Martin Short, Lake Rosseau
One of Canada’s most beloved comedians, still lauded for his SCTV and Saturday Night Live days, is Martin Short. To get away from it all, he heads to Ontario’s Lake Rosseau, a location he’s called “staggeringly beautiful.” In fact, he loves the region so much that last year he partnered with artist Tony Bianco and the Royal Canadian Mint to design a commemorative coin showcasing Lake Rosseau. The “Martin Short Presents Canada” coin is a $3 silver collector coin that features an image of his cottage, a sailboat, and two Muskoka chairs.
Steven Spielberg, Lake Muskoka
Ontario’s Muskoka region has frequently been called the “Malibu of the North” or the “Hamptons of the North” because of the many celebrities often spotted there, including those along Lake Rosseau’s “Millionaire’s Row” and Lake Joseph’s “Billionaire’s Row.” Among them is one of the biggest movie names of all, director Steven Spielberg. The man who made movies like E.T., Jaws, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, and the Indiana Jones series is said to spend his summers in Ontario.
Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, Lake Rosseau
One of the most beloved (and long-lasting) Hollywood couples, Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are also one of the most well-known summer residents of the Muskokas—Goldie has frequently been spotted shopping in Gravenhurst. Their mansion-like cottage sits in a quiet bay on Ontario’s Lake Rosseau, offering a peaceful retreat for the former Laugh-In and Disney stars.
Kate Hudson, Lake Muskoka
Since her mom, Goldie Hawn, calls Muskoka her summer home, it’s no surprise that Kate Hudson is also regularly spotted in the region. She’s even been the victim of some paparazzi shots while trying to get away from it all, most notably in 2007 when the Toronto Sun ran front-page shots of the Almost Famous star and her then-boyfriend Dax Shepard getting cozy on a Muskoka dock.
Tom Hanks, Lake Muskoka
Another resident of Ontario’s cottage country is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. Tom Hanks, famed for movies such as Forrest Gump, Captain Phillips, The Green Mile, Catch Me If You Can, and Toy Story, is said to have a summer home in Muskoka, a purchase he made after friends Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn moved into the area.
Justin Bieber, Lake Muskoka
Whether or not you are a Beliber, you know Justin Bieber. And like you, Justin Bieber knows Muskoka! Rumored to be quite a pest on a jet-ski, Ontario-native Justin Bieber is not stranger to the Malibu of the North. Whether he’s ripping down Lake Muskoka on one of his many water toys, or throwing a massive dock party complete with fire performers and the best catered patio, Justin may not own his own Muskoka mansion, but he’s certainly rented.