Ever daydream about leaving city life behind? Take a moment to imagine it: busy highways turning to open roads, and then to peaceful country lanes. The perpetual rush of the city fading to audibly running water and wind soughing in the trees, punctuated by occasional birdsong. This vision of tranquility doesn’t have to be fantasy—you can live the dream at any of these remote escapes in Canada.

Dream Homes: Perfect Remote Gateways

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 520 Spithead Road, 1000 Islands, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 520 Spithead Road, 1000 Islands, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 520 Spithead Road, 1000 Islands, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 520 Spithead Road, 1000 Islands, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

1000 Islands Escape, Ontario

Venture to Ontario’s famed Thousand Islands for a remote escape guaranteed to soothe any soul. Tucked in the woods on the western tip of Howe Island, this 6.5-acre waterfront estate offers a true retreat from urban living. Welcome the morning with yoga in your contemporary glass waterfront studio, explore the islands from one of your two private docks, or simply appreciate the stunning views from every window of this cedar and glass home. Modern necessities are never out of reach with 24/7 ferry service to the mainland.

Dream Homes: Perfect Remote Gateways

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 7901 Ch. de l'Île, Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 7901 Ch. de l'Île, Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 7901 Ch. de l'Île, Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 7901 Ch. de l'Île, Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 7901 Ch. de l'Île, Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Remote Island Retreat, Québec

Perched on a spit at the western tip of L’Île Verte in the St. Lawrence River, this cozy, rustic property is truly one of a kind. The farmhouse-style interior unites comfort and good taste with cottage windows, a charming wood stove, and fully updated kitchen and bathrooms. Spend a relaxed afternoon reading on the porch, take a stroll in the surrounding wildflower meadows, or venture further to the very tip of the island for glimpses of whales along the rugged, untouched coastline.

Dream Homes: Perfect Remote Gateways

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 7332 Sunnybrae Canoe Pt. Road, Tappen, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 7332 Sunnybrae Canoe Pt. Road, Tappen, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 7332 Sunnybrae Canoe Pt. Road, Tappen, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 7332 Sunnybrae Canoe Pt. Road, Tappen, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 7332 Sunnybrae Canoe Pt. Road, Tappen, BC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Lakeside Living in South Shuswap, British Columbia

A ten-minute boat ride from Sicamous or a 35-minute drive from Salmon Arm, this luxurious waterfront home overlooks the beauty of British Columbia’s Shuswap Lake. Enjoy the elevated views from the hot tub, or descend the staircase and sloping lawns to the shores of the lake to explore from your own private dock.

Dream Homes: Perfect Remote Gateways

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 68 Ch. Ramsay, Chelsea, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 68 Ch. Ramsay, Chelsea, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 68 Ch. Ramsay, Chelsea, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 68 Ch. Ramsay, Chelsea, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 68 Ch. Ramsay, Chelsea, QC

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Eco-Friendly Smart Home on the Gatineau River, Québec

Nestled in the woods of Southern Quebec, on the almost-island Beattie Point, this modern, eco-friendly home on the Gatineau River is equipped with the very latest in smart home technology. Designed to meet the rigorous Passive Home standards, it generates up to 100% of its own electricity through solar power. With plenty of natural wood and windows views into the serene forests that surround it, you’ll feel all the benefits of being completely immersed in nature in this home—with the added bonus of brand new biking, walking, and groomed ski trails through the nearby Rail-to-Trail network.

Dream Homes: Perfect Remote Gateways

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 111 Murphy Mill Road, Latchford, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 111 Murphy Mill Road, Latchford, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 111 Murphy Mill Road, Latchford, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 111 Murphy Mill Road, Latchford, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 111 Murphy Mill Road, Latchford, ON

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Bay Lake Getaway, Ontario

A quiet dirt road cuts through a forest of shimmering birch trees before arriving at this airy, open concept home on Bay Lake, just over an hour from North Bay and two hours from Sudbury. The generous windows and deck offer views of the lake and the undeveloped crown land beyond. Fully modern interiors feature hardwood flooring, soaring ceilings, and a double-sided fireplace for cozy evenings inside.

Dream Homes: 6 Perfect Remote Getaways

By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 38 Carraig Ridge, Ghost Lake, AB

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 38 Carraig Ridge, Ghost Lake, AB

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 38 Carraig Ridge, Ghost Lake, AB

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 38 Carraig Ridge, Ghost Lake, AB

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

  • 38 Carraig Ridge, Ghost Lake, AB

    By Andrea Gamboa-Araiza

Stunning Scenery at Carraig Ridge, Alberta

Join a contingent of discerning individuals with a home at Carraig Ridge, a 44-property community between Banff and Calgary focused on developing innovative, contemporary architecture. Over 500 of the property’s 650 acres of untouched wilderness are protected, ensuring that residents can count on the beauty of the remote landscape—the gentle hills, untouched forests, and wild meadows, all framed by the majesty of the Rocky mountains—for generations to come.

Taking time for yourself at your own remote getaway gives you space to think, recharge, and pursue your own projects—and leaving the city behind doesn’t have to mean giving up the conveniences of modern living. With luxury homes perched on tiny islands, above picturesque lakes, and among rolling hills, the expansive Canadian wilderness is dotted with quiet havens to relax and get away from it all.

Looking for a vacation property a little closer to home? Browse West Coast waterfront listings or getaways in cottage country.

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