Cottage season officially launches this month, and with that in mind, HuffPost decided to take a look at the most outrageously luxurious, expensive cottages on the market these days.

There is no end of private beaches, landscaped waterfalls and sometimes tacky "rustic" interior design to be found at the top end of Canada's cottage market, though of course it will cost you.

But maybe not as much as it would have a few years ago. The recent slowdown in house sales has hit particularly hard in some of the country's most opulent weekend getaway destinations, such as the Muskoka lake country north of Toronto and Whistler in British Columbia, where high-end houses often have been sitting on the market for months if not years.

Whistler seems to have been especially hit hard, with condos there dropping in value by half, though the higher end of its market is seeing a little bounce lately.

And the cottage country north of Toronto was suffering from a stagnant market since the 2008 financial crisis, even before this spring's flooding washed out any hope for recovery.

All the same, these so-called country "cottages" are sights to behold, and they don't come cheap. Here are some of the wildest, most expensive cottages for sale this spring:

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  • Alberta foothills: $12 million

    This house in Rockyview County, Alberta, comes with five bedrooms and nine bathrooms on 13,000 square feet of living space. That includes a two-story library, a six-car garage and an 18-seat movie theatre.

  • Alberta foothills: $12 million

  • Alberta foothills: $12 million

  • Alberta foothills: $12 million

  • Alberta foothills: $12 million

  • Alberta foothills: $12 million

  • Alberta foothills: $12 million

  • Alberta foothills: $12 million

  • Alberta foothills: $12 million

  • Alberta foothills: $12 million

  • Alberta foothills: $5.9 million

    Seven bedrooms in this 9,000-square-foot house in Pincher Creek, Alberta. The realtor describes the property as "perched nearly 900 feet above Highway 3 as you enter [the] captivating Crowsnest Pass." There are no fewer than four fireplaces on the property, and the sellers promise "world-class fly-fishing, skiing, and hiking."

  • Alberta foothills: $5.9 million

  • Alberta foothills: $5.9 million

  • Alberta foothills: $5.9 million

  • Alberta foothills: $5.9 million

  • Alberta foothills: $5.9 million

  • Alberta foothills: $5.9 million

  • Alberta foothills: $5.9 million

  • Alberta Rockies: $12.7 million

    Located just outside of Canmore, Alberta, this property features six bedrooms and 10 full or partial bathrooms on 7,500 square feet. "Features include the great hall with towering totem poles ... a hidden staircase leading to the stone wine grotto, massive wood-burning stone fireplaces, a two-storey library, an opulent kitchen, a lavish formal dining room, designer furnishings and fabrics, a passenger elevator, a 'Chauffeur's' quarters, a lower level theatre room and a large games room," the seller boasts.

  • Alberta Rockies: $12.7 million

  • Alberta Rockies: $12.7 million

  • Alberta Rockies: $12.7 million

  • Alberta Rockies: $12.7 million

  • Alberta Rockies: $12.7 million

  • Alberta Rockies: $12.7 million

  • Alberta Rockies: $12.7 million

  • Alberta Rockies: $12.7 million

  • Bay of Fundy Private Island: $4.7 million

    This "fortress-like preserve" is located on one island in a chain of five about 20 minutes' boat ride from the Nova Scotia coast. The tide rises some 45 feet in that part of the world, and when the tide's out the island is surrounded by a red sand beach. The central residence has six bedroom and three bathrooms, and is linked by a network of walkways to "satellite bedroom cottages" spread across 10 acres of land.

  • Bay of Fundy Private Island: $4.7 million

  • Bay of Fundy Private Island: $4.7 million

  • Bay of Fundy Private Island: $4.7 million

  • Bay of Fundy Private Island: $4.7 million

  • Bay of Fundy Private Island: $4.7 million

  • Georgian Bay: $5.5 million

    This hybrid of an Ontario cottage and a James Bond supervillain's lair is embedded onto a rocky island in Georgian Bay. The open-concept octagonal cottage features six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a games room and three separate cabins.

  • Georgian Bay: $5.5 million

  • Georgian Bay: $5.5 million

  • Georgian Bay: $5.5 million

  • Hudson, Quebec: $5.95 million

    Hudson might just qualify as a suburb of Montreal these days, but this palatial property's pool (complete with pool bar) and ice rink make it a great option for outdoorsy types. Ten bedrooms and six bathroooms in the main building.

  • Hudson, Quebec: $5.95 million

  • Hudson, Quebec: $5.95 million

  • Hudson, Quebec: $5.95 million

  • Hudson, Quebec: $5.95 million

  • Hudson, Quebec: $5.95 million

  • Hudson, Quebec: $5.95 million

  • Hudson, Quebec: $5.95 million

  • Hudson, Quebec: $5.95 million

  • Hudson, Quebec: $5.95 million

  • Hudson, Quebec: $5.95 million

  • Laurentians: $8.75 million

    Inspired by a Rockefeller country home, this log "cabin" north of Montreal was built from hand-picked trees to feature seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms on 10,000 square feet. The property features five fireplaces, a gym, a wine room and an entertainment centre.

  • Laurentians: $8.75 million

  • Laurentians: $8.75 million