Luxury Custom Boathouses on South Georgian Bay - Gilbert + Burke

office locations

Lindsay Office
17 William Street N.
Lindsay, ON K9V 3Z9

Huntsville Office
1 Crescent Road, Box 14,
Huntsville, ON P1H 1Z6



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Custom Boathouses on Haliburton

Are you ready to bring your family’s vision for a
custom boathouse in Haliburton to life with
a builder you can trust?

At Gilbert + Burke, our expert team designs and builds your dream boathouse
that perfectly fits your family’s goals and helps build your family’s legacy.

For over 20 years, we have created stunning, unique boathouses throughout
Haliburton, helping each one of our clients experience a truly exceptional
lifestyle space for their family.

What Makes Gilbert + Burke Different?

We believe everyone building a custom luxury boathouse in Haliburton deserves a builder whose process and experience delivers the exact design your family wants and helps build your family’s legacy.

That’s why we make sure every client experiences…

  • Exceptional communication
  • Expert interior & exterior design
  • Transparency in every step
  • 20+ years of custom-building expertise

And all backed with the Gilbert + Burke brand and reputation

Perfect your lakeside entertaining
Have plenty of boat storage
Extend your living & hosting space
Add the finishing touch to your lake property

We contracted the services of Gilbert & Burke Design and Build to renovate our existing cottage and then add on a major addition. The quality of the work was exceptional. Close attention was paid to details and they were proactive in identifying design options that saved time and money. G + B has a very creative, well seasoned and experienced team and provided all round great customer service. They were always responsive to our questions and very proactive in solving all construction issues.  We are extremely pleased with the end result.

B.W. and S.W.
Tiny, ON

We have been working with Gilbert + Burke over the last 3 years on the design and construction of our new home on Lake Simcoe. I think one of the most remarkable things is that as the project draws to a close, we will be sorry to say goodbye to the Team. We have very much enjoyed working with this team, even when the inevitable bumps in the road happened. We have never doubted that they had our best interest at heart, and knew they were working to give us the very best home they could within the budget. We love our new home and we have lots of good memories of working through the project. Thank you Gilbert + Burke for making our family dream a reality.

Lake Simcoe

Over the past few years I have had the pleasure of working alongside Gilbert + Burke on various projects. Gilbert + Burke's team is truly professional from the bid stage, down to the final completion. Questions are answered promptly, coordination between trades is spot on , communication through out the project is excellent, and the staff is always very friendly and happy to help however they may be needed.

Loretto, ON

The Gilbert + Burke is a team of truly talented individuals committed to the project for close to a full year. We encountered crumbling lathe and plaster, a bat colony in the attic and a tow-foot-high crawl space under the house. With each setback, Gilbert + Burke dug in their heels and found often ingenious solutions that spoke to their decades of experience and depth of character. The challenges were many but we really felt that Gilbert + Burke were as truly invested in our project as we were.

Baltimore, ON

Gilbert and Burke completed our cottage on Peninsula Lake in Huntsville in 2019. Their team lead by Brian Gilbert was outstanding. From permits to finishing touches, we were guided throughout the process. Our site super intendant took every detail of the cottage personally and was as proud of the results as we were. Their design team took great care to ensure that the cottage match our personalities and goals. Nothing was ever “cookie cutter”. Everything was designed to our thoughts and dreams. The team was flexible and communicated very effectively throughout the build. We do not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking to build, renovate or fix.

B.J. and D.J.
Peninsula Lake

Having worked with Gilbert + Burke in the past, we knew that there was nobody else that we trusted in completing our dream. On this project, we tasked them with a tight deadline for completion and even with some setbacks in permits, they were able to deliver. Everybody that was associated with this project was so professional and committed to the end goal. The final result was more than a kitchen or a place to retire, but a warm and inviting place for friends and family to gather for many years to come.

A.W. and S.W.
Sturgeon Lake, ON

Gilbert + Burke have a professional approach through the entire project process from the first client meeting, to the preparation of a project budget, to establishing a build time-frame, and most importantly their commitment to organization and client communication, made all aspects of the build and enjoyable and rewarding experience. From the start through construction completion, delivery and deficiency resolution, Gilbert + Burke have proven that they are the ones who deliver your dream on time and on budget.

Balsam Lake

We really appreciated the prompt, friendly service. Brian Gilbert is an excellent representative and his integrity to get the job done at the cost and time projected is of great value. It was a pleasure doing business with Gilbert + Burke and I would highly recommend them to others.

Midhurst, ON

I have built three houses in the past and have worked with many contractors and sub contractors and this was the first time ever that I had one show up on time, do quality work, and within estimate. 3 out of 3, in my opinion.


Wonderful to work with. It was a pleasure to have them in our home and we are very pleased with the results. Looking forward to working with Gilbert + Burke in the future


My family and I are very pleased with the completed project on my house! It looks great! Just what it needed!

Bobcaygeon, ON

What a great team at Gilbert + Burke! They took our vision and transformed it into reality. We love our new space.

Haliburton, ON

The entire Gilbert + Burke team was a pleasure to work with. They were experienced, competent, and exceptionally organized.


Working with Gilbert + Burke was a pleasure. Their workmanship and thoughtfulness throughout the project was amazing.

Cannington, ON

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Complete Guide to Building your Custom Boathouse

You already have your ideal cottage that’s become a home away from home. To complete your picturesque getaway, the final piece is building the boathouse of your dreams. Whether you envision an expansive rooftop deck, plenty of storage for boats and any other water toys or space to host loved ones, there are a few key steps in designing a boathouse successfully. Our new ebook will walk you through all the details you need to know about goal setting, partnering with a design-build team and executing your plans to perfection.

Boathouses can be a fun way to customize your space and enjoy the outdoors. These structures are an extension of your cottage, in a way, and there are endless opportunities for design and storage options. Our team at Gilbert + Burke has been offering design-build insight and excellence for custom homes and boathouses to our clients in the Muskokas, Kawartha Lakes and GTA for years. We are honored to share our deep-rooted expertise with you as you embark on the planning and designing process for your new boathouse.

Download our Complete Guide to Building your Custom Boathouse

Your Custom Boathouse Builder For Haliburton

Are you ready for a new boathouse to love?

You already have a cottage that you spend weekends and vacations at, and it’s a home away from home in every sense.

Now, it’s time to design and build a custom boathouse to add an elegant finishing touch to your favourite cottage getaway.

Imagine a space that is both comfortable and inspiring, where you can create memories with your loved ones.

For twenty years, Gilbert and Burke have been hard at work in the great county of Haliburton. They’ve helped families find beautiful cottages they can call their own where everyone will feel comfortable relaxing after a long day’s worth of fun!

The contractor you hire should have the skills, tools, and resources to do good work. Unfortunately, finding one like this isn’t always easy to do.

Gilbert + Burke shows its commitment to exceptional client service by providing a transparent process for all clients.

Our custom luxury cottages are a labour of love, and our team of experts takes pride in making sure each one meets your high standards.

As a builder in Haliburton, we’re excited to help you bring your vision for the perfect cottage into reality!

Haliburton County is one of the higher points on the Canadian Shield and is known for its beauty and over 500 lakes. Ten percent of the county is located within Algonquin Park.

There is so much to experience, explore and try in Haliburton County (or Haliburton Highlands)! Each Township offers a variety of recreation programs and services (community centres, trails, beaches etc.) for their communities:

Haliburton County is dubbed the “Haliburton Highlands”. The Haliburton Highlands region is also one of the higher points on the Canadian Shield, ranging from 325 m at the Haliburton/Stanhope Municipal Airport to 440 m above sea level at Sir Sam’s Ski Resort in Eagle Lake.

Some of the many things to do in Haliburton County, Ontario include,

  1. Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve
  2. Haliburton Sculpture Forest
  3. Haliburton Skyline Park
  4. Algonquin Provincial Park
  5. The Little Tart
  6. Haliburton Forest Wolf Centre
  7. Hawk Lake Log Chute
  8. Abbey Gardens
  9. Haliburton Highlands Water Trails
  10. MacDonald Lake
  11. Haliburton Highlands Museum
  12. Haliburton Highlands Brewery

As a census division in the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Haliburton County had a population of 20,571 living in 9,714 of its 21,072 total private dwellings, a change of 13.9% from its 2016 population of 18,062. With a land area of 4,009.47 km2, it had a population density of 5.1/km2 in 2021.

According to Wikipedia,

Haliburton County’s economy is dominated by tourism. The ratio of properties occupied in the summer months, to properties occupied year-round is about 3 to 1. Employment primarily caters to the needs of this seasonal cottage country population, including residential construction, resorts, services and retail. One particularly successful resort at the time was the Wigamog Inn Resort. Years ago it catered to hundreds staying on-site during the summer months and was a prime location being only a minute’s walk from the lake. It closed permanently around 2009 – 2010, with a new owner buying the property in 2016.

We service all of Haliburton County and postal codes, including K0M 0B4, K0M 1S0.

There are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had in Haliburton County. From natural wonders to small towns, there’s something for everyone!

Contact us today and start creating your very own getaway cottage that your family can enjoy for years to come!


Custom Boathouse FAQ’s

Are There Any Ontario Towns Or Cities That Don’t Allow Boathouses?

When planning to build a boathouse, it is important to check with local municipalities/bylaws on what is and is not allowed. Some areas allow up to a certain size, others do not allow any at all.

Is There A Certain Lake Depth Or Water Requirement For A Boathouse To Work?

When contemplating the construction of a boathouse, it’s crucial to factor in elements such as the fluctuation of seasonal water levels, the type of watercraft to be stored, and the boat’s draft. These key considerations play a pivotal role in determining the feasibility of your boathouse project. Our meticulous planning process includes a thorough examination of these aspects to ensure your boathouse aligns with your needs and the local regulations. As part of our comprehensive planning, we also undertake a review of local bylaws, which serves as a critical determinant in establishing the suitability of your waterfront for a boathouse.

What Is Gilbert + Burke’s Process In Quoting And Designing A Custom Boathouse?

As a bespoke design and construction company, our approach is centered on a close partnership with you to ensure your unique vision for your upcoming boathouse is not just realized, but truly brought to life. With your vision as our guiding star, we delve into discerning your financial parameters, nurturing innovative concepts, crafting a comprehensive project development roadmap, and finally embarking on the construction journey. Contact us to get started!

What Other Areas Do You Serve?

We build custom homes, cottages, and boathouses throughout Ontario and the greater Toronto region. Please visit our Locations Page or Contact Us to see if we serve your area!

Locations we serve include:

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