Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is shared or fractional cottage ownership?
It is a form of carefree-shared ownership of a vacation residence in a prime location. At The Ridges on Calabogie Lake you will own a 1/10 share of your elegantly furnished cottage as well as an undivided share of the entire property and facilities including the beachfront clubhouse.

Who owns the property?
You will be part owner of a corporation called The Ridges Resort Owners Association that will own the land, all the units, furniture, fixtures, equipment, watercraft, docks, maintenance facilities and all other amenities exclusive to this property. Shares can be kept forever, or sold or willed to someone else. This innovative approach makes vacations more enjoyable and affordable.

What is carefree shared ownership?
Cottages at The Ridges are maintenance-free. Each cottage is meticulously cleaned and linens changed between the departure and arrival of each cottage owner. Property maintenance is conducted year-round. Two weeks are blocked each year for major repairs and maintenance of all cottages.

Where are The Ridges located?
We are situated in Calabogie, Ontario, in the heart of the Madawaska Highlands, approximately 1 hour west of Canada's capital city, Ottawa.

How long will we own our cottage?
Forever! You can sell or leave it to your family or friends – it is your choice.

Why is Shared Ownership a better alternative to cottage rental?
Renting a cottage can be a real hassle or disappointment. At The Ridges, your cottage is yours to use as you wish and it is built and managed by leaders in the field. No surprises here! Just a fun-filled, carefree vacation.

How often can we use our cottage?
It depends on how many shares you own. Each 1/10 share purchased allows owners five (5) weeks of exclusive use of the cottage residence every year.

Can we loan our cottage to friends or family or rent our cottage?
Absolutely! If you are unable to use your cottage simply let your family or friends enjoy it or rent it on your own. You must, however, notify management in advance of the individuals who will be occupying your unit. Of course, they must be good neighbours and abide by all the rules and regulations of the resort.

Are there rules concerning the number of people staying in the cottage?
Yes. Each residence is limited to occupancy by no more than eight (8) people.

How and when is housekeeping and maintenance done?
There is a five hour period each week between check-out time and check-in time during which each cottage is completely cleaned, linens changed, inventory checked, etc. so that your cottage is spotless and ready the moment you arrive. Property maintenance is on-going and there is always a number to call if you need assistance.

Can I keep a boat at The Ridges?
Yes. You can keep a boat moored at one of our docks during your weeks of occupancy. Owners will also be able to enjoy the use of canoes, kayaks and paddleboats during their stay.

How is the swimming?
There is a beautiful sandy beach ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing.

Is smoking allowed?
All of the cottages are smoke-free. Smoking is not permitted inside at any time.

Are there exchange privileges?
Yes. The Ridges is affiliated with Interval International's vacation exchange network which includes more than 2,000 resorts. This allows owners the opportunity to exchange any of their weeks for others of their choice in any of the affiliated Interval Internatiional resorts. This company has been at the forefront of the vacation industry since 1976, maintaining the highest standards of excellence.