Canada is a monstrously large country—the second biggest in the world, in fact—and while it is not overly populated, it is often visited. Travellers can stay in trusted franchise hotels, but for a more unique experience, choose one of these chic, historic, thematic and simply stunning accommodation options across the country.
Windsor Arms Hotel
Address: 18 Saint Thomas Street, Toronto
An immaculate chandelier dangles over the entranceway. An acoustic guitar hangs on the walls of your study and a baby grand piano sits inches from your bed. The Windsor Arms Hotel, built in 1927, features French style, glitz and glamour. There is butler service, spa amenities, a saltwater pool, a private screening room and a French tea room for those seeking a truly opulent European stay.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Address: 1 Old Lodge Road, Jasper
Settled on the shores of Beauvert Lake, this high-end mountain lodge has been in operation since 1922. In the winter months, skaters glide across the ice hand-in-hand, while kayakers and canoers paddle the lake in the summer. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge outdoor saltwater pool can be accessed through an indoor portal year-round. Curl up by the fire in the cedar chalet or your own luxury signature cabin.
Address: 333 Waterfront Drive, Winnipeg
Bold stripes of daring colour cascade down the façade of Mere Hotel in Winnipeg. The hotel has funky fresh designs with bright, fun furniture. Guestrooms have a sleek and minimalistic interior, catering to corporate guests. Unlike most hotels, everything in the mini-bar—juice, snacks, etc—is complimentary.
Hôtel - Musée Premières Nations
Address: 5 Place de la Rencontre, Wendake
This 4-star First Nations-themed hotel has a teepee, a central fireplace and the Huron-Wendat Museum next door. The rooms at Hotel-Musee Preimier Nations are traditionally decorated, tied together with modern comforts. Wandake crafts, such as beaver skin cushions and ceremonial pipes, are available for purchase.
Address: 45 Fitzroy Street, Charlottetown
Built in 1872, this Heritage Home has antique furnishings in the Victorian style. Fitzroy Hall is located in a quiet neighbourhood within the Historic Downtown, and the B&B has two parlour rooms, a dining room and a grand foyer. Select suites include whirlpools, fireplaces and private balconies.
Micro Boutique Living
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Address: 336 Main Street, Wolfville
Ever wanted to sleep in a closet? These fully furnished suites utilize clever storage options to maximize space. The rooms at Micro Boutique Living feature sleek, modern design, vibrant pops of colour and everything you could want out of an apartment—including a wall-mounted fireplace and a loveseat storage container.
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Address: Princess Street & 2nd Ave, Dawson City
A large, white barn-style building with red-rimmed staircases makes for a comfortable and affordable stay in Dawson City, Yukon. The Bunkhouse rooms are basic, with wood-framed beds and wool blankets. This is a no-frills, relaxed community atmosphere, akin to going to camp as a kid.
Address: 258 Boardwalk Boulevard, Ucluelet
Within walking distance to beaches, the Wild Pacific Trail and Amphitrite Lighthouse, the two cabins at Cabins West are not only picturesque, they are swanky. Loft suites feature massive Jacuzzi tubs and vaulted ceilings over 20 feet high. Large cedar logs, electric fireplaces and private barbeques strike the perfect balance between rustic and ritzy.
Address: 17700 87 Ave, Edmonton
The ultimate theme-room hotel, Fantasyland Hotel has some of the most imaginative suites in the world. From the opulent Roman Luxury Theme and Modern Polynesian Theme, to family-friendly suites with igloos and pick-up truck beds, there’s no need to leave the hotel on this holiday (except maybe for some shopping in West Edmonton Mall!).
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