While Los Angeles and New York City are well-known cities with a good number of celebrities living on every corner, Canada also has numerous alluring cities and rural retreats that draw big names too. Although there have been increased interest in moving to Canada from the US in the past few years, it’s actually quite common for American public figures or celebrities to either settle in Canada or have a home base in the country, and with very good reason.
Canada is renowned as a culturally diverse country where everyone is accepted and where everyone feels among notwithstanding your race, religion, political views, or sexual orientation. For American public figures and celebrities, the closeness to the US border also encourages this decision as it allows them to live in the best of both worlds. For instance, Vancouver is just a short plane ride away from California.
Owing to the proximity between the two countries, celebrities can work in the US, attend star-studded events like the Oscars or the Emmys, and come back to enjoy the peace, quiet, and privacy of their Canadian home. Canada is also loved for its low crime rate especially since the rate of mass murders, school shootings, acts of terrorism and random acts of violence are much lower in the country.
Agreeably, Canada is a very attractive option for celebrities and stars. Outlined below are some of the biggest celebrities moving to Canada or who have already moved to the beautiful land of maple syrup, poutine, Zambonis, and hockey.
Celebrities Moving to Canada
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Drake, a global singer, and rapper was born and raised in Toronto. His fame and mind-blowing career took him to the US but after years of living in the Los Angeles scene, Drake has finally moved back to Canada.
With his mansion located in the upscale Bridle Path neighborhood (the Canadian equivalent to Manhattan’s Billionaires’ Row), Drake owns an astonishing custom-built mansion in his hometown of Toronto, Ontario. The Grammy Award-winning singer originally bought the property for $6.7 million in 2016, and then set out to make adjustments to build his dream mansion.
The blond beauty, famous for her iconic role in Baywatch announced in 2021 that she was packing up her life in Malibu and coming back to settle in Canada for good. She was born in a town on Vancouver Island and that’s where she intends to go back. The actress-activist even listed her multi-million dollar beach house for $14.9 million.
Note that the three bedrooms, 5,500-square-foot home is situated in a gated community on the beautiful beaches of Malibu, California. Joined by her husband Dan Hayhurst and her mother Carol Anderson, the animal rights activist will be hitting the small screen in the spring of 2022 to debut the home renovation series.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex
They are without doubt one of the most famous celebrities in recent years to move their entire lives to Canada. Note that they both stepped outside as Senior Royals, they first moved to Canada for a period of time before finally settling in California to be closer to friends and work commitments.
However, before Meghan Markle got engaged to the Prince, she was living in Toronto and home, for her, was Canada. She lived in a stylish three-bedroom, two-bathroom home. According to reports, the property had a unique, modern kitchen with white cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, coupled with an adorable outdoor dining area.
Oscar-winning actress, Halle Berry is no stranger to Canada. She bought a property in Montreal, Quebec years ago, and as recently as the pandemic, she was eager to quarantine in Montreal. The Oscar-winning actress bought this secluded, modern cabin outside Montreal back when she was with Gabriel Aubry. The property is well noted for its private, spring-fed lake, cathedral ceilings, and rustic wood-clad interiors.
During summertime, well-known supermodel Cindy Crawford always travels north to her vacation home in central Ontario to enjoy the island life. A serene environment featuring sparkling lakes, cascading views of the mountains, and lots of luxuriating in the sunshine.
In recent times, she has added a new spin on the log cabin with her luxurious estate; where there is a possibility you can catch her sitting back in an Adirondack chair on the dock.
The Grammy Award-winning songstress was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but has set up residence on the other coast in one of the most expensive places to live in Canada: West Vancouver, British Columbia. Sometime in 2018, the Angel hit maker opened up her home for fans to raise money for music education.
The luxurious mountain estate is located in an exclusive, gated community in Whistler, B.C. Built on a 4.3-acre lot of manicured gardens, the home offers mind-blowing panoramic views that cut across the entire mountain range, including Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
Popularly known as the king of Christmas music, Michael Bublé hails from Burnaby, British Columbia, a suburb just east of Vancouver. Also note that he has built his dream home for his family of five, just right across the street from the elementary school he attended as a child.
Measuring around 27,000 square feet, the house is a wonderful playground for Bublé’s brood. The 2.3-acre lot includes seven bedrooms and fifteen bathrooms, and also a pool, tennis court, and hockey rink in the basement.
According to experts, the Bublé Burnaby home is worth a massive $22.2 million, making it the 36th most valuable home in British Columbia. Michael Bublé, and his wife, Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato, are raising their three children between his native land and hers.
Renowned as the founder of Lululemon Athletic, after graduating with an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Calgary, Wilson went west and founded Lululemon. Chip Wilson and his wife, Shannon own the most expensive home in British Columbia, estimated to be worth over $73 million.
As of July 2022, the buildings on Wilson’s Vancouver, B.C., estate were estimated at $28.9 million; the land was assessed at $44.1 million. That brings the total assessment to $73.1 million! Located on Point Grey Road in the funky Vancouver beach neighborhood of Kitsilano, Wilson’s swanky waterfront lot spans 15,694 square feet and has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.
Tom Hanks is another A-list celeb who it is believed tapped inspiration from Russell and Hawn and bought a home in the Muskoka area shortly after the couple did. Well known for his superb role in Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks “heads to his Muskoka cottage whenever he finishes wrapping up a film”. According to reports, his cottage is located in northern Lake Muskoka at Port Carling.
According to Cottage Life, the Jurassic Park and E.T. creator is still a resident of Muskoka, nicknamed the “Malibu of the North”. One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood’s best-known director and still remains of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. It is believed that Spielberg’s cottage is near Tom Hanks and Justin Bieber’s in Port Carling.
Kurt Russell & Goldie Hawn
Reports also have it that The Christmas Chronicles stars own a Muskoka home on Lake Rosseau together. According to the same reports, the lake is nicknamed “Millionaire’s Row” which is “considered one of the most prestigious areas of cottage-country for the elite and wealthy.”
It is believed that the couple hangs out at their cottage every summer. When they’re in town, Jayne’s Cottages reports that Hawn gets frequently sighted “shopping in Gravenhurst” which is situated in the Muskoka region.
It is believed that Kate Hudson owns a summer home in Muskoka, maybe following in her mother and step-father’s footsteps. The Bride Wars star has owned it as far back as 2007 when newspapers caught photos of her cozying up with Dax Shepard, her partner at the time. According to the New York Times, restaurant owner Ronald Brabander claims Hudson drops by Blondie’s Restaurant in Gravenhurst.
Reports also have it that a very successful businessman and Shark Tank star owns a cottage with his wife Linda on Lake Joseph. According to the same report, the area is called “Billionaire’s Row” and O’Leary has owned property there right from 1998, featuring “prime shoreline real estate” and sized at “just less than 10,000 square feet”.
Howbeit, sometime in 2019, Linda was “charged with careless operation of a vessel” in a boating accident that occurred in the Muskoka area and had two people dead.
Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg, former stage name Marky Mark, is an American actor, producer, businessman, and former rapper. Wahlberg is of Swedish descent through his father, as well as Irish through his paternal grandmother. His mother was of Irish, English, and French-Canadian Ancestry.
Back in 2011, he bought a penthouse on Hazelton Ave. in Toronto. It is believed that it cost him around $12 million and totals a size of 4,600 square feet. The suite occupies the entire seventh floor and “includes two levels of private outdoor space”.
Truth be told, Canada also has numerous alluring cities and rural retreats that draw big names. While this is not a comprehensive list of celebrities and stars who stay or intend to move to Canada, these are some of the most notable ones associated with Canada.