Top 10 Celebrity Destinations in Canada
Yearning to spot some stars? We’ll give you a little taste of the luxury and limelight, and show you the Canadian hotspots Hollywood celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Halle Berry and Madonna never miss.
1. Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Ont.
September’s annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is no doubt Canada’s premier destination for catching a glimpse of celebrities. From Angelina and Brad, to George Clooney and Ryan Gosling, TIFF has consistently drawn out Hollywood’s biggest and brightest for star-studded film premieres and about-town celeb spottings. Originating in 1976, TIFF has grown exponentially in the last thirty years, becoming not just one of the biggest film festivals in the world but possibly the most important. Two Oscar Best Picture winners have premiered at TIFF in the last four years alone (Slum Dog Millionaire and The King’s Speech), and 2012 is shaping up to be the festival’s biggest year yet. Key spots to catch a glimpse of celebs and stars: Toronto’s Yorkville mall area, the Fairmont Royal York, Bay Street’s delectable French restaurant, Bistro 990, and of course, the TIFF Bell Lightbox. TIFF begins September 6.
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2. The Fairmont Chateau, Whistler, B.C.
Whether it’s to ski in the wintertime or hike in the summertime, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in Whistler, B.C. is always a celebrity hotspot. Hollywood A-listers like Reese Witherspoon, Justin Timberlake, Halle Berry and Chevy Chase have all frequented this most luxurious hotel in Western Canada. You can live like a star at this majestic hotel by enjoying the spa, going for a swim, hitting the green, sightseeing or skiing. You definitely won’t run short of things to do in this magical town.
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3. The W Hotel, Montreal, Que.
With its ultra-modern appeal and trendy atmosphere, the W Hotel in Montreal couldn’t be in a better spot. Right in the heart of the Square Victoria district and minutes away from the Old Port of Montreal, the W Hotel has been a popular spot for celebrities like Jared Leto and even David Guetta. Looking to bump into a Hollywood star? Staying at the W Hotel, the most fashionable spot in town, can cost you around $400 to $500 per night.
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4. Niagara Falls, Ont.
Thinking of spending a day visiting the falls on the good old Maid of the Mist? Well, you’re not the only one. Over the years, loads of Hollywood stars have come to see Niagara Falls and this past June, Ryan Gosling and girlfriend Eva Mendes paid a visit to the world-renowned landmark. Bonus: Niagara Falls is one of the few celebrity-frequented spots you don’t have to break the bank to visit yourself.
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5. Hotel Le St. James, Montreal, Que.
Right in the heart of the Old Port, one of the city’s most luxurious hotels is often privy to some affluent guests. Hotel Le St. James’ picturesque look, proximity to the booming nightlife, yet quiet and private location seem to be what keeps stars like Madonna, Johnny Depp and even The Rolling Stones coming back again and again.
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6. Old Quebec City, Que.
With its unique charm and old-fashioned look, the peaceful nature of Old Quebec City has attracted the attention of many celebrities over the years, from Paul McCartney to the Royal Family, including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge just last summer while on their Royal Tour. Take a tour of the old city, explore breathtaking views and enjoy a delicious “Queue de Castor,” ( a Beaver Tail). Don’t worry – it’s not really beaver! It’s just a delicious sweet bread topped with warm chocolate. Yummy!
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7. Holt Renfrew, Across Canada
With various locations across the country, Holt Renfrew (Holts) is a popular stop on a celebrity’s journey through Canada. Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, lead vocalist and lead guitarist for Aerosmith, as well as vivacious Hollywood actress Kristin Chenoweth are just a few of the big names to pass through Holts in search of shopping fun while visiting Canada. Known for their elite and luxurious boutiques, it’s no wonder stars can’t get enough of it.
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8. The Canadian Rockies
If you’re hoping to run into a star on your next vacation, you might want to consider visiting the Canadian Rockies. The breathtaking scenery of this most majestic attraction has been captivating Hollywood celebrities for decades. Marilyn Monroe, Christopher Reeves and Alfred Hitchcock visited years ago and, more recently, the Canadian Rockies have been visited by American volleyball player Kim Glass and even 30 Rock’s Alec Baldwin. Celebrity hotspot or not – this is a must-see for everyone.
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9. OPUS Hotel and Bar, Vancouver, B.C.
Planning a trip to the west this year? You might want to consider booking a room at the posh OPUS Hotel and Bar in Vancouver if you’re hoping to do some star gazing. In addition to being a trendy, modern hangout, this hotel is anything but ordinary. All the rooms are based on different decor schemes, making them unique in comparison to most other hotels. This particular venue has seen the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Harrison Ford and even Al Pacino.
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10. Bay of Fundy, N.S.
Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy remains one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. Home to over 12 different types of whales, this unique and beautiful beach is also home to Canada’s oldest known dinosaur fossils. Not only do celebrities frequent this landmark but they even endorse it. Rick Mercer and Jann Arden are just a few of the many Canadian celebrities who’ve gotten together to help raise awareness about making the Bay of Fundy officially one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
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