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The Most Famous House in Every Province

From architectural marvels to major historical landmarks, these famous Canadian homes are worth exploring when it's safe to travel again.

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Most Famous house in every province - Craigdarroch Castle
PHOTO: DESTINATION GREATER VICTORIA

The Most Famous House in British Columbia

Craigdarroch Castle

There aren’t many legit castles in Canada, but Craigdarroch is certainly one of them. This Victoria landmark has been carefully restored to its Victorian-era splendour, offering visitors a glimpse into the high life of coal baron Robert Dunsmuir and his family in the late 1800s. Modelled after a Scottish Baronial mansion, this National Historic Site is as impressive today as it was when its doors first opened 130 years ago.

 
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Most famous house in every province - Lougheed House
PHOTO: LOUGHEED HOUSE

The Most Famous House in Alberta

Lougheed House

A contemporary of Craigdarroch, Calgary’s Lougheed House was built by Senator Sir James Alexander Lougheed in 1891. The sprawling 14,000 square-foot sandstone mansion is a popular attraction in the Beltline neighbourhood, drawing visitors with its grand Victorian interiors, curated exhibits and nearly three acres of gardens. High tea in the Lougheed House Restaurant—under the helm of famed Calgary chef Judy Wood—is a must.

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Most famous house in every province - Grey Owl's Cabin
PHOTO: TOURISM SASKATCHEWAN

The Most Famous House in Saskatchewan

Grey Owl’s Cabin

“Far enough away to gain seclusion, yet within reach of those whose genuine interest prompts them to make the trip, Beaver Lodge extends a welcome if your heart is right.” – Grey Owl

Tucked within the Million Acre Wood of Prince Albert National Park lies an unassuming cabin that was home to an international legend. British-born Archibald Stansfeld Belaney—also known as Grey Owl—moved to Canada in 1906 and became a trapper, conservationist and writer. Grey Owl’s cabin and final resting place can be accessed by foot (if you’re up for a 20-kilometre one-way hike), boat or guided tour.

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Most famous house in every province - Nellie's Homes
PHOTO: TRAVEL MANITOBA

The Most Famous House in Manitoba

Nellie’s Homes

As a suffragette and politician, Nellie McClung was a leading figure in the movement to give women the right to vote, first in Manitoba (1916) and then across Canada. Two of Nellie’s homes can be found in the tiny town of Manitou, a two-hour drive southwest of Winnipeg. Wandering through the charming historic buildings will give you a feel for not only the life of this remarkable woman, but of the challenges pioneering women faced at the turn of the century.

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Most famous houses in Canada - Rideau Hall
PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK

The Most Famous House in Ontario

Rideau Hall

The home and workplace for each Governor General since 1867, Rideau Hall is where Canadians are honoured and world leaders are welcomed during state visits. Situated at 1 Sussex Drive, it’s just down the road from the Prime Minister’s official residence at 24 Sussex, though currently, the Prime Minister and his family live at Rideau Cottage on the Rideau Hall property. Who knows? You just might spot the Trudeaus amid the 79-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds.

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Most famous house in every province - Habitat 67
PHOTO: EVA BLUE/TOURISME MONTREAL

The Most Famous House in Quebec

Habitat 67

One of the most recognizable and iconic buildings in Canada, Habitat 67 is a Montreal housing complex that was originally built as a pavilion for Expo 67, the World’s Fair. Designed by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie, the identical, prefabricated concrete forms arranged in various patterns redefined urban living at the time.

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Most famous house in every province - Roosevelt Cottage
PHOTO: TOURISM NEW BRUNSWICK

The Most Famous House in New Brunswick

Roosevelt Cottage

Even though Franklin Roosevelt clearly wasn’t Canadian, his summer getaway on New Brunswick’s Campobello Island is one of the province’s most cherished homes. FDR and his family spent the summers of 1909 to 1921 at this electricity-free cottage, which has been preserved in that state as the centrepiece of Roosevelt Campobello International Park.

 

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Most famous house in every province - Maud Lewis house
PHOTO: ART GALLERY OF NOVA SCOTIA

The Most Famous House in Nova Scotia

Maud Lewis House

It’s not just the vibrant paintings folk artist Maud Lewis created that are worthy of wonder—her house is, too! Lewis lived most of her life in poverty in a tiny cottage in Marshalltown, Nova Scotia. Making do with what she had, Lewis turned her house into living canvas, painting pretty much every surface from the doors to the breadbox to the windows. In order to preserve this one-of-a-kind cottage, the Province of Nova Scotia purchased the home and handed its care over to the the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia—the largest arts museum in Atlantic Canada. The cottage now sits—intact!—within the gallery, accompanied by a permanent collection of Lewis’s art.

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Most famous house in every province - Green Gables
PHOTO: TOURISM PEI/TIM PETERS

The Most Famous House in Prince Edward Island

Green Gables Heritage Place

Anne Shirley may have been a fictional character, but the setting of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s famed novels is very real. That doesn’t make Green Gables any less magical, of course, as hundreds of thousands of delighted visitors from all over the world discover every year. Step back in time at one of the site’s old-fashioned Sunday picnics, then join a summer tour of the 19th century gardens, Haunted Wood and Lover’s Lane—just as they were depicted in the books.

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Most famous house in every province - Hawthorne Cottage
PHOTO: PARKS CANADA

The Most Famous House in Newfoundland and Labrador

Hawthorne Cottage

Commander of the SS Roosevelt for Admiral Peary’s North Pole expeditions in the early 1900s, Captain Robert Bartlett is a true Canadian legend. One of the world’s greatest arctic explorers, Bartlett survived a dozen shipwrecks, yet always managed to return home to Hawthorne Cottage in Brigus, Newfoundland. Now a National Historic Site, Hawthorne Cottage is an excellent example of 19th century merchant housing, where visitors can relive Bartlett’s daring exploits, viewing rare artifacts from his expeditions.

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Most famous house in every province - Sam McGee's cabin
PHOTO: CATHIE ARCHBOULD, MACBRIDE MUSEUM COLLECTION

The Most Famous House in Yukon Territory:

Sam McGee’s Cabin

There are many treasures to be found inside Whitehorse’s MacBride Museum, but one of the most intriguing lies outdoors: the original cabin of Sam McGee. Immortalized in the Robert Service poem The Cremation of Sam McGee, it turns out McGee was an actual person—a road builder and prospector living in the Yukon. He moved into this rustic cabin in 1899, living there with his wife for the next 10 years. Much like the poem itself, the cabin serves as an evocative time capsule of life in the Klondike.

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