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Donate Your Cottage to Cottage Dreams

Cottage Dreams is designed to ensure that the cottage donor experiences the joy of giving with as little worry as possible. It is our highest priority that the ideal guest/family is matched with the cottage that suits their needs and wish list. A thorough application and screening process is in place to give you confidence with your decision to participate.

The response to Cottage Dreams has been incredibly positive and we have designed the program details to ensure the protection and peace of mind for all of our participants.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who are the Donors?

Those who are fortunate enough to have a vacation property and are willing to donate it to Cottage Dreams for one or more Sunday to Friday weeks a year. This is an opportunity to give the gift of peace of mind and family time to those who have recently fought so hard and can use time away to celebrate the end of treatment.  Currently we are only operational in Ontario and parts of Quebec, but are hoping to expand the program to all provinces in the near future.

Why become a donor?

As a cottage owner it is likely that your cottage is your home away from home. It is used as a get away and a time for family. It is the intention of Cottage Dreams to initiate the sharing of what we have with those who have fought so hard and are not fortunate enough to have such a retreat.

The other reason is the you can request a tax receipt for the amount you would rent your cottage for a one week period. Please click here for CRA details.

What is the visiting family’s time period of the stay in my cottage?

Visitors arrive at 2:00pm on Sunday and leave by 12:00pm the following Friday.

Do I need special Insurance?

Each applicant will sign a waiver releasing you, Cottage Dreams and third party from any liability.

During the week the visitors are at your property, an insurance policy is put in place by Cottage Dreams without charge to the owners for that week. This policy is in addition to your own coverage. We are happy to provide you with more information regarding our policy, simply contact us with your questions. Please contact us  here.  We encourage you to contact your insurance broker to ensure your cottage insurance policy will cover Cottage Dreams applicants. 

Who are the recipients and will they be well enough to enjoy their time away?

Cottage Dreams is available to all Canadian citizens, adults and children who have finished active treatment and are on the road to recovery. They are eligible to be placed up to 2 years after completion of their cancer treatment.

What are the criteria for a suitable cottage?

We require that the cottage meet the following qualifications:

  • 45 minute drive from a hospital, healthcare facility or EMS station.
  • There must be a working telephone for local calls or cell reception.
  • Directly accessible by car.  (At this time we cannot accept water access only properties).
  • If winterized, the road should be plowed to the cottage.
  • Indoor plumbing is required.
  • Any additional amenities, such as a television or VCR, waterfront dock, beach, fireplace or canoe are icing on the cake.

How do I proceed and what happens next?

It’s quite simple. Just fill out our online registration at your earliest convenience. 

Once we receive your cottage profile, you will receive regular communications from Cottage Dreams requesting cottage availability dates. When we have matched your cottage with a suitable family, we will contact you prior to confirming your property. We will confirm a placement several weeks in advance to ensure successful organization of the recipient visit.

To access the registration form, click here.