Destination guide

Vacation rentals let you explore Canada's amazing diversity

If there's one word that describes Canada so aptly, it's "diversity." It's not just because the country has a large and vibrant immigrant population – though this multi-ethnicity greatly contributes to Canada's multi-layered culture. It's because Canada's landscapes vary from place to place, from the rugged majesty of the Canadian Rockies, to the beaches of Prince Edward Island, to the cityscapes of Vancouver. There's really something for everyone in Canada, whether you're an outdoors junkie or a party animal, whether you're travelling solo, with family and friends, or with your sweetheart. Vacation rentals let you immerse fully in Canada's wonders.

History

Canada was once a battleground between the French and the British; the British eventually won, but French influence persists. Before both, though, came the story of the Inuit and the First Nations, the people who have called the land home long before Europeans discovered its existence. Towns like Ontario's Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario and Victoria, British Columbia are great places for exploring Canada's British heritage. For a glimpse of Paris in Canada, you only need to stroll through the downtown cores of Montreal and Quebec City. Places like Yukon's Tombstone Territorial Park and Quebec's Huron Traditional Site abound in Canada's Aboriginal heritage.

Outdoor activities

Ski, surf or sail from your Canadian vacation rental

As the world's second largest country it's perhaps unsurprising that Canada is an outdoor playground. With the Rocky Mountains running through the west of the country the opportunities for winter sports and summer hikes are endless; you can even try heli-hiking, where you arrive at the start point of your hike in dramatic style. Both the east and west coast offer great prospects for those who love to spend their days on the water - whether you prefer to be sporting a wet suit and surf board, or an elegant hat and a glass of wine.

How to get around

Getting around Canada from your vacation rental is a cinch

Canada is a walker's and bicyclist's dream. Neighbourhoods in Canada are mostly pedestrian-friendly, and you won't need to walk far to get to the nearest shop or restaurant. If your destination is too far to walk, you can make your way there on 2 wheels using the country's vast network of bike lanes and cycling paths. Canada also has a well-developed and efficient public transit system. You can get around using rail or subway trains, buses, ferries, or even by hitching a ride. Wherever you are in Canada, getting from place to place from your vacation rental is easy.

Food & drink 

Savour the Canadian smorgasbord from your vacation rental

Former Canadian prime minister Joe Clark once famously said that "Canada has a cuisine of cuisines. Not a stew pot, but a smorgasbord." It's a pretty accurate observation, given that Canada's food evolved from French and British cuisines modified by the use of local ingredients. Add to that the influence of First Nations cuisine and the food Canada's immigrants have brought with them. But you know you're eating Canadian food when you dive into a plate of poutine, a dish of French fries with cheese curds and gravy. Maple syrup and smoked salmon are Canadian staples as well.

Essential info

Quick Canadian facts to know before booking vacation rentals

With a total area of 9.98 million sq km divided into 10 provinces and 3 territories, Canada is the second-largest country in the world. The border it shares with its southern neighbour, the United States, is the world's longest international border. Despite its vastness, the country is sparsely populated, with more than 80% of its 37 million-strong population concentrated in a few urban areas like Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Canada's official languages are English and French, though its multi-ethnicity guarantees that you'll hear languages like Chinese, Spanish, Hindi, and Filipino spoken there. The currency used is the Canadian dollar.

Where to stay near Canada?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 30,963 house rentals near Canada. From 5,391 Cabins to 11,891 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Canada for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Canada?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Canada. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Ontario: 8,596 vacation rentals
  • Muskoka Lakes: 623 vacation rentals
  • Toronto: 2,171 vacation rentals
  • Prince Edward Island: 1,154 vacation rentals
  • Vancouver: 1,267 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Canada! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Canada?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Canada:

  • Toronto: 2,171 rentals
  • Vancouver: 1,267 rentals
  • Kelowna: 1,179 rentals
  • Victoria: 1,084 rentals
  • Canmore: 654 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to Canada?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in Canada are:

  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ): 2,159 home rentals
  • Vernon, BC (YVE-Vernon Regional): 575 home rentals
  • Ottawa Macdonald Cartier International Airport (YOW): 301 home rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Canada?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Canada. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sandbanks Provincial Park: 332 vacation homes
  • Port Elgin Beach: 123 vacation homes
  • Point Pelee National Park: 46 vacation homes
  • Wasaga Beach Provincial Park: 754 vacation homes
  • Revelstoke Mountain Resort: 138 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around Canada listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Canada

Ontario
8,596 vacation rentals
Prince Edward Island
1,154 vacation rentals
Nova Scotia
1,305 vacation rentals
British Columbia
10,833 vacation rentals
Alberta
1,898 vacation rentals
Manitoba
230 vacation rentals
New Brunswick
364 vacation rentals
Saskatchewan
200 vacation rentals
Québec
5,805 vacation rentals
Newfoundland and Labrador
478 vacation rentals
Yukon Territory
40 vacation rentals
California
53,660 vacation rentals
Maine
8,642 vacation rentals
Michigan
10,738 vacation rentals
Vermont
4,468 vacation rentals
New York
18,118 vacation rentals
Washington
9,918 vacation rentals
Montana
4,946 vacation rentals
Oregon
10,527 vacation rentals
New Hampshire
4,136 vacation rentals