Want to experience the real Canada? Here are our top suggestions for great places to spend a night or two.
Canada breaks all the rules when it comes to ‘unique’ as so many of its iconic places to stay simply cannot be experienced elsewhere. Here we highlight our favourite hotels, lodges, monasteries, B&Bs and even a boat!
Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland and Labrador
If the earth actually had corners, the Fogo Island Inn would sit on one of them, giving you a sense that you’re actually at the end of the world. All 29 suites have floor-to-ceiling views of the sea and sky, ensuring that architect Todd Saunders’ design complements the surrounding environment.
Experience 3-Nights at Fogo Island Inn from $3137
The Train Station Inn, Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia
You don’t have to be a train lover to stay here, but you will be by the time you leave. Purchased in 1974 by 18-year-old Jimmy LeFresne, you can now sleep in one of the refurbished box cars or cabooses and enjoy a meal in the dining car.
Monastere, Quebec City
If you’re looking to get away from it all, even if just for a night, then why not retreat to a former nun’s cell at the 17th century Le Monastère des Augustine?
Hôtel de Glace, Quebec City
You may never have considered a night in an igloo, however, hotels don’t come much ‘cooler’ than this. And you won’t have to freeze, as all rooms come with proper beds and suites even have a roaring fire.
Claramount Inn, Prince Edward Island
Built in 1904 by Edward M. Young, for his young wife Clara, the inn overlooks Picton Harbour and is the perfect place from which to explore the local lanes and woods, just as Anne of Green Gables did.
Great Bear Lodge, Port Hardy, BC
Owned by fellow Aussies, the Great Bear Lodge can only be reached by water. With grizzly bears as neighbours, and salmon caught from the river served at dinner, this is getting back to nature in the best way possible.
Dalton Trail Lodge, Yukon Territory
Follow Jack London’s Call of the wild and explore Kluane National Park – try fishing, hiking or white-water rafting, then relax in this true Yukon-style lodge.
Flora Bora Forest Lodging, Emma Lake, Saskatchewan
If you’ve ever fancied glamping, then this is the place to give it a go. Located in the heart of the Boreal Forest, each yurt sleeps four and even has its own bathroom, kitchen and patio – now that is luxurious camping.
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City
With its views of the St. Lawrence River, the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac lays claim to being the world’s most photographed hotel. As well as indulging in the luxury of the hotel’s recent refurbishment, why not take one of the daily guided tours of this historic building?
Houseboat on the 1000 Islands, Ontario
In waters once patrolled by pirates and prohibition bootleggers, why not spend a getaway amongst lighthouses, historic castles, maritime museums and with world-class fishing and diving? There’s also shopping and on-the-water dining right on your ‘doorstep’.