Ever wonder what the most lavish homes in Canada look like? We certainly have. So we did a little digging and are presenting our top six Canadian homes that are either on sale or available for rent. Consider this a little inspiration for when you take home the Lotto Max or Lotto 6/49 - now with a second draw featuring a GUARANTEED $1 Million prize. Get ready for some seriously beautiful locations, designs, and views. Come with us on a tour of BCLC's version of MTV Cribs.
"In the summer, I love to go up north to a cottage and relax by the lake, swim, go canoeing… I also love riding my bike around Toronto, going to the farmer's market, and cooking. That sounds simple, but it’s a luxury you don't have when you’re living in hotels." – Sarah Gadon
Georgian Bay Retreat: $3,988,000 to own
In the market for a new cottage? Take a sneaky peek at this 5-bedroom mansion that would look equally at home in the Hamptons. It rests in a nest of trees on the south shore of Georgian Bay, Ontario. The entire property sprawls 10,200 square-feet, boasting 5 bedrooms, 5 and a half bathrooms, a 4-car garage, heated floors, indoor pool, sandy beach and a games room. The area is also home to some of the best skiing in Ontario. Perfect for either full-time living or as a retreat spot for the entire family, this spread is situated only 95 minutes from Pearson Intl Airport. Which makes getting to Georgian Bay dream home easy - it's leaving it that's the hard part!
The Sanctuary: $15,588 per night
This luxury escape sits next to the Squamish river, nestled between the city lights of Vancouver and the outdoor wilderness that is Whistler. The Sanctuary sits on 11.4 acres of peaceful bliss. Relax by the firepit next to the rolling river while you watch eagles fishing for salmon, seals swimming lazily, and the odd mountain creature hanging out nearby. The Sanctuary houses 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a geothermally heated saltwater pool, hot tub, foosball table and pool table. The interior features vaulted ceilings that give the property an expansive, airy feel. If you're looking for somewhere to hide, look no further!
Wanderlust: $40,000 per week
Got a spare $40,000 lying around? If you do, we recommend taking a week off and spending it here. Nestled in Muskoka - one of Canada's most popular cottage areas - this gem's name couldn't be more apt. Wanderlust is a fine blend of the homely traditional feel mixed with modern white walls and adjoining fireplaces. All 7 bedrooms enjoy breathtaking views of the lake, pines and oaks. And, it's only a 1.5 hour drive from Toronto. Wanderlust also comes with a 'bunkie' - essentially a one bedroom cabin and boathouse for all your motoring/sailing needs. This home is all about stopping and smelling the roses.
Edgestone: $12,900,000 to own
This cottage sits on over 2,000 feet of idyllic shoreline, which explains its not one, but two, boathouses. Edgestone sits on Joseph Lake on the smooth Georgian Bay-style rock with a dock, natural beach, boat lift and plenty of privacy. It features 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and rests on a sprawling 29 acres of land. The wooden interior is connected by terraces boasting 4 stories of views. Escape to Edgestone and you really will feel like you're at the edge of the world.
"I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees." – Henry David Thoreau
Private Island on Lake Joe: $39,995 per week
Did you grow-up dreaming about living like Peter Pan? Take away the ability to fly and the idea of staying young forever, and this private Island on Lake Joe can be your Neverland for only $39,995 a week. The 5.5-acres island - previously owned by a National Hockey League player - offers over 3,200 feet of shoreline to play on, and features an outdoor pavilion by the water, a track so that you can run around the island, and breathtaking views in every direction. The home is 4,914-square-feet and was constructed using local natural Muskoka materials. With 9 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, there's plenty of room for for any other Lost Boys or Girls who might want to join you on your adventure.
Manitoba's Mansion: $11,000,000 to own
This 'house' - part piece-of-art and part affluent indulgence - is situated on Winnipeg’s most luxurious street. The 22,000 square-foot living space features 6 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, and pays homage to Art Deco and European design. It is nicely nestled on two expansive acres directly on the Assiniboine River, with two pools and a 1,000-square-foot guest house. This home took six years to renovate and holds the title as the most expensive home in the city's history.
Thanks for joining us on this breathtaking journey through Canada's most luxurious cottages. When people daydream about winning big, a new home is always top of their list. Which home would you choose if you took home the 6/49 or the $60,000,000 Lottery Max? Are you an old school all-wood kind of person, or is fresh and modern more your style? Play the lottery today and you could be spending this sitting on one these sun-worshipping decks!