On the market: 7 of the best properties in Canada

Contemporary homes, enormous lofts and Modernist marvels

News of Donald Trump’s shock election victory last night sent many Americans looking for the nearest exit – crashing Canada’s immigration website in the process.

The USA’s northern neighbour is looking increasingly attractive. With its liberal politics, strong architecture credentials and more maple syrup than you can shake a pancake at, Canada is an appealing home from home.

We’ve trawled the Canadian real estate market to pick out seven of the best properties for those wishing to hop the border.

Passage Island, West Vancouver, BC
$755,000

Courtesy of Sotherby's International
Courtesy of Sotheby’s International

Political woes will feel a world away in this shingle-clad cottage on Passage Island. You can soak up the views to Point Grey and Vancouver Island from its wrap-around decks. The two-bedroom haven is a 10-minute private boat ride from Thunderbird Marina.

Toronto, Ontario
$2,050,000

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Courtesy of Sotheby’s International

Swap your Modernist home in Connecticut for this mid-century dwelling in Toronto’s leafy West End. Vaulted ceilings, douglas fir beams and wood-panelling abound in this three-bedroom home, which comes with covered terraces and mature gardens.

Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, Quebec
$2.7m

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Courtesy of Profusion Realty Inc / Christie’s International

If escapism is what you’re after, this contemporary retreat in the mountains is just the ticket. Résidence des Grands Jardins sits on a ridge in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, overlooking the St Lawrence River Valley. The three-bedroom home was built for a family of art lovers by Canadian practice Bourgeois Lechasseur. It comes topped by a cantilevered overhang that spreads out like a bird’s wings.

Upper Kingsburg, Nova Scotia
$180+/night to rent

Photography: James Brittain / MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
Photography: James Brittain / MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

This steel-clad cabin is one of a cluster of contemporary properties designed by Brian Mackay Lyons on the cliff-side estate of Shobac in Nova Scotia. You can rent them while weathering the US political storm or put your money where your mouth is and buy a plot, then commission your Mackay Lyons-designed home.

Toronto, Ontario
$6,495,000

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Photography: courtesy of David Batori

Americans need never feel homesick in this New York loft-style apartment in Toronto, featuring concrete floors and gallery-like proportions. Light plunges into the double-height living space from a large skylight and the two-bedroom home comes with a large roof terrace from which to survey the city’s skyline.

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