Sunset at Emma Lake, one of the most popular cottaging lakes in Saskatchewan.
Which lakes in Saskatchewan are the most popular for cottaging? Where are people spending their time when they "go to the lake?" These questions prompted us to reach out to the Association of Saskatchewan Realtors to find some answers.
Nick Sackville, administrative assistant for the ASR, tells us he searched MLS data for cottage/recreational properties in the province based on the number of sales, then sorted by the top sub-areas. Next he checked 12-month, two-year, and five-year data to see the changes.
He also notes that the data from the 12-month numbers is based on only 140 listings, so if you'd like more detailed information about a specific market or property, you should contact a realtor.
Top lakes in the province
- Emma Lake has consistently been the most popular lake by sales at least for the last five years.
- Wakaw Lake was the fifth most popular lake five years ago, but is now the second most popular.
- Jackfish has moved up to third from fourth within the last five years.
- Turtle Lake was the fourth most popular lake by sales volume last year, down from second five years ago.
- Kenosee Lake has moved up to fifth from sixth place in the past five years.
- Candle Lake declined in sales volume, as it was the third most popular five years ago, but only seventh last year.
- Waskesiu doesn’t make the top 20 for last year’s sales, even though it has typically been one of the 20 most popular lakes over the last five years. This trend might be caused by a low number of listings.
- Iroquois Lake barely made the top 20 five years ago, but last year it was the eighth most popular by sales volume.
- Christopher Lake went from 20th to 12th most popular by sales volume.
- Cochin (the town on Jackfish Lake, which made the top five) has moved from 14th to ninth by sales volume.
Lakes to watch
In the top 20 consistently over the last five years:
- Shell Lake
- Brightsand Lake
- Chitek Lake
- Buffalo Pound Lake
- Katepwa Lake
- Last Mountain Lake East
Your favourite lake
Nearly everyone has their own special getaway in Saskatchewan -- what's yours? Is it one of the lakes featured on these lists, or is it a hidden gem not many people know about? Tell us in the comments!
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