Canada — the very definition of the great escape. A nation of snowy peaks, waving prairie, coastal cliffs, and azure lakes, this maple country offers year-round opportunities for every vacation impulse and style. With myriad options for whenever the need to get away takes hold, here are some of our top picks for year-round markets for vacation homes in Canada.
Whistler, British Columbia
Nestled as it is at the root of two impressive peaks, Whistler is well-known for its ski culture. But the area shines no matter the season, boasting four championship golf courses, convenient shopping and fine dining, relaxing spas, and a vibrant nightlife. In this active community, chalet meets state-of-the-art in an oasis far-removed from the whirlwind of city life.
Host all your seasonal guests in this four-bedroom, 3,076-square-foot home that features a cozy wood buring fireplace and an open concept kitchen. Floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate flowing entertaining areas, tastefully-appointed rooms, and exposed overhead beams.
Stretch out in summer on its sundecks, set off on an autumnal trek at the nearby hiking trails, and close out a frosty evening in the hot tub with a glass of your favourite red. Whether for après ski or pre-sunbathe, this home meets the needs of the all-season excursionist.
Just south of Banff lies Canmore, a mountain getaway for the nature-loving adventurer in all of us. The extremes of the landscape are echoed in the contrast of the bright, small town set against the towering Canadian Rockies.
Here amongst the unrivalled scenery, you can play the links of the Stewart Creek Golf Course and come home to roost in this townhouse in the mountains. Experience lodge styling that plays up the area’s stone and wood in 2,325 square feet of grand living space, airy windows, and a family loft. Drift to the fireplace on cool nights; bask on the private balcony in the summer sun. Property amenities include an outdoor hot tub and pool, gym, theatre, and lounge, offering the perfect antidote to tired muscles and cold toes, whatever the time of year.
On the shores of the great Lake Ontario lies Prince Edward County, an area known for its wineries, culinary offerings, and the sandy dunes of Sandbanks Provincial Park.
Just a stone’s throw from Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, Prince Edward County is well appointed for short reprieves from city life. Home to spas, lavender fields, a burgeoning music and theatre scene, and Hamptons-esque beaches, relaxation comes second nature here. With unobstructed views of the breathtaking waterways of Bay of Quinte and its famed sunsets, this four-bedroom home marries nature with modernity, expressed in the architecturally designed opening living spaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, and expansive deck and patios.
During the summer months, the luxious backyard, outdoor firepit, and terrace patios make entertaining guests a breeze within view of the picturesque shoreline.
While Mont-Tremblant has earned its reputation as a ski resort, the surrounding area plays host to plenty of year-round activities.
Quebecois culture can be experienced in the area’s charming pedestrian village, with its wealth of year-round boutiques and dining options. The famed Scandinave Spa offers an understated oasis to regroup the mind, body, and soul — after all, self-care isn’t a seasonal vocation.
Only a short walk from Tremblant Resort, this five-bedroom manor draws inspiration from the landscape of the Laurentians. A master suite offers panoramic views of Lac Tremblant while a salt-water infinity pool, spa, outdoor cooking area, and large wine cellar with tasting space and custom wood cabinets set the stage for entertaining guests year-round.
Sun Peaks, British Columbia
As one of the most lauded ski and snowboard destinations in North America, British Columbia’s Sun Peaks marries top-quality amenities with European charm.
Perched amongst the mountains an hour northeast of Kamloops, Sun Peaks’ many festivals — like the Winter Okanagan Wine Festival and the Alpine Blossom Festival in August — ensure year-round vacationers will have reasons to come back again and again.
Set just off the slopes, a four-bedroom chalet wows with ski-lodge stylings brought up-to-date by natural nods to the great Canadian wilderness; lofty curved timbers, real rock finishes, and generous hardwood provide continuity throughout, culminating in a gourmet kitchen that frames the rustic mountain vistas with modern conveniences.
Canada’s varied seasons and dramatic landscapes ensure that even the most adventurous can find a private escape worthy of the title of home-away-from-home.
Plan ahead if you’re purchasing a vacation property — read our Seasonal Checklist for Vacation Home Owners.
This article was originally published on April 4, 2018 and has been updated on November 5, 2019.