Canadians have perfected the art of cottaging, and many of the country’s rural homes are works of art in and of themselves. Whether it’s a weekend escape, a second residence, or the perfect setting to entertain guests, these luxurious properties across the Canadian wilds offer tranquility, relaxation, and respite from the hum of city life.

A Wine Country Oasis in Victoria, B.C.

Seclusion meets beach house luxury in this stunning, Hamptons-esque residence on over seven acres in Cobble Hill. Located in Victoria’s wine country, there’s plenty to enjoy at this property: spend days basking in the sun on your own private lake, curl up by the wood-burning fireplace in the contemporary yet cozy living room, and entertain to your heart’s content in the chef’s kitchen. With a clean, bright aesthetic, relaxation is achieved as soon as you step inside.

A Refined Getaway in Muskoka, Ontario

Located on Muskoka’s renowned Lake Joseph, this four-storey Sagamo Estate lake house boasts more than eight bedrooms, a boathouse with five slips and loft-style apartment, guesthouses, and an indoor spa. Host family and friends in any season in the open-concept kitchen and great room, complete with fireplace and exposed Douglas Fir beams. A sophisticated glass balcony is the ideal spot for enjoying your morning coffee with views of the 200 feet of private shoreline.

Harmonious Landscape and Architecture in Rural Bighorn M.D., Alberta

Rock House at Carraig Ridge is a rural retreat like no other. Created by award-winning architect James Cutler of Cutler Anderson Architects, the natural materials and rich textures used to craft this contemporary house not only complement the surrounding landscape, but make the home an elegant extension of nature itself. At just 1,230 square feet with floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, the stunning Rocky Mountain views, rugged terrain, and impeccable star-gazing of this home prove that, sometimes, it’s also what’s on the outside that counts.

Country Living at its Finest, Bromont, Québec

This spectacular Québec country home leaves no need unmet. Tucked away on 2.47 acres an hour’s drive from Montréal, amenities include both a heated pool and outdoor hot tub, a panoramic balcony, nine-foot ceilings, a spacious kitchen, and pristine landscaping. It’s a perfect family home of elevated proportions and comfort—as impressive as the Olympic equestrian park nearby.

A Sunny Oceanside Dwelling, Gambier Island, B.C.

Creativity flows in this stylish, Art Deco home by architect Marko Simcic on Gambier Island in Howe Sound. Though vibrant and playful on the outside—reflective of its Sunshine Coast location—this home’s interior is an airy haven featuring skylights in the bright living room, spa-like bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, and high ceilings. Outside, enjoy the private beach and the fact that there are no neighbours in sight: with only boat access to this mostly car-free island, it’s the perfect place to unplug, unwind, and feel completely at ease.

Vacationing in Canada doesn’t get better than soaking in the country’s incomparable nature. These properties are the ultimate retreats: they offer all the cosmopolitan amenities and high-end design of downtown properties, far from city life and with endless nature at their doorsteps.

Looking for a country property? Explore these luxury cottages and find your next sophisticated escape.

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