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Home Buying: Million-dollar properties in Canada's vacation hot spots

Do you wish your life was more like a vacation? Here are six properties that would make you feel like you were living like a king.

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Location: Whistler, B.C. Asking price: $1,279,000 Square footage: 2,950 Year built: 1986

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Whistler was home to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and is a popular vacation destination for snow sport enthusiasts. This five bedroom, log cabin comes fully furnished with stunning views of the area’s famous mountains.

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The main floor features high ceilings, wood-burning fireplace and traditional aboriginal art and detailings reflective of the area. Bonus features include a wine cellar and an energy-saving hot tub (pictured), which is conveniently sheltered from the elements.

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Location: Canmore, Alta. Asking price: $1,349,000 Square footage: 1,984 Year built: 1999

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Nestled in the Rockies, this quiet mountain town is just 30 km down the Trans Canada from the beautiful wilderness, hot springs and history of Banff. This four bedroom, custom-built home has a kitchen that would probably make Jamie Oliver drool complete with professional-quality Viking and Sub Zero appliances. And, of course, the wine cellar can store up to 1,600 bottles.

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The rest of the home is certainly capable of making your friends jealous, too. High ceilings and large windows open up the living and dining area, which also boasts a wood-burning fireplace. And in case one vacation home is not enough, this property comes with its own guest cottage.

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Location: Gravenhurst, Ont. Asking price: $1,049,000 Square footage: 2,000-plus Year built: 1955

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Muskoka is home to some of the most desired real estate in Canada, and this lakefront home is no exception. Outside a large lawn, deck with hot tub, sandy beach, two docks and a boathouse can keep you occupied on land and in the water. Big windows and high ceilings allow for lots of natural light in the open-concept main floor.

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The home’s three bedrooms and two bathrooms would sleep a medium-size family comfortably. While the home is more than 50 years old, it was updated and winterized in 2000 and many of the appliances have been replaced in the last several years. And the seller is open to parting with most furniture and watercraft – at the right price, of course.

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Location: Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Asking price: $1,295,000 Square footage: 3,372 Year built: Not available

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In the heart of Ontario’s wine country, this four bedroom home has views of the Niagara River and is only a short walk from Niagara-on-the-Lake’s main street and the Niagara Golf Club. A formal dining area, professional-grade kitchen appliances and marble foyer are a few of the lovely features in this home.

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The master bedroom includes ensuite washroom and a princess balcony. The property features a deck overlooking a beautifully landscaped backyard complete with fountains and ponds as well as a courtyard-style driveway out front.

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Location: Mont-Tremblant, Que. Asking price: $1,295,000 Square footage: 2,774 Year built: 2000

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In the heart of the Laurentian Mountains, Mont-Tremblant is home to some of the best ski slopes in Eastern Canada. This five bedroom, corner unit townhome is close to all the action. Large windows offer views of the ski resort as well as Lac Tremblant. Beautiful wood detailing gives this home a very rustic feel.

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The master bedroom has a nice patio as well as ensuite washroom. A separate washroom is equipped with a jacuzzi tub. A wood-burning fireplace, heated garage and stainless-steel appliances round out the features in this lovely home.

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Location: Mahone Bay, N.S. Asking price: $1,150,000 Square footage: 2,485 Year built: 2004

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The small, seaside community of Mahone Bay, N.S., is just 10 km from beautiful Lunenberg. Steeped in nautical culture, this two bedroom, two-storey home has the Atlantic Ocean right in its backyard with floor-to-ceiling windows and a large patio to ensure you can soak up the view.

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The master bedroom is very open with a half-wall to cut off the vaulted ceiling and a two-way mirror between the bedroom and bathroom. The double garage has a finished loft perfect for guests.

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