Hotels are so 2009. With more than 1.2m listings in more than 190 countries worldwide, Airbnb has simultaneously made travelling easier and more complicated. But with so many places to choose from, where’s an eager globetrotter to begin?
How about right in our own backyard? Canada’s Airbnb options are as vast and unpredictable as our landscape. And we’ve scoured the country from coast to coast (to coast!) to bring you the best Canadian listings out there. What are you waiting for? Get packing!
21 Canadian hidden gems we found on Airbnb
A-Frame Cabin, Sechelt, British ColumbiaFour people can get cozy in this two-level, A-frame cabin on BC's Sechelt Inlet, just north of the 49th parallel. For $89 a night, we may have just sorted out our long-weekend plans.
$89/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Hilltop Chalet, Saint-Siméon, Que.Up to 10 guests can share this contemporary home perched up in the hills looking out over the picturesque Charlevoix region. A treat for any design buff.
$250/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Cob Cottage, Mayne Island, BCWe're just waiting for a hobbit to come strolling out of this sculptural cottage on Mayne Island. Just make sure you turn on the lights before trying to navigate the open-tread log-and-twig staircase.
$140/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Glass Cabin, Golden, BCWho needs rustic when you can have the modern elegance of this luxury cabin in the woods? Close to Blueberry River, you can enjoy canoeing and rafting when you're not simply taking in the surroundings.
$399/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Raven's View, Tofino, BCHigh up in the hills, this cozy home has one of the best views of Tofino we've seen. We picture lots of early mornings out on this deck with a warm cuppa.
$95/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Tropical Villa, Drommondville, QuebecYes, we know it's hard to believe, but this is actually in Canada. Just east of Montreal, the unusual villa was designed to look like the Caribbean, complete with tikki bar and swimming pool.
$350/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Fundy Camping, New Horton, New BrunswickGet really up close to the Bay of Fundy by sleeping under the stars in this fancied-up tent. There are separate living and sleeping quarters, a private deck as well as a protected roof, if the weather doesn't cooperate.
$42/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Escarpment Cabin, Plantagenet, OntarioHalfway between Ottawa and Montreal, this quaint log cabin has walls of windows so that you'll literally feel like you're sleeping in the wilderness.
$125/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Pumpkin House, Twillingate, NewfoundlandWith one of the many scenic bays in Twillingate as your backdrop, you'll never want to leave this cheery, historical home. Dubbed "Pumpkin House" and built in the late 19th century, a stay here will surely be one to remember.
$175/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Wine Estate, Penticton, BCWhen you're sleeping at the winery, romantic sunsets paired with a bottle of merlot are pretty much mandatory.
$169/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Dome House, Duncan, BCTeetering on the hills off the coast of Maple Bay, this 32-foot wide geodesic dome is truly one of a kind.
$99/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Katepwa Cabin, Lebret, SaskatchewanWe can only imagine the perfectly staged Instagram posts you could snap during a stay at this quaint cabin just outside of Regina. Sleeping up to seven people, this is the perfect setting for a girl's getaway.
$400/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Old Montreal Loft Cathedral, MontrealOld Montreal is beautiful enough on its own, but with these stupidly high ceilings and gorgeous decor, you'll feel like a king or queen.
$195/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Blue Caboose, Flat River, Prince Edward IslandHow often in your life will you get the opportunity to sleep in the caboose of an old train? As a bonus, you'll also be located steps from all your favourite PEI activities like clam digging, golf and lighthouse selfies.
$145/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Vieux-Quebec loft, Quebec CityStep away from the highrises into the cobblestone streets of Vieux Quebec and you'll feel like you're wandering through a quaint European village. This two-storey loft is right in the thick of it and the perfect base for discovering French Canada.
$295/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Lake Tepee, Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens, Que.A little more glamorous than a traditional tepee, this one comes with three beds, a fireplace and running water.
$150/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Converted Church, Annapolis Royal, Nova ScotiaFrom the outside, this looks like a colourful church, but step inside and you'll find a contemporary retreat, complete with designer furniture. Now this is what they mean when they say cathedral ceilings.
$149/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Mongolian Yurt, Whitehorse, YukonForget noisy neighbours, the bright, swirling colours of the Northern Lights will keep you up late when you're staying in this traditional Mongolian yurt.
$110/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Beaches Home, TorontoThis contemporary new build is located in "The Beach" and has its own pool, waterfall, hot tub, home theatre and hefty price tag to match. But if you're looking to splurge for one night, this is your place.
$1,071/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Retro Highrise, EdmontonInjected with a heavy dose of personality, this apartment is proof positive that you can never have too much colour (or quirk).
$600/night on AirbnbAirbnb
Downtown Castle, TorontoJust when you thought things couldn't get any more over the top, there's this castle. Overlooking downtown Toronto, the 12-bedroom castle is officially known as the McCormick Estate and once appeared in the popular Anne of Green Gables movie.
$2,550/night on AirbnbAirbnb