat perched along the pristine sands of the Ottawa River. Located about 40 minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown Ottawa, this stay provides the perfect escape into a world of tranquility and elegance. Front of beachhouse. Well manicured, overlooking some of the best views of the Ottawa River.The beach house itself is a masterpiece of design, with its bright and airy interior, stylish décor, and chic yet comfortable furnishings.

 The open-concept layout fosters an environment perfect for socializing, making every moment spent inside just as memorable as those spent exploring the outdoors. And don't forget about the hot tub! Soak up the awe-inspiring views of the river that stretch into the horizon. 

There are 3 spacious bedrooms, including a master suite with a vaulted ceiling and direct views of the Ottawa River. With room-darkening curtains, new beds, and fine linens, rest and relaxation are guaranteed. Step outside to discover a meticulously designed patio area, complete with flagstone rocks, inviting lounge chairs, and an outdoor dining space. View from the beachhouse.The sandy beach is well equipped with Adirondack chairs and beach toys for kids, ensuring endless fun in the sun. For rainy days, enjoy high-speed internet and smart TVs. Horton Shores weaves together luxury, comfort, and the unspoiled beauty of nature.


Hillhaus Domes, Pontiac, QC

Discover the serene charm of Hillhaus Domes Pontiac, where luxury meets the untouched beauty of nature. These geodesic domes are designed as sanctuaries of peace, offering a clutter-free environment that emphasizes rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Imagine yourself unwinding in a space with a fully equipped interior, an inviting outdoor dining area, a private hot tub and private lake access, all while being fully immersed in nature. Gather around a crackling campfire before sleeping under the stars in a comfortable bed. You may even see a deer or two during your stay.

This unique accommodation is just an hour outside of Ottawa-Gatineau and offers a four-season playground that seamlessly blends stunning natural surroundings with minimalist design excellence. Whether you're taking a leisurely stroll beneath towering pines, exploring the lake at sunset, or enjoying the privacy of your own hot tub and outdoor space, Hillhaus Domes offers an unparalleled escape. Comfort knows no season here, thanks to both AC and heat, ensuring a pleasant stay year-round. The dome features sleeping options for every preference, including a queen murphy bed on the main level and a king bed in the loft. A few great amenities include your own BBQ, hot tub, firepit, coffee machine, and kitchenette stocked with cooking essentials. This retreat is truly an experience. Conveniently located near essentials including an SAQ, fuel, groceries, and entertainment options, it's the perfect blend of accessibility and adventure.

The Crew Cabin, Calabogie

Serene comfort comes to mind at the Crew Cabin. This lakeside sanctuary blends together rustic appeal with contemporary amenities. There is a full lineup of appliances to handle your culinary needs, a stove, toaster, drip coffee maker, blender, kettle, microwave, and a dishwasher for easy clean-up. The dining area, with its scenic lake views, seats six people comfortably, creating the perfect backdrop for shared meals and conversations. Both the kitchen and living room boast glass doors that open onto an expansive deck, extending the living area of the cottage. It's hard to resist stepping out and immersing yourself in the breathtaking lakeside vista.

The main living area offers a large, comfy couch, in front of the 55' TV - the perfect spot for a Netflix and Chill evening after a day of lakeside adventures.

This private haven accommodates up to six guests, ensuring that you, your family, and friends can enjoy the lake experience without interruptions. Whether you're savouring the quiet of morning coffee overlooking the lake or gathering around the fire under a starlit sky, the Crew Cabin offers a perfect blend of adventure and tranquility.


Calabogie is a hidden gem nestled in the scenic landscapes of the Ottawa Valley, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure to those staying in the area. This charming community is renowned for its warm hospitality, vibrant restaurants, and a plethora of activities suited for every taste and interest. For those looking to indulge in local cuisine, the Canthooks Restaurant at Calabogie Peaks Resort provides a delightful dining experience with local flavours and dishes made for the Valley. For a casual bite, Redneck Bistro offers a lively atmosphere with a menu that combines comfort food with a twist of sophistication.

Calabogie Peaks | Tallest Ski and Snowboard Resort in Ottawa, Ontario

Shopping enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the local boutiques and markets in Calabogie, where unique finds and artisanal goods are plentiful. The Calabogie Brewing Company is a must-visit for craft beer enthusiasts, offering a range of locally brewed beers that capture the spirit of the area. The area's rugged terrain and beautiful landscapes are perfect for hiking, with trails like the Eagles Nest Lookout offering panoramic views that are simply breathtaking.

Calabogie Brewing Company

Water sports enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities to dive into adventures on Calabogie Lake, from swimming and kayaking to paddleboarding and boating. The lake's clear waters and serene setting make it an ideal spot for a refreshing escape. For those seeking thrills, check out Calabogie Motorsports Park and hear the engines roaring as cars speed down the track. The area also features an extensive network of ATV and snowmobile trails providing an exciting way to explore the natural beauty surrounding Calabogie. Winters bring their own charm, with Calabogie Peaks Resort offering some of the best skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing experiences in the region.


Renfrew serves as a picturesque backdrop for an array of activities and experiences that blend small-town charm with the beauty of nature. As you explore the bustling downtown area, be sure to visit some of the local favourites. For a unique shopping experience, The Pick It Fence offers an eclectic selection of vintage finds and local crafts that capture the spirit of the area. When hunger strikes, swing by the Bonnechere Bakery & Bistro for a cozy atmosphere and a menu filled with delicious, locally-sourced options that highlight the culinary diversity of the region. For those with a sweet tooth, J & J's Chocolate Sensations
is a must-visit, offering a delectable array of chocolate confectioneries that are sure to satisfy.

The great outdoors are exceptionally lively in Renfrew, offering a wealth of activities for those eager to explore its natural landscapes. Hiking enthusiasts will find bliss on the trails of Ma-te-Way Park, a local gem with easy scenic routes for all skill levels, as well as ample space for picnics and leisurely strolls. Water lovers can head to the famous Burnstown Beach 
on the Madawaska River for a day of swimming, paddleboarding, or simply soaking up the sun.  For history buffs who love movies, O'Brien Theatre offers an enchanting historic theatre playing current movies in a charming 1930s cinema atmosphere. Whether you’re exploring the charming downtown shops and eateries, embarking on a hiking journey through lush trails, or enjoying a peaceful day by the water, Renfrew offers a captivating mix of activities that promise to make your stay in the Ottawa Valley truly unforgettable.

Shawville, QC

Shawville, Quebec, radiates a warm and inviting atmosphere, making it a delightful destination for those staying nearby. This quaint town not only offers an inviting downtown area filled with unique shops and restaurants but also serves as a hub for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers. At the heart of Shawville's culinary scene, Café 349 stands out, offering guests a cozy spot to enjoy hearty, home-cooked meals. For families, Mill Dam Park offers a large playground with a splash pad, perfect for lazy afternoons with the kids. 

Municipality of Shawville

One of Shawville's crown jewels is the Shawville Fair, an annual event that draws visitors from all over the region. Known for its lively atmosphere, the fair features a blend of agricultural exhibits, thrilling rides, live music, and delicious food, embodying the spirit of the community and offering fun for all ages. The fair showcases Shawville's vibrant community spirit and its commitment to celebrating local culture and heritage. No photo description available.

Beyond the charm of its downtown and the excitement of the Shawville Fair, the town is surrounded by natural beauty ideal for outdoor activities. The Pontiac region's picturesque trails offer serene hiking experiences, while the Ottawa River provides the perfect backdrop for swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding adventures. For ATV and snowmobiling enthusiasts, Shawville is a gateway to some of the most scenic routes in the area.

Each of the amazing accommodations in this article are located on waterfront lots, or have water access nearby. That's where we come in. Arnprior is just a short drive away from these accommodations, so why not rent a paddleboard or kayak for the weekend from us and and discover the magic of Ottawa Valley's serene lakes and rivers! 


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