Top 10 Vacation Homes For The Summer
Vrbo, an American vacation rental online marketplace, has revealed its first ever list of ‘Vacation Homes of the Year,’ highlighting 10 best-in-class vacation homes across Canada. Each of the homes has its own unique style and aesthetic that makes it stand out, highlighting some of the most breathtaking vacation destinations across Canada. From ski-style homes in British Columbia to French inspired oceanfront chateaus in Nova Scotia, the list stretches across the country with inspired design from around the world.
Each of the homes on the list were selected not only based on location, but also on criteria such as star ratings, guest reviews, number of bookings, and family-friendly amenities available.
Vacation Home List
Tofino, BC – Three Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms: A luxury retreat located between Chesterman beach and Cox Bay. The location offers a great surfer and beach house experience. This quiet location comes with a gourmet kitchen, south facing deck with a barbeque and fire pit, as well as ocean views from every room. The home has heated floors and a woodstove, as well as an entertainment room with a 50-inch television and stereo system.
Golden, BC – Four Bedrooms, Four Bathrooms: Described as a late ’60s early ’70s Scandinavian style ski home, it’s a unique gem, perfect for those looking for a ski-in and ski-out experience. Includes a world class kitchen, wood burning pizza oven, a mudroom equipped with built in boot and glove dryers, and a full Sonos sound system. There is also the garage which has been turned into a ping pong room, and an outdoor eight-person hot tub beside a fire pit.
Banff, AB – Four Bedrooms, Four Bathrooms: This modern mountain estate offers all the amenities of a resort while still providing the comforts of home. Guests will have a stocked chef’s kitchen, full gym with an infrared sauna and steam room, and a large children’s playroom for entertainment. It also includes a full Sonos sound system, with bikes for guests, and a mudroom. The property has a 3,000-square-foot back yard with an incredible view in all directions.
Collingwood, ON – Five Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms: This secluded family cottage is a great retreat spot for guests searching for a quiet vacation in the Blue Mountain region. The house sits on 40 acres of open canopy with forested hiking trail access off the south side of the property. The open concept main floor provides a panoramic view overlooking Collingwood and Georgian Bay, consisting of the kitchen, living room, and dining area. The basement has a large recreational room with many games, with the outdoor space featuring a large deck with outdoor furniture and a barbeque.
Port McNicoll, ON – Six Bedrooms, Six Bathrooms: This private waterfront cottage is surrounded by 320-degree views of the Georgian Bay. It’s perfect for entertainment events and large groups with its lakeside cabana, with a bar and full bathroom and bedroom, and a guest suite that can accommodate parties of up to 12.
Sainte-Beatrix, QC – Two Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms: This contemporary urban villa is in a beautiful woodland area an hour outside of Montreal, perfect for a quiet disconnecting experience. The 16-foot floor-to-ceiling windows offer unobstructed mountain views. The villa comes equipped with a hot tub and outdoor dry sauna. There is also an outdoor firepit and large terrace for outdoor dining. A few minutes away is L’Assomption river, for private beach swimming, paddle boarding, or kayaking with two kayaks included.
Charlevoix, QC – Three Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms: This family-friendly chalet is ideal for outdoor explorers. Near Le Massif de Charlevoix, there are hiking, snowboarding, and snowmobiling trails, all available within a 10-minute distance. The chalet includes a garden and a spa tub offering two options for relaxation. There’s also a foosball table and an entertainment system.
Augustine Cove, PE – Three Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms: This modern oceanfront property offers stunning visuals. It presents prime access to the cove with large windows surrounding the home providing views overlooking the ocean and country setting. The home sits on a two-acre lot offering a large area to disconnect. It is also only 15 minutes away from Victoria By The Sea, where there are many restaurant and entertainment activities.
Blandford, NS – Five Bedrooms, Four Bathrooms: This private oceanfront chateau is French inspired and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and Mahone Bay. Guests can enjoy the privacy of the two-acre property, and morning walks by the oceanfront. The main level features a custom kitchen, dining area, and a wood-burning fireplace with a grate or glass screen. Timber beams uphold the ceiling, with beautiful oceans views throughout. The top floor features a private balcony and a yoga/dance studio.
Margaree Harbour, NS – Three Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms: A classic Cape Breton home boasting wall-to-wall windows and a wraparound deck offer views of the ocean, rugged coastline, Margaree Island, and tree-covered rolling hills. The location is perfect for guests looking for a home with beautiful outdoor and wildlife views. Modern amenities, an open concept kitchen, and dining area make the home a great option for large groups or families. Bikes, kayaks, and a telescope are available for activities, with other activities in the area in the form of hiking, golfing, touring, and visiting the beach.