How to find the perfect cottage for a family getaway
Are you looking for the perfect place to get away from it all and spend some quality time with your family? Whether you’re planning a summer vacation or just want to take off for the weekend, there are plenty of reasons to rent a cottage in Quebec.
There are a few things you should consider when looking for the perfect chalet for your little tribe. In this blog post, we offer tips to help you narrow down your search and find the perfect cottage for your family.
Consider travel logistics
Quebec has thousands of cottages for rent, ranging from small rustic cabins hidden in the forest to large ultra-modern dwellings on the outskirts of a city. To guarantee a pleasant stay for everyone, it is important to consider your limitations, especially if you have small children.
Take a moment to think about the following:
- Which region would you like to visit?
- What type of activities do you want to do?
- What is your budget?
Decide where you want to go
Quebec is a province full of grand landscapes and little treasures just waiting to be discovered. Choosing the right cottage for your family getaway will depend on which region you want to visit. Consider the following questions:
- How far are you willing to travel?
- What type of stay do you want (sporty, relaxing, cultural)?
- Do you prefer to be close to amenities (grocery store, pharmacy, convenience store) or isolated in the wilderness?
Decide what you would like to do
Renting a cottage gives you the opportunity to enjoy all kinds of activities, summer or winter. It’s a good idea to think about what you would like to do before you start looking for a chalet.
- Is there a tourist attraction you would like to see?
- Is there a sport or activity you would especially like to do with your family?
- Would you like to have stores, restaurants or museums within a reasonable distance, so you could visit them easily for a relaxing day?
- Are the available activities accessible to families and children?
If you are a sporty family, you might want to choose a chalet near a ski resort or a national park to take advantage of the many activities on offer (snowshoeing, geocaching, skating, animal watching, hiking).
Families looking for a more relaxed vacation might prefer a cottage in the heart of nature. Remember to plan for indoor activities (cottage games, game room, movie room) to keep your kids busy on rainy days or to liven up family evenings.
Set a budget
In Quebec, cottage rates vary considerably depending on various factors:
- Cottage size
- Spa or a pool inclusion
- Time of year
For those on a budget, we recommend you avoid peak periods and book well in advance. Advanced booking, especially during the low season, could allow you to take advantage of attractive discounts.
Follow these tips for renting a cottage in Quebec
In recent years, cottage rentals have increased in popularity within Quebec. While some owners follow the rules scrupulously, others may try to take advantage of renters. Here are a few tips for finding and securing a nice property.
Make your reservation early
Quality cottages book up quickly, especially in peak seasons (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Spring Break, Construction Holidays, and summer). To avoid missing out, book your cottage as early as possible. This will also give you more time to plan your trip and check all the boxes on your cottage must-have packing list.
Check out comments and ratings
Once you have found a few cottages that interest you, read comments and ratings left by other families. These will give you an idea of the quality of the accommodations, and what you can expect in terms of cleanliness, safety and services.
Contact chalet owners
If you have specific questions or concerns, contact the owners of the cottage directly. They should be able to give you more information about their property. Consider discussing important details such as cancellation policies, accessibility, on-site facilities, etc.
Book a cottage with Vieux Loup de Mer and discover Le Bic National Park
Choosing the perfect cottage for a family getaway means thinking ahead about the region you wish to visit, your budget, available amenities and especially the nearby recreational activities.
If you are looking for a cottage that offers plenty of options for outdoor recreation, and peaceful surroundings so you can relax and unwind, why not stay in one of our chalets in Le Bic?
Located a few kilometers from Rimouski, Vieux Loup de Mer cottages offer direct access to the Le Bic National Park and its many recreational activities: hiking, wildlife observation, kayaking, snowshoeing, biking and more.
Book your stay or contact us now to get more information on cottage rentals. We look forward to welcoming you as our guest.