Best Spots in Canada to Buy A Vacation Home

A vacation home cabin sits on top of a hill at sunset.

Whether you want to vacation home by the beach or are a snow bunny ready to hit the slopes, there are many options for buying a “home away from home” in Canada.

Whistler

Aerial view of a vacation home in Whistler, British Columbia.

In Whistler homes for sale are a wonderful thing to come by. This town in Vancouver, British Columbia, is home to Whistler Blackcomb, one of the largest ski resorts in North America. The town is a haven for all things snow: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tobogganing, and ski jumping. Olympic Park is also here, which was the home of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

 Though winter is the main draw, Whistler is just as beautiful during the other seasons. Enjoy the array of colorful leaves in the fall and take in the greenery and many scenic water spots in the warmer summer months. 

Niagara-On-The-Lake

A clock tower stands in a small town.

This town in Ontario sits at the mouth of the Niagara River and has much to see and do. Among the beautiful 19th century architecture are wineries, historic sites like Fort George and the Historical Society Museum, shopping districts, golf courses, and several parks. The water provides more entertainment, with various boat tours taking visitors up Niagara River.

 The ramping up of events and festivals makes Niagara-on-the-Lake a four-season town. The Shaw Festival is one such occasion, a theatre festival that runs from June through December each year.

Cape Breton Island

An oceanfront vacation home with a beautiful aerial view of a rocky cliff.

 

Set in Nova Scotia, Cape Breton offers miles of coastline and lush forests. It’s one of seven ancestral and unceded territories of the Mi’kmaq People, and it celebrates its history proudly.

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Culinary fare is influenced by the land and sea itself, offering abundance year-round. The Cabot Trail offers breathtaking views to motorcyclists and drivers, while the inland sea gives water lovers a means of travel through coastal communities.

 There are many festivals and live music, including the yearly Celtic Colours International Festival.

Canmore and Kananaskis

Vacation home in Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Those who love to hike, bike, and enjoy outdoor adventure year-round will love this active mountain town. The biggest draw is the proximity to Banff National Park, the first national park in Canada that draws in four million visitors a year. Canmore and Kananaskis lie just outside this busy region and offer up a vibrant cultural scene and nightlife in addition to natural beauty.

 Take a helicopter tour over the mountains, or appreciate the view from below during a rafting trip. You can golf and climb, or spend an afternoon in a museum, art gallery, or at the local casino.

Sunshine Coast

An aerial view of a small island surrounded by water and trees, perfect for a vacation home.

Though its name conjures warm-weather activities, this district in British Columbia is slowly becoming a year-round hot spot. Sunshine Coast offers hiking and biking in the summer, and snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter.

 It has an array of museums, galleries, and festivals that highlight artists; in fact, it’s home to more artists per capita than any other Canadian region.

 The Sunshine Coast Trail covers over 180 kilometers of coastlines with views of land and sea, from the bottoms of mountains to their tops.

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