With countless luxury destinations around the world to choose from, and a budget with no limit, you might be surprised to discover that many A-list celebrities consider the great North to be their second home over the summer. From cottage hideaways to sprawling island retreats, read on for the stars’ top summer vacation destinations in Canada.
Cindy Crawford and Kaia Gerber love Muskoka, Ontario
Celebrities who consider themselves summertime locals include Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Cindy Crawford (along with the rest of the Gerber clan, including doppelganger model-daughter Kaia) and Justin Bieber, who has rented out luxury cottages in the area in previous summers.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell love Lake Rosseau, Ontario
A-lister fans who have summer properties on this lake include Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, who enjoy spending time in their home away from home, situated close by to Goldie’s daughter Kate Hudson’s own vacation spot. And who wouldn’t want to be neighbours with Canadian-born comedy icon Martin Short, who also owns a home on the lake?
Kevin O’Leary loves Lake Joseph, Ontario
Justin Timberlake loves Whistler, British Columbia
If you manage to book a room this summer, look out for famous guests like Justin Timberlake (and family) and Reese Witherspoon, who’ve been known to frequent the hotel and take in the sights in town.
Jim Carrey loves Baptiste Lake, Ontario
Donald Sutherland loves Georgeville, Quebec
Did you know? This father-son duo also make our list of celebrity kids more famous than their parents!
Alec Baldwin loves the Canadian Rockies
Matt Damon and George Clooney love Vancouver, British Columbia
Some celebrities who’ve mixed work and play while on set over the summer in recent years are Matt Damon, who stayed over the summer of 2011 with his family while filming and George Clooney, who called Vancouver home while shooting the blockbuster Tomorrowland.
Halle Berry loves Saint-Hippolyte, Quebec
Though Halle Berry put this 63-acre property up for sale in 2011, you can still score a peek inside her Saint-Hippolyte retreat.
Jason Priestley loves Ucluelet, British Columbia
Jason Priestley counts himself as not only a resident, but also part owner of Terrace Beach Resort Ucluelet where he and his family offer beachfront lodging rentals. The property features hot tubs, loft-style suites and all the cottage-comfort amenities you might want while enjoying the best of Ucluelet.
Kate Middleton and Prince William love Yellowknife
Meg Ryan loves Banff, Alberta
Considered to be Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies,” the hotel offers year-round 5-star accommodations, championship golf in the summer months, skiing in the winter, as well as an award-winning spa for guests to unwind. Aside from the incredible views that surround visitors, Banff is home to several museums, upscale shopping and dining, and and the popular Banff Upper Hot Springs.
Gwyneth Paltrow loves Fogo Island, Newfoundland
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a fan too, having brought his family to stay at the modern Fogo Island Inn over Easter in 2016.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban love Okanagan, British Columbia
Actress Christina Ricci and John Cusak also spent some time in the area while shooting scenes for the 2018 thriller Distorted.