What were the most popular home swaps in Canada in 2020? While thousands of homes were favorited, contacted, and visited this year, these 10 stand out as the ones that received the most love.
Each of these homes are unique: some are contemporary, others more traditional, some in a city and others by the ocean. The one thing they all have in common is the welcoming, generous, hospitable spirit shared by HomeExchangers. With amenities that feel like home, thoughtful touches, and great communication from hosts, these homes stood out as our members' favorites this year.
Let these gorgeous homes and dreamy destinations inspire you to plan your next vacation in 2021! Whether you travel with kids, pets, or solo, you'll inevitably find the perfect vacation house on HomeExchange.
This Pacific Northwest home was built with lots of wood and warmth. It has in-floor radiant finished concrete floors, so guests are cozy in the winter, with an outside deck to enjoy stunning views from during warmer months.
"Bobbi and Jay’s home is spectacular and amazing. It is a true west coast deluxe home. It is spacious and very comfortable with great views of the ocean / mud flats. The location is great - within a few minutes walk or cycle to Tofino’s best beaches. Bobbi is the perfect host - easy to communicate with and professional. We entered her spotless home to a warm welcome and could see the attention to detail in every part of the house." —Greg
This inviting Quebec abode features a wood fireplace, upgraded kitchen, deck, hot tub, and plenty to do for the whole family. Whether you love skiing, nature, mountains, or just want a relaxing vacation, this house is a treat!
"We had a fantastic week at Francois and Annie's beautiful holiday home... The house has everything you could need and more for a really good holiday. We were there in winter and the skiing at Le Massif was spectacular. The views from the big windows are amazing and it was so cosy and warm sitting in front of the fire and watching the snow fall outside. We all had fun in the hot tub and mucking around in the snow in the back yard. The whole exchange process went extremely well, we all had a great experience and would recommend it to anyone." —Sue
This roomy and comfortable retreat is ideally designed for a large family to relax and explore Mont Tremblant. It is secluded on three acres, but close to everything.
The post-and-beam construction, vaulted ceilings and large windows providing spectacular views offer a beautiful place to relax and unwind.
"The house is in the middle of the woods and alongside a frozen lake. We loved the place and the accomodation is great. Specially the king size beds: there are so high, you have to jump to get in. Once in the bed, you never want to leave... We also strongly recommend the outside hot tub when its freezing and snowing... Returning from the nearby ski slopes, its fun to start the gas chimney instantly: no wood to carry!" —Christelle
This cozy, romantic home exchange in the mountains near the St. Lawrence River will delight those wishing to discover the region and enjoy the fireplace and nearby lake. Guests can look forward to fishing, kayaking, skiing, visiting nearby art galleries, or just enjoying the view of the mountains in an idyllic escape.
"We loved our stay at Guy's house. The place is quiet and vast with a panoramic view of the Charlevoix mountains as well as the small private lake in the foreground. The house is spacious and deliberately bright in order to enjoy the surrounding nature. Guy is a responsible and charming host. Communication with him was easy. It is a place we would like to return to." —Dany and Michel
This home swap is located in a quiet, secluded area, just a few minutes from excellent dining and shopping in downtown Canmore. It features a large furnished terrace with a barbecue to enjoy in the summer and two fireplaces to keep warm in the winter. There are also many activities close by for all seasons, including nordic and downhill skiing, hiking, and golfing.
"My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our a week-long stay at Ian's beautiful chalet. There are only good things to say about our stay at Ian's place. Ian's chalet is spacious and immaculately clean and offers stunning views of the Canadian Rockies from both living room and master bedroom. Ian is a great host. He went out of his way to make sure we had a pleasant stay. Canmore town centre is less than 5 min drive away. Everything about our stay was perfect and we wished we could have stayed longer. Highly recommended." —Andrew and Leanne
This oceanfront suite has stunning ocean views, a barbecue grilling area, hot tub, and views of nearby eagles' nests. The cozy suite has all the necessary amenities needed for a romantic getaway by the sea.
"Naomie and Jeff are wonderful, friendly hosts, and their place was perfect. Views were literally breathtaking, and the unit comfortable with everything we needed for our stay. The hot tup is situated perfectly over the ocean cove again offering views you can only dream about. The entire experience was a delight and we can’t wait to return!!" —Simon
This Missionary Lake cottage has an intimate, private dock and offers numerous activities, including water skiing, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and much more. The home is fully furnished and equipped, with splendid lake views and a patio and BBQ overlooking the lake.
"We didn't meet Dominic but had a great time in his cottage which is quiet by the lake... Everything is modern in the cottage and the beds are very comfortable. The interior is not huge but perfect for 2 or 4 people and the real plus is mostly the outdoors: small terrace, small garden, huge lake and forest with piles of deer and birds." —Sophie
This quaint Quebec cottage is situated on 27 acres, overlooking the Baie of Gaspe, and is an ideal secluded spot to explore the coast. The home is lovingly furnished with handmade Quebec furniture and paintings from local artists, and is fully stocked with everything you need to enjoy the area, including a ready-to-go picnic basket and tents for the beach.
"We had a wonderful time in Gaspésie! The house is very comfortable and the view is absolutely spectacular. We felt very welcomed by Caitlin and Catherine." —Valerie
This house swap is nestled in the forest, ensuring guests have a calm and relaxing stay. The home has modern, chic amenities and the region offers many winter and summer activities in the great outdoors.
"Jean-Francois' cottage lived up to our expectations in every way. Very chic, comfortable, spacious, bright, the cottage is very well located in a pretty forest, perfect for playing in the snow, snowshoeing, and a few minutes of beautiful hiking trails. In short we hope to be able to return in the future!" —Jean-Philippe
With a pool, great skiing nearby, and biking and hiking trails, you'll never be bored staying in this vacation home. The apartment is quiet and comfortable, with a well-equipped kitchen so you can enjoy home-cooked meals after a day of exploring.
"Andres' home in Mont Tremblanc was a wonderful exchange. Their place was beautifully furnished and cooking was a joy at their home. All the latest gadgets and even an espresso machine. The area is magnificent... We enjoyed working with Andre on a memorable exchange. We look forward to sharing our home with his family." —Esther
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