This Ontario destination is known as the “Hamptons of the North”

If Toronto is Canada’s New York City, it’s no surprise that the “Hamptons of the North” aren’t too far away.

A new article by Travel + Leisure refers to Ontario’s cottage region of Muskoka as the “Hamptons of the North,” the idyllic escape to which the rich and famous flock during the warmer months.

The article describes the Muskoka region as “Toronto’s elite summer playground,” with rows and rows of cottages that look more like mansions on the water, as well as golf courses and luxury resorts.

The Hamptons have a similar reputation as a summer destination for New York’s more affluent residents. Its seaside villages are populated by sprawling estates, high-end restaurants, designer boutiques and private clubs.

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Like the Hamptons, Muskoka has an impressive roster of summer residents. Many of them reside on the northern tip of Lake Joseph, also known as “Billionaires Row”.

According to a recent article per Forbes, some of the most famous visitors over the years include Justin Bieber, Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson and Martin Short.

Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg also own cabins in Muskoka, the article says.

Last summer, David and Victoria Beckham had a family vacation in the Muskoka area.

Mark Wahlberg, Rande Gerber and NHL legend Tie Domi were also in attendance, according to photos shared by Beckham.

Those who want a taste of the sweet life in Muskoka don’t need a billionaire’s budget to do so.

There are plenty of properties you can rent in the area on Airbnb, but you might want to reserve your spot well in advance as you can imagine the demand for these homes is quite high.

Beer lovers can also spend a weekend at Newly opened beer spa in Muskoka.

The North Hamptons are not entirely inaccessible to us ordinary people. Unless the celebrities keep buying the real estate, of course.

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