Canada has some of the best cottage properties in the world — and it's not just Canadians who are boasting that fact. The Muskoka region in Ontario, for example, has attracted the attention of some of Hollywood's biggest names.
Who might you see dipping their feet in the lake, while cottage-going north of Toronto with the family? Well, many of these celebrities are Canadian-born and know how beautiful the countryside is, while others are born outside the country and have been drawn to it for its pristine water and treelines.
Here are some of the A-list names that call Muskoka's cottage region home when they're not working during the warmer months, in no particular order:
Multiple Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks enjoys the peace and quiet of the Muskoka cottage life, as does American actress and Oscar-nominee Kate Hudson. Perhaps the two get together for a drink on the dock with celebrated director Steven Spielberg, who also reportedly prefers the calm waters of the Muskoka region.
Canadian actor and comedian Martin Short, a Hamilton, Ontario, native who has been in countless films and television shows, apparently spends time on Lake Rosseau, northwest of Bracebridge. He's not the only famous individual who seems to love that lake; Goldie Hawn (mother of Kate Hudson) and Kurt Russell also love dipping their toes in the water there.
Other famous faces you might recognize in Muskoka? How about Canadian millionaire Kevin O'Leary (of Shark Tank and Dragons’ Den fame), Mad Men actor Harry Hamlin and saxophone sage Kenny G, along with a handful of CEOs of top international companies.
Meanwhile, big-name actor and comedian Jim Carrey reportedly spends time kicking back cottage-style on Baptiste Lake in northeastern Ontario, while Halle Berry — an Oscar winner, once named People magazine's most beautiful woman in the world — enjoys the picturesque views from the Quebec town of Saint-Hippolyte. Or she at least did enjoy the view at one time; the property was reportedly sold for $1.2 million in 2013.
So the next time you're looking for a premium cottage resort to enjoy some relaxing time by the water surrounded by tall pines, keep your eyes peeled for some Hollywood heavy-hitters. Who knows? You could end up telling your friends you saw Tom Hanks waterskiing, or you raised a glass to Kate Hudson!
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