Have you just bought a charming lakeside cottage or a tranquil cabin nestled in the woods? Before you dive into these relaxing getaways, your new retreat must be properly insured. The type of insurance you need—whether for a cottage, cabin, or trailer—depends on how often you use the property and what you use it for. To have the best protection for your home away from home, let’s take a closer look at the insurance options and find the policy that fits your needs.


Seasonal Home Insurance


Seasonal property insurance is designed specifically for homes used exclusively on a seasonal basis. These properties are often not accessible year-round and may not be winterized, meaning they are not equipped to handle extreme winter conditions.

This type of insurance typically offers Named Perils coverage, which protects against specific risks explicitly listed in the policy, such as fire, smoke, windstorms, and water damage. Coverage for seasonal homes often includes provisions related to vacancy since these homes are unoccupied for extended periods.

If your seasonal property is not winterized, ensure that the policy accounts for this, as some insurers might deny claims for damage that could have been prevented by proper winterization. It’s important to understand the implications of leaving the property vacant. Some policies require specific steps to maintain coverage, such as shutting off water supplies or draining pipes to prevent freezing.


Types of Seasonal Homes and Their Insurance Needs


When insuring seasonal properties in Canada, matching your coverage to the specific risks and how you use the property is important. Here’s a breakdown of what to consider for different types of seasonal homes:




Cottages near lakes, rivers, or coastal areas offer scenic beauty and recreational activities like fishing, boating, and swimming but face significant water-related risks. Spring brings flooding from melting snow and heavy rains, especially in low-lying areas, which can cause extensive structural and content damage. Soil erosion from the spring thaw can also compromise foundations. Winter exposes cottages to heavy snowfall, ice storms, and freezing temperatures, leading to potential roof collapses, ice damming, and burst pipes. Therefore, insurance should cover water damage, flooding, ice and snow damage, and liability for accidents related to boating or swimming, ensuring comprehensive protection and peace of mind year-round.




Cabins in remote wilderness areas require specific seasonal home insurance to address their unique risks. Fire and smoke damage coverage is essential due to their forested locations, and protection against wildlife damage is necessary. Coverage for off-grid systems like solar panels or generators is important, as is protection against extreme weather conditions, including heavy snow, ice, and wind damage, which can lead to roof collapses. Liability coverage for accidents, especially those involving hunting, is vital, as is coverage for personal belongings like outdoor gear. Due to extended periods of vacancy, insurance should cover risks like vandalism or burst pipes, which might require regular inspections. Plus, coverage for the difficulty of accessing emergency services in remote locations, including evacuation costs, should be considered.




Trailers, often used in campgrounds, RV parks, or near seasonal work sites, face several risks that make seasonal home insurance essential. Extended periods of vacancy make them susceptible to theft, vandalism, and weather-related damages from summer storms, early frost, and ice storms. The mobility of trailers introduces transportation risks like accidents and road hazards. Additionally, complex internal systems, such as plumbing and electrical, are prone to failures like burst pipes or electrical fires, especially when unoccupied. Seasonal home insurance provides protection against these issues, covering weather-induced damages and liability for potential legal and financial repercussions from injuries or property damage.


At Keller & Associates Insurance Brokers, we understand that every seasonal home has unique insurance needs. Our tailored policies ensure protection for your lakeside cottage, rustic cabin, or trailer. Contact us today to find the perfect coverage for your seasonal retreat so you can enjoy peace of mind all year round.